Types of Clay for Skincare!

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Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay consists of aged volcanic ash also known as Montmorillonite. It contains high concentration of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium.

  • Detoxifying
  • Controls Excess Sebum
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Antibacterial

Fuller’s Earth Clay

It is very strong, and for best results combine with a small amount of bentonite or Kaolin clay. It is also known as Bleaching Clay, Whitening Clay, and Multani mitti or mud from Multan.

  • Lightens Skin (helps hyperpigmentation)
  • Controls Sebum (best for oily skin)
  • Improves Circulation

Kaolin Clay

Comes in white, yellow, red, and pink colors each with slightly different characteristics, also known as China Clay. The a fine very light and most versatile and easily applied clay.

  • Gentle (white is the most gentle, then yellow, then pink)
  • Cleanses
  • Exfoliating (white, yellow, pink)
  • Detoxifying (pink, especially red)
  • Softens (pink, especially white all good for dry skin)
  • Controls Sebum (yellow, pink, especially red)
  • Improves Circulation (yellow)
  • Good for Sensitive Skin (especially white and yellow; pink for oily)

French Green Clay

A green clay (should never be any other color), also called Illite Clay or Sea Clay. The color comes from decomposed plant material and iron oxide.

  • Tingling (not recommended for sensitive skin)
  • Improves Circulation
  • Toning
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Controls Excess Sebum

Rhassoul Clay

Comes from ancient deposits unearthed from the fertile Atlas Mountains in Morocco; also called Ghassoul Clay, Red Clay, and Red Moroccan Clay. Has an elastic texture so not drying. Great for skin and hair. It has a high negative charge and it can help draw out blackheads and other impurities from skin. This also makes it beneficial as a make-up remover or all-purpose face wash.

  • Detoxifying
  • Softening
  • Controls Sebum
  • Exfoliating

Ingredient: What Is Fuller’s Earth?

A specific type of clay that got its name back in the days when a Fuller an old English name for a worker used the clay combining it with water, urine, and the cleansing herb soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) to extract grease and oil from woolen cloth.

Composition:

Hydrated aluminum silicates that contain metal ions such as magnesium, sodium, and calcium within their structure.

Minerals montmorillonite, kaolinite, attapulgite, & palygorskite in various ammounts
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Charcoal: Why Use This Onyx Skin Savior!

Charcoal this messy wonder is to many of us is associated with many things: art, cooking, camping, fireplaces, fuel, and trains. However charcoal is also used for purification and skincare.  I know not the first thing you would to put on your face when there are much more glamorous ingredients out there to use.
 
Why bother?
 
Black Charcoal
Activated Charcoal
White Charcoal
 

 

Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores
 
 

 

Charcoal may be activated to increase its effectiveness as a filter. Activated charcoal readily adsorbs a wide range of organic compounds dissolved or suspended in gases and liquids. Activated carbon is used in water purification, medicine, and air filters. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. Because of its natural detoxifying properties, it can be used to whiten teeth, remove poisons from your body, and cleanse!
 
 
 
Charcoal is a clear winner for absorbing oil and debris from pores on your face and body.
 
It is known to absorb 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities.
 
There isn’t a lot of clinical data for the use of charcoal on the skin, its been used for thousands of years and from my own personal use on my skin only I find it to be effective. See a medical professional if you want to take charcoal internally. (see data below)
 
Origins Skin Diver Active Charcoal Body Wash

 

Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal
 
Lush You Snap the Whip Body Butter
 
GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment Mask
 
Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser
 

Juniper Essential Oil of the Month! Gin & Tonic Anyone?

Juniper – (Juniperus osteosperma and scopulorum)

There are between 50 and 67 species of juniper, widely distributed throughout the northern hemisphere, from the Arctic, south to tropical Africa in the Old World, and to the mountains of Central America they are  part of the cypress family

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Cupressaceae
Genus: Juniperus

Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled

Parts Used: Berries

Note Classification: Middle

Aroma: Fresh, green, fruity, balsamic underton

Largest Producing Countries: Bulgaria, France, and Nepal

Traditional Use: Juniper has been used to purify the air, and as an insect repellant.

Properties: Analgesic, antimicrobial, antiputrefactive, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, digestive, diuretic, sedative, stomachic

Blends Well With: Black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, elemi, fir needle, lavender, oakmoss, rosemary

Juniper berries are a spice used in a wide variety of culinary dishes and best known for the primary flavoring in gin (and responsible for gin’s name, which is a shortening of the Dutch word for juniper, genever). Juniper berries are also used as the primary flavor in the liquor Jenever and sahti-style of beers and some times sauerkraut. Juniper berry sauce is often a popular flavoring choice for quail, pheasant, veal, rabbit, venison and other meat dishes. It is also a symbol of longevity, strength, athleticism, and fertility. American Indians, such as the Navajo, have traditionally used juniper to treat diabetes.

Juniper berries are steam distilled to produce an essential oil that may vary from colorless to yellow or pale green. Some of its chemical components are alpha pinene, cadinene, camphene and terpineol. Leaves and twigs of Juniperus virginiana are steam distilled to produce oil of juniper.

