Homemade Honey-Almond Scrub


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Here’s an easy to make honey almond scrub recipe that also doubles as a masque. I made this one today and used it on my friend Monica. Her skin was so soft and dewy afterwards!

The almonds make a gentle manual exfoliating scrub. The honey acts as a hydration and a soothing anti-inflammatory. The coconut milk is cleansing and moisturizing.  The cinnamon is great for circulation and moving toxins out of the skin.

 

 

The Ingredients:

 

1.  1/4 Cup Raw Almonds (Ground up in blender). Be careful not to over blend , or you may end up with almond butter!

 

2.  1 Tablespoon Raw Honey

 

3.  2 Tablespoons Coconut Milk

 

4.  1 Pinch of  Cinnamon

 

Carefully grind raw almonds in your blender or food processor (pulse).

 

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Separately mix in the raw honey with the coconut milk and the cinnamon.

 

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Add in your ground almonds and mix with spoon or wooden stick. Add additional coconut milk if necessary for desired consistency. Preferably thick.

 

~You can use this scrub all over the body. Apply to dampened skin and rub in circular motions. Let sit for at least ten minutes for masque benefits, then rinse off with warm water and/or a wash cloth.

 

Enjoy!!!!

 

Please let me know if you make this recipe, I would love to hear what you thought of it!!

 

THANK YOU Sincerely for visiting my blog,

 

~Caroline~

Bentonite Clay


 

I love products that are inexpensive, natural, and have multiple uses. Bentonite Clay is one of those products. It usually comes in two different forms. One is for internal use, and the other external. I keep the internal liquid version in my medicine cabinet. And the external version in the bathroom. The clay forms naturally from volcanic ash and has remarkable absorbing qualities.

Whenever someone in the house starts to feel ill, I always recommend them to drink a glass of water with 2 tablespoons of liquid bentonite clay mixed in. The clay when used internally, will pull toxins out of the body. But you must drink a lot of water so that it can distribute properly throughout your colon and grab all of the bad stuff. Another use for the liquid is to mix into your pets drinking water. It works great at helping to control parasite activity in both animals and humans. Just be careful not to overdo it!

It gets really fun when you discover the many EXTERNAL uses of the bentonite clay powder. This other use seems too good to be true. Luckily if you’re a skeptic, it is very inexpensive to purchase and try out for yourself. You can purchase it anywhere from $6.00 and up at your local health food store or on the internet. Mix the external powder form Bentonite Clay with some water and put anywhere on your body, including hair and scalp. I did this about a week ago all over my neck and shoulders as well. You can literally FEEL the clay sucking the toxins out fo your skin! It starts to feel tight and a bit itchy. Once you rinse it away, your are left with skin so soft you start to wonder if your skin EVER felt this soft. It seems to take years off of the face and neck as well. I saw an instant firming effect in all areas I applied it to.

I had a lot of fun experimenting with the different uses of this incredible natural clay. It comes from the earth, it’s 100% natural, it’s loaded with minerals. What more can I say? GO out and get yourself some!!!

Matt Monarch playing with Bentonite Clay

Dead Sea Salt and Sauna Detox


Often times when people have a slow metabolism, they also fail to sweat effectively. This can be a potentially dangerous condition as the body is then not eliminating toxins properly. Even if you have a normal metabolism, it is always beneficial to aid the body in the detoxification process.

One simple way is through the use of Sauna Therapy. You can use a steam sauna at your local gym with many benefits. However, a near infrared sauna has many more benefits as the heat will penetrate 4 inches beneath the skin’s surface killing bacteria, virus, fungi and parasites. Infrared will also aid the skin in collagen productivity,eliminate toxic metals and dilate blood vessels allowing them to push toxins through the blood and out the body. There are so many benefits to this form of therapy. Too many to list. Please see the enclosed link via Dr. L. Wilson’s website.

