Archive for November, 2009

Winter Skin Survival Guide

Posted on November 30, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

How’s your skin holding up under this cold weather?  Tis the season for dry and itchy skin, if you are not doing extra things to keep it protected.  That means more than spreading on the moisturizer.  Keep your sunscreen (and lip balm!) applied on those bright, sunny days while playing in the snow.  Read the links listed under Resources to get neat tips on the steps you can take to help protect your skin from those frosty winds.

Green Your Skin Care is all about making your own skin care products to make sure you are only applying the purest materials to your skin (and avoiding the waste that empty bottles create in landfills).  So, instead of going out and buying something in the store… be adventurous and make your own body butters and creams.  Here are some links to get you going.  They range from the very basic to the exotic:

Honey for skin softening:  http://www.pioneerthinking.com/honeybeauty.html

http://www.skincareresourcecenter.com/natural-skin-care-recipes.html

http://allnaturalbeauty.us/hbr_hair_skin_body.htm

Sunflower skin cream, oh my! http://www.womanjunction.com/topic/skincare/moisturizing/

http://www.helium.com/items/1558952-how-to-make-homemade-moisturizing-cold-cream

Green Tea Moisturizer:  http://crabappleherbs.com/blog/2007/02/09/winter-skin-care-green-tea-moisturizing-cream/

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FKA/is_n1_v58/ai_18169178/

This looks likes a Spa Party winner, and it has a great name too.  http://www.beautyden.com/beautyrecipes.shtml

Mayo hair mask:  http://www.thegreengirls.com/blog/post/2009/11/Homemade-Moisturizing-Hair-Conditioner.aspx

natural moisturizer:  http://www.natural-skin-care-info.com/natural_skin_care_moisturizer.html

Resources-

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/skin-care-in-winter.html

www.skin-care-tips-online.com/Winter-Skin-Care.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/05/6-ways-to-dodge-dry-skin_n_146107.html

http://www.yourskinandsun.com/jackfrost.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_2126948_protect-skin-winter.html

http://hubpages.com/hub/-Tips-on-How-to-Protect-Your-Skin-from-Winter-Weather

mbg:  http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-184/MBG-Skinny-5-Tips-to-Protect-Your-Skin-This-Winter.html

10 Skin Savers:  http://www.pioneerthinking.com/ss_10winterskin.html

http://www.towards-sustainability.com/2008/01/damn-plastic-bags-homemade-moisturiser.html

Sheila’s Gems:  https://greenyourskincare.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/all-about-lips/

Sheila’s Bookshelf

This book has great information on how to make your own balms and creams from herbals: http://www.amazon.com/New-Book-Herbs-Jekka-McVicar/dp/1405305797/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1251657859&sr=1-3

Next Issue:  Green Gift Giving!

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Have a Merry Spa Celebration!

Posted on November 15, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The Holidays are almost here and I just want to wish you all a very happy celebration season.  On this post, we will be looking at some stress busters for the parts of the  holidays that you might not be looking forward to  (ie… shopping, high volume cooking, industrial-sized cleaning, and more shopping, etc.).

All we really need is a plan, some great little techniques, and to think positive!  Don’t be afraid to treat yourself right and relax after a hard day of bargain hunting and such.  Here is a quick video to help you relax and unwind from the Mayo clinic:  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/MM00623                                                      (and it has a candle, how Christmas-y). 

To see some simple stretches that chase away headaches, check out this link:  http://healthy-lifestyle.most-effective-solution.com/2008/10/02/simple-stretches-to-keep-common-headaches-at-bay/  and to find a great head massage to relieve tension, check out Indian Head Massage on this video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbudpK3505U (but you will need a partner for this).

O.K. You know how I love the spa stuff, so why not make it part of your de-stress routine this holiday season?  First some terrific home spa tips for just yourself:  http://stress.about.com/od/generaltechniques/ht/homespa.htm

Wow, wasn’t that lovely.  But, you know we can share the fun, so while passing out the gingerbread and eggnog… let’s throw a spa party!  Here are some NEW LINKS for spa party fans.  (I know you are out there.)

http://www.cbn.com/health/naturalhealth/homespa.aspx

http://www.celebrations.com/article/An-At-Home-Spa-Party  (the chocolate daiquiri looks good!)

http://www.gildentree.com/t-home-spa-party.aspx

http://www.momscape.com/articles/at-home-spa-ideas.htm

http://spas.about.com/od/homesp1/a/homespaday.htm

http://www.faithandfamilylive.com/blog/at_home_spa/

And… here are some fun NEW SKIN CARE RECIPES.   Remember to moisturize when the cold weather sets in!  http://spas.about.com/od/homesp1/a/homespaday.htm

Well, I hope you have a great Holiday Season and enjoy the time you have with your family and friends.  Remember to tell them about Sheila’s Blog, that’s a gift in it’s self.  Wink, wink!

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Green Skincare Journals — Finding Aloe Vera

Posted on November 5, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I am very lucky because finding Aloe Vera and it’s healing powers did not take me a long time to do.  My Grandmother always had some of these amazing plants in her yard.  Dabbing the cooling gel on a burn from a hot stove top was second nature to my grandmother, but the magic of this succulant herb did not reveil itself until she had a serious burn that required medical treatment.  When she got past the initial healing stage, she naturally turned to her Aloe plant to help prevent scarring that sometimes happens after a burn heals.  Thanks to her Aloe gel applications, she never had a scar from her second degree burn and no one could tell which arm was burned. 

Here are some resources and reference materials to get you started in discovering the healing of Aloe Vera:

http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-aloe-vera.html

growing:  http://www.thegardenhelper.com/aloe~vera.html

http://www.mybeautyrecipes.com/aloe_vera.html

Recipes from cranberrylane:  http://www.cranberrylane.com/recipes-body-care.htm

http://www.healthynewage.com/skin-care-aloe.htm

http://www.guidemegreen.com/articles/article-detail.html?aID=5939

http://www.towards-sustainability.com/2008/01/damn-plastic-bags-homemade-moisturiser.html

lip gloss:  http://www.kinderinfo.com/aloe-vera-lip-gloss-recipe/

http://natural-homemade-beauty-tips.blogspot.com/2008/12/aloe-vera-cucumber-juice-recipe.html

http://leonsbeautytipsandsecrets.com/cucumber-and-aloe-vera-face-pack-for-sensitive-skin/

http://www.aloe-vera-health-benefits.com/aloe-vera-acne-mask-recipe.html

video:  http://www.livestrong.com/video/423-aloe-vera-facial-mask-recipe-/

loads of recipes:  http://www.bathandbodyrecipes.com/bath-body-recipe-554/aloe-vera-gel-lotion-recipe.html

http://www.a1-natural-beauty.com/Cleansing_Oil.html

recipes:  http://www.kitchencraftsnmore.net/bath.html

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