Anti-Aging Coconut Shea Body Butter Recipe

Anti-Aging Coconut Shea Body Butter Recipe

Need a great moisturizer to get you through the harsh dry winter months?  Try this amazing Anti-Aging Coconut Shea Body Butter recipe!  It will smooth your skin and heal any rough patches.  I apply this immediately after I shower and once again before bedtime.

 

Anti-Aging Coconut Shea Body Butter Recipe Tools:

1 small glass sealable jar for the final product
1 medium glass bowl
1 medium saucepan
1 mixer (regular or hand)
1 rubber spatula
Label sticker

Anti-Aging Coconut Shea Body Butter Recipe Ingredients:

½ cup shea butter
⅛ cup jojoba oil
½ cup coconut oil
10 drops pomegranate essential oil
10 drops frankincense essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil

Anti-Aging Coconut Shea Body Butter Recipe Directions:

To create the Anti-Aging Coconut Shea Body Butter, melt together the shea butter, jojoba oil and coconut oil (be sure to leave out the essential oils) through the emulsion process. Create the emulsion process by placing the ingredients in a glass bowl that is larger than a sauce pan. Place enough water in the saucepan to cover the bottom of the glass bowl, creating a water bath. Gently heat up the ingredients to allow them to blend easily together.

Once the ingredients are mixed thoroughly, allow the mixture to set at room temperature and then move to the refrigerator for an hour to solidify.  Once the mixture solidifies then let it sit out for another hour until it reaches room temperature.  Then use a mixer to beat the oils until they are whipped and fluffy.  Gently add in the essential oils.  Once thoroughly mixed, use a spatula to help gather the mixture place in a glass sealable jar.  This can be stored at room temperature for up to 30 days.

Anti-Aging Coconut Shea Body Butter Recipe Storage:

Place your container of Rosy Shea Butter Lip Balm in a cool dark place. It will keep up to 3 months when using all organic ingredients.

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Luxurious Lavender Bath Bomb

If you are looking to self pamper yourself with an amazing experience, look no further than to create your own Luxurious Lavender Bath Bomb.  This DIY Bath Bomb will not only smooth your skin, but it will relax you and help your overall wellness.

Bath Bombs are great treats as they help with all sorts of conditions.  Mixing Epsom Salt with Lavender will enhance the benefits to to relax, sooth and pamper yourself.

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

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

Lavender Essential Oil Benefits:

  • Relaxes and Calms the Overall Body, relieves stress and anxiety
  • Alternative treatment for insomnia or sleep aid
  • Regulates heart-rate variability
  • Inhibits the bacteria, helping with minor cuts and acne
  • Pain relief formuscles and joints
  • Stimulating effect on urine production
  • Improves respiratory issues
  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves digestion

Mixing these two essential ingredients together help improve your overall wellness and produce silky smooth skin and hair.  It’s an excellent reward for personal relaxation or a necessary need for an extreme day of exhaustion.  Either way, it’s a gift to yourself and should be an honored tradition.

Luxurious Lavender Bath Bomb Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Epsom Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Lavender Essential Oil (usually around 30-40 drops)
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 4 ounces corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons of cold pressed carrier oil (Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Olive Oil or Grape Oil)

Luxurious Lavender Bath Bomb Tools:

  • Large non-metal bowl
  • Small non-metal bowl
  • Gloves if you have super sensitive skin
  • Spray Bottle (non BPA)
  • Bath Molds to shape your ball (or just use your hands)

Luxurious Lavender Bath Bomb Directions:

  1. Combine all dry ingredients into the large non-metal bowl and mix together well (baking soda, salt, citric acid, and cornstarch).
  2. In a small non-metal bowl, combine the oil, witch hazel and vanilla extract and stir well. Add the essential Lavender oils one drop at a time.
  3. Add all the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients large bowl in small drops at a time. Mix well with hands (wear gloves if you have sensitive skin).
  4. Mixture should hold together when squeezed without crumbling. If you do not have this consistency, use a spray bottle to incorporate more water into the mixture.
  5. Quickly push mixture into molds, greased muffin tins or any other greased container. Press in firmly and leave at least 24 hours (48 is better) or until hardened. It will expand some and this is normal. You can push it down into the mold several times while it is drying to keep it from expanding to much. Using the metal molds will create a stronger and more effective final bath bomb.
  6. Once the mold is dry, remove and store in air tight container or bag. The bath bomb will be fresh for up to 14 days.

