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Beautiful Skin in 2 Weeks with the Keto Diet

Beautiful Skin in 2 weeks with the Keto Diet

The fad of the Keto Diet is still going strong and the benefits are more than just loosing weigth, it actually improves your skin’s texture, glow and firmness.  If you follow the diet and it’s strict ingredients, then you can see for yourself these improvements within just a few weeks.  Before we continue, let’s outline what the Keto Diet is all about and then outline how it improves the skin.

The Ancients Indigenous people ate mostly a Keto diet.  The men hunted for their foods, while the women processed the farming foods for their meals.  Wheat of course was available, but usually harder to process into how our current society’s bleached white flour that is processed.  In fact, today’s flour is turned into sugar immediately upon consumption.  That was always so with the ancients.

The Break Down of Ketosis 

Essentially, 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.

Traditional foods include all meats, fish, eggs various green vegetables, oils such as avocado or coconut, nuts, plain greek yogurt and cheeses.  Usually two-four weeks will get you the results of loosing weight, but also clearing your system of toxins helping resolve or improving upon a multitude of conditions.  Avoid foods fried in hydrogenated oil, all soy products, rice, bread, alcohol, starchy vegetables  and anything containing carbs or sugars.  Vegetables contain some carbs and that’s why there is an allowance for some carbs, for those they can be limited amounts which include tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini, and cauliflower.  Very few fruits are included, only a small portions of berries can be eaten on the diet.

It might seem counterintuitive to eat more fat in order to lose  fat, but its all about shifting the way that the body metabolizes food for energy.  It may also seem like acne would increase when eating higher amounts of fat, but in theory the liver is processing

The Keto Diet can help manage breakouts and improve your Skin

When your body enters ketosis, your body is uses only slow-burning fats rather than fast-burning sugars which helps with keeping insulin levels low and consistent. The Keto Diet also lowers the body’s inflammation through the liver detoxification support from all the quality amino acids, minerals and fiber from cruciferous vegetables.  Furthermore, The antioxidants in the Keto Diet helps rid the body of free radicals and protects the skin from sun damage that can accelerate aging.

However BEWARE that if you go back to eating carbs, the weight and complexion issues will come immediately back!  So it’s best to phase off the diet to help the body transition well.

 

Goddess Nectar with Apples and Honey

Goddess Nectar with Apples and Honey

Treating our skin with amazing all natural organic foods is what I like to call Goddess Nectar.  And two super foods that have a significant historical records from folklore, legends, stone images on carved tablets, tomb offerings, and overwhelming numbers of references from Hebrew Bible scriptures are Honey and the Apple.  Enjoying Honey and Apple reminds us of our historic connection with the ancient ancestors.

The Ancient world of Honey

Honey was found in the ancient tombs of Pyramids, including the famous grave of Tutankhamon approximately 3,000 years ago and still considered perfectly edible. The secret behind honey’s eternal shelf life is a range of factors: Hydrogen peroxide, acidity and lack of water work together to make this sticky substance last forever.  The ancient Egyptians used honey for a multitude of purposes including as a sweetener, a gift for the gods and an ingredient in embalming fluid.

However the oldest honey was discovered in ancient Georgia in the Borjomi Region. The archeologists found two potteries with the human remains in the mounds.  Georgian Archeologists think the Georgian honey is two thousands years older than the Egyptian honey found in Tutankhamon’s tomb.  As in ancient Egypt, ancient Georgia also prepared honey for people’s journeys into the afterlife.  Including more than one type of honey such as linden, berry, and a meadow-flower variety.

According to the researches, the Georgian honey dates 5500 years, while Egyptian dates just 3000-3500 years. According to the scientists the human remains, that were found in the grave, was the first be-master woman. There was found different species of honey in the grave. It gives the terms that Georgia was declared as ‘The Land of Honey.’

Honey Benefits on the Skin

Honey is just an 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.

The bees swarm their environment and collect the sugar-rich nectar of a variety of flowers. That’s why it’s highly encouraged to treat yourself with local honey so you are in contact with these varieties and help lower any possibilities of affecting allergies.  Nutritionally, 1 tablespoon of honey, approximately 21 grams, contains 64 calories and 17 grams of sugar, including fructose, glucose, maltose and sucrose.  And it contains virtually no fiber, fat or protein.  Honey is made up of bioactive plant compounds and antioxidants. Darker types tend to be even higher in these compounds than lighter types.

