ALOE VERA, THE MAGIC PLANT
Why is Aloe Vera such a powerful ingredients in skincare products, and why should you incorporate it in your everyday skincare routine.
Benefits of Aloe Vera on Irritated, sensitive and acne-prone Skin
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- Its anti-inflammatory properties can reduce skin swelling and irritation due to external environmental factors or reactions to topical products
- It supports the production and release of collagen
- It speeds up wound and scar healing
- It reduces the swelling from burns especially sunburns
- It treats fungal and bacterial infections
- It has an antioxidant effect that can help repair sun damage and slow down the aging process of the skin
- It contains 98% water, which helps moisturize, soothe, and hydrate the skin
- It helps to make the skin more flexible and supple, rather than stiff and leathery
- It has a cooling effect on rashes or sunburns
Severe irritated and sensitive skin can need medications, but sometimes aloe vera can heal the skin if rashes are mild. This powerful plant is renowned for its anti-inflammatory, cosmetic, and medicinal properties; additionally, it's a rich source of vitamins A, B, C, E, and antioxidants. The transparent gel-like liquid in the leaf's inner part gives us amazing skin advantages which can heal wounds and inflammation, including skin rashes, skin irritation, and mild burns. The aloe vera extracts also have unusual skin-healing and moisturizing properties because their gel is built up of over 98% water.
You can directly apply aloe vera gel from the plant, or you can purchase body and skincare products made from the plant itself. Most of the time, products found in the market is always mixed with chemicals and other preservatives. Make sure you purchase one that is naturally produced. A good option is the Aloe Tonic, and The Cure Clarifying Facial Serum from Babe Essentials.
Benefits of Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera provides amazing benefits, especially if your skin is sensitive and easily irritated. After adding this beneficial ingredient to your skincare routine, you will obtain the many benefits it has to offer. Incorporating a consistent routine will aloe vera will get you flawless looking skin. Read below to know the benefits and reasons you need to incorporate the magic plant in your skincare regimen.
Sun rays are beneficial for the human body, but excessive sun exposure can cause damage, particularly to those who have sensitive skin. Aloe is best for treating burns and is completely safe to use topically. Applying aloe vera gel on the affected area multiple times per day will improve your irritation in less than two days. However, it won't offer appropriate treatment for more severe burns, including boils, blisters, and peeling skin. Try to apply sunscreen daily to avoid sunburns.
Cleanses the Skin from external factors
Aloe Vera can improve the recovery of your skin by clearing the build-up caused by pollution and dirt. Aloe is packed with antiseptic and antibacterial properties that clean impurities considerately and shield skin from bacteria, preventing acne breakouts and skin infections. In addition, it preserves the skin from the damaging effects of pollution and makes the skin more resilient and flexible than hard and leathery.
Reduced Signs of Aging
Your skin looks more wrinkled, saggy, and less flexible as you get older. Aloe Vera can delay the process of aging when applied consistently; it balances the skin's moisture and reestablishes its radiance. When you regularly use aloe vera on your face, wrinkles and fine lines start to diminish and you will notice a clear differentiation in your skin’s daily texture. In addition, Aloe vera is a noted ingredient in many anti-wrinkle creams and can boost skin elasticity and repair skin cells. Therefore, it helps to prevent premature aging of the skin.
Diminish Skin Irritation
Aloe vera has antimicrobial capabilities, and anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent infections, treat irritation, inflammation, and skin rashes. It is the most beneficial ingredient for sensitive skin due to its cooling properties, instantly relieving irritated skin affected by infection, sunburn, rash, and itchiness. This is the perfect essential ingredient during the summer time.
Moisturize the skin
Aloe Vera has been declared to be an exceptional moisturizer also for oily and sensitive skin. So if you don't feel comfortable with heavy and greasy moisturizers, you should go for products that contains the hero ingredient of aloe. Skip the chemically packed products and go for something more natural. Using aloe vera frequently on the face can help to moisturize the skin and treat various skin conditions. Aloe Vera frequently holds 96% of water, and without any greasy feeling, it locks in moisture right after applying it on the skin.
