It’s no surprise that women love to be admired for their beauty and women from ancient world were no exception. The beauty, youth, and elegance played a major role in ancient civilization. They possessed knowledge of natural remedies and beauty rituals for radiant skin and glossy hair. Let’s discover the beauty secrets of Ancient Egypt, Ancient…
What is the best thing to do after long and exhausting day? Soak in a hot bath! It’s so relaxing! If you are a bath lover like me, I have a tip for you. Add Epson salt in your bath. It’s the perfect way how to calm your soul, regenerate your entire body and you will get some additional healthy goodies as a bonus.
Haven’t you heard about Epsom salt bath before?
Epsom salt is not actually salt (it doesn’t contain sodium chloride), but naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It was named after a bitter saline spring in Epsom, England. The amazing health benefits of Epsom salt have been known for centuries.
Magnesium level booster
Magnesium deficiency is very common in our society. If you are missing it in your diet, having the Epsom salt bath may help you to solve this problem. When dissolving in warm water, our body absorbs Epsom salt through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body.
Magnesium helps to produce hormone serotonin that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Having a regular Epsom salt bath may help you to ease the stress and feel more energized.
Muscle and pain relieve
Some experts believe that Epsom salt bath helps to ease the pain and relieve inflammation. It’s often recommended to treat leg cramps and soothe muscle pain and aches.
Miraculous bath in pregnancy
Pregnant women often suffer from magnesium deficiency and leg cramps, poor digestion, sore muscles and back pain. Enjoying the warm bath with dissolved Epsom salt may help you to treat all these common pregnancy difficulties. It can also help you to soothe stretching skin and ease unwanted bloating.
If you are pregnant, always discuss it with your midwife and doctor before you will soak in the bath. Make sure, the water is warm, not too hot. It could be dangerous for your baby-to-be.
How to prepare your bath
Add two cups of Epsom salt to your bathtub with warm water and soak at least for 15 minutes. The salt will dissolve faster if you if you put it under running water.
You can buy Epsom salt in your local drugstore, grocery, natural food store or order it online. Fortunately, you can buy a large box for just a few dollars.
So what are you waiting for? Just soak in it and enjoy your bath! 🙂
And let me know how you like it!
Do you suffer from dry sensitive skin? Have you tried various skin care products, but still never find the right one for you? I’ve been there, done that. But then I discovered the magic of natural oils! I would like to share with you 6 the best oils for dry skin.
You got me! I’m literally obsessed with facial oils!
Living on the Sydney beach is amazing, but not as great for my skin. Thanks to strong sun lights and salty water my skin suffers from dryness. After 2 years of non-successful attempts with a various range of conventional cosmetics products, I felt desperate. Then I was lucky enough to spend two months in Bali. When I visited local markets I bought an organic coconut oil to give it a try. I was amazed by the result! It worked perfectly for me so I started to experiment with all types of oils. And I was hooked!
Here are my 6 the most favorite facial oils for dry and sensitive skin:
Who doesn’t love avocado, one of our the healthiest fat? But have you know that you can spread avocado not only on the slice of bread but also on your skin? More precisely, avocado oil is extracted from the avocado tree that is native to Central Mexico. It supports skin regenerating and hydrating and makes the skin and hair more supple. It is quite thick and rich in vitamin A and E. Avocado oil provides perfect protection and aftercare when your skin is exposed to the sun or the wind. There three different types available in the market: bright green (made from fresh pulp), dark green – almost brown (made from dried pulps) and pale yellow (has been refined, obtained from dried pulp). It absorbs easily and doesn’t leave a greasy film.
Evening Primrose oil
This regenerating and softening oil, which is extracted from seeds of the primrose plant, is great for dry, wrinkled or damaged skin. It has yellow to pale green color and is thick and rich in vitamin E.
Currently my the most favorite oil, which is extracted from seeds of the jojoba shrub. Interestingly its composition is very close to that of human sebum (the natural oil which our skin produces). It helps to control the production of sebum, regenerate, calm, soften, and protect the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. As a bonus, it contains a natural sunscreen. Jojoba oil has a yellow color and is actually a wax that is liquid at room temperate. It absorbs very easily. This oil is my first choice in hot Australian summer.
We all know that extra virgin olive oil is perfect for our favorite salad, but have you know, that is the perfect treatment for your dry and sensitive skin too? The olive oil is extracted from the ripe fruit of the olive tree and it contains vitamins A and E. It nourishes and moisturizes the skin. It comes in various shades of light green has an aroma that is more or less pronounced. When using olive oil for skin care, avoid an overly fruity scent.
Tip: Put a few tablespoons of olive oil to the bath water. Your skin will be smooth, soft and glowing.
This oil extracted from the seeds of sunflower is perfect for dry and very dry skin. It has softening and nourishing properties. It has a yellow color and a fruity aroma similar to that of sunflower seeds. The sunflower oil absorbs very well and is rich in skin soothing vitamin E.
