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    BRING SKIN TO LIGHT

    BRING SKIN TO LIGHT

    A soft skin, with a uniform texture, firm and smooth, is the skin in which we would like to move every day. Entering the season, with rising temperatures and the use of light clothes, we uncover more our body and this desire increases. What to do when the skin appears dull, rough and lack of good tone? In this article we reveal some easy ideas to make at home so that this spring / summer season you feel comfortable in your own skin using natural ingredients, effective, full of beneficial properties for our body and respectful for our environment.

    Our skin is formed by several layers. The stratum corneum, the outermost one, fulfills the functions of maintaining moisture in the skin and defending against external agents, so balancing it is a priority if we want to avoid dehydration and irritation, in addition to that devitalized and opaque aspect to which we refer in these lines.

    The skin appears rough and irregular when this superficial layer accumulates dead cells unable to shed naturally, either due to excess fat, aging or imbalances or disorders of various kinds that affect this renewal, slowing it down.

    The use of body scrubs helps us to clean the skin in depth, activate the circulation, promote the synthesis of collagen and eliminate those dead cells and toxins that steal the vitality of our skin, in addition to improving the reception, absorption and penetration of the ingredients.

    It is equally important that the formula we use is appropriate to our skin type and made with quality and organic ingredients, since if we break the skin's corneal barrier we affect its main defense and protection functions, sensitizing it, making it less resistant and more vulnerable to irritation through detergents, allergens and perfumes included in the formulation of most conventional scrubs.

    Making our own scrub at home is not a complicated task. Fruit peels such as walnut or coconut, various salts and sugars mixed with vegetable and essential oils, can result in an effective product as well as sensually pleasurable, with the added benefit of getting involved in its preparation in a gesture of self-esteem and fun. We propose 3 different recipes, with varied ingredients, with which to treat the different areas of the body obtaining excellent results.

     

    Spicy Body Scrub with Brown Sugar and Coconut.

    This recipe is a real delight for the senses thanks to the mixture of spices and aromas used in its preparation, slightly spicy. Brown sugar is a gentle scrub as its crystals are more rounded and dissolve easily, while the coconut shell, more firm, will help us repair the most damaged areas. Both particles are easy to mix in a vegetable base of Jojoba Oil, an oil that helps us balance the hydrolipidic mantle, seborregulating the skin. Adding a spoonful of spices such as cinnamon, pepper and ginger, we give our mix some spicy notes that will also help us raise body temperature, purify and deflate the body.

    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • ½ cup Coconut Shell
    • 1 tablespoon spice mix: Cinnamon, ginger, pepper
    • 4 tablespoons Jojoba Vegetable Oil
    • 3 drops of Orange Essential Oil.

     

    Refreshing Scrub for Feet and Light Legs.

    After winter, when the feet have remained hidden inside boots and closed shoes, we need to pay attention to our feet, preparing them for the season of sandals and barefoot walks along the beach. The combination of Epsom salts, rich in Magnesium, and Olive Oil, will help keep the skin hydrated, without roughness or dryness. In addition, the essential oils of mint and lemon, will give us a feeling of welcome freshness in the summer. Mix the following ingredients in a bowl and apply the mixture on feet and legs, with continuous circular movements, massaging. Put your feet in warm water and enjoy the lightness that this formula leaves on your legs and feet.

    • ½ cup of Epsom Salt.
    • 1 cup cold-pressed olive oil
    • 2 drops of Mint Essential Oil.
    • 1 drop of Lemon Essential Oil.

     

    Oatmeal and Almond Scrub for Irritated and / or Sensitive Skin.

    This scrub is ideal for dry, sensitive or irritated skin. It is also very useful for repairing the skin after the sun, since ground oats help soothe and soften it. In addition, the scent of lavender invites us to relax and feel at peace with ourselves. Mix the ingredients well until you get a homogeneous paste and apply on the skin in a quiet place, with relaxing music and tempered water, to fully enjoy the benefits.

    • 1 cup ground oatmeal / ground oatmeal
    • ½ cup of brown sugar
    • 4 tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil.
    • 3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.

    Hydrolates or floral waters. Curiosities and Recipes

    Hydrolates or floral waters. Curiosities and Recipes

    I love having different hydrolates around me throughout my day; especially when I need to refresh my skin or mentally clear myself. After a long day at work, the delicate spraying of these aromatic waters on my skin helps me to relax. Not only these magnificent waters serve to improve the mood and refresh the skin, but they are so versatile in their use and so simple to prepare, that with no doubt it is one of the star products in the world of natural cosmetics.

