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Get The Kahina Glow: Our 3-Product Mini-Facial

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Je promise: you will have the glow and grin of this jack-o-lantern when you’re done with this Kahina mini facial

Halloween is right around the corner… which of course means Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations are already going up and our holiday event calendars are getting pretty booked (speaking of- got some exciting Kahina events lined up for you this season! Stay tuned!).  Yes, I am getting on the bandwagon and hyping the holidays/winter before they’ve even started.  But! it’s for a very good reason: looking fabulous. Or at least much, much better.

You see, anticipating this cold weather and how it dries my skin out, as well as the myriad of events stacking up, I start thinking about mini-facials.  That’s where your mind would go too if you worked at Kahina Giving Beauty. Trust me.

Q: What can I do in twenty minutes, tops, to revive my chronically dehydrated skin and look and feel presentable for these nights out?

A: Duh. The three-product, at-home Kahina mini-facial. It’s quick yet still luxurious, requires only 3 products, is guaranteed to deliver a glow, and oh yeah, smells amaze– perfect for putting me (and you!) in a good mood for hours of (tedious?) socializing.

You’ll need: Kahina Antioxidant Mask, Kahina Serum, and Kahina Eye Cream*

Here’s how:

1. Start with a clean face.  I like Kahina Giving Beauty Cleanser, but it’s not essential for this at-home facial.

2. Apply a thin layer of our Antioxidant Mask.  Doesn’t it smell good?  That’s the eucalyptus and mint- so uplifting and refreshing, amirite? Leave it on for ten minutes while you brush your teeth, watch Bravo, call Mom, pet your dog, whatever. (I do all of those things.)

3. Remove our Mask – gently buff it off with your hands or a washcloth.  That little grit you feel is the other Moroccan beauty wonder, Rhassoul Clay, which deep cleanses and helps gently exfoliate, all without drying you out or leaving you red-faced, like other clay masks.

4. Admire your glow. Seriously, you’re already glowing at this point, but we’ll keep going.

5. Apply a few drops of Kahina Serum. This smells so good too! Chamomile, ylang ylang, myrrh? Yum.  Kahina Serum is a more complex blend of oils, including Argan, that deliver nutrition like vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as antioxidants, thanks to sea buckthorn, coffee, and carrot seed.  If I have some extra time, I’ll spritz on Toning Mist before the Serum to help it absorb better, but if I’m in a rush, the Toning Mist can wait.

6. You’re almost done! Dab some Kahina Eye Cream around your eye area. It’s silky, absorbs easily, and plumps those little fine lines so they’re less noticeable. Kabam Pow! You’re so glowy, refreshed, and lovely.  Didn’t that feel good?

Bonus point if you do all of this from a hot bath. Two bonus points if you’re sipping some vino or coffee – they’re mood-boosting and antioxidant-rich, too!

By the way, Katharine L’Heureux, Kahina founder and fearless leader/guru, swears by this 3-step treatment as a transformative skin/mood pick me up.

What’s your foolproof 1-2-3 before a night out?

*I picked these three products in particular for a sort of autumn/winter mini facial because they’re a little richer and more moisturizing.  For the summer version of this, I’d use Argan Oil or Lotion in place of Serum and Eye Serum rather than Eye Cream.

[Mairin]

10 Tips for Head to Toe Beauty with Kahina Argan Oil

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We can’t say it enough: if you have just one product in your beauty cabinet (I know! Imagine! Just one?!), it should be argan oil. Here are ten ideas for how to make this wonder oil work for you, from head to foot and everywhere in between.

1. Create a hydrating styling spray for hair.It works well to refresh curls between washes.Combine a small amount of argan oil with water and aloe vera and store in a bottle with spray pump top.Shake well before every use. Lightly mist wet or dry hair, concentrating on the ends and avoiding hairline.

2. Get shinier, healthier hair and scalp.First, massage argan oil onto dry scalp.Then, mix a few drops with 1 part apple cider vinegar to 4 parts water, and spritz onto dry hair.Leave for 15 minutes.Wash hair as usual.

3. One drop argan oil with one drop each of tea tree and lavender essential oil makes an overnight blemish treatment to combat inflammation, redness, and soreness– without dehydrating or damaging skin.

4. For a moisturizing lip treatment, combine two drops with honey and spread over lips.

5. Make your own hydrating mask: 1 tbsp. of honey– a great humectant, 1/2 avocado –filled with fatty omegas, and 2 tbsp yogurt. Mash together to form a paste, spread evenly on face and let sit for 15 minutes.Rinse well.  Bonus: want a video demo of this?  Check it out by clicking here.

6. Add a few drops to your body lotion for extra softness all over.

7. For a body scrub that exfoliates and improves circulation, combine argan oil with espresso or coffee grounds.Work into skin and rinse off in the shower.

8. Massage into cuticles to help nail growth.

9. For a radiant glow, add a drop of argan oil to foundation, tinted moisturizer, or bronzer.

10. Work a fair amount into heels and over feet, cover with socks, and wake up with softer soles.

How do you use your Kahina 100% Organic Argan Oil?