High-quality honey contains many important antioxidants to help with several health factors. These includes phenols, enzymes and compounds like flavonoids and organic acids.  The benefits include lowers heart disease by improving the bad for you cholesterol.  Through it’s assistance with atherosclerosis, which is the fatty buildup in the arteries that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.  Interestingly, several studies have shown that honey reduce the LDL “bad” cholesterol, while significantly raising HDL “good” cholesterol.

Honey also helps those concerned with elevated blood triglycerides, which is another risk factor of heart disease.  Triglyceride levels tend to increase on a diet that is high in sugar and refined carbs which is why honey is often referred to replace sugar in recipes.  In fact, studies have linked regular honey consumption with 11-19% lower triglyceride levels, especially when it is used to replace sugar.

Honey may also help the arteries as the heart dilates or pumps by increasing blood flow to the heart. Plus honey may also help prevent the formation of blood clots, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Studies also show honey as an effective alternative for respiratory conditions where over the counter or prescriptions are not utilized.

The Ancient world of the Apple

Going back to the ancient days of Egypt and Persia, archeologists uncovered petrified remains of apple slices that were found in a saucer of an ancient Mesopotamian tomb of a royalty burial site dating back to 2500 BC in southern Iran.

We see this amazing fruit of paradise recurs in the history of many other ancient civilizations.  Historical instances on the existence of apple trees are documented from folklore, legends, stone images on carved tablets, petrified slices of apples on plates for tomb offerings, and overwhelming numbers of references from Hebrew Bible scriptures.   One of the earliest archeological evidences of apple tree fruit comes from the remains of excavations from Jericho, Jordan, that has been dated 6500 BC by radiochemical analysis of carbon atoms.

The interest shown in apples by the Greek and Roman philosophers, poets, historians, and literary masters was even extended to Renaissance painters, royal chefs to the Tsars of Russia and too many other references to mention.

In ancient times apples were considered so special that individuals would use a sharp utensil or their nails to hand-carve their personal hopes and prayers into the apple skins before they were eaten. And the Zohar, a 13th-century Jewish mystical text, states that beauty – represented by God – “diffuses itself in the world as an apple.”

Benefits of Apples on the Skin

Apples may mitigate the effects of asthma, brain health, bone health, pulmonary function while promoting anti-cholesterol, blood oxygenation, red blood cell count, proper digestion and even weight loss. Apples are high in fiber and Vitamin C, low in calories, have only a trace of sodium, and no fat or cholesterol. They are high in minerals and polyphenols, which function as antioxidants.  Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

Goddess Nectar with Apples and Honey

Combining Apples with Honey is just a special treat and should be taken on an empty stomach. If you treat yourself to desert, wait about 30 minutes before indulging as it can disrupt the digestion if eating high protein meals.

Be sure to seek out local organic apples with the brightest red version you can find.  Also seek out the same for your honey, raw organic and local.  Ensuring organic means that less toxins would be infused in your nectar.   Also be sure to wash your apples throughly to ensure any environment elements are removed before consuming.

Simply slice the organic local apple into small slices and drizzle with local organic raw honey. Serve at room temperature or slightly warmed for a delicious treat.  If you are serving for a group and want the apple slices not to brown, squeeze lemon juice on them to retain the color and enhance the flavor.

And most importably, enjoy!

Get your skin’s PH level back to Normal

Get your skin’s PH level back to Normal

Your skin can easily tilt off its normal pH level, certain products, foods, environmental elements, sleep and stress are just a few to produce wrinkles, inflammation, rashes, sensitivity, or acne.  The science behind it is simple, pH stands for “potential hydrogen” and is used to describe the acid-alkaline ratio of a substance. The range is from the most acidic or 0  to the most alkaline or 14.

Your body’s overall pH level is about 7, so scientists consider the body to be basic. However, your skin’s pH is slightly lower at a level of about 5.5. This means that your skin is slightly acidic. Common soaps and cosmetics are closer to 8-10 PH, which is alkaline.

Get your Skin ph Level back to Normal

The skin’s barrier, which is known as the acid mantle, is responsible for keeping in lipids and moisture while blocking germs, pollution, toxins, and bacteria.  If the acid mantle should becomes too alkaline, skin becomes dry and sensitive causing extreme sensitivities like inflammation, rashes or even eczema.  On the other hand if skin becomes acidic, the skin twill lead to breakouts.

Ensuring the skin’s barrier function is working properly, regular balancing can be necessary especially as we age.  Every decade of life our skin becomes more alkaline, resulting in a variety of undesirable changes and skin disorders ranging from wrinkles to pigmentation and even acne.

