What not to expect from natural beauty products.

If you are contemplating the switch to natural skin care and other personal care products, it is important that you begin with proper expectations.  It is not fair to compare natural skin care with their synthetic-laden counterparts. It is like comparing apples to oranges. As you get started on your quest for quality, natural products, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Natural beauty products will not last forever. 

When you buy natural products make sure you use them. These are not the products that should reside under your counter and used as a back up. Natural products often use few, if any, preservatives. As a result their shelf life is much shorter than non-natural products that contain the preservatives you are trying to avoid. You invested in them, use them.

Natural beauty products will not feel the same.

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Do You Really Need a Skin Care Regimen?

Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It is a living, breathing thing and needs proper care and proper products to keep it functioning properly.

The types of products you use on your skin are vitally important to the long term health of your skin. Most commercially produced products may contain chemicals and engineered “natural” ingredients that may show short-term results but may not contribute to the long-term health of your skin. Look for hand crafted products using natural ingredients from plants to provide the best nutrients to your skin. Why hand crafted? Hand crafted helps to ensure freshly made products and usually contain natural ingredients including natural preservatives.

What does a skin care regimen entail? Read on.


One Ingredient Wonder: Lemon

Lemons have been used in skin care for thousands of years. They are effective for exfoliation and skin brightening due to their high level of fruit acids, the high Vitamin C and antioxidant properties are useful for neutralizing the effects of our environment and lemons are rich in folate, potassium, magnesium and Vitamin B6 making them ideal for detoxifying your skin from the outside in and the inside out.

Here are some simple ways to incorporate lemons into your skin care regimen.

For Brighter Skin
Take half a lemon and rub on freckles, age spots and even knees and elbows to lighten and brighten the skin. You can even add the juice of 4 lemons to your bath for an all over body treatment.

For Acne & Blackheads
Dab lemon juice on affected areas prior to bed. Do not rinse.

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A guide to reading natural skin care labels

It is becoming more apparent that reading the labels of what you put on your body is as important as what you put into it.  Sometimes, that is easier said than done. Here are a few guidelines to help assist you in your quest for quality, natural skin care products.

Ingredients are listed in descending order of concentration starting with the ingredient containing the greatest concentration. As a general guideline, the first half of the ingredients account for about 93 – 97% of the product and the remaining half account for about 3-7% of the product.

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Beauty Tip: Tomato Mask for Oily Skin

Beauty Tip: For oily skin, mash up a tomato and apply to skin. Let sit for 15 min, then rinse with warm water.

Beauty Tip: Naturally Plump Lips

Beauty Tip: Apply cinnamon or peppermint to your lips for natural plumping. Both are effective in bringing blood flow to the area.

Beauty Tip: Rubbing eyes a no no!

Beauty Tip: Avoid rubbing your eyes because it can cause loose and saggy skin.

Beauty Tip: Age-defying Trick

Beauty Tip: An age-defying trick and to brighten eyes, take a little blush and pat on eyelids over shadow.

Beauty Tip: Make a mask from avocado.

Beauty Tip: Make a mask from avocado. They contain vitamins C & E, a powerful skin anti-aging combination!

BeautyTip: Dark Spots

BeautyTip: For dark spots, use 2 shades of concealer 2 shades apart. Apply lighter shade on dark area & vice versa.

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