BASICS FIRST. WHY ARE THEY SO HEALTHY?
USES IN INDONESIA.
By JUARA Co-Founder, Yoshiko Roth-Hidalgo
“OMG, you have to check this out, I can’t stop touching my skin!” That was my chat message to my partners Metta and Jill, after I experimented with a new DIY face mask recipe to help with my winter-parched, rough skin.
I love to experiment when I cook. No matter how specific a recipe is, I can’t help but tweak it somehow, even if in small ways, just to see what happens to the flavor. Same thing with skincare. I am constantly experimenting with products, not only with what I use, but also how I use them. That’s how I stumbled across this easy and quick DIY face mask that left my skin soft, supple, almost juicy…simply yummy.
What makes this so easy is the fact that you are combining 2 actual products, JUARA Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner and Radiance Vitality Oil, with 2 readily available food ingredients: brown sugar and honey. This mixture together makes for a luscious treatment that polishes, hydrates and smooths skin immediately. The toner is packed with hyaluronic acid, tamarind seed extract and soothing green tea, white tea and black tea extracts. The face oil nourishes skin with 7 different omega fatty acids (3, 5, 6, 7 & 9) and Vitamin C. Sugar acts as a polish but together with honey also acts as a wonderful humectant. This recipe is so quick and easy, you can do this mask any time of the day, as a quick pick-me-up or as part of a relaxing ritual.
Ingredients & Directions:
Brown Sugar – 2 teaspoons
Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner – 2 pumps
Radiance Vitality Oil – 1 dropper-ful (not just 1 drop!)
Honey – Big Drizzle, 0r up to 1 teaspoon
Gather all ingredients. Add all ingredients in a small glass bowl and mix with a spoon. Add more of the ingredients to get the right consistency. As the sugar starts to melt, it will become a slushy consistency, that spreads easily on the skin.
Apply all over face massage lightly in circular motion. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. I even leave it on for an hour or so, while I do all kinds of household chores and other work. Rinse off with lots of tepid water and pat dry. You can follow with a moisturizer for added dewiness, if you like. For my normal to dry skin type, I usually don’t.
Enjoy smooth, supple skin!
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Oh the Candlenut. Also known as Kemiri in Indonesian, Kukui in Hawaii, and a staple in food, beauty, and health treatments. Also known affectionately as “the poor man’s macadamia nut” in Indonesia, we love this ingredient for not only its variety of uses but the benefits it has! Here are some popular uses in Indonesia:
Candlenut Oil is very high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA). In fact, the oil is 69% EFA, which puts it up there with Flax Seed Oil and Chia Seed Oil (71% and 70% respectively). Almond Oil has 17%, Avocado has 10%, Rice Bran Oil has 36%, just to give you perspective. Why is this important? Application of EFA is key in strengthening the skin’s lipid barrier which is why, for example, Evening Primrose Oil (81%) is often prescribed for Eczema Patients.
It also contains glycerides of linoleic, oleic and various linolenic acids, which are essential to skin health.
We love the oil so much our cult classic product, the Candlenut Body Creme, is based on Candlenut oil! As the product that started it all for JUARA, it has become a love-at-first-sight product for countless JUARA customers, celebrities and beauty editors. An ultra-nourishing complex of velvety Candlenut Oil, firming Rice Bran Oil, redness-reducing Avocado Oil and rich Illipe Butter give you long-lasting moisture without the greasiness… definitely more than just a “feel good” product, but one that’s good for you. Curious? Learn more here.
Likewise, our popular Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel is a sulfate-free, delightfully foaming body cleanser infused with candlenut oil that takes you to the tropics with our signature Candlenut fragrance, while leaving your skin supple, clean, and soft. Encased in an elegant bottle, this shower gel is as pleasing to use as it is to the eye in the beautiful batik-inspired bottle and easy-to-use pump. Curious? Learn more here.
You may think that you have heard it all before, how important “beauty sleep” is and about getting seven to eight hours of per night blah blah blah. Maybe your schedule doesn’t allow you a super long night’s rest or you’re a night owl or early bird. Many of us just can’t get in the recommended amount of sleep, and feeling tired all day is definitely no fun.
But did you know that the sleeping position you choose can trick your body into feeling like it has gotten way more sleep than it has? So, stop counting sheep and try out these different sleep positions!
Here at Juara we promise you the truth and nothing but the truth, so here it is: getting a good night’s rest is pivotal for not only our skin, but your health, mental state, and mood (you don’t want to be asked if “you woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.”)