Aloe works wonders when combined with other ingredients. So another way to include Aloe Vera in your daily skincare routine is to choose skincare products that have Aloe Vera ingredients in them. Aloe is best combined with essential oils such as tea tree, lavender, clove, to name a few. Here are the two best Aloe products from Babe Essentials.
Our Facial Toner is packed with numerous and powerful ingredients such as: Aloe Barbadensis Miller (Aloe Vera Gel), Hamamelis (Witch Hazel), and Glycerin. A toner is the second step of your skincare routine and preps your skin for the next product. It eliminates dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. It refreshes the skin and balances the skin's pH level without removing its natural moisture.
The Cure Aloe Clarifying Facial Serum is one of our best sellers. It is called the magic serum. It help decrease sebum levels and makes a perfect serum for acne-prone or oily skin. Enriched with enzymes, Vitamins A and C, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory essential oils, the serum help lift impurities, clarify skin, reduce breakouts, and soothe and hydrate your skin. In addition, it can stimulate the skin's barrier, enhance skin appearance and uneven skin tone.
Now that you know the many benefits that Aloe has to offer your skin, it's time to incorporate the magic plant into your skincare routine.
What Is the Best Hair Oil? Well, that Depends on Your Hair Type
The question “what is the best hair oil” comes up time and time again. Rather than giving you an intimidating list of different products that you should try, I'm going to explain the different types of oils that are used for the hair, the purposes they serve, and then provide a recommendation based on your type of hair.
To know which hair oil is truly the best for you, first, you have to ask yourself what you’re looking to get out of the product. So, what benefits are you looking for in your hair oils?
Are you looking for the best hair oil for dry hair? How about the best hair oil for hair growth? Dry scalp? All oils aren’t created equally, which means that different oils provide certain benefits for certain hair types.
Now with that in mind, we’d love to share with you our favorite 5 hair oils that you can use for your specific hair type.
- Avocado Oil
- Olive Oil
- Haitian Black Castor Oil
- Argan Oil
- Coconut Oil
These hair oils can be used to help with
- Hair Growth
- Dry Hair
- Dry Scalp
- Fine Hair
Read on to see how these hair oils can be used to help your hair.
Avocados are known to be a superfood but did you know that avocado oil can also be great for your hair? The fatty, rich fruit has several vitamins and minerals that can help tame frizzy hair while promoting growth and shine.
Avocado Oil is rich in antioxidants, minerals, essential fatty acid, biotin, vitamin A, vitamin B-5 and vitamin E.
According to Healthline, biotin, vitamin B-5, and vitamin E promote hair strength. Avocado oil also helps stimulate blood flow to the scalp and unblocks clogged hair follicles which helps fight hair loss.
Maintaining a healthy diet is the best way to keep your hair strong and healthy. Consider adding more avocado to your diet or swapping out cooking oils with avocado oil to get the best results.
How to use Avocado Oil in your hair
There are different ways you can use avocado oil in your hair. For example :
- Conditioning; massage a nickel-sized amount of avocado oil into your scalp. Skin absorbs the oil easily, so don’t worry about it leaving a greasy residue, and if you use too much, you can always wash it out.
- Hair Mask; you can purchase avocado-based hair masks or create your own. Mix: 1 avocado, 1 tbsp avocado oil, 1tbsp coconut oil, and 1 tbsp honey. Mix in a blender to avoid lumpy texture. Apply the mask to your hair and let it sit from 20 minutes up to 3 hours. Wash with warm water.
- Detangler; run a dab of avocado oil through the tangled parts of your hair. Let it sit for a minute and brush your hair.
- Anti-Breakage Solution; use avocado oil sparingly on the tips of your hair to guard hair against split ends.
- Styling; for frizzy hair, apply a small amount of avocado oil on the tips of your hair to smooth out frizz or to lock curls in.
