Archive | October 2014

4 Natural Deodorant Alternatives

Deodorant is intended to inhibit bacterial growth with the use of an antiseptic (the bacteria is what causes the odor). Deodorants do not reduce perspiration, though, so they are simply considered a cosmetic, rather than a drug like antiperspirants (interfere with an essential function of the body (perspiration)

Antiperspirants rely on aluminum based compounds like to block the pores from producing sweat.  Most antiperspirants include a deodorant of some kind, too, to mask any odors that might slip through after it begins to lose its effectiveness.

We are learning more and more each day about the dangers of many of these commercial brand body care products and the toxic ingredients like parabens (absorbed through the skin, mimic estrogen) that have been found to be linked to  breast cancer.  I have found that alot of customers are asking what alternatives are there to their over the counter deodorant.  Here are some alternatives to keeping your pits healthy and your body a little safer from those cancer causing antiperspirants.

Baking soda and cornstarch

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Using baking soda as a deodorant is the simplest way to combat body odor without subjecting your pits to a variety of chemicals. Mix an eighth of a teaspoon of baking soda with a little bit of water, don’t dissolve it, and rub it under your arms.  There are some who need to combat both odor and wetness so you can also create a baking soda and cornstarch mix to fight odor and help keep wetness down. Simply mix one part baking soda with six parts cornstarch and dust a little on your underarms.

 

Lemon juice

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The citric acid in lemon juice can kill odor-causing bacteria, and there are people who swear by the lemon deodorizing method.
Just be sure not to apply lemon juice to recently shaven armpits!

Citric Acid 

 

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Now I know everyone may not want to use lemon juice especially after shaving.  Here is a recipe for a less stinging use of citric acid.

1/2 cup distilled water

1 tsp Citric acid crystals

10 drops of an essential oil

Pour that mixture into a small spray bottle and spritz your underarms

 

 

Homemade deodorant

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Making your own deodorant is a simple proccess that allows you to customize your deodorant to your needs and preferences.
Here is a simple recipe
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 tbs of  coconut oil
10-20 drops of essential oil, tea tree & peppermint work verywellMix baking soda & cornstarch  and add enough coconut oil to get a good paste consistency. Add about 10-20 drops EO and mix well. Store in air tight container.A little goes a long way.

 

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7 DIY Ways To Exfoliate Naturally

Many of us have some kind of facial exfoliate in our medicine cabinet.  I am sure some of those products contain the exfoliate beads which many dermatologists are big proponents of.  There are now findings that they these beads are not biodegradable and with the continued use of these products that contain these round tiny PLASTIC balls, recent research has proven that these little balls are going down the sink drains and into the lakes and oceans confusing marine life into thinking they are food. Dont panic here are some natural exfoliates that can do just as great a job if not better than those beads. Maybe one is right for you!

 

 

       Fine Grains 

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Something you have in your pantries: Oatmeal and almond-meal scrubs are made with finely ground natural fibers that gently open your pores, making these scrubs a safe bet for sensitive skin on the chest and face. Oatmeal can also soothe inflammation and skin irritations.

Sugar

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Sugar is well received by most skin types because it dissolves quickly, and it’s a humectant, (draws moisture to the skin), leaving you soft and hydrated. Aside from relieving dryness on your arms and legs, sugar works well as a lip scrub as well.

Shells and Seeds

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Now there are some natural exfoliates that are a bit more abrasive for those rougher extremities.  The angular edges of ground walnut shells, raspberry, strawberry or grape seeds help loosen rough patches on elbows, knees, and ankles. I dont recommend these to be used on your face for those with sensitive skin because the gritty texture could inflame.  Use shell-based scrubs on your face and chest only if they’ve been crushed to a fine powder.

Rice

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Asians use their food staple, rice, as both an internal and external benefit for the well being of their bodies. —ground uncooked rice has been used as a skin-care staple for centuries.  It’s a delicate buffer for both oily and easily irritated skin and can treat pesky rashes or inflammation like eczema, and rosacea.

Coffee

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Add olive oil, almond oil or another light carrier oil to a handful of grounds from your coffee pot–or use a pre-made scrub and massage over your body in the direction up from your feet toward the heart). The movement plus the caffeine can help reduce puffy areas that fill with fluid.

Salt

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Salt does have some sharp edges and a very coarse texture. The benefit of this more abrasive scrub is its sloughing action can be stimulating enough to increase circulation, and if the salt is crushed to a superfine powder, it can be used on the face to draw away water, offering a less oily or shiny look.

Exfoliate Brush

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Using a dry, natural bristle brush on dry skin, start at your feet and gently glide the brush bristles against your skin, using upward strokes toward your heart. This should only take about 3-4 minutes for your entire body. Skin should be cleansed and then moisturized directly after this treatment.