Almond :: the best choice for Sensitive Skin

harvesting-almonds

This article explains why the Sweet Almond is first choice for Weleda’s range for sensitive skin.  If you are interested in learning more about the actual products, please visit the links at the end of this article.

Almond Blossom

An Introduction to Sensitive Skin

The skin is our largest sensory organ.  It is first in line for a battering from everything our environment can throw at it. From external weather, air conditioning and pollution, to stress and an unbalanced diet, your skin feels it all.  It’s no wonder that it is often the first to show signs of wear, becoming dry, irritated and sensitive.

Skin is made up of layers. The epidermis (outer layer) acts as a barrier to bacteria and other potential contaminants that might penetrate the skin.   Secreted by the sebaceous glands, the film that sits at the very surface is the acid mantle (or hydro-lipid film).  In brief, when this layer becomes out of balance the result is dry, irritated and otherwise sensitive skin.

Many products for “oily skin” work by stripping away this natural layer.  You may have experienced this as that tight, dry feeling you can get after some cleansers.  Although the cleanser certainly stops your skin feeling oily, this effect is temporary.  Your skin’s response is to go into overdrive, producing more secretions to make up for the loss.  In addition, harsh ingredients within the cleansers may also irritate already unbalanced skin. When you stop using the product, your skin will be even more unbalanced.  This can lead you to believe that you continue to “need” that product and you can become reliant on it.

Conversely, other products for “dry skin” rely on mineral oils (a byproduct of the distillation of petroleum). These oils aren’t easily absorbed by the skin.  They create a layer that sits upon it, interfering with its ability to breathe.  This creates a reliance on the product as the skin becomes accustomed to not having to produce enough moisture.  Again the problem is masked and compounded by the product that is supposed to be helping the skin.

In addition, where skin is dry and maybe flakey, the temptation can be to rub the dry particles away. The top layer of the epidermis (the stratum corneum of “horny” layer) is sensitive to friction. So, over-rubbing and exfoliation can actually exacerbate any underlying problems, interfering with the skin’s natural ability to maintain its moisture balance.

Weleda seeks to work with your skin (and you) to bring your body into balance so that your skin finds its own natural equilibrium.

The Almond and its value for Sensitive Skin

The almond is a deciduous tree of the Mediterranean climate region.  It produces drupes (stone fruit) and is a relative of the apricot and peach.  Although it is commonly called a nut, it is instead an edible seed within a hull.

“Almonds have been in human use for thousands of years, both to eat and in cosmetic products.   As a tree that originated in the Middle East, it is mentioned at various times in the Bible and is seen as a symbol of Christ (whose human “shell” surrounded his divinity) and also of Mary.  It also appears in various mythologies from around the Meditterean sea.

“The nature of almond is shown by its harmonious relationship between the healthy all-protecting shell on the outside, protecting a robust kernel, rich in oil and nutrients, on the inside.

– Weleda”

As this quote from Weleda demonstrates, the almond was noted in history as symbolic of “protection”. Maybe this was what first drew attention to its potential cosmetic use?  The strengthening of that outermost “hard” layer (aka “horny” layer) of skin to protect the rich layers and body contained within?

Indeed,  almond  oil is similar in structure to the skin’s outer lipid layers and is easily absorbed. The kernel is a rich source of unsaturated fatty acids and Vitamin E.  These fatty acids help to  strengthen the skin, protecting it from water loss.  They also work to support the skin’s natural processes.  As such it is a very popular choice as an ingredient in cosmetic ranges and a clear first choice as the Lead Plant for Weleda’s range for sensitive skin.

Ethically sourcing Sweet Almond Oil

There has been an increasing demand for Weleda’s products for sensitive skin and it has become increasingly important that the almond oil used is harvested responsibly whilst continuing to meet the high quality standards.

Weleda works with the Manan co-operative in the Valencia region of Spain.  The co-operative grow and harvest organic almonds in the hills around the city of Alicante.  The land used is one of the largest almond cultivation sites in Europe:

“The partnership between Weleda and Manan flourishes on a shared philosophy of sustainable development and environmental protection. You can see this in matters as simple as the economical use of water over the total area of 6000 hectares. The growers are deliberately sparing with water, a precious commodity in Spain, because over-irrigation can eventually lead to salinization of the soil, erosion and reduction in soil fertility.

