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A List of Simple All-Natural Exfoliants For Your Skin

Why should you avoid store-bought exfoliants?

There are many products that you can buy to exfoliate your skin, but the problem with most of them is that they contain microbeads. Microbeads aren’t only rough on skin, but also terrible for the environment. The small plastic beads in these products aren’t filtered out by water treatment plants and are being washed right back into our water supply, often with harmful results for marine life.

In USA for instance, the state of Illinois recently banned the use of microbeads. The plastic waste caused by the microbeads, which are not filtered out during sewage treatment, are damaging water ecosystems.
In EU, the European commission has recently lunched the debate to closely monitor its long term impact. If you would like to read more about the project, you can read further update on the following link ⇒ EU.

The good news is, the best exfoliators are all-natural, so you don’t need to buy any harmful, expensive products. With ingredients that you already have on hand, you can have your face shining and refreshed in no time. List compiled by DIYNatural.

All-Natural Exfoliants

 Sugar

Sugar grains are naturally small and rough, which make them perfect for sloughing skin cells from your face. When added to an oil, such as grapeseed or olive oil, sugar is a fantastic exfoliant.

Another benefit to sugar?

It’s full of glycolic acid, which helps to naturally break down dead skin cells and decrease fine lines.

Hmm I am guessing your next question: How does it work?

Basically, glycolic acid contains small molecules that are able to penetrate into the skin. And, once it penetrates under the surface it loosens up the glue-like substance that holds the skin cells together and allows the skin to shed off the old dead cells. Once the skin has rid itself of the old cells it appears brighter and leaves your skin with a more, healthy glow.

Simple 😉

Brown Sugar | OrganicIsBeautiful
Brown Sugar | OrganicIsBeautiful

Oatmeal

Oats is actually my favourite breakfast, no matter where I am or how I feel. It does the job and I looove trying new refreshing recipes. Oatmeal is one of the gentlest exfoliants you can find. If you have sensitive skin, it’s a great place to start for exfoliation.

Oatmeal | OrganicIsBeautiful
Oatmeal | OrganicIsBeautiful


Oatmeal works best when whole oats are ground up in a food processor, then added to water or another base and applied to the face with your fingertips. Another benefit to oatmeal is that it absorbs oil, so you will be cleansing as you exfoliate.

Baking Soda

I often use baking soda in my DIY skincare routine. And since all you really have to do is make a paste out of baking soda and water, it’s quite possibly the simplest and least expensive exfoliant on this list. Baking soda is one of my favorite exfoliants; my face always feels so much fresher after I’ve rinsed all the baking soda off, and it’s very gentle, too.

Sea Salt

Sea salt (not table salt!) makes a great exfoliant, too. The granules are large and coarse, and don’t dissolve easily. This makes it fantastic for use on the rougher parts of your body, like elbows and feet. Another nice thing about sea salt is that it isn’t at all sticky. To use, simply mix with a small amount of oil and rub into your skin.

The week end is coming soon, if you feel like pampering yourself with a refreshing and calming bath, read that:

Saturday Relaxation with Ginger and Dead Sea Salt.

Coffee

Caffeine is known to decrease puffiness around the eyes.

Coffee | OrganicIsBeautiful
Coffee | OrganicIsBeautiful

Exfoliating and decreasing puffiness at the same time? Sounds good to me! You can use either fresh coffee grounds or those you’ve already brewed (which makes more sense to me – recycling is always a good thing!), add them to a small amount of the oil of your choice, and apply to your skin.

Note: The only downside I see to using coffee as an exfoliant is that coffee grounds are inherently messy, so be prepared for a bit of cleanup.

Almonds

It probably sounds strange to think of rubbing almonds all over your face, but when they’re ground up very finely, almonds make for a great exfoliant. Almond powder is a chemical-free, nutrient-rich method to exfoliate your skin.

When added to a small amount of water, almond powder will exfoliate the skin without leaving behind any residue. Other powders hold similar health attributes for your skin such as Cinnamon, rice or green tea (matcha) powder.

