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Cucumber Beauty Treatments

By |August 21st, 2014|

Cucumbers are for more than simply eating. They make great beauty treatments for your skin.

Make a great summer facial for toning the skin with puréed cucumbers in the blender.

Fresh Cucumber Juice is good for nourishing the skin.

cucumber infographic

Good for Healthy Hair and Nails Too!

Cucumber also contains silica, which is known to make hair and nails shiny and strong. Aside from that, cucumber also contains sulfur, which promotes hair growth.

How to Use Avocado – Beauty Tips & Recipes For Healthy Skin and Hair

By |July 25th, 2014|

Avocados aren’t just for eating!

Legends say that Ancient Aztec, Mayan, and Inca women used avocados to beautify their skin and hair. Today many natural skin care products contain avocado oil as one of their ingredients.

If you are interested in natural, fresh applications that you can prepare in your kitchen, give these a try.

Why Your Skin and Hair Love Avocados

  • Avocados are high in biotin, a B vitamin sometimes referred to as vitamin H or vitamin B7, which helps keep the skin moisturized and prevents hair from becoming too dry.
  • Avocados also contain the antioxidant vitamins A and E which can soothe sunburnt skin.
  • Avocado oil is used in the cosmetic industry because it is absorbed by the skin, rapidly and completely.
  • Avocado oil also contains sterolins, molecular structures within plant based oils, which can help boost the body’s collagen production and treat age spots.

Your inner body loves avocados also. Read about their many nutritional benefits.

 How to Use an Avocado for Beauty Treatments

Make sure the avocado is fully ripe. If you want your avocado to hurry up and ripen, then put it in a paper bag with a banana, and that will do the trick. If you have too many ripe avocados, store them in the refrigerator. Never put them in the freezer.

Below are a few easy recipes that you can create in your own kitchen to support your natural beauty. They are simple, inexpensive, vegan and chemical-free.

Moisturizing Avocado Face Mask

This is the simplest face mask one can use!  Avocado oil acts as a skin moisturizer. It contains beneficial vitamin E which is suitable for dry skin types.

Here is how you do it:

1. Mash the avocado pulp.
2. Spread evenly on your clean face.
3. Allow to remain for 15 minutes.
4. Rinse off with warm water.

Now, feel the smoothness of your skin.

 

Avocado Treatment for Puffy Eyes

Do you get puffy eyes sometimes?  Here is a great avocado trick.

1. Peel an avocado.
2. Slice it in half
3. Remove the pit.
4. Cut the avocado half into crescent-shapes (approximately a quarter-inch thick).
5. Lie down.
6. Place a few slices under each eye.
7. Leave on for 20 minutes.
8. Wash face with water.

Your eyes will feel and look less puffy.

Avocado oil can be used instead of under eye cream, it is very good for the gentle skin around the eyes and helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Avocado Oil Scalp Treatment

Most oils will leave a greasy feel on the surface of the skin. This is thankfully not the case with avocado oil.  Avocado oil is easily absorbed by the skin so it works well for moisturizing a dry scalp. You can purchase avocado oil at most health food stores. Simply massage the avocado oil into your scalp and leave for 30 minutes, then shampoo hair.

Moisturizing Avocado Hair Treatment

Simple method:

Add a little avocado oil to your conditioner to moisturize dry, damaged roots.  You will need to experiment to find the amount that is right for your hair.

Or if you really want to go for it, try this recipe.

Deep Avocado Conditioning Treatment

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
5 drops essential oil* (See list below)

Directions:

1. Melt coconut oil on very low heat.
2. Mash avocado till very smooth.
3. Mix in the coconut oil well and add an essential oil of your choice.
4. […]

Benefits of Sesame For Your Skin

By |May 15th, 2014|

You will have learned all the wonderful health benefits of sesame seeds and how good sesame seed oil is to cook with, but have you considered how useful it is for your skin care?

Did you know that sesame seed oil is main ingredient in many skin care products? Because sesame seed oil is rich in antioxidants, it pulls toxins from your skin. I hear that sesame seed oil can even clear the skin of pimples, and fade dark spots.

Time to Add Sesame Seed Oil to Your Beauty Routine

How do Sesame Seeds Create Beautiful Skin: They are full of zinc, which is an essential mineral to produce collagen. Zinc is great for healing damaged tissues anywhere in the body. Also, sesame oil is known to prevent skin related disorders.

Cleans up the Skin:

Sesame seed oil contains antioxidants that help in detoxifying your skin. The oil attracts oil soluble toxins when applied to the skin.   A good mixture is to mix half a cup sesame seed oil with half a cup apple cider vinegar and a quarter cup water which can be washed away with hot water and soap. Apply every night after splashing your face with water.

For Glowing Skin:

Sesame seed oil helps to create glowing skin:

  • Keeps skin flexibility by keeping it soft and supple.
  • Heals mild cuts and scrapes.
  • Helps tighten the facial skin.
  • Pulls out toxins so less pimples.

Try a facial for glowing skin. Apply sesame oil all over your face and massage it in thoroughly.   Next, scrub your face with rice powder. Then wash it off with warm water. Afterwards rinse your face with cold water to close the pores.

