Natural Anti Aging Night Cream With Retinol

night cream with retinolThe most effective moisturizer you can use to prevent and diminish the effects of aging should contain retinol. That ingredient, combined with hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E creates a powerhouse of a night cream that’s absorbed quickly and will work to moisturize your skin while you sleep.

Each of these ingredients performs a certain job to keep your skin youthful looking. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A and aids in skin regeneration by encouraging the production and health of collagen cells which hold the skin together. Retinols are worth researching not only because they are widely available but because of their proven ability in clinical tests to tighten pores, prevent and reverse UVA/B damage, reduce wrinkles, increase blood flow in skin, fight acne, increase cell turnover, boost your collagen and even skin tone.

Retinols are not as effective as retinoids (these you can only purchase with a prescription) however many people find retinoids to be too harsh for their skin type.

Stay clear of over the counter products that claim to have “age defying” retinoid effects that often say “Vitamin A” in the ingredients list. These products have retinyl palmitate in them which is weaker than retinol. Unfortunately every time you use the product, you weaken the effect because it takes 3 conversions before you have retinoic acid and each time you add a conversion it lessens the concentration. Not going to kill you but certainly a waste of money.

Another ingredient of an effective night cream is hyaluronic acid. This component is found naturally in the human body and acts as a lubricant to the joints by cushioning them as they move. It’s also used in pure form for cuts and abrasions to skin.

Vitamin B5 – also called pantothenate acid — may not be a familiar B vitamin, but it’s found readily in cells and defined as a coenzyme (CoA), imperative to the effectiveness of the moisturizer to cause the correct chemical actions during the moisturizing process.

It’s fortunate that today, you can get this complete anti-aging formula in an anti-aging night cream in OZ Natural’s BEST Retinol Moisturizer Night Cream. It contains all the above ingredients (retinol, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E) to bring you one of the most effective night cream’s on the market today.

I have been a fan and written about hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E for years. Retinol, not so much. There are stories all over the internet about retinols being too harsh, causing burning and redness; I just avoided them completely. I am now a huge fan. If you do your research and find one that works with your individual skin type, the results can be amazing.

This night cream is formulated to be used with OZ’s 20% Vitamin C serum moisturizer and using both together can act as a potent formula to diminish the signs of aging on your skin.

OZ products are completely organic and animal-cruelty-free and contain the vegan retinol formula which can be used on all skin types. No fillers, fragrances, sulfates, parabens or dyes are used in OZ’s state of the art facility which is registered with the FDA.

After using the OZ night cream with the daytime OZ moisturizer, you’ll likely notice that your daily makeup beauty products can be applied much smoother than before and your skin tone appears more even – your pores reduced in size.

You may want to check out other OZ products. You can be sure of the quality – and they’re so inexpensive you can try them out without breaking the budget. Plus, OZ guarantees their beauty products with 100% money-back guarantee.

So, you have nothing to lose and can gain a more youthful appearance by using this and other OZ products for your beauty regimen.

Love This Frankincense Myrrh Body Butter

frankincense myrrh body butter

I first learned about frankincense and myrrh essential oils and their healing properties while watching “The Truth About Cancer,” a weekend binge of 9 episodes. While I am not completely convinced that natural remedies will cure cancer, I am convinced that all natural skin care and beauty products along with a healthy diet of mainly fruits and vegetables will reduce your risk of all illness, including cancer.

I said this several years ago when I started this blog: “Why use chemical laden skin care products that may cause cancer when you have other options?” Why take that chance? Fast forward to 2016 and there are thousands of women not only switching to an all natural lifestyle but actually making and even producing their own body lotions, shampoos, lip balms, face creams, and even toothpaste! Using an all natural base of shea butter or coconut oil and adding essential oils with healing properties can produce wonderful smelling, effective body lotions and body butters.

After learning about the benefits of adding frankincense and myrrh to ones beauty regimen (Dr. Josh Axe dedicates an entire page on his website to frankincense oil and cancer), I started my own research.

According to researchers out of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, the potential cancer-killing properties of frankincense are due in part to it regulating cellular epigenetic machinery, which highlights its ability to influence genes to promote healing.

