During the summer when there’s lots of moisture in the air, your lips become like sponges, absorbing water keeping them plump and moisturized. Come Fall and Winter, the change in temperature and lack of humidity causes your lips to dehydrate and dry out, even become cracked and sore. Along with the fact that lips have no oil or sweat glands and are in constant contact with irritants such as spicy food, hot and cold drinks, environmental pollutants, Fall is the perfect time to give your lips a little TLC.
Here are a some simple home remedies to help combat some typical lip issues. Using simple ingredients from the pantry, you can have luscious lips all year round.
Honey Do you have dark pigments on your lips from too much sun? Well honey is your new best friend. Not only is it beneficial in getting rid of those dark pigments, regular use will keep your lips looking soft and luscious. And, if your lips are in need of a little exfoliating, try using a little honey on a toothbrush and brush gently over your lips for super smooth results. Finish by rolling on GingerChi Heal & Shine.
Cucumbers Cool cucumbers are also great for getting rid of dark pigments. Just cut the cucumber into thin slices, then rub the slices over your lips in circular motion for a few minutes. Apply GingerChi Heal & Shine Roll-On to keep your lips looking soft and pink.
CHAPPED OR CRACKED LIPS
Green Tea Bags Love green tea? Have chapped lips? Well put your used teabags to good use and see marvelous improvements in your lips. Gently press a used green tea bag against your lips for at least 4 minutes. Doing this daily will increase moisture to your lips and before you know it, your lips will be back to beautiful!
Sugar Sugar can be a girl’s best friend when it comes to exfoliating. It’s the perfect, natural exfoliant, not just for your face but your lips as well. Just mix a teaspoon of sugar with a teaspoon of honey and rub over your lips in a circular motion. Then relax, leaving it on your lips for 10 minutes before rinsing off to reveal soft lovely lips. Finish off with an application of GingerChi Heal & Shine.
WRINKLES & DRY SKIN
Glycerin & Honey Noticing some fine lines around your lips? Take action now with this quick, easy recipe. Just take a teaspoon of honey, add a couple of drops of glycerin and mix together. Apply the mixture on the lips, leave it on for 15 minutes, then wash off with water and apply GingerChi Heal & Shine Roll-On. You will see a softening of wrinkles and noticeably moisturized lips!
Lemon Juice This lemony remedy will not only nourish your lips, it can help combat aging. Just mix a teaspoon of cream or milk in a bowl with 3 drops of lemon juice. Place the bowl in the fridge for an hour to cool, then apply it gently on and around the lips before going to sleep. This is a great anti-aging beauty tip that you can do daily but expect to see results in as little as 3 days.
For years, the typical way to combat dry lips has been through using with a lip balm. Where balms tend to create a thick protective layer, oils actually help in a speedy recovery of your lips due to their softening and nourishing properties. Not only do oils help bring moisture back into lips, they nurture and renew the skin cells and repair the skin. What’s better than that?
GingerChi’s Heal & Shine Roll-On Lip Oil, featured in Town&Country magazine, with its impressive line-up of oils presents lip care in a whole different light.
The blend is specially formulated to work with skin's natural sebum to benefit the entire lip tissue to leave them soft, plump and infused with Chi. Working to heal cracked, chapped lips, GingerChi’s Heal & Shine Roll-On Lip Oil is packed full of wonderful oils including Moringa, Meadowfoam, Castor and Jojoba Oils, Vitamin E and fortified with essential oils of Rosemary, Peppermint, and of course, our signature Fresh Ginger Root.
Moringa Oil: Not only is Moringa Oil anti-inflammatory, it’s also antibacterial and a great moisturizer. It can smooth and sooth dry skin and chapped lips, help maintain moisture, skin softness and diminish hyper-pigmentation.
Meadowfoam Oil: This antioxidant rich oil has amazing skin softening and moisturizing properties. It has a waxy texture similar to Jojoba Oil; close in composition to natural sebum, Meadowform is silk-like and easily absorbed into skin. It's able to lock in moisture and help other ingredients penetrate deep into the skin as well.
