Archive for the ‘Beauty Regimen’ Category

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

I have used Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay for years as a facial to deep clean my oily skin. I also knew the beauty clay could be used on hair as a deep conditioner, similar to a henna, but I never applied the product to my curls until now.

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Mixed with apple cider vinegar I made enough clay to put on my face as well as my hair.

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There was absolutely no measuring when making the clay. The products were added, blended and stirred with a wooden spoon until I reached a consistency I liked and had enough for my use.

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On clean towel dried hair I added the health and beauty clay.

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I really didn’t demonstrate a particular method when applying the clay. I just put it on starting from the back to the front. I kept it on my hair for one hour. Then I put the clay on my face and kept that on until it dried.

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BOO!

I have on a towel. You just can't see it.

I have on a towel. You just can’t see it.

The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay left my hair feeling super soft, deeply conditioned and very moist. I loved it. I didn’t think the clay would be easy to wash out but it was. My curls were longer too, just after washing, and I thought that was kind of cool.

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So…

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Overall I was pleased with the results. I would like to use Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay at least once a month – but I know me – it will probably happen once every other other month.

16 Tips To Achieve Beautiful Healthy Hair – Naturally!

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Do you want fabulous tresses without applying a whole bunch of harsh chemicals to your hair? I think it’s safe to say that we all do. I saw the list below and thought it was interesting so I decided to share it. Some of the information is well known and some of it is not as popular. But none the less they are all great homemade recipes and worth repeating. Check it out!

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Egg treatment

Use the entire egg to condition your hair. If you have dry or brittle hair, use egg whites to moisturize your hair. Use ½ cup of any egg mixture (egg white, entire egg) and apply to clean, damp hair and rinse with cool water.

Avoid hot water

Skip hot water showers, because hot water will make your hair dry and brittle as it strips protective oils from your hair – says Dr. Suttar. Thus, prefer a temperature which is just a bit warmer than your body temperature.

Bottle gourd treatment

Extract some bottle gourd juice and apply it into your hair. Keep this solution for half an hour and wash it off thoroughly.

For that shiny soft hair

Prepare a mixture of 1 cup of your daily conditioner and 2-3 tablespoons of honey. Apply this mixture evenly on your wet hair. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash it off thoroughly. This mixture will close down your hair’s cuticle and give your hair that amazing shine.

For bouncy hair

Apply a one to one mixture of warm water and apple cider vinegar to your hair. Rinse it thoroughly after 5 minutes to get rid of the apple cider smell.

Don’t wash your hair frequently

Wash your hair every 5-7 days, for proper regulation of natural hair oils. Washing your hair less often will also help regain your hair’s natural body and luster.

Make your conditioner

For a protein packed conditioner, mix eggs and yogurt and rub it into your scalp. Leave on for a few minutes (only) then wash it off completely.

For strong hair

Use almond oil to treat dry and damaged hair. It is a very simple procedure, pour some almond oil in a bowl and heat it for 40 seconds. Then evenly distribute on your hair. Leave it for 30 minutes and then rinse normally with shampoo and conditioner using cold water.

Say bye-bye to dull hair with lemon juice

After the final rinse, apply 1 tsbp lemon juice to your hair. Simply towel dry your hair and style as normal to get rid of dry hair.

Use protection before you jump into the pool

Pools can do great damage to your hair as it contains harsh chemicals – says Dr Suttar. He says; prevent your hair from the pool damage by simply applying a little conditioner to your hair before you swim. This will protect your hair before it comes in contact with the pool water.

Treat sun damaged hair

Make a mixture of ½ cup honey, 1-2 tbsp olive oil and 1-2 tbsp of egg yolk. Apply this mixture on your hair and then rinse with warm water. This treatment will help to replenish keratin protein bonds – says Dr. Suttar.

Moisturize your hair

Pour a little beer in your wet hair. Distribute evenly and massage your scalp with your fingers for 20 minutes. Then rinse it thoroughly to get rid of the beer smell. Do this procedure once a week for salon smooth hair. Dr. Suttar says- it is recommended that people with sinus and cold should avoid using this treatment.

Trim your hair regularly

Trim your hair at least every six weeks to eliminate dry, split ends.

Do not brush wet hair

Wet hair is three times weaker and thus more likely to break – says Dr. Suttar. He recommends, towel dry your hair first and then gently detangle your hair using a wide tooth comb.

Let your hair air-dry

Allow your hair to dry by itself instead of using a blow-dryer or hot rollers. Using this artificial mode of drying technique will make your hair more brittle and dry. If you have no time to let your hair air dry, then use blow-dryer sparingly and make sure you use a warm setting instead of a hot setting.

Good diet

Drink lots of water and eat a healthy diet of raw fruits and vegetables. The most effective home treatment for hair care is a healthy diet. You are what you eat, and what you put into your body will be reflected on the outside.