Luxurious Lavender Bath Bomb Application:

 

  1. Fill your bath with warm water
  2. Once you are ready drop the Luxurious Lavender Bath Bomb into the bath water
  3. Allow the fizziness to bubble up
  4. Get in and relax for at least 20 minutes before proceeding with any soaps or shampoos.
  5. Remember this is an honored gift and to allow yourself to enjoy and reap every minute of it.  Think of how the ancient Egyptians, Romans, Turks, and Greeks utilized baths as sacred rituals that only the elite could perform.  And yes you are worth it.
  6. After the bath, rinse your tub as the oils may leave residue.

Luxurious Lavender Bath Bomb

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Rosy Organic Lip Plumper

One of the many bummer things about aging is thinning lips!  As the skin thins, the lips thin as well.  But no worries, there are easy ways to plump up the lips and display amazing luscious lips!

First let’s talk about the how,  there are two common ways to plump up the lips:

  • Irritation – Literally a slight irritation can swell the lips just to give enough to make more volume within the lips.
  • Vasodilation – This occurs when the blood vessels widen and blood flow will increase and provide more volume within the lips.

The good news is that you can control how much of the ingredients to use to make your perfect

lip volume.  Each of our skin will react differently so it’s best to test this on a small area before applying all over your lips.

Base properties of Rosy Organic Lip Plumper – This is can be oil or solid depending on your preferences.  Oils can include olive, almond, grape or vitamin E. Solids can be made from Coconut Butter, Shea Butter, or Cocoa Butter.

Active Ingredients of Rosy Organic Lip Plumper – Cinnamon oil or Cayenne Powder

Color – You can include lip stick of your own into the base to add a bit of color. Or stay organic and include Alkanet Root Powder.  Alkanet Root Powder is an organic material will help naturally soothe irritated sensitive skin and will provide beautiful shades of pink, blue, and purple, depending upon the amount used.

Combine the ingredients by melting them together through the emulsion process by mixing the oils, waxes and water together in a water bath.  Create a water bath by placing the oils, powder, wax and butter together in a glass bowl that is larger than a sauce pan. Place enough water in the saucepan to cover the bottom of the glass bowl. Gently heat up the ingredients to allow them to blend easily together.

Once the ingredients are mixed thoroughly together take a spatula to help gather each ounce of the mixture to place in a glass sealable jar using the funnel.  Allow the mixture to set at room temperature before the jar is sealed. This can be stored for up to 30 days on the shelf.

Rosy Organic Lip Plumper Tools:

  • 6 small jar or container for the balm
  • 1 small glass bowl
  • 1 small saucepan
  • 1 glass dropper
  • 1 small plastic or metal funnel

Rosy Shea Butter Lip Balm Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon Shea Nut Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Almond Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon alkanet root powder (this adds the subtle rose color, use more or less to get your preferred shade). Or leave out for no color!

Rosy Organic Lip Plumper Directions:

To create the Rosy Organic Lip Plumper, melt together the oils through the emulsion process by mixing the oils, waxes and water together in a water bath. Create a water bath by placing the oils, powder and butter together in a glass bowl that is larger than a sauce pan. Place enough water in the saucepan to cover the bottom of the glass bowl. Gently heat up the ingredients to allow them to blend easily together.
Once the ingredients are mixed thoroughly together take a spatula to help gather each ounce of the mixture to place in a glass sealable jar using the funnel. Allow the mixture to set at room temperature before the jar is sealed. This can be stored for up to 30 days on the shelf.

Rosy Organic Lip Plumper Storage:

Place your container of Rosy Organic Lip Plumper in a cool dark place. It will keep up to 3 months when using all organic ingredients.

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Apple Cider, Aloe Vera & Chamomile Moisturizing Toner

Aloe Vera Gel Naturally close to our skin’s pH, and totally moisturizing to the skin

Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar –Just dilute it 1 Tbsp. per 1 cup of water. apple cider vinegar is that you can infuse skin nourishing herbs into the vinegar before using it as a toner! Just like alcohol, vinegar is good at extracting many of the healing properties from the herbs, very easily.
Aloe Vera Gel – Naturally close to our skin’s pH, and totally moisturizing to the skin, aloe vera gel is a great cleanser and toner by itself.
Hydrosols – Made during the process of making essential oils, these herbal “flower” waters are gentle and nourishing, and safe for everyone from babies to animals. During distillation, the essential oil is separated from the water leaving behind an herbally enhanced water and trace amounts of the essential oil. These gentle healing waters are great for toners and give your face a drink in the healing herbal properties of the herbs they are made from! I love to keep hydrosols of lavender, chamomile, calendula, and peppermint around for all of my cosmetic making needs!

