Sandalwood Powder for Skin

Sandalwood Powder for Skin

Pollution is the reality and our skin gets exposed to all kinds of pollution everyday. The beauty products market is crowded with products to address this issue. However most of them are chemical based and cause some harm or the other while cleaning away your skin. I have tried many products but the one I hold dear is sandalwood paste.

It is very popular and easy way to get rid of pollution and also remove blemishes from face and other parts where the skin is the most tender. Sandalwood can be used for various purposes and one way is to mix with turmeric and curd to make an amazing facepack at home. Add to that the aroma of sandalwood and the cool effect on the skin and it is easily the most popular beauty product.

Sandalwood can be used to make various face packs which can be beneficial for different purposes. I will tell about a couple of easy to prepare ways to use sandalwood for your skin.

  • As a skin moisturizer – Just make a paste of sandalwood powder with rose-water. The paste is a natural moisturizer and will make your skin supple. Generally used for the face but can be applied all over the body. For dry skin you can add a bit of milk cream.
  • To remove Sun Tan/ Dark Circles – Sandalwood is a natural skin lightener. Add lemon juice, half teaspoon along with rose-water and make paste. Apply this to dark circles or sun tanned areas of skin. You will be amazed by the results.

That is a bit of home remedies made out of my favorite sandalwood. More to follow in the next post.

Turmeric and Beauty

Turmeric

 

Turmeric is a plant extract  which has many benefits. The powder from the rhizomes has been used as a spice in Indian food for centuries. It is a natural cosmetic and use of turmeric on our skin can cure many ailments.

  • Acne Treatment – Acne is a major problem among youth, and especially in today’s polluted air.A face pack made from turmeric powder and sandalwood reduces pimple. The antiseptic and antibacterial property helps fight infections and give a glow to your skin.
  • Natural face mask for oily skin – A natural face mask made from turmeric, sandalwood in orange juice, is perfect for oily skin.It helps remove blemishes. The face pack is made using half spoon of sandalwood powder, a pinch of turmeric and orange juice. Just apply leave for 15 minutes and remove using lukewarm water. The result is refreshing and you will feel it.
  • Natural face mask for dry skin – Turmeric is also beneficial for dry skin type. A face mask made with egg white,two drops of olive oil, lemon juice and rose-water with a pinch of turmeric is ideal for dry skin. Apply and wash with warm water after 15 minutes to get a fresh feel.
  • Anti Ageing – Turmeric is a natural exfoliation agent and a paste made of equal parts of turmeric and gram powder is ideal for whole body application.The mixture is made into a paste using milk  to give the desired effect.
  • Wrinkle treatment – A great remedy for wrinkles and dark circles. Just apply a mixture of rice flour and turmeric powder in milk all over face and neck. Leave it to dry for half an hour and rinse with cold water.

There are many benefits of turmeric for hair and also for the stomach. I will discuss that in the next blog.

Formaldehyde Nail Polishes are Here to Stay

I have been reading a lot about chemicals and cancerous toxins in our cosmetics. It is just terrible how for greed of money, men doesn’t mind killing other fellow beings by poisoning them. However, there are also good news that we have now alternatives available. Here, we talk about nail polishes.

If you’re in love with your regular manicure, it is really possible to find a healthy alternative. A formaldehyde free nail polish is now available and this is good news for nail salon workers who have always been at risk working with these products every day. Some of these nail salon workers have reported an increase in breathing problems and asthma.

organic cosmetics

There are some nail polish manufacturers  who have started re-formulating their products in order to remove the toxic ingredients from nail polishes, such as dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene. Dibutyl phthalate is used in nail polishes to add that lovely moisturizing sheen, but it also happens to be a  reproductive and developmental toxin which is particularly bad for boys to inhale. Formaldehyde on the other hand is found in nail hardening products and it leads to skin irritations and will also irritate the eyes and throat.

Utmost Care and Protection in Chemical Free Nail Products
It is in your best interests to look our for the less-toxic brands of nail polishes; the formaldehyde free nail polishes. Some top brands are making safe, non-toxic nail polishes, and if you expand your shopping to pharmacies and online, it won’t be hard to find an excellent range of  nail polishes that provide performance without the toxins.  It is always best to read the labels and verify the ingredients of any of the bail polishes you use to establish if you are being offered the 3-free or 5-free  polishes that promise to dazzle and shimmer without any dangerous side effects.

