Jan 24

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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Jan 10

Combat Winter Gloom with a Citrus Spa

Citrus SpaWinter days are short, cold and dreary, meaning that many of us experience changes in our mood and energy levels. While you’re cooped up in the house this winter, trust the natural abilities of citrus to transform your hibernation habitat into a spa fit to fight the gloomy winter. Relax and let citrus provide a full-sensory experience sure to lower stress and refresh the senses.

Facial Steam

Citrus offers stress reduction, nausea prevention, and improvement of memory and digestion with this recipe.

What you need:

• 1 large bowl

• 1 large bath towel

• 4 cups boiling water

• 1 sliced Sunkist lemon

• 1 handful of mint leaves

Directions:

Add boiling water, Sunkist lemon slices, and mint leaves to a large bowl. Place a bath towel over your head and lower your face over the bowl. Breathe deeply for seven to 10 minutes, allowing the aroma of the mint and lemon to calm your senses, remove impurities and open breathing passages during cold and flu season.

Grapefruit Body Scrub

This superfood can beautify you inside and out. Sunkist grapefruit contain phytonutrients that function as antioxidants, protecting you from free radicals that damage skin cells and lead to signs of aging.

Ingredients:

• 3/4 cup organic sugar

• 1/4 cup freshly squeezed Sunkist grapefruit juice

• 1/4 cup grapeseed oil

• 1 tablespoon honey

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Apply to hands or body by dipping a sliced grapefruit in the grapefruit sugar mixture. In addition to the massaging skin benefits, the grapefruit will also work to brighten nails.

More citrus beauty tips can be found at Sunkist.com.

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Nov 13

Rosehip Seed Oil – A Foundation For Beauty

Rose hipsRosehip seed oil has become widely recognized as an effective skin and beauty care agent in the last decade, with great interest surrounding its scientifically-validated beauty-enhancing effects. The oil has been heralded as a miracle cure for skin, useful for a great myriad of conditions, from premature aging and sun damage to scarring and other damage. What is this wonderful red liquid, where does it come from, how does it work, and most importantly, can it work for you?

Rosehip seed oil is extracted from the seed within the fruit of the wild thorny rose bush. Native to Chile, the plant is now cultivated elsewhere in South America with many countries producing the oil. Also found under the name ‘Rosa Mosqueta’, the oil has been used by native people for hundreds of years, but only recently became known to the rest of the world.

The red colored oil can be either solvent extracted or ‘cold-pressed’ – pressing is the really way to go, as there is no chance of any solvent residues remaining in the final product, and it is easier on the environment. The cold-pressed oil is the closest to nature; it has a high essential fatty acid content, and is considered more delicate than other seed oils. For this reasons, pure rosehip seed oil should be kept in a cool place, out of direct light, and should be used within 1 year of purchase. Otherwise the more fragile of the fatty acids could begin to turn bad, and your skin might not be so fond of them.

Rosehip seed oil is an excellent source of natural vitamin E and natural vitamin A, or ‘trans-retinoic acid’. Retinoic acid, the acid derivative of vitamin A, is the active ingredient found in Retin-A or Tretinoin. Retin-A (a pharmaceutical preparation) has been heralded as a wrinkle cure because of its ability to increase skin cell proliferation – or speed the time it takes for your skin to regenerate. In fact, rosehip seed oil has been extensively studied for many of the same actions attributed to Retin-A, and has been shown effective without side effects (like over-drying and peeling – though unlike Retin-A, it should not be used to treat acne).

The first major study on rosehip seed oil was performed in 1983 by a team of researchers at the University of Santiago, Chile. The study’s participants included individuals with diverse forms of skin damage: deep wrinkles and other premature aging, UV damage, radiation damage, acne scarring, burn scarring, dermatitis, and other problems of this type. Rosehip seed oil was shown to have significant, noticeable effects in regenerating the skin, reducing wrinkles and scars, and helping the skin to regain its natural color and tone.

