The use of masks has become a part of our daily lives. But in addition to the war on COVID-19, mask use has brought a more personal battle - against acne.

Wearing a face covering often causes skin irritation and inflammation, which has given rise to the term "maskne", or mask-related acne.

What is maskne?

Maskné is any form of facial acne or skin irritation caused by face coverings, such as masks and face shields.

 

maskné hidración de la piel

 

What causes it?

The sebaceous glands and the surface of the skin become inflamed and irritated due to masks rubbing against the skin, in addition to sweat and oils that are produced by the skin. Many people who wear masks have noticed that existing acne or facial eczema breakouts have worsened.

 

How can you prevent it?

The continuous and unnecessary use of masks when you are not in public or near other people must be reduced. Gentle daily skin cleansing with facial cleansers will help protect and improve your skin barrier.

 

Makeup and masks

 Most makeup is hypoallergenic, but some is comedogenic (a texture that clogs the pores of the skin), which suffocates the skin and can cause irritation under the mask.

 

How often should people wash their masks (if they are reusable)?

To avoid skin irritation, masks should be washed daily.

 

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What is the ideal skin care routine?

The ideal skin care routine is a daily face wash and post-wash moisturizer.

 

How careful do we have to be in the winter?

 Lower temperature, the use of heaters and wind produce dryness of the skin. The use of moisturizers is the best option to keep skin healthy and glowing. We also recommend you the use of our Orange & Ginger Facial Oil (for all skin type).

 

AROMATHERAPY & ITS BENEFITS

At Per Purr, the feedback we hear most often about our products is “they smell so good!” We hear that a lot. We receive emails. Our customers tell us. Our partners mention it. The delivery man who picks up our packages every day tells us.

We get it: it’s your favorite thing about Per Purr, it’s what stands out, and we are super proud of this! But do you want to know what’s behind all this?

We use essential oils not just because they smell amazing, but also to promote healthy responses in the body. Essential oils can be found everywhere these days - that’s due to their infinite number of practical uses, and because of increased consumption of natural cosmetics. But they should be used with caution, safely, and always following professional guidelines, which we’ll explain below.

 

ESSENTIAL OILS

 

First thing’s first: what exactly are essential oils?

Essential oils are volatile compounds extracted from aromatic plants (leaves, flowers, stems, bark and roots) through distillation or pressure processes.

 

What do these natural essential oils do?

Essential oils can penetrate through smell or be absorbed through the skin’s surface – they do not reach the bloodstream. Once an essential oil is present, the olfactory system (through smell) or the circulatory system (through the skin) is stimulated. They then send signals to the limbic system that act directly on regions associated with emotions and vital processes.

Essential oils act very fast when inhaled. Once the scent reaches the nasal cavity, it is absorbed and triggers a stimulus of the olfactory nerves. How someone reacts to one scent or another has to do with our smell memory, something that is developed throughout our lives.

 

What are they used for?

Aromatherapy is a natural method based on the activity of biochemical molecules contained in essential oils, used to provoke various responses in the body, such as stimulating or mitigating the function of cells in an organ or the nervous system, to achieve a sense of balance or equilibrium.

 

What are their properties?

Aromatherapy uses essential oils extracted from aromatic plants to restore balance and harmony to the body and mind for the benefit of our health and beauty. Some of essential oils’ most praised properties include:

  • Analgesic: they help relieve pain, such as incense and lavender.
  • Calming: they mitigate excitement in the brain, help calm, such as lavender.
  • Anti-inflammatory: they counteract inflammation, such as citrus fruits (orange and lemon).
  • Stimulating: they aid in digestion and decrease bloating, such as basil and mint.
  • Regenerating and healing: they improve the regeneration and healing of the skin, such as incense and geranium.
  • Invigorating: they activate circulation, such as cypress and rosemary.
  • Bactericidal: they can destroy resistant germs.

To reap these benefits, quality natural essential oils must be used that are actually extracted from plants and not from a synthetic essence. There are many synthetic essential oils on the market that smell nice but don’t actually have these properties. It is also important that essential oils be extracted naturally (by pressure distillation), without the use of solvents or chemical processes that can alter their properties.

 

How do I use them?

