Natural Beauty

The Fountain of Youth

Do you ever wish you could turn back the clock? If so, you are not alone. The search for the fountain of youth has travelled through the ages, and today funds our billion dollar beauty industry. Anti-aging products are the fastest growing sector of the cosmetic industry, but unfortunately they are looking in the wrong direction – to chemicals, rather than to nature.

It’s horrifying to know that some of the chemicals being used in our so-called beauty products have been scientifically proven to increase the rate of wrinkling, rather than decreasing it.

Methyl paraben is commonly used as both a preservative and antibacterial agent, and by 1984 it was already present in over 13,200 products.

  • Scientists applied methyl paraben to the skin, in concentrations similar to that found in cosmetic products. The skin was then exposed to the level of UV light you would expect to encounter during summer (30 Millijoules per square centimeter).
  • 19% of the exposed skin died, compared with only 6% for skin not exposed to methyl paraben. This means it more than tripled the rate of skin death. But it also tripled the amount of lipid peroxide in the skin, the substance that causes wrinkling and skin aging. And that’s what we’re putting into our expensive face creams!

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is an inexpensive foaming agent used in soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste. It’s used in such high concentrations that it is often listed as the first ingredient on the label. Yet it’s such a harsh detergent that it was originally created to degrease engines!

It denatures protein, and has been shown to have a degenerative effect on the cell membrane, leading to:

  • Hair loss
  • Separation of skin layers
  • Cracking and severe inflammation of the derma-epidermal tissue
  • Damage to the immune system
  • It can even damage the cell’s DNA, and has been used in scientific studies to induce mutations in bacteria.

(As reported in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and the Journal of the American College of Toxicology Vol. 2, No. 7, 1983) .

Natural beauty

Real beauty comes from the inside and radiates out.

  • It requires that we listen to our body, and respect it – giving it the rest, the sunshine and the exercise that it needs
  • We turn on our inner light, being present to those around us, and sharing kindness with those we meet (both human and animal) – including ourselves!
  • We nourish our physical body with high-vibration and mineral-rich foods – whole foods that still retain their life force
  • And we tap into the power of essential oils to turn back the clock on our skin

It all starts with good nutrition

When we are punishing our bodies with a diet of fast foods and sugary snacks, we rob our body of the nutrition it needs in order to “glow”. However, all is not lost. We can compensate for some degree of shortfall in our diet if we are accessing mineral-rich skin foods. Here are your top 4 from Young Living:

NingXia Red

This delicious whole-food drink is based on 55% pureed wolfberries (also known as Goji berries) from the NingXia Province of China. These mineral-rich berries have been shown to have more Vitamin C than oranges, more betacarotene than carrots, and more protein than bee pollen!

NingXia Red is also fortified with other high-antioxidant fruits, including Blueberry, Plum, Aronia, Cherry and Pomegranate. It’s sweetened with Stevia, and it even contains 4 citrus essential oils in it – Orange, Yuzu, Lemon and Tangerine – which are very high in d-Limonene.

60ml of NingXia Red is equivalent in biological activity to 118 heads of broccoli, 200 oranges, or 45,628 almonds – so it’s like a whole fridge/freezer full of fruit and vegetables in a single serve. Drink 60ml, once or twice a day, and more if your body desires.

Mineral Essence

According to Dr. Gary Price Todd, MD, the human body requires at least 60 minerals for optimal health, yet only 8 minerals are available in any kind of quantity in most of the food we eat today. This is because many of our soils are now depleted in minerals, so even the very best organic food can be mineral-deficient.

That’s why an ionic mineral supplement like Mineral Essence is so beneficial for long-term good health. Ionic minerals are the very best type of mineral supplement – they are the most easily absorbed by our intestines, according to Dr. Alexander G. Schauss, Ph.D.

Mineral Essence contains 60 minerals, which is the critical number for the human body. It also contains Honey (a natural emulsifier and sweetener), and Royal Jelly, which is rich in amino acids, minerals and Vitamins B5 and B6, and which provides wonderful energy for the body. And it contains Lemon, Cinnamon Bark and Peppermint Essential Oils.

Use 5 droppers (5ml) in water, juice or NingXia Red daily.


MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally occurring form of sulfur – a critical building block for our skin. MSM helps us to build healthy collagen and keratin, thus keeping our skin smooth and youthful, and our hair glossy.

But just having MSM is not enough – you can eat as much as you like, but it won’t be absorbed unless you have the necessary co-factors present. That’s why Young Living’s Sulfurzyme has been formulated to contain both high quality MSM and NingXia wolfberry fruit powder. The wolfberry supplies the nutrients to enhance the assimilation of the sulfur.

