September 2009

Ahh, the cool breeze of Autumn is fast approaching. As we get ready for all of the wonderful holidays that will soon be coming up- along with the drier weather- we can still keep ourselves happy, healthy, and have fun doing it!

This months password to access the "Members Only" section of the website is: September

In This Issue;

New Item Preview -Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm, -Stretch Mark Lotion

Stretch marks - My story, what works, what doesn't?

How To: Make your own body wrap for hundreds less than spas

Make your own shampoo

Make your own exfoliating mask

Q&A Time

New Item Preview

Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm - imagine sitting at grandma's house, looking out the window you see brightly colored leaves on all the trees, a warm fire crackling quietly in the background and the glorious scent of freshly baked pumpkin pie fills the air. You sit at the table as it is being pulled out of the oven, and you wait impatiently for that first slice to get around to you. A dollop of whipped cream slowly starts melting , as you dig your fork in anticipating the first bite, bringing it to your mouth you savor the creamy, warm, sweet taste of autumn. Is your mouth watering yet? I thought so! Now you can have that magical part of the year whenever you want, with the new Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm. The benefits of Shea and Cocoa butters make it the perfect moisturizer for your lips, with the delicious taste of pumpkin pie.

Pre-order special until September 30th : $1.99/each $8.99 - pack of 5 After September 30th: $2.99/each $14.99 Ingredients: Raw Shea Butter, Raw Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Beeswax, Natural Flavoring

Stretch Mark Body Butter - After reading today's article, you'll be able to tell why I love this so much. It took my deep purple, 'stretch marks with stretch marks' to a light pink, and some faded completely after only a few weeks of using it. This formula is loaded with nutrients, vitamins and minerals to help promote the re-growth of cells and elasticity in the skin. With twice a day use, you should notice a significant reduction of color and fading in your stretch marks over a 4 week period of time.

Pre-order Special until September 30th: 4 ounces - $9.99 8 ounces - $17.99*

After September 30th: 4 ounces - $16.99 8 ounces - $27.99*

*8 ounces will arrive in (2) 4 ounce containers for optimal freshness. Ingredients: Raw Cocoa Butter, Raw Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Emu Oil, Vitamin E

Stretch Marks

I am sure many of you have been there or done that when it comes to stretch marks, maybe you're pregnant and want to avoid them, or maybe you just got them during puberty, whatever the case is, nobody likes them. When I was pregnant with my daughter I used lotions 2-3 times a day, sometimes more, because I wanted to avoid stretch marks. I used every popular kind of lotion out there, every vitamin e serum, and no matter what I did nothing worked. I figured after I had the baby maybe these lotions would at least make the redness fade - but nope, nothing helped.

I started reading the back labels of products in the store, and of the products I had been using. I realized that my little 8 ounce bottle of lotion held about 50 different items, half of which I wasn't even able to pronounce the names of.

I thought; "No wonder nothing works! With all of this stuff in there, if any ingredient was beneficial at all, it wouldn't be in enough of a quantity to actually do anything." Especially since the first ingredient was generally water. I thought, 'why am I paying to rub thickened water on my skin? I could just do that in the shower.' This is when I began my journey into natural health products, and trying to see what raw and organic items were able to do for me. I ordered the first few ingredients that I thought would be most beneficial to reducing stretch marks, and within a few weeks I noticed they went from a dark purple color to a light pink and even a faded silver. I was so excited that I decided to share with other people the success I had.

So what is it that works?

1.) Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Emu Oil, Vitamin E, and Coconut oil - I created my own body butter using these ingredients, it moisturized my skin, reduced the appearance of the marks, and faded some completely.

2.) Dead Sea Mud - this tightens and tones the skin, reduces pores and creates a 'smaller' look to the stretch marks.

The Do's and Don'ts of stretch marks;

1.) Do drink water - to keep your skin soft, supple, and more able to stretch you want to drink a ton of water 100 ounces a day (approximately 12 glasses) is best. Not only will this make your skin look great, but drinking a good amount of water can help flush your system of toxins and help you lose weight!

2.) Do exfoliate the skin using dead sea salt, dead sea mud, or a sugar scrub at least twice a week (when doing a salt bath or dead sea mud mask, make sure you soak or leave the mask on for 20-25 minutes then rinse off)

3.) Do moisturize with beneficial ingredients like raw cocoa butter, raw shea butter, calendula oil (not for sensitive skin), emu oil, coconut oil and vitamin E

4.) Do dry brush your skin - this helps to improve the lymphatic system, getting rid of toxins, and tightening the skin. This also helps reduce cellulite, and lift the skin! Visit T-Tapp for more information regarding skin brushing 5.) Don't use moisturizers with a bunch of chemicals that you cannot pronounce, if you can't pronounce it, then why put it on your body? Most of the time these additives actually harm the skin and cause them to dry out and become brittle.

6.) Don't lay in the sun for long periods of time - this will dry the skin out more, and make it harder for the skin to heal.

