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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.

We are Campaigning on A Mission of Prevention

 

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I have been working tirelessly for over a month to bring this campaign to you.  I feel there is a need to get a stronger presence out to you and others about the dangers of toxic ingredients in your skin care products.  It isnt just enough to eat healthy for the inner you but you need to be just as aware on what goes on your outer you.

Please join me in the fight to get more information and bring more awareness to staying healthy on the outside to keep the risk of dangerous health issues to a minimum.  We have to stop waiting until we have an illness and take more preventative measures.  This starts with reading labels, researching ingredients and taking back your control of what you put on your body.  Stop leaving those big name companies that use inferior and synthetic ingredients in their products and where some slap a natural oil or butter name on the front to make you more at ease with using their products.  When in reality it is only a small amount wading through the toxic ingredients that bring about issues of skin allergies to more severe illnesses like skin cancer.

Dont be fooled by these companies, dont keep allowing them to dictate what you should put on your skin.  Please click the link below and see just what I am talking about:

After Affects Co is Campaigning for You

Click the link above to go to campaign site

The Dirt on the Dead Sea

I know it has been awhile since I last published a blog entry, I want to first apologize for being gone so long but I plan to be publishing more in future!

Lets start with one of our newest products, Our Dead Sea Salt Body Polish!  First I am going to assume many if not all of your have heard of the Dead Sea.  In case you are apart of a select group who has no idea what or where the Dead Sea is let me break it down for you.

About 400 meters below Sea Level, Dead Sea located in Israel is the lowest place on Earth. It is nestled among the rough Mountains terrene of the Judean Desert.  It is said to be one of nature’s best kept secrets.  It has the name Dead Sea for is a body of water where fishes and plants don’t thrive in. However, the Dead Sea has been regarded as a good source of salts which contain healthy minerals that are beneficial to man’s overall health. The Dead Sea salts are not for consumption but rather these are more used for therapeutic and beauty purposes.

The minerals which are found in Dead Sea salts are magnesium, calcium, iodine, zinc, bromide, potassium and sulfur. These minerals are beneficial to your body simply because they similar to the minerals found in the skin cells.Yuzu Salt Palish

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Not only does this beneficial salt give your body the minerals it lacks It:

  • gets rids of toxins from the skin and helps in good blood circulation.
  •  It gets rid of dead skin cells, cleans skin pores and helps in skin regeneration.
  •  It helps firm up skin tissues and strengthens these against infections.
  •  It helps eliminate aches and body pains, making the body more relaxed.
  •  It helps in treating skin ailments such as eczema and psoriasis and lessens inflammation of dry skin.
  •  It helps relieve muscle tension, lessens stress and anxiety.

If you can get to a spa that offers these salts you really should try them and notice a skin rejuvenation.   There are those who have traveled to the Dead Sea and soaked themselves in the sea to soak in their benefits. It has become a place of treatment and healing aside from being a very popular tourist destination because of the well known good benefits of the salts.

Dead SeaI hope that this insight into the benefits of Dead Sea Salts will get you try it to see if it is a a means of healing some of your skin afflictions or just keep your beautiful skin just that beautiful!

Remember using natural skin care should never be an option but a way of life.

 

You Can Have Sugar With This Coffee!

Coffee- It’s Not Just for Drinking

Although coffee has several benefits as a beverage, it may be used as a body scrub as well.  I am sure you are probably saying Coffee on my body- now what can coffee grounds rubbed on my body possibly do for my body.  Just take a look at the many benefits coffee offers you.Exfoliation
The coffee grounds combined with either salt or sugar act as exfoliates for the skin. Regular exfoliation removes residual dirt and dead skin to give you younger looking, fresh skin. After the skin is exfoliated, it is able to absorb moisture more effectively as well. All beauty regimens should include exfoliation treatments, and the coffee scrub provides it. I know you say I dont want to smell like coffee but once you exfoliate just wash yourself with soap to remove the coffee smell.Aromatherapy
The scent of coffee acts to clear a person’s mind of excessive thoughts. The scent also works as an anti-depressant and can combat feelings of nausea. Here are some ways that Coffee can benefit you externally

Antioxidants
Natural Antioxidants are found in the caffeine of coffee that have many benefits-heart disease and cancer-fighting properties  not to mention neutralize the effects of free radicals,which can damage the inner layer of skin. This damage is often reflected in age spots and wrinkles. The Coffee Body Scrub helps skin absorb this antioxidant and help prevent premature aging.

Blood Flow
Some people use coffee scrubs to combat the occurrence of varicose veins. The caffeine found in the scrubs typically increases blood flow and may reduce the appearance of cellulite. Just the use of Coffee Scrubs with the squeezing and massaging of the product on the skin helps release toxins and fats held in the skin.

Skin Texture
Caffeine is a vasodilator, which means it constricts blood vessels in the skin. This action works to make blood vessels tighter and firmer very quickly, which is reflected in your skin texture.

I know I know who wants to smell like coffee all day-unless you are just such a coffee fiend you dont care-you ask how exactly do you use a coffee scrub and not leave your bathroom wondering if you should add some cream to your skin.  Well, all you do is once you get in the shower you circulate the granules like you would any body scrub rinse it off then follow it up with your showering regimen,using soap and water, preferably a natural soap not one full of sulfates and drying agents that does nothing but zap your skin of its oils.
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Here is a simple recipe:
2 cups coarsely ground coffee
1/cup raw sugar
2 tsp Almond Oil
2 tsp Jojoba Oil
You can tweak how you want add or take away ingredients but you will be doing your body a good with this natural scrub and wake yourself up in the process and no calories.
Let me know how it worked out for you!