Longevity Softgels

These softgels contain therapeutic-grade Clove, Frankincense, Orange and Thyme essential oil in a base of coconut oil. Take 1 cap per day of these fat-soluble antioxidants, in order to protect your cells from the damaging effects of free radicals (ie. the underlying cause of aging).


This Master Supplement combines 3 super-nutrient that work synergistically to help the entire body, including the skin:

  • Omega 3 from fish oil. This is very high in DHA and EPA. EPA is an essential nutrient for our skin. It strengthens cell membranes, so our cells retain moisture more effectively (thus boosting the hydration levels of our skin), thus delaying the aging and wrinkling process. Because Omega 3 can quickly go rancid, Young Living have created a super-stable formula by combining the Omega 3 with rice bran oil, Clove oil and other high antioxidant essential oils.
  • Vitamin D3, which is very beneficial for skin health. The antioxidant in Vitamin D helps to prevent skin damage and premature ageing of the skin.
  • Coenzyme Q10 acts like a super-vitamin to help us produce enzymes and energy. It energizes the skin…and because it decreases with age, so does our skin’s ability to repair itself. Taking CoQ10 helps to protect our skin against photo-ageing (ie. premature aging due to too much sun exposure). Although our body can take it in through food, you’d have to eat 12 chicken breasts to match the amount you obtain in one serving (4 caps) of OmegaGize3.

Bring on the Love

Beauty starts in the mind. When we believe we are beautiful, when we have self-love, we radiate that to everyone we meet. It’s a lot like Dr. Emoto’s water crystals, where he showed the dynamic response in frozen water crystals to different words being used. And after all, our body is 70% water, so why wouldn’t it affect us in the same way?

So if you are used to judging that reflection in the mirror, why not tap into the power of essential oils to transform your emotional viewpoint? The aroma of oils directly accesses the limbic region of the brain, which is our subconscious. Because of this, they have a profound ability to bring thoughts and emotions to the surface, so that we may address and heal those limiting thoughts.

The Morning “Appreciation” Ritual

Apply your chosen oils, and take 5 minutes each morning to think about all the things that you are grateful for in your life. And remember to smile….this reduces stress, one of the causes of aging. Here are some great places to start:

  • Acceptance or Awaken oil on the wrists – to receive compliments and love (from yourself and others)
  • Sensation or Inner Child oil on the abdomen, for inspiring self-love and self-nurturing
  • Gratitude or Joy oil on the heart, to remind you of all the things you appreciate or enJOY in your life
  • Surrender or Stress-Away oil on your palms, breathed in….and allow yourself to fully reeeeeellllllllaaaaaaaxxxxxx!

Cleanse, Exfoliate and Tone

Maintain this simple 3 step process and watch your skin shine!


Our skin is the largest organ of elimination, so it needs care and cleansing to remove dirt and grime, as well as toxins that are being released. Properly cleansing your face helps to remove not only makeup and perspiration, but also dead skin and environmental toxins.

Young Living’s gentle cleansers do not strip the natural oils out of the skin.

Cleanse your skin twice a day using the ART Gentle Cleanser, the Orange Blossom Facial Wash, or Young Living’s Dead Sea Mud Soap. Remember to wash your hands before you cleanse! It’s a great idea to do a “double cleanse” each time, for the best effect on your skin – the first one starts to remove the grime, the second one has a deeper cleansing action (and that’s what you want!!!). It’s a great idea to also cleanse after intense activities, when you’ve built up a sweat.


Did you know that your skin replaces itself every 30 to 60 days? Exfoliating helps to eliminate dead cells from the skin’s surface, and allows new cells to flourish. It also cleans clogged pores, promoting healthy, glowing skin. This means that you will better absorb the nourishing products you then add to your skin.

Exfoliate your skin once a week, using Young Living’s Satin Mint Facial Scrub, mixed with a little bit of water so it’s gentler on the skin. Your skin will look smoother and younger, and feel more rejuvenated.