Make your own natural moisturizer

Moisturizer is a must use especially in dry conditions. It not only make your skin supple providing the hydration but also protects from pollution. The oil present in the moisturizer makes a film over the skin protecting it. The moisturizer that you get at stores are made mostly from petroleum products and are mass-produced. However individual skin differs in their properties. Home made moisturizer is the way to go as you can make one suiting you own skin. You can use only organic products to keep you skin healthy. I make my own moisturizer which even helps me keep the wrinkles at check. I have made an array of beauty products and gifted a pack to my friend who works at Ferratum in Auckland. She told that it was better than any of the brands she had used earlier.

Make you own Moisturizer

Method to make :

  • Preparing natural emulsifier – Take one ounce of bee-wax and put in a pot with 50 ml water. Heat the mixture, and let the bee-wax melt and mix. Stir to keep the mixture smooth. This is the base for the moisturizer to keep the ingredients together. Bee-wax also has its own benefit.
  • The natural cleanser – Take 10 gm of Aloe Vera extract. You can make your own by boiling one leaf from the plant in 250 ml water. Aloe Vera has natural property of removing blemishes from skin.Add the extract to the emulsifier and mix.
  • The Moisturizing mixture – Take around two ounce of glycerin and add one tea-spoon of natural vegetable oil. I use home-made coconut oil. Add the ingredients in the mixture and let the mixture mix appropriately. The mixture will turn almost white when mix is ready to go.
  • Cooling – The mixture will be liquid. Just remove and add to a small jar made of glass and label with date. Once cooled the natural moisturizer is ready.

Relax and Indulge Yourself with Luxury, Nourishing Baths

We all look forward to holiday time because its a time to pack your bags and get away from it all. You’ll want to relax and indulge yourself. After a lazy day in the sea and the sun you will want to relax in a luxurious bath with additives that are enriched with nourishing ingredients that will soften your skin. If you’re feeling romantic and you’ve got a bit of money to splash out, soaking in a bath with red wine promises to be decadently revitalizing. The polyphenols in red wine are antioxidants and cleanses pores too. Simply pour in a glass or more of red wine into your running bath for a wonderfully extravagant holiday treatment for your skin.

bath

Celebrated for her beauty, Cleopatra ruled Egypt and she got her soft and supple skin from bathing in milk and honey. Honey works to soften the skin and the lactic acid in milk works as an exfoliator for the skin. By simply pouring in a couple of cups of full cream milk and half a cup of honey, swirling it around in your tub and hopping it, you’ll quickly discover the secrets to beautiful skin. If you can’t afford to pour in milk and honey, you can enjoy a super spa experience by purchasing ready-to-use packets of milk and honey.

If you don’t want to add in your own blend of natural ingredients to your bath, there are plenty of organic bubble baths which are anti-aging and will rejuvenate the skin. Ingredients such as aloe vera, seaweed extracts and herbs nourish, polish and soften. the skin and are great for skin that has been damaged by over-exposure to the sun.

Is it Natural Enough for You?

 

Natural ingredients could lead to extinction.

 

The label says “all natural”, the package has green leaves all over it and the plastic bottle or jar has those little arrows indicating that the bottle is recyclable. Then, you see ingredients with parenthetical statements:

  • glyceryl laurate  (botanical source)
  • sodium hydroxymethylglycinate
  • sodium lauroyl sarcosinate (from palm)
  • sodium cocoyl glutamate (from coconut & sugar cane)

Yes, the parenthetical statements make you feel good, but laboratories extract and/or concentrate the ingredients listed. In other words, a laboratory is still manipulating the ingredients, regardless of source. Is that “all natural”?  While  purists feel that any laboratory involvement renders the product, and its ingredients, unnatural, I don’t mind the parenthetical “greenwashing” cosmetics companies engage in. Unless an ingredient is completely man-made, I consider an ingredient source “natural enough”, and here’s why…..

Without laboratory manipulation, cosmetics and skin care companies would consume millions of whole, living plants for access to one or two ingredients, driving many plant species into extinction.

On balance, I’d rather companies isolate the necessary compounds, then reproduce them without consuming more plants. As recycling paper is easier on forests than consuming complete trees for every single ream of paper produced,  a lab’s having synthesized nature’s compounds can be an act of conservation.

It would be nice to use ingredients directly from the plants that produce them, but I’d rather know that plant still grows, somewhere.

Creating a Party Look

This time of year is packed with social obligations, meaning I’m looking through my closet and  box to create this year’s winter party look.  With enough patience and baubles, no one will notice that I’m wearing clothing they have seen me wear other places. Since I haven’t had to make a large purchase this year I can splurge, a little, and buy a brooch I have had my eye on. I have a little money left from my spa trip.