Organic Eye Lash Night Serum

For those of us who wear eye make-up everyday, our eye lashes can take a beating when it’s time to clean the face.  I use a facial oil to remove make-up and then utilize a facial cleanser to gently wash off all traces of make-up.  Being gentle is the key, but what if you could do more?   And if you find yourself not getting enough fat soluble vitamins, b-vitamins, vitamin C and collagen, you may find that your eyelashes, skin and hair may become impacted.  To keep eye lashes strong and even a bit more longer and thicker, try this Organic eye lash night serum as the last eye topical treatment in your nightly facial regimen. It will really help your eye lashes maintain their proper growth cycle and look healthy for layering mascara.

  1. Cleanse the face before bedtime
  2. Moisture the face with your typical nightly regimen
  3. Use a clean mascara brush and dip it into pure cold pressed castor oil
  4. Apply the castor oil to the lashes just as you would mascara
  5. Allow the castor oil to set at least for 20 minutes before placing any part of your eye area on a pillow

It may take up to six weeks for any noticeable difference.  As any hair growth is predetermine through a preset function of the body. Hair generally follows a three-phase growth cycle and ends by eventually falling out.

Anagen or Growth Phase

Lashes are actively growing in this phase, lasting between 30 and 45 days. Around 40% of the upper lashes and 15% of the lower lashes are in the anagen phase at any one time. Each lash will grow to a specific length and then stop.

Catagen or Transition Phase

During this phase, lashes actually stop growing.  The hair follicle shrinks since it has completed it’s process.  If an eyelash falls out during this phase, it won’t grow back right away because the follicle needs to complete the catagen phase before it can move on to the next one. This phase lasts around 2 to 3 weeks.  This is why it’s very important to keep the eye lashes healthy.

Telogen or Resting Phase

This phase can last over 100 days before the eyelash falls out and a new one begins to grow.  Each individual lash is in its own phase of the growing cycle and the process is continually working. It typically takes between 4 to 8 weeks to fully replace an eyelash.

 

 

Marine Collagen Peptides Shakes for Anti-Aging

Marine Collagen Peptides Shakes for Anti-Aging

Who would have ever thought shakes would be the way to go for anti-aging, but after you read this article, you will believe.  After all, science is behind this amazing new trend.

Marine Collagen Peptides Shakes for Anti-Aging

Historically, this is not a new concept. But what is new, is the need to incorporate this supplement into the daily diet.  In China, there is a tradition of consuming certain foods to rejuvenate the complexion.  Empress Dowager Cixi, who ruled as regent from 1861 to 1908 regularly consumed donkey skin.  And even today in China it is well known for their cooking with the entire animals in soups and dishes.  Collagen-dense diets tend to have beautiful ageless skin.  Japan has boomed with trends centered around incorporating collagen into fruit flavored shots, drinks, teas and even beer.  The asian diets are usually consuming at least 6 grams of collagen in different forms.  In the U.S. where boneless and skinless is the norm, there is little of any collagen consumption.

Hydrolyzed collagen peptides can be derived from cow, pith, fish, and poultry sources.  There are no vegetable alternatives, but hopefully science will work on that one. The bioactive peptides are activate the body’s own physiological processes to produce more collagen.

Fish collagen is more easily absorbed by our bodies than the other animal choices, due to its lower molecular weight and size, which allows the collagen to be absorbed at a higher level through the intestinal barrier into the bloodstream.  The body then distributes the  collagen to the joint tissues, bones, skin dermis and many other essential body systems.  Additionally Marine Collagen Peptides powder is very affordable and is a pure, near flavorless, easily mixable and easily digestible that directly support the body’s own collagen production.

Collagen is a protein that defines the structural integrity of our bodies.  In fact, Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, and can be found in bones, skin, muscles, eyes, nails, ligaments, tendons, joints, and hair.  With out maintaining the proper supplements, our skin and muscles to sag, our hair to thin, and our nails to become brittle and cracked.

