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Beauty Spa Rituals Directory

For each ingredient we carefully select for our recipes, you can find them here in our directory as well as links back to the amazing recipes. If you are looking for ingredients not listed, please reach out to us!

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ASCORBIC ACID, see VITAMIN C  

ACTIVATED CHARCOAL

Activated charcoal is similar to regular charcoal except that it is treated with gas to allow the charcoal to expand and become porous. The porous texture allows for toxins from skin to be drawn out just like a magnet. It’s a common agent in water filters in order to purify water. It’s also used in emergency medical situations where poisons are digested, a mixture of activated charcoal is usually given as soon as possible to soak up the toxins before the body can process the toxins. It’s safe for most adults in small quantities taken in short term situations, but always check with your doctor before using for medicinal purposes.

Activated charcoal has several benefits for the skin including soaking up toxins and impurities on and within the skin layers. It can even draw out poison from a fresh bee sting, spider bite or poison ivy. To do so, mix one part activate charcoal powder with one part cornstarch and water into paste and apply the affected skin. Activated charcoal is also good at cleaning the skin especially for those with acne as it will absorb the oil, dirt and even make-up off of the skin. A great face mask can be made with activated charcoal powder by mixing it with aloe Vera, tea tree oil, and water to make a mask for the face.

Be aware that the mixture will be black in appearance may stain clothes and counter tops if your not careful when using it. Another caution for activated charcoal is that there are not many published studies on the long term affect of using activated charcoal. So it may be best to use this as needed rather than with your daily routine.

See Article “Activated Charcoal for Healing and Cleansing

ALMOND OIL

Almond Oil is made through cold press process to preserve all the natural compounds within the oil. It is rich in vitamins E, A and D with oleic and linoleic acids. It is highly emollient with fatty acids so it’s absorbs well into the skin. The emollient helps lock the moisture into the skin like a protective barrier. Even though it’s an oil product, it can help with acne because almond oil assists with dissolving the sebum that can cause pores to clog. Another benefit is it helps remove dead skin cells and repairs damaged cells such as sun damage.

The Egyptians commonly mixed almond oil with fragrances to retain the scent on the skin for longer durations. Egyptians used Frankincense and Myrrh as their common fragrance oils.

See Article “Ancient Spa Rituals from Egypt

ALOE VERA

Egyptians also utilized Aloe Vera gel as it consists of over 75 nutrients, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids and 200 active enzymes. An application of Aloe Vera was used to help smooth and moisturize the skin. It also helped to heal minor cuts and burns.

Aloe Vera is full of antioxidants that are natural immunity enhancers. These antioxidants assist with the fighting free radicals in the body, which can cause advanced aging in the skin. Aloe Vera helps to reduce inflammation through its plant steroids and salicylic acid to destroy bacteria. It’s also anti-allergic for most people and beneficial with those with super sensitive skin including eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne and sunburned skin.

SEE Article “Ancient Spa Rituals from Egypt

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Using one part apple cider and two parts water,  diluted apple cider vinegar can maintain the proper pH level of the skin when used as a simple toner.

SEE Article “Being Gentle with Sensitive Skin

AVOCADO

Egyptians also utilized the avocado to reduce eye puffiness and moisturizer the skin. Avocados contain over 20 essential vitamins and minerals. Including Vitamin K, C, B5, B6, E, Folate and Potassium. It contains a small amount of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin). Avocados have great antioxidants that help repair damaged skin and can penetrate its moisture into the deeper layers of the skin.

Vitamin K is now believed to help skin heal, especially after laser treatments or skin burns. It also helps with reducing dark under eye circles with daily usage of at least 8 weeks. Avocado also has a high level of Vitamin C that assists with the production of collagen. Collagen production is essential to maintain the skin’s elasticity. As you age, collagen process breaks down and wrinkles begin to develop on the outer layers of the skin. Vitamin C is also helps with sun damage and age spots. It’s not an SPF but it will correct previous effects of skin damage. When looking for products with Vitamin C, make sure the products that contain between 3% and 10% of vitamin C and include the active ingredient ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid. Avocados traditionally have approximately 2.6 mg of ascorbic acid in every avocado. Folate helps produce and maintain new cells. And Vitamin B5 or Pantothenic Acid is essential for cellular growth. Another key Vitamin is B6 or Pyridoxine. It helps the body to make antibodies (to fight many diseases), maintains nerve function, and regulates hemoglobin (hemoglobin carries oxygen in the red blood cells to the tissues), which is essential to the healing and growth of collegians process.

