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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.

CONDITIONING YOUR LOCS

I’m new to this recent wave of locing by using the sistaloc method. I was only 1 year in loc’d and I just combed them all out and reloc’d using what I call the semi-interlocing method sistaloc method. I’ve been locing other people’s hair for years after taking classes with Annu Prestonia’s (Khamit Kinks) braiding and locing class many moons ago in which I drove all the way from New York to Chicago, and it was well worth it every hour and every moment of my time. 

Anywho I’ve done a lot of research, watched a lot of video’s to get myself updated on loc’ing and the following brother was one of the video’s which I agreed with the most with a little disagreements here and there, I liked his methods but didn’t agree with all his theories on hair care, but I will say eveyone has their own many theories. We have well trained and some kitchen stylist all with their own method’s. Check out this brother’s theory.

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The Konjac Sponge and its benefits

I totally love the Konjac sponge and have been using it for a few years now, so I decided to do some research and get to the bottom of why this particular porous root is so awesome for skincare. I found this awesome article:

Konjac sponges have been taking the world by storm, the skincare world that is. These increasingly popular, but definitely rather strange looking sponges, aren’t the type of sponge you’d imagine, but they are actually made out of a porous root vegetable.

The sponge itself is the Japanese konyaku root, which explains why it has been all the rage in Japan for quite some time now. It’s not only rather tasty and nutritious, it’s great for your skin.

While it may not rotate, oscillate, or vibrate, it does promise more radiant, beautiful skin, simply by washing your face. It can be paired with your favorite cleanser, and acts as a gentle exfoliator to help buff dry and dead skin away, revealing a softer, smoother and more radiant complexion. You might think of it as a kind of loofah, only it works a whole lot better than that. Plus, there’s no need to worry about chemicals or other potentially harmful toxins, as it’s 100% natural too.

The konjac sponge is also rich in vitamins, including A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, and E, as well as proteins, lipids, fatty acids and minerals like copper, zinc, iron and magnesium. As it’s a naturally alkaline plant with a neutral pH, that means that it can help balance the skin, and it won’t damage the epidermis either.

So why exactly do you need a konjac sponge? There are quite a few reasons that you really don’t want to live without it, including these:

1. The konjac sponge is also rich in vitamins, including A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, and E, as well as proteins, lipids, fatty acids and minerals like copper, zinc, iron and magnesium. As it’s a naturally alkaline plant with a neutral pH, that means that it can help balance the skin, and it won’t damage the epidermis either.

2. Anyone with acne or clogged pores can benefit from the konjac sponge, because its fibers help to unclog pores that are plugged up in a way that a washcloth or your hands simply cannot. As it’s an antibacterial, it helps to kill acne-causing bacteria as well as deep clean the skin’s pores to eliminate dirt, blackheads, and oil. When the pores become clogged with dead skin cells and other impurities, oils from the skin tend to get trapped beneath the surface, causing pimples and blackheads.

3. As a konjac sponge works as an exfoliator, as mentioned, using it will make your skin more radiant. Using anything on the skin that exfoliates is known to give the complexion a more “glowing” look, and the more often you use it, the more pronounced those effects will be. Regular use will likely result in skin that’s as smooth and silky as a baby’s bottom!

4. The konjac sponge can help your makeup stay on longer and look better too. That’s because it helps to remove flaky skin that can interfere with application and as it also helps to moisturize the skin, the face is more responsive to other skincare products that are used as well, creating the ideal canvas for your cosmetic art.When you’re ready to remove your makeup, the konjac sponge is great for that too, as it’s able to remove even the most stubborn traces of makeup. Used with soap (or a homemade cleanser) and water, it will remove more makeup than washing with your hands alone. You can even run one around your eyes so that your mascara comes off easier and faster.

5. The konjac sponge is great for those with sun-damaged skin as it helps to gently slough off the dull, dry flakes that typically come along with it. If you frequently wear an SPF sunscreen, daily or almost every day, using the sponge can help to remove stubborn, water-resistant sunscreen that usually won’t come off with soap or other traditional cleansers.

6. The konjac sponge is not only ideal for adults with sensitive skin because it won’t damage skin cells, but it’s perfect for baby’s sensitive skin too. The sponges are soft, palm-sized and are the ultimate product for baby’s bath time. Use it to massage the skin gently, working in circular motions.

So there you have it, a great detailed article on the konjac sponge and here’s how to actually use it:

  1. When you first get the konjac sponge, it’s going to be dry and hard, like a traditional sponge. Simply wet it under warm water, getting it completely saturated, until it’s soft all the way through.
  2. Once it’s totally soft, rinse and soak it again, using warm water, until it’s completely expanded. It may take as long as 20 minutes. Soaking it with warm (or hot) water helps to make its texture softer.
  3. To cleanse with it, gently massage your face with the sponge, beginning at the center, and extending outwards, moving in an upward direction. You can use it on its own, with soap, or with a cleanser. Avoid harsh scrubbing, particularly on acne areas, or places where you tend to break out, and around the eye area.
  4. After you’re finished using it, rinse the sponge with clean water, and using clean hands, press it gently between your palms to help drain the water out. Avoiding twisting it or pressing it too hard, because it could result in a damaged sponge. After rinsing well, allow the sponge to air dry.