Another later study was conducted on women ages 25-35 with extensive premature aging of their skin. Again, rosehip seed oil significantly reduced the appearance of wrinkles and sun spots after daily application for four months. Research has continued on the oil, with one study noting: “On some skin troubles like superficial wrinkles, chestnut spots and ephelides, good results have been obtained. After 16 weeks of treatment, wrinkles and spots become imperceptible.” The oil has been used to successfully treat a long list of skin related conditions, including: age spots, wrinkles and premature aging, sun damage, scars from acne, burns, and surgery, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, hyper-pigmentation, brittle nails, and even dry and damaged hair.

Besides its regenerative properties, rosehip seed oil is also an excellent moisturizer. This is most likely due to its high essential fatty acid content (fatty acids that the body cannot produce itself), which are necessary for healthy skin. The oil penetrates the upper layers of the skin quickly and, being known as a ‘dry’ moisturizer, does not leave the skin feeling greasy or oily.

As for daily use of rosehip seed oil, it is considered extremely gentle and can be applied undiluted to the skin. It may also be blended with other oils like jojoba and sweet almond, and will still have wonderful effects at 10% of the total concentration. Further, rosehip seed oil makes an excellent carrier oil for aromatherapy – blends with essential oils having skin regenerative and soothing properties are highly recommended.

For improvement of scarring, a simple blend of 20 drops of Helichrysum Italicum per 1 ounce of rosehip seed oil, applied daily to the area, can be helpful. Helichrysum is known for its content of regenerative ‘ketones’. For a more luxurious beauty blend, try the following in 4 ounces of rosehip seed:

5 drops Helichrysum

5 drops Lavender

3 drops Sandalwood

3 drops Neroli

3 drops Carrot Seed

3 drops Geranium

2 drops Roman Chamomile

2 drops Jasmine

1 drop Palmarosa

1 drop Ylang Ylang

Even simply the Helichrysum and Lavender will go a long way – Lavender oil is very gentle, and is also known to have regenerative properties.

So, whether using rosehip seed oil for healing your skin, or simply giving it a little nourishment, you will almost certainly be happy with the results. This luscious oil, with its broad range of positive effects, is sure to take a prominent place in your natural beauty botanical collection.

 

Misty Rae Cech ND is a naturopath and yoga teacher practicing in Boulder, Colorado. She utilizes many natural therapies in her practice, including aromatherapy and flower essence therapy. She is the founder of the Ananda Apothecary Flower Essences and Synergy Essential Oils.

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Nov 08

Beautiful Skin Naturally – Essential Oil Blends for Mature Skin Care

Avocado is included in many recipes for its hydrating and nutritive properties.

Avocado is included in many recipes for its hydrating and nutritive properties.

It’s no surprise several of the world’s finest formulas for beautifying mature skin contain natural essential oils. Therapeutic grade essential oils used in aromatherapy are each selected for their distinctive healing action; many oils are specifically indicated for skin healing and healthy skin maintenance. Of greatest interest here are the oils known for their tissue regenerative effects and support of the skin’s metabolic functions. An effective personal blend using premium therapeutic grade oils is easily made by choosing a few oils corresponding to the needs of your skin type, and blending with easy-to-follow formulas.

What is it about essential oils that make them so suitable to the task of making mature skin glow? The aromatic oils are nature’s liquid healing wonders. It is thought that plants produce them as their own healing potions, with variations that depend on the plant’s habitat; a plant needs to generate new cells, defend itself from oxidative radicals, and promote its own fitness as much as humans do. These aromatic oils are highly compatible with our own health and well-being. Countless essential oils have been examined over time, and a few stand out as extraordinary medicines for our skin. Creating a personal formula using them is a simple task: just mix a small amount of essential oils with the appropriate (and therapeutic) seed or nut oils at the right concentrations, and voila! Your own highly effective skin care blend.