Juniper  has a clean, mildly penetrating, woody scent that has a cleansing effect on the mind, spirit, and body. It may work as a detoxifier and cleanser, is beneficial to the skin, and supportive to the urinary system.

Do not take the essential oil internally.

Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of juniper essential oil to the carrier oil.

If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.

Disclaimer

While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.

My Must Haves For September!

Revision Skin Care Nectifirm

To keep your neck &
decollette youthful!

Decollette Pads or buy Silicon Scar Pads

Prevent and correct chest wrinkles
that are caused by sun damage,
aging, and gravity. Our reusable,
adhesive silicone pads are discreet
enough to wear under clothing, 
allowing you to smooth existing 
lines and wrinkles during the day
or to prevent new creases from
forming as you sleep. Apply the
self-adhesive pads while sleeping
or for 20-60 minutes during the
day to restore the décolletage area
Lightly apply your skin care
moisturizer, etc. then apply the pad.

Smile’s PRID Homeopathic Drawing Salve

Draws out splinters, boils, some cysts, even acne;
it smells but it works!

Squip Himalayan Sea Salt Inhaler

Read my article on:
Salt Cave Salt Therapy Salt Speleotherapy/Halotherapy!
Yes or No?

Six Cleanses: A Review!

The Gateway Cleanse

The first of BluePrintCleanse’s  (can be found at Whole Foods) three cleanse levels, Renovation, is for beginner juicers and is designed to gently rid the body of impurities by using 100 percent organic, raw, fresh pressed fruit and vegetable juices to take the place of meals. “The bottles are numbered in the order they should be consumed, and one day’s worth of juice is made with approximately 20 pounds of freshly pressed fruits and vegetables including leafy greens, pineapple, beets and more,” says BluePrint founder Zoe Sakoutis. “The nutrients go directly into your blood stream, feeding your cells within 10 to 15 minutes to help you regain an alkaline balance while normalizing your digestion and metabolism.”
People who love it: Blake Lively, Olivia Wilde, CT Esthetic*

The Reset Cleanse

Southern California-based Ritual Wellness offers a Seasonal Reset Cleanse—a variety of six juices per day that is great for beginner cleansers—to effectively release toxins and reset your mind and body. Juices range from vegetable-heavy to fruit blends using 100 percent organic produce that is local and seasonally available. “After a three-day cleanse, you feel reset,” says Ritual Wellness co-founder Lori Kenyon. “The break you have given your digestive system has allowed your body, especially your intestines, liver and kidneys to expel and release stored up toxins. Many people report having clear, glowing skin and feeling less bloated, among many other benefits.”

People who love it: Sofia Vergara, Kim Kardashian

The Zen Cleanse

In addition to offering programs for more experienced cleansers, Z.E.N. Foods offers a gentle beginner cleanse called Rejuvenate that uses greens and fruits in a variety of 20 juices to give the body the ability to reset. “Many foods actually have the ability to heal,” says Mariana Rossano, president and CEO of Z.E.N. Foods. “Drinking pure nutrition through cold pressed juices is a way to get back on track with your eating and gives you the ability to rethink your food intake. Although weight loss is not the direct goal of the cleanse, it is usually a byproduct of drinking strictly juice and clients have lost upwards of five to seven pounds on a 5-day cleanse.”

People who love it: Lisa Rinna

The 24-Hour Cleanse

Perfect for first-time cleansers, Cooler Cleanse’s Juice For A Day cleanse provides a user-friendly way to experience the invigorating power of raw, cold-pressed juices in just one day. The menu consists of six drinks, which you consume roughly every two hours to reach a total of close to 1,000 daily calories. “The Juice For A Day program provides the benefits of juicing, without letting people feel like they’re in over their heads,” says Eric Helms, co-founder of Cooler Cleanse. “Just replace your regular meals with six fresh-pressed juices for a day-long mini-cleanse that will leave you feeling like a brighter, lighter, more supercharged version of yourself.”

People who loves it: Salma Hayek

The Revitalizing Cleanse

Using formulas that are jam-packed with 100 percent organic produce, Juice Press’s (can be found at Whole Foods) Six Juice Cleanse is loaded with living enzymes and the full spectrum of required nutrition; protein, carbohydrates, H2O, fats, vitamins and minerals. “These nutrients will keep all of your necessary functions stimulated and working as they should throughout the cleanse,” says Marcus Antebi, founder and CEO of Juice Press. “Kale has become a popular ingredient since it is high in iron and fiber, low in calories and is a great anti-inflammatory. Ginger and lemon promote immunity and help increase blood flow. Pineapples and apples both aid in the digestive process, help fight off viruses and provide an extra boost of energy.”

