Archive for November, 2010

Shea Butter Benefits

Author: Dr. Larita
November 30, 2010

Shea butter is a 100% pure and natural cream that contains vitamin A and vitamin E which have exceptional healing properties for the skin. The vitamin A in shea butter is important for improving skin conditions including blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis as well as properties that treat skin allergies, insect bites, sunburns, frostbites, and many other common skin conditions. The vitamin E in this rich creamy extract may serve as an anti-free radical agent that aids in preventing the harmful effects of the sun and environmental exposure on the skin.

Shea butter is derived from the seed of the shea (also known as the Karite) tree and is extracted and prepared without the use of chemicals. The best shea butter for skin use is prepared by cold press methods without the use of added chemicals or preservatives.


Aromatherapy Gifts

Author: Dr. Larita
November 25, 2010

The countdown for Christmas and Kwanzaa is coming earlier each year. I saw Christmas decorations in a couple of department stores before Halloween. Some of you go all out and spend lots of money on electronic gadgets and expensive clothing for your family but if you want to cut back and make the holidays more meaningful, give a gift of aromatherapy products. Essential oils make excellent gifts and will be very useful to your friends and family.

If you need any suggestions, check out this list:

  • Aromatherapy essential oils
  • Aromatherapy incense
  • Essential oil travel kits
  • Aromatherapy massage oils
  • Essential oil diffusers
  • Aromatherapy gift basket
  • Wood incense burners


Easy At-Home Facials

Author: Dr. Larita
November 19, 2010

Pampering yourself can be easy and affordable when you use what you already have to create luxurious and beneficial facial masks. Mix up a mask that meets your skin’s needs, and then plan on kicking back and relaxing. You might consider a cup of hot chamomile tea or a hot foot soak to go along with your at-home spa theme.

Dry Skin: Mash one banana and add five tablespoons of ground oats and a tablespoon of honey. Apply to damp skin and leave on for about twenty minutes. Rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.

Oily Skin: Mix one egg white, half a cucumber and one drop of a mixture of one drop lavender essential oil and one drop rosemary essential oil in a food processor or blender and then refrigerate for about twenty minutes. This mask can be left on for fifteen to twenty minutes. Rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.

Blemished Skin: Mix chopped tomato, a tablespoon of instant oatmeal and a teaspoon of lemon juice in a blender until mixed. Let mask stay on skin for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.

Tired Skin: Mash five ripe strawberries, a few teaspoons of heavy whipping cream and a teaspoon of honey together an apply to face. Leave on for half an hour and rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.


Natural Skin Care for Winter III

Author: Dr. Larita
November 11, 2010

No matter how thoroughly you moisturize them, the skin on your hands is going to dry out, but you can reduce the risk of cracks and bleeding by applying a strong hand cream at least three times daily. Try to avoid harsh soaps and excessively hot water when washing your hands, and re-apply hand cream after every cleaning.

Essential oils can also help to keep your hands looking their best. You can simply blend the essential oils for your specific problem into your hand cream.

  • Antiseptic Oils: rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus, lavender, lime
  • Oils for Dry Hands: rose, geranium, sandalwood, patchouli, carrot
  • Oils for Neglected Hands: rose, lemon, geranium, patchouli

Cooler temperatures will always make effective skincare more difficult. However, with natural skincare, a few minor changes to your regular routine will go a long way in keeping your skin beautiful.


Natural Skin Care for Winter II

Author: Dr. Larita
November 10, 2010

We’re continuing our blog on natural skin care for the cold weather season. We want to help you keep your skin healthy and radiant with a few changes to your warm weather skin care.

Your normal exfoliating practice might be very effective during the warm months, but it could prove to be too much for the cold season. Frequent or vigorous scrubs and cleanses will expose your new young skin to the harsh, dry air of winter without enough protection. If your moisturizing routine is still leaving you dry after exfoliating, consider cutting back on your weekly scrubs and instead use a natural exfoliating soap that can be used daily.

The following oil works very well when used after the drying conditions of winter activities. It is a thick oil but is great in protecting your face when it is exposed to sunburn after skiing, sailing, or hiking.

  • Chamomile – 10 drops
  • Geranium – 10 drops
  • Lavender – 10 drops
    Diluted in
  • Jojoba oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Evening primrose oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Almond oil – 2 teaspoons

Blend these ingredients together well and gently massage into the skin every night before bed and also during the day as a sunscreen.


Natural Skin Care for Winter

Author: Dr. Larita
November 9, 2010

For many people, the first signs of winter are a welcome reprieve from sweltering heat, but saying goodbye to those summer sweats can wreak havoc on your skin. Even a slight chill can lead to unwanted dryness but a few simple changes to your daily routine will help keep your skin radiant and healthy.

At the first sign of cold weather, look for skincare products and makeups that contain powerful moisturizers. Face creams should be working hard to protect your skin from those blustery breezes, and your makeup should be no different. Choose products that might be heavier than your regular brand, but not so heavy that they clog your pores. Look for solutions that are particularly effective on your T-zone, as this area is most prone to dryness.

Cooler temperatures always make effective skincare more difficult so make the switch to winter skincare products early. Use your winter-ready products daily to help fight the effects of winter weather and keep your skin healthy.


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