How to Make a Mint Sea Salt Scrub

sea-salt-bath-scented-mintOne of my favorite winter getaways is a nice bath with a fragrant sea salt scrub.  This sea salt scrub is infused with coconut oil, making it so moisturizing and soft for your skin!  And the mint makes it wonderfully invigorating.

I love the simplicity of DIY salt scrubs – this one only has 4 ingredients and takes only a few minutes to make.

I’ve added links to my favorite products for making this – but it works out just fine with other quality sea salts, coconut oils, and fragrance oils.

Variations – I like to make my bath salts very fragrant, including this one, so if you want a lighter scent, feel free to add only a few drops of fragrance oil instead of 1/2 ounce.

Mint Sea Salt Scrub

Ingredients:

How to make:

  1. Melt the coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl
  2. Stir the food coloring into the oil, if you desire to add some color
  3. Mix the coconut oil with the sea salt
  4. Add the fragrance oil and stir in

Once the bath salts are mixed well, you can use this scrub to gently clean and exfoliate your skin.  You can easily store any leftovers in a jar.

These also make great gifts!  Just package them in a nice jar, add a ribbon, and you have a useful, wonderful handmade gift.

I hope you enjoy this minty sea-scape!

If you like using coconut oils in bath products like I do, then try my step-by-step instructions on How To Make Pure Coconut Oil Soap!

How to Make 3 Wonderfully Easy Winter Skin Toners

girl-winterCold weather is on its way and the winter season is just around the corner. What does this mean to your skin? Cold weather can be damaging to your skin. If your face is not properly protected, it can dry out, crack, and wrinkle! It is imperative to have a good moisturizer. But do we need a toner too?

For years I concentrated on cleansers and moisturizers, neglecting toners. The only time a toner was used was when I purchased a complete skin care regimen set that contained a toner at the department store. When I began to make my own skin care products, I was concerned mainly with lotions and moisturizers. I finally began to realize that a toner has many benefits that I was missing out on by not including it in my daily skincare program:

  • Removes traces of cleanser that was left behind after cleansing
  • Help restore your skin to its nature acid PH
  • Refresh your skin throughout the day
  • Set make up
  • Adds additional moisture
  • Conditions the skin

One thing to remember is to keep it simple. Prepare a toner that can be used for both a toner and a refresher. Before you make your toner, be sure to have the bottle available for storage. A good choice is a spray bottle, so you can use your toner as a refresher throughout the day. Be sure to store your toner in a cool place, the refrigerator is ideal. You may use a cotton ball to apply your toner after cleansing and also spritz throughout the day.

A couple of easy toners you can make to help nourish, protect, and moisturize your skin during the winter are the PH Toner, Herbal Refresher, and the Aloe Soother.

PH Toner

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 4 TBS Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar(or any other nature non-distilled apple vinegar)
  • 10 drops of rose oil
  • 8 drops of chamomile oil

Mix all ingredients in your bottle of choice and shake vigorously before each use. You may use a cotton ball to apply your toner after cleansing and spritz throughout the day.

Herbal Refresher

  • 1 cup witch hazel
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1 chamomile tea bag
  • 10 drops of Lavender Oil
  • 6 drops Sandalwood Oil

Heat water to boil and steep the tea bag in the water for 15 minutes. Add the chamomile water to the witch hazel and add essential oil. Shake before each use.

Aloe Soother

  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 10 drops chamomile oil

Mix all ingredients and shake well before each use.

All three toner recipes are great to help you get through the cold and wintery harsh months that follow. Your skin will thank you by remaining soft, refreshed and healthy.

 

Danielle Sims explored her library of alternative health, herbal books, and aromatherapy books and created a blueprint for making her own body wrap formulas at home. Now she offers this information in an e-book entitled Wrap Yourself Slim: Body Wrap Exposed. Monthly newsletter is also available at her web site. For more information go to Body Wraps Exposed

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How to Make an Invigorating Lemon Verbena Sugar Scrub

It’s been in the single digits and snowy here this weekend, so I’ve been transforming the snow day into a spa day with this invigorating, easy-to-make sugar scrub!  I chose this scent for today because in the aromatherapy world, lemon verbena is a naturally uplifting scent combination, which is great for a cold day like this when all I want to do is stay inside.

