The Monthly Roundup: What's trending in industry news?
It's the beginning of a new month (August already?) and I am looking back at trending stories of interest on the subjects of beauty, skin care, health and wellness, aromatherapy, and more.
Let's take a look at a few topics creating an industry buzz, why don't we?
- The San Francisco Chronicle recently published a piece on the many benefits of lemon-scented essential oils, more specifically Lemongrass and Lemon Balm. We are thrilled to see this, as we already offer products with Lemongrass, and VERY shortly, there will be something new coming your way with Lemon Balm. Among the benefits discussed: helping to ease digestive woes, anxiety, sleep issues, sore throats, and more.
- Are you using a facial toner? If not, you should be! This was a skin care topic on the TODAY show website. In fact, New York dermatologist Dr. Hadley King says that the "secret weapon to healthy skin" is toner. Why? Despite it being an often overlooked step in one's facial care routine, the benefits of using a toner include balancing skin pH, helping to reduce the appearance of pores, adding hydration, and leaving skin looking and feeling refreshed. Do you have a favorite toner? It's something we'll soon be talking more about here at Seed Body Care.
- CNN reports on a new tech trend: mindfulness apps such as Topdeck Move and Buddhify. We all know that being more mindful is a good thing. It helps you be more present in the moment and may help you feel a greater sense of inner peace. There are new mobile apps that you can download to help you feel more mindful. How do they work? If you feel you need a "time out" to feel a bit more zen, the apps offer everything from daily meditation to journaling activities, along with soothing music and calming voices. Have you used a mindfulness app? What did you think of it?
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What are the benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil?
- Naturally refreshing, peppermint is one of the more uplifting essential oils.
- There is natural menthol in peppermint to provide skin with cooling sensation.
- Peppermint is noted for its ability to bring about clarity. In fact, there was a 2008 study in the International Journal of Neuroscience with some really impressing results concerning peppermint. The study showed that peppermint increases mental alertness and can enhance memory.
We've talked about common beauty buzzwords before. Terms like hypoallergenic, natural, and chemical-free are thrown around without having much meaning at all. In fact, there is no regulation of these terms and they can be used to make the product more enticing without any repercussions.
One of the most commonly used buzzwords in beauty and skin care is "Non-Comedogenic".
The medical definition of comedogenic is tending to clog pores especially by the formation of blackheads. Non-comedogenic, in skin care speak, implies that a product will not block pores, leading to acne breakouts. It's a term slapped on product bottles with wild abandon in the beauty industry.
Baths are steeped in tradition, from heated baths in Rome to enjoying cool baths in Scandinavia. Most of us associate baths as being either for young children or for those taking long, pampering bubble baths for those rare "take me away" experiences. There are many health benefits to enjoying a bath, though.
1. Taking a warm bath at night can help you get a better sleep.
Once you have stepped into your warm bath, you immediately feel calmer and more relaxed. Did you know that science tells us there is another reason baths help you feel a bit better, though? Do you know that cooler feeling you experience stepping out of the tub, leaving the warm water behind? When that colder air hits your skin, your brain releases something you may have heard of before: Melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps to lull you off to Dream Land a bit more easily.