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Moisturizers for Wrinkle Prevention & Reduction

Again, Extra-Virgin coconut oil, Vitamin E Oil, and Castor Oil are great for preventing and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Be sure you're getting all your vitamins, especially the anti-aging antioxidants C, E, and Vitamin K.

Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is the thick, pale yellow liquid taken from the seeds of a shrub that is cultivated in dry climates such as the deserts of the western United States. Because of its rich texture, it adds a denseness to skin lubricants and hair conditioners. Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax which closely resembles the sebum produced by human skin. This makes the oil especially suitable for any skin type. Jojoba oil has a very long shelf life and is absorbed easily by all skin types.

Shea Cream or Butter
Shea Cream is a rich concoction made with liquid shea butter. Unlike typical shea butter, liquid shea butter is not solid at room temperature. Instead, it''s more the consistency of jojoba oil, and it makes an ultra-thick cream all its own. This Shea Cream is unscented for simplicity, but you can add a total of about 25 drops of essential or fragrance oil of your choice for scent.

The following I have yet to try, but are hailed by many:

Flax Seed Oil (Internally):
Take 1 tablespoon of fresh flax seed oil 4 times a day, starting when you wake up. According to Flax Seed enthusiasts, in one day you will notice that your forehead wrinkles are disappearing. Start with a smaller dosage if you aren't used to taking flax seed oil, as it may cause diarrhea.

Emu oil and Aloe Vera Gel: (Topical Application)
Will help cure wrinkles, pimples, dry skin, flaky complexion, dull skin etc. (according to many) Use 100% pure emu oil and concentrated aloe-vera juice/gel to moisten the epidermis of the skin and make skin glow. The aloe tightens the pores and diminishes wrinkles. the EMU OIL has a very small molecule, almost identical the body's own sebum, which can reach deep within the epidermal layers and plump skin, both improving skin tone and overall texture (exact recipes for usage are not given).

Extra Tip: Invest in a satin pillowcase to prevent causing wrinkles while you sleep. It really works, and helps keep your hair from getting mussed up as well.

Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar for Beauty?


If you get swollen, puffy eyes from allergies, Apple Cider Vinegar is a beauty lift, as well as a health remedy. I would be terribly remiss if I didn't share this one with anyone who suffers from allergies and other ailments.

The problem is finding the right daily amount for yourself, and managing to stomach the taste. Some sources say one teaspoon a day is sufficient, others say three tablespoons and so on. What works for me is about two tablespoons a day, either mixed in eight-ounces of water which is gulped down all at once, or mixed into a glass of sweetened tea. But once it's down, you're done for the day and can reap the benefits. Mixed with local honey, it can completely cure most allergies!

Additionally, beauty-wise, it gives a healthy, rosy glow to the complexion, which is especially great for those with paler skin tones.

OTHER NOTED APPLE CIDER VINEGAR CURES:

Sinus infections, Acne, High cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, Flu, Chronic Fatigue, Candida,
Acid reflux, Sore throats, Contact dermatitis, Arthritis, and Gout (to name a few).

(ACV for Animals: controls fleas & barn flies, and gives coat a beautiful shine as well as many of the benefits to humans.)

LOCAL HONEY:

Local honey will completely cure allergies for many people because the bees create an immunity for the user from the local pollens. Store bought honey is good for you, but only local honey will take care of the allergies. Dosage is one-three tablespoons daily, and it's best to begin taking it very early in the allergy season, or even before if possible.

Many herbalists and believers in home remedies will also tell you to make a "tea" of honey, apple cider vinegar and hot water at the first cough or sign of a cold (or any other minor ailments), and drink two-three times daily. The first day may be all you need.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF HONEY:

Fights Fatigue, Calms Anxiety and Nervous Tension, Promotes Restful Sleep, Keeps Skin Soft and Hair Healthy, Helps Hair Grow, Helps Heal Burns (applied topically and covered with bandage), Helps Asthma (mix 1 tsp. honey with 1/2 tsp. cinnamon & take at bedtime), Relieves Hang-Overs (Eaten on Toast), Helps stop Vomiting, Helps Diaper Rash Heal, Helps Cure Keloids, Scars & Burns, Helps Heal Acne & Cuts, Prevents or helps with Acid Reflux, makes a great Facial Mask, and much, much more.