Alkaline conditions within the skin harness acne causing bacteria and as alkalinity increases with age, a complexion previously unmarred by breakouts might experience problems later in life.  Monthly alpha-hydroxy-acid-based facials can boost your overall skin texture, pump up cell turnover, and keep the acid mantle in check. Use a low-strength salicylic acid like 12% or higher for taking care of minor wrinkles at 20%.

If you are unsure of what would work best for your skin, then start with the lower percentages and work higher.  Two great ways is with honey mask and an apple cider vinegar toner.  Start including these into your skin routine every few days to keep your skin’s ph level normal.

Get your skin’s PH level back to Normal with Honey

The sweet nectar has an average pH of 4.0. Using honey as a cleanser or doing a honey masque has many benefits to the skin. Honey is known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and it is a humectant—meaning it attracts water and retains it in the skin, keeping the skin smooth and protecting it from dryness and premature wrinkles. It’s also a great source of antioxidants to protect your skin from harsh UV rays. So eating honey and using it on your skin as a wash or a masque is a great way to support your glow and keep your skin pH balanced! Remember, using raw, organic honey is important—processing honey removes all the beautiful phytonutrients.

 

Simple Honey Mask Recipe

  • One teaspoon of high quality raw organic honey (preferably local).
  • Use both hand’s finger tips to gently rub together to warm for a minute.
  • Gently spread over the entire face and neck.  Be careful not to get into the eye.
  • Let the honey mask honey mask set for least 15 minutes or max of 45 minutes.
  • Gently rinse with lukewarm and pat face dry.
  • Follow with a toner and moisturizer.
  • Follow with SPF if daytime.

 

Get your skin’s PH level back to Normal with Apple Cider Vinegar

This magical kitchen ingredient is wonderful for the skin and for general health as well.  Apple Cider Vinegar will keep your skin healthy and pH balanced. Using a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar on your skin after your shower not only balances your pH, but it also eliminates odor-causing bacteria!  Apple Cider Vinegar Toner will improve overall skin complexion, plus help lighten those stubborn sun spots and even out skin tone.  It can also reduce the appearance of pores and can be added to your home remedies for acne, as it helps prevent acne breakouts and scarring.  Here’s a super simple apple cider vinegar toner recipe that will help your skin retain it’s natural ph level.

Simple Apple Cider Vinegar Toner Recipe

  • In a glass jar or bottle with sealable lid, pour one part Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • Add 4 parts distilled or filtered water to the glass jar or bottle.
  • Place the lid tightly and shake the jar or bottle a few times to throughly combine the mixture.
  • Let the mixture settle.
  • Test a small area of your skin, if the mixture is too strong add another part of water until you are comfortable with the mixture.
  • After cleansing the skin, apply the toner using a cotton ball or pad, avoiding the eye area completely.
  • Allow the toner to dry on your skin, within a few minutes.
  • Apply your usual, daily moisturizer and SPF if it’s daytime.
  • Shake well before each use. Store in a cool, dry, dark place (No need to refrigerate).
  • The mixture should be good for at least 45 days if you do not touch the liquid doesn’t become contaminated by oils of the skin, sunlight or other environmental elements.

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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

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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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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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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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Pear Honey & Milk Mask for Winter Skin

<strong>Pear Honey & Milk Mask for Winter Skin</strong>

The Winter Season can be brutal to our skin making it itchy and severely dry. Add in the Holiday Season with little sleep and eating all the foods, alcohol, and sweets our skin can show the effects of it all. It can often result in ruddiness, acne and dryness. In order to help get your skin back to beautiful, clear, supple and soft, try the DIY Pear Honey & Milk Mask for Winter Skin.

Pears are amazing as they 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. Making this fruit a must have in natural organic recipes to get your winter skin to look amazing and beautiful.

How To Select The Right Pears

Pears are harvest in colder weather and can keep for 4 to 6 weeks. Pears ripen from the inside out, so the neck of the pear is often the best place to understand whether it’s ripe. Look for ripe pears with the skin of the fruit that are matte (not glossy), golden in color, firm to the touch, fragrant and a soft neck around the stem.

Pear Honey & Milk Mask for Winter Skin Ingredients:

• 1/2 ripe organic pear
• 1 teaspoon of organic honey (preferably local honey)
• 2 tablespoon of organic milk

Pear Honey & Milk Mask for Winter Skin Tools:

• Blender
• Spoon
• Glass sealed container

Pear Honey & Milk Mask for Winter Skin Instructions:

Chop the pear in quarters and then into smaller chunks. In a blender, mix in the pear, honey, and milk until it’s a smooth puree. Add in the almond oil and coconut oil and store within the glass-enclosed container for refrigerator storage.

