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Why Your Skin Craves The Use Of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil set the standard for oils in the beauty industry and it’s one of our favorites here at Jane Inc.

When an ingredient provides so many internal benefits, it’s only natural that you should be able to use it externally too. Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids that provide a heap of health benefits, most notably helping to keep the heart healthy as it increases good cholesterol in the body and converts bad cholesterol to good cholesterol.

So long to all those myths about coconut oil increasing your risk for heart disease!

This article is not about the internal benefits though.

Instead, we want to to tell you how applying coconut oil externally can transform your skin from blah to beautiful in no time at all!

So grab a snack (these coconut treats are pretty fitting!) and keep on reading…

Coconut Oil Keeps Your Skin Youthful

Coconut oil is well-known for its anti-aging properties and feels absolutely luxurious on the skin thanks to its rich array of fatty acids that help to smooth and hydrate the skin. Antioxidants, like Vitamin E, help to neutralize free radicals that contribute to the signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, while helping to repair the skin and restore collagen for plump and youthful skin.

Who would have thought your best kept secret for youthful skin was sitting on your kitchen counter?

Clears Breakouts In a Jiffy and Fades and Prevents Scars

If you still believe the old myth that “oil causes more oil” than we’re here to bust that myth once and for all! Acne is a result of inflammation in the skin and the pores, but the fatty acids in coconut oil will reduce this inflammation right away. Coconut oil is also rich in Lauric acid, Caprylic acid and Capric acid, all of which offer powerful antimicrobial benefits to kill bacteria that may contribute to breakouts. Vitamin E’s tissue repairing properties will help to prevent your skin from scarring as well as reduce the appearance of any scars you may have.

Hydrates Like No Other

Finally we can talk about what coconut oil is most well known for of all; its ability to sink deep into the pores and deliver a potent dose of hydration. Medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil (MCTs) provide humectant properties. This means coconut oil will hydrate the skin, as well as prevent a loss of moisture through the pores so your skin will stay hydrated, no gimmicks here!

If you were unsure before, we hope you’re positive now that coconut oil will solve all your skin woes!

Detox Your Body With An At Home Mud Bath

Mud has been used for centuries for therapeutic purposes and it’s still one of the best and safest ways to enjoy a full body detox. You’re probably familiar with seeing a mud wrap or mud bath on the menu at your favorite spa or perhaps you’ve seen women luxuriating in mud baths at the spa in your favorite chick flick.

Either way, if you haven’t tried a mud treatment for yourself, you’re probably curious as to what the benefits actually are. Can soaking in a tub full of mud really be that good for you? The simple answer is yes!

Keep reading to learn a little more about mud baths and how to treat yourself to one right in the comfort of your own home!

What is a Mud Bath?

Before you head out to your yard during your next rainstorm to gather some mud, we encourage you to keep reading!

The mud used in traditional mud baths is usually from volcanic ash that has combined with natural mineral water from hot springs. The two most common muds used in mud treatments are bentonite clay and montmorillonite (from Montmorillon in France).

The mud used has a negative ionic charge and alkaline pH, which helps to draw free radicals and toxins out of the body via the skin. This not only helps to detoxify the body, but it nourishes the skin as well.

What are Some of the Benefits of Mud Baths?

There are many benefits associated with traditional mud bathing so we’ll name just a few of our favorites!

Mud baths help to draw impurities out of your skin, which in essence means that a mud bath is just as good for you internally as it is for you externally. They help to provide a full body exfoliation, so you can say goodbye to dry, itchy skin and hello to gorgeous, glowing skin!

Mud baths are also wonderful for boosting circulation in the skin and soothing inflammatory conditions such as rosacea and eczema.

Last, but not least, if you’re suffering from sore joints or muscles then a mud bath will help to relieve your muscle pain and leave your skin silky soft to the touch!

How To Enjoy an At-Home Mud Bath

If you’re reluctant to try your first mud bath at a spa, then why not try one at home? It may seem impossible or messy, but with our Apothecary Bath Mud, you may be pleasantly surprised!

Our bath mud contains a blend of sea salt, bentonite clay and activated charcoal powder with the uplifting scent of cedarwood essential oil to really take your detoxification experience to the next level!

Be sure to drink a glass of water before and after your mud bath, as it’s important to stay hydrated while your body releases toxins. Happy soaking!

The Dangers of Synthetic Fragrance In Skincare (PLUS: 3 of the Worst!)

Who doesn’t like to smell good, we know we sure do! Unfortunately, many people rely on their nearest department store to stock them up with beautiful bottles of brand name perfumes that may smell delicious, but cover up an array of dangerous chemicals.

It may seem impossible that such pretty packaging and decadent smelling perfumes can actually be harmful for you, but that’s the sad truth. Not only can they cause skin irritation and inflammation in sensitive skin, but they can actually affect your health, which we find pretty terrifying!

Keep reading for three of the most common and harmful synthetics lurking behind your innocent looking perfume bottles and skincare.

Propylene Glycol

Originally an addition to antifreeze, we don’t want this synthetic liquid alcohol anywhere near our skin!

Propylene glycol has been shown to cause irritation in sensitive skin and may increase inflammation in inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as well as being incredibly drying for some individuals.

That said, not enough research has been done on this synthetic making it one you definitely want to steer clear of rather than allowing yourself to be a human guinea pig.