SEE Article “Ancient Spa Rituals from Egypt

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BALNEOLOGY or BALNEOTHERAPY

Balneology or Balneotherapy is basically bathing therapy. Bathing therapy has long been used as an acceptable treatment from ancient Rome to current times for a soothing relief for the body. Bathing in warm to hot water with Epsom Salt can balance the saline content solution within the body and draw out toxins through perspiration. The minerals are then absorbed and carried through the body for assistance with proper eliminations. Epsom Salt can also help break down lactic acid build up after a robust work out or a tough physical activity.

In an average size bathtub, ranging from 40 to 60 gallons of water, follow the directions on the Epsom Salt carton. Typically one bath will require the entire usage of a large Epsom Salt carton. Soak in the bath between 15 to 45 minutes, but do not overdo as to weaken the body. Depending on the condition, weekly baths should be sufficient but daily baths can be taken for more aggressive therapy.

See Article “Detoxing to Cleanse of the Body of Toxins

BEER

If you find that your hair needs some added silkiness, shine or moisture, look no further than just using a light beer rinse in your next shower routine. It can certainly make dull dry hair renewed instantly. Beer’s natural barely, malt and hops contained a large amount of protein which nourishes and strengthens hair. Beer is a natural protein treatment to help reconstruct and strengthen hair strands.  Rinsing your hair with beer will also help restore the moisture to your locks.

See Article “Beautiful Shiny Hair with a light Beer Rinse

BEESWAX

Beeswax is an amazing solid perfume ingredient, great for smaller pocket sized containers for on the go and traveling.  Beeswax absolute has a stronger scent as it has an unusually large amount of naturally occuring phenylacetic acid which is green, floral, sweet honey-like odor when diluted. A small amount will go a long way and is generally used to offset strong floral notes. It also has an added benefit of antiseptic properties.

See Article “Jasmine Almond Beeswax Perfume Recipe

BETA-CAROTENE (also alpha-carotene, lycopene, astaxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin)

Beta-carotene (also alpha-carotene, lycopene, astaxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin)– Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables can brighten skin color and texture. Beta-carotene rich foods include sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, squash, kale, and turnip greens. As an added benefit, it also boosts the effectiveness of sunscreen by its ability to suppress oxygen damaged by UV rays. The recommended daily amounts are 3,000 IU for gentlemen and 2,310 IU for women. However it’s best to shoot for a combination of not just beta-carotene but also alpha-carotene, lycopene, astaxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin in a complex of up to 15,000 IU. One cup of carrots contains 9,135 mg of beta-carotene.

See Article “Moisturizing your Skin

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BLUE LOTUS

According to the Egyptian Hieroglyphs the coveted fragrance of Cleopatra was the sweet intoxicating floral scent of the blue lotus. It is often referred to as “cannabis of Ancient Egypt.” The lotus symbolizes the purity of the spiritual life of man. If you vision the flower in it’s natural environment, the flowers with their roots in the water while the flower floats above soaking in the sunlight. The Egyptians believed it could transform the soul to rise above it’s earthly space to the presence of Ra, the sun god as known as the bringer of light. In fact the blue lotus was found scattered over burial tomb of Ramesses II and also over Tutankhamen’s body when the Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened in 1922.

The blue lotus was primarily sacred to the Pharaohs because it gave hallucinogenic or entheogenic properties. The ancient Egyptians also consumed the blue lotus by including the lotus flowers in their wine. This was considered a shamanic ecstasy or positive mood enhancing practice as the blue lotus has unique alkaloids, which are alcohol soluble (and not water soluble).

