Natural Ways to Cleanse the Skin

natural ways to cleanseNatural Ways to Cleanse the Skin

Regular skin cleansing is a necessary part of keeping your body looking and feeling great – but if you’re not doing it the right way, you could be doing more damage than good. Cleansing your skin keeps your complexion looking healthy and clear by removing dead skin cells, excess oil, and unclogging pores, and it helps stimulates circulation and detoxification. However, using harsh soaps and chemicals can leave your skin feeling dry and irritated, causing flaking or cracking and making any wrinkles or fine lines more noticeable.

A natural cleanse will clean your skin and still allow it to retain a sufficient amount of moisture, making it softer, clearer, and smoother. This doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming – these tips will help you cleanse your skin in a natural way, without much change to your normal routine.

Use cold water

While warm water helps to open your pores and flush some of the impurities out of your skin, cold water does the exact opposite. When you rinse your face with cold water, your pores close up again – tightening your skin and helping to fight some of the sagging and inflammation that come with aging.

Be sure to clean your face thoroughly with warm water first to remove any make-up, oil, dirt, or residue, before switching to cold water for a rinse. The shrinking effect cold water has on your pores can make them disappear completely, leaving your skin looking fresh and healthy.

Apply oil

It seems counterproductive, since one of the benefits of cleansing your skin is to remove oil – but healthy skin needs the right balance of oils. Using chemical-laden soaps will dry your skin out, encouraging it to produce even more oil to try and overcompensate for the loss of moisture.

Everyone’s skin is unique, so there is no certain type of oil that should be used. Try out a variety of oils, like jojoba, coconut, almond, grape-seed, or avocado, to see what works best on your skin, and apply that oil as part of your usual skin cleansing routine.

Exfoliate gently

Exfoliating your skin is a great way to shed dry skin cells and get your blood moving, but most of the exfoliants you use on your body are too harsh to use on your face. Exfoliants with sharper, jagged edges can damage the sensitive skin on your face by causing small tears that could lead to blemishes or an uneven skin tone.

You can make your own body scrubs by combining oil with other natural ingredients like sugar, salt, or coffee grounds, and use gentler natural exfoliants like strawberries, honey, yogurt, or baking soda. However, since there are no chemicals or preservatives added to these products, you need to use your homemade exfoliating scrub right away.

Eat right

There is maybe nothing better for your skin than a healthy diet. Feeding your body nutritious foods will help you look and feel your best – giving you a brighter, clearer complexion and a lot more energy. Foods that include sugar, simple carbohydrates, salt, and trans-fats can all contribute to duller-looking skin, excess oil production, inflammation, and acne. While making changes to your diet might be difficult, it will pay off with more than just clear skin.

Sweat regularly

Exercising or sitting in a sauna can help cleanse your skin by using your sweat to push out impurities and toxins. This is a great natural way to keep your skin looking clean and healthy, while providing you with a host of other benefits – boosting your metabolism, stimulating your immune system, and helping with stress management. If your gym has a sauna, you can easily switch up your routine to take advantage of both of these natural skin cleansing methods by unwinding with a nice steam after powering through a tough workout.

There are plenty of things you can do to keep your skin looking good, but a natural cleanse is one of the quickest ways to see a difference. Switching up your routine to include a few of these tips will make your skin healthier and more radiant – giving you a boost of confidence every time you look in the mirror.

This article was donated by Jon Reyes from Steam Shower Store. Jon has been writing articles for over 10 years and is a commanding voice in the health and fitness community with his articles high in demand.

Father’s Day, Groomsmen, For That Special Man

We are so excited about our Shave and Suds Kit! It’s the perfect gift for dad on Father’s day, the special man in your life, for the groomsmen in your wedding party, or for yourself because you want a great deal and you want beer soap . This kit comes complete with a 4oz beer suds soap bar, a 2oz beer suds shave soap, and a boar bristled shaving brush. The scent in the soaps remind you of a craft English-style mild beer blended with creamy oatmeal, orange peel, butterscotch, nutty almond and rich vanilla. The shave soap is mildly scented while the soap bar has a strong lasting scent.

shavensudskitGuys will enjoy the creamy natural lather the beer adds to the soaps, they will feel “cool” knowing they are slathering themselves in beer, and those around them will love the way they smell. We love that hops are known to have antibacterial properties making beer the perfect choice for our soaps.