Let’s have a look at the carrier oils, also aptly named ‘base’ oils. These are oils cold-pressed from seeds, nuts and fruit that will make up the foundation of any formula. These natural oils will form 95-98% of your blend, with the essential oils being added as the ‘active ingredients’. Avocado is first on the list, being included in many recipes for its hydrating and nutritive properties. Avocado is especially suited to dry skin, and should make up about one-fifth of the ‘base’ for dry-to-normal skin. Next is Apricot Kernel, also highly recommended for dry-to-normal skin, or for irritated and damaged skin. Apricot can make up the entire base if you so desire. Evening Primrose is a highly nutritive oil with a significant amount of essential fatty acids – important for building healthy tissues. Evening Primrose can make up to one quarter of the base. Hazelnut oil is very common in skin care blends, as it is well tolerated by all skin types. It can be especially useful for those with a tendency toward oily skin, as it has mildly astringent properties. Despite the seeming contradiction to applying ‘oil’ to an already ‘oily’ complexion, Hazelnut is recommended in the most advanced medical aromatherapy texts for this use – it can make up to 100% of the base. Perhaps the most important carrier oil to consider for mature skin is Rosehip seed – pressed from the seeds of a wild rose from South America, it contains research-validated vitamin A compounds that act like natural ‘Retin-A’, enhancing the skin’s natural regeneration, lessening the appearance of fine lines, supporting healthy skin that may have endured sun-damage, and unifying skin coloration. Rosehip seed can, and should, make up to one quarter of your base recipe.

On to the essential oils – the magic active ingredients. We’ll begin with Carrot Seed, a wonderful warm, smooth and earthy essential oil with a long history in skin care. It is particularly indicated for skin that has lost its glow from undue stress, whether from external environmental factors or other types of strain. Carrot seed is very gentle, inexpensive, and useful for all skin types. Next is Rosemary of the Verbenone chemotype – it’s distilled from common rosemary grown in particular regions of the world that lead to a higher fraction of regenerative ‘ketones’ in the oil. These molecules enhance regeneration and metabolism ‘ improving the use of nutrients and removal of toxins on a cellular level.

Essential oils that simulate the effects of estrogen have been found supportive of mature skin health. Perhaps as natural estrogen production lessens over time, these oils continue to give the skin a youthful hormonal environment. Two oils which can be considered are Clary Sage and Sweet Fennel. Each are noted by various authorities as exceptionally important for aging skin. Clary Sage is soft, sweet and herbaceous, with an aroma considered mildly euphoric to some. Sweet Fennel is a little stronger aromatically, and has been recommended for ‘anti-wrinkle’ formulas for every age. You may decide purely on the basis of your personal aromatic preference if you wish to include one of these estrogen mimicking oils.

A couple of lesser known yet highly effective skin care specialty oils are Cistus and Sea Buckthorn. Cistus is distilled from the Rock Rose flower, with astringent qualities used for firming the skin. Some Cistus varieties tend to have a rather medicinal aroma, but truly fine ones are sweet and alluring. Sea Buckthorn is pleasingly sweet, and should be considered for blends for all skin types. Found as a CO2 distillation (not to be confused with the cold-pressed Sea Buckthorn carrier oil) the essential oil is a deep red color, indicating the high concentration of carotenes, vitamin A precursors so important to skin health. The virtues of Sea Buckthorn have been hailed by users with a wide variety of skin conditions and types at every age – it is useful in very small amounts, and need only make up 1% of your recipe to enjoy its benefits.

Then there is the tried and true French Lavender – Lavendula angustifolia – the essential oil which began the modern aromatherapy revolution with the discovery of its nearly miraculous healing power. Lavender is balancing, gentle and regenerative. It may be added at any concentration to your blend. Its sweet and floral aroma is loved by many ‘ though if you find it too sweet, and are looking for a potent regenerative essential oil, try Helichrysum instead. Helichrysum contains regenerative molecules unique to this plant alone, with a warmer, slightly spicy and herbaceous aroma. Helichrysum need only be used in small amounts, and may otherwise overpower other oils aromatically ‘ otherwise, Helichrysum is very gentle, and is even called for being applied directly to the skin undiluted for acute healing needs.

Creating your own blend is a simple and enjoyable process. Simple, as you only need select the essential oils you wish to include, and can add them in equal amounts – 10 drops of each essential oil per ounce of base oil is a perfect start. Enjoyable as the essential oils smell so wonderful! One can’t help to keep inhaling their aroma while preparing a formula. The essential oils ARE potent; it’s best to limit your total essential oil concentration to less than five percent of the overall mixture. This works out to 30 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier. If using more than three essential oils (i.e. more than 10 drops each of three varieties) limit the amount of each essential oil so that the final volume per ounce is less than 30 drops.