Lotus absolutes complements well with ginger, white pepper or lemon blossoms. Unfortunately lotus absolutes are extremely expensive, but well worth it. Once you smell the blue lotus you’ll understand why it’s so amazing.

See Article “Blue Lotus Ancient Egyptian Perfume Recipes
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Caster Oil Packs

Caster Oil Packs stimulate liver detoxification and are helpful for increasing eliminations and lymphatic circulation. They are also used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, swelling and nervous system issues. However it’s not suggested if there is any abdominal pain, menstrual bleeding or pregnancy. Always check with your doctor to make sure it’s right for you.

To make a Caster Oil Pack, use a oil from a bottle of pure cold pressed caster oil. Saturate piece of wool flannel cloth large enough to cover the abdominal area after being folded at least 2 times. Place the soaked wool cloth over the entire abdominal area. Then lay a piece of plastic over the cloth so a heating element can be applied on top. Use a hot water bottle or heating pad over the area for at least 60 minutes. For intense recoveries, the pack can be left on for several hours. Afterward the treatment, rub baking soda on the body to effectively remove the oil from the skin. Repeat every night for 2 to 3 nights with a one-night break. After 8-10 days of applications, take a small dose of olive oil (one ounce 3 times in one day) and body will assimilate.

See Article “Detoxing to Cleanse of the Body of Toxins

See Article “Caster Oil for Longer Lashes”

CERAMIDES

Ceramides – They are fat molecules found naturally in the top layer of the skin that seal in water and are absorbed quickly.

See Article “Moisturizing your Skin

Contrast Hydrotherapy

Contrast hydrotherapy is using alternative hot and cold water, in any form, to improve the circulation and quality of the blood. Always begin with heat and end with a cold application. The amount of time of hot or cold may vary, but an effective recipe is to begin with 3 minutes of hot water application, followed by 30 seconds to 1 minute of cold application. Repeat the sequence the sequence 7 to 8 times. After completing the sequence gently pat the skin with a dry towel. Afterwards, the body may need to warm up. If so, wrap the body in a blanket so the body can adjust to the preferred temperature. Useful techniques include using a heating pad with an ice pack on the abdomen area. However, if there is any pain within the abdomen area, do not use any heat or it may exacerbate the issue. Otherwise showering with hot and cold-water combinations will work best for the body. Afterwards the body will feel invigorating, as the heat application will bring oxygenated blood to the area to carry out toxins. The cold application will limit swelling, pain and slow the metabolism. Together the sequence can help the blood flush out toxins in the body for rapid healing.

See Article “Detoxing to Cleanse of the Body of Toxins

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DEAD SEA SALT

The Egyptians also utilized salt from the Dead Sea to exfoliate their skin and for its general therapeutic results. The minerals contained with the Dead Sea restores balance to the outer and inner layers of the skin. The minerals work together to relax, build the immunity, luster, detox and soften the skin. It’s an amazing rejuvenating regime to add into your weekly beauty regime.

The Dead Sea water is unique in that its elements contain 27% of various salts rather than typical 3% other seawaters. It also contains several minerals including magnesium, potassium, calcium, chloride, bromides, iodine and zinc. Each of these minerals has wonderful skin and health benefits.

SEE Article “Ancient Spa Rituals from Egypt

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Epsom Salt has several amazing benefits:

  • Relieves pain and muscle cramps
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Helps muscles and nerves function properly
  • Soothes sprains and bruises
  • Helps prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots
  • Makes insulin more effective
  • Relieves constipation
  • Eliminates toxins from the body
  • Helps absorb nutrients
  • Eases migraine headaches
  • Treats congestions

Bathing in warm to hot water with Epsom Salt can balance the saline content solution within the body and draw out toxins through perspiration. The minerals are then absorbed and carried through the body for assistance with proper eliminations. Epsom Salt can also help break down lactic acid build up after a robust work out or a tough physical activity.