Bug bites, poison ivy, & stings, oh my!


My son recently was in a hot tub at a friends house and a couple days later was broke out with something called hot tub folliculitis. He had all these red bumps with a pimple like center on his torso (sorry he won’t let me share any photos). I immediately looked into a natural way to help clear it up and speed up the recovery process. Looking at my shelf of oils, clays, and etc. I knew I needed something to draw out the toxins and bacteria while drying them out. So my grabbed the bentonite clay which is great for pulling out toxins and oils. It also is great for those who get into the poison ivy family as  it provides a shield against urishol, the irritating oil found in those plants that causes a reaction. It is also very soothing on rashes,  bug bites, stings, and other itchy situations.

The other thought that immediately went through my mind was activated charcoal since it draws bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of skin. Charcoal is not metabolized,  or absorbed by the body.  It can be an effective way to treat bug bites, absorb the irritating oils from the poison ivy family, and soothe other itchy situations.

So pulling these items from the shelf I created a mixture of  bentonite clay and activated charcoal. I made a paste using about 1 part of this mixed powder with 2-3 parts water and mixed until it turned into a paste. I then gently covered each spot with the paste and slathered the remaining paste down his arms and torso (figured why waste what was left and help detoxify the rest of his body). We let it sit for 10 minutes and then he sat in a colloidal oatmeal  bath and gently washed it off. We did this a couple times a day for 3 days and after each time the spots decreased in size and it never spread any further. It seemed to soothe it. In the beginning he complained of them being sore and some a little itchy. But after the first treatment he never again complained.

Now at this point I decided against putting anything else on it that was oil based. Although many oils have an anti-bacteria property, I really just wanted to dry the spots out. So I decided against anything further than the clay and charcoal paste.

I highly recommend these to be an item on anyone’s shelf who is looking for an alternative to modern medicine for bug bites, stings, rashes, etc.

Don’t forget metal will deactivate the powers of your clay so be sure to use glass and plastic to store, measure, and stir.

Don’t have time to make it yourself? Want a pre-mixed batch to have on hand? Let us know, we would be happy to create it for you.

We purchase in large quantities from a reputable supplier so even if you are just looking for a small container of these ingredients, let us know. We would be happy to hook you up.

Kissable, Smooth, Scrubbin love

lip scrubs and lip balmsFinger Lakes From the Vine Spa Collection by Akenehi has released 2 different lips scrubs and lip balms and we are so excited to be sharing them with you.

About Our  Lip Scrubs

Our  lip scrubs are amazing and will make your lips oh so smooth and kissable! Created with crushed grape seeds and sugar to exfoliate your lips making them smooth, formulated with moisturizing butters and oils for hydration making them soft and kissable. Our luscious grape lip scrub has  grape flavoring to add a touch of sweet grape goodness while the vineyard lip scrub contains no added flavor. I personally have never been one to use lip scrubs, they just didn’t do it for me. After trying this one I have to say I am addicted! The exfoliation is just right in that it gently gets rid of the dead, dry skin without causing any irritation and my lips have never felt more smooth.

About our New Lip Balms

We have created Vineyard and Luscious Grape lip balm to be a part of our Finger Lakes From the Vine Collection. We have created these lip balms with grape seed oil that comes from grapes right here in the Finger Lakes. Grapeseed oil will penetrate deep into your skin keeping your lips hydrated and soft. We have hand picked the rest of the oils and butters to create a lip balm that is packed with vitamins and oils that will moisturize and keep your lips looking healthy. The luscious grape lip balm has a sweet luscious grape taste and smell that will leave your senses tingling while our vineyard lip balm has no added flavor.

These wonderful scrubs and lip balms are also offered in a set that includes  a little burlap bag, an instruction card and a little plastic scoop for the scrub. Visit the the store to view and order these great new products.