- Overnight Treatment; massage avocado oil into dry scalp and comb through hair. You can wear it overnight with a hair wrap or cap and wash out in the morning.
Avocado oil works well with fine, dry, and damaged hair. It helps lock curls in place and promotes hair growth. It’s compatible with different hair types and styles.
Olive oil is a liquid fat loaded with antioxidants. It’s normally used in cooking but olive oil is loaded with rich nutrients and works well almost every hair type (except very thin & fine hair).
Olive Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamin A, and vitamin E.
According to Byrdie, olive oil works as a sealant to help retain moisture. The vitamins and healthy fats in olive oil make for the perfect scalp itch relief. It also helps fight bacterial infections while strengthening hair.How to use Olive Oil in your Hair
When and if you’re shopping for olive oil, look for organic extra virgin olive oil so you're not adding chemicals to your hair.
- On the day you wash your hair, try mixing honey and olive and massaging into your hair to help seal in moisture and reduce split ends. Add 3 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of honey and apply after shampooing hair. Let sit for 30-60 mins and rinse. Try once a week for optimal results.
- Tea tree "balances the hair by adjusting the ability to penetrate the strand.” Repeat steps from above but replace the honey with tea tree instead.
Olive oil is best used on dry thick hair, processed hair and split ends.
Haitian Black Castor Oil
Castor oil is full of fatty acids and powerful antioxidants, such as vitamin E, that have been shown to have benefits for your scalp and hair.
Haitian Black Castor Oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, ricinoleic acid, anti-oxidants, vitamin E, minerals, and protein.
According to Kreyol Essence, Haitian Black Castor Oil is rich in ricinolein acid and can heal and carry moisture to the hair. It also increases blood circulation and hair growth. It’s antioxidants fight off scalp infections which help prevent hair loss.
How to use Haitian Black Castor Oil in your hair
- Before drying your hair, apply a thin layer of Haitian Black Castor Oil to add volume and body as well as a lovely sheen.
- Apply to the itchy scalp for instant relief
- Apply a few drops to the ends of your hair to repair split ends
- Gently comb Haitian Black Castor Oil through damp hair and sleep with a shower cap on for the perfect leave-in-conditioner, best results on curly hair
Haitian Black Castor Oil makes it perfect for dense, coarse hair and styling curly hair. Ricinoleic acid helps promote hair growth but this oil is on the thicker side as far as hair oils go so it works best with thick hair.
Argan oil, otherwise known as “liquid gold”, has smaller molecules than most hair oils, making it easier for it to penetrate hair cuticles. It is full of rich nutrients that have been shown to have benefits for your hair. Argan Oil is rich in fatty acids, anti-oxidants and vitamin E.
According to Ipsy, argan oil helps with dandruff. Apply a small amount to the scalp for quick itch relief. It makes your hair shinier because of the high concentration of fatty acids, protects hair against breakage and UV rays and detangles, and seals split ends.How to use Argan Oil in your hair
- Argan oil works as a hydrating and refreshing hair mask. Apply a generous amount of argan oil on your hair. Let sit for 15-30 minutes. To remove excess oil, wash out with shampoo and then condition.
- Comb a generous amount of oil to damp, towel-dried hair from ends to your roots.
Argan oil is best used on medium to coarse hair.
Coconut oil is used as cooking oil, skin, and hair treatment, but did you know that coconut oil comes from coconuts? Coconuts are rich in nutrients and vitamins that promote hair health and growth. Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E.
According to Healthline, there are possible health benefits to using coconut oil in your hair such as lice prevention, protection against UV rays, dandruff treatment and it works as a hair loss prevention.
How to use Coconut Oil in your hair
Coconut hair reduces hair damage and helps reduce hair loss.There are different ways you can use it in your hair but know that a little goes a long way, you don’t want your hair looking greasy by overdoing it.
- Coconut oil can be used as a conditioner. Shampoo your hair as normal and use coconut oil from the midsection to the ends.