Sweet almond oil
It is extracted from the kernel of sweet almonds and it helps to soothe, tone and soften the skin. The sweet almond oil may also help to treat minor burns. It has a pale yellow color and a very discreet scent, is rich in vitamins A and E. The sweet almond oil absorbs very quickly without leaving oily appearance.
Well, now you know my top 6 facial oils for dry skin. Now it is time to start experimenting and find the best one for you.
Can’t wait to hear about your favorite ones :).
Are you a healthy lifestyle junkie? Do you choose healthy whole foods, enjoy being active, and love nature? Using natural skin care products is another way you can improve your overall health and health of our planet.
Are you wondering if natural skin care is the right choice for you? Here are a few benefits of using natural and organic cosmetics instead of conventional ones.
No Harmful Chemicals
What you put on your skin enters your body. Conventional beauty cosmetics include synthetic chemicals such as preservatives and colorants to give their products a silky appearance, perfumes, attractive colors, and long shelf live among other qualities.
The possible side effects of these chemicals include:
- Increase of estrogen production in the body.
- Can be carcinogenic.
- Skin irritation, redness, or break outs.
- Allergic reactions.
- Block pores preventing the skin from breathing.
Natural cosmetics are safe to use with no unwanted side effects. You don’t have to worry that long-term exposure could do damage over time, but always be careful when you are choosing natural beauty products and read the ingredients list carefully. Even some natural products can cause allergic reactions or irritation. Luckily, the effects are much more understood than those from conventional cosmetics with synthetic compounds. Always be aware of your health condition.
Natural and organic skin care products are safe to your health and your local environment, too. Synthetic chemicals included in conventional cosmetics contain toxins that are released into our lakes and rivers from our own bathrooms. These chemicals affect local wildlife such as fish, seagulls, or turtles. It’s a known fact that our skin absorbs up to 60% of the substances that are applied to it and the rest returns to the environment.
And, of course, natural cosmetic products aren’t tested on animals.
Does going natural sounds like a good choice for you? Great! But how you should start?
I’d imagine that it could be quite confusing in the beginning.
Let’s have a look at the most common labels in the natural cosmetic industry and learn how to understand them.
means that the product include the ingredients derived directly from plants or minerals with minimal or no processing.
But be careful! Some cosmetic companies may use only one natural ingredient in the product and may still brand it as natural. Other natural skin care products may contain natural ingredients in very small amounts without any significant skin care effect. Some companies may use the word “natural source” referring to components that they obtained in a raw form from nature, but extracted using chemical processes or transformed in some way.
refers to ingredients derived from non-genetically modified plants, grown in ecologically-friendly environments without using artificial pesticides, fertilizers, or GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). Certified organic skin care products must adhere to strict standards for cosmetics ingredients. When trying a new product, always check if the name of any certifying organization is stated on the packaging.
Banned ingredients include:
- Petroleum (paraffin, glycols, etc.).
- Animals (other by-products naturally produced by animals such as beeswax, honey, milk, etc.).
- Synthetic perfumes.
- Toxic preservatives.
products contain only natural ingredients.
products are not tested on animals and use the ingredients that do not contain any animal matter.
describes only plant based cosmetic products.
means that PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has certified that the cosmetic brand does not test on animals.
When you are shopping for cosmetic products, be aware of possible misleading advertising claims that certain cosmetic companies use, but not all of them are frauds. It”s like when you are buying your food in the supermarket. Do your research, be well informed, and read the labels carefully!
Final tip: When you are studying an ingredient list, don’t forget that ingredients are listed from highest percentage to the lowest. Aim to choose a product with the synthetic ingredients listed mainly at the bottom, or not at all.
Can’t wait for your experience and questions!
Body brushing, one of the ancient Ayurvedic cleansing techniques, is an amazing beauty trick that has great health and beauty benefits. It costs literally nothing, takes only a few minutes a day, and is so easy to do. In case you’ve never heard about body brushing, let me simply explain what body brushing is and why it should become an essential part of your daily body care routine.
The Benefits of Body Brushing
Healthy, Glowing Skin:
Dry skin brushing helps to remove dead skin cells laying on the top of your skin, eliminate toxins, and unclog your pores. Your skin can breathe easily and absorb the essential nutrients you need. It’s also a good prevention of dry skin because it supports sebum secretion. As a result, you will get a smoother, healthier and more radiant skin.
Detoxify and Cleanse Your Body:
Body brushing stimulates your lymphatic system and increases blood circulation in your body. It helps to remove dead cells and other waste from your body.
As a bonus, you can also reduce the appearance of unwanted cellulite! Cellulite is nothing more than fat cell deposits stored under the skin with very poor blood circulation. Regular dry brushing supports an increase blood flow in cellulite areas and loosens up fat cell deposits. How great is that!