  • By inhalation, we recommend diffusers that do not use a direct source of heat (which can alter the properties of the essential oil used). There are many diffusers on the market, ultrasonic, nebulizer, etc. Nowadays you can usually find them in your local pharmacy.
  • Through the skin: by using cosmetics that contain essential oils. Make sure they have been formulated with the correct strengths, (like Per Purr’s products!).

 

Yes, they are natural, but there are some guidelines to follow:

  • Do not apply directly on the skin
  • Do not ingest
  • Do not put in contact with eyes or mucous membranes
  • And last but not least: avoid sun exposure after use. Some oils are photosensitive, meaning when in contact with solar radiation they can cause changes to your skin, marks, spots, itching, redness of the skin. Most photosensitive essential oils are citrus: lemon, orange, bergamot, grapefruit.

 
Full hair natural treatment
 

Aromatherapy and Per Purr products:

“Home spa shower effect”: intense moisture shampoo and conditioner, the salt exfoliant.

“Professional massage”: Relax and Sporty oils

“Romantic bath”, even if just for one: Floral-Cure bath salts

Velvety-soft skin: Our moisturizer!

 

On one summer day, a friend took an industrial brand deodorant spray out of her bag and used it. As I hadn't used this type of deodorant for years, the smell disgusted me. I couldn't ignore it, it was so unpleasant. She then opened a bottle of hair mask and ran it through the ends of her hair. Another strange, sweet, artificial smell invaded the room.
 
I asked her to let me read the label on the mask and was surprised by the amount of harmful ingredients in the product. How was it possible that this friend, who takes such good care of her diet, health and body, could use this type of product?
 
No, it's not nonsense, nor am I being radical. I am a demanding person when it comes to what I use on my skin and in my hair.
I explained that the mask had dyes, silicones and petroleum by-products. She was shocked: "What? That's disgusting! What do I do now? I want to start using natural products.”
 
A new world opened up for her. I sent her articles explaining the damage that many ingredients in everyday products can cause. I explained to her that the exfoliant she so enthusiastically and proudly showed me contained plastic microbeads that can contaminate the oceans and be ingested by fish. I recommended that she use exfoliants made of sugar or salts, such as the Per Purr exfoliant or even exfoliant recipes using coffee.
 

 
I explained to her that it was a gradual change for me, especially because it takes time to find an ideal natural shampoo for your hair, a facial cream that suits your taste and, most importantly, your wallet.
 

How to start?

 
My advice is to start by changing 3 everyday products: soap, deodorant and toothpaste. These products are easy to find in their natural versions, and making those adjustments is already a significant change. After adapting to these products, I recommend trying plant-based oils and/or clays.
 
I'm a big fan of coconut oil, for example, which can be used as a makeup remover, moisturizer, aftershave, and can even be used in a natural deodorant recipe. Clay can be used as a face mask or exfoliant. At Per Purr, we have developed a clay shampoo that is incredible!
 
It’s important not to make a radical change, and instead switch to buying natural products gradually. Try out different products and options. One suggestion is to try the mini samples that many brands offer: at Per Purr, you can buy a sample pack with all the Per Purr products so you can try out each one.
 

 
When we start using natural cosmetics, I think we understand our bodies better. Much of our skin is just a reflection of what we eat and use. When you swap your shampoos, conditioners and masks for natural ones, you’ll discover what your hair really looks like.
 

Patience pays off

 
Keep in mind that when cosmetics are replaced by natural alternatives, the effects may not be immediately clear. Each person’s skin/hair/body reacts differently, and there’s no way to predict this when we don’t know the characteristics of that person. So, be patient!

 

Why are natural cosmetics more expensive?

 
High-quality raw materials and natural active ingredients are more expensive than synthetic ones.
In fact, you end up saving. For me, I tend to see long-lasting results with natural cosmetics, and I see this as an advantage. For example, I wash my hair less often if the shampoo is natural and of superior quality. When I use Per Purr's shower gel, I don't have to use a body moisturizer every day.
 

 

The versatility of natural cosmetics

 
I'm sure many of you don't know this, but the composition of natural cosmetics makes them versatile.
 Per Purr's natural soaps can be used on both the body and face. Our conditioners can also be used as a hair treatment mask or a leave-in conditioner. Per Purr's orange and ginger facial oil has an anti-wrinkle, anti-acne and toning effect. In other words, over time you’ll discover how to enjoy the versatility of each product.
 