By reducing water use, the farmers show that they are thinking long-term, but it comes at a price. The yield for this group of earth-conscious growers amounts to about 500 kilos of harvested almonds per hectare, only a tenth of what can be harvested under the intensive cultivation methods of California’s plantations. As the customer company, to support this commitment to sustainability, Weleda must ensure that the lower yield is offset by prices that are higher, and therefore fair to the farmers.

Harvesting in this hilly landscape involves a lot of labour-intensive cooperation between workers. Equipped with nets and poles, two experienced workers take around ten minutes to harvest the fruit from each tree. Harvesting almonds is not as easy as it looks – nets bulging with almonds are very heavy and there are physically-demanding hours of stooping, bending and stretching. But these farmers are highly motivated thanks to their long-term partnership with Weleda and they take pride in producing good quality almonds and in handling them properly so that the crop is dried carefully and quickly after harvesting.

– Weleda”

The almonds then undergo gentle cold pressing and filtration. The next step is refining and organic certification. Finally, the resultant oil is sent to Weleda’s manufacturing facilities in Switzerland, Germany and France, to be made into the wonderful product range available today.

Such a fantastic journey for the almond oil that contributes to the valuable Weleda Almond Sensitive Skincare range!  If you would like to learn more, please visit:


Gifts & Offers for September 2017

September Offers from Weleda Wellbeing Advisor

There is an ongoing 15% off available when you purchase any three face care products (including the Men’s facial range).

Throughout September 2017 the Almond Soothing Facial Oil features as the Hostess Exclusive gift for hosting a Wellbeing Event.

What’s more, Customer Thank You Gifts are the Almond Sensitive Skin Hand Cream or Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion (when you spend over either £45 or £60 respectively).

I only have limited dates available for Wellbeing Events, so do book as soon as possible to secure your date of choice.

Summer 2017 BIG GIVEAWAY :: Win Weleda cosmetics worth over £100

Pomegranates

Summer Competition to win Weleda products

Win a selection of products from the Weleda Pomegranate facial and body care products (worth over £100!) comprising of:

This ever-popular range is NATRUE certified 100% natural and packed full of regenerating antioxidants from pomegranates grown in the Cappadocia region of Turkey as part of a fair-trade partnership with Weleda.  In the facial range, the organic cold-pressed pomegranate seed oil is combined with rich argan and borage oils to help support maturing skin to remain firm and vibrant.

Pomegranates

To enter, please follow both steps below:

  1. Subscribe to my Newsletters
  2. Like my Facebook page: Weleda Wellbeing Advisor, Nikki Wall, Doncaster

Both must be completed to enter.

I would really appreciate you sharing this competition with your friends and family across social media, but it isn’t a requirement of entry.  Thank you so much if you do!

The closing date for entry into the Prize Draw is 23:59 on 31 August 2017.  The draw will take place on 1st September 2017 and the winner announced and notified by email.

UK residents only – this prize will only be sent out to a UK postal address.

Further information in Terms & Conditions below.


Terms & Conditions:

  • This Prize Draw is offered by Doncaster Wellbeing (aka Nikki Wall, Weleda Wellbeing Advisor).
  • You need to be 18 or over to enter and be resident in the UK. Delivery to a UK postage address only.
  • Entry will be accepted as comprising of the joining of the mailing lists associated with Doncaster Wellbeing and Nikki Wall, Weleda Wellbeing Advisor (only one form needs to be filled) and the liking of the Facebook page Weleda Wellbeing Advisor, Nikki Wall, Doncaster .  Both required listed steps must be followed and in place at time of the draw or the winner’s prize will be forfeit.  If joining via a Facebook post, there may be the additional step of liking the post.
  • By submitting your personal information you agree to receive emails from Doncaster Wellbeing and Nikki Wall, Weleda Wellbeing Advisor containing offers and information that might be of interest to you. You will be given the opportunity to unsubscribe on every email that we send and may choose to unsubscribe at any time, however, entry into the draw will be reliant on all requirements of entry being in place at the time of the actual draw.
  • The closing date for entry into the Prize Draw is 23:59 on 31 August 2017.  Entries received outside this time period will not be considered.
  • Doncaster Wellbeing accepts no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt by Doncaster Wellbeing.
  • One winner will be chosen from a random draw of entries received in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.  The draw will be performed by a random computer process.  The draw will take place on 1st September 2017.
  • The winner will receive:  one Pomegranate Firming Day Cream 30ml, one Pomegranate Firming Serum 30ml, one Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream 10ml, one Pomegranate Body Wash 200ml and one Pomegranate Body Lotion 200ml.  Prices stated above are correct at time of publishing, but may be subject to change at any time.
  • No cash alternative is available.
  • The winner will be notified by email on or before 7th September 2017 and must provide a UK postal address to claim their prize. If a winner does not respond to Doncaster Wellbeing within 14 days of being notified by Doncaster Wellbeing, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and Doncaster Wellbeing shall be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above (and that winner will have to respond to notification of their win within 14 days or else they will also forfeit their prize).  If a winner rejects their prize or the entry is invalid or in breach of these Terms and Conditions, the winner’s prize will be forfeited and Doncaster Wellbeing shall be entitled to select another winner.
  • The prize will be sent to the winner by Doncaster Wellbeing by post (unless the winner is local to the Doncaster, UK area, in which case personal delivery could be arranged if preferred).
  • Doncaster Wellbeing accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering this competition or accepting the prize. Doncaster Wellbeing further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to your or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with this competition.
  • Doncaster Wellbeing reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue this competition with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of Doncaster Wellbeing in all matters under its control is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Doncaster Wellbeing shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control.
  • Entrants into the Prize Draw will be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.