In an average size bathtub, ranging from 40 to 60 gallons of water, follow the directions on the Epsom Salt carton. Typically one bath will require the entire usage of a large Epsom Salt carton. Soak in the bath between 15 to 45 minutes, but do not overdo as to weaken the body. Depending on the condition, weekly baths should be sufficient but daily baths can be taken for more aggressive therapy.

My favorite brand of Epsom Salt is sold in bulk at amazon.com

SEE Article, “Luxurious Lavender Bath Bomb

SEE Article, Detoxing to Cleanse of the Body of Toxins”

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FASTING

To fast is to completely abstain from all food and drink, except for water over a given period of time. Juicing is another form of fasting, where fruit and/or vegetable juices along with water are allowed for a period of time. Allowing the body to pause on the continual digestive process, the body can then focus on eliminating toxins, building the immune system and balance the metabolism. Also the body will turn to the fat reserves for energy and thus removing any fat-soluble toxins from the skin. Fasting can be dangerous if fasting for longer than a 12-hour period, so always consult your doctor on a best plan for your individual health needs.

Now that you have an understanding of what pollutants become toxins to the body and how the body can eliminate those toxins, try incorporating these into your monthly regime to ensure your body is operating efficiently and effectively especially if you think you just need something to recharge your body’s system. Detoxing can help the body revamp from both the outside in to the inside out for greater overall health benefits.

See Article “Detoxing to Cleanse of the Body of Toxins

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GLYCERIN

Glycerin (glycerol) –Glycerin promotes skin cell maturation process and helps heal wounds more quickly. It’s a natural humectant that attracts water and seals in moisture that may otherwise evaporate. It’s a common and inexpensive emollient found in most beauty products.

See Article “Moisturizing your Skin

GRAPESEED

GRAPESEED – Grape seed extract is taken from the seeds or from whole grapes. Grape seed extract contains substantial amounts of flavonoids, vitamin E and linoleic acid, among other important constituents. The antioxidant actions in grape seed extract are attributed to the constituents known as oligomerica proanthocyanidin complexes, or OPCs. Grapeseed oil is a deep penetrating oil lush in linoleic acid or omega 6 fatty acid, it is soothing for sensitive skin and perfect for acne prone skin as it has astringent properties.

See Article “Combat Dry Skin in the Winter Season,

 

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HYDROVANCE, see UREA 

HONEY

Honey is another amazing element with several benefits to the skin. It not only moisturizes skin but it’s also an antioxidant and anti-fungal. If you have issues with Acne, honey will assist with acne prevention. It also enables the pores to open for proper cleansing. Honey has specific enzymes of which the skin will absorb.  Honey offers strong antibacterial and antimicrobial benefits as a natural antioxidant to aid in healing skin abrasions. Honey can also sooth the skin to counteract any irritation.

See Article “Ancient Spa Rituals from Egypt” and “Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask to Combat Acne

HYALURONIC ACID

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) – HA is a natural compound that retains moisture, aids in tissue repair, supports collagen, supports elastin and maintains the skin’s barrier. HA is expensive and can be found in it’s natural form ranging from $25 to $300 for the same product.

See Article “Moisturizing your Skin
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JASMINE

The ancient Greeks and Egyptians used Jasmine as as an essential oil in aromatherapy, as it was thought to offer various healing effects. Breathing in the scent of jasmine has the power to release feel-good brain chemicals that boost energy as well as reduce anxiety. Recent research has indicated that inhaling jasmine oil is said to transmit messages to a brain region involved in controlling emotions. This is also commonly known as the limbic system, which influences the nervous system. Inhaling Jasmine oil can affect a number of biological factors, including heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function.
Jasmine oil is often used as a natural remedy for stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, menstrual cramps, menopausal symptoms and even as an aphrodisiac.

The name Jasmine is derived from the Persian yasmin which means “a gift from God” so named because of the intense fragrance of the blooms.  The scent rising off the petals is sweet and intoxicating.  Jasmine is found in more than 83% of all women’s scents and 33% of men’s. Jasmine oils can also help bolster skin’s immunity and protect skin from invading offenders especially as the seasons change.