Party Balloons come in a wide variety

My skin and makeup need attention, though.  I tried a loose powder makeup, last year. I liked it so much that I have run out, so I’m trying  mineral makeup, this year. It’s still loose powder, but without the talc so many colour cosmetics have. I’ll add shimmer to both my cheekbones and just below my eyebrows, giving my face a subtle glow. I might break my natural rule and wear false eyelashes, though. Nothing lifts my spirits more than a party, especially when I can update my look with just one or two additions.

I know that I am not the only woman anticipating a party, and looking forward to dressing up. It gives me a chance to repurpose my existing wardrobe!. How will you create this year’s new party look?

Beauty inside and out

wheatgrass the plant and the resulting juice shot

Wheatgrass is full of chlorophyll. So what you say, it’s a grass it should be. That is vey true but this grass is good for us not the cows.  I have just come back from a four day Spa trip, thank you ferratum UK. Alongside my yoga, Pilates and meditation in fabulous surroundings I discussed my diet and the value of taking care of myself from the inside out. Wheatgrass was suggested. Apparently wheatgrass is high in chlorophyll which is very useful in decomposing radicals in the body which helps slow aging down. It also neutralizes toxins, is antibacterial and can stop the growth of bacteria. It has a lot more value which you can read about here. I certainly felt the benefit from drinking it and although an acquired taste I have bought some and intend to juice my own, not got a juicer yet but found this video to help me for the time being. I have given quite a lot of thought about looking after myself from the inside out and it makes good sense, so much so I have arranged an appointment for myself with a naturopathic doctor to discuss what is best for me. I will let you know how that goes next time. Anyone been to a naturopathic doctor? If so let me know your experiences. I fully intend to grow old gracefully but to that end I have to work at it now, would you agree?

Aloe vera

Aloe vera crop

Cultivating Aloe Vera

A wonderful, wonderful plant. 6000 years ago the ancient Egyptians valued Aloe Vera as it was considered the ‘plant of immortality” and it would be found in the burial tombs of the pharaohs.  It is said that Queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra used it to keep their skin soft. The plant has been used in herbal medicine since first century AD. It has a variety of uses, well known for its soothing, moisturising and healing properties, its juice also being promoted as an immune system booster.  For more information on its uses take a look at this excellent blog 43 uses for Aloe Vera.

Most beauty manufactures use some components of Aloe Vera in their products, you will find it in face creams, shampoos, moist wipes, shaving creams  & facial tissues  to name but a few.

If you are looking for a skin care regime that utilises sustainable natural resources then consider keeping an Aloe Vera plant for yourself.

Aloe Vera gel

Aloe Vera Gel

If you suffer from Acne and other related skin problems and don’t have green fingers, try using Aloe Vera pure gel, various companies are offering Aloe Vera Gel in a near natural form. Try mixing it with coconut juice for a wonderful body cream…bit sticky so use at bedtime and let it really soak in.

Aloe Vera can also be found as a juice and it is suggested to have numerous benefits. I personally think care should be taken when ingesting a plant especially one that is known to have toxic components. Interesting article about that subject here.

All in all a very versatile product and certainly I will be keeping a tube of Aloe Vera gel in my drawer and maybe even a plant in the bathroom – who knows this one might survive! A tube of Aloe vera Gel

 

 

Coconut is the answer to everything

Yes, coconut is a trend. It’s the Twilight Saga obsession of the beauty industry. Celebrities are endorsing coconut water for ailments from dry skin to electrolyte replenishment. Typically, I am weary of such bold benefits. However, the seed (or fruit) has won me over to the extent that I think it might be like the Holy Grail, providing eternal life to those that drink it.

Coconut water, oil, milk and flesh are all beauty secrets

Coconut water, oil, milk and flesh are all beauty secrets

Coconut water is one of the purest substances on earth. Think about it, how difficult is it to open a coconut? Inside the coconut lies a powerful elixir that in unrefined, natural and downright magical. Ancient civilizations used coconuts for food, medication, clothing, weapons and building materials. Fast forward to the 21st century, here are some coconut-inspired beauty tips.

1) Use coconut water on your face. Coconut water has natural healing properties. Drill two holes in a coconut, drain the water. Put the liquid in ice-cube trays and once frozen, smooth over your face for a refreshing toner that will actually remove blemishes overnight. However, it might be a bit sticky so only do it before bed.

2) Drink natural coconut water. It’s good for digestion, your immune system and hydration.

3) Use coconut oil on your skin. Coconut oil is easily absorbed by your skin and is non-greasy. It’s an incredible moisturizer for rough and dry skin.

4) Use coconut oil in your hair. Use it as a hair mask for extra conditioning. Let it sit on split ends or even use it instead of pomade and hair gel.