Introducing Cabernet Buff


Introducing our first product in the Finger Lakes From the Vine Spa Collection:

CABERNET BUFF Cleansing Grains

Our Cabernet Buff is created for those looking for a gentle exfoliant. Created with crushed grape seeds that will gently exfoliate the dead skin leaving your face looking brighter and feeling fresh. It works wonders for those with sensitive skin as it gently exfoliates the dry dead skin cells without irritating the skin. It also contains colloidal oatmeal which can help reduce skin inflammation. Colloidal oatmeal is also rich in saponins  which gives it remarkable cleansing, moisturizing, and soothing qualities perfect for a facial scrub. The clay in it helps to pull out impurities while the honey has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to help keep you skin looking great.

Exfoliating a couple times a week is great for your skin. It helps to remove the dead skin cells, increase circulation, and promotes skin cell regeneration. How often you do it really depends on you and your skin. Some people find doing it daily works for them while others find only doing it a couple times a week is all their skin needs to keep a radiant glow.

We are excited about the release of Cabernet Buff and are offering a 30% off introductory discount now through July 31, 2015.

Exfoliate and smell delicious

bordeaux & cocoa sloughin bars

Soon to be released our Bordeaux & Cocoa Sloughin Bars. These bars are part of our Finger Lakes From the Vine Spa Collection. These bars have all natural exfoliating powers of crushed grape seeds, colloidal oatmeal, and almond meal. The shea & cocoa butters add a powerful hydrating punch to keep your skin soft and smooth. These bars have a chocolate scent from the cocoa butter and we have added a touch of bordeaux fragrance for a delicious chocolate wine smell. The exfoliants in these bars are more gentle than the ones in our Heavenly Cocoa bars. These bars will be available online by the end of the month


I thought Acne was for teenagers

Most of us thought we had seen our last pimple in our late teens, now here we are in our mid 30’s and what is that on my face? Oh yes, join the club, you aren’t the only one. Adult acne is a problem for 1 in 5 women.

Let’s take a look at some things that cause adult acne.

STRESS: When you stress your pituitary glad increases your hormone production which in turn will stimulate the adrenal glands which will cause them to secrete androgen. Too much of this can enlarge the oil glands and create excess sebum production which can clog your pores causing the breakout. The best way to cure this is to find a away to relieve the stress in your life. Make changes to create a calmer life style.

PORE CLOGGING COSMETICS: Using products that have pore-clogging ingredients can cause you to breakout. If you find you break out on your cheeks it may be caused by the dye in your blush. Cosmetic acne looks like a raft of tiny pimples and tends to be worse on people with oily skin. It is best to find products that are as natural as possible (preservatives & chemicals can also be a cause of skin sensitivity). Everyone is different and each person’s skin will behave differently to different products. What works for one person may not work for the next. It’s important to know your skin type and how each of the ingredients work for your type of skin.

SOAP CLEANSERS: Soap can strip your skin of it’s natural oils causing your body to begin to over produce it’s natural oils. This can lead to overproduction of oils which will clog your pores and cause breakouts. Use very mild cleansers or try oil cleansing.

HORMONES: Acne is common when raging hormones stimulate the sebaceous glands. Many women will experience breakouts 2-7 days before menstruation,  the week following may be a little fussy as it regains proper balance, and then the next two weeks it will behave properly. This is a great time to take extra care and give your skin a little extra pampering. It’s a great time to apply a mask or use the mask as a spot treatment daily until your body is re-balanced.

DEAD SKIN: We shed a ton of skin and it can clog up your pores causing breakouts. Gentle exfoliation can help remove the dead skin cells and improve circulation. Cleansing grains are a great, gentle way to slough off the dead skin cells.

TOUCHING YOUR FACE: Dirty fingers can spread bacteria into your pores. It’s good practice to keep your hands off your face.

MEDICATIONS: There are some medications that can cause you to break out including birth control pills and some common cold remedies. High doses of vitamin B12 and steroids can also cause breakouts.

I believe a good healthy diet, a little exercise, drinking plenty of water, getting good sleep, a good skin care routine, using as many natural, chemical free products as possible, and eliminating as much stress as possible will help keep your skin in balance.

My Sloughing, Exfoliating, Moisturizing, Love Affair

hcsloughin1  Have you met our newest addition? Oh my, you are in for such a treat!! These little sloughin bars pack a powerful punch of exfoliating and hydrating powers while you take a bath or shower. They were created to slough away the dead skin and leave your body feeling fresh and moisturized all at the same time.

