How to prevent skin damage in Autumn

Autumn is the bridge between summer and winter; when nature’s colours are still shining brightly with vibrant oranges and reds, but also when we see the first frosts, and begin to wrap up warmly to protect against the new chill in the air.

In this season, daylight dwindles; the sun’s rays grow weaker.

Plants and trees have to struggle and compete to get water and food to their roots, so nature saves energy and slows itself down.

Deciduous trees enter their winter hibernation and their leaves fall, creating a colourful protective mantle on the earth.

And what happens to our skin and our bodies in Autumn?

As daylight hours lessen, so too do our levels of Vitamin D.

Vitamin D has a huge influence on our hormones, our hearts and our thyroids.

For this reason, in Autumn, cases of underactive thyroid increase, and people who have problems with their thyroids tend to have lower moods and dryer skin than in the summer. In addition, the return to work or to studies means we spend less time outdoors, and so we don’t benefit from the sun’s rays.

Additional factors that influence dry skin and ageing in Autumn

As the temperature drops, people tend to take baths or showers with hotter water.

In some places, the cooling weather leads to the use of central heating, which, whilst drying the air in the room, dries out the epidermis simultaneously.

The combination of sudden temperature changes and sun-damaged skin from the summer means that the skin loses hydration and tone.

During this season, the skin’s tissue loses flexibility. It dries out easily or ages prematurely if not thoroughly cared for.

All of the external elements are factors that change emotional behavior and we all know that emotions have a strong influence on health and the appearance of the skin and hair.

How do we get back our natural complexions? What advice is there for protecting the skin from the effects of Autumn?

This is the best time to start using the MIDNIGHT REJUVENATION oil serum on your face after showering because the pores open up when exposed to heat.

For best results, spread the body oil SENSUAL OPULENCE (coming soon) all over your body and repeat 4 times a week or every day if your skin is very dry. The oil will rehydrate your skin and make it feel amazing.

 After summer, pay special attention to your lips

The skin around your lips is some of the most delicate on the body, so it suffers when exposed to changes in humidity, and if it becomes dehydrated, wrinkles will form around the mouth.

When sebum production is limited and there’s a lack of Vitamin D, the lips really dry out. This gets worse in Autumn.

Our advice would be to apply a bit of SMOOTH ADDICTION balm to prevent or to soften the lines around the lips and eyes. For best results, apply throughout the day and every night before going to bed.

A deep beauty treatment

Those who suffer from facial redness are affected by the drastic changes in temperature when Autumn arrives. It’s really important not to scrub the skin too much. Instead, gently apply VELVET HYDRATION followed by WAY TO RADIANCE, as well as SMOOTH ADDICTION as needed. The combination of calming plants and purifying clay soothes and nourishes the skin, leaving it refreshed and unclogged.

At night, after cleansing and nourishing the skin, use a small amount of the INSTANT LIBERATION masque. Apply it mainly to the reddened areas of the skin, leaving it to deliver its maximum benefits whilst you are sleeping. The next day, you’ll find that the skin is vibrant and glowing.

The liquid gold of a cactus, one of the most powerful ingredients in organic skincare products

The Sahara desert – only the strongest can survive in such a harsh climate: extreme heat, cold, wind and almost no water. The few plants that can live there are true survival artists.

The cactus Opuntia ficus-indica has adapted to survive in these most extreme climatic conditions, developing very beneficial adaptogenic properties to protect and regenerate the skin.

This cactus belongs to the adaptogenic plants, which helps the body’s adrenal system responds to physical, biological and chemical stressors.

The seeds of the Opuntia ficus-indica are cold pressed to extract the oil from its interior. To obtain 1 liter of the scarce and highly effective cactus oil, it is necessary to press the seeds of 1000 kilos of its fruits. Its extraordinary balance of Omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 is able to regenerate and revive all skin types, from dry to oily.

This golden elixir also contains the vitamins E and K that soften the skin, and contains moisturizing and nourishing fatty acids that prevent the formation of wrinkles, making prickly pear oil a powerful anti-ageing treatment. True organic cosmetics would be unimaginable without it.

It also contains betalains and phenolic compounds that have a great capacity to fight inflammations, which helps irritated skins. It also illuminates skin tone and reduces dark circles.

To combat the stress our skin is exposed to every day, we have selected the most powerful adaptogenic plants such as the cactus Opuntia ficus-indica as ingredients for our high-performance skincare products; among others the SMOOTH ADDICTION total hydration balm and the MIDNIGHT REJUVENATION restructuring oil serum.