    “Hydrolates or floral waters are

    the result of steam distillation

    of infused water from plants ”

    Hydrolates or floral waters are the result of steam distillation of infused water from aromatic or medicinal plants, either from the whole plant, from the flowers or from the root. Hydrolates are not infusions, nor macerations, nor floral or herbal decoctions. These delicate waters are the byproduct of essential oils and although at much lower power and concentration than essential oils, they have the beneficial effects of the plant or flower from which it has been extracted.

    Personally, they are essential to complete daily beauty rituals since they can be used as tonics to mattify the skin and thoroughly clean the remains of makeup and dirt. But they also serve to hydrate the skin throughout the day in the form of a sprayer and can even be used as aqueous bases for homemade mask preparations and to soak cloths to soothe burns or skin bites among other things.

    Hydrolates are very soft to sensitive skin, therefore they are also recommended for children and the elderly, as well as people with some type of topical problem such as psoriasis, dermatitis etc.

    Unlike essential oils, pregnant women and people with medical treatments can use them without any problem.

    I always recommend keeping the hydrolates in the fridge to keep them cooler. The hydrolates have a much lower shelf life than essential oils and avoiding direct contact with the sun or hot temperatures makes them last longer. Amber or dark and glass containers are recommended to keep them in better condition.

    It is extremely important to perfectly differentiate an essential oil from a hydrolate. Essential oils are very powerful concentrations of the essence of the plant, flower or root and contain volatile particles that immediately penetrate the bloodstream. The vast majority of essential oils cannot be put directly on the skin as they would cause a very negative effect on it.

    Unlike hydrolates, which can normally be used on the skin unless preparations are made that indicate otherwise. The floral water or hydrolate in its pure state has a concentration of the active principles of the plant, flower or root are in a very subtle way.

    The elaboration of homemade hydrolates requires knowledge in natural cosmetics, but we can make recipes with mixtures of different hydrolates already made and that we can buy in herbalists or stores specializing in natural cosmetics.

    As we know, each plant, flower or root has its qualities and its effects determined in our body and also in our emotions.

    In order to select the hydrolates that best suit our needs, here is a small list that can help you choose a particular one, depending on what you are looking for, as well as a very fresh little recipe for this summer.

    • Hydrolates for oily skin: Rose water, Neroli water or Thyme water.
    • Hydrolate for acne skin: Lavender Water, Chamomile Water, Neroli Water or Thyme Water
    • Hydrolate for sensitive skin: Jasmine Water or Rose Water

    Remember that they can be used as facial tonics instead of synthetic tonics, as natural skin mists or to cool a room or for therapeutic treatments such as burns or itchy skin.

    But they are also ideal for improving the emotional or physiological state, they are also excellent natural colonies, for example jasmine.

    Lavender water or hydrolate is ideal, among other things, to help us fall asleep. Spray it on the pillow before sleeping; In addition to naturally perfuming our room, it induces us to sleep.

    Here you have a recipe for a fresh and ideal hydrolate for these summer months, which in addition to cooling, helps us to have a better clarity and concentration.

    Mojito Hydrolate

    Recipe for 270ml of Hydrolate

    • 90ml Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis)
    • 90ml Peppermint Hydrolate
    • 90ml Lime Hydrolate (Citrus latifolia)
    • 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil (Peppermint Peppermint)

    We will need:

    • 1 spray container
    • 1 funnel
    • 1 Label

    Preparation Mode

    • Place the container with the funnel in the workplace.
    • Add the Hydrolate of Lima.
    • Add the Mint Hydrolate.
    • Add the Aloe Vera Gel.
    • Add the essential oil drops

    Close the bowl and shake. Place in the refrigerator and use as many times as necessary. It can be used as a facial tonic with cotton to remove makeup, to spray (closing the eyes) when we want to refresh the skin or to spray in some space to improve our concentration and performance.

    I hope you liked this post! Until next time, don't forget to pamper yourself and take care of yourself from the root.

    Which vegetable oil is better for my skin?

    Which vegetable oil is better for my skin?

