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Hello friends it has been some time since I have last blogged! I apologize, it has been very hectic with the holiday months and new year approaching! However, I hope all of you are doing well and you’re all getting excited for Christmas:) I will be busy with my family for the next couple days so I will probably not be blogging until after Xmas so let me just say to all…
MERRY CHRISTMAS friends:) Enjoy your time with your loved ones&be THANKFUL!!!
Anyways, this article I found I thought would be very useful for men especially because I have had male clients asking me about this exact subject lately!!! Some of these tips can be useful for women as well if you have really coarse hair! Such as the pre-cleanse oil before a shave and post-shave serum. As well as also making sure your razor blades are not dull. Women, you can use the same one mentioned in the article if you’re prone to breakouts as well during shaving! Happy reading y’all:)
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I really enjoy the articles written by Elise because she seems to have all the same beliefs in skin care as I do and her products are all natural and amazing! I suggest y’all look into it:)
Again, HAPPY HOLIDAYS FRIENDS ♥Jill
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Aging is the impact of time on our bodies that leads to cell, tissue and organ damage. Toxins, the UV radiation from sunlight, harmful foods, pollution and other toxins all take their toll on our bodies. We all want to look and feel younger, fresh and healthy, and although we cannot turn the clock back, we can try and slow the ageing process by following few simple anti aging treatments.
Below are 5 best anti aging treatments that are natural and don’t involve going under the knife or other invasive medical procedures:
Beyond its culinary applications, sesame oil is also used in anti aging treatments to deliver health benefits to the skin. According to many studies, sesame oil is a powerful antioxidant due to a naturally occurring compound called sesamol. Antioxidants are important to skin health because they reduce free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can prematurely age the body and contribute to diseases. When our skin ages prematurely, it loses collagen and elastin, the substances that make skin strong, soft, firm and elastic. Other studies suggest that sesame oil may be effective in protecting against the sun’s harmful UV rays and the skin cancer. It is therefore a good advise to message sesame oil all over your body first thing every morning. Sesame oil is gentle, affordable and pleasant-smelling, and as such it is a popular base for massage oils. The oil protects and moisturizes the skin due to its high absorption rate and high content of vitamin E, a vitamin commonly recommended for the treatment of a wide range of skin conditions.
According to studies, taking enough of fish oil supplements appears to have enormous health benefits including dramatic anti ageing effects. Fish oil has anti inflammatory benefits, improves heart and immune functions and helps hair grow and skin look healthy. Specifically, taking these supplements regularly may lower the risk for a host of diseases associated with ageing, including coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Limiting consumption of processed sugar as well as other low-quality carb foods such as white bread, sugar, pastries, cookies and candy, which also break down to sugar in your body, will help you to slow ageing process. The reason is that when sugar breaks in the body it involves major molecular mechanisms that damage your body, and that leads to disease and ageing. Limiting sugar in your diet is a well-known key to longevity. Fructose in particular is an extremely pro-inflammatory agent that speeds up the ageing process. It also promotes the dangerous growth of fat cells around your vital organs and can cause to diabetes and heart disease. Sugar/fructose also increases your insulin and leptin levels and this is another major factor of premature ageing and age-related chronic degenerative diseases such as heart disease. Limiting sugar consumption in your diet is therefore a good anti aging strategy.
Antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, help fight free radicals that break down collagen and thus slowing ageing process. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in October 2007 found that people who ate foods rich in vitamin C had fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those whose diets contained only small amounts of the vitamin. Vitamin C also helps form collagen, which smooths fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C also seems to protect against UV sun rays, which can lead to freckles and a mottled complexion and does some repair and firming on the skin.
Experts continue to argue whether antioxidants can prevent heart disease, but some of the evidence is highly persuasive. It is therefore a good idea to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, which are full of vitamin C as well as other healthy nutrients, and consider taking C and E supplements. Experts say there are essentially no risks, but first check with your doctor.