 

Just some of the benefits of frankincense oil

• Reduces inflammation
• Cancer-fighting properties
• Spiritual awareness
• Boosts immunity
• Fights infections
• Improves anxiety
• Heals skin and reduces acne and scarring
• Promotes urination to purify the body and reduce bloating
• Regulates production of estrogen
• Relieves body pain

I’m in!

Immediately upon learning about this miracle oil, the hunt was on. Hours later, I learned that a combination of frankincense oil and myrrh oil can have even more benefits. Both are gum resins extracted from shrub like trees of the same plant family which grow in parts of Asia and Africa and have been used since ancient times for their healing properties as both have similar healing characteristics.

 

Some of the proven benefits of Myrrh oil

• Aids in digestion
• Fades scars
• Disinfects wounds
• Heals eczema
• Potent antioxidant
• Anti cancer benefits
• Relaxation
• Strengthens gums

Now I know many of you will be interested in making your own Frankincense and myrrh body lotion so here is the recipe from draxe.com

 

Homemade Frankincense Myrrh Body Lotion Recipe

¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup Bees wax
¼ cup shea butter
2 tbsp Vitamin E
20 drops frankincense essential oil
20 drops myrrh essential oil

I, on the other hand am not a soap maker nor do I intend on ever being one so I headed over to my favorite go to site for all things natural, Etsy. Lo and behold I found the perfect whipped body butter with frankincense and myrrh made by Red Lips Studio Bath & Body. Not only does it smell incredible, but my skin stays moisturized throughout the entire day!

Every batch is made to order and expires at 6 months. The ingredients include Shea butter, coconut oil, essential oils, olive oil, vitamin E, and natural preservatives. The cost starts at $4.50 for ½ oz. if you want to sample and only $14.50 for 8 oz. So worth the price for the hydrating effects alone. Your body will love this frankincense myrrh body butter. Click like and save 20% good through July 30th.

Myrrh oil can have toxic effects if used in excess. It should be avoided during pregnancy due to its stimulating nature.

Tell us about your favorite natural skin care products using essential oils….

Anti-Aging Supplements With Science Backing Them

Image for Xtend-Life - omega3I am a big advocate of feeding the skin from within and I take 10-12 vitamins daily. In addition to a mindful diet of mostly fruits and vegetables, there are several anti-aging supplements that have gotten my full attention because they have studies backing up the fact that they help reduce the effects of aging on your body – and mind.

For example, PLE (Polypodium Leucotomos Extract) has been proven to protect your delicate skin from discoloration, sagging and sun damage. The extract is derived from a Central American fern and is said to increase the dose of radiation from the sun that it takes to burn your skin.

Studies are now being performed about the possibility that PLE may prevent skin cancer. Vitamin C is another supplement which has been proven to prevent wrinkles and help your skin glow by decreasing stress in cells – helping them grow and produce naturally. The cells are more apt to regenerate and make your skin vibrant and healthy.

Coenzyme Q10 also protects against wrinkling of the skin and helps your internal health and well-being. It’s an antioxidant that reduces cellular damage that the environment and a poor diet can cause and helps promote new cell growth. Antioxidants like CoQ10 bind to free radicals in the body, allowing them to be safely eliminated from the body. This action allows CoQ10 to help defy the visible effects of aging.

Another supplement that can help you remain young both inside and out is Vitamin E. Scientists have proven that it helps prevent sun damage and can make your skin appear more youthful. The skin regeneration it causes can also help your dead skin slough off.

Glucosamine has been proven to combat sagging and wrinkling skin – actually reducing wrinkles and lines by 34% in studies performed with the supplement. It’s been called a “building block for skin-plumping hyaluronic acid.” Regular use of glucosamine, chondroitin, or fish oil supplements reduces high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) by 16% to 22%, a marker of inflammation, according to a new study. Inflammation reduction should be targeted because inflammation is known to influence the degradation of collagan, elastin and HA which are the 3 main skin constituents.