If you are interested in creating your own infrared sauna at home, a very much more affordable option exists. I have taken a small walk in closet, purchased 3 250 watt infrared light bulbs with bases at my local Lowe’s. The estimated cost around $75.00 total. I used the clamps on the bases to secure these onto the shelving in my closet. A homemade sauna! I prefer to preheat my sauna for around 30 minutes before entering.

A wonderful way for you to enhance your sauna therapy is through the use of Dead Sea Salt. You can purchase Dead Sea Salt at your local health food store. You may also use just plain sea salt which may be purchased very inexpensively at Costco or similar warehouse.

Prior to using your sauna,step in to the shower and rinse off your body. Take the Dead Sea Salt (regular sea salt works also) and begin to exfoliate your skin (do not shave) all over with it. Once you have rinsed off the salt, go ahead and towel dry your body. Take the container of salt with you into the sauna room. When your body begins to sweat, start to rub the salt into your skin. You will begin to feel your body temperature rising and your skin will begin to pour out sweat like a fountain!

Make sure that you drink plenty of water before, during and after the detoxing. And be sure to step back in to the shower at the end of your sauna therapy to rinse off the toxins that you have eliminated. You can finish washing your hair and/or shaving at this point.

Thank You Olga Burova for the information necessary for this post, as well as the invention and discovery of this amazing detoxification technique!

http://www.drlwilson.com/articles/sauna_therapy.htm

Home Grown Beautiful Skin


Did you know that you can make a very effective facial masque at home with a few common items from your refrigerator and/or cupboard? Actually in many ways this is better than what you may purchase in a store or Spa. Some Spa’s actually make similar products on their own to use on their clients. Think about it…if you use something from home it is much fresher and many times with more “active” ingredients than something you may find in a jar with or without preservatives (natural or unnatural).

There are many items that you can use in an at home face masque. I will just be talking about a few of them. So here is a list of the things that I chose to use in this particular masque I made….

1. 1 TBSP Organic unfiltered Coconut Oil

2. 1 TBSP Unfiltered Raw Honey (filtered may be used, however raw is much better do to the enzymes in it)

3. 1 Tsp Cinnamon

4. 2 TBSP Plain Yogurt (full fat is best)

5. 1/4 Cup Oatmeal ( ground in a blender)

You may add milk or more yogurt to desired consistency.

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First, grind up your oatmeal (1/4 cup or more if desired) in the blender into a powder. Put the oatmeal into a bowl and add your honey (about a Tablespoon or more if desired).

You can add your other ingredients in any order desired, measuring is not really necessary, just think about what you desire more in your masque…Example, Add more Honey if you want hydration and exfoliation from enzymes, more yogurt for acne and irritated inflamed skin etc.

The Finished Product

Some additional add on’s….Raw milk or milk powder, Sea Salt (may be added for exfoliating with in the shower), Brown Sugar, Almond Oil, Sesame Oil.

ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS……..

1. Coconut Oil
http://products.mercola.com/coconut-oil/

Coconut oil is ideal for skin care. It helps protect your skin from the aging effects of free radicals, and can help improve the appearance of skin with its anti-aging benefits.

2. Raw Honey
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/raw-honey-benefits-for-skin.html

Great for oily acneic skin, or dehydrated skin. Anti-aging benefits. Check link for even more numerous benefits!

3. Cinnamon
http://www.livestrong.com/article/91597-benefits-ground-cinnamon-skin/

Great for dry skin, circulation, plumping, acne and more!

4. Yogurt

http://www.ehow.com/about_5139582_skin-benefits-yogurt.html

kills bacteria on the skin (acne), Soothing, hydrating, moisturizing.

5. Oatmeal
http://www.smartskincare.com/treatments/topical/betaglucan.html

Has an anti-wrinkle effect on the skin, great for irritated inflamed skin, exfoliating and more!

Give it your own spin and add some of the add on’s suggested or look up some other homemade masques online!

Until Next time….More Secrets yet to be revealed. See you soon!

