Monthly Archives: March 2011

Moroccan Mud

Morocco’s best kept secret 
World famous spas have been trying to keep this Moroccan mud a secret for years, but now the secret is out! You can now own Moroccan mud for yourself and experience dramatic skin improvement. This rare mineral clay, mined deep within the mountains of North Africa, moisturizes skin while drawing out impurities for an instant skin makeover. Its unique mineral content displaces toxic build up within the skin, and instantly improves skin tone and texture. Muds vary in color.
Ingredients: Moroccan mineral clay mud.
Directions: Moroccan mud gives you the chance to be creative! Mix the mud with milk, rose water, honey, regular water, or any other liquid, into a paste, the consistency of your liking. Spread across the body and face. Allow to dry. Wash off. Playing in the mud was never so much fun!

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Morning Beauty Tips

Get your skin going and glowing with our expert’s a.m. skin care suggestions. By Linda Formichelli

If your morning skin care habits are strictly wash-and-go, you need to step up to a daily regimen that will help fight off free radicals, protect your skin from the sun’s rays, bring moisture to dehydrated skin, and more. While the sun is shining, your skin will be glowing –thanks to these daytime skin care tips from Marianna Blyumin, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist in Hollywood, Fla.

Get Moving. Exercise isn’t just for your muscles, so get off the couch and get moving.”Exercise lowers stress hormones, the physiological stress indicators that cause damage to all of our body — including our skin,” says Blyumin. Cardiovascular exercise works best for keeping stress hormones at bay, so try 30 to 45 minutes per day of walking, biking, swimming, or even martial arts.

Exfoliate. Give your skin a wake-up call in the shower.”Exfoliating your body speeds up skin cell turnover and therefore gets rid of damaged superficial skin and lets fresher skin shine through,” says Blyumin.

How often you should exfoliate and how harsh a scrub you should use depends on your skin type: If you’re desert-dry, look for a mild moisturizing scrub and exfoliate monthly. Normal skin can handle weekly exfoliation with a body cleanser containing fine beads. Oily skin? Scrub three times a week with any body cleanser containing exfoliating beads or a loofah, and afterward be sure to slather on a barrier repair moisturizer; these creams contain ingredients such as ceramide, a lipid that not only prevents water loss but helps rebuild the skin.

Lighten Up. Leave the heavy face creams for nighttime, and instead go for a light moisturizer; lightweight products don’t leave your skin feeling greasy during the day. Blyumin recommends a moisturizer with antioxidants such as green tea, soy, coenzyme Q10, or vitamins A, C, and E, which counteract free radicals that age your skin and can contribute to skin cancer.

Hydrate. You’re already hydrating your skin from the outside, but you need to quench your skin’s thirst from the inside, too.”When we’re dehydrated, our skin begins to look dull and dry,” says Blyumin.”So it’s important to hydrate the skin from the inside by drinking plenty of water.”

Solar Power Top your daily skin care strategies with a sun protection plan, say experts.

Cover up. Help prevent skin cancer and premature aging with an SPF of at least 30. Choose a physical sunblock (with ingredients like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) rather than a chemical sunblock (with ingredients like avobenzone) because it’s less likely to irritate your skin. Even better, most physical sunblocks protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

Lip service. When you protect your face from the sun, don’t leave out your pout.”Skin cancers on the lips are more dangerous than other skin cancers because they’re more likely to spread to the inside of our body,” says Marianna Blyumin, MD. So select a lip balm with at least a 30 SPF.

Avocado and Its Benefits

Avocado is a very recent discovery in skin treatment and remedies, and so far it has had outstanding results. Avocado oil is made from the pulp of the avocado fruit. It is rich and heavy but penetrates the skin for a nutritive and therapeutic experience. Avocado oil contains more than 20% essential unsaturated fatty acids as well as vitamins A, C, D and E, proteins, beta-carotene, lecithin, fatty acids and the “youth mineral” potassium. Avocado oil is high in unsaponifiables (sterolins), which are famous for being beneficial in reducing age spots, healing scars and moisturizing the upper layers of the skin.