Castor Oil: This fairly thick oil provides a natural protective barrier while nutrients are readily absorbed into skin. Excellent for dry chapped lips.
Jojoba Oil: Rich in vitamins E and B complex as well as several minerals, Jojoba is chemically similar to the skin's natural sebum providing a simple, natural way to restore moisture to your lips so they become smoother and softer.
Vitamin E: is as an antioxidant that fights against the skin cell damage caused by free radicals from exposure to pollution and ultraviolet rays from the sun. Protects your lips during the day and helps repairs damage at night.
Peppermint Essential Oil: Contains antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, helps cool skin and aids in oil secretion, healing cracked lips.
Fresh Ginger Essential Oil: With antifungal, antiseptic, antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, ginger not only fights off skin cell damaging free radicals but also helps heal. The yang properties of ginger bring blood to the surface, stimulating cell renewal as well as diminish dark marks and age spots.
For luscious lips on the go, we recommend keeping GingerChi’s Heal & Shine Roll-On Lip Oil with you at all times and apply as needed.
Spring is here!
Spring is about growth and new beginnings. It’s where winter meets summer, where all things come into balance. It’s the perfect time to clean and clear everything that’s weighed us down during the winter months and prepare for possibilities ahead.
During the winter months with extreme weather conditions and fluctuating temperatures, we tend to hibernate, exercise less, eat more and crave heartier meals. Our body’s self-regulating systems such as the circulatory, respiratory and endocrine systems with their ability to eliminate, can become overloaded and sluggish. Toxins absorbed through food and the environment accumulate and Chi becomes blocked.
This not only takes a toll on the physical body apparent by the condition of our skin, eyes and hair but our well being and spiritual states can also be affected.
Our bodies need to reboot and start afresh.
Spring is the perfect time to detox. Through detoxification, we help our body cleanse away toxins, break down stagnation, shed dead skin cells, stimulate the yang energy, bring fresh blood to the organs and revitalize our Chi.
Relish in Spring’s Bounty
With spring, many fresh local and seasonal fruits and vegetables are now available. Eating seasonal food helps our bodies adjust to change. With the temperatures gradually rising, we require less heavy starches and carbohydrates the body instinctively craved during the winter months.
Spring is about eating lighter, fresher and consuming more liquids.
Excess wastes can accumulate in the colon and along the lower digestive tract. Reduce your sodium intake and cleanse with herbal teas and self-massage. Try our new GingerChi Cleansing Tea as well as our Tummy Tone Massage Oil which both offer gentle detoxification for the digestive system.
Step into Spring
Exercise is the best way to increase circulation and improve the efficiency of the heart. When we exercise we increase the rate at which the body eliminates waste. Exercise also helps decrease accumulation of excess fat and cholesterol in the arteries, which forces the heart to work harder.
Traditional Chinese Medicine believe each organ is associated with an element. Heart - fire, Earth - stomach and spleen, Kidneys - Water, Lung - metal and Liver - wood. Chi Kung, Tai Chi and Yoga are gentle forms of exercise which work with the body’s elements to bring them into alignment. The movements and postures help stimulate the meridian points, releasing blockages and cultivate Chi (prana).
Check out the set of Chi Kung exercises included in our Total Detox and Rejuvenation Chi Kit.
Nourish the feminine
For women, the menstrual cycle is another way in which the body cleanses itself. For women excess toxins in the body can result in painful periods as
well as swollen and tender breasts before and during the menstrual cycle. Massaging the breast and lower abdomen can help move these accumulated toxins out of the body. GingerChi has created our Nourish line of therapeutic massage oils to assist with caring for a woman’s body and specific needs. The GingerChi Breast Oil helps decrease swelling and pain while also firming the breast and décolletage. The GingerChi Uterine Oil works to tone the uterus and eliminate stagnant Chi, which can lead to fibroids, painful periods and infertility.
Out with the old and in with the new
The skin and lymphatic systems are also prime areas of the body for detoxification. Did you know that we eliminate up to 1/3 of our waste through our skin? Never underestimate the value of a good sweat. The lymphatic system is also helped by exercise as our lymphatic fluid is circulated through muscle movement. A healthy lymphatic system protects us from sickness and disease.
