Healing Effects of Lavender

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 12.50.25 PMLavender has been used for hundreds of years as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to heal cuts, inflammation, dandruff, burns and bug bites.  It has become one of the most grown natural remedy for use of its oil.  The oil comes from the distillation of the flower spikes of certain lavender plants and is rich in phytonutrients.  Phytonutrients are beneficial to human health, they help to prevent certain types of diseases. Research has shown that lavender oil has been successful in treating depression, anxiety, insomnia and restlessness.  In fact, some studies have shown an improvement in gastrointestinal illness, headaches, toothaches, sores and sprains with the use of lavender oil.

Got Dandruff or Itchy Scalp?

Lavender oil can help scalp conditions.  Many dermatologists have been prescribing the use of lavender oil prior to suggesting medications for dry scalp.  The remedy:  Wet hair with warm water and towel dry.  Next, grab a mug and mix 15 drops of lavender essential oil in 2 Tablespoons olive or almond oil.  Microwave for about 10 seconds or until it feels warm.  Massage the oil into your scalp.  Using a shower cap, let the solution set on your scalp for an hour, then shampoo out.  It is perfectly safe to use multiple times.

Bloated?

Bloating can be caused by poor digestion from an overload of “bad bacteria” in your gut.  Sometimes when we take antibiotics this can happen as a side effect.  Antibiotics kill both the good and the bad bacteria in your body.  The remedy: Use dried edible lavender in your food.  Putting it into Greek Yogurt is especially helpful since the bacteria in this type of yogurt works super well to rebuild the good bacteria.

Stressed Out?

Ever have a stressful day?  Well Lavender can help with that too.  Research has shown that the smell of lavender can make you feel relaxed.  It has proven to slow down your heart rate as well as lower your blood pressure.  The remedy: If you’re feeling stressed out or just can’t go to bed, try putting some fresh lavender in a vase near your bed, or use a diffuser with some lavender oil in it to feel stress free.

Bug Bite Magnet?

Since lavender is a natural anti-inflammatory, it can help reduce itching, redness and swelling.  It won’t help you avoid the bites, but it will help afterwards.  The Remedy:  Dab a few drops of lavender oil on the affected area and wait about 10 minutes for it to seep in.  This remedy can be reapplied every 6-8 hours for the next 24 hours if need be.

So next time one of these issues arise for you, don’t reach for the medicine cabinet.  Go for the garden and try a natural approach to healing!
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Estée Lauder’s Hydra Bright Skin-Tone Perfecting Moisturizer Creme

Due to my mostly dry skin, one of my favorite/most needed products in the world is moisturizer. And I’ve heard that Estee Lauder does moisturizer well, as evident in their Hydra Bright Skin-Tone Perfecting Moisturizer Creme line. Light and silky, this moisturizing cream does not just moisturize; its Encapsulated Moisture Cells solution helps plump skin as well to clear fine lines. Of course, it isn’t called Hydra Bright for nothing, as it creates a vibrant, flawless, and glowing look too.

The moisturizer comes in three variants to suit dry skin, oily skin, and combination skin. Thus, you can use it no matter what type of skin you have. Price may be a bit steep at $40.00 for 1.7 oz but I’ve read great reviews about this moisturizer and would like to try it out one of these days. If you’re using this moisturizer right now feel free to share your thoughts on it!

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Too Much Oil

Oily skin can be caused by many factors, including genes, stress, hormones, and environment. Having oily skin can be very stressful because you have to deal with a lot of unwanted elements like pimples, blemishes, and a constant shiny face. In the haste to cure oily skin and the problems that accompany it, many men and women go through different treatments and apply a lot of products while forgetting the most basic things one has to do. Here’s a list of those essential things we need not forget when taking care of oily skin.

1. Drink a lot of water. Water keeps you and your skin hydrated and helps flush out unnecessary oils and toxins faster.

2. Avoid unhealthy food. In particular, stay away from greasy food like chips and fried stuff. Refrain from eating a lot of meat as well. Choose low fat versions of your favorite foods.

3. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Fruits like pineapples have natural vitamins and enzymes that work to cleanse your skin from within and keep it healthy, clear, and glowing. If you’re not much of a fruit eater, try making delicious fruit shakes for easy-to-consume healthy goodness.

4. Don’t wear makeup for too long. While there are a lot of natural and water-based cosmetics in the market today, all of them still use a certain amount of oil and chemicals in the formulation which can further irritate the oily skin. Thus, wear makeup only when really necessary. Remember also to take off all your makeup and clean your face before you go to sleep. Don’t allow foreign components to settle in your face overnight and worsen its oily condition.

5. Wash your face with warm water. The heat of warm water helps dissolve the oil on your skin better than cold or tap water.

6. Choose an excellent facial cleanser. Look for a facial cleanser that is specially formulated for oily skin and which has tried and tested positive effects. Avoid rubbing and scrubbing your face – just wash it gently and make sure you cover all areas.

Do you know other helpful tips for the treatment of oily skin?

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Moisturizing 101

Many types and brands of moisturizer can be bought in the market today. Too many, in fact, that quite a few women are confused on what specific moisturizer would really solve their facial problems or simply work best for their faces. From relatively cheap moisturizers to creams worth thousands of dollars, it can be hard to discern which is the proper one to buy. Hence, here are some basic guide questions that may help in the process of choosing and applying our beloved moisturizer.

1 1. What is my facial skin type?

The type of moisturizer you choose should depend on your skin type. People who are often exposed to chemicals or to the sun tend to have dry skin. If you have dry skin, it is best to apply a more hypoallergenic moisturizer as this calms the skin. It is also best to use an oil-based moisturizer and increase the frequency of application. People with oily skin should use oil-free moisturizers such as water-based ones. For sensitive skin, make sure the moisturizer does not have any fragrance and is hypoallergenic. Meanwhile, combination skin is a bit trickier as it has both the characteristics of dry and oily skin. Usually the oily part is the forehead area, nose and chin collectively known as the T-zone, while the dry area is usually around the eyes, outer cheek, and neck. Before applying moisturizer on combination facial skin, wash face with a good facial wash and then apply a cream cleanser and freshener to dry areas and a strong astringent to the oily areas. After this you may apply hypoallergenic moisturizer on the entire face, concentrating on the drier parts.

2. What ingredients should I look for?

It all depends on the need of your skin. For instance, if you live in a big city and are often exposed to pollution, free radicals are released from the face and may cause fine lines and spots to appear. You need moisturizers with a good amount of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E to help neutralize the free radicals. Usually it’s the same case if your job requires you be exposed to the sun for longer periods of time. Choose moisturizers with a strong sun protection factor or SPF (at least 20) to protect your face from drying up. If your skin has darkened and thickened and you wish to exfoliate, choose a moisturizer with fruit acid or Vitamin A that helps get rid of old skin. However this is not advisable to older women whose skin are generally thinner. Cholesterol and fatty acids also work great as these mimic the structure of your skin. Antioxidants like green tea and Vitamin C induce a better glow.

3. What ingredients should I avoid?

People with dry skin should avoid moisturizers that have fragrances as this can irritate the skin. Avoid glycolic acid as this can cause unhealthy thinning of the skin. If you’re prone to acne, avoid “comedogenic” products as this can block pores.

4. What is the proper method of application?

Before applying moisturizer, make sure your hands are clean. Surely you do not want any more dirt to enter your face. When your hands are clean, wash your face thoroughly and then wipe with a clean towel. This is the time to apply moisturizer on the still damp facial skin, as applying moisturizer to a damp face helps lock in the moisture. Don’t apply moisturizer on a dry face because this doesn’t trap excess moisture. Of course, don’t apply moisturizer to a wet face as well as the cream and water will just slide off your face.

Remember to spread the moisturizer in your face by way of gentle massaging, all the way to the neck. Do not miss any crucial area. Use slow and soft upward strokes to counter the direction of gravity that tends to pull down the face over time. 😉

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