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

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

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

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

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.

Need a Facial?

Author: Dr. Larita

Facial masks have beneficial effects for many skin types because they can nourish, rejuvenate, and stimulate; refine, cleanse, and peel off the outer skin layer; soothe and calm inflammation; clear acne, loosen blackheads; and act as an anti-wrinkle treatment and natural face-lift. For natural skin care, you can use practically any fruit or vegetable in your refrigerator and many other foodstuffs. You can purchase a flower water to blend your dry ingredients but I prefer to use plain spring water as the moisturizer with essential oils added for the properties they bring to the mixture.

Clay masks are wonderful because the clay has absorbed the sun and the plants and minerals of earth over thousands of years giving it rejuvenating and anti-aging benefits for our skin. Clays come in an assortment of colors from all over the world and can be found in health food stores and pharmacies. When we combine  the clay with essential oils they complement each other with a synergistic effect providing natural skin care that is highly beneficial. White kaolin clay is best used on normal to oily skin because it has an astringent effect. It removes impurities from the skin as it cleanses and it improves lymphatic flow, increasing blood circulation the the area. Fuller’s earth is a stimulating clay that is a soft brown in color. It is a cleansing clay plus it removes dead skin cells. It is useful on oily to normal skin only.

How To Use Body Oils

Author: Dr. Larita

I am writing one last  blog about body oils, at least for a while. My brother passed away in 2000 but before he did, he loved body oils. He  had his favorite scents  for himself as well as scents he liked for his lady friends. He kept trying different scents until he found one that he absolutely loved. The first time he purchased a bottle of the oil he liked best, he asked for the largest bottle we have.

Well, when he came back and asked for another bottle before a month was up I asked him if he had spilled the bottle or given it away. He told me he had used it all! I explained to him and I’m advising you; it only takes a small amount of body oil for you to smell wonderful. The oils blend in with your body chemistry creating a signature scent that is all your own and the scent lasts all day. You may not smell it yourself after a while (your nose gets used to it) but others will and you will receive many complements about how wonderful you smell.

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.

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