Many people begin noticing signs of aging on their hands and around their eyes. It is advisable to treat the skin around the eyes separately as face creams can be too irritating and heavy, but products made for this delicate area work wonders for smoothing fine lines.
It’s also a good idea to start taking care of your hands with the same routine that you use to take care of your face. Every time you exfoliate or use a mask on your face, try to exfoliate or apply that same mask to your hands too.
This recipe has been taken from The Complete Book Of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood.
Essential oils are full of nutrients and proteins which maintain the mattress-like bounciness of collagen, thus they can be used as anti wrinkle treatment. Essential oils also stimulate blood flow which encourages the regeneration of new skin cells and some essential oils, such as fennel, have hormonal-like properties which encourages the firming of skin.
The Ultimate Anti-Wrinkle Treatment Essential Oil Blend:
Dilute in two tablespoons of sweet almond oil and massage onto your face and neck every night.
When you look at all of these ingredients you may think this recipe is expensive, but it’s not. Once you have all the bottles of essential oil you can make it up in minutes and create a huge number of batches from your one bottle.
Hope y’all enjoy this article:) Thought it’d be helpful with this hot/cold winter every other day! Enjoy friends<3
But, first on a quick, serious note!
Be THANKFUL for this weather and that we’re not dealing with any horrific typhoons:( so please, please, please send positive vibes to people in the Philippines, my motherland! For all the families going through this, I am sorry! My best goes out to y’all<3
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Dry skin is a very common condition where your skin loses its natural moisture. It is often experienced during winter season, where the outside cold air and the heated air inside cause the humidity to drop. However people can also get dry skin while living in a tropical country where weather tends to be hot. Perhaps their body does not get adequate amount of hydration, or they are bathing and washing their hands using harsh soaps too often.
There are other possible causes: Vitamin deficiencies in A and D may also trigger your skin to get dry. Sunburn is another common one, and dry skin may also be caused as a side-effect of some pharmaceutical drugs. Having dry skin has never been pleasant. Your skin is flaky and sometimes itchy. In worst cases, there are cracks and peels evident to the naked eye and these can sometimes be surprisingly uncomfortable for their small size. Dry skin looks and feels unappealing to the people suffering from it.
Well, there is good news. If you are suffering from dry skin, postpone paying a visit to a dermatologist or to your local health and beauty store. Expensive creams and derma procedures may not be necessary. Try these natural, gentle remedies to revive your skin’s lost moisture.
1. Olive Oil – As Barbara Gruffer Hufferman, author of The Best of Everything After 50, said of her best-kept beauty secret, “Using olive oil on just about every part of your body, inside and out.” This golden oil is not a really a secret to the people in Mediterranean countries like Greece, Spain and Italy. It has been a staple in every household and is extensively used in cooking, lamp lighting and of course, the beauty regimen.  Look for extra virgin olive oil, organic if possible. Why the ‘extra virgin’ label? Oils that are labeled extra virgin contain less than 0.8% acidity, therefore are considered safest to be applied on the skin. And the organic oil is less likely to contain pesticide residue.
Dab a small amount of olive oil in the driest areas of your face and body, paying more attention to the knees, elbows, hands, feet and thighs. Massage it well so your skin will absorb the moisturizing benefits of olive oil. To pamper extremely dry skin, leave it overnight and you will wake up to well rested, moisturized skin in the morning.
2. Coconut Oil – Another wonder kitchen product, it seems that there is not anything that coconut oil cannot do. It is popularly used as face / body moisturizer, and hair oil. If your hair and certain parts of your body are dry and blotchy, all you need to do is a dollop of coconut oil and dryness will surely go away. The reason why coconut oil is a great product than your over-the-counter moisturizers is that it is oil-based and contains natural emollient properties, therefore providing best coverage of moisture and penetrating underlying tissues rather than the water and petroleum-based body lotions and face creams. Go over for extra virgin coconut oil as this type is not deodorized, hydrogenated, refined or bleached in any other way.