Lemon Verbena Sugar Scrub

Lemon Verbena Sugar Scrub

Sugar Scrub Ingredients

  • 1 ounce of coconut oil
  • 1/2 ounce of olive oil
  • 6 ounces of white sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 ounce Lemon Verbena fragrance oil – my favorite is the bath & body Lemon Verbena oil from CandleScience.com because it’s very fragrant and smells wonderful!
  • Pyrex or other microwave safe bowl
  • Yellow food coloring – optional

Sugar Scrub Instructions

  1. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave, it only takes me about 20-30 seconds
  2. Stir in the honey and olive oil
  3. Mix in the sugar in with the oil and honey
  4. Mix in the fragrance oil
  5. Add yellow food coloring if you want a more vibrant color, otherwise mine comes out as a light yellow

Now you are ready to enjoy it in the bath or shower!  Just scrub it in, then after the sugar washes away, you’re left with smooth skin.  I love using this one because the coconut oil is so moisturizing as well as clean feeling.  Also this scent is an amazing pick-me-up for an indoor day.

 

How to Handle Acne Naturally

acne-naturallyDespite what movies and television shows may lead us to believe, acne isn’t just a problem teenagers face during puberty. In reality, acne can be a lifelong problem for many adults and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Fortunately, there are great natural remedies available that can help minimize or even prevent annoying zits. The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) recommends trying the following natural products as part of your daily skincare routine.

Apple cider vinegar toner after cleansing. Many of us rely on just a facial cleanser to wash away the day’s dirt and oil. However, applying toner after cleansing is an important step for those with acne, as it removes excess makeup and sunscreen, restores your skin’s pH balance, and leaves your pores feeling clean and refreshed. Make your own toner at home with organic apple cider vinegar. After cleansing your face, mix one part apple cider vinegar with two parts water and apply to the face with a cotton ball or pad. Remember to moisturize with an all-natural moisturizer for your skin type once the toner dries.

Turmeric mask to make your skin glow. Did you know turmeric is a potent antioxidant with antibacterial properties? Although it’s been used in cooking for thousands of years, Canadians are discovering the benefits of using turmeric on our skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help with acne and acne scars. Use this turmeric face mask recipe for glowing skin.

Mix 5 ml (1 tsp) coconut flour, 5 ml (1 tsp) turmeric, 5 ml (1 tsp) of honey, and 30 ml (2 tbsp) almond milk to make a paste. Apply a thin layer to your face and let dry for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with water for rejuvenated skin! Note that some people find that turmeric may make their skin slightly yellow after application, so try the mask on another part of your skin before trying it on your face. A little coconut oil can also help remove any excess discolouration.

Vitamin C serum for overall skin health. Vitamin C serum has quickly become a skin care staple, and for good reason. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to reduce dark marks left over from pimples, as well as reduce inflammation and aid in the promotion of collagen production, which results in tighter and more youthful-looking skin.

Remember to sample new products on a small area of your skin to test your reaction before applying liberally. Get everything you need for these remedies at your local CHFA Member health food store by visiting chfa.ca.

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A Coconut Cure For Chapped Lips

coconutChapped lips are a condition where the tissue of your lips becomes inflamed due to a lack of moisture. Lip tissues are one of the thinnest and most sensitive tissue of the body. The discomfort experienced when they chap is due to a state of dehydration within your body. Therefore, your lips are a barometer of the amount of fluid within your body. When your lips start to chap, you need to consume more liquids. Unfortunately, the weather can effect how thirsty you feel.

Cold weather tends to turn off the thirst control center of the brain, however, when the weather is cold and dry, your body actually loses more fluid than you do in the summer when it is hot and humid! Low humidity will actually draw fluid out of your body in the form of sweat, yet you won’t feel uncomfortable like you do in Summer because the sweat evaporates rapidly into the dry air.