- Rub coconut oil through your hair and let it sit overnight or a few hours to use as a hair mask.
- Apply coconut oil to your scalp before bed to use as a scalp treatment.
Haitian Black Castor Oil makes it perfect for dense, coarse hair and styling curly hair. Ricinoleic acid helps promote hair growth but this oil is on the thicker side as far as hair oils go so it works best with thick hair.
Our Favorite Hair Treatment
Babe Essential “Long Hair Don’t Care” is our favorite overall hair treatment. Not only does it moisturize your hair, but it also strengthens and is amazing for hair growth.
Shake the bottle well and cut the tip before use. By using the tip, start applying the oil all over your dry scalp making sure that the oil has spread all over.
Massage a fair amount of the oil mixture on your scalp for the oil to enter your hair follicles. Do not leave the oil on for more than 24 hours.
You may also use this oil treatment under the heat for 10-15 minutes. To remove the oil, shampoo, and condition hair as usual. For better results, apply once or twice a week.
This oil treatment is designed to support natural hair growth for hair loss or thinning hair. It promotes fuller hair growth and leaves your hair healthy, shiny, and more manageable.
I hope I was able to make this a little more clear. To recap, these are the best hair oils for these specific hair types.
- Hair Growth - avocado oil, Haitian black castor oil
- Dry Hair - olive oil, avocado oil
- Frizziness - avocado oil, Haitian black castor oil,
- Dry Scalp - avocado oil, olive oil, Haitian black castor oil, argan oil, coconut oil
- Fine Hair - argan oil, avocado oil
There are thousands of different products on the market that have all sorts of weird ingredients that are probably doing even more damage to your hair.
We did the homework for you so now you can make an educated decision for which oil is best for your specific hair type.
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battling skin irritation.
A skincare guide to treating sensitive, irritated and acne prone skin with powerful natural ingredients.
What is Sensitive Skin?
According to Medical News Today, “Sensitive skin is a common issue but not a medical diagnosis in itself. The term generally refers to skin that is more prone to inflammation or adverse reactions. People with sensitive skin may have strong reactions to chemicals, dyes, and fragrances present in products that come into contact with the skin”.
Taking care of sensitive skin can be tricky and challenging. From an unexpected rash to uncontrollable redness, finding the solution to calming the skin can seem complicated and hopeless. However, do not settle! There are solutions to this problem, and I will share with you how I solved my problems with sensitive skin.
The most important thing is that you need to be willing to adapt to a new lifestyle. One that is clean, toxic- free, and simple.
Your environment, the food you eat, and of course, the products you use on your skin, all have an impact on it's reaction. The solution is simple: as best as you can, establish a clean and natural lifestyle. This means eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, and using pure skincare products on your body.
My journey with sensitive skin started about 3 years ago when I unexpectedly had a bumpy rash around my mouth, chin, and dry patches on the corner of my nose. I had absolutely no idea what it was. What i did know, was that it made me feel uncomfortable and not happy in my skin.
After weeks of uncomfortable rashes and hours of research, I found out it was a skin condition called “Perioral Dermatitis”.
According to AOCD, “Perioral Dermatitis is a facial rash that tends to occur around the mouth. Most often it is red and slightly scaly or bumpy. Any itching or burning is mild. It may spread up around the nose, and occasionally the eyes while avoiding the skin adjacent to the lips. The cause is unknown.”
After seeing my dermatologist, who confirmed that is was “Perioral Dermatitis”, I was prescribed with medicated creams.
Believe it or not, my rash became worse as my skin rejected the treatment. I had to find a solution. By this point it was taking affecting my daily life. For example, I did not want to go to the supermarket because I was ashamed what people would think (and it was a shame, because I LOVE grocery shopping!)
I decided to do more reasearch. From the results, I came to the conclusion that steroid creams and over the counter treatments were not durable solutions to the problem.
