October 2009, Issue 3
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This month's member password: October
Well, the member deals for the lip balms and stretch mark body butter has ended, I hope you were able to get your order in! In this issue you’ll learn a lot about Acne Prevention and the different natural treatments that have been deemed most effective. There are a lot of simple recipes in this issue, many things that you would be able to pull out of your kitchen cupboard.
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This month’s Member Deals:
These will be available starting October 5th
Himalayan Red Salt: $3.95 /lb (Regular $6.95/lb)
Himalayan red salt contains 84 minerals including calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. These minerals are all essential for good health and very beneficial to cleansing your body. If you take a bath in 1 pound of this salt for 30 minutes, it is equivalent to doing a 3 day fast! It also soothes muscles, relieves arthritis, eases stress and promotes emotional well being and helps with the relieving of acne.
Chronic Respiratory Illness. Asthma, sinusitis and bronchitis can be treated with brine inhalation therapy. Heat a pot and add a minimum of 0.7 of salt with the boiling water. Cover your head with a towel and breathe in the brine steam. Do this for 10 to 15 minutes. The pollutants will be coughed out in about 30 minutes from inhaling the brine solution.
Diluted himalayan red salt is great for brushing your teeth with! All of the essential minerals and nutrients in it, creates a healthy environment for strong teeth. Used as a mouthwash it also gets rid of bad breath and bleeding gums!
For more ways on how Himalayan Red Salt is beneficial visit:
Moroccan Red Clay: 4 ounces $2.99 (Regularly $6.99)
Deeply cleanses the pores, draws out toxins, and lifts the skin for more toned beautiful looking skin. It’s great for oily skin or as a mask for oily hair. It helps to prevent or reduce wrinkles as well! A great item for any anti-aging product. Return to Top of Page
Acne has affected most people in some way or another. I think everyone has had a zit pop up at least once in their life. Usually when there is a big event or someone you want to look good for, it’s never convenient! But then again, what skin condition is?
In this issue we are going to go over some of the causes, preventions and treatments that you can do from home.
There are a few different causes of acne, though it can be caused from numerous things, there are two things in particular that affect most people.
The first one is having a toxic system. There is a huge myth going around that diet does NOT affect acne. This is completely untrue, think about it; your skin is the largest organ on your body, and the one that gets rid of the most toxins. If you are eating unhealthy processed foods constantly, your body is working at an alarming rate to get rid of all of these toxins. Since the skin is where they are expelled if your system can’t keep up with it, then it will cause the pores to become clogged and acne can form. While there is no one specific food that triggers acne per say, what you eat does affect your skin.
The second one is hormones whether it’s cyclical (comes once a month), you’re pregnant, or you’re going through puberty.
For many adult acne sufferers, there can be many different causes, but the main one is stress.
Why would stress have any effect on acne? I thought that was a myth anyways?
Nope, it’s not a myth, stress is the cause of many illnesses and skin conditions. So why does stress cause acne? When you are stressed, it affects your hormone balance in your body, this hormone balance can weaken your immune system and cause your sebaceous (oil) glands to become more active. With overactive oil glands, the oil combines with dead skin cells and gets trapped around hair follicles creating what we know as zits or pimples.
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Okay, so let’s start with prevention! What can we all do to make sure that acne stays at a minimum (or might not appear at all!)?
One of the most important steps in any skin care routine is exfoliating, you want to do this at least twice a week, it will get rid of the dead skin cells that so often get trapped with the oils. But be sure you do not over exfoliate or your skin will become tender and raw.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to exfoliate your skin is by using a whole milk soak. I know I recommend this a lot, but that is because it’s so great and works for any skin type. It is especially helpful for those of us with sensitive skin.
What is a whole milk soak? It’s when you take whole milk (surprise!) and put it on a cotton ball, dab it over your face and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. The lactic acid in the milk will remove the dead skin while the fat content keeps your skin moisturized.
Another mild way to exfoliate your skin is
A sugar scrub – made with finely ground sugar and a little olive oil, rub it over your face and rinse off. But be careful! You want a VERY finely ground sugar, you don’t want course grounds or you can tear your skin causing it to be more delicate and prone to acne.
If you don’t have acne, but want to prevent it, here are a few ways to do so;
Dead Sea Mud, which literally pulls toxins from your skin and leaves a nice smooth complexion, but it is a more harsh way to exfoliate and if you have sensitive skin it is not recommended.
Oatmeal facial scrub, all you need is finely ground oatmeal and honey! Make the oatmeal like you would normally (though make sure it is finely ground), then add some honey to the mixture, let the oatmeal cool to room temperature and apply to your face. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then just rinse and go.
For everyone; Honey masks! It can be a sticky mess but it will destroy bad bacteria on your skin and create a nice smooth glow! When I do this I feel a slight tingling sensation which to me means it is working. Every time I rinse my face off, I have smooth rosy skin. It’s also supposed to help wrinkles! So a double benefit!