When your lips need moisture, the natural tendency is to lick them and add saliva to these inflamed tissues. This practice actually makes the condition worse. Saliva contains digestive enzymes that help prepare the food you eat for digestion. When you lick your lips the enzymes in that saliva start to digest your lips, causing them to feel more sore which makes the painful condition worse.

Since dehydration is the root cause of chapped lips, the obvious first treatment should be to increase your fluid intake. Good old water should be your first choice. Many people mistakenly think that any liquid can be used for re hydration, but this is not true. Some liquids such as coffee or alcoholic beverages can have a diuretic effect on the body and actually cause you to eliminate more water than you take in. Sweetened drinks can effect the absorption of the liquid portion of the drink and can add unnecessary calories. They also add another step that your liver has to perform in converting the carbohydrates to usable glucose before making the liquid portion available for hydration purposes. So plain water should always be your first choice in treating chapped lips.

Many people turn to lip balms and petroleum containing products to treat their chapped lips. These substances will sit on the surface of your lips and help to block the loss of additional moisture, but do little or nothing to treat the underlying cause of pain which is inflammation. Inflammation is the normal reaction in body tissue that lets you know that something is wrong. Inflammation causes redness and it causes pain because the sensory nerves in the inflamed tissue also become inflamed and start sending pain signals to the brain.

Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid and as such has trans dermal qualities. That means that it has the ability to actually penetrate through the skin into the subcutaneous layers. Raw coconut oil also contains two very important substances in the form of Lauric Acid and Capric Acid. These substances have been found to have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral qualities. Raw coconut oil is also an excellent non inflammatory. When applied to the lips, raw coconut oil penetrates the lip tissue and carries all the qualities of the oil below the surface where it helps to relieve the pain and inflammation.

Always remember that when your lips become chapped, start drinking more water, resist the urge to lick them, and apply raw coconut to soothe and help heal the pain and inflammation!

 

William Sells is a Registered Nurse and a practitioner of Holistic Treatments. Raw Coconut Oil has been one of his treatments of choice for many years for a whole host physical conditions. His website, http://CoconutRemedy.com has been promoting Raw Coconut Oil for many years.

In recent years, Raw Coconut Oil has gained recognition as an alternate treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease. On our website we have highlighted some of the success stories about the treatment of this devastating disease.

Raw Coconut Oil has been used for centuries in the Southern Pacific Islands where native people, who consume a Coconut Oil based diet, enjoy lifestyle that is nearly devoid of Heart Disease. Raw Coconut Oil truly is a miracle substance!

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Coconut Oil for Skin: The Beauty Benefits

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can provide a fun and nutrient packed way to help you take care of your skin.

Before applying it to your skin, please note that absorption may vary depending on a number of factors, including skin texture and thickness. When you apply it, be sure not to apply too much in any single area. This may permit it to sit on the surface of your skin, where it may be more easily rubbed off onto something that it could ultimately stain.

As a rule, apply only as much as your body will easily absorb and remember that a little bit goes a looong way. So, if your skin is too oily after applying coconut oil, use less next time and save a little money.

For decades, people have been using it for a long list of beauty related purposes, including (in alphabetical order):

  • Acne
  • Aging skin (it naturally contains anti-oxidants, including Vitamin E)
  • Body scrub (diy recipe included below)
  • Cuticle softener
  • Deodorant
  • Eye cream
  • Facial cleanser
  • Foot health
  • Lip balm (diy recipe included below)
  • Make-up removal
  • Scalp massage
  • Shaving cream replacement
  • Skin hydration and moisturizer (elbows, hands, feet, eyes, face, neck)

In a body scrub, coconut oil can play the leading role or it may be used as part of the supporting cast.

To make one of the easiest Do-It-Yourself (DIY) body scrubs you will ever find, just combine equal parts coconut and sugar. Then mix these two ingredients together with a spoon, until well blended.

To increase the exfoliating and relaxing power of your body scrub, you can also try adding a few more ingredients. Either way, apply it liberally, take it into the shower or eat it for a little boost of energy.