In the end, the grocery store may be the answer to maintaining great skin. Oily fish, nuts and leafy green vegetables are high in fatty acids and protein, both crucial nutrients needed to help stimulate the production of healthy skin. Try adding Omega 3 Fish Oil to your supplement regimen. Choose one containing antioxidants such as astaxanthin and lycopene, naturally occurring sun protectors that not only protect the skin but also restore skin that has been damaged by the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Many supplements are designed to help you prevent aging from the inside out. If you’re not getting the proper diet and live with harmful environmental factors such as pollution and lots of sun, you may need certain supplements which have been proven to help with the situation.

For example, research shows that your body needs coenzyme Q10 to keep functioning properly. Because this supplement decreases with age, it’s vitally important to maintain the proper levels as you age by taking supplements.

It’s important that you take the proper dosage of any supplement. Consult with your doctor if you’re unsure about how much or which ones to take. Discuss your lifestyle with him or her and together, you can come up with a common sense approach about which and how many supplements you should take.

Anti-aging supplements really can keep you feeling and looking young. Study them carefully and choose which ones are right for you.

The Fix For Droopy Eyelids-This Cream Works

droopy eyelids botoxOver the last few years, I have been experimenting with botox. Yes, me, the natural skin care advocate and blogger gave in to the desire for a quick wrinkle fix and for years it worked wonders. That is until my family purchased a groupon for me as a gift to a local eye center. The results were nothing short of devastating. The next morning I woke up to severely droopy eyelids!

I never in a million years thought I would get Botox. I have great skin for my age; people often think I am 15 years younger than my actual age. I had only one problem. A deep crease between my eyebrows that had me going crazy. I am not talking about horizontal forehead wrinkles but a deep vertical line between the brows. Botox was the answer. It worked wonders.

Basically, Botox placed in the right areas of your forehead immobilize the muscles surrounding them giving them a smooth look. Unfortunately the maintenance can be expensive as the results are only temporary and you will need to get it done every 3-4 months.

Anyhow, I expected the same experience I had in the past when I entered a local eye center. I also believed I would be getting services through a qualified doctor. Unfortunately this doctor administered the Botox incorrectly hence my droopy eyelids.

I was shocked to say the least. My husband tried to comfort me by saying it was only because I just woke up but in the end the droopy eyelids remained. I thought for sure I was now going to have eyelid surgery. After much research here is what I found out after the fact:

According to Jessica J. Krant, MD, MPH, “The people with the deepest forehead lines use their frontalis forehead muscle the most to keep the brows up while talking and often to help them see. Trying too hard to smooth all of the lines out can weaken the muscle so much that you might end up with a flat forehead and drooping brows.”

She recommends trying first to support the brows from underneath with a Botox or Dysport “brow lift”, which can have a secondary effect of allowing the frontalis to relax, creating fewer wrinkles there naturally, while not causing any downward pressure on the eyebrows. After this kicks in for a few weeks, a lower number of strategically placed units can be lightly scattered in the forehead to soften without weighing down.

Obviously the doctor placed injections in the wrong areas of my forehead (I didn’t have horizontal wrinkles) and I now lived to find a droopy eyelid cream! Even though research said my eyelids would eventually get back to normal after several months, I was not willing to wait.

Just when I thought it was impossible, I read reviews about Dr. Perricone Acyl-Glutathione Eye Lid Serum. The reviews were fantastic so I shelled out the $120. It was a great decision; within 2 weeks, my droopy eyelids disappeared. No more sagging! This is truly a miracle worker.

While most eyelid creams and serums are not suppose to be applied directly to the eyelid, this miracle serum is. It dramatically improves the visible signs of aging along the upper eye lid area to deliver a youthful, more wide-eyed appearance.

It dramatically tightens and firms droopy eyelids, smooths crepiness and minimizes dark circles. It is lightweight and absorbs quickly making it ideal for use under makeup for a smooth application.

It is without a doubt the only serum I will never ever live without.

droopy eyelid serum

Best Skin Care Products For Aging Skin- 3 Proven Ingredients

vitamin b3 skin cream

We are always searching for the best skin care products for aging skin and unfortunately for us, there are hundreds upon hundreds of products to choose from.

The best way that I have been able to find the most effective products is by first researching ingredients. I start with ingredient research and then look for natural skin care products with those ingredients.