Satin Mint Facial Scrub contains:

  • Therapeutic-grade essential oils of Peppermint, Roman Chamomile and Rosemary
  • MSM (natural sulfur) to soften skin, fade discolouration and strengthen collagen
  • Aloe Vera – calms and rejuvenates
  • Jojoba Oil – chemically similar to skin sebum, easily absorbed, very hydrating
  • Algae Extract – rich in vitamins and minerals to rejuvenate the skin
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – to balance skin moisture
  • Mango Seed Butter – protects the skin and contains natural essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins
  • Shea Butter – increases moisture retention and skin elasticity
  • Vitamins – to promote skin elasticity and cellular renewal
  • Allantoin – softens and stimulates the skin

The optimal pH for your skin is 5.5, however this is disrupted when you cleanse your skin, or exfoliate. Using a toner does 3 things. It:

  • Quickly brings your skin back to the ideal pH balance
  • Removes any impurities that the cleanser didn’t catch
  • Gives your skin a healthy glow by increasing blood circulation
  • Shrinks pores to their original (natural) size

After cleansing and exfoliating, tone your face by putting some toner onto a cotton makeup pad and using it over your face. Always work in an upwards direction, ie. against the pull of gravity.

You can use the ART Refreshing Toner. This beautiful toner helps to minimise pores and restores pH balance to the skin. It is a blend of:

  • Therapeutic-grade essential oils of: Lavender, Lemon, Melissa, Sandalwood and Frankincense
  • Aloe Vera – calms, rejuvenates and protects the skin
  • Green Tea Extract – soothes and moisturizes
  • Orchid Flower Extract – powerful moisturizer
  • Witch Hazel – calms, tones and tightens the skin

If you prefer to make your own facial toner, here’s a great recipe:

Recipe: Make your own AromaFresh Facial Toner or Aftershave

This is both soothing and revitalising to the skin, with an icy kick because of the cooling effect of the Peppermint oil in it. It is great as both a toner and an aftershave. Mix the following ingredients together in a 50ml glass bottle:

  • 1 tablespoon organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Juice
  • 1 drop Frankincense oil
  • 1 drop Copaiba oil
  • 1 drop Lavender oil
  • 1 drop Peppermint oil

Nourish, Moisturise and Refine

Nourish with ART Renewal Serum

Beauty Serums are typically based on ingredients that have a lower molecular weight than a normal moisturiser, so the nutrients can easily access the deeper layers of your skin. This is why it’s advantageous to use a serum before you apply your moisturizing cream.

Young Living’s ART Renewal Serum contains an intricate blend of traditional Chinese botanicals, orchid flower extract and essential oils. It is uniquely designed to protect, nourish, hydrate and soothe the delicate skin of the face.

The real secret weapon in here is the Phalaenopsis orchid flower extract. This remarkable ingredient is protective, restorative and hydrating. It helps to:

  • fight the free radicals that lead to premature aging of the skin
  • reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • promote a smooth and flawless skin tone
  • help the skin to retain greater moisture content

It also contains:

  • Sensation essential oil blend
  • Rose of Jericho (Selaginella lepidophylla) – moisturizing
  • Lactobacillus Ferment – a natural probiotic to condition the skin
  • Morus alba – evens skin tone and promotes balanced, youthful skin
  • Speranskia tuberculata – supports healthy skin
  • Torenia concolor – protects the skin
  • Angelica sinnensis – brightens the skin, supports healthy skin
  • Liquidambar formosona – great for sensitive skin
  • Saffron (Crocus sativus) – promotes a clear, bright complextion
  • Vitamin B3 – improves the moisture barrier of the skin, helping to strengthen skin layers
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – balances moisture in the skin, holding up to 1000 times its weight in moisture
  • Myrrh resin – reduces the appearance of wrinkles and improves skin elasticity
  • Frankincense resin – reduces the appearance of wrinkles

Regardless of your skin type, make sure you feed your skin both morning and night with a natural moisturizer. You can do additional applications if your face feels dry. Young Living has several moisturizer options based on plant botanicals and infused with essential oils. These moisturisers protect sensitive skin, improve skin tone and texture, and smooth skin complexion:

ART light moisturizer

Perfect for everyday use and youthful skin, the ART light moisturizer increases skin elasticity, nourishes and hydrates, evens skin tone and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines. It contains:

  • Therapeutic-grade essential oils of: Sandalwood and Frankincense
  • Cupuacu Seed Butter and Olive oil – excellent natural moisturizers
  • Lonicera (caprifolium and japonica) – calming and soothing, a natural preservative
  • Cactus (Opuntia ficus) – natural antioxidant, containing natural Vitamin E, helps even skin tone
  • Summer Snowflake Bulb – smooths and softens the appearance of fine lines, helping skin to look healthy and young
  • Polygonum aviculare – protects skin
  • Orchis mascula flower extract – moisturizing, soothing, calming
  • Squalene – promotes soft, smooth skin
  • Licorice Root – tones and brightens
  • Aloe Vera – calms, rejuvenates and protects the skin

