Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Nothing gives away your age like your hands. Our hands tend to age quicker and show their age more than most other parts of our bodies. Why do hands age so fast? The skin on the backs of your hands has few oil glands so it shrivels and chaps easily upon exposure especially around the joints. Add to this the overall fragile structure of your hands and you can understand why the skin on our hands is especially vulnerable to aging. Not only that, our hands are constantly exposed to the environment, the sun and sun damage, gravity, age, and daily abuse inflicted by us, not to mention neglect, again by us. So basically, our aging hands are self-inflicted to some degree. Our hands do so much for us during the day, yet we seem to just forget about them when it comes to skin and body care. Is it really possible to renew hands once they start the aging process? Yes, you can rejuvenate the skin somewhat, plump it up with product and prevent additional aging. The rule of thumb is to treat your hands like you do for your face.The hands are overworked and unappreciated.Give them the attention they deserve with these tips.
*A FLATTERING NAIL SHAPE MAKES HANDS LOOK MORE REFINED. Trim nails to a quarter of an inch past the fingertip .File them into a rounded or oval shape,which mimics of the finger and cuticle line.
*RAGGED CUTICLES make everything around them look neglected.Work cuticle oil like cuticles & nail repair by kosia naturals at least once a week.Push back cuticles with an orange stick,no cutting!!!.Trim hangnails with small nippers,as close to the finger as u can get.
*SMOOTH HANDS WITH A NICKEL-SIZE DOT of an exfoliating scrub once every two weeks.
*DURING THE DAY, always follow up with a light moisturizer and a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
*FOR EMERGENCY DRY HANDS RELIEF, use a rich moisturizer like All butter'd up by Kosia Naturals
put cotton gloves or socks after applying and go to bed, your hands will thank you in the morning.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

After being in the hair and skin care industry for many years, and noticing the effects of chemicals in a variety of products and their effects on her clients,Kosia decided to come out with a healthy alternative. After a trip home to Ghana Kosia rediscovered something that had been used by her family for generations and has been around since the Egyptian times ," the Moringa Tree" also known as the "tree of life "and the" miracle tree". The leaves and seeds are filled with a powerhouse of antioxidants,and have anti-aging and anti inflammatory benefits.
  • Organic/ Natural
  • Free of Synthetics, Parabens & Sulfates
  • 100% Natural and Vegan

For healthy, lustrous, gorgeous beauty, Kosia Naturals incorporates cold pressed Moringa Seed Oil in all her skin and hair products. Kosia Naturals provides the greatest cosmetic ingredient to date. Moringa Seed Oil contains 1,700 antioxidants and is considered by experts to be on the greatest cosmetic oils ever discovered.Using well-Known methods combined with the latest innovations, Kosia Naturals assures the highest level of quality and efficacy,we avoid using harsh chemicals, artificial colors,and artificial fragrances which makes it safe for our bodies and the environment, we believe in cruelty free practices, and refuse to test ingredients and products on animals.

Love yourself; delight in every particular and uncommon aspect of you! Among many, you are one. Never forget it. Let satisfaction and pleasure stem from the fact that thoughts, dreams, pains, gains, bad days and the best moments of your life are yours and yours alone; no one else walks in your shoes. Life is tough, interesting, exhilarating and something to be treasured. Love the excitement of it all. Believe in your worth, Breathe. Make it count! Treat yourself. Loving yourself means celebrating who you are. Being confident is beautiful.

Remember no two people age the same. While genetics serves as the fundamental formula for how you will age, and at what rate, when other factors are added to the mix, you can dramatically, and unknowingly speed up the process. The best way to prevent the signs of aging, which are inevitable to some degree is to keep you weight sturdy, stay out of the sun, use the most natural products, and practice a healthy lifestyle.

Say No Thank You To These Ingredients In Skin/Hair Care Products !!!

Some of the ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products are toxic chemicals that may
 be hazardous to your health. In the US over 10,000 hazardous industrial chemicals are used as cosmetic ingredients, many of
 which are carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, plasticizers, degreasers, 
surfactants and these go directly onto your skin and into the environment. It has been estimated
 that only 20% of ingredients in cosmetics have been tested for their safety. It is suggested that
 each product only provides a small amount of these toxic chemicals but after daily use, multiple products, multiple times per day this certainly adds
 up and no studies have been done on the accumulative effect of all these chemicals.