Coconut Oil Body Scrub

Coconut Oil Body Scrub

Coconut Oil Body Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp ginger, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • lavender essential oil (4-8 drops, as desired)
  • Adjust the abrasive texture by increasing coconut oil or decreasing sugar and salt

Directions:

  • Heat ginger and half coconut oil over low heat
  • Let heat for 5-10 minutes
  • Remove from heat & strain
  • While the oil is still warm, mix in other half of oil & let sit until room temperature
  • Stir in granulated sugar and kosher salt
  • Add lavender essential oil
  • Bottle. Place your new body scrub in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for longer life or leave at room temperature for easy application.

When using coconut oil as a facial cleanser, do not use any soap. Simply massage the oil into your face and then wipe it away with a moist, warm washcloth. If you are wearing heavy make-up and want a stronger, deep cleansing facial wash, try mixing half castor oil with half coconut oil.

Coconut oil also gets used in a lot of acne regimens as it has been scientifically shown to naturally possess anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.

As a make-up remover, it will easily take off virtually any foundation, mascara, eye liner or lipstick.

  • Begin with a cotton pad or ball
  • Put coconut oil directly onto the cotton
  • Rub the cotton and oil gently onto your skin, where ever there is make-up
  • If your make-up happens to be thick, you may want to put the coconut oil directly onto your skin, using your fingers to rub it into the make-up you want off

Then, after you have your make-up has been removed, you can try one of these two recipes to put a little fun back onto your lips.

For a fast and easy DIY lip balm, combine coconut oil with dry Jello powder. Try combining equal parts of the oil and Jello. Remember that you can adjust the intensity of the color by adding more or less Jello. After combining, thoroughly mix these two ingredients with a spoon. If the coconut oil is too solid, just add a few seconds of microwave heat. Apply with your finger or a brush.

If you are feeling adventurous or like to spend time in your kitchen, you may want to try this more industrious lip balm option.

Coconut Oil Lip Balm

Coconut Oil Lip Balm

Coconut Oil Lip Balm

You will need:

  • honey (great for flavor and for moisture)
  • cocoa powder (cinnamon may substitute or other flavorful ingredient)
  • coconut oil, shea butter, Vitamin E Oil (individual softgels are fine and easy to add)
  • beeswax (optional)
  • a small container (for storage)
  • a brush (for application to lips)
  • a spoon and a mixing bowl.

Steps:

  1. First, add a little honey to the mixing bowl, then “dust in a little cocoa powder,” followed by the coconut oil (to help lock in the moisture), shea butter and the vitamin E oil (one or two softgels).
  2. Second, use the bowl and the spoon to mix everything into a delicious looking paste. Feel free to customize the flavor. If the consistency is too loose, add a little more shea butter. You can also help it last even longer by adding beeswax.
  3. Third, make sure it is thoroughly mixed. Be sure to get all of the lumps out.
  4. Fourth, scoop the mixture into the small storage container.
  5. Fifth, place container into the refrigerator for several hours, to help ensure that it sets correctly allowing all of the ingredients to properly blend.
  6. This formula adds powerful support for harsh climates and cold winter months, as well as long, dry, hot summers.
  7. This balm will last for a couple of weeks in an air-tight container when placed in the refrigerator.

But why do so many people use coconut oil for so many different things?

To answer this question, it will help to reference a study that was published in 2010, by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health. It was titled “Effect of Topical Application of Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) on Skin Components and Antioxidant Status…” This study was particularly interesting, because it concluded that “the beneficial effect of Virgin Coconut Oil can be attributed to the cumulative effect of various biologically active minor components present in it.”

You see, pure coconut oil naturally contains a nice list of powerful nutrients for your skin. These nutrients include: lauric acid, myristic acid, capric acid, caprylic acid, caproic acid, plus Vitamin E, choline (Vitamin B4) and Vitamin K.

It should also be noted that is NOT believed to be capable of clogging skin pores, in part due to its high lauric acid and capric acid content. One study, from 2009, even reported that lauric acid provides “stronger antimicrobial properties than that of benzoyl peroxide (BPO).”

Quite simply, coconut oil is not like other oils and therefore has a dramatically different effect on the body. And, once absorbed into the skin, it may provide a fairly long list of inexpensive, skin supporting benefits.

