Monday, October 5, 2015

Ancient Beauty Tricks that still work today

The ancients had some weird beauty rituals (leeches and crocodile dung were used often), but they had a lot of great ideas as well. 

In fact, some of the ideas can still be used today. 

After a little research, here are six ancient beauty secrets that can still be used today.

Eggs: The earliest recorded skin care recipe dates back to 600 B.C.

Egg whites were applied to the face and neck to tighten the skin, providing an 
instant temporary face lift.

The protein in the egg also hydrates the skin.

Anti-aging gloves: Marie Antoinette knew that the hands were the first to show signs of aging way before science told us.

She was known to wear gloves every night that were lined with wax, rose water and sweet almond oil to soften her hands.

The original cold cream:  The original cold cream was invented in the 2nd century (the 100s!) by Galen, and it contained the special mix of ingredients that makes it work as well as it does.

The original cold cream contained a mix of grease and water so that both organic (dead skin cells) and inorganic material (makeup particles) would be dissolved and removed from the skin while cleansing and softening it. Rose water was added for scent, and the first Cosmeceutical was created.

Cold cream cleanses, removes makeup and softens skin all at the same time, and it’s still used today!

Milk and honey: Cleopatra is one of our favorite legendary beauties, and was known for her flawless skin.

History tells us that she often bathed in milk, honey and olive oil.

All three of these ingredients are still commonly found in facial treatments in some of the finest spas.

Next time you need a body treatment, look no further than your pantry!

Rose water: Rose water dates back to ancient Egypt and like today it speaks of romance and luxury.   

Rose water prevents aging by reducing wrinkles and tightening skin pores.

It was also used as a cleanser because it can easily remove dirt, oil and other pollutants from the skin.

Avocado: Avocado was used centuries ago by Aztec civilizations as a skin moisturizer.

Avocado oil will help to balance the skin by reducing pore size to produce healthy looking skin.

The oil is easily absorbed by human skin and it will not clog pores.

Some of the stranger rituals we don’t use today (thank goodness):

Crocodile dung: The Ancient Greeks were all about using crocodile dung in their facials and body treatments.  

It was also used as the contraceptive of choice.

Dried dung was inserted into the vagina, the idea being that it would soften as it reached body temperature to form an impenetrable barrier.

White out: Elizabeth I had small pox early in life, and went on to use thick white makeup to cover up her scars.

During this era of the Tudor dynasty, her pale skin was quite en vogue, and became a sign of being regal and well-to-do.

To achieve this look, women would attach leeches to their ears to drain blood from their face!

I’m certainly not about to stick a leech on my face, but it is rumored that quite a few celebrities get a “Leech Face-lift” once in a while.

What is the strangest beauty ritual you have heard?

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Jennifer Linklater
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Friday, October 2, 2015

The many benefits of Argan Oil

Often called ‘liquid gold’, argan oil is an organic product extracted from the kernels of the argan tree, which is native to Morocco.
It is extremely rich in beneficial nutrients including fatty acids and vitamin E.
Its properties make it particularly beneficial for the hair and skin, which makes it a popular cosmetic choice for many women and it’s not just for the rich and famous – anyone can reap the argan oil benefits for their body. Here are some of its most common uses.

1. Skin Moisturizer
Argan oil is most commonly used as a skin moisturizer to hydrate and soften skin. With its high vitamin E and fatty acid content, argan oil is the ideal product to give skin a natural boost. It absorbs easily and is non-greasy and non-irritating, which makes it a great natural moisturizer.

It is easy to use all over the body, including the face and neck. Simply smooth a few drops into your skin using gentle rubbing motions, as you would any face and body lotion.

2. Hair Conditioner
Argan oil is proven to make hair softer, silkier and shinier. It is the ideal hair conditioner, and it can even help to treat split ends and tame frizzy hair. Using argan oil to condition your hair is extremely easy. It comes in several types of applications and products and has so many ways to use it for different results that we decided to write an in-depth guide to using Argan oil for hair.

Love how Argan oil makes my hair so shiny
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3. Sleek and Shine Styling
Due to its ability to tame frizz and give hair shine, argan oil is also commonly used as a styling agent. It makes hair more manageable and adds a healthy, attractive shine to any hair style. This is an ideal step to add to your daily routine . Rub a few drops of argan oil over your palms and then comb your fingers through your hair to apply.

4. Anti-Aging
Not only does argan oil act as an effective moisturizer, it can also give skin a youthful glow and reduce the visibility of wrinkles. Its anti-oxidant effect makes argan oil the ideal anti-aging product. It restores elasticity and leaves skin feeling plumper and softer.

The best way to apply argan oil for anti-aging effects is to massage a few drops into your face and neck, I like to apply it  before bed. It acts as a moisturizer and anti-ager all in one!

5. Dry Skin Conditions
People suffering from dry skin or conditions such as eczema which can leave skin raw, flaky and itchy will benefit immensely from argan oil. The vitamin E and fatty acids in argan oil are excellent for repairing damaged skin and providing it with nutrients which will prevent further dryness and irritation. Argan oil also contains ingredients which soothe skin. Applying a small amount of oil directly to the skin and massaging in gently can provide relief and encourage healing.

6. Acne
Where many oils and moisturizers can exacerbate skin conditions such as acne, argan oil soothes skin and promotes healing. Acne is often the result of oily skin. Since argan oil is non-greasy, it helps to balance skin by providing natural moisture. Argan oil also contains anti-oxidants which help to heal damaged skin cells and reduce inflammation.

Apply a few drops of argan oil to skin afflicted by acne after cleansing and patting dry ensures that essential moisture and nutrients are introduced to clean, dry skin. Rubbing in gently and repeating twice daily can help clear up mild acne as well as balancing oily or dry skin.

7. Protection and Healing
The antioxidants in argan oil are generally beneficial for healing skin which is irritated, cracked, damaged or even burned. It is best used as a preventive for dry or sore skin, but it can also be used to speed up healing. Its properties include reducing inflammation, soothing pain and increasing healing rate.

Smoothing a few drops of argan oil into sore or damaged skin helps to speed up the healing process.
I used some aran oil on a sunburn I had while on vacation and it helped soothe my burn.

8. Pregnancy
Stretch marks are an issue for many pregnant women, but argan oil is the ideal protection against stretch marks and sagging, puckered skin after birth. Argan oil increases the elasticity of skin due to its vitamin E content. Using a few drops of argan oil to rub into breasts, stomach, bottom and thighs during pregnancy will reduce the likelihood of developing unsightly stretch marks.

Argan oil is also idea for keeping skin and hair soft, healthy and hydrated during pregnancy.

9. Foot, Hand and Nail Treatment
Argan oil’s softening properties are ideal for brittle nails, dry hands and cracked hard skin on feet. It both moisturizes and softens skin, leaving hands and feet supple and soft and nails strong and healthy.
Try massaging a few drops of argan oil into cuticles, hands and feet before bed each night.

10. Lip Moisturizer
Especially in cold or dry weather, lips can easily become sore, dry and cracked. Argan oil is a great product to ensure lips stay plump, soft and supple. Rub a drop or two into dry lips as a balm – but be sure to wipe off any excess.

All This… In One Bottle!!

The best thing about argan oil is that is can be safely used in its pure form and doesn’t need to be bought as an ingredient in lotions, conditioners and moisturizers.

One bottle of argan oil is extremely versatile and can be used for all these benefits. This miracle oil will change the way you live your life.

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