Below we have put together a list of the best and worst sleeping positions to help you optimize your hours of beauty sleep to stay healthy. Founder and editor in chief Helen Sanders of Health Ambition, (which provides easy to understand health and nutrition advice that makes a real impact,) has some great information on healthy sleeping positions too!
Sleeping on your back makes it easier on the head, neck, and spine. This position aligns the body straight, keeping it in a neutral position. If you have lower back pain, sometimes it may help to place a pillow underneath your knees to alleviate the discomfort from being on your back for too long.
Another good position for your back, and prevents facial wrinkles and skin breakouts. Research has also proven that sleeping on your back can combat acid reflux. In the starfish position, you are lying on your back with both arms around the pillow. It is important to note that this position can cause snoring!
Sleeping on your side is the second best position and especially beneficial for those who have sleep apnea. Sleeping on your side opens up the oropharynx and elongates the spine to alleviate back pain (please include source and source link). However, there is a good and bad to everything! Side sleeping could lead to unwanted skin aging since placing one side of your face on the pillow can cause wrinkles, and could even lead to the breasts sagging quicker (and we definitely don’t want that!). If you are already a side sleeper and experience have back pain, try placing a pillow in between the knees to help alleviate pressure.
Sleeping on your stomach is not advisable since it does not support the natural curve of the spine and can lead to overarching. When you sleep on your stomach, there is added pressure to your joints and numbness resulting in pain.
It may seem like the most comfortable but sleeping on your sides with you knees drawn up to your chest can lead to neck/ back pain, sleep lines, and wrinkles. Whenever you sleep on your side, the side or front of your facial skin will be pulled or stretched. If you are sleeping on a high pillow, your head is slightly down and a double-chin gradually appears after a long time.
You sleep with your whole body, and the position you choose affects everything from sleep quality to premature aging. Sleeping positions are greatly related to Your skin (and body’s) metabolism is regulated at night, so making sure you get enough beauty sleep really does impact your beauty!
Don’t forget – we also experience evaporation of moisture from our skin when we sleep, so to look even more glowing and rested in the AM, the right skincare prep before bed can also do wonders. Let’s not neglect the evening hours are opportunity for skin TLC, treatment, and reset that may undo the damage from the day – especially when the concern is dehydration, pollution, or sun exposure! It’s important to make sure your skin is clean and moisturized before sleeping – and a to have a simple, easy to follow JUARA skincare ritual is always beneficial to undo the stressors of the day. A simple 4-Step to Cleanse, Tone, Treat, and Moisturize process that takes less than 5 minutes with visible results in the AM. Enjoy!
Summer is the season for sunshine! With beaches, dining al fresco, summer fridays (read: buh-bye office walls!), and generally being outdoors, you can easily be more prepared than you realize! You’ve heard repeatedly to never leave the house without sunblock, reapply several times a day (as its effectiveness reduces with light exposure, or just from coming off from sweat/daily activities), but there’s a few extra tricks up our sleeve to keep your skin summer fresh and healthy. Being inspired by Indonesia, a tropical country with sun all year round, JUARA knows what a doozy rays near the equator, eternal sun and humidity can do, so here’s our faves to tackle common sun related skin situations!
Oops. Didn’t we say slather up the SPF? Well, it happens to the best of us… the sunburn. Sunburns are caused when skin is overexposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays and can happen in as little as 15 minutes, but can take 2-6 hours for the symptoms to appear. Some symptoms of mild sunburn include redness and tenderness, and for that, our Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner is a great skin soothing treatment. It contains rice bran extract, which specifically reduces redness and irritation, hyaluronic acid and tamarind see extract to moisturize and cool – without oil or alcohol, and triple tea extracts packed with anti0xidants. It really is instant relief. (For serious symptoms including blistering, fever, chills and nausea, we suggest going to the doctor!)
Does summer weather and humidity put your skin into a tizzy? Does your skin range from “well, it’s rather shiny” to “a greasy mess?” Our Sweet Black Tea & Ginger Mattefying Moisturizer is oil-free, yet contains Kombucha, our anti-aging fermented black tea complex, plus ginger and cinnamon that reduces sebum production. This means the moisturizer does not only reduce oil-induced shine at the moment, but it also means that the more time you use it over, the less “shiny” your skin will naturally become!
Another anti-shine darling? Our Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum. Also with our Turmeric infused Radiance Complex, this oil-free serum serves as excellent hydration with seaweed, while containing skin firming ingredients including palm peptides, clove flower, and goji berries. Like an exotic fruit cocktail for your face – just less messy, and way more immediate in its firming, skin-smoothing results!