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Wonderful Weleda Weekend :: July

Weleda Weekend Body Wash Offer

Oh wow! It’s a wonderful Weleda weekend!  There are three offers available this weekend that are the perfect opportunity to grab a bargain!

Weleda Weekend Body Wash Offer

First up are the Body Wash 200ml Gift Tubes: Arnica, Citrus, Pomegranate, Evening Primrose or the ever-popular Sea Buckthorn are available for only £5.00 each! Until midnight Monday 17th 2017 or whilst stocks last *

Offer: Weleda Pomegranate Hand & Nail Gift Set

Next up is the Pomegranate Hand & Nail Gift set, now available for £10.00 (saving £4.95) whilst stocks last. *

And finally…

The Soothing Summer Bundle is only £15.00! Yes, that’s an Evening Primrose Age Revitalising Body Oil (usually retailing at: £22.95), an Almond Sensitive Skin Body Lotion (usually retailing at: £14.50) and an Almond Sensitive Skin Hand Cream (usually retailing at: £10.50) for only £15.00!!!  This weekend only, until Monday 17th 2017, or whilst stocks last.*

The Evening Primrose Oil is dated to: end of September 2017. The Almond Body Lotion is dated to: end of August 2017 and the Almond Hand Cream is dated to: end of November 2017.

This represents a fantastic opportunity to buy these three products at an amazing price!

Also, July’s other Thank You gifts are still current (and don’t forget you can swap the hostess Evening Primrose Eye Cream gift for a Wild Rose or Pomegranate one, just let me know.

July 2017 Weleda thank you gifts


* If you live in the Doncaster area and would like to take advantage of free delivery, please contact me to order rather than order through the website.  You will need to do so by 8pm Sunday 16th. Thank you.

 

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July’s Weleda Thank You Gifts

July 2017 Weleda thank you gifts

July 2017 Weleda thank you gifts

July’s Thank You Gifts, with a slight amendment to the Hostess Thank you, where you can choose from either the Wild Rose Smoothing, Pomegranate Firming or Evening Primrose Revitalising Eye Creams.

The Thank You gift for spending £60 or more is particularly good this month! The Pomegranate Day Cream is fabulous and, what with this month and next month’s Hostess Gifts (head’s up, next month it’s the fantastic Pomegranate Firming Face Serum!!!), there’s the possibility of receiving 3 of the 4 Pomegranate facial range as a thank you!  An amazing opportunity!

In addition there is also the lovely Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash as a thank you for spending £45 or more either in my online shop or at an event. *

I have three possible Friday or Saturday slots left this month – so either the 21st or 22nd or 29th to book your own Home Spa Event in the Doncaster area.

Wellbeing Events are laid back affairs.  I offer a number of different options for events (detailed on my “Home” page), but the Home Spa is a great choice, giving you the opportunity to have a relaxing footbath whilst sampling from the range. Where there’s time I also offer hand massages (plus the chance for you to learn a quick routine), all in the comfort of your own home (or other group setting).

Weleda Eye Creams

* The £45 or £60 thank you gifts are either/or – once you spend £60 the body wash will change to the day cream.

 

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