See Article “Jasmine Almond Beeswax Perfume Recipe

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KETOGENIC DIET, aka KETO DIET

The Ketogenic Diet, or aka Keto Diet, is based on how and what you eat in order to put the body into a process called ketosis which produces ketones for energy.  Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates when there aren’t enough carbs, so it uses fat for energy instead.  In this state ketones are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver.  The body becomes very efficient and effective at burning fat.  The diet was created in the 1940s to help reduce seizures in epileptic patients.  Over time people began to adapt it for weight loss and other health-related lifestyle changes.

The Keto Diet requires 65-70% fats, 25-30% protein, and 5% carbs.  Thus by limiting the carbohydrates,  fat becomes the primary source of energy for the body.  As if Carbs are not burned immediately when eaten, your body will produce  insulin  will store them as body fat.  This diet requires less than 20 grams of carbs per day.

See Article “Beautiful Skin in 2 weeks with the Keto Diet”

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LACTIC ACID

Lactic Acid – A popular alpha hydroxyl acid derived from milk, fruit, vegetables and other plants. It helps with acne, fine lines without irritating the skin (for the most part). It also hydrates even while it exfoliates. It also helps stimulate collagen production. But it also increases the skin’s sensitively to the sun, so be sure to use sunscreen with lactic acid usage.

See Article “Moisturizing your Skin

 

LYOCPENE

Lycopene – A powerful antioxidant and carotenoid to assist skin with maintaining the cell’s integrity with the aging process. It’s found in tomatoes, guava, pink grapefruit, red carrots, watermelon, and red papaya. There’s not daily recommendation, but shoot for a daily dose of 15,000 IU.

See Article “Moisturizing your Skin

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MILK

Cleopatra was known foremost as taking baths in milk and honey to keep her skin soft and supple. Milk hydrates, replenishes, shrink pores, heals irritations, cleanses and brightens the skin. The lactic acid within milk assists with lightening skin, including those unsightly brown spots.

When selecting milk, the best milk comes from a goat. Goat’s milk has a pH level that’s very close to the human skin’s natural level. The next best thing is cow’s milk. Also, rice, soy and almond milk are good options as well. Use buttermilk or sour cream if you are looking to shrink your pores.

Just remember to that the thicker and creamer the milk, the better it will be at hydrating your skin with it’s natural vitamins. Also, buy organic milk as conventional milk contains antibiotics and growth hormones for the cows health and not necessarily elements that you should rub into your skin.

See Article “Ancient Spa Rituals from Egypt

MOISTURIZING

Moisturizing skin is an important step of any beauty routine. Moisturizers are referred to as emollients, which simply mean a preparation that is designed to soften the skin. They are created to increase the skin’s hydration or to increase the water content within the skin. Without this hydration, skin can become dull, dry, itchy, rough, flakey and more wrinkled. Overtime, dry skin will only become drier. Once the skin becomes dehydrated, it can no longer carry out its barrier role. The cell membrane acts as the barrier role to not allow harmful things into the skin cells but it also allows for the passage of nutrients in and out of the cell.

See Article “Moisturizing your Skin

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PEAR

Pears are packed with hydroxycinnamic acids and flavonoids which are designed to protect our skin cells from damage and as an added benefit they have natural antioxidants to shield our skin from environment pollutants. Pears naturally have lactic acid to help keep the skin hydrated for longer. Pears, especially ripe ones, contain a natural sugar alcohol named ‘sorbitol’ or sometimes referred to as ‘glucitol’, which prevents moisture loss by pulling water by osmosis from the air, hydrating skin. Sorbitol also acts as a thickener and helps the product to keep the proper levels of moisture.  The presence of vitamin C, vitamin K, and copper within pears fights against free radicals that damage our body cells. Pears have natural enzymes to help exfoliate the top layers of the skin to clear out the dead skin cells and accelerating the cell turnover.  Pears also have anti-inflammation properties, which help to reduce inflammation in our skin. And if that wasn’t enough, the pear also contains natural humectants, which help balance the moisture content of the skin while retaining its natural moisture.