When we put a fat soluble substance on the skin or scalp, it will absorb 10 times faster than 

when it is eaten.
 Eating protects you to some degree as the digestion provides detoxification pathways through
 the liver and digestive system which will reduce the chemical load while trans-dermal
 absorption bypasses these detoxification routes.
 Often people consider what they eat but do not consider what they put on their skin.
As our body’s biggest organ, your skin is your most important immune defense barrier as well
 as your largest organ for eliminating waste. Commercial products with harmful petroleum ingredients can plasticize and
 “constipate” your skin, making germs more likely to get in and toxins less likely to get out of your body. The result: Neither you nor your skin are as radiant or as healthy as you could be.
Every day we use products that we think are safe; but the truth is that products are NOT safe – 
and manufacturers don’t have to tell us so. Ever since 1938 – when the FDA granted 
self-regulation to the cosmetics industry – such products can be marketed without government approval of ingredients, regardless of what tests show. Most of the 25,000 chemicals used have not been tested for long-term toxic effects. In a typical day, you might be exposed to over 200
 different chemicals, many of which are suspected of causing cancer or  juggling hormones.
 EPA tests conclude that ingredients in shampoos, dyes, and other personal care products “may be playing havoc with hormones that control reproduction and development.”
Start checking all product labels.
 Here are only some of the known hazardous chemicals that are commonly found in many
 cosmetic products:
Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40): a very drying and irritating solvent and dehydrator that strips your 
skin’s moisture and natural immune barrier, making you more venerable to bacteria, molds and viruses. It is made from propylene, a petroleum derivative and is found in many skin and hair products, fragrance, antibacterial hand washes as well as shellac and antifreeze. It can act as a “carrier” accelerating the penetration of other harmful chemicals into
 your skin. It may promote brown spots and premature aging of skin. A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic
 Ingredients says it may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, narcosis, anesthesia, and coma. Fatal ingested dose is one ounce or less.
3.) Paraben

Methylparaben, butylparaben and propylparaben are some of the most common parabens in cosmetics and

 anything else with ‘paraben’ in the name. A chemical found in underarm deodorants, 
moisturises and other cosmetics that has been shown to mimic the action of the female 
hormone estrogen and may drive the growth
 of breast tumors. A study publish in the Journal of Applied Toxicology has found that breast tumors commonly contain parabens and more research is needed. There is also some evidence that parabens may potentiate the damaging effects of UV radiation.
DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine) & TEA  (triethanolamine): hormone-disrupting chemicals that 
can form cancer-causing nitrates and nitrosamines. These chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects. In the United States however, they are still used 
despite the fact that Americans may be exposed to them 10-20 times per day with products 
such as shampoos, shaving creams and bubble baths. Repeated skin applications…. of DEA-based detergents resulted in major increase in incidence of liver and kidney cancer.
 The FDA’s John Bailey says this is especially important since “the risk equation changes significantly for children”.

Triclosan is used mainly in commercial antibacterial liquid soaps, cleansers, deodorants, detergents, toothpastes, mouthwashes, antiperspirants, cleansers and hand sanitizers as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent.

 The EPA investigated Triclosan and classified it as a pesticide and it is not considered a
 cosmetic ingredient and it has given high scores as a risk to both human health and the environment.. Triclosan can pass through skin and 
is suspected of interfering with hormone function in humans.
DMDM Hydantion & Urea (Imidazolidinyl): just two of many preservatives that often release formaldehyde which 
may cause joint pain, skin reactions, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic
 fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep. Exposure may also irritate the respiratory system, trigger
 heart palpitations or asthma, and aggravate coughs and colds. Other possible side effects include weakening  the immune system
 and cancer.

Made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances, nail polish and hair

 dye, this is used to improve adhesion and add gloss. Chronic exposure linked to anemia,
 lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney
 damage, and may affect a developing fetus.
FD&C Color Pigments: synthetic colors made from coal tar, containing heavy metal salts that deposit toxins into
 the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation. Absorption of certain colors can cause depletion of oxygen in the body and death. Animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic.
Fragrances: mostly synthetic ingredients can indicate the presence of up to four thousand 
separate ingredients, many toxic or carcinogenic. Symptoms reported to the FDA include headaches, dizziness, allergic rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and skin irritation. Clinical observation proves fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope, and other behavioral changes.
Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives

These are called DMDM Hydantoin, Diaxolidinyl urea, Imidazolidinyl, methenamine or 

Quarternium-15. These are commonly found in hair products and skin moisturisers. 
Formaldehyde is classified as a probable human carcinogen by the EPA, which provides sufficient evidence that formaldehyde causes nasopharyngeal cancer in  humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. These act as a carcinogen, causes allergic  reactions and contact dermatitis; headaches; irritates mucous membranes; eye damage; linked to joint and
 chest pain; depression; headaches; fatigue; dizziness and immune dysfunction.
Mineral Oil: petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic, clogging the pores. 
Interferes with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Used in many products such as
 baby oil which is 100% mineral oil!
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): potentially carcinogenic petroleum ingredient that can alter and 
reduce the skin’s natural moisture factor. This could increase the appearance of aging and
 leave you more vulnerable to bacteria. 
Used in cleansers to dissolve oil and grease. It adjusts the melting point and thickens products.
 Also used in caustic spray-on oven cleaners.
Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycol: gaseous hydrocarbons which in a liquid state act as “surfactant” (wetting olagents and solvents). They easily penetrate the skin and can weaken
 protein and cellular structure. Commonly used to make extracts from herbs. PG is strong
 enough to remove barnacles from boats! The EPA considers PG so toxic that it requires 
workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles and to dispose of
 any PG solutions by burying them in the ground. Because PG penetrates the skin so quickly, the EPA warns against skin contact to prevent consequences such as brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. But there isn’t even a warning label on products such as stick deodorants, where the concentration is greater than in most industrial applications.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): detergents and surfactants that pose serious
 health threats. Used in car washes, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers – and in 90% of personal-care products that foam. Animals exposed to SLS experience eye damage,
 depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation, and even death. Young eyes
 may not develop properly if exposed to SLS because proteins are dissolved. SLS may also damage the skins immune system by causing layers to separate and inflame. 
When combined with other chemicals, SLS can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent 
class of carcinogens.
 Your body may retain the SLS for up to five days, during which tie it may enter and maintain residual levels in the heart, liver, the lungs, and the brain.
There are so many wonderful natural skin care products that can be used in place of these 
chemical concoctions, if it is good for you to consume and is high in natural anti-oxidants and
 micro-nutrients then it certainly will be could for you to put on your skin such as moringa oil,
 avocado oil ,jojoba oil just to name a few . If you are familiar with the ingredients or can
 pronounce the name easily then this is certainly a good start to a good product.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Skin Our Largest Organ

Skin is the largest organ of the body, and whatever we put on it ends up in our system. So pay attention and read the ingredients in your products!!!

At Kosia Naturals, we take a dedicated approach to healthy living. More than just what we eat, it's also entrenched in what we do, the products we use and in general, the quality of lifestyle we seek to embody. On the topic of the products that we use, we wanted to share with you a list that we've compiled of all-natural oils that can be used for more than just beauty purposes, but for the health of your skin. Of course, what we eat, can counteract what we put on our skin. But if we get all elements in sync - what we eat, what products we use and how we live, day-to-day, we're all but guaranteed a much more fulfilling existence, comfortable in our skin! As always, these are suggestions. Ensure that you act with any allergies in mind, and always get the green light from your physician before integrating any new products into your regimen - be it topical or otherwise.

Moringa Oil
Derived from the wondrous Moringa plant, this oil is incredibly versatile.  Even though it is food-grade and can be consumed orally, you can actually enjoy many of its benefits topically. In the realm of hair care, commercial conditioners and moisturizers can be very expensive, with no real guarantee that they will work on your hair type, even if claiming to be made specifically for it. At the root of commercial products' ineffectiveness are two often main ingredients: alcohol and mineral oil. Both of these ingredients are extremely damaging to hair, stripping it of natural oils, affecting the texture and sometimes the color, and can even be irritating to the scalp. Moringa oil removes all of these worries. It is quickly absorbed by the hair shaft, provides long-lasting moisture and increases the strength of the hair.

Jojoba Oil
Extracted from the jojoba seed, this oil (which is chemically more similar to a wax, but not in viscosity) is one of the closest in composition to human sebum. Sebum is the oil that our skin produces naturally. If you have oily skin, on your face or otherwise, use of this oil can actually trick your skin into producing less oil. Because jojoba oil has a very tiny cellular composition, it is quickly absorbed by the skin. Not only will you see a decrease in the oily appearance you may have grown to despise, but you won't have to wear the often skin-clogging makeup to try to blot the oil that surfaces. An added bonus, jojoba oil has natural sun screen properties.

