Thursday, May 8, 2014

Benefits of Sea Salt and Minerals in Skin Care

The Dead Sea is located between Israel and Jordan and lies 1,240 feet below sea level and very deep. The climate and geography give the Dead Sea unique characteristics not found in other body of water. Research has found 35 different minerals per liter of water from the Dead Sea. These minerals include Chloride, Bromide, Magnesium, Sodium, Calcium and Potassium and only a 2.5 percent solution of sodium chloride as opposed to a 97% solution in ocean salt. These minerals can do so much for your skin and overall well-being.

  • Chloride - is a salt and has stimulating antiseptic and astringent properties. This salt also has skin softening properties.
  • Bromide - is used in hair care products and skin care products and acts as an emulsifier.
  • Magnesium - a much need mineral for good health and skin. Read more about the importance of magnesium.
  • Calcium and Potassium - another much needed mineral to ensure a healthy body and healthy skin, and in many people it is deficient.

These unique blends of salts and minerals have proven to increase blood circulation, heal and soothe skin aliments such as psoriasis, eczema and acne, and tone and rejuvenate skin.

It is easy to enjoy the many benefits of Dead Sea salts and mud; check out the products below and you can be rest assured these are the best Dead Sea products at a price that is unbeatable! Your skin and overall well-being will thank you for it.

For skin care and hair care articles and recipes visit Complete Skin Care Therapy.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Are Exfoliates in Body and Facial Cleansers Worth it?

Have you have thought about what those little beads are in exfoliating cleansers? They are micro-particle polyethylene beads end they end up in lakes, rivers and oceans.

A 2012 study of the Great Lakes, specifically, Huron, Superior and Erie revealed an astonishing amount of 450,000 micro beads per sq. kilometer. While these micro beads are not visible as other plastics found in our oceans and lakes it doesn't mean they are not any less detrimental to the environment. These toxic micro beads are absorbed into the water environment and fish and other sea creatures mistake them as food thus endangering our fish population and passing those toxins to people who eat the fish.

There is an estimated 365,000 micro beads in a 4.2 oz. tube of facial cleanser. Are they really necessary? A movement has started to eliminate these micro beads from facial cleansers and a number of cosmetic companies have pledged to remove them from their products. However many cosmetic companies have claimed that it will take 3 to 4 years to phase out the micro bead and find an alternative.

Personally I have thrown my Olay facial scrub away and do not purchase anything that has micro beads in them. A good scrub for me is now a dab of cornmeal in my cleanser. It is effective, inexpensive, eco-friendly and leaves my skin feeling so soft. Other alternatives for a good scrub is sugar or sea salt just to name a few. Lastly I love the  Dead Sea scrubs that contain vital minerals to soothe and soften the skin.

So next time you are purchasing a facial or body cleanser I hope you will select a product that is free of these micro beads and you can rest assured that you are doing your part to save our marine creatures and water supply.

Luxurious Dead Sea Products!

You can find some facial scrub recipes at Complete Skin Care Therapy.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Health Benefits of Body Oils

Guess you never knew that body oils are able to act not only moisturizers, but they have plenty of other benefits as well. Maintaining the beauty of your skin while relaxing your body and improving its health is something they achieve with ease. Most of them are also great for making your hair shiny and strong. There are even examples of body oils that can cope with skin bacteria and inflammation. Let us dig in deeper with some particular examples of these amazing products.

What does the popular coconut oil do?

Consuming and applying coconut oil on your body has numerous advantages. You are going to be amazed by all the effects it is able to produce.

  •  Coconut oil is priceless for assisting your body burn fat quickly, suppressing your appetite and lowering the levels of your cholesterol.
  • Taking this high quality oil in your digestive system could prevent you from various infections.
  •  Brain functioning is another area where coconut oil is helpful.
  •  It can also be a nice sunscreen alternative and a wonderful moisturizer for your skin. Removing your make up or applying it as lip balm are other possible uses of it.
  •  Get a great, strong and shiny hair, thanks to a bit of coconut oil.

