Archive for June, 2011

Anti-Aging Skin Care

Author: Dr. Larita
06/27/2011

Your skin is a living breathing organ and it must be kept hydrated just like the rest of your body. To improve the condition of your skin and delay or even reverse the aging process, do the following:

  1. drink plenty of water
  2. eat a diet rich in antioxidants
  3. wash your face with a gentle natural soap
  4. use a good moisturizing cream

Be gentle when you wash your face and don’t scrub too hard because scrubbing is not good for your skin. I splash lukewarm water on my face and then make a soapy lather in my hands but you can also use a soft cloth to wash your face. After rinsing well, I use an astringent like witch hazel on a cotton ball before moisturizing with 30 second face lift.


I love burning candles. It gives a sense of peace to my home. What I don’t I enjoy is the fact that once a candle has burned to its lowest point there’s nothing left to do but throw it out. Candles can be pretty pricey, especially when you enjoy them as much as I do.

I have found a great alternative to candles in oil burners. First, you purchase an oil burner that fits into your décor. Then you simply need to choose the oil scents that you enjoy. You can choose seasonal oils, meditative, romantic or therapeutic oils. Oils are great because you don’t have to worry about wax getting all over the place when it melts down. The oil burners are so versatile that you all you need to do is purchase the oils as refills. You just wipe them out when you want to change the aroma or, of course, you can purchase more than one oil burner. They give you the same ambiance as candles, they smell just as wonderful and you can blend your oils for different scents.


What are Carrier Oils?

Author: Dr. Larita
06/17/2011

Carrier oils or base oils are used to dilute essential oils. Oils used in aromatherapy penetrate the skin, so they need to be diluted properly so you reap the best benefits from your massage session. A carrier oil is basically used to carry the essential oil and open the gateway for them to make an entry into the skin and render the health benefits from your aromatherapy session. These carrier oils are also referred to as cold-pressed vegetable oils and they are easily absorbed into the skin. Some types of aromatherapy carrier oils include almond, coconut, jojoba, grape seed, and aloe vera. Almond oil is also a great moisturizer and suitable for all skin types. Another often-used carrier oil, is olive oil.

Most of the oils that we find in grocery stores are heated, and not cold pressed, so they have less health benefits. You or your therapist has to balance your aromatherapy carrier oil with the essential oil to maximize the health benefits of your session.


Aromatherapy Skin Care

Author: Dr. Larita
06/14/2011

I’ve been writing blogs about natural skin care with aromatherapy and essential oils for over a year now and I’m wondering if you are getting tired of what I have to say about it. I am a true proponent of natural skin care and I would like for all my friends to be also. Maybe I should tell you that I not only write about skin care, I also read about it from other bloggers and newsletters. If you don’t believe me, why don’t you look into it further.

If you want to keep your skin looking and feeling young, try using natural products. You will find that these products really work for you and often they do not cost as much as the name-brand products in department stores. For a fresh and young looking face, wash with a gentle soap, use a natural astringent like witch hazel, and then use a natural moisturizer. You will be a believer in no time!


Natural Sunscreen

Author: Dr. Larita
06/10/2011

Everyone knows to put sunscreen on when you go to the beach, but what about every day? Even in the winter, your skin is exposed to harmful UV rays. In fact, it’s the everyday sun rays we get that can cause the most damage. UV rays damage your skin and lead to premature aging. In fact, too much sun exposure can zap moisture from the skin, making the oil glands work overtime, which leads to pimples and acne.

To combat UV related skin issues, apply at least SPF-15 to your skin in a thick layer and be prepared to reapply frequently throughout the day – that’s right, once a day is not enough! Use a moisturizer before you apply the sunscreen to your face – or better yet, grab a moisturizer that has natural sunscreen properties in it. Plan to reapply at least 3 times during the day for maximum protection. If you are going to be outside most of the day, put a heavier SPF on to ensure protection. SPF-15 only offers full protection for 15 minutes.

 


Dry Skin Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
06/09/2011

Are you confused about whether to use an ointment, a lotion or a cream to relieve your dry skin? These terms describe the way skin care products are prepared. Ointments are prepared using oil and may stay on your skin longer but many people don’t like them because they are  greasy and don’t soak into the skin. Creams are less oily than ointments and can be made from natural products so they do soak into the skin easily. Lotions are water-based and get absorbed into the skin quickly, causing instant, but not long-lasting, relief. For longer-lasting relief, choose ointments or creams.

If you have dry or itchy skin, avoid using too much soap, antiperspirants,  hot baths or anything else that removes your natural oils. Skin dryness and itchiness is worse when the humidity is low and you should definitely avoid stress, too much exposure to the sun, and smoking or secondhand smoke.


Shea Butter?

Author: Dr. Larita
06/06/2011

Shea butter is a yellowish or ivory colored natural fat that comes from the seed of the African shea tree. Extracting shea butter from the seed is a social activity for African women elders and young girls who crush and boil the seeds by hand.  Shea butter is used in Africa for cooking oil, as a water proofing wax, for hairdressing, for candle-making, and also as an ingredient of medicinal ointments.

The main industrial use of shea butter outside Africa is in cosmetics, such as moisturizer creams and emulsions, and in hair conditioners for dry and brittle hair. This versatile cream can be used to correct many skin conditions which we’ll discuss in a later post.


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