Copyright © 2014 by Tawne Bachus

Disclaimer: The information in this article is not provided by a medical professional and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your physician before beginning any course of treatment.

Tawne Bachus is the President of Dirty Organics ( http://www.dirtyorganics.com ). Dirty Organics offers sophisticated and sensual, organic products that are healthy inside the body and out. For additional product information please visit the Dirty Organics Product Tips Page: http://dirtyorganics.com/product-tips

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Goat Soap Making For Healthier Skin

Homemade Soap with Goat Milk

Homemade Soap with Goat Milk

Goats milk is not only good to drink but because it is a great source of proteins, amino acids and Vitamin A it is wonderful for your skin and this is one of the main reasons why goat soap making is so popular amongst soap makers. Milk also contains lactic acid which helps to exfoliate, cleanse and soften the skin. Goats milk, itself, has a pH level close to our own skin’s pH, making it very gentle, even on sensitive skin. With all of these fantastic qualities, it is little wonder that goat soap making produces such a gorgeous, moisturising soap with a creamy smooth texture.

Now if you’re looking to make goats milk soap to sell and want to offer a good variety, then it is really easy to add your own unique blend of essential oils to create a lovely and distinctive aroma. You can experiment with different base oils such as coconut oil, peach kernel oil or almond oil, to name but a few and you can easily transform it into a soap that is more suited to men by using more masculine oils such as bergamot, basil, or lemongrass.

I’ve listed the recipe for goat soap making, that I use all the time with great success and, as I discussed earlier, you can vary the essential oils to suit your tastes. It is made using a basic cold process which you can easily find the internet so I won’t go into detail here.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. distilled water (cold)
  • 8 oz. goat milk (cold) or (frozen/slushy)
  • 6.5 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)
  • 8 oz. palm oil
  • 17 oz. coconut 76 degree oil
  • 17 oz. olive oil
  • 1 oz. grapefruit seed extract
  • 2-3 oz. essential oil
  • NOTE: You can also use all goat milk (16 oz) and no water

Makes 4 pounds of soap

  1. Mix the distilled water and goats milk together in a bowl.
  2. Then add the lye slowly to the water/goat milk mixture and watch as it turns a tan color.
  3. Stir in all the lye and let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes. Don’t be concerned about the temperature of the lye mixture or oils mixture when making this recipe.
  4. Combine your oils in another bowl and then stir in the lye/water/goat milk mixture. The mixture will look curdled at this stage, but don’t worry this is normal.
  5. Using a stick blender mix well and continue through to trace.
  6. Add grapefruit seed extract as a preservative and any essential oil or combination of oils of your choice.
  7. Ginger essential oil makes an unusual and quite “manly” soap. Pour into your mold, cover and let set for 20-24 hours.
  8. Cut the soap into bars immediately after unmolding and let the soap cure for about four weeks.

 

Whether you are looking for fresh ideas for a hobby or looking to generate a much needed second income, then I have just the product for you. I have written an informative e-book which contains all the information you need to be successful at selling your products, plus it contains over 80 different and original recipe ideas. So if you want to learn more about goat soap making and other spa quality products plus how to start your business from home, then visit my website at www.homemadeskinproducts.com.

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All Natural Homemade Acne Soap

Natural handmade Soap with herbsMy youngest son, Christopher, suffers from cystic acne. I too had the problem when younger. When he was a teenager I was constantly taking him to the dermatologist trying to find that miracle medicine that would “Cure” his acne. The different medications worked for a short time, but over the long period they quit being effective.

When I began making soap, I started studying herbal and aromatherapy books, looking for the right combinations of herbs and essence oils to create a soap that would help my son. I was also looking for basic acne recipes to form a starting point. One in particular caught my attention and is located at Millers Soap Page and is called Acne/Oily Skin Soap. As I said, this recipe was a starting point to develop my recipe from.

Making soap is easy if you are organized with all your supplies at arm’s length. Completing one step at a time will ensure that your soap turns out wonderfully. I use a large stainless steel soap pot to melt my oils, rubber spatula’s, wooden spoons to stir with, an 8 cup heavy glass measuring cup for the lye/liquid mixture and a Kitchen Aid mixer to mix my soap.