So remember to keep your skin exfoliated, hydrated and to drink plenty of water. If you are going to use any type of lotion or body butter make sure you can pronounce the names of the ingredients, what goes on your body goes in your body! Keep in mind the more ingredients that are included, the less nutrients you'll be getting because no ingredient will be in a concentration high enough to do any good.

Body Wraps

Wait! Aren't body wraps what they do at expensive spas, and cost hundreds of dollars?

Well, yes they do! But the great thing is that I can show you how to do them, for much less expensive, in the privacy of your own home.

So what exactly can a body wrap do for you?

- Soften the skin

- Tone the skin

- Improve circulation

- Rid your body of excess fluids

- Detox the body

- Provide temporary inch loss

- Boost the lymphatic system

- Improve your metabolism

- Decreases stress

With all of those benefits, why wouldn't you want to do a body wrap every now and then?

So how do you do a body wrap?

What You'll need:

Ace Bandages - enough to wrap your whole body, or if you so desire just your target areas.

2 cups of Clay or Mud

1 Cup of Salt

1/2 Cup of Herbs

1 Cup of Kelp Powder

1/4 teaspoon of Essential oils

2 liters of water

Bring the water to a boil, add the herbs and mix for 2-3 minutes. Then add the mud/clay, salt, kelp powder, and essential oil, mix very well, you want to make sure you get everything really stirred up. Let the mixture cool for 10-15 minutes, dip your ace bandages in the mixture, covering them completely. Starting from your ankles and working your way up, you'll want to wrap your whole body - or if you are only doing a target area, wrap just that area - firmly but not too tightly, don’t want to cut the blood circulation off! Once you are wrapped up, you'll want to stay warm, so wrap a towel or bathrobe around you, or sit in a steamy bathroom for 60 minutes.

After the 60 minutes you'll want to drink a few glasses of water to make sure you flush remaining toxins out.

What kinds of muds, clays, salts, herbs and essential oils should you use?

-Dead Sea Mud - Very detoxifying with lots of nutrients and relaxes muscles. -Moroccan Red Clay (Rhassoul Clay) - Exfoliates and stimulates circulation. -French Green Clay - Detoxifies, helps with oily skin.

- Dead Sea Salt - Draws toxins out, cleans skin, adds nutrients, tightens and firms skin, improves circulation, relaxes body.

- Sea Salt - Draws out toxins

- Epsom Salts - relaxes the nervous system, and eases pain

-Aloe Vera - very soothing to the skin, with healing properties this is why it is used so much on sunburns!

-Parsley Powder - Detoxes your skin and soothes it, if you have parsley in your cupboard make sure you grind it into a powder first!

- Rosehip Powder - Helps vitamin C soak into your skin

- Lemon essential oil helps with the reduction of cellulite.

- Lemongrass helps with a mood booster

- Lavender is relaxing and revitalizing

Click here for the powders or essential oils needed for the body wrap!

Need the mud or salt for the body wrap? Visit the PUREfect Store.

Making Your Own Soap

Did you know that many shampoos, cosmetics and lotions contain an ingredient called Quaternium-15, this is an ingredient that acts as a releaser for formaldehyde , which has been known to cause many allergic reactions such as dermatitis. Prolonged use could even lead to more serious risks like cancer.

Other names this harmful product goes by are • Azonium-adamantane chlorid • N-(3-chloroallyl) hexaminium chloride • Chloroallyl methenamine chloride • 1-(3-chloroally)-3,5,7 triaza-1-azoniaadamantane chloride • Methanamine-3-chloroallylochloride • Hexamethylenetetramine


Make sure you check the labels before your next purchase!

How to make your own shampoo from home

4 ounces of castile soap ( made with 100% olive oil)

32 ounces of purified water

Container to store soap in - you can use an old soap bottle, a pitcher, a milk jug - whatever you find fits the best. Boil the 32 ounces of water, and mix in the 4 ounces of castile soap until it is completely melted. Once the soap has melted, allow to cool and pour into your desired container. There you have it!

Homemade soap. For extra benefits try adding lavender essential oil or tea tree essential oil. Click here for Castile Soap

Creating your own Facial Mask

We have all had days where we love to sit around and wear face masks, with movies playing in the background, chatting with our friends or drinking our favorite drink (yes, even the men out there!)

Something fun to try the next time you have a desire to do a facemask is make your own! It's very simple, and has many anti-aging benefits.

All you need: 1 avocado 2 tablespoons of honey

Cut the avocado in half, scoop out the meat into a bowl, add the two tablespoons of honey, mash, mash, mash (or if you prefer you can use a blender), then just rub it on your face, wait 15 minutes and rinse off!

The result is softer, healthier skin! Honey has many anti-aging benefits, with Vitamins A1, B6, B1, B12, C, D, Folic Acid, it's no wonder it does so many great things for your body!

Q & A

There are no questions this month!

Do you have a skin care question that you want answered? Have an idea for a face mask or other body mask that you want included?

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I hope you enjoyed this issue of PUREfect Your Skin, keep checking the website for new items and look for the Members Only discounts!

Until next time stay happy, healthy, and hydrated!

Cherise McClimans

PUREfect Your Skin