3. Honey – Honey’s main use since ancient times has been as a foodstuff and sweetener. However the sticky consistency of honey plus its antibacterial properties create an environment favorable for healing inflammation – without neglecting moisture.  In cases where dry skin has resulted in irritation, honey may be your best ingredient. Honey can be used alone or in combination with other skin fixes that can also be found in the kitchen – such as the ones on this list. As a cleanser, just rub a small amount of raw local honey (why raw?) all over your face, lips, heels and other dry areas using your fingers or with a cotton ball then rinse with lukewarm water. As a facial mask, do the same except wait for another 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing off.
4. Yogurt – Perhaps you are already aware of the many benefits that yogurt brings to our body when consumed. Yogurt contains live “good bacteria” that can help keep the stomach in good state. Yogurt is also rich in lactic acid, which can soothe and exfoliate the skin, tighten the pores, and stimulate collagen production. The lactic acid content makes yogurt a benefit kitchen item for waving goodbye to dry skin and saying hello to smooth and moisturized skin. Slather your face and other areas that need moisturization with yogurt every morning then wash off with a splash of cold water. At night before retiring, your skin can benefit from a simple facemask recipe of mixing yogurt and honey or oats.
5. Milk – It was Cleopatra who was reported to have popularized milk bathe rituals. Although Cleopatra may never have understood why milk was good for her skin, we do. Like yogurt, milk is has lactic acid that can gently dissolve dead skin cells, a by-product of dry skin, to reveal moisturized, fresh looking new layer of skin. The fat content of milk also helps in conditioning the dry areas of the skin.  You may feel silly at first but goat’s / cow’s milk, or adding a cup of powdered milk to the bath water is a potential way of putting an end to your dry skin. Be sure to rinse off well afterwards.
6. Aloe Vera – It is not a secret that the gel contained within aloe vera leaves is an excellent moisturizing agent. If you have an aloe vera plant in your garden, cut a leaf and split it open – you will see a clear gel and you can apply this directly on skin that needs extra help in moisturization. Aloe vera gel can also be purchased in bottles, typically from healthy food stores.
7. Salt – If your dry skin begins to itch, you might want to try a salt scrub. The simplest method is during bathing, to rub a handful of salt all over your body, paying extra attention to the driest parts like elbows, heels and knees. Not only the mechanism of salt rubbing removes dead skin cells, it will also improve blood circulation. Salt is capable to reduce inflammation, so if your dry skin starts to get irritated, go and douse yourself in a salt water bath. We also have a page with a recipe for making a salt scrub.
8. Oatmeal – Try checking key ingredients of today’s best creams, lotions and moisturizers, and you will notice that oatmeal is included in the list. This is because oatmeal is a tried-and-tested item that relieves dry skin. Dermatologists even recommend an oatmeal bath for babies who have dry skin- that is how effective and amazing oatmeal is. The antioxidants and phenols are the reason why oatmeal makes a cheap and convenient remedy for dry skin.  You could also try cooking the oats with water as per usual until soft and pasty, allow to cool and apply to skin.
9. Avocado – The oil of avocado is rich in vitamins A, E & D that contribute to healthy, moisturized and hydrated skin.  To gain maximum benefit that avocado has to offer, include the fruit in your diet and treat your dry skin to an “avocado mask” composed of honey, sugar and avocado paste. You do not need a lot to put on, just a small amount and massage it gently. Any leftover can be placed in an airtight container and stored briefly in the refrigerator for another use.
10. Water – Your skin is dry and flaky maybe because you are not drinking enough water. Teas, coffees and sodas do not count. You should supplement your body with an adequate amount of water. One indication that your body is dehydrated is dry skin on your heels and lips.
Black heads and white heads form when the openings of your hair follicles get clogged with oil and dead skin. Black heads are called comedones by doctors because when they open on the skin’s surface, they appear a dark color because of the backup in your hair follicles. When those comedones are closed, they are called whiteheads because the white head is raised on your skin and forms bumps.