Find more information about this essential plant in our two other blog posts The cactus and Discovering the Opuntia.

 

Raw plant superfood skincare

It’s a bomb of nutrients and highly beneficial when you consume the correct amounts of it, and of course the same is true for your skin nutrition.

If a cream contains chemically modified fats it needs to be heated and diluted with up to 80% water to dissolve these solid substances. So not only does the cream lose actives, but it also has a very small amount of nutrients, to begin with. It is “Skin Fastfood” and very far from RAW. Unfortunately, you will find these type of creams with a “Certified Organic” label.

Our LE PURE emulsions are elaborated at human body temperature, 37 °C and we only use cold-pressed vegetable oils, plant extracts, and medicinal clay, which enables us to reduce the water content to 20-30 %. This means our products are highly concentrated and contain raw, ultrapotent plant nutrients to treat your skin with the best: high-performance, raw superfood.

The total hydration balm SMOOTH ADDICTION made out of cold-pressed cacao seed butter, coconut oil, and shea butter is the antidote to dry skin and wrinkles, this corrective balm hydrates, repairs, fights free radicals and provides instant relief. The balm is ideal nutrition for all skin types and alterations.

The magical masque

INSTANT LIBERATION, as a purifying thermo-active masque, is able to regenerate the skin in only one night.

Thanks to its principal ingredient the white clay (kaolin), it has the characteristic of being an amazing hydrolipidic skin regulator.

The clay has the properties to absorb environmental pollutants and to deodorise. At the same time, it purifies and respects the epidermal flora preserving it in perfect conditions.

Furthermore, it is one of the most sustainable and pure minerals on earth. It equilibrates the pH levels, and moreover possesses remineralising, antioxidising and chelating powers. Indeed, through the elimination of homotoxins and heavy metals, it detoxifies the organism.

The kaolin keeps the humidity inside the hydrolipidic film without clogging the pores and even softening the skin.

It exfoliates gently even the most sensitive skin types, helping eliminate dead cells deriving from a cycle-slow-down due to aging or health changes.

Originally, the name of this precious mineral comes from the first deposit discovered in China namely the Kaoling hill.

Since ancient times, the kaolin has been used for therapeutic aims. Nowadays its application area has even been widened into more fields such as the pharmaceutical sector, the alimentary sector, the cosmetic sector and art.

Beautifying Breakfast

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But did you know that it is also key for beautiful skin?

A breakfast with protein and healthy fats provides you with long lasting energy in the morning. At the same time you should avoid to eat sugar, fructose, refined grains and grains with a lot of gluten.

We recommend a portion of protein from the following ingredients :

For vegans

  • Nuts like walnuts, pine nuts and almonds
  • Vegan cheeses
  • Vegetable spreads
  • Legumes like lentils and chickpeas in small quantities
  • Quinoa
  • Avocado

For non-vegans

  • Eggs: organic or free range  (number 0 or 1)
  • Goat and sheep cheese (also cow cheese, if it’s a good quality, organic cheese and if you are not cow lactose intolerant)
  • Roquefort (it’s a great source of B12, especially if you don’t eat meat)
  • Ham from organic agricultures
  • Fermented milk like kefir and yogurt
  • Small fish such as sardines or anchovies
  • Organic butter

Combine it with a small piece of organic whole grain bread made from sour dough. Ancient grains such as spelt, kamut or rye have less gluten are easier to digest. You can also have a beverage without sugar – coffee, tea, vegetable milk (use stevia from the health food store or coconut sugar to sweeten)

You can also have a fresh fruit, but do avoid juices, especially fruit juices, in the morning.

A breakfast low in sugar and fructose, and with the right Omega 3 and 6 balance will provide your body with the optimal nutrients and a radiant skin.

Small steps to conscious living

The future of our planet is an important issue today.Although many people take our planet for granted, environmental and ethical consciousness is impulsing change. As consumers we should be aware that our daily actions impact not only ourselves but also many others as well as our future.

Here is a list compiled by the UN of little things you can do that will actually have an impact:

  • Turn off devices and unplug them
  • Carefully select the companies you buy from
  • Recycle
  • Compost food scraps
  • Eat less animal products
  • Take shorter showers
  • Donate
  • Use alternative modes of transportation
  • Stay informed

You can find more details here

The numerous medicinal properties of rosemary

Native to the Mediterranean region, the medicinal plant rosemary, originally called Rosmarinus officinalis, belongs to the mint family and has various health and beauty benefits.