Many of the oils mentioned here are found in blends for women, but there is no rule that prevents men from using them as well. For an aroma that a man may appreciate, deeper, earthier essential oils can be used – Sandalwood, Frankincense and Myrrh are all essential oils noted for their benefits to mature skin. Also, for any gender, including essential oils for their fragrance and not just their therapeutic properties is certainly an option. With one’s emotional health often clearly reflected in the condition of their skin, there’s more than likely to be a benefit beyond simply smelling nice! Just be aware that there are a few oils that should not be applied to the face; these are some of the spicier oils – Cinnamon, Oregano, Clove and Thyme varieties; cold-pressed citrus oils like lime, lemon, orange and bergamot should also be avoided for facial care, as these oils can cause the skin to be extra-sensitive to UV light.

Creating your own personal therapeutic skin care blend is a wonderful aromatherapy project for beginning and advanced practitioners alike. You’ll have an effective mixture made just for your skin type, and that you can adjust according to your needs in the future. Plus it’s fun to do, and easier on the pocket book than high-end commercial formulations. As always when starting out with these medicines from nature, be aware of you’re body’s responses to the oils, respect their potency, and most of all, have fun!

 

The author is a degreen naturopath, herbologist and iridologist trained at the Colorado School of Natural Medicine. She specializes in supporting women’s health through natural means. She is the owner of The Ananda Apothecary, an online resource for aromatherapy information and therapeutic grade essential oils. She may be contacted through http://www.anandaapothecary.com

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Nov 06

How to Use Tea Tree Oil to Treat Acne

Tea Tree Essence

Tea Tree Essence

Acne is a skin condition that can affect men and women at many different stages in life, ranging from those troublesome teenage years when excess sebum can wreak havoc on the skin, to the 30s and 40s where those that have never suffered from it before can suddenly develop the ailment.

Although there are many artificial products that are designed to help clear up acne, one long-established and very effective natural choice is tea tree oil. Although toxic when consumed, used in low concentrations as a topical product it can successfully treat a variety of medical and skin complaints.

This product is often used to treat acne due to the terpinen-4-ol that it contains, a constituent known for its anti-microbial properties. When applied to acne, it can effectively kill off the bacteria that cause it, leading to a great reduction in the swelling and redness that come along with the condition.

With that in mind, it is important to note that tea tree oil used neat can be very strong, causing skin irritation, blisters and itching. For this reason, it is strongly recommended to dilute the product before treating acne, so as to see results without further damaging the skin.

The product can be diluted by simply mixing it with warm water; try mixing tea tree oil will an equal part of warm water before applying to a freshly-cleaned face. Care should be taken to only apply the mixture to the areas of skin that are suffering from acne, so as to avoid causing irritation on other parts of the face.

To apply, use a cotton swab soaked in the mixture and administer directly to your acne. If you prefer, you can create an astringent for you face by adding a few drops of tea tree oil to a cup of warm water, which then can be applied to the whole of the face before moisturising. Due to the potentially irritant qualities of the oil, avoid using any treatment more than once a day.

Tea tree oil can also be blended with other oils and products to create a face lotion or moisturiser. For an entirely natural approach, use recipes provided by reputable natural skin and beauty product retailers to make your own face cream, and then add a couple of drops of tea tree oil for its antimicrobial properties.

You could also add a few drops of tea tree oil to your regular shop-bought lotion of choice in order to create a product that is tailored to treating your acne. In all cases, do a patch test on a sensitive area of skin – such as the inside of your arm – before applying to your face; dab a little tea tree lotion on your skin and then leave for a few hours to see if any redness or irritation develops.

If it turns out that you are sensitive to this oil and it causes skin irritation during your patch test, there are other natural alternatives available to help ameliorate the appearance of acne. One of these is argan oil, which has been shown in studies to effectively improve the condition.

