Gift Guide for a Healthy, Sustainable Mother's Day!

by Plantioxidants ® May 03, 2018

Giving Healthy, Sustainable Gifts this Mother’s Day

At Plantioxidants, spring is hands down one of the best seasons when it comes to celebrations. Yes, the winter months have holiday party after holiday party, but spring offers us other important celebrations, such as the start of a new flower bloom, warmer weather and the reminder to honor Earth Day all month long in April and beyond.  If this season doesn’t reaffirm the value of taking care of others and the planet, we don’t know what does.

The next big celebration on the agenda: Mother’s Day! Our founder has always had a hard time getting his mother gifts because he didn’t want to create waste or give her something unhealthy.

“Honestly, one of the best parts of starting Plantioxidants is that I now know what I’ll be getting my mother every year for Mother’s Day. Keeping her healthy in a sustainable way will never get old.”

To help you celebrate Mother’s Day and give the gift of clean (i.e. organic), green (i.e. sustainable) beauty, we’ve put together three special sets, all of which are 20% off for a limited time! Free standard shipping in the U.S. still applies, along with any other U.S. order!

Fountain of Youth

Hydration is key when it comes to maintaining a youthful glow, which is why we relied on some of nature’s most hydrating ingredients when formulating our softening Toning Essence and refreshing Hydration Treatment. Delivering the benefits of the mythical Fountain of Youth, our Toning Essence locks in water and nutrients daily while the Hydrating Treatment ensures that your skin cells are properly plumped through multiple treatments weekly.

The Toning Essence gets nutrients not only from our antioxidant-rich complex, but also from the range of teas we use:

  • Rooibos tea is rich in polyphenols, which help fight oxidative stressors that damage your skin.
  • Silver tips white tea, which is also rich in antioxidants since it’s  only lightly oxidized before being harvested.
  • Oolong tea that, yes, is also rich in antioxidants. More importantly, oolong has higher amounts of two flavonoids than green tea . The first is quercitin, which is a strong anti-inflammatory. The second is mycertin , which can inhibit aryl hydrocarbon hydrolase, an enzyme that converts some carcinogenic chemicals into active carcinogens in the body.
  • *Note: flavonoids along with carotenoids are what give fruits and vegetables their vivid colors and in turn help in the absorption of UV lights.

    We lock all these nutrients in with hyaluronic acid found in Japanese sweet potatoes. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning it works like a magnet to pull water from the air and helps it stay put. In turn, this keeps your skin smooth and hydrated. This carefully crafted toning essence offers an ultra-sheer, ultra-hydrating formula that will deliver a healthy, youthful glow to whomever receives this gift from you.

    But your gift doesn’t stop there. They are also getting our Overnight Hydration Treatment. This is a fan favorite, and everyone is surprised by how quickly their skin drinks up the cucumber and kale juice.

    Cucumber will never go out of style. Even the most sensitive skin types can benefit from it. Here are just a few reasons:

    • Silica in the peel of the cucumber helps strengthen the connective tissue in your skin and fights sagging.
    • Caffeic acid is an amazing antioxidant that is also anti-inflammatory. 
    • Vitamin C from cucumber also helps fight inflamed and irritated skin.
    • Panthoetic acid, also known as vitamin B5, is great for healing skin.

    Kale is one of our favorites as well and was very intentionally used in our juice mask:

    • Chlorophyll, as you may remember from middle school biology, is what gives kale its rich, deep green color. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Chlorophyll is a phytochemical; phyotchemicals make up flavonoids, and as mentioned, flavonoids and carotenoids give fruits and vegetables their colors. Chlorophyll is packed with vitamins and nutrients that are good for soothing skin.
    • Vitamin K and isiothiocyanates help heal and detoxify your skin, too.
    • Omega fatty acids in kale are also anti-inflammatory. 

    No matter how sensitive her skin, this Fountain of Youth set will surely hydrate her skin in a healthy way.

    R&R (Repair and Restore)

    Resting and relaxing are one way to help your mother during Mother’s Day, but why not go a step further and help her repair and restore at the same time?

    Our Reparative Serum has a lot of great ingredients, but two in particular help deliver its reparative benefits:

    • Chaga mushrooms are high in melanin, which help protect your skin from UV rays. And outside of the antioxidants, chaga contains a lot of superoxide dismutase, which reduces and repairs damage caused by free radicals.
    • Ginseng is filled with gingerols that prevent collagen from being depleted. UV rays cause your sin to break down and sag, which is one reason the gingerols are so important. It is also a very strong natural anti-inflammatory.

    The best repairing partner is our Restorative Eye Cream, which relies on vitamins A, B, C, D, and E to help the sensitive skin under and around your eyes.

    • Vitamin A comes from rosehip, which is rich in beta carotene that your body converts to retinol. Retinol helps boost your skin cell turnover, allowing your skin to heal faster.
    • Vitamin B comes from tomatoes where niacinamide acts as the powerhouse vitamin. Niacinamide strengthens your skin barrier and its ability to retain moisture and keep oil levels balanced.
    • Vitamin C comes from a host of ingredients but oranges in particular. Its ascorbic acid helps prevent and diminish dark spots, which in turn combats that exhausted eye look and deep under eye circles.
    • Vitamin D has ergocalciferol from mushrooms to keep your skin healthy and smooth while also fighting off inflammation.
    • Vitamin E is from rice bran where the tocopherol acetate helps fight dryness while also keeping your skin supple.

    A little Plantioxidants R&R will only help her rest and relax for weeks and months to come.

    Super Mom

    Maybe you are blessed with the kind of mom who just doesn’t stop. She manages to fight off every  obstacle and challenge thrown at her like they are tiny pebbles. If that’s the case, you need to make sure you give her the best shield possible. Our Super Mom set is perfect for just that because it gives her the gift of rich moisturizer and skin-nourishing oil.

    Both of these rely on nutrients from a set of cold-pressed seeds. Most seeds used for skincare products are expeller pressed where the seeds are squeezed under high pressure to get the oils out of them. These seeds can be heated up to 210 degrees Fahrenheit. However, at this heat and pressure, some nutrients can be lost. That’s why we use cold pressing for our Power Seed Menagerie Cream and Power Seed Menagerie Oil. When gently cold pressing, the seeds are not heated above 120 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure nutrients like tocopherols and phosphatides are not lost.

    There are several seeds we use in these unique formulas, but here are a few of our favorites:

    • Jojoba seed oil, which is similar to your natural sebum (i.e. the natural oily, waxy substance your skin produces).
    • Black cumin seed oil, which is filled with vitamins A, B, and C and helps repair and recover healthy skin.
    • Raspberry seed oil, which is the highest fruit seed oil source of omega-3 fatty acid that  keeps your skin smooth.

    If you’re looking for a way to  keep your mother’s skin moisturized and nourished, this is it.

    Don’t Limit Mother’s Day to One Day!

    Our mothers loved and cherished us growing up, so now is the time we start giving back. Take care of her this Mother’s Day with healthy skincare. Not only are you helping her, but you’re also helping the planet and others thanks to our Lifecycle of Beauty production. Don’t forget about our mail-back program, which guarantees 100% the bottles we get back are recycled, as opposed to the ~10% most facilities recycle.

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