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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!

Coconut Oil Multi-tasking Beauty Enhancer

Have you ever seen someone’s skin that has a illuminating silk sheen?  You can bet they are wearing coconut oil to give their skin that amazing glow.  And it’s such an amazing product to use for not just your skin but your hair and nails, and that’s why I call it the multi-tasker as it has so many wonderful uses to enhance your beauty needs. Plus Coconut oil does not become rancid like many other oils so it’s safe to use no matter the conditions. It can solidify and liquify with changing temperatures, but pure organic coconut oil will still retain the same quality.

Coconut Oil Multi-taking Beauty Enhancer on Hair

In ancient Egypt, women used coconut butter and oils in their hair to give it a silky sheen appearance and to also help with styling.  Coconut Oil can penetrate into the hair like no other oil as the oil actually bonds with the keratin and helps to increase the shine and moisture while improving the overall health.  Adding just a bit to the hair after styling will help smooth the flyways and prevent split ends.

The vitamins and essential fatty acids naturally found in coconut oil nourish the scalp, help to remove sebum build-up from hair follicles, smooth the hair strands, locks in moisture and prevents dandruff.  And because of this, Coconut oil on hair can actually helps your hair grow longer, thicker, and even faster.  If you are worried coconut oil will weight down your hair, just applying before bed and shampoo it out in the morning.  An ideal hair mask with Coconut oil should be on the hair for at least 60 minutes to allow the nutrients to work their magic.

Coconut Oil Multi-taking Beauty Enhancer on Skin

Coconut oil is widely used in many natural beauty products because of it’s naturally antibacterial and anti fungal properties.  It work well due to the saturated fats that helps the skin stay moisturized while sealing the moisture with out loss through the skin’s pores.  Coconut oil can give your the skin a healthy glow, smooth and even tone.  After a shower, rub the oil to your body for all day moisture retention.

The anti-fungal aspects of coconut oil can reduce acne and other chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.  The protein found in coconut oil actually replaces the damaged cells with healthy ones to actually treat the infection.  Other medicinal uses include healing cold sores, stretch marks and sunburn.

You can add a bit of oil to the under eye area through out the day to control the visual appearance of wrinkles as normal eye cream dissipates through the day.  And even adding a bit to the lip makes a perfect lip balm.  Coconut oil can also be used to take off stubborn makeup, just follow up with your facial cleanser to remove any last traces of dirt or makeup.

Coconut Oil Multi-taking Beauty Enhancer on Nails

Coconut oil is also fantastic at nursing your cuticles. Because of it’s anti-fungal property, it helps protects your nails from fungal infections. Plus it moisturizes and strengthens the cuticles, and can make your nails stronger, healthier and shinier with regular use.  The emollient nature of coconut oil also helps to prevent your nails from getting dry and brittle.

Coconut Oil Multi-taking Beauty Enhancer is great to use all year round and for so many uses that this is a must have for your beauty routine!

 

Coconut Oil Multi-taking Beauty Enhancer

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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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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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Marine Collagen Peptides Shakes for Anti-Aging

 

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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Cinnamon & Honey Facial Mask to Combat Acne

Jasmine Almond Beeswax Perfume Recipe

Jasmine Almond Beeswax Perfume Recipe

As we approach the summer, it’s a perfect time to incorporate a Beeswax perfume to your fragrance collection as the body temperatures increase with warmer weather.  Beeswax are solid perfumes that are great to have in 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.

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.

Our other ingredient is 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.

Combining these ingredients with almond oil can take a twist with floral and musky elements perfect for Spring and Summer months.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp beeswax
2 Tbsp sweet almond oil
40 drops essential oil (jasmine, vanilla and rose hip)
Container for perfume (mint tins, empty eye cream jars or lip balm containers)

Recipe:

In your glass container, blend together your essential oils. You can use whatever ratio you like, or you can try this blend:

  • 10 drops jasmine
  • 10 drops vanilla
  • 10 drop rose hips

Directions:

Heat the beeswax on low heat in a metal pot and stir as it melts down.  Be sure to melt together slowly, increasing heat to medium once you notice the beeswax thinning.  Stir for a few minutes and then turn the heat down to low again.  Add your fragrance oil into the melted mixture once the beeswax is completely melted.  Be sure to melt together slowly.  And lastly, pour the mixture into your container(s).  Make sure your container is place on a heat tolerate countertop and allow the mixture to harden in the container for a few hours.  You can apply the mixture as soon as it’s cool to touch.  Store your perfume in a cool dark location.

Application:

Using your fingertips, gently rub a small portion on the pulse points: neck (carotid artery), on the inside of the elbow, at the inner wrist, behind the knee, and near the ankle joint.  Reapply ever 4 hours as necessary.

 

 

Rosehip Almond Beeswax Perfume Recipe

 

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

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