Both the skin and the lymphatic system are helped by dry skin brushing. The GingerChi Meridian Dry Brush System is one of our most popular products. Dry skin brushing enhances Chi by stimulating circulation of lymph, breaking up cellulite, and sloughing dead skin cells off the body surface. GingerChi Revitalizing Sugar Scrub and GingerChi Juniper Oil containing Ginger, grapefruit and Juniper Oils, naturally brightens, tones and renews skin.
Regular Lymphatic massage can also be practiced on the various lymphatic nodes on the face and neck area. Using the GingerChi Chi Jade Roller and GingerChi GuaSha not only helps smooth out fine lines but can stimulate points to release toxins, increasing Chi and lymph flow.
The Ayurvedic method of Oil Pulling is a wonderful way to pull toxins from the body while clearing bacteria from the mouth. Swish daily with GingerChi Oral Detox and you will notice not only whiter teeth but an overall feeling of health.
Detox your environment
While spring is a great time to detoxify your body, it’s also the perfect time to de-clutter and Detox your environment. The term “spring-cleaning” couldn’t be more appropriate.
Check out your home cleaning supplies. Many cleaning products contain toxic chemicals that can pollute your home create health issues. There are many responsible companies now that offer safe and sustainable products that are kind to people and the environment.
To clear stagnant energy around you, simply spritz some of our GingerChi Hydrating Chi Mist over yourself as well the surrounding area. The Rose and Roman Chamolmile floral waters will soothe and refresh your Chi.
Clutter can overload our senses, affecting our well being as well as our mental and spiritual states. Organizing, getting rid of excess, physically as well as what’s not working in your life will surely liberate and inspire you to live a more happy, healthier and harmonious life.
To jump-start the detox of your surroundings, we recommend this an inspiring book by Japanese author, Marie Kondo: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
We leave you with this parting thought. Spring is an amazing and uplifting time of year. A season of change and growth that can inspire us to reach new heights.
It is when we understand the nature of balance, the yin and yang of life, that harmony and true happiness can be achieved.
The extremes of summer wreak havoc on not only your skin but your hair takes a beating as well. Hair exposed to heat and sun tends to get drier, thinner and more brittle. Sweat and dust contributed by summers increase hair problems like dandruff, split ends, frizziness and increased hair fall.
While the conditions of summer can cause bad hair days and long-term damage, a little pre-emptive care is all your hair needs to stay beautiful!
1. Don't over-shampoo as it can dry out your hair.
2. Use mild shampoo and only on the scalp.
3. Don’t shampoo before going swimming, natural oils help to protect against damage.
4. Do not let salt or chlorinated water remain on your hair for too long. Wash out as soon as you can.
5. Avoid adding more heat i.e. blow drying, curling or straightening iron- your hair already takes a beating from the sun.
6. Trim split ends before there’s too much damage.
7. Drink more water, your skin and hair will benefit. Include as much fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet as possible.
8. Limit hair washing even if you feel your hair needs it. Rinse and use conditioner instead or try a dry shampoo.
9. Avoid any styling product that has formaldehyde or alcohol and products that contain the tags "Volumizing" or "Bouncy".
10. Deep conditioning and overnight treatments, like the GingerChi Penetrating Shine Serum are a must to keep your hair hydrated and nourished.
GingerChi Penetrating Shine Serum contains a blend oils rich in vitamins and moisturizing properties. Fresh Ginger, known to promote hair growth with Rosemary, Lavender, and Atlas Cedar increase blood flow to the scalp and strengthen hair while Camellia (the oil used by Japanese Giesha’s), Meadowfoam, Baobab, Coconut, Jojoba, and Crambe seed oils provide nutrients, moisture and shine. Massage into scalp to stimulate and revitalize chi to counteract dryness and dandruff caused by sun and heat.
Use weekly as an overnight deep oil treatment to give your scalp and hair a blast of penetrating nutrients. Slightly warm the oil, massage into scalp and ends. Put on a shower cap and wrap a towel around your head. In the morning, after washing your hair you will notice how soft, shiny and manageable it is!
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