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The Four Good Chemicals in Natural Skin Care

Posted on July 27, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The good chemicals in natural skincare are found in milk, olives, apples, grapes, pineapple, green tea and more.  But how can something that you eat or drink be good for your skin, you ask.  Well, the first reason is that if you can ingest it, it has to be safer than a mysterious chemical with a 20 letter name created in a lab.  The second reason is that these good chemicals actually do work in clearing skin surfaces and improving the skin’s defences.  Terms used in the cosmetic industry like alpha hydroxy acids, antioxidants,  enzymes, and flavonoids are all derived from things you probably have in the fridge. 

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs):  Found in milk, yogurt, olives, apples, grapes, sugar.  Works by exfoliates by dissolving the glue that bonds the cells, making dead skin removal easier and cleansing more effective.

Antioxidants:  Found in tomatoes, black and green tea, watermelon and any fruit or vegetable high in vitamins A, C and E.  Works by attaching to free radicals and neutralizing them.

Enzymes:  Found in papaya, and pineapple.  Works by breaking bonds to clear away dead skin cells.

Flavonoids:  Found in green tea, apple, and cirus fruit.  Protect against free radicals, fight off viruses, calm inflammation, and soothe allergies.

With natural skin care, you have to use your skin type to decide which one of these Four Good Chemicals will work best for you.  If your skin is oily, enzymes are strong enough to take away the bonded dead skin and oils to brighten your skin.  For normal skin types, an occasional mask with alpha hydroxy acids will clear things up with out irritation.  All skin types can benefit from antioxidants and flavoniods, but dry skin will appreciate the extra protection from free radicals and allergens.

Use the information about the Four Good Chemicals as a guideline to find ingredients and recipes that will be the most beneficial to your skin.

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Green Skincare Journals — Finding Natural Hair Color

Posted on July 20, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

One day I got a little curious about what was out there on the web about natural hair coloring.  Yes, I have some grays and I usually use my homemade solution of strong sage tea mixed with a little liquid castile soap and massaged in or just the tea as a rinse.  This potion doesn’t give me back the color of my youth, but it does make the grays less bright and noticeable (and makes my scalp and hair feel terrific).  Well, after I checked out the web on Google, I was amazed at what I found.  Websites like www.ehow.com, and www.pioneerthinking.com are my new playgrounds.  Check them out for all kinds of do-it-yourself information.

First, in case you are wondering what hair care has to do with skin care (actually–health care), read what the FDA has to say about hair coloring:  http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/cos-818.html  O.K. that was scary.  Just take a deep breath, because the alternatives are terrific and some of them are so cheap.   

If you are a brunette and want to try my sage tea recipe, you don’t have a garden full of fluffy sage plants to try it out.  If you buy a sage plant at any garden center or use dried leaves from the health food store, the results are the same.  Do a patch test to check for sensitivity before using new products.  For those who are blond, redheads, etc. click on the websites below to find your perfect color match. 

http://www.naturemoms.com/natural-hair-dyes.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_4750852_homemade-hair-dye.html   

http://www.ehow.com/how_4853866_homemade-hair-coloring.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_4830927_hair-dye-walnut-shells.html 

If you are in a rush and can’t spend time doing the mad-scientist thing (but it is sooo fun!), these websites sell the magic in a box:

www.tintsofnatureusa.com

www.ecocolors.net

www.ihealthtree.com

Just remember to check out the ingredients list on anything you buy against the FDA warning list of ingredients, just to make sure what you are buying is truly green.

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Make your own Apple Juice Toner

Posted on July 12, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

A great toner for most skin types can be made by mixing 1 part apple juice (organic, unfiltered is best) and 1 part witch hazel and a few drops (aprox. 1/4 part) of alcohol is optional.  This toner is amazing because apple juice has fruit acids that clear away dead skin and witch hazel improves circulation and tightens pores.  For a convenient way to store your toner, use a clean re-purposed travel-sized mouthwash bottle with a child proof cap.  This amount can be used up in a week, is safe in the bottle from tiny fingers who might mistake it for regular apple juice, and you can put the bottle in the fridge for a refreshing splash of toner anytime.

Price check:     Apple Juice Toner: $4 per 16 oz container     Store bought toner:  $8 to $40 per 16 oz container

As with all preparations, test on a small area of skin to check for any sensitivity or allergy before general use.

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