As the chilly months get closer and start to settle in, pumpkin spice seems to warm our hearts and we find it everywhere. It does not only need to be use in warm cozy drinks and pies but it can be found in our skin products as well, as it is very beneficial. Pumpkin contains beta-carotene which helps to reverse UV damage and improve skin texture. It protects the skin from radical damage which is the cause of wrinkles and skin cancer. It helps fight the aging process of the skin by removing the old, dead skin cells and replacing them with the healthy, new cells underneath. It contains fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids also knows as AHAs, which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth out the skin. Pumpkin also contains antioxidants Vitamin A and C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging. It will actually acts as a natural chemical peel over time and use. So the next time you cuddle your pumpkin spiced latte give a thought of what it can do for your skin.
Clays in products are very beneficial to the skin by being a gentle exfoliate. Pink clay for example is rich in Silica which, may improve skin elasticity and cell renewal. It is suitable for any skin type because it is so gentle and is amazing for calming, anti-aging and cleansing. Bentonite Clay is great for treating oily skin and acne and detoxifying the skin. It will remove toxins from the body and helps with skin irritations. Green clay is a clay that is ideal for oily, combination and acne-prone skin. It is also very good for restoring balance to the skin. Finally, Kaolin clay is a gentle cleaser and is an excellent alternative cleanser for those with sensitive skin. It reduces the oil in oily skin is purifying and detoxifying to the pores by the many things that can clog your pores, such as dirt, pollution, and toxins.
Activated charcoal effectively cleanses the skin by unclogging the pores and removing deeper impurities including the dead skin cells. Items such as dirt, toxins, chemicals, heavy metals and other poisons are attracted to the charcoal molecules and therefore get washed away. If you have large pores charcoal will pull the dirt and oils out and make your pores appear smaller. Charcoal will balance out the skin making leaving it smooth and soft. Shampoo with activated charcoal can also detoxify the hair gently by attracting the dirt and oil and washing it away. It will not distrupt the natural moisture levels in the hair because it is gentle. It makes for a very good deep cleanser and detoxifier and it’s all natural so it will not add new chemicals to your skin or hair.
There is definitely something to say about milks being used on the skin. Dairy milk contains lactic acid which is an alpha hydroxy acid also knows as AHA which is very beneficial. It can do wonders for the skin as it hydrates dry skin, exfoliates mature skin, soothes irritated skin, calms sensitive skin and lightens dark spots. Milk has the unique ability to remove the oil soluble impurities with the help of the fat-soluble enzyme, lipase. It is also a wholesome moisturizer with water, fat and proteins that can replenish the lost natural moisturizing factors of dry skin. Because milk promotes the shedding of pigmented skin cells it can also assist in skin whitening. Milk was the secret to Cleopatra's radiant and wrinkle free skin as milk can help reduce wrinkles.
Sugar is an amazing exfoliating ingredient in scrubs. It is a natural humectant which means it retains moisture and ensures the skin retains moisture and is keeps hydrated. It is ideal for sensitive skin because it is a gentle yet effective exfoliate. Sugar in scrubs will brighten tired and dull looking skin and promote healthy, smooth, flawless skin. It can be used all over the body not just on the face and is gentle enough even on the sensitive areas of the body. It can also free those pesky ingrown hairs. Sugar scrubs should be use in a circular motion which is less abrasive than the back and forth motion on the skin. Sugar cane contains minerals that are not only good for your skin but along with glycolic acid found in natural sugars the minerals are protective to the skin in helping keep toxins out.
Coconut milk is the milky water that comes out when you break the coconut open. The majority of that liquid is water and you get coconut milk once you mix the "meat" of the coconut with the water and then strain it. Coconut milk is extremely healthy for the skin as it has high levels of Vitamin C and copper which helps maintain elasticity and flexibility of the skin, which in turn prevents premature aging. Coconut milk has been used in baths for centuries from babies to royalty and everyone in between. It moisturizes the skin and makes it soft and supple. It has been used to effectively heal sunburns in no time due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The antimicrobial properties of coconut milk prevents breakouts and its fats prevent the skin pores from clogging, so its perfect for keeping clear, smooth skin. With all of these benefits in mind, coconut milk is definitely an important ingredient in some of our products.
Salt contains magnesium which is helpful in reducing inflammation and flushes away toxins. Larger, tougher salt granules in salt scrubs can remove dead and hardened skin when massaged on the skin. Sea salts leave an amazing glow on the skin because they do not only exfoliate away the dead skin cells but they make way for the fresh new cells underneath to regenerate and leave the skin looking and feeling wonderful. Salt also helps increase the natural flow of circulation and bodily fluids within when massaged into the skin. Treating yourself to a scrub with salt is just plain relaxing as not only are you improving the skin but your are giving yourself a well needed massage.
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