Posts tagged ‘skin’

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Fantastic news boys and girls: this wahine  is about to be a Mommy! . . . in late March.  It seems a little late in the game to be informing the world just now, however, I was not informed of the little miracle until week twenty (20)!  With all of the changes, and adjustments to this new development, and trying to prepare for a soon to be new life,  I have not had a whole lot of time to update .  Not everything they say about pregnancy has been true for me, thus far. Morning sickness was fairly benign, cravings are minimal, and often times healthy, and putting on weight, well I managed to go in the opposite direction BEFORE growing a bump. However, my skin has suffered in the moisture department.  Finally, at month 7, my poor belly is developing stretch marks; and I think it’s about time to nurture Mommy a bit before baby girl gets here!

Enter. . . my the recent BUZZ with Honey!

Honey is an absolute skin miracle.  Naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial it’s excellent for removing any lingering nastiness from your hard day at work. Heavily moisturizing, and yet slightly drying so it is excellent for drying up any developing breakouts while kissing your skin with enough moisture to make you GLOW.  That is right, darlings, you too can get the glow of pregnancy without the bumps! And for those us of who have some lingering scars from acne, honey helps naturally repair skin and lessen the look of said marks and pocks!

Before I start posting the recipes for your honey soaked adventure; a moment to educate you in the differences in the ingredients you use.

Completely Raw Honey
Completely raw honey is unheated, unfiltered, and un-strained and will often times still contain bits of honey comb, propolis, wax and pollen. It crystallizes easily, but do not fret, crystallizing does not mean that your honey has gone bad.  This is the most beneficial form of honey as it still has all of its enzymes and good bacteria in tact. While some whole foods stores will carry honey similar to this, I encourage you to shop your local farmers market.  Not only are you giving back to your local farmers, but you know where the honey is coming from and that it is every bit as raw as they say it is! And your wallet will thank you too.

Raw Unfiltered Honey
Raw unfiltered honey is strained to get the larger pieces of honeycomb, propolis (the sticky substance used to seal beehives which is also a very effective anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial substance), wax and pollen out of it. It may have also been heated to just below the the “acceptable” raw standard to aid in the straining process.  Thankfully this process is not totally damaging to the enzymes and so this is a great second choice if completely raw honey is not available to you.

Creamed or Spun Honey
While delicious, creamed or spun honey has most likely been pasteurized, crystallized and ‘spun’ to give it that creamy spreadable texture. Most of the beneficial properties of honey have been removed in the heating process and while you can still reap the glowing affects of honey kissed skin, you’re not doing yourself any favors by shooting for this breakfast table staple.

Keep in mind that honey does NOT go bad. If it crystallizes  never fear, placing the sealed jar or container in a bowl of warm water for a bit will smooth it out and give you back that smooth honey you so crave. Also, don’t let the flowery labels confuse you. The flower distinction does not affect the enzyme/vitamin content of your honey. It does however give each one their own unique flavor. I still highly recommend trying the whole range of flowery honeys, not just for your skin, but your tummy as well. It’s the most delicious experiment around!

 

 

Home Remedies for Lovely Skin

‘Tis the season to be Jolly. Also chapped, dry and itchy.  I love a cold Christmas as much as the next gal, but the dry, rough skin that comes with it is definitely not my idea of a bonus! Luckily, boys and girls, the winter season is the perfect time for some of the most nourishing ingredients you can find for skin care!  I’ll let you in on a few secrets, consider it my Christmas gift to you.

Pumpkin and Honey mask

This mas is packed with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal compounds.  It’s the ideal treatment for sensitive skin or those with Rosacea. It is also great for slowing the aging process by helping protect the skin’s natural collagen.

1/4 Cup mashed Pumpkin Pulp (canned is alright also)
1      Tbsp. Honey

Combine ingredients until smooth. Apply in the evening when you have enough time to dedicate 20 minutes to just relaxing. Be warned, this mask is very sticky and messy, so I would suggest wearing an old tee-shirt. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Your skin will not feel squeaky clean as with most masks because this mask super-hydrates the skin. Apply once a week, or whenever your skin is feeling irritated or in need of pampering.

Cranberry Face Scrub

Cranberries are loaded with a type of polyphenal anti-oxidant, and Ellagic acid. Ellagic acid blocks the formation of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) which destroys the skin’s natural collagen. Applying ellagic acid topically may help prevent wrinkles!

1/4 Cup Cornmeal
2      Tbsp. Cranberries, freshly crushed
1       Tbsp. Buttermilk
2       Tsp. Honey

Blend all ingredients with a fork. Massage the scrub onto your face and neck for 2-3 minutes. Rinse with warm water.  Apply to clean damp skin once or twice a week.

Peppermint Patty Foot Scrub

Peppermint has menthol in it, which is both soothing and energizing. Peppermint also has antibacterial properties that fight infections and odors. You can also massage this into tired sore legs for an added mood lift.

3      Drops Peppermint Essential oil
1/2 Cup Fresh mint, minced
1      Cup Coarse Sea Salt
5      Tbsp. Olive Oil
1       Tbsp. Cocoa Powder

Combine in a small bowl.  Soak feet in warm water 10-15 minutes before scrubbing. Starting at your toes, knead the scrub into your skin in small, circular motions with your fingers. Work over the entire sole, concentrating on rough patches.

Cinnamon Sugar and Spice Body Scrub

Give your circulation an energizing boost that will make your skin glow! Cinnamon is naturally very stimulating and, as an added bonus, it has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that may help keep back acne at bay! 

1      Cup Raw Sugar
1/4 Cup Walnut Oil
1/2 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon

Combine and spoon into a container that you can keep in the shower. Use circular strokes to massage a few tablespoons all over your wet body before rinsing clean.

Apple Juice Toner

Acetic Acid acts as a mild astringent and antiseptic to keep pores clean and bacteria free, while Malic acid, an antioxidant, shields skin from environmental toxins.

1/4 Cup Apple Juice (home made or store bought)
4      Tbsp. Witch Hazel

Pour into a clean bottle. Use a cotton pad to swipe over your freshly washed face morning and night. If you are prone to dry skin, stick to only once a day.

The beauty of these recipes:  All of these ingredients are usually found around the house already at this time of year. Those that aren’t, are inexpensive and long lasting!