My recipe which makes 30 3.5 oz bars of soap:

  • 10 oz cold Witch Hazel
  • 6 oz distilled water
  • 3.4 lb lye
  • 1 lb distilled water (to seep herbs in)
  • 2 tablespoons each: red clover, chamomile (I use buds), slippery elm bark, comfrey leaves, peppermint leaves and lavender buds.
  • 1 oz stearic acid
  • 1 lb coconut oil
  • 3 lbs palm oil
  • 1 lb olive oil
  • 3 oz tea tree oil
  • 1 oz peppermint oil
  • 1 oz lavender oil
  • 1 oz patchouli oil
  • 1 oz rosemary oil

Using 1 lb distilled water, seep the red clover, chamomile, slippery elm, peppermint, lavender, stearic acid and comfrey on very low heat for 2 hours. After seeping for 2 hours strain into a bowl and set liquid aside. Throw the herbs away.

In an enamel pot or heavy glass measuring cup, mix the Witch Hazel and 6 ounces of water, add the lye and mix well. DO NOT GET SCARED, THE MIXTURE WILL TURN YELLOW AND BOIL. Stirring will dissolve the lye and the boiling will stop. Set aside to cool. This will take some time approximately 1 -1 1/2 hours. When the lye mixture has cooled to around 130 degrees, combine the coconut, palm and olive oils into a pot and set on low heat to melt. Measure the essence oils into a glass container and set aside.

The key to good soap is making sure that the lye mixture and oils are about the same temperature. So when both have cooled to approximately 100-102 degrees I combine the two. Using the stainless steel pot with the melted oils, I slowly add the lye mixture, constantly stirring. Immediately after the lye mixture is added to the oils, add the liquid strained from the seeped herbs, stirring constantly. I then transfer this soap mixture to my Kitchen Aid mixing bowl and turn onto “stir”. When the soap has been mixing for about 5 minutes, I very slowly add the essence oils and continue to mix until the soap gently traces. Pour into your prepared mold using the spatula to get all the soap out of the bowl. Insulate well and let set for at least 24 hours before cutting into bars.

I buy my herbs in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs, very affordable prices and although I buy my essential oils all over, WFMED.com has great prices. You may have other avenues you purchase from. I use a flat mold lined with wax paper, which makes 30 bars of soap, but whatever works for you.

If you read the original recipe on Millers Soap site, you will see that she had a difficult time with her soap and was unsure that it would turn out fit to use. I never experienced the problems she did, but the more I make this recipe the nicer the soap comes out. You will also notice I omitted the bees wax. At first I seeped the herbs in a small amount of oil, but it seemed that I wasted a lot of oil as the herbs absorbed it. Making a tea with the herbs works better for me.

My son has been using this soap for years and I have sold hundreds of bars to repeat customers. Since it is all natural there should be nothing in it to aggravate the acne. If redness or swelling occurs than I would discontinue the use immediately. One thing to remember, and I always remind my son, is to drink lots of water. It really is important to wash out your system. No matter how many times a day you wash your face, if you only drink sodas, etc., then you will continue to have problems.

 

Visit www.grandmaandmesoaps to see all the wonderful products I make.

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A Springtime Glow: 6 Ways to Purify Your Skin

Springtime(BPT) – You’ve heard of detox diets and ridding your body of toxins, but did you know the same is possible for your skin? Environmental toxins and pollutants not only cause breakouts, but also bring out a dull, less vibrant looking complexion.

“Stressors from your environment and lifestyle can cause redness, irritations and premature aging,” says Claire Larsen, skin category manager for LifeSpa at Life Time Fitness. “Proper skincare goes beyond simply washing your face before you go to bed. Detoxing your skin can help prevent oily and itchy skin, and even age spots and wrinkles.”