Refresh Body and Mind:
Add body brushing into your daily morning routine followed by an alternating hot and cold shower for a while, and you won’t need your morning coffee anymore! You will feel immediately refreshed and ready to tackle your day.
How to Body Brush
Stand up in your bathtub or shower. Take a brush in your hand and start dry brushing your body at your feet working upwards in small circles. Then work from your hands towards your shoulders. Keep brushing for at about 5 minutes. Aim to brush always towards your heart in the same direction with your lymphatic flow. Be gentle when brushing over sensitive areas. Have a shower after brushing and then apply a natural fruit oil (like coconut oil) on your skin. That’s it!
Body Brushing Tips
- Use a good quality, natural bristle brush and, avoid synthetic ones because they can scratch your skin badly. A brush with a long handle will help you brush your back more easily.
- Do not brush too hard. Use a more delicate brush for sensitive areas or brush with less pressure.
- Brush lightly around cellulite areas.
As you can see, dry skin brushing has many health and beauty benefits, from softer, more beautiful and glowing skin to strengthening your immune system. So what are you waiting for? Let’s body brush! 🙂
Are you wondering how you can win your battle with pimples? Is there a natural cure for acne? Luckily there may be a way… through healthy diet!
Fighting acne can be very exhausting. I still remember how terrified I felt when I woke up every morning before I checked my poor face in the mirror. Then I spent a couple of minutes trying to cover it with heavy makeup. The idea that other people could see my real face covered with huge red pimples was unbearable. I felt embarrassed, suffered from low self-esteem and sometimes, I preferred to stay at home instead of going out with my friends.
I have tried tons of acne treatment products, but nothing worked. I felt desperate.
All I wanted was to get rid of these red pimples and have pretty, healthy skin.
If you also suffer from acne, you are not alone. Acne, one of the most common dermatological conditions, is affecting millions of young adults worldwide.
It’s a complex hormonal problem, and other factors can bring it on or make it worse such as genetics and emotional problems. It also seems that making small diet changes can help you to get rid of or at least reduce pimples on your face.
From my health coaching experience, tweaking your diet can have a huge impact on your skin health.
You can eat your way to better, healthier, acne free skin.
How great is that?
Let’s have a look at what food groups you should avoid when fighting acne:
Foods high in refined sugars and fast food
Like white bread, cookies, chocolate, sweetened beverages, chips or white potatoes raise your blood sugar level quickly and trigger your body to make a burst of the hormone insulin, which helps your cells absorb sugar. High insulin levels circulating in your body can activate production of sebum. Sebum, the oil produced by the sebaceous glands in your skin, is responsible for clogging skin pores. When pores are blocked, they can easily be inflamed – swell up and go red. And voila, the pimple is here.
Also, spike your blood sugar level. They can contain added hormones and growth factors that may worsen your acne. Do you love milk and can’t imagine your life without it? Luckily, there are other alternatives like soy, unsweetened organic almond or coconut milk. However, remember, if you cut out dairy from your diet, you must get calcium from other sources. Here are a few calcium-rich foods Examples: beans, sardines, almonds, dark leafy vegetables (kale, spinach, bok choy, collards), oranges, chia seeds, quinoa, and seaweed.
Many people claim that going vegan helped them to get rid of acne. Cutting out dairy, fast foods, and sweets and a following healthy, balanced diet is one of the main keys to acne treatment. You don’t have to go extremes and give up meat products too.
Caffeine and alcohol
If you are a coffee lover, I have bad news for you. Unfortunately, coffee and alcoholic drinks can mess with your blood sugar levels too. Giving up of your favorite cup of coffee or Friday night drink may be hard, but it’s worth it; believe me.
I bet you are thinking right now: “Ok Madeleine, but what I should eat instead?”
When battling acne, a healthy, balanced diet is the key. Eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, swap white bread, rice or pasta for whole grain options and enjoy lean protein with every food. Don’t forget to have a portion of omega 3 fatty acids daily. They prevent inflammation and are found in fish like salmon or tuna, nuts, chia seeds or avocado.
Make these simple diet changes and keep it at least for 4 weeks long. After you notice a visible change in your skin condition, start slowly adding certain foods back in your diet to know how they work for you and your skin. If you break out one or two days later after a party or enjoying a box of chocolate, you will know what your triggers are – what food is best for you and what is better to avoid. I believe that everybody is different and knowing your acne triggers is a powerful weapon in your battle with pimples.
Be patient. Sometimes, it may take up to 12 weeks of diet change to see if a certain food is contributing to your acne. Don’t give up and eat your way in a healthy, flawless and glowing skin.
I wish you all the best and good luck on your journey to having a healthy, glowing skin!
Don’t forget to let me know about your experience. I would love to hear from you!