Peolple who love it: Kate Hudson, Renee Zellweger

The Balancing Cleanse

If you’d prefer to experience the next level of cleansing, Pressed Juicery’s Cleanse 2 Program may be the one for you. Containing two green juices, two citrus juices, one roots juice and one vanilla almond milk, the cleanse also comes with a bottle of Chlorophyll H2O to provide extra hydration and nutrition throughout the day and a bottle of Aloe Vera H2O to be taken before bed to aid in digestion. “All of our ingredients are fruits and vegetables, along with a few key superfoods and spices including cayenne pepper, cacao and cinnamon,” says Carly Brien, co-founder of Pressed Juicery. “Many people believe that health starts in the colon, and by offering the digestive system a rest, our body gets a chance to revive itself. The benefits are endless.”

People who love it: Molly Sims

 

Via New Beauty

Cucumber-Melon Spa Water Recipe!

cucumber melon spa water

Rejuvenate and refresh without stepping foot inside a spa. This recipe for Cucumber Melon Spa Water from chef and author Candice Kumai is a hydrating treat.

Cucumber Melon Spa Water

Ingredients:
12 thin slices cucumber ** unwaxed cucumber-organic is perfect
5 -1″ cubes of honeydew melon, skin removed
1 bunch mint, torn off, and tossed into the water
6 cups chilled still spring (or mineral water for a fizzy treat)
** Add in fresh basil, or even lavender, orange slices or even some simple syrup for an even sweeter treat!

Directions:
1. Place the cucumber, the peeled honeydew melon, and a handful of fresh mint into your pitcher

2. Fill pitcher with water. Cover and chill for a few hours before guests arrive.

3. You have the option to strain the mixture and discard solids, or use the infused spa water as a visual treat, and have a strainer on the spout/lid. Pour water into gorgeous, tall, clear glasses, with big ice cubes for a real refreshing treat, add more mint and even a few thin slices of cucumber on the brim of the glass for garnish. Fancy!

Via Heidi Klum AOL

Detox Tips By Beauty Legend Liz Earle!

Want to feel lighter and brighter with more energy and better skin? Skincare and wellbeing guru, Liz Earle shares her top tips for detoxing the easy way.

Detox tips

Click here to find out more!

When I was first told that fasting on a fruit only diet would give me more energy, or that giving up some of my favourite foods and cups of coffee would leave my skin glowing, I was skeptical. But the principals of detoxification are based on traditional “cures” practiced by European naturopaths for centuries. Giving up certain foods, or existing on fruit alone for twenty-four hours, is not hard, especially when the benefits are so great. I now give my system a regular detox boost, even if it is only over the weekend. A short detox programme is a great way to feel more energised and refreshed. It is the perfect way to revitalise the body, renew energy levels and restore glowing skin and when you have finished you will feel far fitter and healthier and motivated not to return to bad habits.

Better breakfasts
Starting with a healthy breakfast is not only the best way to boost energy levels for the day ahead, but is an easy, positive and delicious daily start to a new you. Refined sugars, found in most breakfast cereals, are the first thing I give up if I’m embarking on a health spring-clean and cutting them out gives me far more sustained energy throughout the day. On cold winter mornings, I switch to a bowl of porridge made with water and sweetened with honey, complete with a sprinkling of sunflower seeds. Or if I’m craving for something fresh, I opt for chopped fruit and berries with a dollop of natural yoghurt. You also can’t beat a protein-packed organic boiled egg that also contains useful vitamins A, B-complex and E, as well as minerals such as zinc, served up with toasted wholemeal soldiers and a glass of orange juice (vitamin C will help increase your uptake of iron from the egg yolk).

Midday meals
Not only is eating soup (of any kind) a good way to get various vitamins and vegetable fibre in a simple, healthy way, it’s also been proven to help shed a few pounds. This is because when food and water are finely mixed to make soup, they enter the stomach together and stay held in a homogenised state as they pass through our intestines. The increased volume of water and semi-solid food then stays in our system for longer than if we were eating food and drinking liquid separately, so we feel fuller for longer. According to researchers at Nottingham University, this means we are much less likely to over-eat. This is especially true of whizzed-up blended soups which reduce hunger-pangs the most due to this homogenisation effect. Never more useful than at this time of year, I’m swapping lunchtime sandwiches for a simple home-made soup and even pop mine into a thermos if I’m out and about, so I don’t miss out on the health and beauty benefits.

Winding down

If a little overindulgence has left you feeling a little ‘liverish’, you might like to try a ‘liver wrap’ – a simple but highly effective way to stimulate the detoxification process in the liver. You will need: A hot water bottle, a flannel and a small fluffy towel. Wearing just a dressing gown, gather everything together and lie down somewhere comfortable. Start by applying the cold damp flannel to the right-hand side of your body just beneath the ribcage to cover the liver area. The coldness felt by the skin briefly lowers the temperature of the tissues beneath and your body’s reflexes respond by increasing circulation in that area. Next, place a really warm hot water bottle on top of the damp flannel to retain moisture and stimulate the autonomic nervous system. This in turn boosts blood flow to the liver and supports its detoxification activity. Cover the hot water bottle with a soft towel and rest on a sofa or go to bed. This is a useful therapeutic treatment to carry out at bedtime and you can even fall asleep with the hot water bottle in place. Otherwise, simply put your feet up and rest for 30 minutes (the longer the better).  Three things to love about the liver wrap – it’s inexpensive, simple and it works.

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