It's not a trend, it's a matter of urgency

 
Once we realize how getting back to the natural world positively affects different aspects of our lives – our health, our wallets and the environment – we can see that it’s not a trend, it’s a matter of urgency. When we see the boost we get from this process of transition, we can’t put a price on that.
 

Is it true that shampoos without sodium lauryl sulfate don’t produce foam?

 
SLS has been used as an ingredient since 1930, commonly used as a cleaning agent in household disinfectants, laundry detergents or dishwashers, as well as in shampoos, body washes and toothpastes.
 
Today, sodium lauryl sulfate is frowned upon for unfounded reasons. There is a current narrative in which SLS is a threat to human health, with claims that it can cause cancer, hair loss, disrupt biological systems, etc. These claims are not scientifically supported and therefore should be considered false and misleading.
 

 

Why don't we use it at Per Purr?

 
It turns out that SLS is a great inexpensive surfactant with a high cleansing capacity, and it also creates a rich foam. But it is not the best choice for everyone. Because of its strong astringent action, it has a more abrasive effect, which can cause irritation for some people. Today, there is a new generation of gentler surfactants with an excellent cleaning capacity.
Biotechnology allows these new cleaning agents, natural plant-based (surfactants), to perform their functions gently. This technology also means they are biodegradable, and all of their components are derived from renewable and sustainable natural resources (plant-based).
They say: "You don’t need foam to get a good wash."
 
 
It’s true. But at Per Purr, we love foam and we don't want to do without it. Foam is a fundamental part of a pleasant shower, helping to achieve a soft, silky and natural look.
 
SLS-free shampoos are known for not creating foam or lathering. At Per Purr, we use extremely mild sulfate-free surfactants (detergents) that provide a deep and long-lasting clean feeling, and create a rich, dense lather.
 
 

 

Perioral Dermatitis

I often hear that I’m lucky to have amazing skin, free of scars, spots, pimples or large pores.

I always say that the lucky part is in my genes; my mother and grandmother have great skin, too. The rest has nothing to do with luck or glamour. Many people think that a good dermatologist and expensive creams solve everything.

Wrong!

No one believes me when I tell them that I have very sensitive skin, and sometimes my skin breaks out to the point of looking like an ogre. ?‍♀️

Let's get to the point: perioral dermatitis, which affects mostly women between the ages of 20 and 35, often diagnosed as 'adult female acne' or rosacea. In fact, the treatment is practically the same. This dermatitis usually appears overnight: you go to bed like a princess, and wake up like a monster!

It doesn't always look like acne, because the pustules don't necessarily have pus. They are usually red and inflamed, and there are many of them, which makes it seem like they are pimples. But whatever you do, don’t squeeze the bumps, go straight to a dermatologist if you think you might have perioral dermatitis. Just looking at your skin, you’d swear they are pimples. But if you could see them under a microscope, you’d be able to tell that they are micro-lesions on your skin.

 

How do you know if you have this type of dermatitis?

  • Pustules appear and spread rapidly;
  • They appear in great concentration around the mouth, and sometimes reach the area around the nose, hence the name “perioral”;
  • They usually appear in people with atopic skin and respiratory problems: asthma, rhinitis (me!), etc.;
  • Pustules often hurt like an internal pimple, except they are already outside the skin;
  • Itching is (very) often a symptom;
  • The skin is usually dry in the affected area and your skin feels uncomfortably tight.

If you have seen the images and have many of these symptoms, consult a dermatologist, as there are dozens of treatments: from topical or oral antifungals and antibiotics, to low doses of retinoids.

Not all skin reacts the same way to each treatment.

What works for one person’s skin does not work for another.

The bad news here is that treatment can take very long, up to 6 months or longer to fully get rid of the problem and there’s no guaranteeing that the problem won’t return in a couple of years. If you have ever had this condition, it is quite likely that it will reappear.

 

 What causes perioral dermatitis?

