What do Eco-Luxe, Eco-Beauty and Eco-Friendly Really Mean?

Eco-Luxe, Eco-Beauty, and Eco-Friendly are terms that have gained a great deal of momentum and are becoming part of a new vocabulary for discussing luxury, beauty, fashion and our overall standard of living today. What do these terms mean and why have they become relevant?

Environmentally friendly or environment-friendly, (also referred to as eco-friendly, nature-friendly, and green) refer to goods and services, laws, guidelines and policies that inflict reduced, minimal, or no harm upon ecosystems or the environment.* This term most commonly refers to products that contribute to green living or practices that help conserve resources like water and energy.

If we want to live on a planet with clean water, fresh air and a diversity of plants and animals, we have to do everything we can to protect the Earth’s health. Being environmentally friendly means choosing a lifestyle that helps the Earth more than it hurts it, and speaking up when you see the world around you being harmed. Conserving water, driving less often, gardening, and caring about animals are all good ways to start helping. The key is to make a concerted effort to live your life in a way that is conscious of the earth, it’s beautiful creatures and eco-systems.

Eco-Luxe means ecologically-friendly luxury. Some say that ‘Eco’ (design based in environmental sustainability) and ‘Luxe’ or luxury, cannot exist simultaneously and are contradictory. This may be true in the older definition of ‘excessive consumption’, however, the way people define luxury is changing. Today’s definition moves away from heavily marketed mass-manufactured brands put together in massive factories in foreign countries to local hand-made products created by artisans with love and reflecting the local culture. People want to relax in the knowledge of where, how and by whom their products were made. Today’s luxury is ‘guilt-free’ and tells its own story.

The new ‘luxury’ returns to products of quality that provide a unique experience of ‘immersion’- embracing the natural environment and the unique culture of a place, it operates in the face of globalization and its mono-culture. It is not necessarily showy – it’s all about details. Today’s luxury indulges the soul not the ego.

Eco-beauty. When it comes to beauty, we can ask as ourselves “how do the products I buy and the companies I support, contribute to the Earth’s well being, as well as my own?” Are these products good for me and good for the earth? Are these products cruelty-free, meaning the ingredients are not tested on animals or harmful to one’s health and the environment? Is the packaging eco-friendly and biodegradable? The answers to these questions are about wellness, for yourself and the earth. Many companies like YASOU natural skin care have emerged with this in mind.

The terms eco-luxe, eco-beauty and eco-friendly have become more than marketing terms, these are being embraced by eco-conscious consumers around the globe. It’s a new movement that is returning to quality and responsibility. It is not about ego but about ones beliefs.

Today’s well-off and eco-conscious consumers are turning to eco-luxe products, ranging from cosmetics to diamonds to cars that are beautiful, luxurious ⎯ and eco-friendly.

* wikipedia

Natural Fixes For Dark Under-Eye Circles

We have researched some great natural remedies for you to try or explore to treat those dark under-eye circles but first I think it’s important to know that even if you have gotten plenty of sleep and you still wake up with those dark under-eye circles it doesn’t mean it’s about fatigue. Mayo Clinic’s staff has defined that what appears to be dark circles under the eyes are sometimes just shadows cast by puffy eyelids or hollows under the eyes that develop as a normal part of aging. That’s right aging, something that none of us can escape from. Thinning skin and loss of fat and collagen are common as you age and can make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more obvious, sun exposure and rubbing or scratching your eyes are also common causes of under-eye circles.

So the question is how can you prevent them and what natural home remedies can treat them. Our research found a ton of natural fixes but we picked our top seven favorites for you and they are:

1) Watch your diet. You can never dispose of dark circles on the off chance that you don’t take care of your diet. Here are a few tips for you to increase a proper diet and lifestyle to get rid of those dark circles.

a. Drink lots of water (8 to 10 glasses) to avoid water maintenance.
b. Have a greater amount of green verdant vegetables.
c. Reduce salt intake in your diet.
d. Have substances rich in vitamins A, C, E and K.
e. Exercise.

2) Get enough Sleep. Bloodshot eyes, bags, dark under-eye circles, and puffiness can all be reduced, if not completely erased, by getting enough sleep. To further reduce puffiness and darkness under your eyes, sleep on your back with head slightly elevated. This posture allows fluids to drain from your face. Use an extra pillow so that your head is at least a couple inches above your body.

3) Use Cold compresses Bags of ice, cold spoons, tea bags or frozen vegetables-place
them over your eyes for a few minutes to decrease swelling. The cold works by constricting blood vessels and preventing the flow of fluid into the eye’s tissues. Cucumber is, by a wide margin the most applied home remedy to get rid of dark circles under the eyes. It contains various antioxidants that help reduce discoloration and inflammation. Place chilled cucumber slices on your closed eyes, and the cool temperature helps in backing off the puffiness by diminishing aggregation of liquid under the eyes. Potatoes are great as well- they stay cold for a long time and are rich in various antioxidants, they also are known to have natural bleaching agents that lighten the skin.

4) Massage. Mix coconut oil and almond oil and massage gently in circular motion around the eyes (be careful to not put into the eye). Leave it on for about an hour. This should be done daily.

5) Pastes. Turmeric has been utilized since old times to nourish the skin and give it a healthy natural gleam. The curcumin component of turmeric is an excellent antioxidant and has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which can help reduce inflammation, reduce damage caused by free radicals and diminish wrinkles and fine lines.

Try this Turmeric-Pineapple paste:
2 tsp of Turmeric powder
1-2 tsp. of fresh pineapple juice.

Mix the pineapple juice with the turmeric powder to get a paste. Apply this to the area around your eyes covering your dark circles totally. Leave for 20-30 minutes. Wash with water and if required lukewarm water because turmeric stains a lot.

6) Avoid extreme time in the sun. Wear sun glasses when you need to go out into the sun.

7) Moisturize. Unlike the skin on the rest of your face, the eye area does not contain oil glands that can help keep this skin moist, so applying moisturizer under your eyes can keep them healthy looking. Creams created specifically for the eye area prevent fluid build-up by restricting the blood vessels around the eyes and tightening the loose skin. We recommend you seek out natural/organic, plant-derived ingredients that contain a good source of antioxidants and vitamins.

These are a few of our favorite tips for natural fixes for dark under-eye circles if you try the above and are still having problems, consult your physician. Let us know if you have some great tips that we should have added to our list, we are always interested in hearing from you. Email us at terry@yasouskincare.com, Attn: Natural tips for Dark Under-Eye Circles.

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