Unsaponifiables are a group of compounds called plant sterolins. Sterolins soften the skin, having an amazing moisturizing effect on the upper layer of the skin and reducing scars. The sterolins in avocado oil have been found to diminish age spots. Oils with the highest unsaponifiables are shea butter, avocado oil, sesame oil, soybean and olive oil.

In a 1991 study at the Department of Food Engineering and Biotechnology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology found that skin treatment with avocado oil significantly increases water soluble collagen content in the dermis, which effects the aging of the skin. Avocado is used in many folk medicines as an aphrodisiac. Avocado oil is an emollient and very stable. According to many dermatologists avocado does help make the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce roughness, cracking and irritation. Avocado also removes the fine wrinkles of aging and help protect the skin from ultraviolet rays.

How to make an “Avocado Face Mask”

Things You’ll Need:

1/2 medium ripe avocado,  1 tbsp. all natural honey,  1 tbsp. all natural yogurt,  1 cucumber

Mash the avocado with a fork until creamy. Avocados naturally contain a deep penetrating vegetable oil that is perfect  for dry skin. Maybe the most important element of avocado is that it is a good source of potassium, which is known as the youth mineral, so whether you are eating avocados or making a face mask, they can help your skin maintain its healthy and beautiful glow.

Add 1 tbsp. of all natural honey to the avocado mash. Honey has a germ killing ability and helps to reduce swelling and inflammation making your skin tight and reduces wrinkles.

Add 1 tbsp natural yogurt. Yogurt is a natural and gentle cleanser and is used in many skin care products. Yogurt also helps to tighten the skin.

Wash your face gently with warm water and pat dry. Apply a thin layer of the avocado face mask to your face and neck and allow to set for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water a few times to remove all residue.

Added Benefit: Place 2 slices of cucumbers over your eyes. Cucumber acts as a natural astringent and is a perfect addition to the avocado mask. It also hydrates the eyes and helps to reduce circles underneath the eyes.

This mixture is great especially for African Americans. Have fun trying it out. Don’t have the time. At we carry a commercial brand of the facial scrub.

Avocado & Cucumber Facial Scrub –  $8.00 5oz

This cucumber and avocado facial scrub gently washes away impurities from deep within the pores while getting rid of dead skin cells to reveal fresh, soft skin. Enriched with vitamin C and E.

Himalayan Bath Salts and its Benefits

The Purest Bath Crystals for the Purest Cleansing 
Himalayan bath salts are famous worldwide for their purity and beauty, and in the Himalayas they often go by the name of “white gold”. Having formed in the Himalayan mountains over what is believed to be the last 250 million years, the crystals are incredibly pure and virtually untouched by pollutants and toxins. For thousands of years the salt has been used in baths, body scrubs, drinks, and foods and has been praised for its medicinal properties and unique taste. Pakistan.

Himalayan salt contains 84 minerals that balance and detoxify the body; these minerals include iron, copper, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. When you bathe in the salts these minerals are absorbed through the skin and can help to improve immunity, reduce stress, improve heart health, relieve headaches and depression.

You can also eat Himalayan rock salt! Because Himalayan sea salt is completely unprocessed and free of any additives, the pure taste and abundant minerals make this salt both more flavorful and healthier than processed salts. Himalayan salt optimizes the flavor of food, allowing you to experience the real, full-taste of food. It doesn’t taint food with an acrid, salty bitterness like more standard salts.

For Skincare:
The minerals and nutrients in Himalayan salts work to cleanse and beautify the skin. As you bathe you’ll notice your skin becoming smoother, softer, and cleaner than ever before. Himalayan salts have been used to treat dry skin, acne, psoriasis; insect bites or blisters; joint diseases such as arthritis and rheumatism; water retention and premenstrual symptoms; stress and insomnia.

To Use: Just put a handful of salts in your bath when you start the water running. Stay in the tub for about 30 minutes and towel dry your body. If you take your bath before bedtime you will have an incredibly restful sleep as the salts help to encourage deep sleep and reduce stress.

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