Argan oil is a very gentle alternative, which is highly unlikely to cause any irritation to the skin; to use it, apply it as a night-time moisturiser by massaging a few drops into a clean and damp face before sleeping. The product promotes skin healing and can greatly reduce the redness and irritation of acne over time.

Tea tree oil is a highly-effective natural ingredient for treating acne if used with caution. To ensure best results, dilute the product with water or as mix it with a lotion and use once daily to kill off acne-causing bacteria. If you find you are sensitive to the product, do not despair – gentle argan oil makes a safe and powerful alternative.

 

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Oct 24

Say Goodbye to Dead Skin Cells – 5 DIY Body Scrub Recipes

Handmade Sugar Scrub

Handmade Sugar Scrub

Maintaining good skin takes a lot of work. Every time you hop in the shower, you find the bathroom cabinet stuffed with beauty products. From moisturizing shampoos and soothing shaving creams to body butter and fruity face washes, you name it and the cabinet has it. In all the clutter, do you really need yet another beauty product to cram your shelf? If you do not have a good body scrub then the answer is YES. Body scrub adds youthful glow to your skin, removes dead skin cells, and tightens your skin. You do not necessarily have to splurge big bucks on body scrub; with simple ingredients found around the home, you can prepare your own personalized scrub. Here are 5 great body scrubs you can prepare at home.

Olive Oil Scrub

Here is a simple, yet effective means to reinvigorate your skin. Take ¼ cup of olive oil, ½ cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of grounded oatmeal and a few drops of essential oils such as almond or lavender. Whisk all the ingredients together until they blend well. Don’t blend the ingredients into a smooth paste; the concoction needs to be a little coarse to work well as a scrub. Pour it in an airtight container and store it in a dry place for three weeks. Use a quarter-sized amount of scrub every week. It will slough off the dead skin and also reduce blemishes.

Vanilla Scrub

Who doesn’t like the candy smell of vanilla? It’s the ultimate way to treat your senses. In 2 minutes flat, you can have your very own personal vanilla brown sugar scrub ready. Take 1 cup brown sugar, ½ cup almond oil, ½ tablespoon nourishing vitamin E oil and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Pour the ingredients together, give them a thorough whip and you are good to go. Not only will you smell deliciously sweet all day long, but your skin will feel baby soft too.

Banana Scrub

Bananas can do wonders for your skin. Mix 1 ripe banana with 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar and ¼ tablespoon of essential oil; mash the ingredients together. Take care not to over mash the banana, as it needs to be stubbly and not gooey. Lather it liberally all over your skin. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Once your skin starts to stretch, scrub it clean. The banana scrub will work the dirt out without leaving the skin dry or sore.

Coconut Scrub

Coconut oil can have a miraculous effect on your skin. It removes dead cells and lightens acne while intensely moisturizing your skin. Take 2 cups of organic coconut oil, 1 cup Epsom salt and 20 drops of pure lavender oil. Mix the ingredients together until they blend well. Store the concoction in an airtight container until it is ready to use. This scrub is unlike any other; you will get the soothing effect of lavender oil, the moisturizing effect of coconut oil and magnesium boost of Epsom salt all rolled in one.

Minty Cocoa Lip Scrub

When your body is getting so much pampering, why should your lips be any different? Take 1 tablespoon ultra fine sugar, ¼ tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon jojoba oil with 1 or 2 drops of mint oil. Mix all the ingredients together, whisk them well and store it in a container. Use it regularly for beautiful smooth lips.

Try different ingredients to find a perfect scrub for your skin. Treat yourself to a day spa ever so often for that added glow.

 

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Oct 24

Honey And Healthy Skin Care

jar of honey with honeycombIs honey good for your skin? Believe it or not, honey really is good for your skin. Honey-and-skin-care go together quite well. Honey has not only wonderful moisturizing benefits, but it also has antioxidant and antibacterial properties too.

Moisturizing Properties

The humectant qualities in honey will keep your skin nicely hydrated. Honey also contains healthy nutrients such as amino acids, minerals and vitamin B and C. These important ingredients will keep your skin nourished and healthy looking.

