Category: Natural Skin Care Tips

Psoriasis Free For Life

psoriasis free for lifeFor some people, finding relief from psoriasis can be a never ending quest. There seems to be “cures” everywhere on the internet these days; lotions, potions, creams, gels and supplements. It can be a money pit for those desperately seeking psoriasis help and a cure for this disease.

What many people don’t know however is that there are steps you can take that may help alleviate the symptoms and even slow down the onset of another psoriasis outbreak. There are things you can do at home that won’t cost you a pretty penny.

Turn to all natural skin products, eliminating skin care lotions that contain chemicals and especially eliminate fragrance. Fragrance is known to be an irritant. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.

Find an all natural or organic lotion and slather it on several times throughout the day, especially after you shower and before bedtime. Even a good old jar of homemade body oil is far better than anything you can purchase in the store. Click here for a great whipped coconut oil body butter recipe.

Aside from a natural body lotion, you should eliminate everything that contains fragrance and other known irritants that touch your body. That means hand soap, makeup, body sprays, soap, and even laundry soap.

Change your diet immediately, eliminating refined carbs, processed foods, sugar, and alcohol. Instead, add more raw food to your diet including fruits and vegetables. Dr. John Pagano advices eliminating inflammatory nightshade vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes, paprika and adding more root vegetables like carrots, yams and beets.

In his book “Win the War Within”, Dr. Floyd Chilton, a professor of physiology and pharmacology, describes a diet to reduce inflammation which may improve symptoms of psoriasis. Foods that may cause inflammation include eggs, liver, and fatty meats.

Vitamins for psoriasis include Omega-3 fatty acids, found is fish oil, among other things. The best way to get fish oils is psoriasis imagesthrough capsule, they contain the correct amount of fish oil necessary in each pill. Fish oils can help autoimmune diseases as well as migraines, joint pains, and blood pressure issues.

Try adding a probiotic enzyme to your supplement program. These work to help you digest food better and more efficiently. They also carry an anti-inflammatory chemical which can really help with psoriasis outbreaks.

Try olive leaf extract. Olive leaf extract is a natural antibiotic and sometimes works even better than traditional antibiotics. You can get olive leaf extract from any health store. Start by taking 2-3 a day for three months and then take 4 a day for one month.

Olive leaf extract is an anti-microbial product. The extract goes back many centuries. The extract will kill most viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Olive leaf extract has four main benefits. One is improving the immune system and making it stronger. Two, it controls the amount of bad bacteria, fungus, and viruses in the system without destroying the good stuff. Three, it raises energy levels so you feel more motivated to do other things. Four, it lowers blood pressure and reduces hypertension.

In her book, Psoriasis Free For Life, Kathy Wilson, Atlernative Medical Practitioner, describes how you can cure your psoriasis starting today. As a 15 year sufferer herself, she cured her disease in three days naturally without prescription creams and pills. She, along with many other experts believe that psoriasis is not a skin disease but an immune system disease that can be controlled naturally.


Tips For Glowing Skin

organic skin creamEvery women wants glowing skin for that holiday party and believe it or not, it is not that difficult. The key is turning to natural skin products: you can buy products, make your own products at home, or add certain foods to your diet. Sometimes this last step is all it takes.

Yes, diet is a huge part of getting that skin to glow however there are other things you can try. Here are the tips I swear by for glowing skin:

  • Get your C. If you can’t get it from fruits and veggies, than invest in a supplement. It does wonders for the skin. After just a couple of weeks taking 1000 mg a day of a vitamin C supplement, my skin looked amazing. It works!
  • Exfoliate your skin on a regular basis. Dry skin cells build up on your skin making it look dull and lifeless. Make a batch of fresh papaya or pineapple in your food processor and spread it on your face for about 10 minutes, and then rinse it off.
  • Use a natural facial mist throughout the day. They are inexpensive, hydrate the skin, and give you a pick me up at the same time. The first time I used a facial mist, I got so many compliments on my glowing skin. Rose water is a favorite for many. Keep it in your purse.
  • Purchase a bottle of organic argan oil. You can use it under makeup to moisturize, before bed to moisturize while you sleep, or put over makeup throughout the day for instant glowing skin.
  • Use pearlizing makeup or mix Mica Gold (link below) with your favorite foundation to add shine and shimmer

See video below for more glowing skin tips. While this model is using very expensive skin care products, I have listed some less expensive quality products that can help you achieve the same results.

A Model’s Tips-How I Get Glowing Skin


Mud mask

The video shows Glam Glow which normally sells for around $69.