Once you’ve been exposed to a day of rays, it’s always good to refresh and rejuvinate your skin! Counter sun, travel, or pollution exposure with our Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask, which contains our potent Turmeric extract which neutralizes free radicals and brightens for a healthy “I am so HEALTHY!” glow. And we like to get our sexy natural radiance on – ready for the next day. This mask also contains Kaolin Clay is blended with Candlenut Oil to purify skin, absorbing impurities, while also keeping it moist and not overdried. Great for all skin types, just make sure you take it off when you leave the house because it just feels THAT GOOD on after 10 minutes! (Or just do what we do for a super treatment – apply a thin layer and leave on overnight. Wake up to the morning glow. Literally.)
And of course, we remind you to stay hydrated, make sure your sunglasses have a UV filter on them, try out a sun parasol if you’re feeling particularly stylish like some do in Asia, and keep smiling! Got any sun tips to share? We’d love to hear it!
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As the daughter of a mother who has always put the needs of others above her own, I am always in search of gifts that would show the love and appreciation I feel for my mom. Wellness and self-care are high on my list, but I also know that spending time together is a big thing for my mom. Interestingly, as a mother of 3 little kids, I crave me-time and catching up on sleep. My mother, on the other hand, as I know a lot of mothers of grown kids do, values few things more than spending QT with her kids. Here are some simple, inexpensive ideas to combine a beauty gift with time together.
1) Give Mom a Hand Treatment
Who doesn’t love a great hand cream! Hand Creams are amongst the most popular Mother’s Day gift ideas, but you can turn a simple hand cream into a super relaxing experience for Mom. Next time you see her in person, sit down with her and give her a 5-minute massage. There are a ton of how-to’s online, including this one on Wiki: Want to take it even further? Prep your mother’s hands and lower arm with a gentle cream scrub you can just wipe off before following with a hand cream.
Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm ($20, 2.5 oz/ 73 mL)
Candlenut Body Crème ($35, 7.5 oz/ 213 g)
Candlenut Body Polish ($35, 7.5 oz/ 213 g)
2) Found a Great Mask? Mask & Relax Together!
There is something incredibly relaxing about putting on a mask, maybe because it forces us to slow down a bit. Why not take a 10 minute break with you Mom, apply the mask and sit down with her with a cup of soothing herbal tea!
Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask ($38, 2.5 oz/ 73 mL)
Java Plum Avocado Nourishing Mask ($38, 2.5 oz/ 73 mL)
Rose Willowbark Purifying Mask ($38, 2.5 oz/ 73 mL)
3) Enjoy a Home Made Jamu with Mom
What’s good for health and wellness is also good for outer beauty. Jamu, the ancient Indonesian herbal tradition goes back centuries, but you can easily re-create a simplified Jamu drink at home and enjoy with your Mom. Pour boiling water over a few slices of fresh turmeric and/ or ginger. Add lemon, honey and a dash of black pepper – voila! If fresh turmeric is hard to come by, just mix some turmeric powder with honey to create a paste and drop into a cup of hot water.
Check out this detailed recipe for a quick-and-easy Jamu!
4) Try Some Beginner Yoga Moves Together (or Tai Chi, Pilates, Stretches, etc.)
Perhaps your Mom already does Yoga. Maybe Tai Chi is more up her ally – It does not really matter, as long as it is simple for both of you and creates a shared experience that allows you to be present in the moment without any of the usual distractions.
Check out these beginner poses from Health Magazine.
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Happy Mother’s Day!
With all the focus on powerful serums, eye creams and masks, you may be putting little thought into your cleanser and toner – if you even use a toner at all. The truth is, your skin depends on them to look and feel its best. Everything else in your skincare regimen – serums, creams, masks – will work BETTER if Step 1 and 2 is done right. So what to look for?
Freeing your skin of dirt, pollutants and make-up is crucial because they can irritate skin and block other treatment products from being absorbed properly. At the same time, keeping it gentle is key because stripping can trigger irritation as well and make your skin overly sensitive to active treatment products. Our ever-so-lightly foaming, sulfate-free Rice Facial Cleanser leaves skin feeling clean, ready for the next step, but also soft and supple thanks to a touch of nourishing Candlenut Oil.
Try the Rice Facial Cleanser – 4.5 oz, $29, All Skin Types
This is your chance to soothe, refresh, hydrate and balance skin’s pH. Not all toners are created equal, though. Avoid harsh ingredients like alcohol, and instead look for hydrating and antioxidant-rich, soothing ingredients. Our Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner, while oil-free and alcohol-free, quenches thirsty skin, soothes and smoothes with a combination of Hyaluronic Acid, Green, White & Black Teas, Rice Bran, and Tamarind Seed. The result: Skin is saturated with vital hydration and stays soft, supple throughout the day. You will notice the difference!
