A Beauty + Skin Care Q&A with Sara Crow

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Q:

What does beauty mean to you?

A:

As a healer, nature photographer, and flower lover, I know that beauty comes in many forms. For me, it is a presence that radiates its unique expression from deep within. Traditional Chinese Medicine call this presence Shen, or Spirit. When I experience beauty, I am moved to appreciate the mysteries, vastness, and preciousness of life.

 

Q:

Why do you think essential oils are an important part of an effective skincare routine?

A:

Using essential oils is one of the most powerful ways of regenerating the skin and promoting a radiant, smooth complexion. They boost collagen and elastin production, enhance moisture retention, and hold significant anti-inflammatory power.  I’ve found them to be one of the most effective and reliable ways to totally change how your skin looks and behaves over time. Of course, this is in addition to properly caring for the internal organ system through a healthy diet and herbs.

 

Q:

Which skincare practices are so important that they should be done every day?

A:


Facial massage with a high-quality carrier oil. I also like to wash my face with oil.  This gently removes dirt and debris without stripping the skin of its delicate acid mantle and hydrolipid layer.

Applying high-quality skin-specific essential oils and fresh carrier oils. This can deeply heal and regenerate the skin when combined with a great diet.

 
 
 

Q:

What is one of the most frequent skin issues that you’ve noticed in your work with clients and students?

A:

Redness and irritation are very common. This can be due to factors as varied as an allergic reaction, over-exfoliation, chemical or low quality ‘natural’ skincare products, and environmental or dietary issues like poor quality water.

 

Q:

And how do you remedy that with botanical products?

A:

The first step is to try to identify the causes of the imbalance. Essential oils that I use for calming and soothing are blue chamomile, rose, and immortelle. I recommend that these be added to Floracopeia’s Radiant Glow antioxidant serum. Based on Sea Buckthorn and Pomegranate seed oil, this serum is hydrating and regenerative. With the added essential oils, this combination is very effective.

 

Q:

Is it important to address skin issues holistically, rather than by topical solutions alone?

A:

Many so-called ‘anti-aging’ chemical-based products are limited in their ability to actually heal and regenerate the skin. They sometimes offer temporary plumping, softening, and even tone, but over time, these products damage the skin and worsen age-related skin issues. This is obviously not what we want!

As a holistic medical practitioner & acupuncturist working with herbs and nutrition on a daily basis, I’ve seen a significant connection between the health of the skin and health of the internal organ system.

The foundation of great skin is an organic, anti-inflammatory diet and high-quality water. As an outward reflection of our inner state, the skin will suffer without proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Nourishing the skin with botanicals both internally and externally is the most effective approach.

Many people don’t realize that the skin needs various nutrients that the body cannot manufacture on its own. Therefore, we must supply the skin with these nutrients through diet and topical application in order to have healthy, gorgeous skin. Essential oils, fresh carrier oils, and serums like Radiant Glow supply the skin with topical nutrition and regenerative power.

 

Q:

Can you give suggestions on which essential oils to use for different skin types and issues?

A:

All of these essential oils can be used by all skin types, but I’ll share some of their unique strong points.

Rose is one of the very best essential oils for skin care. It soothes, hydrates, deeply regenerates, softens fine line and wrinkles, reduces irritation and redness, and much more.

Blue Chamomile essential oil is calming and soothing, both to the skin and the mind. It promotes tissue regeneration and reduces inflammation, redness, irritation, itchiness, and patchiness.  

Immortelle, or Helichrysum italicum, is a healing plant for damaged skin tissue including scar tissue. It restores healthy skin; reduces swelling, bruises, redness, inflammation, and scar tissue; has antioxidant properties; and stimulates the production of new skin cells.

Lavender treats blemish-prone skin, relieves itchiness, decongests, and adds moisture to the skin. It speeds up your natural healing process, increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to skin cells. Lavender is particularly great for chapped and sunburned skin.

 

Q:

How about 1 essential oil for each issue below and a how we can use it:

A:

PREMATURE AGINGImmortelle, helichrysum italicum. Add one drop to a teaspoon of Floracopeia’s Argan or Rotuma oil. Apply to the skin morning and night.