You typically get black heads and white heads on your face in places like your nose and forehead. You can get rid of them by using an extractor, steaming your skin and using the right medication and home remedies.
Remember – Be gentle to your skin. Never pinch, scrape, poke, press, or squeeze too hard!
Expose your black heads and whiteheads to steam. The heat from the steam produced by boiling water will help open up your pores and release the dirt and oil backed up inside. Once you remove that bacteria, your black heads and white heads will heal much faster. Boil water and pour into a shallow bowl. Place your face over the bowl, putting a towel over your head to trap the steam. Stay there for about ten minutes, then immediately wash your face with a mild soap to remove the dirt and oil you just released. You can also expose your black heads and white heads to a steam room or the steam created by a hot shower.
Use aloe vera to get rid of your white heads and black heads. Aloe vera contains an ingredient that can calm down the swelling of your acne and speed up the healing process. Either use the juice from an aloe vera plant or buy aloe vera gel at the store. Rub the gel or juice into your black heads and white heads with your hand or a cotton ball and let it evaporate into your skin.
● Toothpaste – Toothpaste is an effective blackhead and whitehead remover. Apply a thin paste to your infected areas and let it sit on your face for at least 25 minutes. You will probably feel a burning sensation when you apply the toothpaste, but this is normal and will pass. Once you remove the toothpaste, the top of your blackheads and whiteheads will disappear, but you still need to thoroughly wash your face to remove the buildup underneath. Repeat this home remedy every other day for two weeks.
● Almond or oatmeal – Mix either oatmeal or almond powder with just enough rose water to make a spreadable paste. Apply it to your problem areas with your fingertips first and then apply it to the rest of your face. Let it set for about 15 minutes and then rinse your face with cold water.
● Rice – Soak rice in milk for 5 hours and then grind this in a blender until it is paste-like in consistency. Use the paste as a scrub on affected areas of the body.
● Potatoes – Grate raw potatoes and then rub the area with the mixture. Wash it off after 15 minutes.
● Fenugreek leaves – Crush some fenugreek leaves and mix with water to form a paste. Put this on the face for 15 minutes and then remove it. Do this every night to keep your face free of blackheads.
● Coriander leaves – Mix some coriander leaves and a little turmeric powder with water and form a paste. Use this as a mask to eliminate blackheads.
● Oatmeal -Grind oatmeal into a powder in a blender and then add some rose water. Use this on affected areas for 15 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.
● Baking soda – Prepare a mixture of equal parts of baking soda and water and rub it onto your face or other body areas prone to blackheads. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.
● Honey – is also good for removing blackheads. Spread honey on the affected area and remove it after 15 minutes
● Tomato – Tomatoes have natural antiseptic properties that dry up whiteheads and blackheads. Peel and mash a small tomato. Apply the tomato pulp to your blackheads and whiteheads before going to bed. Leave the tomato pulp on your face while you sleep and then wash your face in warm water in the morning.
● Lemon -Wash your face in warm water. Then, squeeze the juice of one lemon into a bowl. Add in a pinch of salt and stir the mixture. Apply the mixture to your blackheads and whiteheads. Leave the mixture on for approximately 20 minutes and then wash your face with warm water again.
● Lime – You can also use equal parts of lime juice and cinnamon powder and apply this mixture to blackheads. Leave it on overnight and rinse it off in the morning
● Cornstarch – Mix about a three-to-one cornstarch to vinegar ratio into a paste. Apply it to your problem areas and let sit for 15 to 30 minutes. Remove the paste with warm water and a washcloth.
● Yogurt - Mix three tablespoons of plain yogurt with two tablespoons of oatmeal. Add one teaspoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of lemon juice to the mixture. Stir the mixture thoroughly and apply it to the effective area of the face. Let the mixture sit for five to seven minutes then rinse off with cold water.