Try the Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner – 4.5 fl oz, $32, All Skin Types
Do you love the deep clean and face massage you get from your favorite electric cleansing brush? Next time, pair it with our Rice Facial Cleanser! Since cleansing brushes provide a deeper and more thorough cleanse (including makeup removal,) it’s all the more important that you pair it with a gentle cleanser that won’t strip skin. Refrain from using a scrub together with your brush and stick to no more than 2-3 times per week.
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Part of the ginger family, turmeric is a native plant to southeast India. Turmeric is most popularly used in two forms: raw and dried. Turmeric has been used for almost 1000 years in cuisine, medicine, makeup, skin care, and clothes dying.
When ingested, turmeric has historically been used to heal stomach and liver ailments. Turmeric powder concoctions have been used to bring down fevers. It can also be used as an anti-bacterial salve on open wounds. Those who consume turmeric on a regular basis report a reduction in arthritis pain, heartburn, sensitive stomachs, headaches, colds, and menstrual cramps. It may also help those with diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s, and certain types of cancer. How? New research showed that daily turmeric ingestion decreased DNA damage by half in a test of blood cells exposed to oxidation. (Percival SS et al. Bioavailability of herbs and spices in humans as determined by ex vivo inflammatory suppression and DNA strand breaks. J Am Coll Nutr. 2012; 31(4):288-94 in Greger M, Stone G. How Not to Die. Flatiron Books, New York 2015, p352.)
Turmeric, with its anti-inflammatory and redness reducing properties, can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions including eczema, allergic hives, and even chicken pox! Turmeric is also a great treatment for acne, as it is both anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory (not to mention anti-oxidant and anti-neoplastic) (Vaugh AR. et al. Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) on Skin Health: A Systemic Review of the Clinical Evidence. Phytother Res. 2016 Aug;30(8):1243-64).
. The JUARA Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask maximizes the healing properties of turmeric by combining it with kaolin clay!
There are no known side effects for applying turmeric directly onto the skin. When ingesting turmeric, however, it is important to remember that turmeric is a blood thinner. Consuming turmeric daily makes it more difficult for your blood to clot, so lessen your turmeric intake if you take medicine that thins your blood, or speak to your doctor.
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“Regimen” may sound restrictive and boring, but a consistent daily regimen is in fact your skin’s best friend. Like with anything in life, a consistent regimen tells you over time what’s working and what needs change because it gives you a solid benchmark to start from. In that way, it not only helps your skin, but it also helps you to get to know your skin better. How to get started?
Select 4-5 products for daily use that provide a solid framework for your skin type and address your top concerns. You can add extra treatment products, like masks or special items, once you feel comfortable with your core and confident that you will stick to it AM and PM. Here are the key elements and principles in a great core:
A good cleanser removes dirt and make-up without stripping skin. Feeling refreshed is good. Feeling “squeaky clean” is overkill. When you strip your skin of its own natural lipid barrier, it’s hard to add it back through product. With a good cleanser, your skin should still feel comfortable and not taught for a whole minute or so after cleansing and before applying a moisturizer.
All skin types, including oily skin, can get dehydrated. Dehydration means that your skin is lacking water and can result in fine dry lines, irritation and redness. Look for a toner with water-binding ingredients, like Hyaluronic Acid or Tamarind Seed Extract. It will plump skin and keep it soft and supple while also making your moisturizer more productive. Avoid irritating and drying ingredients like alcohol.
Antioxidants help prevent premature skin-aging and can even reverse existing signs of aging, such as dullness, lines and wrinkles, large pores and loss of firmness. They also improve redness and other signs of stress. Serums, which are highly concentrated formulations, are great ways to provide skin directly with an extra dose of antioxidants and nutrients. What specific ingredients to look for? Botanicals rich in antioxidants include Turmeric, Clove Flower, Indian Gooseberry, Tea Extracts, Goji Berry and Kombucha.
Whether you have dry or oily skin, the point is to help your skin reach and maintain a healthy balance. If you are dry, choose a moisturizer that enhances and helps rebuild your skin’s own lipid barrier with ingredient that are rich in essential fatty acids, phyto-sterols and/ or ceramide (e.g. Candlenut Oil and Rice Bran Oil). If you are oily, look for ingredients that help purify pores, reduce shine and balance sebum-production (e.g. Ginger, Cinnamon).
Whether you prefer a straight sun screen, a moisturizer or foundation with built-in protection, or a protective powder, consistency is key. Look for a minimum of SPF15 for daily use and make sure it provides broad-spectrum (meaning UVB + UBA) protection.