Caroline;)

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The Ancient Secrets Of Dead Sea Salt


Hello my fellow bloggers and Skin fanatics! It’s been a while since my last post. But it’s good to be back;) I wanted to talk about a simple way to detox your skin from head to toe. I have found this amazing Company that sells Dead Sea Products at much more affordable prices than the norm. More importantly than price of course, is product effectiveness. That’s the beauty of it! I have been taking Dead Sea Salt baths for quite some time now.

The benefits of Dead Sea Salt Minerals are so vast, I will have to shorten my posting about it or it may never end. So let’s talk about the benefits to your Skin. Dead Sea Salt is loaded with essential minerals that most of us do not take internally on a daily basis.

Here are a few essential ones…Sulphur (Great for acne, Eczema, synthesizing Collagen), Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium (one of the most underestimated and undervalued minerals, allows Calcium absorption to the appropriate places and moves Calcium away from places it does not belong), Bromine (helps with the natural repair of the body together with cell metabolism and can be used as a natural antibiotic).

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For thousands of years people from all over the world have been flocking to the Dead Sea and bathing in it to receive it's many treasures.

I like to fill up my tub with hot water and add 2-3 cups of Dead Sea Salt, I will sit in it for at least 30 minutes while I read a book or do a facial in the tub. I set my skin products on the edge of the tub along with a mirror and I do my cleanse, exfoliation and masque all while taking my detoxifying bath. The skin gets a bit red from the stimulation and circulation and actually absorbs products better as the pores are open during the bath. And I love rinsing with the Dead Sea Salt bath water.

My skin feels soft and I don’t even need to moisturize afterwards, as the minerals from the bath water already balance moisture levels in the skin. Just pat dry and enjoy the benefits! Light some candles and try it for yourself!

You can find a vast array of Dead Sea Salt products from The Dead Sea Warehouse.
http://deadseawarehouse.com/

Professional Facial Brush…Is it Necessary?


When I first saw the new facial brush by Clarisonic I watched carefully to see if it was worthy of all of the “hype” I call it. Should I spend that much money on a facial brush? I contemplated carefully the pros and cons. I watched as a friend of mine (also an Esthetician) purchased one, and then listened as she raved and ranted about it, touting it’s exfoliating capabilities and exclaiming to me that her face never “felt so clean.” I was once told by a “Face Reader” that I often take a very “long time” to “make a decision” because I am so analytical. I still did not rush out to buy this brush, even after a representative offered me a discount.

Instead, I told my friend after her first use, that I wanted to compare her results using a skin scanner.

I knew that this would reveal what the Clarisonic Brush was really doing to Lisa’s skin. Good or bad, the proof would be as they say “in the pudding”. I am so glad I did this now looking back in retrospect. The first scan revealed what we had expected, very little sun damage and oils on Lisa’s skin, which were perfectly normal.Image Detail

After a couple of weeks of Lisa using the Clarisonic Brush, we then put her back behind the scanner. What I found was light violet light all over her face through the scanner. As you can see on the chart above, Lisa’s once Normal/Oily skin was now very dehydrated. She was surprised to see that, as she felt like her skin had improved since using the Clarisonic Brush. So we started talking about the length of time that she was using her brush and how often. We compared to the manufacturer recommendations.

It turns out that she was ignoring the recommended time alloted usage. Whenever the little buzzer went off that “time was up”, she would just restart her brush and continue using it! She was “over using” her brush to the extreme and dehydrating her skin severely! Not good at all. Oily skin can be a blessing if we balance it correctly. The skin needs it’s oils. Dehydrated skin will age faster. Picture a piece of paper in the sun that was once wet, when it dries up, it shrivels up!!!

Too much of a good thing is a BAD thing! Just remember that. I recommend these facial brushes be used only according to manufacturer instructions. They are great for exfoliating and cleansing the skin. Mine felt softer after the first use. And thank goodness I had the sense to do a little experiment before purchasing or I can honestly say I would have done the same thing as my friend! There are other less expensive facial brushes out there that work excellent!