Phthalates

Pronounced “tha-lates”, phthalates comprise of a group of chemicals most commonly found in plastics to make them more pliable, but they’re also one of the most common synthetics found in cosmetics including perfumes.

Phthalates are used in the perfume process to dissolve raw materials, but are known endocrine disruptors, meaning they can throw your hormonal system out of whack creating long-term problems and may even contribute to infertility!

Keep in mind that many perfumes nowadays may state that they are “phthalate free” on the label, but this does not mean the other ingredients present are natural! Become a pro at decoding labels so you always know what’s in your products.

Musk

Derived from the musk gland of the male musk deer, not much research has been done in regards to toxic reactions on the body. However, it is stated that musk may cause allergic reactions and sensitivity, so make sure you stay far away from this one.

You may have expected to see the usual culprits such as parabens and so on on this list, but we think the ingredients that have very little research behind them are even more sinister. At least you know to avoid parabens as they disrupt your endocrine system or increase your risk of cancer, but in the case of the less researched synthetics, you have no idea what the long-term effects will be.

Smelling good is not worth putting your health at risk, especially when there are other wonderful natural alternatives out there. All of our products at Jane Inc smell heavenly, but we rely on all natural essential oils to scent our products and never any chemicals!

2 Simple Ways To Take Your At Home Yoga Practice To The Next Level

If you’re like most at home yogis, you turn to your daily yoga practice to clear your head.

When life gets especially overwhelming though, it can be easy to skip time on the mat and instead cocoon yourself in a cozy blanket for the day. This is usually the time when you need yoga the most, and could actually benefit from taking it to the next level.

When you’re struggling to find fresh inspiration in your moving meditation and want to expand your yoga home practice, here are two helpful ways you can take it up a notch (or two!).

Create a Calming Atmosphere

Before you hop on your mat and dive into your first vinyasa, it’s important to set the mood by creating an atmosphere that will support your practice. By spritzing some of our Less Stress spray into the air and taking a few deep breaths, your mind will start to clear, your heart rate will slow down and you’ll ease into your practice in the best way possible!

Also be sure to practice in a room that feels relaxing for you. We recommend a room with no clutter, lighting a few candles and perhaps even playing some soothing music in the background. Your yoga practice is time for you so be sure to enjoy every minute of it.

Upgrade your Savasana

We all look forward to a good savasana at the end of a sweaty (or calming) practice. This is the time for you to allow the nutrients of your practice to set in and it sets the tone for the whole day ahead. Of course you may be practicing at night, in which case your savasana sets the tone for a great night’s rest!

This pose may seem super simple, but it’s actually one of the most challenging for the simple fact that you have to completely relax, and unfortunately many of us are not wired this way. To help you stay in the present moment and get the most out of your savasana, we recommend placing one of our incredibly soothing eye pillows gently over your eyes. By blocking out light and allowing the soothing aroma of lavender to fill your nostrils, you’ll soon feel completely relaxed.

These tips may seem too easy, but small things like this can really make all the difference. Give it a try and share your results with us!

4 Of The Best Essential Oils For Congestion In A Refreshing Spray

We may still be enjoying warmer temps, but that doesn’t mean a cold can’t creep up and take us by surprise.

Many of us assume that colds and flu plague us only around the winter months, but in fact, there are many factors that can contribute to the sniffles. Stress and poor diet are two big causes so by addressing lifestyle factors, you’ll really help to boost your immune system so that you can avoid weeks off work, or being homebound while your friends enjoy that tropical vacay!

Life happens though, so if you do find yourself feeling under the weather, be sure to have our breathe spray handy in your handbag! Filled with a complex and very effective blend of ingredients that will provide almost instant relief, this is one product that will soon become a staple in your life.

Keep reading to find out a little more about some of the wonderful essential oils for congestion in this refreshing spray.


Eucalyptus

The strong, refreshing scent of eucalyptus will provide almost instant relief from congestion and pain associated with congestion, such as a sinus headache.

It’s the most effective oil for any kind of cold or respiratory infection and will also help to protect against future viruses. Just a whiff of this powerful oil will do the trick, so spray some of our oil in a tissue throughout the day and inhale the scent whenever you need some quick relief.

If you have more time, we especially recommend spritzing some in the shower so that your shower can fill with the soothing steam!

Lavender

This herb is known for its soothing and calming properties, just what you need to help you drift off in the midst of an annoying cold. Lavender is also wonderful for relieving sinus congestion making this one ingredient you want on your side when you don’t feel your best.


Bergamot

Avoid antibiotics from the doc and try natural alternatives instead!

Bergamot has potent natural antibiotic, antibacterial and antiseptic properties making it ideal to treat your cold fast. The scent of this lovely oil will also help to quell feelings of anxiety to relieve your tension and leave you floating on air.

All you have to do now is get cozy in bed with netflix and some lemon and honey tea of course!


Peppermint

The scent of peppermint takes us right back to Christmas and candy cane hot chocolate!

This delightful oil is more than just a happy and comforting scent though. Peppermint will help to clear congestion and a stuffy head, as well as ease a cough. Menthol, the active ingredient in peppermint, has been known to thin mucus making it easier to expel. Peppermint is also perfect for clearing your head and helping you stay alert if you do find yourself having to head into the office.

Don’t let colds and flu get you down, get on top of them by using our breathe spray as a preventative measure too. Spritz some in the shower and be sure to keep some in your handbag, ready to whip out at the first sign of a tickly throat or blocked nose!