I love discovering new natural ingredients that turn back time. I especially love to learn about anti aging ingredients that are backed by science. Sometimes I may be a bit behind. For example, I just read a journal regarding “skin anti aging strategies” posted at The National Center for Biotechnology Information written back in 2012.

I happened upon this article while researching niacinimide, or vitamin B3, which is said to improve skin elasticity. Why was I researching skin elasticity? While my female ancestors live to be close to 100 years and seriously have very few deep wrinkles (comparatively speaking), they all have jowls; jowls that I have inherited just recently. Seems as though they just appeared one day and I am determined to find a cure. (insert laugh here)

 

From the article:

“It is the intention of this article to review the most important anti-aging strategies that dermatologists have nowadays in hand, including preventive measurements, cosmetological strategies, topical and systemic therapeutic agents and invasive procedures.”

It refers to some of the most effective natural ingredients or topical agents with anti-aging properties such as vitamin C, B3, and E. They are the most important antioxidants because of their ability to penetrate the skin through their small molecular weight.

Vitamin C, B3, and E are the most important antioxidants because of their small molecular weight. Clinical studies have proven that the antioxidative protection is higher with the combination of vitamins C and E than with either vitamin alone. Look for skin care products with a combination of these 2 vitamins.

Niacinimide (vitamin B3) regulates cell metabolism and regeneration and is used in 5% concentration as an anti-aging agent. In some studies, improvement of skin elasticity and pigmentations after 3 months of a topical treatment have been observed. On to natural skin care products for aging skin that contain a combination of these ingredients….

 

Oskia Nutri Active Day Cream

With Vitamins: A, B2, B3 (Niacinamide), C, D, E, F & P, milk peptides, prebiotics, omegas-3 & 6, Swiss apple stem cells, hyaluronic acid, minerals: MSM, manganese, magnesium, copper, zinc, selenium, and calcium.

A natural skin care company from London, Oskia uses only natural or naturally derived ingredients that have proven, visible results. Oskia products rebuild the skins nutrition to reveal beautiful, healthy skin that you can be proud of. I would love to get my hands on the Bedtime Beaty Boost however I can’t seem to find it here in the US.
Paula’s Choice Resist Intensive Repair Cream

This rich, luxurious treatment cream intensely moisturizes dry to very dry skin while fighting the signs of aging—especially around the eyes, neck, and chest. Its unique complex of antioxidants and retinol smooths fine lines and wrinkles and firms the skin by stimulating collagen production—all while protecting against moisture loss. Powerful skin-repairing ingredients repair signs of sun damage and assist with fading brown spots.

Paula Begoun is the founder and innovative force behind Paula’s Choice skin care and cosmetics. She is the author of 20 best-selling books on skin care, makeup, and hair care. She suffered from acne at a very young age and only found out later in life that the skin care product she was using contained acetone or in other words nail polish remover!

Her line only uses proven ingredients or what she calls anti-aging superstars that make your skin look younger and radiant including vitamin C, vitamin E and niacidimide.

 

Timeless Skin Care 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum

The Timeless serum collection contains high concentrations of hyaluronic acid and matrixyl that you won’t find anywhere else. All natural and paraben free, with vitamin C, vitamin E.

 

Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr

Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr offers 3 step skin care systems and beauty packs for all skin types. Amazing ingredients including Noni fruit (contains 170 vitamins alone), green tea, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, rich in vitamin C, lavender, aloe vera containing folic acid, vitamins A, C and E, is deeply soothing, smoothing and moisturizing for the skin, and sea buckthorn. Sea buckthorn contains Vitamins C and E, large amounts of carotenoids and is a potent antioxidant that helps repair and smooth the skin.

Miranda loves the inclusion of Vitamins A, C and E (also known as Bio ACE) KORA Organics products. These three vitamins work collectively as a team providing further antioxidant support to the skin.

 

Sevani C + Resveratrol Anti-Aging Elixir

A synergistic blend of botanicals and cutting-edge actives firm and renew while minimizing the C+-Resveratrol1appearance of aging skin. Vitamin C and MSM combined with resveratrol and the company’s signature Berry C blend offer regeneration of skin cells, improved elasticity, hydration and protection from environmental damage.