Larsen offers her expert tips for detoxifying your skin and flaunting a natural glow year round:

1. Cut out acne causing foods.

Often, what you eat will show up on your face and body. Forehead breakouts are usually due to eating foods your body has trouble breaking down, like refined sugars, carbs, wheat and dairy. Between the brow breakouts are linked to the liver, so try cutting down on alcohol and fatty foods, and adding in liver supporting herbs such as dandelion root, milk thistle seed or yellow dock root. No matter what you do, always be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

2. Identify hormone imbalances.

Track the timing, location, shape, size and sensation of your breakouts. Hormonal acne tends to flare up at predictable times and is likely located beneath the cheekbones and along the jawline. It’s also typically deep, cystic and sensitive. Talk to your dermatologist or health care provider if you think you might have hormonal related breakouts.

3. Notice how your routine affects your skin.

Are you noticing temple breakouts? It could be from the products in your hair. Make sure you’re thoroughly cleansing your face each morning and night, making sure to concentrate on your hair line. It’s also important to regularly change your sheets and pillowcases. Studies show you should wash your bedding once every week.

4. Use detoxifying products.

Serums with vitamins C and E, like Vivierskin(R) CE Peptides Serum, help to neutralize free radicals before they can damage the collagen and elastin in your skin. Products with antioxidants will fight against the toxins and pollutants your skin faces every day. Additionally, a detoxing bath containing Epsom salt, like mio’s Liquid Yoga Bath Soak, will help to clean out your pores.

5. Try a skin detox treatment.

When your skin feels like it needs some extra TLC, head to the spa for a HydraFacialMD(R). LifeSpa’s HydraFacial service deep cleans with vortex extractions and a mild chemical peel while also infusing lots of hydration. A lymphatic drainage can be added for a special focus on detoxification and an LED light treatment can also help with the clarity and smoothness of your skin.

6. Get your sweat on.

When you get your heart beating and your skin sweating, it’s easier for your body to release toxins. Try to work up a sweat at least three days a week. You could even consider trying out a hot yoga class or heated spa session to encourage the sweat beads to fall.

If you notice a problem with your skin, a detox may be just the solution you’ve been searching for. Try these tips to purify your skin so you can radiate confidence, or book an appointment online or at your local LifeSpa, the nation’s largest spa operator, for a personalized skin analysis with a certified esthetician.

Looking for simple, natural ways to look and feel more beautiful?  Then check out these beauty tips in our beauty section!

Natural Health and Beauty – Using Essential Oils for Healing Your Skin

lavender oils

Lavender is often included in skin care blends – it has gentle anti-inflammatory and tissue regenerative properties, along with very soothing, anti-anxiety aroma.

Trends in health and beauty are placing more trust in the efficacy of natural and organic ingredients. Skin care is no exception, with more women coming to realize the purity of what they put on their skin is as important as that of what they eat. The skin is the largest organ, and is generally permeable to substances placed on it. This is particularly important in healing wounds, for the skin may be broken and more sensitive. Enter essential oils; these powerful plant derived medicines have been used for many years for treating skin conditions, enhancing beauty and promoting wellness. Oils have been found particularly useful for regenerating skin that has suffered from accidents or surgery, or has their remaining signs in the form of keloid, acne, or other scars. Certain essential oil blends can speed healing time, reduce or eliminate scars from recent wounds and even greatly diminish the appearance of old ones.

Helichrysum Flower

Helichrysum Flower

Helichrysum for Inflammation

There are a few primary essential oils used in skin care which offer their regenerative properties; these oils can be used in low concentrations, and are generally well-tolerated – certainly more so than many synthetic ingredients. The most important of these may be Helichrysum italicum, also known as Everlasting oil. This wonderful oil is distilled from the daisy-like flowers of the herb. It has a lovely earthy aroma and, despite it’s apparent expense, works in very low concentrations (only a few drops per tablespoon of your total blend). Helichrysum is strongly anti-inflammatory and contains powerful regenerative molecules unique to this oil only.

Rose Hip

Rose Hip

Healing Wounds

Helichrysum is the foundation of many blends for healing the skin, and can be used by itself in a synergistic carrier oil such as Rosehip seed. This combination may be all that is needed to speed the healing of recent wounds – though often a little Lavender oil is added as well. Kurt Schnaubelt, one of America’s leading aromatherapists notes in his quintessential guide “Advanced Aromatherapy” that Helichrysum essential oil and Rosehip seed can “heal wounds with minimal or no scarring”.