My Newest Skin Care Regimen

Friday, July 5th, 2013

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I’ve mentioned several times that the skin on my face won’t let me use one product too long. It’s been finicky since high school and I guess it will always be this way. I’ve gotten use to the constant changes and it doesn’t bother me anymore. Matter of fact, I sort of like it.

I’ve used Juice Beauty for a couple of years a few years back. Now I am excited about using it again because I received the most compliments on the way I looked when this product line was in my life.

So, with that said, below is what I do to maintain the healthiest skin I possibly can. Check it out.

Juice Beauty’s Blemish Clearing Cleanser – Love it because it’s organic. It’s a gel (appropriate for oily skin). And it helps control breakouts and greasy skin. (Day and Night)

Juice Beauty’s Exfoliating Cleanser – Love it because it’s organic. I can use it every day. My skin feels soft, and with time, it appears brighter. I like to exfoliate at night after a day of wearing makeup. (Night)

Avalon Organics’ CoQ10 Repair Perfecting Facial Toner – Love it because it contains 70% organic content. It’s anti-aging and cleans away oil left deep in my pores. (Day and Night)

My Homemade Facial Tonic – Love it because I made it and I know exactly what is in it. Click HERE for the ingredients. (Day and Night)

Juice Beauty’s Blemish Clearing Serum – Love it because it’s organic and helps fight pimples for a clear complexion. (Day and Night)

Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Age Defy Serum – Love it because it’s organic and anti-aging. (Day and Night)

Juice Beauty’s SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer – Love it because it’s organic and provides SPF 30. In New Mexico everyone uses, or should use, SPF – even us. The sun is that strong. (Day)

Avalon Organics’ CoQ10 Repair Wrinkle Defense Crème with SPF 15 – Love it because the product contains 70% organic content. It possesses SPF 15, and coupled with SPF 30, I am protected with SPF 45. (Day)

Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer – Love it because it’s organic, anti-aging and hydrating. (Night)

Ye Ole Kitchen Witch’s Skin Magic Plus – Love it because it’s handmade and includes fantastic natural ingredients. I use Skin Magic Plus around my eyes to keep that area moisturized. It can be put on any body part. I just like to use it around the eyes. I bought this at a local farmers’ market. Click HERE for the Esty page. (Day and Night)

Indian Healing Clay – Love it because my skin does. I add a little apple cider vinegar to the powder to make a clay mask. (Monthly or Longer)

WOW! Now that I have written out my skin care routine it seems as if I do a lot. But when applying everything it doesn’t feel that way. I use a little bit of each item and it goes a long way. I not only apply the products on face but also on my neck and chest area. This is very important.

Of course drinking water is key to healthy skin, nails, hair and more. I drink a half gallon of water during dinner. And I drink several cups a day of tea from herbs I make myself. That helps too!

Lime Deodorant

Friday, May 31st, 2013

I eliminated using deodorants with aluminum more than eight years ago. When I first started to use aluminum-free deodorants, I didn’t like my experience because they didn’t work, especially in the summer.

But just as I was about to give up and switch back to deodorants with harsh chemicals someone suggested I try lime juice instead.

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Since I believe God made items can heal I was open to giving it a try, and to my surprise, I was pleased with the results.

Juice directly from a fresh lime cuts odor like nothing I have ever experienced before. After about a year, I tried aluminum-free deodorant again and this time, during the summer, it worked nicely and I was no longer embarrassed.

I still use lime juice as a deodorant and recommend it to all. This is what I do. It’s very simple.

  • Cut a fresh lime in half.
  • Squeeze the juice from one slice under each arm pit after bathing.
  • The juice may sting but it’ll go away after a few seconds.

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 That’s it!

Wrap up each lime piece separately and place it in the refrigerator. You can use the same slice for about three days then toss and use the other portion.

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Key limes work as well.

My New Skin Care Regimen

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Every two to three years my skin informs me, by unnecessarily breaking out, that I need to find a new skin care regimen.

So, when my skin started to break out this time, I knew what I had to do. It took several months to find a new cleansing method my skin liked. I experimented with a variety of skincare products as well as homemade remedies but nothing worked.

After feeling sort of hopeless with the results of my search, one day, while in Whole Foods, I decided to purchase Alba Botanica’s Natural Acne line in maximum strength. Each item cost $9.95 with the exception of the Natural Acnedote Oil Control Lotion which is $15.50.

Honestly, I would not have cared how much these products cost because they agree with my skin. When I first tried the line, I used it morning and night and the acne dissipated in just a few days! I was relieved. I could have kicked myself for taking so long to try Alba Botanica. It’s not like I didn’t see it in the store. I saw it. The line has been available in health food spots for years - I just by passed it – every time.