Unfortunately, as we age our natural collagen production decreases significantly.  Woman typically stop producing collagen in their mid to late 20’s.  Turning 30 means the collagen production begins a long, unyielding decline and the first fine lines and wrinkles appear on their face.  After age 30, our collagen level drops 1%-2% every year.  By age 40, we have lost 10%-20% of our collagen. By 50, we are down 20%-40%. And it goes on and on.  For men this progression begins after the age of 40 with the same type of significant decline.  Even those who take extremely great care of their overall health and skin will eventually see these results.  It causes the skin and muscles to loose elasticity and begin to sag.  Also the hair and nails become brittle and thin.

Thankfully there is a way to boost natural collagen production, working from the inside out.  Marine collagen supplementation is able to counteract the affects of aging and promote a more youthful appearance by supplying a boost and a restructuring effect of the optimum levels of well-organised collagen fibres to ensure the skin and muscle fibers retains elasticity, firmness plus its moisture also called the binding capacity.

Hair improvements are just amazing.  Daily Marine Collagen Peptides Shakes for Anti-Aging has been shown to support the body’s hair building proteins, which help to grow longer, thicker and moisturized hair.  Collagen can also assist in hair growth, because as an antioxidant it fights off free radicals that can affect your hair’s texture, growth and thickness.  Restoring collagen in the hair shaft can strengthen hair and even increase the diameter of each individual hairs, giving the hair an overall fuller appearance.

Nails also receive support.  In fact, when taken daily for several weeks, most users report stronger nails, thicker hair, and smoother, as well as more vibrant skin.

The Cellulite Challenge

Daily Marine Collagen Peptides Shakes for Anti-Aging can also reduce the appearance of Cellulite.  The under layer of our skin is 95% collagen as cellulite is caused by a breakdown in collagen fibers in the skin.  This breakdown allows for the fatty tissue to push upwards into the upper layer of the epidermis creating a popcorn look on the outside of the skin.  As we age the skin will slowly thin, making cellulite more apparent because the skin becomes thinner and less able to conceal the irregularities below the surface. These changes can occur in woman from hormonal imbalances, aging, dehydration and hereditary.  Daily Marine Collagen Peptides Shakes for Anti-Aging can supplement the skin to strengthen the collagen fibers under the skin. This will assist in smoothing out the skin and diminishing the appearance of cellulite.

One of the benefitual side effects is a decreased appetite.  Hydrolysed collagen has a very satiating effect and helping to promoting weight loss.  For those who loose weight, this is also helpful in the tightening of loose skin.

Daily Marine Collagen Peptides Shakes for Anti-Aging also helps with acne.  Collagen helps decrease the inflammatory response and helps promote tissue healing.  Collagencin, an antibacterial peptide from fish collagen, can reduce anti-bacteria.

Another side benefit is the help to your joints.  Collagen plays an important role in helping reduce the discomfort associated with  arthritis.

 

Adding collagen to your daily diet promotes appetite control. Adding at least 10 grams of collagen protein powder to juices, shakes and teas daily will be

Fish Collagen Nutrition

The exact nutritional content of fish collagens varies. Here’s an example of a 10-gram serving of hydrolyzed fish collagen, which contains about: (9)

  • 45 calories
  • 9.4 grams protein
  • 10 milligrams sodium
  • 0.07 milligrams potassium
  • 0.05 milligrams calcium
  • 0.04 milligrams iron

Since we don’t tend to eat the parts of the fish containing collagen which is mainly made up of skin and scales, making homemade fish stock or supplementing with collagen is the next best thing.

Selecting the best product:

Marine Collagen Peptides is available as a pill, liquid or powder. You should choose one that comes from a reputable company and is non-GMO and gluten-free.  Makes sure it has no fillers, sugar, artificial flavors or artificial preservatives.  Studies show that including hyaluronic acid and vitamin C included in your marine collagen supplement because they aid the absorption of collagen. Vitamin C will help maximize the absorption into the bloodstream allowing the collagen to full penetrate into the body.

You can reverse your biological clock to reveal a vibrant, more youthful skin, hair, nails and body! Add Marine Collagen Peptides Shakes for Anti-Aging to your favorite organic drinks like herbal teas, lemonades, water with citrus fruits, or shakes.  You will start to see the difference in as little a few months.

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Aloe Vera Mask for healing Sun Kissed Skin

Aloe Vera Mask for healing Sun Kissed Skin

If you’ve had too much fun this summer and need a mask to cool and sooth your sun kissed skin, look no further than this amazing mask!