See Article “Pear Honey & Milk Mask for Winter Skin

PETROLATUM

Petrolatum (a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum) – It is a great moisturizer because it traps moisture and water in the skin because it becomes an additional barrier. There’s a common myth that petrolatum will clog pores, but it won’t if the skin is undergoing a proper cleansing process.

See Article “Moisturizing your Skin

POLYPHENOLS

Polyphenols – Found in white, green and black teas as well as coffee have anti-inflammatory properties and improve skin photo aging and sunspots. There’s no daily-recommended allowance but researchers have focused on 650 mg per day to see results. A typical cup of green tea can contain between 300 and 400 mg of polyphenols while coffee can range from 200 to 500 mg per cup.

See Article “Moisturizing your Skin

PHYTONADIONE, see VITAMIN K 
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RESVERATROL

RESVERATROL – Resveratrol is found in grapes, berries and even peanuts but it’s highest concentrations are found in red wine. The antioxidant actions in grape seed extract are attributed to the constituents known as oligomerica proanthocyanidin complexes, or OPCs. Resveratrol is considered a phytoestrogen, which is a plant-based substance that acts in a similar way to the estrogen hormone in your body.

See Article “Topical Resveratrol for Amazing Anti-Aging Benefits”

RETINOID, see VITAMIN A 

ROSE HIP OIL

Rosehip Oil which is expected to smell of roses, when in fact this wonderful hedgerow shrub is much more herbacious and earthy. The ancient Egyptians and Mayans used it to hydrate their skin. Rosehip is extracted from the seeds of a wild rose bush in the Southern Andes and is filled with provitamin A, omega-3 and essential fatty acids that help with wrinkles, dark-spots and even acne.

See Article “Jasmine Almond Beeswax Perfume Recipe

ROSE WATER

Rose water was used as a cleanser and toner to remove make-up, dirt, and oils from the skin. Rose water is commonly known to prevent aging by reducing wrinkles and tightening skin pores.

See Article “Ancient Spa Rituals from Egypt

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SELENIUM

Selenium – Selenium reduces inflammation and can be found in Brazil nuts, tuna, broccoli, eggs, wheat germ, tomatoes, fish and turkey. The recommended daily allowance for adults is 55 micrograms per day and no more than 400 micrograms per day.

See Article “Moisturizing your Skin

SENSITIVE SKIN

Ultimately the skin is unable to properly protect nerve endings which leads to the red, itchy, tight and inflamed skin. This is usually do to being an orthergic phenomenon or  by some previous phenomenon.

See Article “Being Gentle with Sensitive Skin

Silk

Silk is considered a thread while satin is considered a weave. In order to make fabric, you take a type of thread, and weave it in a certain way. It is entirely possible to have a satin-weave fabric that is made of 100% silk threads.  Silk also doesn’t absorb moisture as cotton can, so sleeping on silk sheets can keep the moisture in your hair and skin and not induce wrinkles as it allows the body and hair strands to slide easily with movement.

See Article “Silk Pillowcase for Beautiful Skin & Hair”

SPF & Sun Rays 

SPF ratings are based on the time it takes for your skin to burn if you were not wearing the sunscreen. The lower the rating also requires more frequent reapplications. If you can’t manage the reapplication requirements of a SPF, always take the higher SPF to be safe. Also consider the the highest intensity of the sun is between 10AM and 4pm.

The Sun Rays are broken into two classifications:

UVA – These are long wavelength rays and are broken into two further categories of UVA1 (340-400 Nanometers) and UVA2 (320-340 Nanometers). These rays distribute 95% of the sun’s radiation on earth and can penetrate clouds, class and even some types of clothing during any season. Although these rays are less intense than UVB, they penetrate the skin’s surface more deeply. As they penetrate the skin, it’s what tans the skin. When you consider the multiple layers of skin, this means your skin will age faster with photo aging, sunspots and wrinkles.
UVB – These are shorter wavelength rays and range from 290 to 320 nanometers. These rays are considered the rays that actually burn the skin.
UVC – Scientists currently believe these are absorbed into the Earth’s Ozone layer.These rays are an ultraviolet light that scientists currently believe are absorbed into the Earth’s Ozone layer. However, some scientists believe which the Earth’s Ozone depletion, they may indeed penetrate the passed the Ozone to the Earth’s surface. And if so, they are the strongest and most damaging. New products are coming to market, however the studies are yet established as to their actual need.

