Saturday, 22 September 2012

Unusual skin ingredients in your kithchen for dry skin

A cup of buttermilk. Half an avocado. Two tablespoons of honey. A dash of olive or coconut oil.
Hi Friends,
This might sound like a recipe for something you'd whip up in the kitchen (something that might not taste all that great, to be sure). But ingredients like these might actually have a better use in your bathroom during your morning or evening skin care routine. That's because they're all excellent natural moisturizers that get the body's largest organ smooth and glowing without the excess chemicals or high price tags found in many commercial products.

So the next time you're looking to banish dry skin, you might want to head to the supermarket instead of the drugstore -- armed with this handy guide to five of the most effective natural moisturizers, of course.
"Skin like buttermilk" isn't a line from a corny Elizabethan poem; it's a compliment you might actually get by bathing your skin in the stuff.

That's because buttermilk contains lactic acid, one of the hyrdoxy acids. If you've spent any time looking for a skin-improving lotion, you've no doubt come across alpha-hydroxy and beta-hyrdoxy acids on the ingredients lists. These compounds act as exfoliants on the skin, breaking apart and removing dry, dead skin cells so fresher, younger, moister ones can come to the fore.

But you needn't soak in a bath of sour milk like Cleopatra used to do to see the benefits. All you need to do is wet a face cloth in cold buttermilk (regular milk will do also) and lay it on a dry or irritated patch of skin for about five minutes. Rinse gently, so some of lactic acid stays behind, and voila -- relief from your refrigerator!


Shea butter, used as a moisturizer since ancient times, is produced from the nuts inside the fruit of the shea tree, found only in Africa. It can take one tree 15 to 30 years to develop mature enough fruit from which to harvest quality shea nuts. Fortunately, to experience its benefits you don't have to wait nearly as long, as your skin will feel moisturized the moment you apply it.

Shea butter is rich in vitamin A, which functions similarly to the natural fats found in the skin's upper layers. The vitamin not only helps alleviate dry skin, but can ease eczema, dermatitis, sunburn and insect bites. It also has high levels of skin-friendly vitamin F, which contains fatty acids that can aid normal cell growth and keep skin young looking.
When shopping for shea butter, it's important to look for a product that is no more than 18 months old, as the longer the moisturizer sits on the shelf, the less of a healing compound known as cinnamic acid (a cinnamon cousin) it will contain. It's also a good idea to look for varieties that are produced without the use of a dangerous chemical known as hexane in the extraction process. And be sure to seek out preparations that are 100 percent shea butter without any fillers.

Olive/ Coconut Oil                                                                                              Can lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, lessen heart attack risk and fight several types of cancer. Studies have shown that it fights bone loss, lessens inflammation, keeps belly fat at bay and helps diabetics regulate their blood sugar. But the benefits of the liquid gold known as olive  and coconut oil don't stop inside the body -- it can work wonders outside as well, by helping to moisturize dry skin.

The ancient Greeks used to take baths in the stuff, but you can see benefits by simply dabbing a bit on dry skin patches (or you can add a little to a warm bath if you have a thing for ancient Greeks).

Olive oil contains a compound found naturally in our skin known as linoleic acid. This lipid creates a water barrier that prevents skin from losing moisture. The lauric acid in coconut oil works as a natural underarm deodorant by killing odor-causing bacteria. Interestingly, linoleic acid and lauric acid can't be manufactured by the body and must come from foods.

Studies have shown that olive oil is not only an effective moisturizer, but that it also can alleviate the symptoms of skin conditions like rosacea, psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema. It can even help reduce inflammation and soothe and heal burns. Most promising of all is that thanks to the high level of antioxidants it contains, olive oil has been shown to greatly reduce tumor frequency from UVB rays.

The next time you're whipping up a batch of guacamole for a party, be sure to keep some pureed avocados on the side. Then, when you serve your dish people will not only compliment your star cooking ability, they might just notice your skin, too.