 Healing Properties:

Sesame seed oil has excellent healing properties because it is a natural anti-inflammatory agent with antibacterial properties. This helps to get rid of skin of skin fungi such as athlete’s foot. To control vaginal yeast infections apply sesame seed oil mixed with warm water.

Helps you to Avoid and Heal Sunburns:

Apply sesame oil to your skin daily will help prevent the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun from damaging your skin. Also, helps prevent wrinkles and reduces the risk of skin cancer. After exposure to the sun, sesame seed oil can treat sunburns. It also is a natural barrier protecting your skin from smoke and pollutants in the air.

Good for Babies:

A sesame oil massage improves growth and improves sleep. Rashes on the baby’s skin especially where the diaper (from elimination toxins) can be protected with sesame seed oil by rubbing it in and it also decreases dryness of skin. Apply it to the nose and ears for protection against common skin problems.

Treats Cracked Heels: Rub sesame seed oil into your heels every night before going to bed, the put on cotton socks that you do not mind getting stained. Within a couple of days you should notice softer feet.

 Note: Only buy organic cold pressed sesame seed oil.

 More Natural Beauty Treatments:

Dr. Oz Lemon Facial Cleanser  Unleash the anti-aging power of lemons with this homemade facial cleanser

Randy’s Homemade Mango Mud Mask

Carrot Face Mask  Easy,  inexpensive and healthy!

 

 

Benefits of Sesame For Your Hair

By |May 15th, 2014|

Sesame oil is more than for stir frying; it is great for your hair and skin.

Let’s look at what it can do for your hair now. First I would like to say I haven’t done all of these yet but since doing my research on sesame oil for the hair I am beginning this week.

Some of benefits for your hair:

  1. Deep Conditioning of hair preventing split ends
  2. Prevents Scalp Problems
  3. Encourages Hair Growth
  4. Hair Darkening Qualities for premature greying of hair
  5. Natural Sunscreen to protect your hair

First, eat sesame seeds because they are packed with many nutrients which nourish the scalp and hair. Best to eat black sesame seeds that are a tonic for the liver and kidneys, and they help improve blood circulation so the nutrients are carried to all of the body which includes the skin and hair. Black sesame seeds are a good source of vitamin E, lecithin and protein which are to growing hair.

As good as this sounds, it will not happen overnight; it can take many weeks to many months to notice a difference in your hair. Patience is needed as is with any changes when improving nutrition in the diet.

  1. Deep Conditioning of hair preventing split ends: Sesame seed oil is a wonderful way to condition dry, damaged hair that is full of split ends or chemically treated. It will moisture and strengthen the hair; it will shine and be soft again.
  1. Prevents Scalp Problems: Sesame seeds are rich in replenishing vitamins, minerals and nutrients which are vital for healthy scalp. Massage your scalp with sesame seed oil; it will help moisten a dry, flaky scalp. Sesame seeds have antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help clear scalp infections, dandruff, and clogged pores that cause hair thinning and hair loss.
  1. Encourages Hair Growth: Essential fatty acids encourage hair growth and sesame seeds are full of them. When you massage warm sesame oil into your scalp it penetrates the scalp and nourishes it and thus increases blood circulation.  The sesame oil feeds your hair roots and shafts encouraging the hair to grow.
  1. Hair Darkening Qualities for Premature Greying of Hair: Sesame seed oil has hair darkening qualities for brunette or black hair. It can be used with carrier oils like olive or almond oil to reap the maximum benefits.
  1. Natural Sunscreen: Protect you hair from the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays by rubbing in sesame oil.

 

Cabbage Face Mask

By |January 31st, 2014|

woman with cabbage

Cabbage  helps dry up oily and acne skin. Internally sulfur is essential for keratin, a protein substance necessary for healthy hair, nails, and skin.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 Cabbage leaves
  • 2tbsp Rice flour
  • Few drops of Almond/Olive oil

Directions:

  1. Grind and make a paste of cabbage leaves.
  2. Mix it well with rice flour and almond oil or olive oil.
  3. Apply it on your face and let it dry. Rinse it well with lukewarm water.
  4. If you have oily skin, you can avoid using almond or olive oil in this pack.

You can also add egg white to it if you like.

You might be wondering about the cabbage in this pack. But cabbage leaves are best known to fight against wrinkles and loose skin.  Almond oil or olive oil moisturizes the skin well.

Buckwheat Plaster

By |January 4th, 2013|

raw buckgwheat
Buckwheat is good at drawing out retained water and excess fluid from swollen areas of the body. 

Directions:

  1. Mix buckwheat flour with enough hot water to form a hard, stiff dough.
  2. Apply in a 1/2-inch layer to the affected area; tie in place with a bandage or piece of cotton linen.
  3. Leave in place for up to 4 hours.

