Category Archives: Beauty

Fight Aging with Vitamins

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You know Vitamins A, C, and E found in skincare products are good for the skin while sunrays are bad. Yet, why is this? In a nutshell, here is basically how the, previously mentioned, vitamins impact the skin.

Vitamin A:

treats fine wrinkles, age spots, and rough skin caused by sun exposure

-thickens and stimulates the Dermis – where collagen, elastin and blood vessels are – so it reduces wrinkles and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin.

-the deposition of collagen

-slows the breakdown of your collagen and elastin from normal aging

– decreases clustering of melanin granules – so it reduces brown spots or pigmentation

 

 Vitamin C:

-Vitamin C found in the form of L – Ascorbic Acid found in skin care products to keep the skin  refreshed looking and youthful

-helps your skin repair itself

-essential to the production of collagen

collagen:  protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength

 

Vitamin E:

-an antioxidant that protects & repairs your skin

  • antioxidants: agents that neutralize the negative effects of free radicals
  • free radicals: molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles

-prevent cellular damage from occurring

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Green French Clay for Skin Care

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Other Names: Illite Clay, Sea Clay

Other components found in the clay: magnesium, calcium, potassium, dolomite, silica, zinc aluminum, manganese, phosphorous, silicon, copper, selenium, iron oxides, cobalt, decomposed plant matter, etc

-iron oxides & decomposed plant matter provide green color

This is not a complete list of the uses and functions of the clay.

Skin/facial Benefits:

-removes toxins from the body

-removes oil from the face

-removes dead skin cells

 

Health Benefits:

-analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which make it beneficial for muscular pain, swelling, and arthritic or rheumatic conditions

-stimulates blood and lymph circulation

-absorbs impurities and fats

-tones and strengthens connective tissues

 

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Bohemian Black Organic Fango Clay

White Kaolin Clay

Bentonite Clay

Getting Rid of Dry Scaly Feet

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There are many ways to care for dry scaly feet. The basics include soaking the feet in a solution that contains water, exfoliate after the soak, and moisturize. Below are ingredients than can be used to help soften dry scaly feet.

Lemon juice

Vinegar

Epsom Salt

Parafin wax

Exfoliating ingredient such as baking soda or brown sugar (if desired)

Pumice stone

Moisturizer (which can be an oil or Vaseline)

Instructions:

1. Soak the feet in warm water that includes lemon juice, vinegar, and/or epsom salt for at least ten minutes.

2. Next, rub the feet with a pumice stone. If you have an exfoliating ingredient apply to the feet before scrubbing with the pumice stone.

3. Rinse and dry the feet.

4. Apply your moisturizer followed by wearing a pair of socks for at least thirty minutes so the moisturizer doesn’t immediately rub off the feet when walking around. You want the feet to absorb the moisturizer. Some people pamper their feet at night and just sleep overnight in socks.

There are some people that apply parafin wax to their feet after moisturizing and insist it works well. You’ll never know unless you try.

The frequency to pamper feet will vary with each individual.  Initially, taking care of the feet once a week is a good starting point to lessen the appearance of scaly feet. Also, don’t rub your feet hard to avoid discomfort and breaking the skin although you may need to apply slight pressure when scrubbing the heel.

How to Make an Organic Nail Polish Remover

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For each recipe soak your fingers in a bowl of water for ten minutes or more. Mix the vinegar and juice together and rub on the finger nail with a cotton ball. The nail polish should peel away. It is the acidic properties of the vinegar and juice that helps to remove the nail polish.

Recipe 1

Items Needed:

 White Vinegar

Lemon Juice

Water

Cotton Ball

 

 

Recipe 2

Items Needed:

White vinegar

Orange Juice

Water

Cotton

How to Get Youthful Looking Skin with a Chemical Peel with Angela, The Beauty Geek

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If you’re thinking that she is twenty something years old then you’re right . . . if you add twenty something years to that number. No really, it’s true!  Angela, The Beauty Geek, has included light chemical peels in her skincare routine to maintain her blemish free and extremely youthful looking skin.

Angela’s video will demonstrate how to apply a light chemical peel. She’ll cover what to do and not to do when applying chemical peels, too.