Okay, so now that everyone has exfoliation down as being the first and most important step in any skin routine what other ways can acne be prevented?
Cod Liver Oil – this is known as a super food with tons of vitamins and health benefits. It contains Vitamin A, D, and K. It also has essential fatty acids like Omega 3, 6 and 9. Vitamin A has been a proven remedy for acne and acne prevention but you don’t want to take Vitamin A in too high of a concentration. Too much leads to neurological dysfunctions, osteoporosis, birth defects and liver abnormalities. Cod Liver Oil however, provides the perfect amount of Vitamin A, which is why it is so highly recommended among natural health practitioners.
I recommend getting Carlson Laboratories Kid’s Cod Liver Oil with Lemon Flavor. If you don’t get a flavored kind, and just get regular you will have a fish taste in your mouth for hours, so unless you’re a huge fan of fish, I definitely recommend getting a flavored cod liver oil.
Carlson Laboratories - Kid's Norwegian Cod Liver Oil Lemon, 8 fl oz liquid
Wash your makeup off before bed. So many makeup products contain mineral oil which is highly pore clogging and toxic for your skin, it does not allow the skin to breathe at all. If your skin is unable to expel the toxins they get trapped, causing acne.
Drink lots of water – we lose 1.5 liters of water per day through normal activities, more if it is hot or if we are exercising. With this kind of water loss we need to replenish our bodies with water, because if we don’t our skin will dry out. Drinking enough water helps to clear all the gunk out of your system creating a healthier environment and the softer more supple skin that we all desire.
Moisturize with a non-pore clogging moisturizer. Many people who have acne or oily skin believe that if they moisturize their skin it will just make it worse, however the opposite is true; Moisturizing the skin gives it the hydration it needs and the oil glands wont feel the need to produce more. Great non-pore clogging moisturizers you can use are Olive Oil , Grapeseed Oil or Rosehip Oil
Eat Healthy – like I said one of the most common reasons other than hormones is a toxic system. You want to have a healthy diet, not only will it benefit your skin, but it will benefit your entire body! What exactly should you eat for good skin?
Foods containing Omega 3’s like
Cod Liver Oil
Low-Fat Dairy Products –
Yogurt – this has a concentration of Vitamin A, and also helps to clear out the digestive system, which as you would have it keeps the skin clear!
Milk also has Vitamin A that is easy for most people to process
Blueberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, are all high in anti-oxidants and help to keep your whole body healthy and free of contaminants. They also help to kill off free radicals, which attack our skin when we are under stress or out in the sun too much.
Why should you eat these vegetables? They are jam packed with vitamins, nutrients that are essential for a healthy immune system; they kill off free radicals, help with the production of collagen in the skin, and keep your skin and hair soft and supple.
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There are so many options that are available to treat acne, I spent so much time researching the best and most effective treatments out there. I went to hundreds of websites, hundreds of natural health books, and experts in order to be able to put this list together for you.
One of my favorite ingredients to add to lotions and body butters happens to be Tea Tree Oil which was one of the highest recommended products to use for acne. With all of the benefits that Tea Tree Oil has to offer, it’s no wonder that clearing acne is one of them. It has a ton of antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, getting rid of all of the bad bacteria that just sits in your skin waiting for that oil to come along and clog your pores. It does take a little bit longer for the Tea Tree oil to work at getting rid of acne, but over the course of 3-4 weeks it does significantly reduce it.
A new interesting plant I learned about while doing my research is Sea Buckthorn, which mainly grows in Europe and Asia. The plant produces berries which are very high in Omega 3’s, 6’s and 9’s and contains many antibacterial properties, if you apply it directly on the skin it will reduce any scarring that could be caused from acne, reduces swelling, inflammation and strengthens the skin. I haven’t personally tried this one yet, but I am very interested after seeing how well it worked for those who left reviews on it. If you try this, please write to me and let me know your results! However, if you’re pregnant there have not been any studies indicating whether it’s safe for you to use or not, so I would avoid it for now!
I came across an article that recommended trying Turmeric paste that is made with olive oil, you mix it put it on your face 20 minutes before bed and leave it on overnight. (You want to put it on before bed so that it dries before you lay down) I had a few friends test it and they absolutely loved their results. They said that it started to clear their skin up after one night, and after 4 or 5 everything was gone.
But let’s face it, sometimes we just want to be lazy right? We don’t want to go out and get these weird products that we don’t have, and don’t want to wait for. So what can you use? Well, Burt’s Bees came out with a line with an all-natural acne care system. They have a lot of great ingredients that have been highly recommended amongst the natural health community, so for an easy all together system it’s definitely the way to go.
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Please note: This newsletter is meant for informational purposes only. It’s statements have not been evaluated by the FDA for accuracy and is not meant to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. As with any skin condition you should always consult your dermatologist before beginning a treatment.
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