One cause is abusing corticosteroids, both topical and oral. When we use this type of medication, the immune system is "depressed" to reduce inflammation. In this state of "waiting", your body’s defenses are lowered and less able to protect itself against other microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria that already exist on the skin.

This gives the chance for microorganisms to multiply, but while using corticosteroids, you don't notice it. When treatment with this type of drug finally ends, as if by magic, perioral dermatitis appears. I could almost call it "my friend" because I had it 4 times in 10 years.

 

Last time, my perioral dermatitis occurred after using a cortisone nasal spray for a prolonged period (for rhinitis). It was recommended by an ENT doctor who obviously had no idea about my problem. And I would never think that this medication could cause dermatitis. But it did.

As this wasn’t my first rodeo, I called my dermatologist right away and he prescribed a treatment, but he warned me that it may take some time to notice an improvement.

Stress aggravates this condition, so you might want to stay away from the mirror for a couple weeks. During all these "dermo-dramatic" years of my life, I read a lot of nonsense related to the condition in Dr. Google. Some websites say that cosmetics cause perioral dermatitis because your skin becomes dependent on the product, others say that you should stop moisturizing your skin during treatment.

Your skin must be moisturized!

First, to reduce discomfort and second, because moisturized skin is much healthier and more resistant.

I uploaded pictures of myself to offer som

e proof that I did in fact have this issue, and that I speak from experience and with knowledge. Many people have the same problem and are unaware of what it actually is, and as a result spend years suffering from it. We are here to help you!

 

 

My skin got much worse in the days following these photos, but I didn't think about taking pictures because I never thought I would post about this. I almost cried from despair and discomfort, but "time heals all (your skin’s) wounds." I added some pictures of other people I found on the Internet, but my skin stayed the same. The lack of moisture makes your skin dry (as you can see in the second photo), which makes the problem more visible.

 

 

I won't give you any advice about medication, because as I said before, treatment can have several lines of attack. The first time I had it, I tried 8 different types of treatments. It’s best for the dermatologist to evaluate you and treat you correctly.

My most recent bout of dermatitis was resolved using antifungal facial cleanser, combined with a topical and oral antibiotic.

Some useful tips for dealing with dermatitis:

  • Avoid touching the affected area so that it does not become more inflamed
  • Keep the area hydrated as per your skin’s needs
  • Use sunscreen!
  • Replace toner with thermal water after cleaning your skin     
  • Stop using foundation for a while

I hope you find this advice helpful because, as I said at the beginning, many people suffer from this type of dermatitis without understanding what it is and really struggle to find a treatment that works for them.

 

Men’s Skincare Routine

Many guys find skincare routines a bit tiresome. But times are changing, and so is demand. Today, lots of men are concerned about skincare, and I consider myself one of them.

For years I tried different brands, products, and styles of creams. I didn’t understand that mixing different products could make my skin duller and more sensitive.

After I turned 30, my skin completely changed, becoming more sensitive to the sun and pollution. I get lots of breakouts on my forehead due to sweat and creams, and because I touch my forehead a lot to brush back my hair. Aside from this issue, I started to notice that my cheeks were getting redder and very sensitive. I tried using the best creams for sensitive skin, but since I have combination skin, it was a problem.

Dermatologists and skincare experts tried to sell me more and more products, but I didn’t want to waste my time applying so many creams and serums in the morning. Per Purr has changed the way I take care of my skin. First of all, it’s so easy. Their range of facial products includes everything you need for your skin, so you don’t have to use multiple products. It’s fast and you don’t even have to think about it.

 

men's skincare

 

I do my routine in the shower, which saves water and time.

  • I wash my face with “Calm” soap, and in the summer, I use “Sunlike” soap, which is a bit exfoliating (I don’t use it every day to avoid irritating my skin). Then I just rinse with warm water.
  • If I want to deeply exfoliate my skin, I use “Sunlike” soap, which is micro-exfoliating and gentle to the skin.
  • Some days, I like to apply toner to invigorate my skin, but in this case, I use natural, alcohol-free toner or thermal water.
  • On days when I shave my beard, I use Per Purr’s natural moisturizer as shaving gel. It’s pretty light, it hydrates my beard and skin, and it doesn’t cause irritation.
  • Finally, I use Per Purr’s Facial Oil. Since I have combination skin, three or four drops in the palm of my hand is enough. I warm up the oil with my fingertips and apply it to my face, without forgetting my neck and lips.