ART intensive moisturizer

Pamper your skin with this deep, ultra-hydrating lotion. Containing therapeutic-grade essential oils of: Hinoki, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang and Frankincense, the ART Intensive Moisturiser is design to help:

  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Skin feel smoother and more pliable
  • Nourish the skin, even skin tone and promote hydration with Pracaxi Seed oil and Blue Bird Hibiscus Leaf Extract
  • Perfect for mature or dry skin

Sandalwood Moisture Cream

This ultra-hydrating moisturizer softens skin and helps promote skin elasticity. It was developed many years before the ART Intensive Moisturiser, so explore both products to see which is the best fit for your skin. Sandalwood Moisture Cream contains:

  • Therapeutic-grade essential oils of: Myrrh, Sandalwood, Lavender and Rosemary
  • MSM – strengthens collagen, keeping skin firm, supple and soft
  • Wolfberry Seed Oil – a powerful antioxidant, very hydrating
  • Rose Hip Seed Oil – nourishes, hydrates and protects
  • Olive Fruit – renowned skin moisturizer
  • Sandalwood extract – soothing, cooling, relaxing
  • Calendula extract – stimulating and astringent
  • Chamomile extract – calming and soothing
  • Kelp – firming, soothing, nourishing
  • Ginkgo Biloba – a powerful antioxidant, supports skin firmness and elasticity
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – deeply hydrating, holding up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture
  • Vitamins – to nourish the skin and provide antioxidant support

These targeted products are designed to take your skin to the next level of radiance.

ART Sheerlume

Did you know that an “older looking” face is defined by age spots, skin dullness and rough textures, more than it is by wrinkles? Sheerlume helps to balance and visibly improve skin tone, at the same time protecting the skin from external stressors. It contains:

  • Therapeutic-grade essential oils of: Vetiver, Clove, Carrot Seed, Blue Cypress, Elemi, Geranium, Spearmint, Davana, Jasmine, Melissa and Idaho Tansy
  • A unique blend of soothing, rejuvenating and protecting oils (Fractionated Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Monui Oil, Cupuacu Oil and Rapeseed Oil)
  • A proprietary blend of active ingredients from alpine plants – to brighten the skin, diminish the appearance of find lines, and even out skin tone, as well as functioning as a barrier to environmental stressors
  • Madonna Lilly – an active skin brightener
  • Gotu Kola, the “longevity plant” – rejuvenating and brightening
  • Kakadu Plum – a natural source of Vitamin C
  • Honeysuckle – a natural preservative

Wolfberry Eye Cream

The first signs of aging usually appear in the delicate skin around the eyes. Wolfberry Eye Cream nourishes the skin around the eyes, helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

It is based on the youth-giving properties of wolfberry seed oil, mixed with other nourishing oils such as avocado oil, jojoba, sweet almond oil, rosehip oil, mango seed butter, shea butter and Kukui oil, and containing therapeutic-grade essential oils of Lavender, Coriander, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Bergamot and Ylang Ylang.

Boswellia Wrinkle Cream

Help your face to relax at the same time it is being moisturized. Boswellia Wrinkle cream contains:

  • Therapeutic-grade essential oils of: Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Myrrh, Frankincense and Sandalwood
  • MSM – strengthens collagen, keeping skin firm, supple and soft
  • Wolfberry Seed Oil – a powerful antioxidant, promotes hydration
  • Shea Butter – increases moisture and skin elasticity, protects from environmental stressors
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – deeply hydrating, holding up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture
  • Grape Seed Extract – a powerful antioxidant which may help skin elasticity and tone
  • Calendula – stimulating and astringent
  • Aloe Vera – calms and rejuvenates
  • Linoleic Acid – provides a barrier against free radicals
  • Panthenol – soothing and softening

ART Crème Masque

Deeply moisturizing and cleansing, the ART crème masque is designed to leave the skin feeling velvety. Use it as a deep facial moisturizer or an all-night skin treatment. If desired, it can be washed off after it has dried. It contains:

  • Therapeutic-grade essential oils of: Vetiver, Davana, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Geranium. Vanilla, Ocotea and Jasmine
  • Squalene – soothing
  • Aloe Vera – calming, rejuvenating and protective
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil – excellent moisturizer
  • Olivem – softens and protects dry and sensitive skin
  • Avena sativa – provides a “lifting film”
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – highly moisturizing, holds up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture
  • Camellia oleifera Leaf – a powerful antioxidant, helping support skin elasticity
  • Cucumber extract – calms and hydrates
  • Vitamins – to nourish the skin and provide antioxidant support