Pear Honey & Milk Mask for Winter Skin Application:

Be sure to properly cleanse the face and hand properly before using. Splash the skin with luke warm water and gently apply the Pear Honey & Milk Mask for Winter Recipe mixture using your middle and ring fingers of both hands to the face while avoiding the eye area. Leave on the mask for 15 to 20 minutes and then gently wash the mixture off with luke warm water. Once complete, proceed with the moisturizer treatment. This is perfect for morning or evening application. Use this mask weekly to help your skin bounce back to being soft, supple and healthy.

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Frankincense & Myrrh Toner for Anti-Aging

Frankincense & Myrrh Toner for Anti-Aging

The Egyptians used both Frankincense and Myrrh as common beauty aids in the ancient world.  Both have amazing benefits to mature skin, those who are more sensitive due to over exfoliation or extreme environmental conditions.

Frankincense & Myrrh Toner for Anti-Aging

Frankincense & Myrrh Toner for Anti-Aging Ingredients

Frankincense essential oil is well known to promote cell turnover, assist with the formation of scar tissue and heal wounds.  It helps reduce acne blemishes, the appearance of large pores and prevents wrinkles.  Most importably it assists with healthy cell regeneration while keeping existing cells and tissues healthy.

Myrrh essential oil also helps with healing the skin as it acts as a skin protecting along with amazing astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.  In fact, the Egyptians used Myrrh as apart of the complex mummification process.  Myrrh has an important property called terpenionds.  Terpenoids are known as potent healers mainly because of their role in protecting cells from oxidative stress.

Utilizing both Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils can make a world of difference to your beauty regime. Use this toner after freshly cleansing the skin and then move on to your oils, lotions and creams.  Toners are sensitive to the application process as other oils and creams can interfere with the absorption. Just allow the toner to sit on the face for a few minutes before applying additional oils, lotions and creams.

 

Frankincense & Myrrh Toner for Anti-Aging

Frankincense & Myrrh Toner for Anti-Aging Directions

Frankincense & Myrrh Toner for Anti-Aging Ingredients:

  • 3 fl ounces of mineral water
  • 2 tsp glycerin
  • 4 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops myrrh essential oil

Makes just about 4 fl ounces total for the Frankincense & Myrrh Toner for Anti-Aging.

 

 

Frankincense & Myrrh Toner for Anti-Aging: Directions:

In a clean glass bowl, mix together the mineral water and glycerin.  Then gently add in the Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils with a dropper.  Stir gently together and store in a sealed glass jar or container in a cool dark place within your refrigerator.   It will keep for about 6 weeks, just make sure not to contaminate the toner when applying to the skin.  Make sure you pour it out to the skin rather then dipping into the toner.

Frankincense & Myrrh Toner for Anti-Aging Application:

Apply in the evening with a few drops onto a cotton ball if wanting to clear the skin of any debris, swipe the skin in an upward motion on the forehead, nose, cheek and chin areas.  If the skin is sufficiently clean after with no make up or other debris, apply directly using clean fingertips.

Make sure to use this toner after freshly cleansing the skin and then move on to your oils, lotions and creams. Toners are sensitive to the application process as other oils and creams can interfere with the absorption. Just allow the toner to sit on the face for a few minutes before applying additional oils, lotions and creams.

Frankincense & Myrrh Toner for Anti-Aging

Exfoliating Rose Scrub

Exfoliating Rose Scrub

 

Need a gentle facial scrub to help slough off dead skin and reveal a brighter completion?  Try this Exfoliating Rose Scrub to clean the skin with a gentle abrasive action suitable for all skin types.

Rose water has amazing anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin.  It also clears the skin of acne, dermatitis and eczema. For these reasons is a great gentle cleanser.  Adding into the mixture  ground rice and oats creates a gentle exfoliate property.

Exfoliating Rose Scrub

Exfoliating Rose Scrub Rice

Ground Rice grounded into powder has been used for centuries in Ancient Asia as it’s anti-aging and oil-absorbing properties, along with anti-inflammatory and skin whitening agent to sooth sensitive skin

Ground Oatmeal has great anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties along with a cleansing agent called saponins. Ground Oatmeal can help treat acne, eczema, rosacea and rashes and is perfect for most skin types, even the most sensitive skin.

