Archive for October, 2012

If you’re concerned with the quality of your skin, you most likely know that the skin on our faces tends to be particularly sensitive. It is also the most susceptible to the damaging effects of the sun as well as everyday dirt and grime. With all the negative things we subject our faces to every day, it’s important to use the right facial moisturizers.

But once you have that perfect moisturizer for your particular skin type, it’s still important to apply that moisturizer in the most effective way. To achieve the softest skin, make sure to apply the moisturizer in light, circular motions. And remember, if you have oily skin, the less massaging, the better. Massages stimulate oil glands and excessive rubbing will only make the problem worse. Take the most care around the eyes. Be particularly gentle, because pulling or rubbing that skin can cause premature sagging or wrinkles. Also make sure your moisturizer has sunscreen protection of at least 15 SPF. This will ensure that your moisturizer protects you all day.


Facelift in a Jar

Author: Dr. Larita
10/25/2012

As I’ve gotten older my skin has lost some of its vibrancy and elasticity, particularly on my face. I want my exterior to look as youthful as I feel on the inside. I visited a dermatologist who suggested all sorts of fillers and plumpers, even though I firmly stated that I didn’t want anything to do with needles or surgery.

I figured there had to be a better solution. I did some digging online and found a wealth of information about the benefits of all natural skin care. These organic remedies aren’t that expensive, so I gave it a shot. I bought a cream comprised of Shea butter, Mango butter, Avocado oil, Grapeseed oil, Vitamin E, and pure Coconut oil. Immediately I saw the benefits: glowing, moisturized skin. I call the product a facelift in a jar!


Aromatherapy Massages

Author: Dr. Larita
10/22/2012

Your skin is the vehicle that can take you anywhere you want to go and do anything for you that you want if you simply add essential oils to your massage oil. No matter what your reason for having a massage, there is an essential oil that will make it even better.  Always use a quality carrier oil for your massage. Sweet almond oil is my favorite carrier oil for massage but liquid shea oil is also wonderful.

Aromatherapy Massage Oil Formulas

  • Add lavender for stress relief and relaxation
  • Add rosemary to relieve sore muscles and pain
  • Add a blend of peppermint and grapefruit for an energizing massage anytime you need a lift
  • Finally, add ylang ylang for a sensual intimate massage


Aromatherapy is based in the usage of what are called ‘essential oils,’ which are oils that have certain properties when breathed in or applied to the skin. Some of these essential oils include sweet basil, wild chamomile, frankincense, as well as many other oils, each with their own benefits.

There are many purposes that aromatherapy essential oils can be used for. Sometimes they are used to relieve anxiety or help with respiratory problems. They are also sometimes used to provide people with energy, as well as helping out with a number of other problems and conditions.


Eczema is a non-contagious skin condition characterized by hot dry itchy skin, with symptoms that often vary over the course of the seasons or even days. It is provoked when the subject is exposed to certain triggers, especially allergens, emotional stress, heat, sweating and mechanical irritants (solvents, chemicals, detergents, bleach, woolen clothing, skin care products that contain alcohol, and certain soaps or fragrances.)

Skin with itchy eczema must be kept moisturized throughout the day. You can massage the area twice daily with 10 drops of chamomile German essential oil, 5 drops yarrow essential oil and 5 drops tagetes essential oil diluted in 2 tablespoons of almond oil, 30 drops of jojoba oil, and 10 drops of evening primrose oil. A natural skin moisturizer like shea butter should also be used after a bath or shower and each time you wash your hands if they are the affected area.

To keep your eczema under control with an alternative to prescription medicine method try the following:

  • Prevention –  Avoid or reduce your exposure to things that can irritate your skin such as household cleaners, detergents, certain soaps and wool clothing.
  • Moisturize – Use a moisturizer like shea butter or mango body butter on your skin every day to help keep it soft and supple.
  • Don’t Scratch – Even when it itches! Scratching irritates the skin and causes it to break and crack, leading to infection.
  • Identify Your Triggers – This can help you to avoid or limit your exposure to the culprit even better. If you believe a food is causing your problems, ask your doctor about an allergy test or try an elimination diet to identify the irritating product on your own.
  • Keep Hands Dry – Be sure to dry your hands completely after you wash them and don’t forget to moisturize.
  • Wear Protective Gloves – Wear gloves when your hands will be exposed to anything that can irritate them (dish washing, house cleaning.)
  • Stress Management – Learn to manage your stress through regular exercise, breathing techniques, biofeedback, meditation and yoga.


Black Seed Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
10/17/2012

Black Seed oil has a long and interesting history. It is said by some to be “Cleopatra’s beauty secret.” The Prophet Mohammad (s) stated in his “Hadith” that black seed oil cures every illness except death. Black seed was even found in Egyptian Pharoah Tutankhamen’s tomb. Black Seeds are extremely beneficial as a food in many aspects of health, both healing and preventative. Asthma, allergy sufferers and people with autoimmune disorders are said to benefit greatly from the over 100 chemical constituents contained in this amazing seed.