Many herbal flower oils are wonderful skin care treatments.

Many herbal flower oils are wonderful skin care treatments.

Lavender Regenerates and Relaxes

As mentioned above, Lavender is often included in skin care blends – it has gentle anti-inflammatory and tissue regenerative properties, along with very soothing, anti-anxiety aroma. Lavender essential oil itself began the modern aromatherapy revolution when a scientist burned his hand in a laboratory accident, and after cooling the wound in a beaker of Lavender found the wound to heal remarkably quickly. It is also thought to ‘synergize’ or improve the efficacy of other essential oils in combination.

Sage

Sage

Sage for Scars

The essential oil distilled from common Sage leaves is also used in the healing of scars, particularly old or unsightly scars. It’s natural regenerative properties and ability to promote circulation aid in gently breaking down the tough skin resulting from wound healing. Sage oil should only be used in these instances and in small quantities, as it’s Thujone content can be toxic in high quantities. If used in a recipe for stretch marks (see below), it should only be used post-partum. Despite it’s powerful components, however, when diluted and used with respect, one can use this oil safely.

Rosemary

Rosemary

Rosemary Skin Treatment

Rosemary will be the final essential oil we’ll mention here for scar treatment. For the skin, Rosemary of the Verbenone chemotype has many important properties – it contains regenerative ketone molecules, and stimulates cellular metabolism. This oil helps new skin form, bringing nutrients into the cells and supports the removing toxins and wastes.

Hazelnut is a common skin care base oil.

Hazelnut is a common skin care base oil.

Bases – Rosehip Seed and Hazelnut Oil

The essential oils mentioned here must be diluted in a carrier oil for daily application. In aromatherapy, more is not better! There have been numerous studies showing the great efficacy of essential oils in low concentrations based in seed or nut carrier oils. The two most commonly used base oils for skin care are Rosehip seed and Hazelnut oils. Rosehip seed has many documented uses in skin care, with it’s triple-unsaturated fatty acids and it’s vitamin A compounds. Rosehip seed has the ability to support tissue regeneration like Retin A, but without the drying or redening side effects. Hazelnut oil is the most well tolerated of all the carrier oils, and with its mild astringent properties, can even be used in cases of very oily skin. It will tend to leave the skin feeling nourished without feeling greasy.

Flower Essence

Flower Essence

Skin Care Recipes

So how does one mix these natural botanicals for particular uses? There are a few simple but effective recipes specifically for wound healing and scar reduction.

Acne Scars

For old keloid or acne scars, use:

  • one ounce of Hazelnut oil
  • one ounce of Rosehip seed oil
  • one milliliter of Helichrysum Italicum essential oil
  • one milliliter of Sage officinalis essential oil

Apply regularly for three to six months for best results.

Cuts & Scrapes

For more recent cuts, scrapes, and even surgical incisions (that have reached the point where they are safe to get moist), use:

  • one ounce of Hazelnut oil
  • one ounce of Rosehip seed oil
  • one milliliter of Helichrysum Italicum essential oil
  • one milliliter of Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) essential oil

Apply twice a day while the wound is healing.

Stretch Marks

For the reduction and possible elimination of stretch marks post partum, use

  • one ounce of Hazelnut oil
  • one ounce of Rosehip seed oil
  • one milliliter Sage
  • one milliliter Rosemary verbenone.

Like the formula for old scars, use this regularly for several months.

So there are a few effective combinations of natural botanical ingredients that can support certain skin care conditions. Many, many more skin care formulas are available when blending essential oils – with many oils able to aid with very particular situations. If needed, a little research should go a long way in helping you find what you need. And as always with aromatherapy oils, go slowly, pay attention to your body’s reactions and remember that increasing concentrations of the essential oils will not make a more effective blend. Be safe and enjoy.

 

Misty Rae Cech ND is a degreed naturopath with a professional practice in Boulder, Colorado. She is the owner of the Ananda Apothecary, a resource for aromatherapy essential oils and Bach flower essences.

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