Lip Balms – Lavender, Grapefruit and Cinnamint

The thinnest skin on the body is found on our lips, which is why they are more vulnerable to the elements. Young Living’s lip balms are formulated with a base of nourishing and protective oils and waxes, including sweet almond oil, beeswax and wolfberry seed oil, with the added benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Nefertiti’s Secret – Essential Oils on the skin

This picture is pretty amazing, if you know what you are looking for! The Ancient Egyptians loved the aroma of oils – they believed that the more beautiful they smelled, the more favour their Gods would bestow on them…so the women wore wax cones on their heads, with essential oils mixed in the wax (see the blue cones in the pic!!!). As the hot sun melted the wax, their hair and bodies were covered in essential oil!

These women are holding Blue Lotus flowers, which produces one of the most prized essential oils in the world! Did you know that Young Living has an oil blend called “Build your Dream”, which contains the prized Blue Lotus oil!!!!

Dr. Sabina DeVita, author of Saving Face, describes essential oils as pure frequency or “liquid light”, and an incredible gift to our skin.

Because they energize our skin, it means that our skin cells reproduce at a healthy and fast level, hence the time lag between new skin growth and the elimination of old cells is reduced, which in turn helps our skin behave like more youthful skin.

Essential oils also penetrate and moisturize the deep layers in the skin, bringing light and energy to these layers. They help reduce puffiness and irregularities of the skin, as well as reducing visible signs of aging….oh, and did I mention that because they relax us, they also help to counterbalance the everyday stresses and tension that contributes to skin aging?

So apply a mix of essential oils to the skin each evening, after cleansing and toning. Although some oils can be applied neat to the skin, others can be irritating. So by using a good quality carrier oil, it slows down the penetration of the essential oil into the skin, meaning your skin (rather than the rest of your body) gets the benefits of the essential oil for longer.

There are many different carrier oils that can be used, including Young Living’s V6 mixing oil, or Jojoba oil, Sweet Almond oil, Avocado oil, Argan oil, Fractionated coconut oil (fractionated just means it doesn’t solidify in cooler weather), Grape Seed oil, Hemp Seed oil, Olive oil and Rosehip oil. You can even add a little bit of beeswax if you want! Alternatively, you can add the essential oils directly into some of Young Living’s ART light moisturiser.


There are so many beautiful essential oils for the skin, just as there are carrier oils. Here are just a few that you can use, or adapt according to what feels right for you. If you don’t have all these oils, start with the ones you do have, and use Lavender as a substitute.

Lavender is a great universal oil. It’s calming and soothing to the skin and wonderful for skin circulation, so it can be used in place of any of the .oils that you don’t have.

In 2 tablespoons of ART light moisturizer or coconut oil (or any other carrier oil of your choice from the list above), put the following:

  • 6 drops Frankincense oil – super nourishing for the skin, reduces blemishes
  • 6 drops Myrrh oil – wonderful for skin elasticity and circulaton. Women often rub Myrrh oil around the perineum for a few weeks before childbirth in order to improve skin elasticity and reduce the likelihood of tearing.
  • 4 drops Geranium oil – helps to smooth lines and wrinkles, and enhance skin radiance
  • 4 drops Copaiba oil – helps make skin firm and taught, combats “sagging” of skin
  • 4 drops Carrot Seed oil – for skin elasticity and reducing the appearance of wrinkles
  • 2 drops Clary Sage oil – keeps wrinkles at bay so skin looks healthy and youthful

Geranium oil – Did you know?

Geranium oil has “cytophylactic” properties? This means it helps to “slough off” dead cells from the skin. It is an ultra-moisturiser, feeding the skin and keeping cells hydrated and free of excess oils. Not only that, it gives facial muscles a toned appearance, and assists in preventing sagging and wrinkling skin…WOW!

Oh, and did I mention that it’s relaxing AND stimulating to the brain, it uplifts our moods and lessens fatigue as well? Who wouldn’t benefit from this wonderful oil!!!

Choosing Oils for your Skin Type

  • Normal – supple yet firm. Lavender, Geranium, Rosewood, Neroli, Sandalwood.
  • Dry – hydrate and soothe. Sandalwood, Rose, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Myrrh
  • Oily – clean the skin, close the pores. Cedarwood, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree), Geranium
  • Combination – clean and hydrate. Frankincense, Myrrh, Lavender
  • Mature – moisturize and nourish. Lavender, Sandalwood, Rose, Neroli, Clary Sage, Patchouli, Myrrh

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