Word of Warning:
Pregnant women and children under two years of age should not consume honey, as well as anyone who is allergic to honey.

Toast!

Porcelain Skin in Senior Years

To the porcelain-skinned senior-citizen ladies I am so endeared to, I owe this article. I have been busily searching out their secrets and the answers I have received are various, but there are a few in common with almost all of them:

Milk of Magnesia (plain, not flavored). This confused me. "Must I have constant diarrhea," I asked. That was met with a chuckle. The best answer I can get is to use it inside and out, more outside than in. So, I tried using it as a mask after cleansing, leaving it on until it dried, and then wiping it gently away with a soft damp cloth. Immediate results! I kid you not, I looked and felt so much fresher and younger. The more often you do this the better. The goal is to remove toxins from the skin, and we all know toxins attribute greatly to signs of aging.

A noted celebrity was famous for her monthly enemas. She was also exalted for her beauty. It seems a good bout of 'cleaning yourself from the inside' about once a month can prevent internal toxins from settling into your skin as well. (Too frequent use of any laxative can cause dependency, use with caution.)

A few others opt for Castor Oil instead of M.O.M. The suggested use is to clean and dry your face and neck at night, massage in castor oil using upward, circular motions (concentrating on wrinkles and crowsfeet), then leave it on all night. Plus, castor oil moisturizes as well. (If, after massaging, your skin feels too oily for comfort, press the area with a soft facial tissue; don't wipe off the ointment.)

Fiber Therapy is another means of cleaning yourself from the inside, and can be used on a regular, daily basis to promote health as well as beauty. It also aids in weight loss by helping you feel fuller longer, thus decreasing your caloric intake and curbing cravings. 28 to 38 grams per day is the recommended intake, and most of us don't even consume half that amount.

You can find plenty of commercial fiber powders or capsules. The best option is to eat fiber rich foods such as dried beans, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, blackberries, apples with skin, potatoes with skin, broccoli, bran cereals, peanuts, almonds, brown rice, oatmeal, vegetables, etc. The health benefits of fiber are immeasurable.

This all makes sense if you think about it. Clean yourself out inside occasionally, and use a mask to remove toxins from the outside. I fit this into my regime as often as I can.

Give it a try!

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for Beautiful Skin & Weight Loss


My personal fave, EVCO (Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil) has many benefits and uses: Applied topically, it helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection; Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis; Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin; Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking; Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots...

I do buy a commercial anti-wrinkle cream (Loreal Revitalift, which doesn't upset my allergies), but it lasts forever because I mix it (in my palm) with a little EVCO, as well as with a drop or two of Vitamin E oil. For maximum results, make sure you purchase only extra-virgin, preferably organic, to prevent using an inferior oil. It absorbs almost instantly. Blot off (don't rub or remove) if you've applied too heavily, then let absorb for about five minutes before applying makeup.

When moisturizing and protecting yourself from signs of age, don't forget your neck (the first place to show age in most people) and earlobes. This is Very important, and you will be rewarded for the effort.

Additional Benefits of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil:

WEIGHT LOSS:
Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate; Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats; Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems. The typical amount to take internally per day is 3 TBSP. It is recommended that you take 1 TBS with every meal. (also increases circulation) EVCO is found in many 'energy bars.' (EVCO may raise blood pressure in some individuals; not recommended for those with high blood pressure.)

HAIR/BEAUTY
Promotes healthy looking hair; Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.; Helps control dandruff.

Additionally: Massaged into feet and applied to calves, it reduces tiredness and aching muscles. I truly believe that it helps prevent and cure vericose veins as well.

Enjoy!

Moisturizing Choices

This is another subject with no "one size fits all" answer. You know your skin and its particular needs better than anyone. It will take some trial and error on your part to find the 'just right" oil, cream or lotion for your unique skin.

You may also find yourself mixing oils and lotions for multiple needs, and using various creams/oils on different body parts. That's perfect, and means you've done your homework! You may also find that you need to alter your moisturizer with the seasons and/or over time.