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Simply Karen Hyaluronic Regenerating Serum

Pearlizing Makeup 

Mica Gold

This super inexpensive mineral (only $5.90) gives a shimmering and pearlizing luminescence to skin. Mix a small amount with makeup or body lotion for glowing skin. Don’t let the price throw you off. This stuff is nothing short of amazing!


A Natural Skincare Routine Using Essential Oils

Here is a great video from Pink So Foxy, Christine showing how to use only essential oils in her day and night skin care routines. Like me, she was frustrated with buying expensive skin care products that don’t do what they claim and can actually make your skin worse.

Essential oils are very strong so do some research on which oils are good for your skin type and which carriers to use. Never place the essential oils on your skin without a carrier.


Natural Alternatives To SPF

Protecting your skin from the sun is of the utmost importance for adults of all ages as well as children. The most common way people choose to protect themselves from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun is with regular store-bought SPF sunscreen.

SPF sunscreen, which stands for sun protection factor, is rated by a number – a number that denotes how much of the harmful rays the sunscreen can block out. While SPF sunscreens are often effective, they commonly contain unnatural ingredients that may not be particularly good for people, especially when used on a daily or very regular basis.

Many people are also finding that they are allergic to certain ingredients in standard store-bought sunscreen and are turning to alternative sun protection products. You may not be familiar with these alternatives right now, but they’re becoming more and more popular with discerning sun-lovers each day.


Red Raspberry Oil

Red raspberry oil, which is made from distilling red raspberries, is incredibly high in vitamin E content and omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These essential ingredients, which are commonly added to high quality SPF sunscreens, actually works to block out harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Natural red raspberry oil has a sun protection factor of between 28 and 50, meaning it’s an ideal all-purpose sun protection product for almost everybody.

Carrot Seed Oil

Carrot seed oil is produced in the same way that natural essential oils are produced – through a distillation process. Some carrot seed oils are also produced through vapor distillation like the highest of quality essential oils.

Carrot seed oil is a natural antiseptic and antifungal and it also has significant antioxidant content. While carrot seed oil has a sun protection factor of 40, it does need to be mixed with a carrier oil before it’s applied to the skin to avoid irritation.

Many people choose to use other oils like wheat germ oil or even plain vitamin E oil at a ratio of about 10 carrier oil to 1 part carrot seed oil.

Wheat Germ Oil

Individuals that often go out in the sun without sunscreen or have dark skin and generally don’t worry about sunburn should still be using sun protection. However, SPF 30, 40 or higher may not be necessary for many of those individuals.

For those individuals, wheat germ oil, which has a sun protection factor of 20 is an ideal choice. Wheat germ oil can also be used as a carrier oil when combined with other natural oils that provide sun protection like carrot seed oil.

If you make your own moisturizer or skin care products, adding a small amount of wheat germ oil can also provide basic sun protection even for days when sun protection isn’t really needed!


Whether you go out in the sun every single day and love spending time at the beach or playing sports, or you just like to soak up the rays on the weekends, sun protection is essential. However, if you prefer all-natural products or are allergic to ingredients in sunscreen, you may want to choose one of these natural oils to protect your skin.

These natural oils are relatively easy to find, and many health food and natural stores carry them. They can also be ordered from a variety of online retailers.

Gwen Eve Lewis is a freelance writer from Southern California and has contributed to several beauty blogs. She loves finding tips and tricks to help keep her skin care routine as natural as possible.

Organic Mineral Makeup

simply karen mineral lipstickOrganic mineral makeup is becoming more and more popular, as more women begin to search for natural beauty products to use instead of using makeup products with irritating synthetic ingredients. Thus, plenty of wonderful mineral makeup products have been created and made available in recent years. Here are some of the essential, organic mineral makeup products you will want to add to your beauty stash:

1. Foundation. Mineral makeup foundation will help to give you the coverage you want without caking or clumping. It will also provide you with a silky smooth feel that is seemingly weightless and diminishes the looks of wrinkles and fine lines to make your skin look younger and healthier.

2. Concealer. A mineral makeup concealer will help you to get the coverage you need while hiding any undesirable blemishes, leaving your skin appearing flawless and youthful.

3. Blush. Using organic mineral makeup blush is a great way to define your lovely features without unnatural colors, leaving your skin appearing bright and beautiful with just the right amount of color you need.

4. Bronzer. A bronzer is an essential summertime beauty tool to give you just the right amount of sun-kissed looking color you want to sport in the warmer weather. It also works great year round to give you the perfect glow you desire.

5. Finishing Powder. Mineral makeup finishing powder is great for absorbing excess oils, softening your appearance, and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, giving you the naturally flawless look you want.