Did you check out my article about Almond Milk?

Almond | OrganicIsBeautiful
Almond | OrganicIsBeautiful

Now you know…

Using an exfoliant a few times a week is one of the best ways to keep your skin healthy and young-looking. Make sure you use them gently – exfoliating shouldn’t hurt! Scrubbing your face too hard or too often can result in irritated skin, and redness is definitely not the look you’re going for with this.

If you think it’s going to be difficult to incorporate natural exfoliation into your routine, take heart. Seriously, if I can learn to do it, you can learn to do it.

Once you get used to having such bright skin, you’ll never want to go back.

Happy Skin Everyone,

Next post next Monday on something called…Emu Oil I recently discovered and loved 😉

Amanda

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How Does Ayurvedic Medicine Works?

What is Ayurveda medicine?

Ayurvedic medicine is the one of the oldest documented Indian health systems.

“Ayurveda” is translated from Sanskrit (the equivalent language to Latin in India) to mean “the science of life“. Ayurveda is not a “one-size-fits-all” system. Instead, its regimens are tailored to each person’s unique prakruti (Ayurvedic constitution).

Religion doesn’t play a key role in the practice of Ayurveda; the concept of balance or harmony is more important.

The beliefs

A key tenant of Ayurveda is its focus on individual treatment. Ayurvedic practitioners believe that each person is born with a unique mixture of the three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each dosha itself is made up of five elements: space, air, fire, water and earth.

  • Air represents all that is gaseous.
  • Water consists in all liquid.
  • Earth relates to any solid matters.
  • Fire, any matter that can be transformed


3Vata
Energy that controls the body movements, its overall motion: blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and heartbeat.

Pitta Energy that controls the body’s metabolism, its overall food transformation: digestion, absorption, nutrition, and temperature.

Kapha Energy that controls the body fluids that soften both Pitta and Vata’s energies in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and maintains the immune system.

 

The Pros?

    → Priority to balancing lifestyle, diet, habits and surroundings.

Indian practitioners give a traditional Ayurvedic oil foot massage. (Photo credit: Valery Kraynov)
Indian practitioners give a traditional Ayurvedic oil foot massage. (Photo credit: Valery Kraynov)

This is because it’s believed that imbalances occur due to stress, unhealthy diet, weather and strained relationships.

    → Only natural substances derived from plants, fruits, vegetables and natural minerals.

    → Side-effect are limited.

   → Complete and effective treatment, “root-cause” based, not “symptomatic”

    → No surgical procedure needed.

The Cons?

Medicinal effect can vary from one person to another.

Many Ayurvedic treatments — like meditation and individualized diets — are therefore aimed at keeping a person healthy, not curing them of disease. It can not cure any kind of disease or illness.

Some unofficial substances mixed with the Ayurvedic formula are now available in the market today. As a consumer, you need to be careful in buying unadulterated medicine from the market

Reliability of the medicines and the physicians

For instance, in the USA, there is no official licensing procedure for Ayurvedic practitioners. Qualifications and credentials of practicing physician must be established. If you’re considering an Ayurvedic treatment, or any other alternative therapies, be sure to speak with your primary care physician or other health care professional. Some Ayurvedic treatments may be dangerous when combined with prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Reference

 

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[Ayurveda Serie] Benefit of Ayurveda Powder for Hair.

  • Why do I use Ayureda powder?
  • How can you used it on your hair?
  • Which powder is best for you?

↓Read below↓

Ayurveda powder, a natural shampoo.

Ayurveda powders are known to be excellent natural shampoo that clean and nourish the hair scalp at the same time. There is so much to say about there health benefit:  body metabolism, inner soul, hair & skin can all take benefit from Ayurveda powder.

Talking about hair, they are great base for any pre-poo treatment.

Ayurveda powder, a natural shampoo.

What is a Pre-poo?

A pre-poo is when you apply a conditioning treatment to the hair prior to shampooing / washing so as to add moisture to the follicles.

It is best applied on dirty hair.

How to make your own pre-poo at home?

First you need oils and…some patience!