In the following posts, I will address different natural means of moisture and their cited uses. I will only list those I believe, through trial, error and research, to be the best and most effective. There are innumerable essential oils to choose from for various purposes, and almost as many skin ailments and variations. If you're looking for something I have not addressed, please contact me.

You may also want to visit the following link and try the search bar. I'm not affiliated with this site or the owners, but it provides a lot of information to cipher through: http://www.earthclinic.com/index.html

If you prefer a commercial brand, you may want to consider mixing it with natural oil(s) for added results. Think about your needs, what you would like to accomplish or change, then spoil your skin by keeping it moist, protected and glowing.

Exfoliate Naturally

By removing dead skin cells, we make a huge step in fighting the signs of age. But you can do this with ingredients from your own kitchen! The most recommended item I've found is baking soda, but I find ordinary sugar much more effective.

After cleansing, while your face is still wet, pour raw, granulated sugar into the palm of your hand and apply to your face. Gently rub in a circular, upward and outward motion, avoiding the tender eye area. Once you've covered all the area (remember your neck and chest) let the sugar sit until it dissolves, or a couple of minutes. Since sugar is also an acid, you will get additional benefits from using it as a 'mask.'

All things in moderation. Do NOT do this everyday, it's unnecessary and too much of a good thing can be damaging. But be sure to do so at least once or twice a week. You'll notice the results right away.

Next step is... Moisturizing.

Cleaning your skin



Would you attempt to paint a masterpiece on an oily, dirty piece of canvas? Of course not. But if your skin isn't properly cleaned, nothing you apply externally can achieve its maximum results, and your makeup will look less than alluring. If not properly cleaned over time, your pores will become larger, which makes skin much less attractive.

What to clean with? I'm not going to get all picky on this issue. Use a gentle cleanser that suits your personal needs (acne-prone, oily, dry, etc.), and be especially gentle always around the eyes. Clean thoroughly, and finish with a splash of cold water to close the pores. Dry your face by dabbing and blotting, never scrub your face (or hair) with a towel. Never, ever, ever use deodorant soap on your face. I personally recommend glycerin soap or unscented Dove.

It is said that Vitamin C is vital to healthy, young-looking skin, but you don't have to pay the beauty industry for it. Just soak a cotton ball in a bit of lemon juice and use it as an astringent before moisturizing (It will burn a little if you're not used to it). Lemon juice will also seem diminish the size of pores. Voila! you've just saved money and made a step toward increased beauty.

(Added tip: Vitamins C & E are also known anti-aging antioxidants. Be sure you're getting enough internally as well.)

Introduction


I've met quite porcelain-skinned beauties in their 70's and even 80's. Never once have they used Botox or had any cosmetic surgery. Some of what they will tell you to do to maintain your beauty is common sense. But they do have secrets that are hard to badger out of them... But it can be done *winks*.

Many sites will tell you all sorts of supposed 'beauty secrets.' Some even work. The problem is they seldom tell you exactly how to go about using the remedies, and they cite so many sources you don't know who is giving you the best advice.

I've been researching this topic for several years, as well as a few friends who have been my 'fellow guinea pigs.' By using this site, you will save money and time, because I will only list what I consider "tried and true." And believe me, I've either seen the results for myself, or I've probably heard of it, tried it, and dismissed it as another wasted effort.

My sources are so varied that I will seldom list them to avoid you the trouble of excess reading. Some of my sources do not wish to be revealed. I will seldom recommend 'products' that aren't completely natural and sold by many organic retailers, so don't worry: I'm not trying to sale you anything.

It is best to use only one new "natural remedy" at a time to rule out any allergic reactions, sensitivities, etc. Please always bear this in mind and take things one step at a time. And always remember that health and beauty are intertwined like an eternal chain: What affects one will show in the other. So eat well, exercise, socialize, love, laugh, don't smoke, don't drink alcohol in access... You know the drill.

If you don't find what you're looking for, please comment or contact me, and I will do my best to help you.

I dedicate this site to my daughters. May you live long, healthy, happy lives filled with beauty and joy.

"The Fountain of Youth is not one cool, aqua brook in which you may lazily immerse yourself. Instead, it is more of a witch's cauldron filled with God's creation, and constantly stirred by the spoon of knowledge and dilligent application." -- Me