Organic Home Spa: Cleansing Scrub for Oily/Combination Skin

Organic beauty expert, Jessa Blades, shows you how to exfoliate and balance your oily or combination skin with a homemade scrub, using Kahina Facial Cleanser, baking soda, and oatmeal.  Use this scrub twice weekly to remove any excess oil and dead skin after sun exposure. 

The avenanthramides in oatmeal help soothe and calm skin irritation, and saponins have a foaming effect, which help to lift oil and dirt from the skin. Baking soda boosts the effects of oatmeal, and neutralizes skin acidity, reduces redness and its antiseptic properties help heal and prevent skin from infection.  Its fine, but hard texture allows it to gently, but effectively, remove dead skin cells.

Let us know what you think!

Amlou: A Traditional Moroccan Delicacy Made with Argan Oil

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In addition to having amazing cosmetic properties, argan oil is used in a variety of Moroccan recipes in its culinary form, where the argan nuts are roasted before the oil is extracted, as opposed to the cold-pressed method used to extract the cosmetic version.  Amlou, a thin, nutty spread which tastes a bit like peanut butter, is often served at breakfast with bread for dipping and is said to be an aphrodisiac.Argan oil is rich in vitamin E, fatty acids, and antioxidants and it is great for digestion.It also contains rare phytosterols, which help block cholesterol absorption.Below is a recipe adapted from Christine Benlafquih’s Moroccan food blog on About.com.

Yields about 2 cups.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

· 1 1/2 cups of almonds

· 3/4 cup argan oil (less if you desire a thicker consistency)

· 3 to 4 tablespoons warm honey

· 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

· 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preparation:

1) Preheat oven to 375° F (190° C). Roast almonds (spread out evenly on a baking pan) for about 10 minutes or until a bit crunchy.

2) Allow the almonds to cool a bit, and then pass them through a meat grinder twice or grind in a food processor at high speed to make a powdery paste.

3) Stir the argan oil into the almonds, about a tablespoon at a time, stirring quickly by hand or with the food processor on the lowest speed.

4) Gradually add the warm honey, sugar and salt in the same manner.Add more sugar if a sweeter amlou is desired.

Serve in a dish with bread for dipping.

Amlou will keep in a glass jar for a couple of months if stored at room temperature.  Shake or stir before serving, should separation occur.

3 Step Makeup Prep with Argan Oil

Jessa Blades, organic beauty expert and professional make up artist, shows you how to prep your skin for any special event.  Using Kahina 100% Organic Argan Oil, Facial Lotion, and Eye Serum, Jessa is able to prepare a glowing canvas, ready for makeup and all the cameras!  The three-step regimen is so easy to do you won’t have to wait for your next wedding or big night out– try it anytime!

Organic Home Spa: Treatment Mask for Dry Skin

Jessa Blades, organic beauty expert, shows you how to make an organic, at-home face mask for dry skin.  No one denies the importance of maintaining hydration levels for all skin types.  Your skin can get dehydrated from travel, inadequate water consumption, exposure to the elements, etc. so use this mask once a week or whenever skin feels taut and needs a drink.  The avocados and argan oil are high in essential fatty acids & vitamin E, so this mask is particularly suited to dryer or mature skin types that need soothing, richer moisture.  We hope you enjoy!

Organic Home Spa: Spring Cleaning

Spring Clean your face with this gentle exfoliating scrub, as demonstrated by organic beauty consultant Jessa Blades.  Watch to see how you can prepare a simple, at-home cleansing scrub for normal skin types, featuring Kahina Cleanser + other common ingredients.

Organic Home Spa: Cleansing Scrub for Normal Skin

Try it! Like it? Let us know! Have any questions? We’d be happy to answer them here!

Debuting the Organic Home Spa with Jessa Blades

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The Kahina product range is being used in facials by spas around the country.  Now you can learn some of the tricks of the spa trade using Kahina products and a few basic kitchen ingredients.  Jennie Hooker, an esthetician at the renowned International Orange spa in San Francisco and the expert esthetician on our Ask the Esthetician page developed six simple facial treatments using Kahina ingredients. We partnered with organic beauty expert Jessa Blades of Blades Natural Beauty to create videos featuring these customized recipes and some tips of her own. We are excited to roll out our organic at-home spa series and can’t wait to hear your feedback!

Our first video is a treatment mask featuring strawberries to balance oily skin.  Watch below! Check back weekly for a new video showing you how to create at-home organic skin solutions.

About Jessa: A professionally trained make-up artist, Jessa founded Blades Natural Beauty so that women could “live healthy and look beautiful” by using high-quality products that contain safe- never harmful- ingredients. She styles clients for any occasion, from fashion shoots to weddings. Jessa’s repetoire includes, among other top organic and natural brands, Kahina Giving Beauty. Her knowledge, passion, and positivity make her an ideal representative of the natural beauty movement.

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