So, until my skin tells me otherwise, Alba Botanica Natural Acne line in maximum strength will be my product of choice in maintaining healthy looking gorgeous skin.

The entire line is 100% vegetarian with no animal testing, artificial colors, artificial fragrances, parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium methyl sulfate.

You guys know I like that!

Private Stash

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Here’s a look at my private hair care stash. I just felt like sharing.

Rosemary Oil, Burdock Oil and Thyme Oil. Marinating for four to six weeks. I’ll use them on my hair, skin and even in my food.

After straining the herbs from the oils I will transfer the oils into their own glass jars and keep them in my bathroom’s cupboard.

Nettle and Horsetail Herbs used for my hair rinse.

Store bought oils.

I need to be more mindful of what is in my stash. I have two bottles of Rosemary Essential Oils, two Lavender Essential Oils and two Tea Tree Essential Oils. That makes no sense.

I am in love with Vitamin E. Where do I began or end in regards to Aloe Vera Gel? Sometimes I massage the Aloe Vera on to my scalp. It is excellent for the scalp and hair as it treats hair loss, nourishes and moisturizes, and increases blood circulation to hair follicles. It’s also great for acne, scars, burns and sores, just to name a few.

Turkey eggs. The best shampoo ever. There is one brown chicken egg in the back. Can you see it?

African Shea Butter is the base for my hair cream. Shea Butter and Raw Cocoa Butter are the base for my body butter. I like to use a few drops of Frankincense Oil from the Muslim store to bring about a sweet aroma.

Homemade Facial Tonic

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Twice a day, or sometimes more, I use a facial tonic that I created based on my skin type. I’ve been using this homemade remedy for more than two years. Over the years I made other remedies but this one I like the most because it seems to be keeping my oily skin and pimples under control.

The recipe is so simple. Seriously. It takes just a few minutes. Check it out below.

Glass Jar – I always use glass jars when making homemade stuff. Glass is better than plastic. This goes for plastic Tupperware too. Plus glass bottles look prettier on the shelves. This jar is about 4 oz.

Rose Water – Use Rose Water that you can cook with and drink. Rose Water is an excellent treatment for acne and wrinkles. It is a fantastic healer for many skincare problems. I transferred the remaining Rose Water into a glass jar.

Vitamin E Skin Oil – I love Vitamin E. It can do no wrong. I put 1/8 teaspoon into my tonic.

Peppermint Essential Oil – I used 2 drops. Peppermint increases blood flow and stimulates nerves. Plus I like the cooling effect it provides to my skin.

Frankincense Essential Oil – I used 2 drops. This is an anti aging ingredient. It also heals scars and controls oil.

Myrrh Essential Oil – I used 2 drops. Myrrh maintains firm youthful skin by helping to prevent tissue degeneration. It also cools, soothes and heals scars.

Shake the bottle.

And that’s it.

Homemade Oil-Based Facial Cleanser

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

I may be an adult but I still experience break-outs. So to keep the acne and oil in check, I cleanse my face twice a day with a homemade oil-based facial cleanser.

Cleansing the face with oil is not new. I’ve been following this method for years and so have others. The oils in the cleanser can also be taken internally. I like to add a few drops of my favorite essential oils to give the remedy a little kick. This is what I do.

Glass Bottle – This is a about 4oz. I always use glass bottles or jars when making my homemade stuff because all of the goodness from the ingredients last longer in glass than plastic.

Castor Oil- I fill about half of the jar with Castor Oil. This oil cleanses and heals the skin.

Grapeseed Oil- Then I add a little Grapeseed Oil. This is another light cleansing oil.

Hazelnut Oil- I try to equal the amounts of Hazelnut and Grapeseed Oils. This oil fights oily skin and acne.

Lavender Essential Oil- Another acne fighting ingredient. I added 1 drop.

Tea Tree Essential Oil - Tea Tree cleans, heals and prevents acne. Plus it keeps oily skin under control. One drop was included in the mixture.

Frankincense Essential Oil – Used for anti-aging purposes. One drop was put into the cleanser.

Myrrh Essential Oil – Anti-aging. I used just 1 drop.

I like to shake the bottle.

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How to use the facial cleanser:

First I take off my make-up using my homemade lavender oil (excellent for controlling acne) with a hot wash cloth. The temperature of the heat is as hot as I can stand it.

  • Pump 2 or 3 squirts in the palm of my hand.
  • Warm up the oil by rubbing my hands together.
  • Apply the oil onto my face and massage it in. This lifts the dirt and oil.
  • I then use a hot face cloth and wipe away the oil.
  • I may repeat the cleansing steps at least 2 or 3 times.
  • Splash cold water on my face to close the pores.
  • I like it when my face squeaks.