    How many vegetable oils have you seen or considered among the candidates to nourish and hydrate your skin? Here we bring you a brief summary of a few of them so you can know which one to choose when the question arises:

    1. Jojoba oil: contains a high concentration of antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E. Its moisturizing, emollient, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties make this oil ideal in atopic skin with problems of dermatitis, psoriasis or scaling.
    2. Sweet almond oil: its main function is hydration without clogging the pores of the skin. This is possible thank to the presence of essential fatty acids, which hydrate, nourish and provide elasticity to the skin.
    3. Shea butter: natural cell regenerator that prevents aging of the skin and hair. Intense nourishing power, softening and restructuring properties. Helps to protect the skin from UVB and UVA radiation acting as sunscreen, before and after tanning, protecting the skin from cellular oxidation.
    4. Avocado oil: The omega 3 fatty acids are responsible for its high moisturizing power. It helps delay aging and the early onset of signs of aging by the vitamins and antioxidants that contains.
    5. Monoi oil: Its properties are repairing, it helps to nourish the dermal cellular tissues and improves the quality and consistency of the hair. It also has a different and unique aroma thanks to the mixture of coconut and Tiare flowers of Polynesia.
    6. Carrot oil: rich in carotenes and vitamin A, which repair the damage caused by free radicals in tissues and protect the body from cell degeneration.

    We hope this post has been interesting for you and that you have found your perfect oil! Tell us if you use any of these or if, on the contrary, you have discovered a new one.

    What are micro particles?

    What are micro particles?

    In cosmetics, we refer to very small particles that are very common in some of the cleansing gels and exfoliants that we can find in the market.

    What is the problem with them? These particles travel through the sewer system with the water that comes from the shower. They are so small that in purifying plants, they cannot be separated from water, so they flow into the oceans to form part of the great "Plastic Soup".

    Once the microparticles are in the oceans of the whole world, any fish or animal could (and surely will) ingest particles that are hardly detectable to the human eye. Then, the plastic particles enter the food chain, causing potential damage to any animal that is above in the food chain.

    From "Beat the microbead" they are fighting this problem through a mobile application launched in Netherland by the North Sea Foundation and the Plastic Soup Foundation.

    You can find more information here:

    http://beatthemicrobead.org/en/ (Multilingual page)

    And also in these blogs that talk about this topic:

    http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/02/12/state-wants-ban-your-face-wash-save-environment (English)

    Did you know anything about this? If the answer is no, here is information to beat the micro particle, and if the answer is yes, have you taken any action?

    What do you know about tea?

    What do you know about tea?

    What do you know about tea? Today I would like to talk about tea, the second most consumed beverage in the world, behind water. What are its benefits? What types of teas can we find? What plants can be obtained from?

    Well, green, black and white tea are obtained from the Camellia synesis plant. It is typical from the southern China and Southeast Asia, although it is found in many regions close to the tropics. Pu-erh red tea also comes from this plant, although it undergoes a special process of fermentation and only certain mature leaves of the plant are used.

    Rooibos tea, unlike the other teas, comes from the plant Aspalathus linearis, originally from South Africa.

    Broadly speaking, the difference between green, black and white tea is the oxidation process to which they are subjected. White tea is made from the youngest shoots of the plant and does not undergo any oxidation. Green tea and black tea come from the same leaves, with longer oxidation time for black tea. Oxidation occurs after crushing tea leaves to contact substances that will oxidize and form the typical flavors and aromas of each tea. Then it is allowed to dry until the water content is less than 3%.

    Do benefits depend on the type of tea? Yes, and also of the infusion time. Many antioxidant properties are attributed to green tea, which can help fight some problems such as cholesterol and other cardiovascular diseases as well as aging. Black tea is also rich in antioxidant compounds, although different from those from green tea. It must be taken into account that when drinking a tea, only a small percentage corresponds to dry matter, the rest is water, so the differences between one and the other are small.

    As for the infusion time, the longer we leave it in contact with the hot water, the more it extracts the beneficial substances, increasing its concentration. The content of theine is greater in black tea and decreases in green tea and white to rooibos (different plant) that does not contain theine.

    Tea is one of the most ancient forms of medicine and drinking it can be very relaxing and pleasant. In addition, teas are very hydrating and if are mixed with herbs rich in minerals and medicinal compounds, hot water extracts most of them very well. Teas also can be used in relaxing baths or even in the shower, spraying it to the body.

    "Tea is a complete act in its simplicity. When I drink tea, we're just the tea and me. The rest of the world dissolves. There are no worries about the future. There is no worry about past mistakes. The tea is simple: tea leaves, pure hot water. I inhale the smell, small and delicate pieces of tea float on the cup. I drink the tea, the essence of the leaves become part of me. " Thich Nhat Hanb.