  • Vitamin C: enhances collagen, minimizes lines, wrinkles and age spots
  • Resveratrol: unsurpassed antioxidant protection provides firming and anti-aging benefits
  • Shiitake Mushroom: protects from oxidative and DNA cellular damage
  • Amla, Acai, Pomegranate and Goji Berry: high vitamin C content improves skin elasticity
  • Hyaluronic Acid: one of nature’s best anti-aging weapons boosts elasticity and hydration
  • MSM: feeds the formation of collagen and elastin, preventing wrinkles and redness
  • Peptides: stimulates collagen production to firm and renew
  • Sea Buckthorn: source of vitamin A & C, boosts elasticity

Dr. Al Sears Silk

I love Dr. Sears anti aging skin care products. He does not use harmful chemicals and his products are super effective, mainly because each ingredient on its own nourishes and supports your skin.

Silk is the all in one cream that moisturizes, repairs, and protects the skin. Silk helps reverse the visible signs of aging by combining the best of Nature and technology. It doesn’t just zap the free radicals that attack your skin. Clinical results show that it also increases hydration and promotes collagen synthesis.

Resveratrol is the key ingredient with 9 additional anti aging ingredients including CoQ10, Alpha Lipoic Acid, DMAE, L-Carnitine, Retinol, Vitamin E, and Hyaluronic Acid.

Silk

  • Moisturizes dry skin with natural avocado oil and glycerine
  • Nourishes dehydrated and over stressed skin with alpha-lipoic acid, grapes seed extract, and resveratrol
  • Preserves lose, baggy skin
  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and promotes healthy looking skin
  • Promotes revitalized skin with a radical blend of antioxidants including resveratrol, sage, and chamomile

Order Silk Here

 

 

Natural Hair Care Recipes For Shiny, Smooth Hair

natural hair care recipesThe Best Natural Hair Masks For Splits Ends And Frizzy Hair:

Split ends and frizzy hair is one of the most common problems that women face today especially during the summer time because of the humidity. And summer is just around the corner! However, there are natural effective ways to fight frizz and dryness with natural hair care recipes. Homemade hair care is becoming very popular and for good reason.

Shampooing your hair too much or blow drying it a lot makes your hair lose its natural oils. Also a lack of minerals and vitamins in your diet can adversely affect the health of your hair. Treating your hair badly is when you put your hair up while it is still wet, wearing your hair up most of the time and pulling or tugging on the hair. Treating your hair badly is also not letting your hair relax, using a lot of chemical products on your hair, combing or brushing your hair while it is still wet or drying your hair with a towel that is so hard it makes your hair tired and unhealthy. So what is the solution?

First of all please stay away from all chemical products telling you it’s what you need to get rid of frizz or dryness in your hair. These products cover your hair with foam for few hours giving it the illusion of looking good for a while but it will go back to what it was and be even worse. Here are some natural hair remedies from The Beauty Of Food ebook that can help:

  • Massage your scalp with sesame oil and then wrap it with a cloth before going to sleep. Wash your hair in the morning with a herb shampoo and then rinse with about 20 spoons of vinegar added to a liter of warm, not hot water.
  • Bananas and sesame oil: Combine one banana with one spoon of sesame oil, one spoon of honey and mix them all together. Apply the mixture to your hair and leave it for at least half an hour. Now finish this procedure by washing your hair in warm not cold water.
  • Mix some hair conditioner with a spoon of olive oil and a spoon of plain yogurt and then apply it to your hair before taking a shower. Wait half an hour before washing the mask off and you will notice the difference.
  • Add the yolk of one egg to one spoon of plain non-fat yogurt, a spoon of mayonnaise, a spoon of olive oil and last a spoon of honey. Mix it all together then apply this to your hair and leave for at least 2 hours. After waiting the two hours you can then rinse it off.
  • Apply 2-4 egg whites, depending on the hair length and thickness by using a brush and working it to the ends of your hair. Apply what’s left over to the rest of your hair and massage your scalp. Leave this on your hair for about half an hour. Now you can put your hair up and cover it with a plastic bag. Keep your hair like this for an hour and then take off the plastic bag. Let your hair down until the egg white dries. This may take another hour depending on the length and thickness of your hair. Then you can wash your hair with warm water and feel free to use shampoo and conditioner.