Antioxidant Properties

The all-natural antioxidants in honey will help to fight free radicals that can cause your skin to age prematurely. Free radicals are simply organic molecules that have been known to cause skin tissue damage.

Antibacterial Properties

If you suffer with acne, honey’s antibacterial properties can help fend off blemishes. You can put some honey on the blemish or use it as a weekly facial mask. With regular use, honey can slow down or even prevent new acne from developing. You can also put honey on skin abrasions. The antibacterial properties will help the area to heal quicker.

Honey Contains Properties That Your Hair Needs to Stay Healthy

It really does work because honey contains humectant properties which prevent your hair from becoming dry and damaged. The sugar content in honey also helps to prevent moisture loss. Keeping your hair moisturized helps to strengthen your hair follicles. Honey also has strong antioxidant, fungicidal and germicidal properties as well. All of these features also work to prevent hair loss.

What Skin Types Can Benefit From Honey?

All skin types can benefit from using honey. Most of us had some type of skin problem, and honey really can help you combat the problem most of the time. People with dryer skin types will have to use honey on a regular basis to keep their skin more supple looking.

Honey Facial Mask

One of the easiest ways to use honey for your face is to use it as a facial mask. Simply apply it all over your face and let it stay on for about 5 minutes. It might be a little tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, the next application will be easier. Just rinse the honey off with warm water.

Honey Sugar Body Scrub

1 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of honey
1/4 cup of olive oil or sweet almond oil

Mix the ingredients together. You may want use less or more oil. Scrub your skin gently with the mixture and rinse with warm water.

Many women over the years have used honey on their skin for all kinds of benefits. Honey-and-skin-care are a great combination, so give it a try!

 

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Oct 12

Caring For Your Skin This Autumn

Autumn girlAs winter approaches and the seasons begin to change, the weather can have a drying effect on the skin. You might notice chapped lips and dry hands, but the fading sun can have its impact on all parts of the body. A different skincare regime is often warranted and can help ensure you don’t suffer from dehydrated, dull looking skin as you head into winter. Take a few of these tips and ideas onboard and take good care of your skin during Autumn and the cooler winter months.

Restore After Summer

The summer sun is a wonderful sight but its effects on the skin can be less positive. While a tan you’ve worked hard on can look healthy, the dehydrating effect of the summer sun and the fine lines and wrinkles that can start to appear are a long lasting negative. Long term exposure to damaging UV rays can damage your delicate skin. Choose a Manuka honey based body lotion product to naturally restore the moisture all over your skin and use night creams and serums for their long lasting restorative effects on your face.

Prepare for Cooler Temperatures

When the sun fades away and the temperature drops, the time is right to start nourishing your skin with all the vitamins and minerals that it needs to stay looking great and feeling healthy. Moisturise regularly and use natural products like olive leaf extract brightening skincare to minimise skin damage, help reduce the appearance of sun spots and protect your skin from pollutants.

Exfoliate Once or Twice a Week

If your skin starts to look dull from the change in season you should exfoliate with natural products to help rejuvenate and look your best. Take care not to overdo it as excessive exfoliation can lead to long-lasting skin damage, but gentle, fruit based and natural exfoliants are fine to use a couple of times a week. Make sure you follow up with a nourishing skin treatment to restore and protect after removing some of the essential oils that your body creates.

With some care, thought and a few small changes to how you care for your skin, you can make it through autumn without wasting all that effort that you put into skin care during summer. Remember that this season’s sun can still be damaging, so apply sunscreen when you head outside and take all the precautions that you would regularly take. Using natural skincare products and taking care of yourself will go a long way towards keeping your skin looking healthy and feeling great all autumn!

 

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Sep 24

Homemade Exfoliating Body Scrub Recipes

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For those who are fond of body scrubs, this article is for you!

I will show you how to create your own home made exfoliating body scrub. It will entail a bit of effort but you will be able to save some money. Also, you will be able to customize the fragrance and the amount of exfoliation to your mood. You can use these home made body scrubs for about a week.