DRY SKINSandalwood & Rose. Apply one drop of each to one pump of Radiant Glow Antioxidant Serum or Radiant Rose Glow Serum. Apply morning and night.

BLEMISHESRosemary Verbenone. Add one drop to a teaspoon of jojoba oil and apply to the skin a few times a day.

 

Q:

Can you give us a general treatment protocol for blemish-prone skin?

A:

For me, holistic skin care is about both internal and external practices. Diet and water consumption are particularly important in this case.

Dilute and combine the following essential oils into Floracopeia’s jojoba oil. This combination of beautiful botanicals is anti-inflammatory, regenerative, and balances the secretion of sebum to harmonize the skin. It is effective for fading scars over time.

Immortelle (Helichrysum italicum)

Frankincense (any of our frankincense oils would be appropriate)

Blue Chamomile

Jasmine, Dawn Blooming

Geranium sur fleur rose

Rosemary Verbenone

These essential oils are effective in a 10% dilution in jojoba.  An easy approach is to put 7 drops of each essential oil into a 1/2 ounce bottle of jojoba and apply to clean skin 2-3 times a day.

 

Q:

Could you outline your morning personal skincare routine?

A:

I have a simple routine that I do every morning. First, I mist my face with the Mist of Immortelle. Its bright cheerful aroma really wakes up my face and spirit!

I then apply a fresh, high-quality oil for a quick facial massage. I place a few pumps of Immortelle Cleansing Dew or 1 TSP of carrier oil such as jojoba, rosehip seed, or Rotuma oil in the palm of my hand and really work it into the skin, stimulating blood flow and circulation. I remove the oil with a warm wet washcloth.

Note: It’s very important that the carrier oil is fresh. When we use rancid oil (a carrier oil that has gone bad) on the skin, it damages and ages the skin. At Floracopeia we take great care to get all of our carrier oils very fresh and then refrigerate them as soon as we receive them. I encourage everyone to do the same at home.

I spray my face with a botanical toner like Mist of Immortelle or Inner Star Misting Potion. This lifts and renews, and prepares the face to fully integrate the serums.

I follow the toner with a few drops of Nectar of Immortelle. This is a facial regeneration serum that has made a huge difference in the way that my skin looks and behaves. This serum is based on Corsican helichrysum italicum, the most famous skin essential oil in the world.

I then apply our moisturizing and antioxidant serum, Radiant Rose Glow Serum. This really hydrates and offers that topical nutrition the skin requires.

I follow that with an abundant layer of Immortelle Perfecting Creme and Radiant Rose Eye Creme.

 

Q:

What are your must-have beauty products?

A:

Immortelle Cleansing Dew

Rotuma oil, a traditional Polynesian skin-rejuvenating oil from Fiji

Nectar of Immortelle Facial Serum

Mist of Immortelle

Radiance Skin Clay

Radiant Rose Eye Creme

Immortelle Perfecting Creme

 

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

Your skin is a master absorber of nutrients, but it also draws in toxins found in commercial skin care products. High-quality botanical ingredients can do wonders to restore the health and vibrancy of your body’s largest organ. In this free video series with Sara Crow L.Ac., discover simple ways to nurture and regenerate your skin with plant-based treatments, some of which you may already have in your kitchen!

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3 thoughts on “A Beauty + Skin Care Q&A with Sara Crow

  1. This is amazing. So much enlightening wonderful information you have provided. Stuff like this makes my eyes sparkle like a kiddo at the candy store. I just love it. Really starting to be so inspired by the holistic approach to life in general. The more I know the more I want to change. Thank you for this. I will definitely be educating myself with your wisdom!!

  2. It is really amazing. I like essential oils very much and you have great product!
    Can I use some oils or product also for my hair? My hair is very thin and fine…

    • Floracopeia Customer Service says:

      Hello!

      Try our Rotuma oil for hair health! It is a great product to add nutrients and luster back to damaged hair.

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