Aloe Vera gel contains glycoproteins that can relieve pain and inflammation while reducing swelling, as well as polysaccharides that help repair damaged skin cells and trigger new ones to form. Aloe vera gel even contains lidocaine, a well-known ingredient for relieving pain. It also helps to form a protective layer over burned, peeling skin, while hydrating it and holding that moisture in.  Aloe vera gel also contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. It is effective in soothing the skin.  in Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe is used to effectively heal chronic skin problems, such as psoriasis, acne and eczema.

This amazing recipe uses the healing, soothing properties of aloe vera with coconut oil’s super moisturizing abilities, as well as lavender essential oil, which is known to reduce redness and the sting of a sunburn.

The Lavender Essential oil will add a pleasant fragrance to the moisturizer and help in soothing and cooling the skin.

Aloe Vera Mask for healing Sun Kissed Skin Recipe:

  • Cup of unrefined coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons of Organic Aloe Vera Gel
  • 5 drops of Lavender Oil
  • 1 TSP of Vitamin E Oil

Aloe Vera Mask for healing Sun Kissed Skin Directions:

  • Mix together the coconut oil and aloe vera gel gently with a  whisk until the mixture is warmed through the mixing process and begins to soften.
  • Add in Lavender Oil and Vitamin E Oil
  • Mix until the ingredients are intermixed and the texture becomes more like a lotion.

Aloe Vera Mask for healing Sun Kissed Skin Application:

Apply the mixture to your skin for at least two to three times a day for three days.  Store the mixture in a lidded container in the refrigerator as coconut oil will harden when it cools.  You will need to mix the ingredient up again before re-applying.

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Prevent & Correct Sun Damaged Skin

Prevent & Correct Sun Damaged Skin

To prevent and correct sun damaged skin, there’s a serious serum that was made for those of us who previously worshipped the sun.  It is by far the only formula to date that can protect and prevent.

A combination of synergistic antioxidants with L-ascorbic Acid (also known as pure vitamin C), plus Alpha Tocopherol (also known as vitamin E) and Ferulic Acid help to prevent and correct sun damaged skin.

This potent formula neutralizes free radicals induced by UVA/UVB, infrared radiation (IRA), and ozone pollution (O3), and other environmental damages which may lead to visible signs of accelerated skin aging.  In addition to the antioxidant protective benefits, the serum actually improves signs of aging and photo damage including the appearance of lines and wrinkles, firmness, and an added benefit of brightening skin’s overall complexion.  However if you have extremely sensitive skin or an allergy to ferulic acid, be advised to test on a small section of skin before using it on your entire face.

Additionally once the serum is absorbed into clean skin, it remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours or 3 days! It’s ideal for normal, dry, and sensitive skin types.  

Ferulic Acid is found naturally in the seeds of fruits like apples and oranges, as well as some vegetables, nuts, and grains, and fights the free-radical damage that contributes to aging. Most commonly it is extracted from Rice Bran Oil.  Ferulic acid plays a key role in the plants self preservation mechanism, re-enforcing it’s cellular wall strength and protecting it from microbial damage as well as sun damage. In vivo testing has shown Ferulic Acid to be highly effective as a topical anti-oxidant.

Ferulic Acid also is able to stabilize the oxidization effect normally occurring in regular Vitamin C serums. It is often referred to as anti-oxidant extender whereas the combination of Vitamin C with Ferulic Acid prevents oxidation which occurs when exposed to moisture or air. This combination allows products to ensure great benefits of both directly to the skin.

Ferulic Acid, combined at 0.8%-.5%, with 15% Vitamin C works to stabilize the Vitamin C, preventing the oxidation.  Adding in Vitamin E with at least 1% has shown to double the photo protective capacity on the skin while providing additional moisturizing benefits, neutralizes free radicals and replenishing skin lipids.  Studies have shown that the benefit of Vitamin E and Vitamin C increased the skin’s photo protective benefits by 4 times the normal level and then when the at least .5% Ferulic Acid is added, that number doubles the protective benefits to 8X times the normal level

Additional ingredients that help maximize these benefits may include Hyaluronic Acid.  Hyaluronic acid keeps collagen synthesis up, as well as retaining skin moisture, contributing to the anti-aging benefits to the skin.

When choosing the correct serum, do pay attention to the manufactured date as freshness is critical to the effectiveness and performance of any topical antioxidant product.

Prevent & Correct Sun Damaged Skin by ensuring the serum has the correct numbers percentages of the following ingredients :

Ferulic Acid of .5% to.8%

L-ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) of 15%

Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E) of 1%

Products can range from $25 to $250, but you can ensure effectiveness when these are the only ingredients and the product is fresh.

