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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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oatmeal                                                                         almond-meal

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.

Are Natural Products Good For Me and Do They Really Work?

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It is truly amazing how After Affects has taken me to places where I have met some truly fascinating people and had some interesting conversations on the subject of natural skin care. Through the many vendor and farmer’s market events I found that the most common thing that I was asked by many customers of all races is “Are these products for my skin?”  I first thought people were pulling my leg, trying to be funny but as I further talked to many I found their thoughts were convoluted with alot of what they had been programmed to think by many of these big named companies.  Companies that had been around for many generations, teaching them that there was a divide in skin care products.  A separate but equal product so to speak.

This in turn, I think, had people of lighter tones including Caucasians believing because they didn’t see the dry skin that they needed a product that wasn’t full of alot of moisturizer ingredients. Now I know to many

IMG_0360they would probably just look at those two commercials and just think, “Oh well the company is trying to show that they are appealing to all races. Which is good marketing sense.  Ask yourself this, if you see a commercial with an actor/actress of same race as you using that product what pop’s into your mind, “Oh this product if for me”.  As if to say there are products specifically for of that particular race.  But in truth, WE ALL have dry skin and in truth there are some lighter toned people who need more moisturizer products than some darker toned people.

Take a look at the ingredients on the back of the bottles of lotion below. The top pic is an “Original” lotion then look at the one for “Extra Dry Skin and Ultra Healing”. You will notice the “Original” doesn’t have Petroleum or Mineral Oil as one of the main ingredients in its list of ingredients a its counterpart does.  Even those with Shea Butter, they may use that without adding the pore clogging Petroleum ingredient but it is still drowning in a sea of toxic ingredients.  What many fail to see is the only difference is our skin tones, our body’s skin craves the same moisture need as the next person.  And with the mineral oil/petroleum we get Original lotionsucked in to believe it must be for those with really dry skin, and seeing that stuff sitting on your skin gives you a sense that it is giving you extra moisture…not true.  I found that even there is Age-Defying lotion that uses Mineral Oil in it too I guess give more moisture too.  This having the opposite effect that you want, it is drying and clogging pores and actually speeding up the aging process. And I believe these manufactures bank on your ignorance of this to continue pumping ads to you with misinformation about extra dryyour skin care needs.

These companies bank on you using this logic with regards to products that are lab induced, only because some chemicals have different effects on different people of different races.  But seeing as many times when we purchase a product from these companies that we are driven by that commercial and what the actor sold us on and we don’t stop to think what else is in that bottl04ffa710e/jar etc. of lotion, shower gel, facial cream,shampoo,conditioner, or body scrub. We don’t read the ingredients on the back to see what other “wonderful” benefits this product will offer us.  We don’t question what Propylene Glycol is,or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Quaternium-15 and oh lest not we wonder what exactly is a Paraben and what do these do for my skin and my health.

With the age of technology that we are in and we can get information just by pressing a few buttons on our phone, why not Google these ingredients to see exactly what these ingredients for which you can hardly pronounce let alone know what they could possibly be doing to your internal organs.

It seems there are more questions for those who create true natural products then those who don’t.  And that is ok, that means you are thinking and want answers to your questions regarding, “Is this product for me, is it safe, will it cause me to break out”.  I welcome all those questions and hope that the information I provide will cause you to think further and eager for answers from the larger companies that use synthetic toxic ingredients that can lead to many health issues.  Yes there are some people who are allergic to certain natural ingredients due to nut or floral allergies, there are some essential oils that people with certain health conditions shouldn’t use due to side effects.  But for the most part natural should be used by natural don’t you think?

Let me say this, true natural products are just that from nature.  Think about it, we are ALL from Nature; Black, White, Hispanic,Asian, Indian(India), etc.  We all have skin (just in different shades), we all have pores, we all get itchy dry skin from IMG_0358loss of moisture.  So if we are all from nature would it not be prudent to think that true natural products made with true natural ingredients would stand to be a perfect fit for our natural skin?

We must remember this, no matter what our skin tone our skin cells have 3 things in common, the need for moisture, the need for protection and the need for cell regeneration.

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 Let’s Make Natural Use More Than An Option But A Way Of Life

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.