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 http://www.almondoilforface.com

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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

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Get Ready for Winter With These Herbal Remedies

Natural home remedies for skin care and overall health are easy to prepare, chemical free and eco-friendly.  Consider these treatments:

Dry Skin Patches:
1 drop tea tree oil
2 teaspoon almond oil
Rub into dry patch. Great for those small dry patches!
Another option is to add tea tree oil right into your moisturizer and apply to dry skin patch.

Hair hot oil treatment:
1 tablespoon Rosemary herbal oil
1 tablespoon Calendula herbal oil
10 drops cedarwood or orange essential oil (optional)

This hot oil treatment will deep condition your hair, stimulate the scalp and strengthen individual strands.  Additionally, this recipe will also normalize both dry, itchy scalp and oily conditions. Mix all ingredients together and shake well. 

First Sign of a Sore Throat
1 oz. Echinacea extract
1 oz. elderberry extract
1 oz. goldenseal or grape root extract
1 oz. red root extract

Combine all ingredients together in a 4 oz glass bottle with dropper.  Use 3 droppers full 3 times a day.  This recipe supports your immune system,

Winter Blues Blend air freshener
5 drops sweet orange essential oil
3 drops pettigrain essential oil
2 drops roman chamomile essential oil
2 drops nutmeg essential oil
1 oz. witch hazel extract

Drip oils together in a glass spray bottle and mix by rolling bottle between palms of hands. Add the witch hazel and shake well.  Spray in the air to put a smile on your face.

For more skin care and hair care recipes visit Complete Skin CareTherapy.  Get your herbs and essential oils at:

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

DIY Facial Chemical Peel

A glycolic acid peel will even out skin tone, reduce the appearance of acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles and promote a brighter complexion. Glycolic acid has also been found to be beneficial for those that suffer with psoriasis and dry itchy skin. Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and is the most beneficial of the Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA). Learn more more about Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids.
Additionally, “Studies have shown that use of glycolic acids result in collagen growth in the upper dermis,” says Scott Gerrish, MD, of Gerrish and Associates, PC, a nonsurgical skincare specialist with offices in Virginia and Maryland.
How it works-this type of acid peel works on the outer layers of skin. It is really a skin resurfacing as it destroys the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together, thus these dead skin are washed away and a new skin surface is exposed.
Selecting the right product:

  • If the product indicates that it is 10 percent or less glycolic acid, then they are not worth the money.
  • The acid peel should contain a full set of instructions, pH prep, a neutralizer and an acid reducer. These provisions will ensure that you have a safe and gentle peel.
  • For your first home peel, start off with a 20 percent solution with a pH of 2.8-3.0. Until you know how you skin will react it is recommended to start off with a milder solution.
  • Lastly, look for products that are formulated n an FDA-registered laboratory that are certified/registered for 99 percent purity. Additionally the glycolic percentages and pH levels should be listed.
Tips before your peel:
  • A week prior to using your peel discontinue potentially skin irritating products such as Retin-A.
  • Always do a patch test prior to your peel. Test on your forearm to ensure you have no allergic reaction.
  • A facial scrub should be applied 24 hours before using a peel. Additionally a pH prep solution should be applied to prepare your skin.
  • When you are ready for you peel, apply to less sensitive areas first, such as the forehead, chin, and cheeks, and then to the nose, lower eyelids, and neck.
  • It is best advised to watch your skin rather than the clock. When the skin starts to turn pink it is time to neutralize the acid, starting with the most sensitive areas first.
  • Lastly, follow the manufacturer’s labels to the T.
So are you ready to give yourself a chemical peel and brighten up that dull complexion? I am personally considering doing one myself but I would love to hear from anyone that has done an at home chemical peel and what products they have used!
Amazon.com has quite a few glycolic acid peels, has anyone tried any of these?