Glycerin is a humectant that works to moisturize the skin by drawing water from the air into the skin’s outer layer. As an added benefit it also forms a protective layer that helps prevent moisture loss.

By mixing the Rose Water, Ground Rice, Ground Oatmeal and Glycerin you have an amazing scrub that gentle exfoliates dead skin cells awhile it moisturizers and soothes the skin.  This scrub will leave your skin feeling soft supple and glowing!

 

Exfoliating Rose Scrub Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp Glycerin
  • 2 tsp Rose Water
  • 1 tsp Ground Oats
  • 1 tsp Ground Rice
Exfoliating Rose Scrub

Exfoliating Rose Scrub

 

Exfoliating Rose Scrub Directions:

Using a pestle and mortar or in a blender under the puree speed, grind until the oats and rice into a thin powder.  Took a look at the picture to see the powder, it looks grainy.  Place the oats and rice powder into a bowl and then add the Rose Water and Glycerin.  Using a non metal agent, gently stir together the ingredients to form a thin paste.

 

 

Exfoliating Rose Scrub Instructions:

  1. Make sure your hair is pulled back so that it does not mix with the product.
  2. Ensure your face and hands are cleansed properly and gently toweled so that the face still has a slight damp feel.
  3. Take 1/4 of the paste and distribute it equally in both hands.
  4. Starting from the chin, gently massage the paste into the skin in small circles.
  5. Go slow and be sure to the skin gently, feel free to go over areas more than once. The right hand should circle clockwise, while the left hand circles counter clockwise.  Work in an upward motion and completely avoid the eye area, as the eye area is very sensitive and should not be rubbed. (Use specialty eye masks for the eye area).  Continue massaging into the temple areas and then end when the hair line of the forehead has been covered.
  6. Allow the mask to sit on the skin for at least 10 minutes.
  7. For an added benefit, apply a slice of cool cumber over closed eyes and rest lying down.
  8. After at least 15 minutes, gently wash the skin with warm water. Let the skin breath for 30 seconds and then splash the face with cool water to close the pores.
  9. Afterwards, gently dry the face by patting with a clean towel.
  10. Properly moisturizer the skin to complete the process.

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Exfoliating Rose Scrub

Light Therapy for Beautiful Skin

Light Therapy for Beautiful Skin

 

If you are looking for alternative natural solutions, light therapy is a wonderful device to get your skin looking amazingly beautiful. Light therapy is a target solution depending on the light color or wavelength used to emit the light. It is also known as PDT or photodynamic therapy. Adding light therapy into your beauty regime will help complement a well-formulated skin-care routine. In fact, light therapy helps with the two most common beauty complaints: anti-aging and acne. Although research has yet to find out whether light therapy has any disadvantages, the results are in that it actually works and there are currently no known side effects.

Light Therapy for Beautiful Skin Map

 

 

As the light is absorbed, the light energy is converted to cellular energy, stimulating the body’s natural processes on a cellular level. And to further enhance the benefits, LED lights have a tighter wavelength span than other types of bulbs. Many of the devices in the market for skin needs typically included two or three light wavelengths rather than of just particular light. The light therapy options include red, amber (orange and yellow), green and blue lights. Each present an effective solution to several common beauty regimen need.

  • Red Light Therapy = Anti-Aging
  • Amber Light Therapy = UV or Sun damage Reducer
  • Green Light Therapy = Hyperpigmentation and Sun Spot Reducer
  • Blue Light Therapy = Anti-bacterial and Acne Reducer

Before you begin any light therapy, it’s important to use protective goggles or glasses to ensure the light does not affect the eye. Too much light to the eye can cause the white part of the eye to yellow as it ages the outer layer of the eye and thickens. It also may break blood vessels so it’s very important to use protective eyewear.

 

RED Light Therapy for Beautiful Skin – For Anti-Aging

Red Blue Light Therapy LEDRed light therapy is also referred to as infrared light therapy uses wavelengths of light between 633 nm and 700nm. It is very effective for skin rejuvenating, healing and improving not only for anti-aging purposes but also for hair loss prevention and regrowth, wound care, and pain relief, and much more. Red light or infrared light penetrates deep into the body. Most topical lotions and tonics very rarely penetrate through to the seven layers of the skin at a depth of about 8 to 10mm.