Jojoba oil is great for…

  • a lot of purposes. Jojoba oil is produced from the evergreen jojoba plant, which thrives in hot climate conditions. 
  •  Skin benefits: Jojoba oil is an amazing sunscreen, make up remover, cleanser, moisturizer and softener of the whole body.
  •  This body oil can be used for massages or bath (including shaving during taking a bath).
  •  Jojoba oil is able to make your lips much softer and more beautiful.
  •  Don't forget to use such a product for your hair as well in order to prevent split ends!

What is almond oil useful for?

The sweet almond oil benefits in both beauty and medicinal aspects are countless. It is no wonder that this body oil is used in the formula of so many body lotions, hand creams, massage creams, etc. Rich in vitamins D, E, calcium and magnesium, almond oil is absorbed quite fast by the skin helping with the regeneration of its cells and preventing any skin damage. The sweet almond oil, unlike the bitter one, can be consumed internally and externally.

  •  Almond oil is an excellent massage oil, which improves your complexion and delays the process of aging. It is helpful for beauty purposes, too: shaving, removing make up, etc.
  •  It promotes the growth of your hair, makes it stronger, soft and shiny and gets rid of dandruff.
  •  This body oil nourishes any type of skin with its soothing and moisturizing effect, even in cases of inflammation, rashes, itching and dryness.
  •  You could also use sweet almond oil for dark circles: just rub it before bed time under your eyes in order to eliminate any dark circles, wrinkles, etc.

Janice is the featured writer for the day she has been writing articles in health and body oils for two years now. If you like to find more about sweet almond oil benefits, almond oil for acne and dark circles check her website

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Helpful Herbs for Problem Skin

Herbal remedies are not  new; they have been used in the treatment of skin disorders and health ailments for thousands of years.  Lately skin care products are lessening the harmful chemicals in their products and focusing back on natural ingredients.  Below is a short list of some helpful herbs when shopping for a skin care product to relieve or alleviate problem skin:

Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a cooling and soothing herb for hot, itchy skin and promotes healing.  Its healing properties are also good for boils, inflammation and abscesses.

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) soothes skin rashes such as eczema, minor burns and sunburn.  Combined with cooling peppermint it will offer relief for itchy eczema.  Additionally, a chamomile and green tea toner is full of anti-oxidants and a great way to freshen the skin.

Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil has a robust antibacterial property, and is extremely useful in treating acne, as an herbal cream, gel or in skincare preparations.

Jojoba Oil - relieves dry itchy skin patches due to lack of moisture in the skin.  Jojoba oil is most like the skin's natural oil and does a superb job of moisturizing.

You can read more about essential oils and herbs at Complete Skin Care Therapy and get some easy skin care recipes.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Last Pore Minimizer You Will Ever Need

Pores appear as small openings in the surface of your skin. They are usually most apparent in the T-zone -- the forehead, nose and chin. Pores are more noticeable and may appear larger when they become clogged with dirt, oil and dead skin cells. Pore size is fixed and is determined mainly by your genes. Your pores may become slightly larger with age or with repeated exposure to the sun's damaging rays. While you can't actually shrink the size of your pores, you can take steps to make them appear smaller.

Can enlarged Pores be Reduced?

To keep your skin looking clear and minimize the appearance of large pores, use an oil-absorbing toner or an exfoliator with alpha or beta hydroxy acids to loosen and remove dead surface skin. This can help prevent pores from clogging. Products that contain retinol, a form of vitamin A, are also beneficial.

1 Using retinol can help diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles to give your skin an overall smoother appearance.

2 However, some products with retinol may make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Finally, if you use makeup, start with a light application of oil-free foundation in a matte finish. Shiny skin coupled with too much foundation may actually make your pores look more prominent. Control shine throughout the day with blotting sheets or freshen up your foundation with a dusting of translucent powder. The tiny, weightless particles prevent color pigments from building up around the edges of your pores to reduce their visibility.

In addition to reducing pore size, its patented formula removes dull, dry surface cells and lifts pore-clogging impurities for a radiant complexion with fewer breakouts.  If you have large pores that are ruining your complexion, check this product out!!

For more skin care articles and easy skin care recipes visit Complete Skin Care Therapy