Essential oils can help you achieve great skin, which is well moisturized, soft and elastic. A healthy glowing skin will contribute to your self confidence and appearance, and you can get all these with the help of aromatherapy. Essential oils have great penetrative properties that make them excellent moisturizers. The wide range of their properties means that you can always use the right oil for the right condition. Essential oils help to cleanse the tissue and stimulate the lymphatic system, and can be used as a daily skincare routine and to treat specific problems.
Whereas most moisturizers sit on the surface of the skin, essential oils penetrate to the inner skin layer. The essential oils need to be mixed with base oil, such as sweet almond, apricot kernel and jojoba. The good thing about essential oils is that they are light enough to be absorbed by the skin without clogging up the pores.
Skin types can vary, for example skin may be drier in winter or more oily around the time of your period, and it can change several time between puberty and menopause, so review the oils that you use and change them according to your changing needs.
Essential oils for normal skin: chamomile (also for dry/sensitive), fennel (also for oily), geranium (all skin types), lavender (all skin types), lemon (also for oily), patchouli, rose, sandalwood (all of them also for dry/sensitive).
If you have combination skin (oily on the forehead, nose and chin area, and normal or dry elsewhere), use oils for oily skin on the greasy areas and oils for normal skin on the rest of the face.
You can use either clay or oatmeal which are ideal for any face mask. If you use powdered clay, mix it into a paste with a hot water. Cool and then add yogurt for a smoother consistency. Alternatively, you can use finely ground oatmeal mixed into a paste and leave to cool. Add 15 drops of essential oils to suit your skin type per cupful of paste. Apply the mixture on your face, leave to dry slightly and then sponge off. If you have particularly dry or sensitive skin, add one tablespoon of evening primrose base oil for a more moisturizing mask. Avoid the eye area when applying.
Essential oils are a gentle way to tone up the skin. Ideal bases for fresheners are rose water for normal or dry/sensitive skin, or which hazel for oily skin. You can apply them with cotton wool or spray them on the face for a more refreshing toner. Herbal tea infusions are also excellent toners. You can use herbal tea bags if you can’t get hold of the herbs. Boil a cup of water and infuse chamomile, marigold, rosehip or nettle teas. For normal skin add two drops of orange or lavender essential oil ans leave to cool. For oily skin use juniper or lemongrass essential oils, and for dry skin use rose or sandalwood essential oils.
If you want a soothing steam add five drops of chamomile essential oil, or for a stimulating steam use lavender, peppermint, thyme or rosemary. You can use comfrey or fennel essential oils for their healing properties.
Choose the correct essential oils for your skin type and blend them with an ordinary unscented cleanser, liquid soap or tissue-off lotion/cream and they will re balance the skin.
Essential oils have anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties, hence are good treatments for acne sufferers. If you suffer from acne, use a daily sensitive skin type cleanser and moisturizer and add two drops of juniper essential oil which has antiseptic properties. Apply a deeper clay type mask once a week, adding a few drops of juniper to heal and sooth the skin, or eucalyptus essential oil which is anti inflammatory, antiseptic and antibiotic. If you suffer from occasional spots, mix one drop each of neroli, lemon and lavender in one teaspoon (5 ml) of base oil and treat just the affected area. For a single spot use a cotton bud and apply on it one drop of undiluted sandalwood.
These are small blisters on the lips and around this area which are caused by the virus herpes simplex. Any persistent lip sore should be treated medically, but if you have a common lip sore apply undilutedtea tree oil.
These are small and red spider like veins that appear on the surface of the skin around the chick area, and affect usually people with delicate skin type. The solution is to protect the skin from losing excess moisture and to apply essential oils such as parsley, geranium, chamomile, rosemary or cypress in a heavy base oil.
I figured since I’m having a little trouble with focusing today this would be helpful to y’all if you’re on the same boat as me!!! Enjoy:)
Since mother nature can not make up her mind on whether its summer or winter this Fall season it’s definitely making my skin go crazy so I thought it would be helpful for me to share with y’all natural ways to exfoliate your skin from what you eat to help keep your skin glowing and smooth:) Enjoy friends!!!
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