I was skeptical of this oil at first because I have combination skin, but it has the advantage of being a serum too (so you get two skincare products for the price of one). It also works as an aftershave, nourishing the skin without causing irritation.

You might be wondering if this facial oil makes my skin greasy. The answer is no! This oil has mattifying properties and a high percentage (80%) of MUFAs + ceramides, and monounsaturated fatty acids (especially gadoleic acid and erucic acid) similar to the skin’s lipids that have hydrating properties. Since I have been using it, this product has left my skin well-nourished with a healthy glow and never shiny. Also, it doesn’t have a strong fragrance, in case you don’t like creams with fragrances.

 

natural skincare

 

That’s how easy my daily skincare routine is! Give it a try and tell us what you think in the comments section.

Done! My skincare routine finished, and I’m ready to start the day.

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It’s no secret that green tea is loaded with antioxidants, but did you know that they help keep your skin healthy from the inside out and also from the outside in? 

Polyphenols, the antioxidants found in green tea, help reduce inflammation and protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, one of the main causes of premature aging of your skin and acne. This is one of the reasons green tea has reached the ranks of ‘super food’.

Té verde superfood

Antioxidants not only protect your skin against aging, but also block your skin’s androgen receptors, reducing and helping to control hormonal acne. 

Having green tea as part of your daily routine helps protect your skin from UV rays. According to one study, drinking two cups of green tea a day helps “protect against sunburn inflammation and potentially longer-term UV-mediated damage.” But green tea doesn’t just keep skin healthy from the inside out. (By the way, don’t forget sunscreen!)

 

Green tea is also a powerful topical skin care ingredient. Just as drinking it fights free radicals and external damage from the inside, applying it directly to your skin is very beneficial, as it is rich in vitamins B2 and E, which keep your skin healthy and improve collagen production.

 

Applying green tea directly to your skin also helps to fight blemishes and keep your skin clean. What it does is prevent skin sebum, or natural oils, from oxidizing - a process that clogs pores and is the main cause of acne. Green tea also has specific antibacterial properties that help to gently keep the bacteria that cause acne in check.

 

At Per Purr, we use this super ingredient in our Greeny Soap. It contains green tea powder, which acts as a gently exfoliant, and has antioxidant, astringent and toning properties. It cleans without making your skin feel tight, due to its unique combination of extra virgin olive oil and mango butter.

 
Jabón Té verde

Apart from our Greeny Soap, here are some tips on how to use tea in your beauty care routine:

Face spray: an infusion of green tea in mineral water at room temperature for a few hours is an excellent choice when it comes to cooling down your skin. 

This infusion can replace thermal water. It is rich in antioxidants and illuminates your skin. You can even swap green tea for fresh rosemary - the sky’s the limit!

To reduce swelling around the eyes: there are days when tiredness and sleepless nights are stamped on our face. Soak two bags of green or chamomile tea in cold water for a few minutes. Then place one bag on each eye and rest for about 20 minutes. The cold infusion helps your eyes de-puff, while the green tea gives a “boost” of antioxidants in the eye area. If you have sensitive skin and eyes, use chamomile tea.

Face mask: Matcha tea (i.e., green tea) has been scientifically proven to help prevent loss of collagen and elastin production. Simply mix with a little water, make a paste and apply to clean skin. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse using circular movements with your hands. This also ensures gentle exfoliation and improves the peripheral blood circulation of the face.

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To increase hair shine: the pigments in black tea naturally emphasize the shine of dark hair just as a chamomile infusion slightly highlights light hair. After washing, conditioning and rinsing, finish off your hair routine with tea (black or chamomile) and wrap it in a warm towel for half an hour. Then, rinse again and let it dry as usual. If you have an oily scalp, green tea infusion helps to balance it.

Facial tonic: for a simple tonic, prepare an infusion (chamomile, calendula, green or white tea), let it cool in the refrigerator and apply it with a cotton pad on your face. You can even add a little honey (very little) to give the tonic a boost.