Avocado Oil

For more mature skin, avocado oil is touted as a miracle. High in sterolins, this oil is reputed not only to heal, but to reduce the appearance of scars and age spots. Additionally, avocado oil increases the skins ability to produce collagen. Why is this important? As we grow older, not only is collagen depleted through life's wear and tear, but the body's ability to even produce it becomes stagnated. Use of this oil on a daily basis, will find your skin supple, soft and much younger than it actually is. 

Simplify your Blow Dry

The perfect Blow-out no longer need fall into the once-and-a-while category. Necessity or treat, it can seem difficult nonetheless but with the right magic touch you, too can be a master of the trick, creating the illusion of flawless fairy tale locks.

Having the right tools are important. A professional hair dryer is a must, it will cut your drying time in half. Also some round brushes and hair clips

Having the right product is crucial. If you’re lacking a smooth, lustrous finish so sought after when it comes to your coiffed do, or perhaps the health element appears to be wearing thin as you fear the heat is frying away the shine blow by blow, your hair and scalp are crying out for some Moringa Oil!

This hidden secret of a liquid pumps out of a tiny bottle with a nutty and natural, earthy yet yummy scent and glides along the strand and soaks into the follicle for a healing, perfecting effect this is the oil that is infused in De-Puff "the name saids it all". Turning to this product brought to you from the ends of the earth and into your home – originally derived from the Moringa Tree in Africa and packaged just outside of New York City, it can now be yours forever – what a find. Visit www.kosianaturals.com as well as opensky.com and amazon.com to peruse the product and other brand selection.

So how to best use the wonder drug? First things first, try washing out the dirt and sealing in nutrients to create a great base to work with before going into your style.

Keep in mind if you start it off right and proceed with caution, a good blow out incorporating the correct ingredients – such as helpful product that isn’t cheaply stocked with junky contents that just clog up and coat your strands (simply adding more to the mess to combat!) well, a good blow out can actually last quite a few days. If oil does build up, keep in mind this is good! And patting a tiny amount of baby powder at the roots will not only solve the problem but also add extra body!

Here we go. For shampoo and conditioner, turn to the Growth & Repair line by Kosia Naturals. With a goal to preserve your natural oils and create a foundation for healthy hair, repairing  and encouraging healthy circulation while rebuilding with tea tree oil and increasing hair’s resistance to breakage is all composed in this bottle retailing for $18.99 each. There is also a serum offered at $27.99 to amplify the moisture content, sustain follicles, prevent hair loss, and pump up shine.

Now, get out of the shower and get the water out; it will be easier to dry in an attempted professional manor if you start with hair that is not soaked and completely wet. Aim for a damp start by towel drying your hair. To prevent breakage, do not wring it out but do so in a more pat-like manor.

Now let’s coat the hair; start with the ends and work your way up the shaft. Be cautious as to apply a small amount – for serums think of a dime opposed to a handful of goop. You don’t need much but make sure to get every piece lightly coated. Comb it through and get ready to section.

Sectioning your hair is key. Divide and use clips and ponytails to keep wet pieces away from the area you are working on. One above the other helps manage the blow as you can release bit by bit from the bottom.

Shooting air at the root and working down, use your fingers to loosen hair and create ease. Pull it away from your neck and create a small amount of tension. Using your fingers will help you get closer to the root than a brush can.

Next, pull out another handy tool that should be in your styling kit: the round-barreled brush. With nozzle of dryer aimed downward onto brush, roll it through the hair applying heat directly to the brush.

Patience is a virtue and comes into play when drying your hair. This may sound tedious, but drying until all strands are completely dry is a must, otherwise the hair will succumb to the wavy, perhaps frizzy temptation and counteract all your hard work.

Finishing by weaving your fingers through your now-bounced hair with a very tiny amount of Growth & Repair Serum already on your fingers will add that perfect luster to the look. Pulling the hair together at the back, as if gathering it together while your hands still have a tad of oil remnant (location: where a low pony would fall) will slick any fly-aways down and smooth it all down. Release and it will softly fall back into place around your face.

And that’s that! Visit www.kosianaturals.com for more on the recommended product line and get blowing!