 

Red light therapy helps with the following:

  • Increases circulation
  • Helps formulate new capillaries
  • Increases lymph system activities
  • Increases production of collagen
  • Increases production of fibroblasts, which synthesizes collagen and elastin.
  • Increases release of Raw Cellular Energy (referred to as ATP)
  • Increases cellular clean up (referred to as phagocytosis)
  • Stimulates tissue granulation through forming new connective tissue and tiny blood vessels for healing.
  • Reduces Inflammation

Red light therapy helps with these conditions:

  • Anti-Aging – through the improved production of collagen.
  • Eczema – decreases itchiness and stinging by speeding up the process of healing.
  • Psoriasis – soothes the scaly patches for to allow the skin to heal.
  • Cold Sores and Herpes – by speeding up the process of healing and reduces the discomfort.
  • Diabetic and Dermal Ulcers – by speeding up the process of healing and reduces the discomfort.
  • Rosacea – soothes the scaly patches for to allow the skin to heal.
  • Scars – allows the skin to heal.
  • Acne – reduces inflammation and redness as well as increases the healing time.
  • Hair Regrowth – the light is absorbed by the molecules of the hair follicle and can stimulate the growth or re-growth of the hair. It will not however cause hair to grow in places where it has never existed.
  • Wounds – it increases circulation and forms new capillaries as well as increases phagocytosis to clean up dead or damaged cells.

Orange, and Yellow Light or Amber Light Therapy for Beautiful Skin – UV or Sun damage Reducer

Orange and Yellow lights are commonly referred to as Amber light therapy. Amber light therapy has wavelengths between 590m to 620nm. Although amber light therapy does not penetrate as deeply as red light therapy it is able to penetrate the skin through to the dermis past the epidermis.

Amber light therapy helps with the following:

  • Calms skin
  • Soothes skin
  • Boosts lymphatic flow
  • Increases cellular growth
  • Reduces redness
  • Reduces irritation
  • Flushes waste from the skin

Amber light therapy helps with these conditions:

Green Light Therapy for Beautiful Skin – Hyperpigmentation and Sun Spot Reducer

Green Light Therapy is commonly used in LED photofacials. It is great for reducing the appearance of skin spots typically found in aged skin. Green light therapy has wavelengths between 495nm to 570 nm. Hyperpigmentation is common among adults with years of sun and environmental damage. Hyperpigmentation has many forms but it’s commonly known as skin discoloration. Inflammation of the skin causes hyperpigmentation, which results in pigments spots visible to the top layers of skin. It’s important to note that these Pigment spots after left only after the damage is done. In other words, you may never see it coming until it’s already there.

The amount of Pigment or Melanin in one’s skin determines the skin color. It is produced by melanocytes within the skin’s epidermis. These melanocytes are continuously working to produce the skin’s natural color and can over produce and under produce determining on several factors. Green light therapy helps adjust the over production. Over time with usage, the skin will begin to blend to the natural pigment.

Green light therapy helps with the following:

  • Reduces the production of melanocytes (the cell that produces melanin)

Green light therapy helps with these conditions:

  • Fades the appearance of sun damage or hyperpigmentation
  • Fades the appearance of freckles
  • Fades the appearance of age or sun spots
  • Fades the appearance of liver spots

Blue Light Therapy for Beautiful Skin – Anti-bacterial and Acne Reducer

Blue light therapy is absolutely amazing on healing acne as it an anti-bacterial agent. The wavelength for Blue Light Therapy is around 400 to 470nm. It also requires a longer treatment around 20 minutes to the affected area. It’s important to note that blue light therapy is more sensitive with the particular wavelength. Wavelengths closer to 400nm are more anti-bacterial than those lights around 470 nm. Devices with the higher nm would require a longer treatment time but also penetrate deeper into the skin, especially if the treatment is focused on assisting the liver.

Blue light therapy helps with the following:

  • Heals and Treats Acne
  • Kills bacteria even the antibiotic resistant kind.
  • Heals minor cuts, scrapes, bug bites and burns
  • Regulates mood
  • Support the liver
  • Prevents Periodontal disease or Gum disease

Blue light therapy helps with these conditions:

  • Acne
  • Depression
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Periodontal disease
  • Neonatal jaundice
  • Liver issues
  • Whitens Teeth

Light Therapy for Beautiful Skin is simply amazing as it can help so many different types of conditions, returning skin back to it’s youthful beautiful self. LED light therapy was even used by NASA to bring healing techniques to its astronauts in the year 2000. It was chosen for its low energy requirements and benefits. Light therapy for beautiful skin is all about the color of the light that does the work you need naturally.

Let us known if you’ve had success with Light Therapy, we’d love to hear it!

Light Therapy for Beautiful Skin




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