STEM education in skincare is the art of combining science, technology, engineering, and math to create natural beauty products from the best ingredients that nature has to offer. At Zandra, we love creating skincare products that are naturally proven to nourish, heal and improve the condition of your skin. And because our products are created especially for teens we’re committed to long-term good skincare.
We know that the science of great skin doesn’t lie behind harsh chemicals and expensive short-term results. That’s why we’re sharing a two-part series on how the science of nutrient rich, natural ingredients are the bedrock of Zandra beauty skincare. Here we take a closer look at our core ingredients, their benefits and what makes them the best option for common teen skin issues. We begin with PART ONE – Body Butters.
Why Body Butters?
Body butters aren’t just for those of us with sensitive skin seeking a deeper yet gentle moisturizer. Once we hit our teenage years, some of us suffer from patches of dry, scaly and even red skin which looks in desperate need of rehydration.
In some cases, that dry skin may be more severe and require specialist treatment such as teen eczema. But in general, a combination of hormones, stress and bad eating habits all contribute to negative changes to our skin.
This is also the case in the development of acne and then the aftermath of acne marks that often form into embarrassing and long-lasting scars. This type of ‘hyper-pigmentation’ can take months or even years to heal and fade. So, if any of the above sounds familiar your skin may be crying out for a rich emollient that can deeply hydrate and restore its naturally beautiful complexion. If so, a natural body butter may be what you are looking for!
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We love what we do and we love sharing how we make our products. After all, each product is made with you in mind it’s important that they work just the way nature intends them to. On their own, natural body butters offer a multitude of healing nutrients that soothe, nourish and protect the skin. We believe in the natural healing and nutrient rich abilities of body butters, for hydration and repair which makes them a key component of many Zandra beauty products.
Zandra’s Core Ingredients – A Body Butter Snapshot
- Unrefined Shea butter – Shea butter is super moisturizing, and a good source of vitamins A and E, which strengthen and soften your skin and help it repair damage without clogging pores.
- Cocoa butter – Cocoa butter has antioxidants and beneficial organic molecules that protect the skin from environmental, internal, and external factors that can cause irritation or damage to the skin. Cocoa also makes an excellent hair conditioner.
- Mango butter – Mango has high levels of vitamins A and C and is known for its antioxidant properties. These rich body butters can heal irritated and cracked skin.
A good skincare routine is essential!
Moisturizing the skin is only one part of a good skincare routine, especially when it comes to the face. For example, cleansing away dirt and oil build-up, toning skin in preparation for moisturization are all good practices – helping you to clear rather than conceal your skin with make-up and powders that actually block pores (!). In fact, when it comes to the neck down, a good skincare routine shouldn’t be ignored. Ensuring that you have the right moisturizer for your skin care is important to maintaining a healthy, bacteria-free and smooth look.
Zandra beauty products are designed with you in mind. So, whether you are suffering from skin sensitivity, dehydration or simply dry skin think about your skin needs and head to our product range to sample any of the above core ingredients.
- Super dry with no skin sensitivity? Try any of our body scrubs and lotions and soufflé products.
- Hyperpigmented skin? Try our soothing BAMBOO CLAY CLARIFYING FACIAL BARand LAVENDER VANILLA CHAI HAIR & BODY SOUFFLÉ.
- Sensitive Skin? Try our LEMON TEA TREE BAMBOO BLACK SOAP and ALMOND ALFRESCO HAND & BODY LOTION.
Don’t forget! Over time our skin changes. Keep that in mind and try different products when you need to. Stick to a regular routine that cleanses (tones the face) and moisturizes all over.
Want to learn more? Get your STEM on at a Zandra DIY Beauty sesh…
We want to introduce our readers, customers and our DIY-er’s to a behind-the-sceneslook at Zandra’s core ingredients. Natural product making involves multiple chemical principles and is an effective hands-on method to develop critical thinking skills. Zandra DIY Beauty Workshops help and challenge its students to create the same product they see commercially with natural products that are safer for the environment. Kitchen chemistry encourages kids to use many aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). It’s fun and inspiring! Find out how to book a session HERE
Natural skin care stems from nature’s finest ingredients and Zandra has a range of products ideal for healthy, growing skin!
READ MORE about Zandra STEM skincare in Part Two of this blog series.
This has been an exciting six months for the Zandra team. We have grown our production, opened a new line of Lab workshops, and introduced fantastic new products. At the same time, we have built amazing relationships and created new ways to share our passion for inspiring teenpreneurs and empowering girls on the move. And with your support, we have become a brand that is recognized as ethical, socially aware and involved in our local community. It’s why we are so proud to announce these outstanding business accolades from two fantastic organizations:
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Buffalo District Young Entrepreneur of the Year
The Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award is presented to a company in recognition of their ingenuity, hard work, and dedication. Attributes which celebrate the company’s successful contribution to Buffalo’s economy and competitive reach. Zandra was one of 12 entrepreneurs selected from Buffalo’s 14 counties. We were delighted and humbled to receive this award. It signals that we are building a thriving business that will continue to offer the best in natural bath and body products for the educated and empowered girl on the move!
We were also nominated for the Black Enterprise Teenpreneur of the Year, together with several other young and inspiring CEOs. The Teenpreneur of the Year is a small business award specifically focused on businesses within the African American community. It recognizes the next generation of entrepreneurial innovators and value creators demonstrating growth and business leadership. It’s an important award for our community and for young businesses. We believe that the Zandra philosophy to educate and empower girls on the move, our continued hard-work and our growth potential are exactly what makes our business important to our community and we’re proud to be nominated!
As someone who started her own business at a very young age, I am so proud of my personal journey and the love, commitment, and work of the entire Zandra team. It’s important to thank YOU too! Your support has really helped this girl on the move!!!