They are my FAVORITE thing and my special treat to myself. I almost feel guilty on the days I use these. They are my little spa treatment right at home. My own indulgence. I look forward to the shower days that I use them! I know, sounds crazy right?! But I lead a busy life and these little guys make me feel like I got a spa treatment right at home in the very little amount of free time that I have.

These are not soap so please be sure to soap up first if you feel the need. These bars are made with ground rice & almonds that exfoliate the dry dead skin away from your body and moisture packed shea and cocoa butter which leaves your skin feeling soft and fully hydrated. The key is to rub the entire bar all over your body while in the tub or shower until it is fully dissolved. I even use it on my face! These bars do not contain any preservatives so this is why we have created a size for a one time use. After the shower your skin will feel soft not at all greasy or oily and it will remain hydrated all day long. I use these little bars twice a week and use the everyday smooth lotion on the other days and have found that those nasty little dry bumps on the backs of my legs are no more! I also love the light cocoa scent that they posses. It almost reminds me of cookies baking in the oven but I find I don’t smell like that after the shower, the scent seems lighter and hardly noticeable by the time I am ready to go out the door. Which is nice as I know it won’t alter any other scent I may apply. Make your way on over to the store and check them out and maybe even splurge and get one for yourself to try. I know you won’t be disappointed! We offer them individually for new customers to sample or maybe you have been lucky enough to have received a free sample and have fallen in love with them, then the option for the full size (12 bars) is there for you as well.

Try them out and let us know what you think.



Akenehi Loyalty Rewards

Akenehi Loyalty Rewards


We love that you want to purchase our products and because we are a small business we really want to say thank you for your trust and loyalty. Our way of saying thank you for coming back again and again is to offer you reward points that you can redeem towards your purchases. Everyone here at Akenehi says thank you and we hope you keep coming back.

1. Log In

You will be enrolled automatically when you sign up for an online store account. To see your points, log in to your account and your points will show at the top of the screen or you can click on the “My Account” tab and then click on the Akenehi Loyalty Rewards tab to see your points history. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up today and receive 10 points!

2. Earn Points

Earn 1 point for every $1 you spend (points are earned on purchased products and does not include shipping or taxes). Additional points can be earned during promotional periods, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, the blog and signup for our newsletter so you don’t miss out on any additional ways to earn points. Points will be applied after payment has been received for each order. Want to earn even more? You can earn 5 points for each product you leave a review for and 5 points for every product you rate on our website.

3. Redeem Your Points

Redeeming your points is easy. At the checkout screen you can click “pay with reward points” in the payment method section and enter the amount of points you wish to redeem towards your order (10 points = $1), and click place order (this will update the cart and reflect your rewards discount). Now select your payment method to finish checking out. Reward points can not be used towards shipping or taxes.


Why in the world would I want to put oil on my face?

oil cleansing

Why in the world would I want to put oil on my face? If you suffer from oily skin and acne the thought of putting oil on your face (oil cleansing) is probably horrifying!

Did you know that the skin care industry would have you believe that you need to rid your skin of oil completely? Sounds good right? Well not really…. The problem here is that most products (soaps/cleansers) are designed to strip the oil out of your skin, leaving it  tight and dry followed by outbreaks as it tries to repair itself. Your skin begins to compensate for the oil that was stripped away by creating more oil. So maybe getting rid of all the oil isn’t such a good thing.

So how does the oil cleansing method work? The oil cleansing method works because the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores and the steam will open the pores allowing the oil to be removed.

When done properly you will find your pores clean, open, and less outbreaks and problems.

Remember you don’t want to over cleanse, there should be no reason to cleanse in the morning. Just steam or splash your face with warm water and follow with your normal routine. If you don’t use makeup you may find you only need to oil cleanse a few times a week. However if you wear makeup you should do this at night before bed to remove the makeup and clean your skin.

We offer two different oil cleansers in our online store, one for normal to oily skin and one for normal to dry. The cleansers we sell have a combination of oils in them that we feel benefit each skin type. Look for future posts on oil types and how to properly use them. If you missed our last post on how to oil cleanse the right right, be sure to take a minute and read it here.

Do you oil cleanse? Have you tried it?  We would love to know your thoughts. Comment below.