Instead, holistic and natural remedies were the only solution to a long term, complete fix. I started reading and hearing other babe's stories, talking about the natural at-home remedies they were making and using succesfully! It was then that I discovered the immense benefits of pure, natural ingredients such as: Aloe Vera, Honey, Activated Charcoal, Natural oils and Essentials oils.
At this point in my skincare journey, my mom and I created Babe Essentials' best seller, the Clarifying Face Gel, an aloe vera gel base acne treatment. Luckily for me, my mother grows her own aloe vera plants. When I had flare ups, I took an aloe leaf, scraped out the gel and used it as face mask.
And just like that, our famous clarifying face gel was born. So simple, yet so powerful.
I was amazed at the results from a change so simple as using pure ingredients. After a week, my flare ups had decreased almost completely.
In October 2019, we developed Gentle Babe, Babe Essentials’ face oil for sensitive skin, to complete the sensitive skin routine. I personally use it as the last step, for extra moisture and hydration: It leaves my face moisturized and glowing. Bye-bye uncomfortable rashes!
Top ingredients for sensitive skin
What are the top ingredients to help improve sensitive skin? These ingredients have been used for ages by traditional communities to treat their skin, improve their bodies, and heal themselves naturally.
- Aloe Vera
- Sesame Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Calming essential oils such as: lavender and chamomile
What are the best Babe Essentials Products for Sensitive Skin?
Are you wondering what products are safe to use on sensitive skin?
The first step to dealing with sensitive skin is to be aware of all the ingredients your beauty products contain. We know it can be tough to find that out, because skincare ingredients are often long and complicated (salice-what?)
At Babe Essentials, we are firm believers in using only natural, clean, and pure ingredients. Combine that with a carefully selected, simple and effective ingredient list and you find out our secret...the less ingredients, the better!
Babe Essentials So Sensitive bundle
A Babe Essentials step by step guide to a clean and effective sensitive skincare routine.
Help stop the loss
This month is Breast Cancer Awareness month and we have partnered with GCSS (Groupe de Support contre le Cancer), a non-profit organization based in Haiti that supports the fight against Cancer. Proceeds of the month will be donated to the organization ad a way to support and financially help people who need treatment. I had the pleasure of speaking to Pascale Liautaud Drouin, VP of GSCC on Wednesday October 7th, for Babe Essentials Wellness Wednesdays. If you missed it, you can view it here. Below is a Q & A with Pascale.
Tell us the story behind GSCC and how was it created?
The GSCC was founded in 1999 by a group of ladies and one Man , who had either survived Breast Cancer or been caregivers to a loved one battling Breast Cancer. These women had had the chance The Group started with the goal of providing moral support to Breast Cancer patients and working on bringing awareness about Breast Cancer and the importance of Early Detection. We had members who pledged a yearly amount, which helped us pay for flyers and educational material . We would organize talks in community centers in the Port au Prince area and partnered with local labs and international organizations to help fund mammograms for women. We quickly realized that we would need to enlarge our scope because once we encouraged women to do regular self breast exams and visit their gynecologist, many became faced with a financial dilemma. Those who found out that they needed treatment often did not have the means to do so. We originally made a call to our members and asked for a donation to help, but as the numbers of patients increased this became more difficult. So within 1 years we began organizing fundraisers to be able to help finance 25% of treatment (doctors visits, mastectomies, chemo and medication). We then started to receive calls from other types of cancer patients, we had made a commitment to focus on Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer for our next 2 years, then because of the increase in calls we began helping patients with any cancer. Our awareness programs continue to focus mainly on Feminine Cancers but we have included Prostate cancer.
How did you get involved? And what is your current position and responsibility?
When my Mother came back from her Breast Cancer treatment in the States , she was she kept asking herself how many women in Haiti must die of Breast Cancer because they simply do noy know they have it or the detect it too late. She went looking for the old League Contre le Cancer that functioned until the mid 1980's and found nothing. So she rounded a few women, myself included and Dr. Harry Borde and we started meeting to see how we could help women who did not have the means realize that having Cancer was not a death sentence. That early detection was the key.