Body scrub: Make a cup of green tea and wait for it to cool. Add 1 part tea to 3 parts sugar (if it’s unrefined cane sugar, better!). You can add honey and lemon to the mixture, too. Use it after a bath on damp skin and rinse afterwards.

Facial Cleanser: Add some ground green tea (you can use a blender) to your daily cleanser. Leave it on your face for a couple of minutes to soften the dead cells, then slowly and gently rub into your skin and rinse off. Voilá! Your skin is clean, radiant and nourished with antioxidants!

Get ready for your personal summer spa!

I believe that all of us, in the midst of the chaos and months of confinement and seclusion, experience different emotions and feelings. Some weeks were filled with extreme worry, anxiety and sadness.
 

 
But I can say that I have also had happy, creative, productive days full of good energy. It was a privilege to be able to take a forced break, from home, and create a daily routine of yoga, cooking, eating well, reading, watching movies, taking online courses, watching “lives”, cleaning the house, taking care of my skin, hair and body.
 
With time to spare, I had fun doing several days of "home spa"! I was able to try out face mask recipes, moisturize my hair with coconut oil, use my dry brush. I drank lots of water, herbal teas and, many days, managed to get the 8 hours of sleep I deserve. Of course, as the weeks went by, I noticed some good results.
 

 
Since I like to try new experiences and it had been a month since I left home, I underwent a 7-day detoxification treatment with green smoothies, which turned out to be a wonderful experience for my body, my soul and, of course, my skin. I can tell you that spending 7 days alone with smoothies is not easy and I do not recommend it to just anyone.
 
But the "most radical" habit change, with the most surprising result, that I set out to make in this quarantine was to do away with the daily use of makeup once and for all in my life. This was unimaginable for me, since I started having acne-prone* skin at the age of 30 and I had not spent a day in my life without using at least one makeup base on my face to hide my acne.
 
And it is this liberation (or would it be a victory?) that I would like to share with you. I can say out loud and with great pride that:
 
I'm a "MAKEUP FREE" woman and I want to celebrate that! Because in the times we live in, that's not easy, it's not for just anyone. With so many impositions from society for us to be "superwomen" or "women with perfect skin and bodies", who dares or who manages not to wear makeup?
 
That doesn't mean that I don't like to wear makeup and that I'll never wear makeup again. I'm a professional actress and, many times, in plays, movies or TV, wearing makeup is part of the job.
 
How has the pandemic helped improve my acne-prone skin?
 
When I couldn't leave the house, I ended up spending days and days with a basic facial care routine: cleansing my skin with a toner and moisturizing it on some days with Per Purr's facial oil and on other days with my mixed-dry skin moisturizer.
 
After going 3 months without using a drop of makeup on my acne-prone skin (I can already say: my skin is no longer acne-prone), the result is really amazing. I never imagined getting rid of makeup (Could makeup be an addiction? A way of hiding ourselves?) Nor did I imagine the difference its daily use would make to the health of my skin.
 

 
Anyone with acne-prone skin knows what I'm talking about. Some spend years and years in the incessant struggle of fighting pimples, trying all sorts of products and treatments people recommend, going to countless different dermatologists and almost never having satisfactory results, or any hope.
 
Well, the truth is that it seems it has taken a pandemic for me to discover alone and confined to my house that the combo food + what you do or don’t put on your skin is your "secret tip" to having healthy skin and no acne.
 
Now that we are slowly returning to the rhythm of before, but with (perhaps) a change in mentality, a desire to do things better and a real thirst to stick to the new habits cultivated in lock-down, it is time to put our plans into action.
 
The truth is that everything I'm talking about is related to the notion of constancy. Experiencing doing something every day. Even if it's just a little, but sticking to it, until the action becomes a part of you and eventually it doesn't require any effort.
 
I can already tell you that for me it takes no effort to eat well, do yoga and not wear makeup every day. They are just simple, constant daily tasks.
 

 
So, I invite you to try a new habit that makes you feel good. But take your time. Don't forget that as long as a little day-to-day practice makes a difference in your mind or body, you have to embrace it and practice it.
 
*One of the causes of acne in adult women is "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome", which can also cause a hormonal imbalance. In this case, changes in diet and the use of cosmetics may not have the same effectiveness. We encourage you to consult a medical specialist.
 

