Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Face Scrubs

If your complexion seems a bit dull and lifeless maybe it's time to add a face scrub to your daily skin care routine. The most common questions I get asked are:

Why exfoliate?
Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Those dead skin cells can make your skin look dry and dull. Once those dead cells are removed it makes it easier for your skin to absorb your moisturizing lotion.

How often should I exfoliate?
It depends on your skin type. Sensitive skin would benefit from exfoliating once a week where oily skin could be "scrubbed" every day. Adjust your routine depending on how your skin is reacting. If it gets irritated you know you are over doing it.

What are some natural ingredients to exfoliate with?
One of the best ingredients to use is alpha-hydroxy acid. Sound harsh? Not really...it's just another name for fruit acids. Fruit acids loosen cell bonds and exfoliate the skin. Another benefit of fruit is that it has antioxidants to keep your skin healthy. Good fruit choices are strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, pineapple juice, lemon juice, acai berries and goji berries.

Try a fruit scrub and see the difference in your complexion.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Natural Treatments for Dry Skin

Dry skin seems to frequent us no matter what season it is. Most skin care products contain so many synthetic chemicals that they seem to work against nature to heal our chapped, dry skin. Repairing dry skin doesn’t have to be complicated. Most often the simplest solutions are the best. Plant based oils rich in nutrients offer natural treatments for dry skin.

  • Cocoa butter is a soothing emollient. Its antioxidant qualities aid in the healing of dry skin.
  • Avocado oil is rich in vitamins and minerals. It’s high in the antioxidant vitamin E which helps to heal and regenerate our skin.
  • Hazelnut oil helps our skin with a high vitamin E content, minerals and fatty acids.
  • Almond oil aids in relief from dry, itchy skin. It is full of vitamins and minerals.
  • Extra virgin olive oil contains antioxidants which help our skin against aging and skin cancer. Olive oil contains linoleic acid which helps prevent water from evaporating. This provides moisturizing qualities for our skin.
  • Shea butter contains healthy nutrients, vitamins, and other valuable phytonutrients required for healing.

    Our skin can be nourished and healed naturally and safely without with out the use of harmful chemicals.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Anti-Cancer, Anti -Aging Benefits of White Tea

I’m always on a quest to find healthy skin care information. White tea appears to be very beneficial to protecting our skin.

In an article from Science Daily, scientists at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University have shown that ingredients in white tea are effective in boosting the immune function of skin cells and protecting them against the damaging effects of the sun.

Elma Baron, MD, Director of the Skin Study Center at UHC & CWRU says our skin is similar to how oxidation causes a car to rust. Oxidative stress of the skin causes a breakdown in cellular strength and function.

The scientists performed a study where they applied white tea extract cream to the subject’s buttocks (where sun is not ordinarily exposed to) while the other area was left unprotected and exposed both areas to artificial sunlight. They found the Langerhans cells (cells in the outer layer of the skin), which are very sensitive to damage by sunlight, were protected with the white tea extract. The scientists also found that the immune system cells were restored by the extract. The DNA damage that can happen with sun exposure was limited in the skin cells protected by the white tea extract. This study offers renewed hope in the battle against skin cancer.

Read this full article at sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/01/030130081227.htm

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Beautiful Skin in 5 Easy Steps

Having great looking skin doesn't have to be complicated. Applying a few simple steps to your daily skin routine can lead to healthy results with minimal effort.

1. Drink plenty of water
Water helps our body to flush out toxins. Eight glasses of water a day will help to moisturize your skin from the inside out. To help with this process, flavor water with a combination of slices of lemons, limes and oranges.

2. Get Plenty of Sleep
The body repairs and restores itself as you sleep. Eight hours a night is best for optimal health. Dark circles and puffy eyes are signs of lack of sleep.

3. Use Sunscreen
Exposure to ultraviolet rays can damage your skin. Applying sunscreen daily, especially to your face, will go along way in protecting against photo-aging (deep wrinkles and age spots). Use at least a 30 SPF and be sure to reapply every two hours when your skin is exposed to the sun.

4. Exercise
Regular exercise leads to improved circulation, eliminates toxins through the pores in our skin when we sweat, and helps the digestive system to function more efficiently by eliminating waste products.

5. Eat a Healthy Diet
Your body needs vitamins, minerals, and proteins for skin to repair and maintain itself. A diet consisting mostly of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and complex carbohydrates will give your skin, hair and nails positive results.


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Monday, July 6, 2009

Is Shea Butter Superior Over Other Natural Oils?

Shea butter is natural fat extracted from the fruit of the shea or karite tree. This tree grows naturally in the wild in West Africa. With so many oils available, what makes shea butter better?

According to an article written by The Shea Institute, most seed oils are divided into two fractions. Fraction #1 or saponified fraction, contains most of the moisturizing properties. Fraction #2 or nonsaponified fraction contains most of the healing properties. Shea butter is set apart from other seed oils due to it's large healing fraction which contains important nutrients, vitamins, and other valuable phytonutrients required for healing. The article states that this natural cream is used to treat many skin problems like blemishes, wrinkles, itching, sunburns, wounds, eczema, skin allergies, insect bites, frost bite and other skin conditions.

That is why the shea tree got it's name, the karite tree, which means the TREE OF LIFE.


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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Can Chemicals in Body Care Products Correlate to Breast Cancer in Women?

It’s astounding how many young healthy women have breast cancer. One piece to the puzzle may be chemicals found in body care products.

According to an article written by P.W. Harvey, Department of Toxicology, Covance Laboratories, the most common group of chemicals called parabens have been detected in human breast tumor tissue, indicating absorption of this chemical. Parabens have been shown to be oestrogenic (to mimic the action of female hormones). Many breast cancer tumors are fed by estrogen. With $20 billion worth of chemical laden personal care products sold every year it sends up a big red flag on why breast cancer is so prevalent.

Healthier options are available for skin care products. Ingredients from plant based sources like organic shea butter, almond oil, cocoa butter will offer skin softening results free of toxic chemicals. Research the ingredients in your body care products. Education and prevention is critical to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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