6. Eye Color. Choosing an organic mineral makeup eye color is a much healthier way to get the pop of color you want without putting synthetic materials on the sensitive eye region, allowing you to get the subtle or bold look you want without the worry.

7. Mascara. Mascara is one of the most common go-to beauty tools for women, yet many mascara products are full of synthetic ingredients. Mineral makeup mascara is an excellent alternative that will make your eye lashes stand out as they are lengthened, lifted, and darkened to perfection.

8. Lip Color. Using mineral makeup lip color is a great natural way to give your lips the color you want to make them stand out without artificial preservatives or dyes that could harm the sensitive area of the lips.

9. Lip Balm. Lip balm is another beauty tool essential for every woman, no matter how young or old, and mineral makeup lip balm is an excellent alternative to traditional varieties that still leaves your lips as soft and supple as can be.

Just remember that with the growing demand for mineral makeup products comes the introduction of hundreds of mineral makeup products that are not truly natural and often contain many chemical ingredients.

Simply Karen has created and developed a product with the finest ingredients that provides exceptional coverage, is light-weight and and completely natural. Click here to learn more about the chemicals in many brands of mineral makeup that can cause skin irritation.

The Cosmetic Wars-Why We Should Be Concerned

cscad_bodylotionI was watching Katie yesterday and part of her “What They Don’t Want You To Know” show included a dermatologist named Ellen Marmur who was supposed to separate fact from fiction in regards to the New York Times opinionator blog.

The piece, titled “The Cosmetic Wars,” by Times food columnist Mark Bittman re-examined a number of health concerns raised over the years by advocacy groups.

This woman claims that we should not be concerned about chemicals in our makeup. “We don’t have to worry yet.” Grrrrr. Are we going backwards or forwards? What is she saying? Did the FDA pay this woman off?

She stated that the skin is the strongest barrier of the body and we should not be concerned, however contradicted herself later saying:

“If you have rashy skin you could actually be absorbing things.” ” So if you have eczema or red rashy skin, stick to things that have fewer ingredients on the label. Use fewer products every day.”

So only women with eczema should worry about passing chemicals through their skin and effecting an unborn child? This woman is aggravating-I wanted to jump through the TV.

It has been proven that many chemicals in our skin care and makeup are known carcinogens however there is an ongoing debate whether the amount of chemicals is enough to actually cause any damage. A product with low levels of lead-safe? FDA monitoring cosmetics? That’s what she said!

Trust me, I am not one of those people who refuse to color her hair or refuse to use deodorant, however I do believe that if there are beauty care options on the market without these chemicals why would you even take a chance? We are just beginning to learn about chemicals in our food which disrupt our hormones and make us fat, chemicals in our cosmetics that cause cancer in mice, and chemicals in our environment endangering our ecosystem.

This woman claims that one dangerous chemical, phlalates, is found in only hairspray (your hair is dead) and nail polish (your nails are also dead), and found in only trace amounts. Phlalates are found in many more cosmetics than she claims. They have also been found in our urine. She continued to say:

“The fact that they are chemicals and have been found in our bodies at some point, requires better mindfulness and better studies.”

Of course!

Let’s move foreword people. It’s a fact that there are hundreds of natural cosmetic brands and products popping up everywhere. It is a fact that many other companies like Johnson & Johnson are making a commitment to remove cancer causing chemicals from there products. Read the press release here.

We should not worry yet? My ass!

Loving My Mumbani Face Pillow

I happened to read about Mumbani Fresh Face pillow in Prevention magazine recently. They state “studies show that sleeping on a pillow in the same position night after night creates wrinkles that can take hours to go away-or even become permanent”. The Mumbani website calls it morning face. It makes perfect sense. We have all seen those wrinkles first thing in the morning and worried that they would still be there when we walked through the office door.

The Mumbani Fresh Face pillow is a cushioned pillow you wear like a sleep mask to minimize pressure on your face. Independent research shows seventy five percent of users saw smoother skin and more than half reported better sleep.mumbani face mask

I purchased the face pillow from Mumbani for $19.99 and $3.99 shipping. I can say that it was well worth it. Yes, I wake up with less wrinkles, but more importantly, I am sleeping so much better. Being a light sleeper and sensitive to any kind of light, I have worn a face mask to bed for the last 10 years. Getting a good night sleep is the number one way to keep your skin from aging.

This face pillow  is amazing! It blocks light so much better than any mask you could buy in a store, it is cushioned for comfort-no more ear pain, and it eliminates “morning face”-yeah! Well worth the twenty bucks.

mumbani face pillow