What has been the most challenging part about working for an organization such as GSCC and what has been the solution to that challenge?
I would say there are two major challenges, The first has been dealing with our cultural beliefs. Finding the right way to explain the need for detection and treatment to a polpulation that often links sickness to mystic. I can say that we have definitely seen a change, and many cancer patients come to us earlier for help and follow through with the treatments til the end. The second challenge is the fact that we are a volunteer based organization and it is often difficult to find people to commit to long term or consitant involvement. We have great partners who are always ready to help us when we have our activities, however also we need people who can help us with the adminsitrative aspect which any organiztion needs.
Over the years how did you and your team create an impact in Haiti? How would you say you spread awareness and education to women who live in very difficult conditions?
I believe that the GSCC has opened up the dialogue about Cancer in Haiti. Often in the past people did not talk about "Le Grand Mal", but now not only do the have conversations about Cancer they often volunteer to help others going through the same experience.
We have awareness sessions where we send groups of doctors and medical students to the provinces and partner up with churches, schools , clinics or other organizations and we talk about Cancer, the risks , the ways to help prevent it such as healthy eating, and also teach self breast examinations.We then form local volunteers on how to teach self breast examinations and spread awareness as well. That way when we leave the word continues to be spread. When we do our fund raisers in PAP they are often coupled with radio talks where we talk about the GSCC and the importance of early detection. When we have our annual WALK-A-THON, we always have a group of volunteers giving out flyers and talking to the marchands or bystanders explaing the reason for the Walk.
What have you accomplished since the organization was created? Have you reached your goal yet?
I would say that the biggest accomplishment of the GSCC is that when we first started 20 years ago 9/10 patients who came to us for assistance were already at a very advanced stage of cancer, where as today I would say that 7/10 patients are at an early stage of the disease so the GSCC truly helps them survive. Have we reached our Goals ? No, we want 10/10 of the patients who come to us to be at an early stage so that the survival rate as well increases. We would also like to see Haiti have a complete Cancer diagnostic and treatment Center so that patients do not have to travel to the DR or only take part of the treatment for lack of funds to travel.
Can you share any future plans and projects?
We had dedicated 2020 to be an awareness year where we had planned several monthly sessions on the Radios ,talking about different cancers, their risk factors , Healthy eating and etc. Digicel had offered us a Hotline for Q&A as well as referrals. Unfortunately , COVID-19 but a halt to the campaign but we are planning to start it up again before December. We have had 2 difficult years due to the polictical unrest and Covid , 2 years where our teams could not go out to do any awareness and we unable to do any of our regular fundaraisers. So we are in the process of restructuring and modernizing our ways. We had a virtual Wellnees day in June and are looking at other ideas to get our message out and to raise funds.
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A safe space where knowledge has no limits.
Welcome to our first ever blog post, where you’ll be able to read and gain knowledge about everything skincare, beauty, and wellness. When we founded Babe Essentials in 2017, never did we think we’d make it grow to what it is today; a soon to be globally known brand known for it’s pure quality products, it’s focus on female empowerment, it’s dedication to the farmers who provide amazing raw ingredients, and it’s commitment to accompany all babes to look and feel the best that they can be. Growing up in Haiti, I was introduced to a more traditional or holistic way of using the island’s raw materials. Incorporating these ingredients in my daily life became a routine. The benefits were life changing. We created this space to share exactly that. A space where we share the benefits of pure and natural raw materials and the many way to incorporate them in your beauty and skincare routine.
We believe that using the pure, natural and timeless ingredients nature has to offer is the path to beautiful skin and being an overall healthier human. You will soon realize why that is through our many blogs posts. We aim to give all Babes the long-term results they are looking for by emphasizing a raw and organic skincare routine. We produce and distribute skincare products that are ultra-high quality, environmentally sustainable, socially impactful, and driven by results. On this blog, we will share that knowledge with you.
We are excited to share our world, mission, goal, and beliefs with you by updating you on everything Babe Essentials.
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