The oil found in avocados acts as an emollient, which means that it helps lubricate the spaces between corneocytes, the flattened cells that form the very outer layer of our skin. It also has superb transepidermal penetration capacity, which is a fancy way of saying that your skin likes to drink it up.

Avocados are also high in fats and vitamins A, D and E, the later of which helps the skin retain moisture and helps reduce wrinkles. That's the science of the fruit. For its practical beauty use, all you really need to do is apply some mashed avocado to a troubled area for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse. Just be sure to keep what you wash away separate from the dip and chips!

Sweetening your tea with honey and a little dripped on your hand? You might just want to leave it there.

Aside from being delicious to eat, honey has some pretty appetizing benefits for your skin. It's a natural humectant, which means that it has the ability to draw water molecules from the air toward your skin, helping to keep it moisture-rich. Honey also has antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a viable option for helping with wound healing, which might explain why a prescription for it was found on a piece of clay dating from 2000 B.C.

To get the moisturizing benefits of the syrupy stuff, dissolve two tablespoons of honey in an equal amount of water and then add six more tablespoons of water. Apply to the skin, wait 10 minutes and then rinse. It's a sweet solution for dry skin.
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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Lotion vs Oil which is better for your body?

For many of us, Harmatan or Winter means our skin starts looking like the desert, dry, cracked and dehydrated. If you're one for piling on lotion, but you don't seem to get the moisturizing results you'd like, it might be time to go the nature or should i say traditional way on your stubbornly parched skin. The trick is finding moisturizers that are truly nontoxic. Moisturizers are great at keeping the skin hydrated and healthy looking, and reducing the signs of aging; however, compared to other beauty products, moisturizers often contain the most amount of synthetic chemicals and petroleum by-products, many of which are linked to serious health concerns, Seeing as moisturizers work by deeply penetrating skin, it's smart to consider using green products, which contain fewer synthetic chemicals that may enter your bloodstream.

 Women are lotion lovers, but in Europe and other parts of the world, oil is actually the more popular option for hydrating dry skin. And there are differences between the two. Some manufacturers have to add all sorts of fillers and emulsifiers to create creamy lotion, while certain plant-based oils are super effective at keeping us hydrated and radiant without needing the added ingredients. Still, not all lotions are eco-evil. And when looking for a winner in the oil versus lotion debate, i think there is a place for both.
I believe oils and lotions have varying benefits and drawbacks, but both can be incorporated into a healthy beauty routine. Oils protect the skin's lipid barrier and are great at preventing moisture from evaporating from the skin. Some people believe applying oil, especially to acne-prone skin, will clog pores, cause breakouts, or leave a greasy film. The truth is, most natural oils are easily absorbed, not greasy, and are non-comedogenic, that is, they have a low potential to clog pores, which makes oils perfect for all skin types.
Body lotions, on the other hand, are designed to penetrate the skin, leaving it softer, hydrated, and younger looking. Lotions have the benefit of containing a number of beneficial ingredients such as aloe vera, vitamin E, vitamin D, shea butter, and keratin, i have a client who not being able to do without lotion, uses lotion in the morning and oil at night. All of these ingredients replenish the skin of its lost moisture, repair damaged skin, and can alleviate various types of skin conditions.

So, will lotions lose their luster? One company that thinks so is Bodylab, a nature loving body-care sector, which hopes to turn our women on to body oil as a moisturizer.

Want to try using oils as moisturizers? Keep these points in mind as you shop around for dry skin soothers:

• Be expert on extraction. It's important to know how your oil is extracted because you don't want it exposed to high temperatures, or extracted using harmful chemical solvents. Cold pressed is ideal, but CO2-extracted oils are also allowed in certified-organic products. As a rule of thumb, always stay away from synthetic fragrances, sometimes listed as "parfum" or "fragrance" on the ingredients label, and instead opt for unscented, or scented with cold-pressed essential oils.