Of course, if you’re too busy and would just like to treat yourself for a relaxing body scrub, you can always visit any reputable day spa. Aside from the professional treatment, the ambiance will help you relax.

As we age, our skin cells slow down in generating new skin so old skin cells pile up unevenly on the skin’s surface. Exfoliating it by scrubbing off the top layer of dead skin cells will make your skin smoother. It will also allow the moisturizer to penetrate easier, and will prevent the growth of ingrown hairs and body breakouts. Rubbing in circular motion during scrubbing towards the heart also increases circulation.

So let’s get on with it! The first thing you’ll need to consider to make your own body scrub is your exfoliant. Here are your top choices …

* Salt: You can use your plain old table salt for this. It’s cheaper and you won’t need to do any additional grinding. Salts have detoxifying and muscle-relaxing properties. But don’t use this if you have any minor cuts or scratches since it will sting. As a rule of thumb, never use salt for body scrubbing after shaving.
* Coffee: Coffee helps redistribute fat cells and decrease the formation of cellulite. It acts as a vasorestrictor, tightening and shrinking blood vessels to eliminate varicose veins.
* Papaya: Papaya enzymes are known as an effective exfoliant and skin lightener. This makes a great whitening body scrub.
* Oatmeal: Oatmeal body scrub is great for dry, itchy skin. It’s very gentle and won’t aggressively exfoliate.
* Almonds: Crushed almonds are very exfoliating but may be too much for sensitive skin.

Now that you’ve chosen your exfoliant, it’s time to pick your oil. You can use any kind of oil (olive oil, vegetable oil) except mineral oil. Mineral oil will not penetrate into your skin and may leave your skin looking dryer once it evaporates. Just add enough oil to turn your exfoliant into a slushy mixture. Not too oily, not too dry. Once you massage the mixture into your skin and rinse, the grains will be gone and the oil will make your skin soft and hydrated.

For an added emotional benefit, you can add essential aromatherapy oils or your favorite perfume oil. Perfume oils are too irritating for the face but are fine for the body.

That’s it! Simple – Affordable – Effective – Rejuvenating BODY SCRUB!

Chris & Chat Spa and Facial Care
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Sep 02

Prepare your skin now for the colder months

Prepare your skin now for the colder monthsCold and dry air takes a toll on our skin. Right now, prepare your skin for winter by following the Canadian Health Food Association’s (CHFA) tips on how you can nourish it from within.

Did you know that our internal health is just as important to the skin’s condition as what we put on its surface? A balanced diet, which includes certain key nutrients, will add vibrancy to your complexion and help you nourish your skin from the inside out.

The first and most commonly cited vitamin for skin health is vitamin C. There is no doubt vitamin C plays an important role in healthy, vibrant skin, as it is essential for the formation of collagen. Extensive research has shown benefits of both topical applications and adequate intake of vitamin C through a balanced diet or supplementation. This helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improves skin texture and strength. Many of these benefits are a result of the role vitamin C plays in collagen production.

A lesser-known nutrient that also boasts benefits for skin health is vitamin B3. This essential nutrient plays many roles in the body, including repairing damaged DNA. Numerous studies have also found that topical application of vitamin B3 can improve the appearance of age spots, reduce wrinkles and improve skin elasticity.

Another common nutrient is vitamin A, one that is most important for the healthy growth of new cells. Vitamin A is often found in anti-acne skin care products, as it is one of the first-line approaches for stimulating collagen production in the skin, promoting strong connective tissue and, in turn, producing fuller, healthier skin. Since vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, it is recommended that you speak first with your health care practitioner to ensure you are getting the right dose from diet, natural health products, and from topical applications.

Spirulina is a blue-green algae superstar that is often found in tablet form or as an ingredient in powder supplements, like Greens. As a natural health product, spirulina plantensis is high in protein, vitamins and antioxidants – and it’s considered a superstar. When it comes to skin, research has shown that supplementing with spirulina lessens inflammation after UV exposure and helps with its long-term health, while promoting a healthy glow.

There are so many choices for skin care. Speak with a natural health care practitioner about which products would be best for you. Visit chfa.ca for more tips on healthy living and to find your closest CHFA member health food store.

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