Fresh or dried rosemary leaves are a good source of vitamin C and they are also contain minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, copper and magnesium.

Rosemary has numerous uses and benefits for your mind and body.

  • Boosts memory
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Alleviates pain
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Detoxifies the body
  • It also has antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties.

Rosemary is not only a great addition to your diet, it’s also used as a beauty remedy due to its anti-aging and healing properties. This medicinal plant alleviates blemishes and helps to create a natural glow. Furthermore it also helps to treat stretch marks, cellulite and dandruff.

It’s for these reasons that we chose to use this powerful medicinal plant in our WAY TO RADIANCE Profound Nourishing Cream Concentrate.

The skin can absorb this cream immediately and it penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin.

It leaves the skin profoundly nourished, which over time creates a healthy glow.

Beauty awards for organic skincare must haves

There are lots of beauty awards around these days but THE BEAUTY SHORTLIST AWARDS differentiates itself thanks to its integrity and the diversity of the products presented.

And this year the 6th annual awards went global. With over 143 brands from 38 countries and 408 products entered, so it was a great honor and an amazing opportunity to be nominated.

And LE PURE won!!!

Not only were we named BEST FACIAL ELIXIR thanks to our Nectar Immortal Adaptogenic Plant Elixir.

Two other products of our line also won an EDITOR’S CHOICE AWARD.

Our Way to Radiance Profound Nourishing Cream Concentrate is a unique organic emulsion, containing only substances that are beneficial for the skin, which is the reason for the fast and visible results.

And our Midnight Rejuvenation Balancing Face Oil was awarded as well thanks to its unique composition of precious vegetable oils and pure plant extracts. It helps to rejuvenate the skin and to preserve the elasticity of the skin tissue.

If you want to purchase our award winning products click here.

ZERO PALM OIL

More than half of the products in the supermarket contain palm oil and maybe even your investment fund.

It is very hard to avoid palm oil today, as it is included in food, cosmetics, detergents and cleaning products. Even a conscious consumer almost can’t avoid using it, since there is only an obligation to declare palm oil on food products. In cosmetics and cleaning products palm oil is used in a modified way and therefore gets a new name such as Stearate SE or Cetearyl Alcohol. All LE PURE products are palm oil free and we support campaigns such as Zero Palmöl and are listed in their product database.

Below you can find a list of ingredients that contain or are likely to contain palm oils:

–  Vegetable Oil

–  Vegetable Fat

–  Sodium Laureth Sulfate (in almost everything that foams) ^

–  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate ^

–  Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS) ^

–  Palm Kernel#

–  Palm Oil Kernel #

–  Palm Fruit Oil #

–  Palmate #

–  Palmitate #

–  Palmolein #

–  Glyceryl Stearate #

–  Stearic Acid #

–  Elaeis Guineensis #

–  Palmitic Acid #

–  Palm Stearine #

–  Palmitoyl oxostearamide #

–  Palmitoyl tetrapeptide3 #

–  Steareth 2 *

–  Steareth 20 *

–  Sodium Kernelate #

–  Sodium Palm Kernelate #

–  Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate *

–  Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate ^

–  Hyrated Palm Glycerides #

–  Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylaye ^

–  Cetyl Palmitate #

–  Octyl Palmitate #

–  Cetyl Alcohol ^

–  Palmityl Alchohol #

# These ingredients are definitely palm oil or derived from palm oil.

* These ingredients are often derived from palm oil, but could be derived from other vegetable oils.

^ These ingredients are either derived from palm oil or coconut oil.

Are you investing in palm oil without knowing it?

A new report by the Friends of the Earth US (FoE) states that some of the US’ leading institutional investors, including pension funds, are potentially fuelling environmental and social harm by ploughing billions of dollars into the palm oil industry through opaque financial arrangements.

FoE and As You Sow have developed a new database where members of the public can search for the name of their fund to see what palm oil holdings, and the value of the assets, are in the portfolio.

 

New Design of our single-dose Sachets

We have recently changed the design of our single-dose sachets to make them more environmentally friendly and more suitable for our organic products. Previously the sachets were black with golden letters and a lot of black ink had to be used to create this design.

In a sachet the ink is very close to the product and the scent of the ink can mix with the natural scent of the contents. Therefore we have chosen a material that already comes in white and needs only a little bit of ink to print. We are now gradually changing the sachets of all products to the new design. INSTANT LIBERATION is the first product that we are launching with the new design.