It was the year 2014 and the first articles on the subject appeared in some magazines and fashion blogs in European. It was information without content, because there is no point in talking when do you don’t know what you’re talking about, like many things you can find on Google. At Per Purr, we like to understand what we are talking about and, most of all, try things ourselves before recommending them, because it is very easy to get lost in the game of telephone that is the internet.
 
I started researching scientific articles that could explain the physiology behind the interaction between infrared rays and our beloved skin. The first articles I read were practically copy & pasted. I found experts contradicting themselves within the same article. Other research said things like: infrared spectroscopy and magnetic measurements, {Gd38 (ClO4) 6}, encapsulating six ClO4? ions?
 
Is this information, which is almost impossible to decipher actually useful to us? What I do know how to do is use something, test it on my skin and evaluate it.
 
I asked my husband, who is a doctor (and partner of Per Purr), what he thought about infrared rays. He, somewhat incredulous, went to research this hot topic. He asked two pathological anatomists (people who are cooped up in the laboratory behind the microscope looking at cells) at his hospital about this great “discovery” and he told me that they both laughed at him, telling him that it wasn’t like that.
 
Here's what he explained to me:
 
“Infrared rays are thermal energy, that light and pleasant heat that we feel when the sun touches our skin. They are not only emitted by the sun, but also by dryers, laptops, heaters, hot sidewalks and many other things. Humans also emit these rays, which are captured by night vision cameras.”
 
 

 
 
The sun’s ray is subdivided into 3 parts: UV rays - 7%, IRA rays - 54% and visible rays - 39%, which may be the next target of skin science. But what interests us here is whether these rays have the capacity to damage our skin.
 
Visible rays are what allow us to see the rainbow and are stronger than infrared rays. Why did a ray that is weaker than the rainbow become the new villain? Maybe because it is not as beautiful? Who would have the courage to accuse the beautiful rainbow of causing skin cancer?
 
So how can infrared rays cause damage? The answer is very simple: free radicals.
 
Almost all sunscreens available on the market today block half of the free radicals formed in the skin, as these free radicals cause premature aging and skin disease.
 
What is a free radical, anyway? It's a highly reactive short-lived molecule derived from oxygen. Oxygen is present everywhere and, as its name suggests, it oxidizes like rust on metal, what we call "oxidative stress.”
 
Okay, but if IRA rays produce these free radicals in the skin, wouldn’t dryers, fires and the heat of human contact also cause cancer?
 
 

 
 
No! After all, there are other factors in this equation, such as intensity and length of exposure, which leads us to understand that just by sitting very close to a heater we can feel the burn. There are two important issues to clarify about this infrared issue:
 

  1. Free radicals are not only produced by infrared rays, but also and mainly by ultraviolet rays. And you know what else? When the body’s defense cells destroy "invaders", they generate the same free radicals as infrared rays.

 
It seems that the villain has been unmasked and is not as ugly as we thought.
 
Excessively produced free radicals cause damage and must be combated. By whom? By antioxidants. A good sunscreen should have good antioxidants that act on ultraviolet rays. This is the key point: free radicals are not a new discovery and, in the fight for protection against UV and IRA rays, the antidote is exactly the same.
 

  1. Research on effects of the sun on the skin shows that IRA rays penetrate deeper than UV rays. However, it is very difficult for a sunscreen to go beyond the horny layer of the skin (the first layer of the epidermis, which is subdivided into many layers of dead cells), because the function of this layer is precisely that of protection; a skin protector that does not allow any chemical agent to penetrate.

 
Even using the latest nanoparticle technology in sunscreens, pathological biopsies (the study of microscopic tissue structures) show that the horny layer of the skin allows less than 1% of all topical agents we apply to the skin to penetrate.
 
IRA protectors are sold as a protective barrier. But is an antioxidant a barrier? In theory, maybe. UV protectors are chemical and physical filters, true walls, inorganic particles (like titanium dioxide) that absorb and/or reflect the rays, which is not the same as an antioxidant.
 
Last but not least, we have a chemical factor that reveals the whole picture: vitamin C is still the top antioxidant and must be present with at least 10% of the formula in a very acidic environment (pH 2.5 - 3.5) for its effect to be stable and efficient.
 