  • Oils.The past is basically set as a combination of different Ayurveda oils, or, if you do not have some at home (yet), a light/dry oil can work too. Jojoba, coconut/avocado oils are a good example.
  • Liquid. Usually water. Coconut mild can also do the trick. Plus, coconut milk is an excellent hair moisturizer and helps prevent hair loss.
  • Essential oils (Optional). The selection depends on your type of hair. Since my hair is prone to itchiness, I usually add some drops of tea tree essential oil.

Paste ready? 

When the paste is compact, it means its ready. Here how is goes next:

  • Apply the past like a gently massage before going to bed, it is a relaxing time with calming effect that help get away the stress of the day before a good night of sleep. I ♥ it!!
  • Put a plastic bag or shower plastic cap to hold it all together straight after shower and before jumping to bed.
  • Leave it overnight.

8 hrs later,

⇒ ⇒ The Pre-poo treatment is over and your scalp is now ready to be washed. Rinse with warm water. Next step: the shampoo!

Ayurveda shampoo, choose the right powder for your hair.

Some powder are better for oily scalp, others suitable for dry or dying hair type, we will go through each type and compare their results.

Aritha powder: also called Reetha powder (India), Soap Nuts (UK) is a powder made from dried aritha fruits.

  • Key properties: natural cleaner, antibacterial and anti-fungal.
  • Hair type: dry hair, prone to recurrent dandruff problems.
  • Best combined with: Shikakai Powder.
Reetna Seeds
Reetna Seeds

3Shikakai powder: Shikakai powder is made from the fruit pods of the Acacia Concinna tree.

  • Key properties: antioxidant (rich in vitamin c), prevent dandruff and other scalp issues.
  • Hair type: any type of hair.
  • Best combined with: Amla, Reetna Powder.

Brahmi powder : Brahmi powder is obtained by grinding dried Brahmi leaves into a fine powder.

  • Key properties: brain tonic (support brain functions including concentration, information processing, and memory.), rejuvenate hair (makes hair stronger and ticker), prevent split ends, reduce of hair loss.
  • Hair type: dry, itchy hair. With dandruff issues.
  • Best combined with: Amla Powder.

Amla powder : Amla poweder is dried and powdered indian gooseberry.

  • Key properties: antioxydant (Rich in Vitamin C), voluminous effect (curl power)
  • Hair type: dry, itchy hair. With dandruff issues.
  • Best combined with: Shikakai Powder.
Gallic acid is a powerful phenolic compound found in amla and has been shown to repair hair that has been previously damaged from dye or other environmental effect. LiveStrong

Note: Amla powder can also darken your natural hair color (with regular use), it is best to used in combination with other powders, such as the Shikakai powder.

Henna powder: Also known as Mehandi.

It is prepared from leaves of a plant called henna or mignonette tree (called the Egyptian privet tree in some part of northern Africa). The leaves are first dried and then ground.

  • Key properties: get rid of their grey hair, conditioning and thickening properties (It can be a good alternative if you are allergic to chemical creams) nourish and strengthen hair.
  • Hair type: dehydrated hair.
  • Best combined with: Shikakai Powder.

    Henna tree. (Source Boldsky.com)
    Henna tree. (Source Boldsky.com)

Cassia Obovata Powder: Cassia obovata is a plant that contains a faint golden or slight yellow dye.

  • Key properties: “neutral henna” (does not stain the hair), conditioning and thickening properties.
  • Hair type: dehydrated hair.
  • Best combined with: Amla, Shikakai Powder.
Cassia Obovata plant, India (Hyderabad). Wikimedia.
Cassia Obovata plant, India (Hyderabad). Wikimedia.

Note: Please keep in mind that everyone has its own unique hair texture. Herbal treatments can be drying for some, and it is recommended to first apply cautiously and following the right portions.

I hope you enjoyed this article that I tried to make as much informative as possible for the novice. Ayurveda treatments are great deep conditioning treatments for natural hair. If you have also tried did for yourself, I am really keen to know your experience, feel free to share it in the comment area!

Amanda

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