After removing the plaster, you may notice that fluid is coming out through the skin or that the swelling is starting to go down. A buckwheat plaster will usually eliminate the swelling after only several applications, or at most after two or three days

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Dr. Oz Lemon Facial Cleanser

By |July 2nd, 2012|

Unleash the anti-aging power of lemons with this homemade facial cleanser

19 Wonderful Ways to Use Lemons

By |May 3rd, 2012|

By Annie B. Bond, author of Better Basics for the Home and four other books. You can contact her at http://www.greenchicafe.com

The citrus tree is a small evergreen tree that can produce as many as 1,500 lemons a year.

Much of lemon’s gift is that it is an acid, even more, it is an alpha-hydroxy acid, making it great for the skin. It smells much fresher than vinegar, which is fermented, and adds aromatherapy benefits such as for boosting moods and thinking skills. As an acid, lemon juice provides the benefits of vinegar, such as being a very good antiseptic killer of mold, germs, and bacteria. […]

Randy’s Homemade Mango Mud Mask

By |March 14th, 2012|

 

I was researching mangos for a recent article on their health benefits and I came across the idea of a mango mud mask. 

Knowing that the only skin care product that has touched my face is years is a shaving  cream, I thought, if I can do that, ANYONE can!

Also many people didn’t believe that I actually put  homemade Banana Conditioner in my hair a few weeks ago.  There is no mistaking that this is  …mask on my face… 

[…]

Mango Mud Mask

By |March 12th, 2012|

Just mango itself is great for your skin. It is astringent and nourishes the deeper layers of skin with its beta-carotene and Vitamin C.

Adding the oatmeal and almonds gently exfoliates the skin. Natural skin care for a minimal price!

Ingredients:

 Instructions:

  1. Process your mud base. Pour oatmeal and almonds into a food processor and blend to a fine powder.
  2. Peel your mango, cut it in half and seed. Reserve one half and put the other in the refrigerator. Cut the half into 4 chunks and add the pieces to the food processor. process for 1 minute.
  3. Add water in tbs portions untill the proper mud consistincy.
  4. To use your mask, smooth over skin and let dry for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  5. Store your leftovers in an air tight container and refrigerate.

To watch in pictures how Randy tried out this mask on himself click here:  Randy’s  Home Made Mango Mask

Randy Tries Dr. Oz’s Banana Conditioner

By |February 28th, 2012|

banana mask

Dr. Oz commissioned his researchers to find the best treatment for damaged hair and surprisingly, they ended up with bananas!

At Real Food For Life  we wondered if there was something to it?

I confess being a novice in this area. My own experience has been focused on what goes inside the body from the mouth, not the skin or scalp or dead hair.

I do know that personal care product companies spend a lot of money finding out what exactly you can put on the outside of your body that helps. They also process ingredients so they are absorbed properly.
I’m sure though that they spend even more money marketing their various ‘natural’ ingredients.
Is it all worth it?

Some people who tried the shampoo complained it was hard to wash the bananas out afterward.
This scared Diana since she has such long hair.  It was therefor up to me to be the  guinea pig! 

Here is how it worked … […]

Carrot Face Mask

By |October 1st, 2011|

Easy,  inexpensive and healthy! The  ingredients contain natural antiseptics and antioxidants which kill germs and protect the skin from damaging  free radicals.
Ingredients:
2 medium carrots – powerful antiseptic to kill germ and protect skin with antioxidants. Carrots help protect the skin from free radicals and promote the regeneration of healthy skin cells.
1 Tbsp honey – also antiseptic and reduces swelling
1 Tbsp olive oil – nourishes and cleans the skin
1 lemon – astringent and acidic.  This maintains the acid mantel of your skin which keeps in moisture and keeps out germs.

Directions:

  1. Peal the carrots and steam until soft.
  2. Mash the carrots into a creamy consistency.
  3. Mix in 1 tbsp. of all natural honey.
  4. Stir in 1 tbsp. of olive oil.
  5. Squeeze a few drops of fresh lemon juice into the face mask mixture. Lemon is a natural astringent and will help clean greasy skin.  If your skin tends to dry easily, add only 8 to 10 drops; if you skin tends to be oily, add up to 1 tbsp. of lemon juice.
  6. Use a spoon to drop small amounts onto your hands and gently massage the mask onto your whole face for several minutes.
  7. You can keep it on for an additional 5  minutes.
  8. You can then just wash it off with water in a sink or easier – in the shower.

P.S.  This is all food ingredients to after, any that you don’t use on your face – you can eat!
P. S. S.  If you go to a spa for this, it could cost $40 – $140!

The lemon juice which is acidic when used topically has an alkaline influence internally because of the specific minerals it contains.

More Masks:

Randy’s Mango Mud Mask:  with before and after photos

Mango Mud Mask:  with proper directions

Dr. Oz Lemon Facial Cleanser

More Ways To Look and Feel Great

Read all about the health benefits of carrots a: 10 Benefits of Carrots – the Crunchy Powerfood

Read about the health benefits of lemons at:  16 Health Benefits of Lemons:  The Alkaline Powerfood

Want to have really glowing skin…...  ALKALIZE YOUR WHOLE BODY!  Check out the Weekend Web Alkalize Your Body BootCamp!

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