Dark in color with an herbal scent, black cumin oil, also called black seed oil,  is a specialty oil that is popular in preparations for acne, burns and wrinkles. It has also become popular as a hair oil when mixed with other carrier oils like coconut oil, aloe vera oil and castor oil. Adding rosemary essential oil to your mixture can make your hair shiny and clear your scalp of dandruff.

More than 200 university studies conducted since 1959 have confirmed many traditional uses of this powerful seed; anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties among them. It is a rich source of essential fatty acids – omega 3 and omega 6, the building blocks of cells and commonly is used for relief of acne, psoriasis, eczema and pain. This amazing oil is often used in joint massage and for the relief of headaches.


Your Facial

Author: Dr. Larita
10/16/2012

Green clay is the best of the clays and it can be used on all skin types. It is good for treating acne and other skin disturbances as well as providing an anti-aging effect for mature skin. Green clay balances combination skin, normalizes oily skin and revitalizes dry skin. It is rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium and energizes connective tissue. It stimulates very gently and it is effective in increasing the lymph flow and circulation allowing oxygen to speed the elimination of waste products.

Of course, you can purchase a face mask that you squeeze from a tube providing an instant face mask but these products contain all kinds of unnecessary ingredients that may even be harmful to your skin. When I look at the expiration date on a product and it is a year or two away, I wonder how that product can be good for my skin and I want a natural alternative. That’s why I make my own facial masks and cleansers. A homemade mask takes only a few minutes to assemble and once you put your tailor made product in a jar you have your own instant face pack ready to use at any time and tailor-made for your own skin type.


Essential oils are used by many cultures throughout the world for their healing properties. Some uses for the oils include increasing over-all well being and physical, emotional and mental health. Many essential oils can also stimulate the sex drive and work as powerful aphrodisiacs. So those looking to spice up their love lives should consider filling their oil diffusers with one of the following essential oils:

~Jasmine oil is said to have a counter-effect on frigidity, impotence and premature ejaculation. It also boosts energy levels.

~Rose oil aids in hormone balance. This oil works best for women, but is also said to boost sexuality in men.

~Sandalwood oil is said to aid in the treatment of impotence and help to relieve the anxiety that leads to frigidity. Sandalwood also produces something similar to androsterone, a male hormone secreted in the armpits as a sexual signal.

~Ylang Ylang oil energizes the body and intensifies sexual desire.


30 Second Face Lift

Author: Dr. Larita
10/05/2012

I guess I take too many things for granted. A girlfriend of mine said she wasn’t sure she was using our 30 Second Face Lift correctly. When I asked her why, she said, “Well, there are no directions on the jar.” So, in case there are any more of you who want directions for this wonderful moisturizing cream, I’m going to give you the directions today.

The first thing to do when you are ready to moisturize your face is to cleanse it with a gentle natural soap. Lather the soap in your hands with warm water and use gentle circular motions. Don’t forget to lather your neck too because it should be treated just as lavishly as your face.  You can rinse your face with warm water or use a face towel soaked in very warm water and wrung dry to steam your face. Just lay the warm towel on your face for about 30 seconds and then pat dry.

Next, wipe your face with a natural astringent like witch hazel or vinegar. I use cotton rounds because they are lint free, but you can use a cotton ball too. I don’t use very much astringent so I don’t dry my face after applying it. If your face is wet after using the astringent, you are using too much and you should blot it dry this time and not use so much astringent next time.

The last thing in this scenario is to apply a natural moisturizing cream like 30 Second Facelift. Rub about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of the cream on your palms and fingertips. Wipe it on your face in circular motions starting on your cheeks and moving up to your forehead don’t forget your neck, starting at the base and moving up to the chin. When you have rubbbed it in well, you can blot your face with a tissue. The only makeup I wear is a little  bit of lipstick. If you like, you can add eye makeup but you won’t need liquid makeup or powder since it just clogs your pores.


Treatment For Wrinkles

Author: Dr. Larita
10/04/2012

Laugh lines are one thing, but wrinkles that start making you feel like your skin looks older than you feel are another thing completely! Here are some ways to take care of those lines.

1.  Sunscreen is the number one way to prevent sun damage and wrinkling.  Apply any time you’ll be spending time outdoors, whether it’s sunny or cloudy, summer or winter.

2.  Vitamin A (Retinoid) Creams.  These creams can increase sun sensitivity, making number one even more important!  Vitamin A stimulates collagen production and stops cells from breaking down further.

3.  Alpha Hydroxy Acids exfoliate and increase collagen.  Just remember to be gentle with your skin! It is also a good idea to consult a trained cosmetologist if you are not sure what concentrations to use.

4.  Antioxidants – in your food and on your skin, these are key to feeling and looking youthful!

5. Hydration – The importance of drinking enough water cannot be overemphasized. What happens when you’re dehydrated? Your skin will get dry and begin to sag; and you’ll begin to lose muscle tone. If you find yourself thirsty, then you’re already behind schedule on keeping yourself hydrated, so carry water with you and drink it often!

 


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