 

 

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Beautiful Shiny Hair with a light Beer Rinse

 

Beautiful Shiny Hair with a light Beer Rinse

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.

If you use a lot of heat products or chemical/color treatments then once a week beer rinse will be helpful for maintaining beautiful luscious strands.  Rinsing your hair with beer will also help restore the moisture to your locks.

Beautiful Shiny Hair with a light Beer Rinse Recipe:

  • Use any kind of beer, bottle or can.
  • Make sure the beer is room temperature.
  • Utilize at least a cup for short hair lengths, use 2 cups medium hair lengths or 3 cups for longer hair lengths.
  • Use once or twice a week for best results.

Beautiful Shiny Hair with a light Beer Rinse Instructions:

  • First shampoo your hair as usual.
  • Either pour the beer onto the sculpt ensuring the liquid reaches all the way to the hair ends or spray the hair until it’s fully saturated.
  • Allow the beer to work it’s magic for about 5 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly to ensure the fragrance is out of each strand.
  • Follow up with a conditioner.

Beautiful Shiny Hair with a light Beer Rinse

Many times people find that their hair will have more shine, added moisturizer and will dry straighter than normal.  As those proteins rebuild breakages in the strand, the hair will tend to be straighter than without using a protein treatment like beer.  Overall you’ll find your hair will be more luscious and shiny.

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Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask to Combat Acne

Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask to Combat Acne

In the ancient world, Cinnamon trade was huge as it was extensively used for ritual and mundane purposes.  The trees are native to Sri Lanka but today, different species and cultivars are now grown all over South East Asia.  The Egyptians used it for embalming potions, perfumes, incense and oils. It is also mentioned in the Old Testament as sweet cinnamon is the second ingredient in the holy anointing oil.  In Exodus chapter 30:30-34, the holy anointing oil included the the finest of spices myrrh, sweet-smelling cinnamon, fragrant cane, cassia, and olive oil.

The word ‘Cinnamon’ is derived from the ancient Hebrew word ‘kinnämön, which in turn probably originates from the Malay or Indonesian term ‘Kayumanis’, meaning ‘sweet wood’. Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner barks of the trees belonging to the Cinnamomum plant family.  True Cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon and the south-eastern coast of India, while the closely related Cassia is native to China.

Cinnamon combats acne because of the board spectrum of antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, microdermabrasion, and antioxidant properties within the plant.  These include cinnamaldehyde and proanthocyanidins.

By removing bacteria from the skin, cinnamon prevents the clogging of the skin pores and reduces the inflammation and increased sebum production caused by the microbes.  As an added benefit, cinnamon also reduces skin inflammation with the trans-cinnamaldehyde property which inhibits the production of nitric oxide.  Nitric oxide is a major component of the inflammation process and thereby reducing its production can help reduce acne swelling which presents as superficial (pimples, whiteheads and blackheads) and deep (nodules and cysts) acne lesions.  Additionally Cinnamon can also reduce inflammation through the inhibition of COX-2 or cyclooxygenase-2 synthesis.  COX-2 is a major component of the cascade reaction in the body that leads to skin inflammation.

These antioxidant properties of Cinnamon help protects the skin from environmental toxins.

In addition, ground cinnamon or cinnamon powder can provide a microdermabrasion effect on the skin by sloughing off the top layer of dirt formed by sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells.

Adding Honey into the recipe helps to offer strong antibacterial and antimicrobial benefits as a natural antioxidant to aid Cinnamon in combating and healing acne.  Honey can also sooth the skin to counteract any irritation caused by cinnamon.  Cinnamon allows the skin to become plump by bringing oxygen and blood to the surface while together both Cinnamon and Honey help remove excess oil from the skin’s surface.

Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask to Combat Acne Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon Powder
  • 3 tablespoons Raw Local Organic Honey

Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask to Combat Acne Directions:

There are different recipes for this mask but the simplest way to prepare it is to mix 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder with 3 tablespoon of raw local organic honey.

Gently mix the cinnamon with the honey until they are thoroughly blended and form a sort of paste.

Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask to Combat Acne Application:

Before you apply the mask, ensure the face and neck has been cleanse properly.  Apply the mask with clean fingertips but avoid the eye area.  Allow the mask to dry for at least 20 minutes and rinse throughly with warm water.  Pat the skin gently to dry and proceed with the moisturizer routine.  You may need to re-apply this mask every day for 2 – 3 weeks if your acne is severe.

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