This new topical application (UVA + UVB + IRA protectors) that is invading the market has created high expectations but with low amounts of antioxidants. Today, it is still NOT possible to find a sunscreen containing 10% to 20% vitamin C because UV filters already make up 20% of the formula, and these require a basic pH (6-7), which would destroy the vitamin C.
 

 
 
What can be done to further protect the skin?
 
It’s very simple: instead of trying to find just one ideal product, it is better to use two real products. For example, use a serum with a minimum of 10% vitamin C and then an SPF 50 sunscreen.
 
With all this complex information, there is no need to frown upon infrared protectors, because even though they are not as effective as they claim to be, they are still a little more complete than normal ones that only contain ultraviolet protectors. The difference is especially noticeable when there is overexposure to the sun (such as during a beach holiday or a poolside weekend).
 
 

The sense of smell is one of the oldest senses we possess. When an intense and penetrating fragrance reaches our nose, it undoubtedly creates an instantaneous impact that, through our brain, pervades us with different sensations, called "olfactory memories" which evoke our feelings and bring us to the past, since they remains deeply etched in our memory.

Historically, the rose has always been regarded as "the queen of flowers", considered as the flower of love in different cultures and religions. For the Greeks, the Rose was the flower of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. For mystical Christians in the Middle Ages, the rose was the flower of the Virgin, a symbol of purity.

 

 

The rose is the quintessential symbol of beauty. It accompanies us during important moments in our lives. It is a symbol of welcome at our birth, a symbol of luck when we get married and accompanies us on our final journey.

Cleopatra used rose essential oil to evoke adoration in an intense way, from impregnating the sails of the ship that transported her through the Mediterranean with its scent to announce her arrivals at port, to adding roses to her fountains. She even covered the floor of her bedroom with petals, thus bewitching her lovers, including Marco Antonio. It was Cleopatra herself who made rose-based perfume fashionable in ancient Rome.

Pure rose essential oil is the most remarkable of all essential oils. It is distilled using traditional techniques to preserve its unique characteristics and properties.

To this day, many countries produce essential rose oils; among them Morocco, Turkey, Egypt, India, Bulgaria, and the most well-known producer of all, France (in the Provence region).

The petals are always collected one by one, by hand and at dawn. A shocking 5,000 kg of fresh petals are required for the extraction of 1 kg of finished oil.

The essential oil is obtained through distillation, using steam to extract the oil from the petals. It is a very complex oil and is made up of more than 275 molecules.

On balance, one drop of essential oil contains approximately the essence of 30 roses. However, not all roses provide perfume. The Damascus rose (or Damascena) is one of the most perfumed and for this reason, it is the most valued rose in traditional perfumery.

It is an ideal ingredient for all skin types. Cosmetic treatments with this essence are powerful and delicate at the same time. It possesses numerous cosmetic properties, including antioxidant and anti-wrinkle effects.

 


 

Other properties for the skin:

  •   As a massage oil, it is very relaxing
  •   Decongestant
  •   Regenerator for skin cells
  •   Helps to synthesize Collagen
  •   Possesses antiseptic, antibacterial and healing properties
  •   A powerful astringent that does not dry out or irritate the skin
  •   Possesses firming properties

It is difficult to describe the intoxicating fragrance of rose essential oil. It invites us into silence and the accompanying feeling of peace that it evokes.

Rose essential oil is very beneficial in restoring emotional balance.

Certainly, its high price can cause us to hesitate when purchasing it, however, it is an important, powerful and valuable essential oil. It can cost between €5,000 and €6,000 per kilo.

 

Mood-affecting properties:

Indications:

  •   Relieves daily stress
  •   Relieves pain
  •   Aids depression, postpartum depression
  •   Relieves affective shock
  •   Eases nervous tension, anxiety, anguish
  •   Sexual asthenia, aphrodisiac
  •   Treats arrhythmias
  •   Relieves headaches

 

 

Right now is a good time to use it. It’s not only in the form of essential oil, which can be expensive and difficult to find, many cosmetics contain it. At Per Purr, we have the Silky soap bar and the Flower Cure bath salts that contain essential rose oil, creating a boost for both your skin and your mood!

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