 

 

Related Article:

Chemical Peels, Part 1

Chemical Peel Benefits for Skin Care

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Many people use chemical peels because it provides the skin with a more radiant and youthful appearance. A chemical peel will decrease or remove the following:

⦁ Acne or acne scars
⦁ Age and liver spots
⦁ Fine lines and wrinkles
⦁ Freckles
⦁ Irregular skin pigmentation
⦁ Rough skin and scaly patches
⦁ Scars
⦁ Sun-damaged skin

A chemical peel uses a solution to remove outer layers of the skin to improve the appearance of it. A light chemical peel will remove the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. A medium chemical peel will remove skin cells from the epidermis and from the upper part of the dermis. A deep chemical peel will tackle the epidermis and the upper and mid portions of the dermis. Deep chemical peels are sometimes used to remove pre-cancerous growths.

The effects of a chemical peel are temporary and length of results vary with each individual. Chemical peels will not help with the following:

⦁ Treat deep facial lines
⦁ Tighten loose or sagging skin
⦁ Remove broken capillaries
⦁ Change pore size
⦁ Remove deep scars

Chemical peels can be viewed as a skincare option to be used in a skincare regime. Light chemical peels can be done at home. Mid to deep chemical peels can be done in a spa or doctor’s office. Chemical Peel, Part 2 will feature a tutorial and informational video from Angela, The Beauty Geek, using a light chemical peel at home. Angela has been using chemical peels for years and it has left her with very youthful looking skin.

 

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Chemical Peel, Part 2

Is Crayon Makeup Safe?

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Some people argue that crayon lipstick is safe if using crayola because it’s lead free. The argument often includes the fact that kids use crayons without any negative side effects. Yet, others think the opposite. The information below has been taken directly from Crayola’s website and is posted verbatim.

“As the manufacturer of children’s products, safety is our top priority at Crayola.

crayons

Although our products are nontoxic, we do not recommend using them to make eyeliner, lipstick or other makeup, and strongly discourage their use in this manner. The products were never intended to be used on the skin or face in this manner.

Makeup goes through specific and rigorous testing because it is intended to be used on the skin.  Because they were never meant to be used as makeup, our colored pencils or crayons have not been tested in the same way and should not be used as a cosmetic. They are not designed, tested or approved for this purpose.”

The link below will take you directly to Crayola’s website to read the original content.

Is it safe to use Crayola Crayons to make lipstick, eyeliner and other makeup?

How to Make Lipstick from Crayons

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Did you know that lipstick can be made from crayons? It’s true! There are videos on Youtube. Later, we’ll cover the safety of making lipstick from crayons.

You will need:

a pot

Applying Blue Lipstick For A Funky Look

water

coconut oil

a crayon

a container (to store the lipstick once made)

a separate container (to use when melting the crayon)

Instructions:

1. Heat water in pot/pan. There is no need to heat hot enough to boil.

2. Place the container in the pot/pan.

3. Place the crayon in the container and stir while it is melting to remove lumps.

4. Add coconut oil to the the melted crayon in the container to avoid the crayon becoming hard after it has melted.

5. Stir the the crayon and coconut oil in the container.

6. Pour lipstick in a storage container.

You can add more crayon to the mixture to make the color brighter or product less translucent. To make the lipstick smoother use additional coconut oil.  I’ve noticed people using 1/4 of a teaspoon of oil for 1/2 of a crayon. It is a matter of preference.

DIY: Pedicure

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Okay, Spring is on its way so that means it’s time to show off your feet. Try a low cost pedicure.

What is needed?                                                                           

vinegar

warm water

mouthwash

a bowl

 

Instructions:

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and let the feet soak in this mixture for twenty to thirty minutes. Afterward, the white flaky skin will come off easily when rubbed with the hand or a pumice stone.

 

Video Tutorial: How To Make A Hydrosol

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Below is a tutorial video explaining how to make hydrosols by Nadia Harper RHN, Holistic Nutritionist and Health Advisor. The video can be found on Making Healthy Choices. A hydrosol is the product that remains after roots, barks, plants, flowers, or seeds are steam distilled. A hydrosol can also be the remnants of the essential oil making process.  It can be used for aromatherapy or medicinal purposes. It’s fairly cheap and simple to make.

 

Nadia’s website has written instructions to make a hydrosol, too.

 

Related Articles:

Hydrosols and Floral Waters/Flower Waters: Gentle Ingredients for the Skin

Lists of Hydrosols

Hydrosol List for Oily Skin