See Article “Activated Charcoal for Healing and Cleansing

STRAWBERRY

Strawberries are rich in vitamin C and assist skin with fighting oil build up while also nourishing and revitalizing the skin. The acidic properties in strawberries make it very effective in removing excess sebum in the skin. Utilizing strawberries in organic skin care also assists as a mild lightener for acne scars.

See Article “Strawberry Cream Facial Scrub & Mask

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TOCOPHEROLS & TOCOTRIENOLS, see VITAMIN E 
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UREA ( or HYDROVANCE)

Urea (Hydrovance) – Urea absorbs a high level of water content in order to maintain the skins barrier. It works in synergy with other ingredients especially ingredients that help with the cell turn over process. It also helps with the penetration of other ingredients.

See Article “Moisturizing your Skin

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VITAMIN A  (Retinoid)

Vitamin A (retinoid is a derivative of Vitamin A) – helps with increasing cell turnover. Eat more sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, pumpkin, squash and leafy greens. Vitamin A reduces wrinkles, smoothens skin and fades sun- spots.

See Article “Moisturizing your Skin

VITAMIN B COMPLEX

Vitamin B Complex – (niancinamide) Increases the production of fatty acids and ceramides to help build the skin barrier. Reduces redness, boosts the appearance and strength of cells and improves moisture retention. The Vitamin B enriched organic foods include whole grains, peanuts, beans, spinach, kale, almonds, wild rice, sugar free yogurt, eggs, soybeans, sunflower sees, cheese, brown rice, carrots, dark leafy greens, asparagus, fish, beef, chicken and turkey.

See Article “Moisturizing your Skin

VITAMIN C as ASCORBIC ACID

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)– Helps to assist the body to form collagen, wound healing, fade sunspots, and reduce inflammation. Ideally you should include at least 500 milligrams with a maximum of 2,000 milligrams per day of vitamin C in your daily diet. Vitamin C is found in cantaloupe, oranges, broccoli, papaya, mango, raspberries, blueberries, pineapples, red cabbage, green/red pepper, kiwi and tomatoes.

See Article “Moisturizing your Skin

VITAMIN E (TOCOPHEROLS & TOCOTRIENOLS)

Vitamin E (aka tocopherols and tocotrienols)– Helps skin retain its natural moisture and neutralizes the damage of free radicals. It is a fat-soluble antioxidant that helps protect the skin barrier against damage of free radicals. It also helps in the formation of red blood cells and management of other vitamins and minerals in the cells. Vitamin E can be found in spinach, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, nuts, whole grains, vegetable oils, and avocados. The recommended daily allowance is 15 mg or 22.5 IU, however for skin supplement enhancement it should be closer to 80 mg or 400- 800 IU daily.

See Article “Moisturizing your Skin

VITAMIN K or PHYTONADIONE

Vitamin K (phytonadione) – Controls the blood clotting process, helps lighten under eye circles and assists with the formation of certain proteins that maintain healthy skin cells. Find Vitamin K in your typical leafy vegetable greens like kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, collard greens Brussels spouts, broccoli and cabbage, hard cheeses sauerkraut and fermented soy foods. However it does pose a risk to those taking blood thinners so check with your doctor or pharmacist on the proper levels for your best health. Because of the risks, I prefer to obtain my vitamin K through diet alone.

See Article “Moisturizing your Skin

 

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<strong? WHEAT PROTEIN

Wheat Protein – A water soluble protein that provides amino acids & high glutamine levels to skin and hair. Helps skin and hair retain moisture for longer periods as it able to soak up moisture like a sponge. When these molecules come into contact with moisture, the molecules expand and help the skin to restore and hold onto moisture for a longer period than normal.

 

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