Avoid this oil. Avoid beauty-care products containing mineral oil. This is a processed petroleum product, and who wants to wear that? Look for products with the fewest amount of ingredients and those that do no contain fragrance, parabens, petrolatum or petroleum jelly. Women, in general, have a misconception that skin care and beauty require fancy products with lots of ingredients to work better. The reality is that an inexpensive bottle of sweet pure coconut oil will likely work just as well as an expensive bottle of the latest big-brand moisturizer lotion to hydrate your skin, give it a healthy glow, and reduce the signs of aging.
• Wear the winners. Coconut oil is an excellent choice for body moisturizing. I always  prefer Olaa Naturale products. At cooler temperatures, coconut oil solidifies, but if you scoop a bit into the palm of your hand and rub it between your hands, it will turn into a smooth body moisturizer, and its also good for the face. I love jojoba, sweet almond, olive and avocado oils too.

Monday, 10 September 2012

The taste of a Natural Woman

Hello fellow bloggers.
Trust you had a great weekend and wishing you all a fabulous week ahead.
Todays post is particularly interesting and i guess it's what a lot of people out there want to know and i have received a lot of mails regarding it. So, here i am writing about how natures woman should smell and taste.
Vaginas taste the way they taste because of a combination of factors — your body's natural sweaty smells, whatever detergent you use on your underwear,the smell of any soaps you use, the smell of the your vagina's juices, so the obvious first step to having a fragrant, delicious pubic region would be to thoroughly wash and wear clean laundry that you wash in soap that doesn't contain dyes or fragrances that will clash with your body's natural scent. Your vagina taste has a lot to do with what you eat.  Of course, you need to stay hygienic to have a good vaginal flavor, but beyond that there are a few specific foods you can eat to make sure your vagina tastes fresh and mild.

 Pineapple juice, lemon, Cinnamon, red grapes and honey

Men and women both consume these fruit juices in order to improve the taste and odor of their secretions.  A glass or two a day should do the trick.  These juices work because their flavor and scent are strong enough to linger even after drinking it, but  they also contains antioxidants to cleanse the body.


Yogurt is a great food to help your vagina taste, not so much because the flavor is strong, but because of how beneficial it is to vaginal health.  A healthy vagina will taste fresh naturally.  The live cultures in yogurt can help maintain the balance of bacteria and fungi in the vagina, and make it difficult for yeast infections to develop.  It’s an all-around good choice if you’re looking to add some vagina healthy foods to your diet.

Apple cider vinegar

This is another one that improves your vagina taste through good health rather than affecting the flavor.  The pH of apple cider vinegar is right around what the proper pH of your vagina should be.  Consuming apple cider vinegar, if you can stomach the taste, can help even out your vaginal pH if there’s a problem.  When your pH is balanced, the taste of your vagina shouldn’t be strong or sour at all.  Apple cider vinegar is best when diluted with water and honey.  Drinking it without diluting isn’t the best idea as the acids can irritate your throat.


People often underestimate the power of water when it comes to having a good vaginal flavor.  Staying hydrated is, first of all, a good way to keep your vaginal discharge thin.  Thin discharge means any odor is more dispersed and therefore milder.  Second, drinking water flushes toxins and impurities from your body.  Sometimes, these toxins and impurities can make your vagina taste and smell poor.  Removing the toxins and staying hydrated means a fresh, nice tasting vagina.

 No Smoking

Smoking (anything) will contribute to an off taste, dairy (milk and cheeses), red meat, sulfur based foods (like broccoli), onion, garlic, coffee/caffeine drinks, and alcohol are all things you should avoid to taste better.

No douching!
 Don't do that. Keep it gentle, keep it minimally fragrant. Try taking a bath, if you've got time. Cotton panties (or, if you hate the word panties, "skivvies" or "pantaloons") are better than less breathable fabrics, since your crotch is sort of like an armpit between your legs.

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