I purchased one at Costco by Oil of Olay that works comparable to the Clarisonic for a fraction of the price. I believe it was around $35.00. I love the exfoliating properties of a facial brush and it’s ability to cleanse my skin more thoroughly. You don’t always have to pay top dollar to get the best out of a new concept! Just do a little investigating first, check out online reviews of the product first.

Case in point: Last year I purchased a “Pretika” facial brush from Marshalls for around $35-40.00. I read reviews after I got home with it and discovered it was not a good product do to the fact it literally “died” on people after only a month or two. I decided to give it a chance and….well the darn thing died on me after a few months!!! Lesson learned!~ Pay attention to consumer reviews!!

I hope I have helped anyone out there trying to decide whether they should invest in a facial brush. I do think it’s a good and effective skin tool for anyone to have when used appropriately.

Until next time, and hopefully sooner than later!

Caroline;)

What Is a High Frequency Device?


What is a “High Frequency” device? You will feel so empowered and enlightened when I reveal this one to you. This is such a simple easy and inexpensive way for you to control acne, stimulate collagen, oxygenate your skin, assist in lymphatic drainage, sagging skin, puffy eyes, cellulite and even  stimulating hair growth. Circulation is enhanced, collagen and elastin production increased. 

High Frequency was actually developed in the late 1800’s by one of my favorite renowned scientists, Nikola Tesla. It was originally intended for medical purposes such as treating strep throat and other infections.

A picture depicting a young Nikola Tesla.

 

French biophysicist D’Arsonval also did work in the same area of electrotherapy. In 1892 he then introduced the high frequency current as a means of treating skin diseases, etc..

While in beauty college we were taught about the many uses of a “high frequency device”. It was connected to our bulky steamer as one large unit. It seemed to be a pricey option for me at the time. So  when my friend “Olga” from Russia showed up at school with her hand-held version, curiosity brewed inside. I asked her where she got it and she said she bought it in Russia! I asked her how much it cost her and I believe the price was under $40.00 American dollars. I began my research and discovered one on E-Bay for around $29.00 plus shipping. Not bad.

There are several glass attachments in various sizes and shapes. One looks like a spoon, the other a hair comb. Aside from the obvious uses of the “Hair Comb”, you can pretty much use whatever size attachment is more convenient for whatever part of the body you choose to treat. I like to use the smaller “spoon like” attachment for my temples and around my nose, the larger one for cheeks and forehead. It’s a pretty simple and easy application once you read the instructions that come with the unit.

When applied to the skin a mild electrical current passes through  a neon or argon gas filled electrode causing a subtle glow. All high frequency electrodes produce a neon orange or violet colored glow. It all depends upon the gas they are filled with. Both colors provide equally effective results.

I like to apply masques and serums and gently move the glass attachments (electrodes) around my face to help to “drive” them deeper into my skin, enhancing my treatment and getting better use of my product. The hair comb attachment feels really good as you gently slide it across the scalp you can feel a neat “tickling” sensation that sort of feels like a scalp massage. But this actually helps to stimulate circulation to the scalp and encourage hair growth. Bacteria is killed upon contact with the electrical current being sent out onto the skin surface, circulation to the area is enhanced, pores size is  reduced. Skin continues to get healthier and plumper with each use. You can turn the knob on the handheld unit to increase the intensity of the current. It’s better to start at a low setting and build up over time until you are used to the “rubber band smacking” sensation.

I love the oxygenation of high frequency as the presence of oxygen is necessary for collagen production as well as antioxidants like Vitamin C. It is a safe and non invasive technology that makes it win big brownie points for me!

Make sure you do not use your device by a water source, while wearing jewelry or in a way contrary to instructions. It is really intended for professional use. But reading up on and following instructions insures you much success and safe use of your unit.

Please feel free to message me with any questions. I would love to hear any comments you may have. 😉