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Irish Moss for Hair, Skin and Body

This posting is from 9/14/2014. Please scroll down for updated information. TY!

INCI: Chondrus Crispus or Carrageen – Irish Moss belongs to the red algae family of seaweed. What’s awesome about it is that its a natural thickener and emollient.

It is thought to help repair skin, is a demulcent and is thought to have antiviral/antibacterial properties. Its also full of minerals (like Sulfur, Manganese, Iron, Bromine, Selenium, Zinc, etc) and mucilage. Its also high in iodine.

Whipped Irish moss can get so thick, it can replace gelatin (hydrolyzed collagen) in your regular recipes. It can also be used to create a hair gel.

Internally, Irish moss is used to help the upper respiratory system, to help clear out mucous, for bronchitis, sore throat, and other issues.

TIP from mountainroseherbs.com: Don’t ingest (internally) Irish Moss on a daily basis for more than 2 weeks at a time. Its full of iodine which could cause a potential imbalance in thyroid function. There does not appear to be a limit on how often you can use it externally.

Irish Moss is best processed by soaking it in water. After washing/rinsing it, sit it in distilled or purified water overnight in the fridge.

The water (tea), can be used as an ingredient in some of your homemade concoctions. Make sure you add some type of essential or fragrance oil because it will smell like seaweed.

After soaking, whatever amount you used will at least double in size. Take the actual herb (the actual seaweed) and put it in a blender to get it as smooth as possible. Let that gel sit (I put mine in the fridge) and it will get super super super thick like gelatin.

That final Irish Moss gel can be used as one of the base ingredients for almost anything you want to make.

Add oils and fragrance to make a gel. Add it as part of your water phase when making a conditioner. Add it to your already existing homemade honey hair gel to thicken it up.

And yes, you can use it on your skin as well. According to reports, it helps to retain moisture and helps support healthy skin. It aids in calming rashes, eczema and psoriasis. Add it to your homemade lotions, or store bought lotions to give it a kick.

HOW TO TELL GOOD SEA MOSS FROM NOT SO GOOD:

 

There are a few things you should know when looking to purchase real sea moss. Some producers of sea moss grow sea moss in salt pools which changes its composition drastically.

Producers of sea moss also grow it in sea moss farms in the ocean. This doesn’t change its composition as drastically, but it still is not grown under totally normal conditions.

Natural sea moss is thinner and has less salt than the processed pool sea moss. You can see difference in size and color in the picture above.

It is better to buy wildcrafted sea moss, it is naturally grown and harvested in an eco-friendly way. Wildcrafting sea moss means harvested directly from its natural habitat, therefore it bypasses human intervention.

Ideally, harvesters only take parts of the sea moss plant, so the plant can regrow and support its ecosystem.

Wildcrafted sea moss is a better option than “organic” sea moss. You can grow organic sea moss in salt pools, so organic doesn’t necessarily make it better.

In comparison to pool made sea moss, wildcrafted sea moss retains its natural color and will be thinner and less salty than pool made sea moss.

Pool Grown Processed Sea Moss

Dr. Sebi spoke about how growing sea moss in brine pools. He said it changes the composition of the sea moss and negatively affects it nutrient content.

Producers take sea moss from the ocean and grow it in pool farms. The farms try to replicate the properties of the ocean by supplying constant back and forth motion of the ocean, but they can’t totally replicate all of he ocean’s properties.

Sea moss develops in a specific way through its interaction with all the properties of the ocean it grows in.

The environment includes the nutrients the sea moss absorbs from the rocks it grows on, air, sunshine, the amount of salt and other nutrients in the water, the movement of the water, and other natural factors.

Producers grown sea moss successfully in pools filled with very salty moving water, but the environment doesn’t totally replicate its natural environment.

This results in the sea moss growing very quickly. It also grows to nearly three times the thickness of naturally grown or wildcrafted sea moss.

Pool grown salt also contains much more salt on it, and is less nutrient dense.

The nutrient makeup of the pool grown sea moss doesn’t turn out to be the same as wildcrafted sea moss, and it develops with much more mucilage than the wildcrafted sea moss.

Sea Moss Grown In Ocean Farms

Sea moss producers also grow sea moss in sea farms to make harvesting easier. Though the sea moss grows in the ocean it doesn’t grow in exactly the same way as wildcrafted sea moss does because it grows from ropes instead of rocks.

The sea farmed sea moss does grow to more closely resemble the wildcrafted sea moss, but in composition it isn’t the same.

Wildcrafted sea moss offers nutrients in the ratio nature intended, and therefore has more chemical affinity within the body.

Comparison Between Wild Crafted Sea Moss And Pool Grown Sea Moss

Many people break down the sea moss by boiling it to make it a gel. This breaks down the cell walls and allows more of the nutrients to become bioavailable, or digestible by the body.