Hair Care Recipes For Preventing Hair Loss

  • Mix 2 egg yolks with some olive oil and then put it on your hair. Cover your hair with a plastic bag and place a wet warm towel on top of it. Leave this for half an hour to an hour. Then you can wash your hair with warm water and feel free to use your shampoo. Repeat this process at least twice a week over a two month period.
  • Mix Castor oil with almond oil in even quantities and put it on your hair. Cover your hair with a plastic bag and leave this for half an hour. Then you can wash your hair with warm water or feel free to use shampoo.
  • Garlic oil helps prevent hair loss and makes your hair strong. Put garlic oil on your hair and massage your scalp well for few minutes. Leave this on for 20 minutes and use this mask once a week.

For Fighting Dandruff

  • Apply some vinegar mixed with a little bit of oil olive to your hair. Let this dry for a few minutes and then wash as usual. Repeat this process until the dandruff disappears. Using vinegar on your hair will make it darker, especially in winter.

For Shiny Hair

  • You can apply olive oil to your hair 2 hours before taking a shower or a bath. This will give your hair a shining and healthy look.

DIY Beauty Treatments Using Tea

pukka cleanse teaWhy Tea For Skin Health

Tea’s natural antioxidant and astringent properties make it a great addition to your natural beauty regimen. We all know that sipping tea on a daily basis imparts numerous health benefits. The anti oxidants, vitamins, minerals, flavinols and tannins found in tea, smooth, soothe, and detoxify when used topically.

Rooibos tea is high in antioxidant flavonoids that are anti inflammatory and fight wrinkles. It also increases blood levels of the enzyme superoxide dismutase, essential in the production of healthy skin cells. Rooibos also has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that benefit acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

Drinking rose petal tea may give you a more radiant complexion. Rose petals are a ntarul source of antioxidant vitamin C and can fend off damage from toxins and free radicals that can age skin. Vitamin C also encourages collagen production.

Nettle and dandelion tea help cleanse the liver and stimulate circulation. Both contain high levels of free radical quenching antioxidants.

Try the following DIY beauty treatments from Homemade Beauty, 150 Simple Beauty Recipes Made From All Natural Ingredients by Annie Strole.

 

Chamomile And Oatmeal Face Treatment

Chamomile instantly eliminates redness

1 cup distilled water

1 bag chamomile tea

1/2 cup oats

1 tsp raw organic honey

Bring water to boil and steep tea bag for 5 minutes. Slowly pour hot tea into the oats until a thick paste is formed. Let sit for 5 minutes. If the paste is too thick, add a small amount of tea until you reach a desired consistency. Stir in the honey and blend thoroughly.

Message onto clean face and neck using circular motions. Message for 1-2 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

 

Lemon Chamomile Lightening Rinse

This rinse lightens and brightens without bleach or peroxide

2 cups water

6 bags chamomile tea

Juice of 1 lemon

In a medium saucepan, bring water to boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags and steep for 1 hour. Remove and discard tea bags, stir in lemon juice, and transfer mixture to a squeeze bottle. After shampooing, pour rinse through hair and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and condition.

 

Black Tea Rinse For Brunette Hair

Does your brunette hair look washed out? This rinse naturally deepens the color of brunette hair while adding shine.

2 cups water

1 Tbs. jojoba oil

6 bags black tea

Bring water to boil and remove from heat. Stir in jojoba oil, add tea bags, and let steep for 1 hour or longer. Transfer to a squeeze bottle or other container. After shampooing pour rinse all over hair and scalp. Let sit for 30 minutes, wrapping hair with plastic wrap or shower cap. Rinse and follow with your conditioner.

 

Teas to try for skin health:

Yogi Tea Skin Detox– a beautifying, cleansing blend including rose petals and organic green tea

Tiesta Tea Eternity Pomogranatopia-with three antioxidant skin superstars, white tea, blueberries, and pomogranate.

Pukka Cleanse Tea-nourishes and detoxifies skin from within with nettle, dandelion, fennel and peppermint.