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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Make your own, healthy home made clay mask

If you have sensitive skin and fall victim to constant irritation and rash then this home made solution might work for you. Thanks to for sharing this great tip.  

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Skin is the body`s largest organ and one of the primary ways toxins make their way into the body. Therefore, it`s important to read the labels of skin care products and learn what to avoid when it comes to ingredients. 

The marketplace is abundant with prepared "natural" clay masks. An alternative to buying packaged clay masks is to "do-it-yourself". In the United States, skin care products for human use require that ingredients be listed. However, the FDA does not require verifiable, mandatory compliance with the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for cosmetic products (which include skin care products) before they are marketed. Let the buyer beware! 

Here are some important points to keep in mind with regard to reading skin care labels: 

1. lots of ingredients in and of themselves don`t make a product better. 
2. fewer ingredients in and of themselves don`t make a product better. 
3. an unpronounceable ingredient doesn`t make it bad. 
4. more expensive products aren`t necessarily better than less expensive products. 
5. knowledge is power and reading labels is key to choosing products! 

On the bright side, there is a natural substance from the earth - calcium bentonite clay - that can be used to make a non-toxic mask at home. Clay refers to materials whose particle size is less than 2 micrometers and to a family of minerals whose chemical compositions and crystal structure are similar. There are many different types of clay, some more suited to industrial use and others suited to personal use. Clays in the smectite family are particularly good for clay masks because they both absorb (draw in) and adsorb (stick to) toxins and other impurities. Any quality calcium bentonite clay can be used as the basis of a homemade clay mask. 

How to make your own clay

Mix 1 part dry calcium bentonite clay with 3 parts filtered water. (Organic apple cider vinegar or rosewater may be substituted for the filtered water.) 

Blend well with a wooden spoon till the consistency of sour cream. Let sit 12-24 hours covered. 

Apply a thin layer to the skin and allow to dry 15-20 minutes. 

Rinse off with warm water and moisturize. 

Since the clay increases circulation to the area where applied, expect some redness initially. Clay facials may be done once a week for general cleansing and exfoliation. [Editor`s Note: NaturalNews is strongly against the use of all forms of animal testing. 

We fully support implementation of humane medical experimentation that promotes the health and wellbeing of all living creatures. 

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

The most up to date and informative Skincare and Beauty tips and news

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8 Skin Secrets for Spring

Harper's Bazaar posted this great article - Dig in!

1.Gossip Glow

How does Blake Lively stay radiant? With Sunday Riley Modern Skincare, a line based on the healing properties of Native American botanicals. Top pick: Juno Transformative Lipid Serum ($125), a hydrating, wrinkle-fighting blend of vitamin C, omegas, and amino acids.

2. Miracle Soap?

Beauty junkies have been buzzing about the Wonderbar ($140 for a box of four), a tiny pH-balancing cleansing bar that claims to improve every skin type, from acne-prone to wrinkle-riddled. Verdict: After some initial dryness, our skin feels rebalanced, smoother, and firmer. Hooray for smaller pores!

3. Star Ingredient

The DNA-preserving enzyme telomerase has been receiving attention for the past few years, but its role in a recent Nobel Prize-winning discovery has officially put it on the map. "We use it to stimulate resting stem cells," says plastic surgeon Gregory Bays Brown of his RéVive Peau Magnifique Youth Recruit ($1,500). Yes, it's pricey. For a less expensive telomerase alternative, try Jan Marini Age Intervention Booster ($225).

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4. Doctor's Orders

You know what the sun and stress can do to your complexion, but Los Angeles dermatologist and UCLA professor Ronald Moy says it's how they affect our DNA that creates wrinkles. He's paired DNA repair enzymes with his patented barley epidermal growth factor in the DNA EGF Renewal set ($480), which works to heal and prevent damage.

5.  Hidden Gem

Ladies in the know are booking up the elegant new Darphin Spa at the Surrey hotel on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Check out the Rose and Pomegranate Age Reversal Facial ($230), a 90-minute treatment that uses the luxe Predermine Replenishing Anti-Wrinkle Serum ($325 for 10) and includes a relaxing massage. Spa at the Surrey, 20 E. 76th St., 2nd fl., New York, NY; 646-358-3600

6.  Want to even out your skin tone? 

Try SK-II's Cellumination Essence Hydrating Serum ($150), with Nicotinamide W, a cellular-turnover-enhancing ingredient shown in lab studies to inhibit dark spots.

7. Cult brand 

La Mer is packing more punch into its "miracle broth" with Regenerating Serum ($250). The new powerhouse treatment also includes cell-renewing plant stem cells and colloidal gold.

8. Most Luxurious Skin-Care Clinic

Hollywood's latest hot spot? Fix, the incredible skin oasis in Malibu. Founded by cosmetic dermatologist Rebecca Giles, Fix offers everything from cosmetic services to medical treatments and now carries its own skin-care line. A private entrance is reserved for A-list clients. 22741 Pacific Coast Hwy., Ste. 200, Malibu, CA; 310-456-5350