I use a high speed blender to blend the sea moss which achieves the same thing. This comparison uses 56 grams of dry wildcrafted and pool made sea moss, which is then soaked and blended.

The pool grown sea moss is much denser and takes up less volume than the wildcrafted sea moss. The pool grown sea moss contains much more salt from being grown in brine water, and it is much lighter.

It is lighter because of the way it is grown, and because the popular practice of drying sea moss in the sun to remove its color is often applied.

Some people use a 1 to 1 ratio, which results is in thick gelatin like substance when refrigerated. It is used as a thickening agent.

I add sea moss to my vegetable juices and fruit smoothies, but I also like to drink it by itself and need to use more water to keep it as a gel water instead of a gelatin substance.

Sea Moss – Irish Moss Benefits

Sea moss is a nutrient dense seaweed and excellent source of minerals. It contains bromine, calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and selenium.

The mucilage properties of sea moss is excellent in strengthening connective tissues and supporting joint health. Its mucilage properties also help to sooth the mucous membrane throughout the body, and supports skin health.

Sources:

1. http://www.naturallifeenergy.com/buying-real-sea-moss-irish-moss-knowing-the-difference/
2. The Anti-Inflammatory Effect of Algae-Derived Lipid Extracts on Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-Stimulated Human THP-1 Macrophages.
3. Neuroprotective effects of the cultivated Chondrus crispus
4. Chlorophyta and Rhodophyta macroalgae: a source of health promoting phytochemicals.

All About Avocado

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.

Honey & It’s Amazing properties!

HONEY: Honey is a humectant (which means that it helps to retain moisture) and an emollient (meaning that it softens and smoothes), which “naturally” makes it a great conditioner and moisturizer. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals, so using it in your hair care routine can leave your tresses looking shinier, feeling softer, and in an overall more healthy condition. Honey also softens as well as lightens your tresses, giving it a shiny appearance. EGGS: Hair treatments that involve the usage of egg yolks have been around for decades and are designed to help in hair strengthening. Apart from increasing the strength of the hair, such treatments also help with hair silkiness and softness. Egg Yolks are also great for their conditioning and moisturizing properties. TEA TREE: If you’re plagued by a dry, itchy scalp, tree oil may be your remedy of choice. I use it religiously. When it comes to common scalp problems like hair loss, dry skin, dandruff and head lice, tea tree oil may be an effective natural alternative to harsh chemicals. In shampoo form, it may be effective in reducing dandruff, unclogging hair follicles and clearing up bacterial and fungal infections. 

NOTE: It’s been known to cause allergic reactions ranging from mild irritation to severe redness, itching and blistering. Tea tree oil may also worsen skin conditions like eczema
Keep in mind that you should only use tea tree oil topically — it’s not meant to be swallowed and may be toxic if ingested.

Things to add to your honey:

Mayonnaise: The fats and oils from the mayonnaise enter the follicles of your hair more readily if the mayonnaise is warm, do let set out for about 1/2 hour before applying to hair. When your hair is heated the follicles open, allowing the conditioner to enter the strands, so warm hair by shampooing, or sit under warm dryer before applying. For extremely dry and damaged hair, you can leave the mayonnaise on over night. A mayonnaise treatment will restore moisture and vitality to your strands, leaving your hair very moisturized and supple. This helps to avoid protein overload. In addition add Yogurt: Coconut Water: Avocado: which will help in even deeper moisturization to your hair strands. 
Happy Hair!

This Should Be the Order of Your Skin-Care Products

We’ve reached a certain age when our skin-care regimen has become a little more complex than just washing our T-zone and putting on lotion whenever we feel dry. But we’re still not exactly sure when to layer in those fancy serums or creams. (And someone please tell us when the hell our SPF comes into play.) So we did some research and created a simple step-by-step guide to your morning and evening routines.

IN THE MORNING

Step 1: Cleanser. If you’re on the oilier side, use a mild wash in the mornings. Most people can get away with just splashing some water on their faces since there isn’t any makeup to remove.

Step 2: Toner. Whereas in the past, toners had more astringent qualities (think Seabreeze), newer formulas are used to rebalance the pH levels of your skin and add back any moisture lost from cleansing. Use the palms of your hands to gently tap the toner into your skin. (Yes, really. Cotton rounds tend to soak up a lot of the product.) 

Step 3: Serums. They’re lightweight, but they’re packed with the highest concentration of active ingredients. Choose them according to your skin issue. (For example, if you want to brighten up dull skin, look for a serum with vitamin C in it, or if you want to firm up fine lines, peptides are your best bet.)

Step 4: Moisturizing sunscreen. Though you could technically skip some of the other steps if you had to, sunscreen is always a must. Luckily, the latest formulas are super-hydrating, quick to absorb and actually wear well under makeup.

Cleanser, Toners, Serum, Sunscreen, Exfoliator, Toner, Mask

Soure: Read More: https://www.purewow.com/beauty/correct-order-for-skincare