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BestEssentialOilsforSkinEssential oils are beneficial for your skin but more than beneficial; you can say that they are necessary for the skin to look beautiful and younger. There are some of the best essential oils that can be used for different purposes as they are being applied on the skin. When we come to counting the benefits of essential oils, there are unlimited benefits of them and especially when they are extracted from the natural resources that make them super beneficial for any skin type. 10 best essential oils along with their uses are being explained in the following infographic that can be very helpful when looking for answers to serious skin problems.

Skin is the most sensitive part of your body that is prone to all the allergies and other skin problems like acne, stretch marks etc. Whenever you come across any skin problem, or even before the cause of any problem, instead of using chemical containing creams and oils, try using some of the best essential oils that are also natural and do not cause any harm to the skin. The best part about these essential oils is that they do not have any side effects and also, they suit every skin type as they are being extracted from all the natural resources.

Essential oils have a lot of benefits like; they are antimicrobial, antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. These oils are extracted from different parts of plants and each one of them performs an entirely different function in making the skin better than before. They work as natural therapeutics that work perfectly on your skin and provide instant as well as visible effects that can be seen clearly in a little while. If you want to look prettier and younger, then you should be using some of these best essential oils and you would definitely be surprised after witnessing the results.

Other than gaining beauty and attaining younger looks, these essential oil reviews can be used for medicinal purposes as well. Some of the dermatologists use the best essential oils in different therapies like aromatherapy. Dermatologists recommend using these essential oils in order to cure any skin problem and to get a glowing younger looking skin.

Who wouldn’t want to use these magical best essential oils after knowing their unlimited benefits? Probably not you! So, start using these essential oils today if you want to look prettier and get rid of every skin problem.
Best Essential Oils for Skin

This Infographic – 10 Best Essential Oils For Skin – Was Created By Fixyourskin.com

 

This is a guest post written by  Sarah Smith, here from FixYourSkin.com! Sarah has a lot of experience with skin health and has written several articles that have been published. FixYourSkin has a lot of tips, health advice and DIY recipes which can give you great looking skin without any side effects!

 

During the winter, a lot of things change. People crave more soups and roasts, and less smoothies. You might find yourself favoring a different path to work to avoid bad road conditions. And of course, there’s the winter fashion. But few of us think to change up our beauty regime to suit the changing weather.The Wintertime Beauty Routine Shift

 

Here are some ways that your routine can adapt to winter for better health and a more beautiful glow.

 

Incorporate Some Easy Exercises

 

Even if you’re not a big gym buff, consider incorporating more exercises and stretches into your daily routine in the winter. Winter is a dangerous time for injuries at any age. The cold weather makes us all stiff and brittle, which increases our chances of falling, straining muscles, and spraining joints. Additionally, the more sedentary lifestyle of winter usually makes us add on a few unwelcome pounds. Consider adding simple exercises to your morning or evening routine in order to keep muscle tone and to stay healthy and agile in the winter. This could be as simple as sun salutations in the morning, or a few reps of situps, lunges, and pushups while you’re watching tv in the evening.

 

Pamper Your SkinThe Wintertime Beauty Routine Shift

 

Skin takes a beating in the winter. If it’s not the general dryness, there’s also windburn and sunburn to worry about. And as we all know, healthy skin is the most important part of any makeup routine.

 

So, make sure that you take note of the most common problem in the winter for your skin, and treat it. For most, the primary problem is dry winter weather. Running the heater indoors saps moisture from the air, and the cold weather strips us of the usual natural defenses that we have against dryness. Counter the dryness by exfoliating once a week in the shower, and treating your skin at night to extra moisture with some soothing face lotion.

 

Don’t forget to wear SPF lotion during the day. Although winter often seems like the least likely time to get a sunburn, the sun’s rays can be reflected and magnified by cloud cover and the snowy ground. For more information about common winter skin problems and their solutions, check out this helpful post.

 

Find Creative Solutions for Your HairThe Wintertime Beauty Routine Shift

 

Hair is another beauty trial in the winter that can be hard to deal with. Again, there’s increased dryness. But then you add the challenges of hat hair, wind, and sleet, and you have a month full of bad hair days. Unless you start getting a little creative. Here are some ways to roll with the punches that winter throws at you.

 

  • Emphasize your curls. Find a hair treatment that will emphasize and define your natural curls or waves instead of overdoing the flatiron to try to shame your frizzy hair into submission. After all, even if you get your hair properly straight, a little bit of drizzle could ruin it before you even make it into the office.
  • Use moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. This can make or break your winter hair health.
  • Don’t let the water get too hot. When the weather is cold, it’s tempting to turn the water as hot as you can get it, but resist! Hot water can strip your hair’s outer lipid layer that makes it glossy and smooth. Instead, use warm water.
  • If a dry scalp and frizzy hair is a frustrating and constant complaint of yours, look into investing in an oil treatment. There are lots of at-home options that will leave your hair smooth and glossy for weeks afterward.
  • The good news about winter is that when worst comes to worst, you DO have the option of just donning a hat for the day. Get yourself a loose-fitting beanie that looks fashionable and comfortable indoors.

 

Embrace Bold Colors

 

Winter is a season where most of us hibernate our fashion. After all, if your ensemble is covered under the same three sweaters or jackets every day, it stops getting interesting. However, winter is also a time when bright pops of color are more fashionable – whether that’s in your clothing choice, or in your makeup. Sure, stick to somber neutrals for the most part, but don’t forget to embrace some fun adventures with color. Get yourself a dramatic scarf, a bright berry lipstick, or try those smoky eyes out for a daring look.

 

Guest post by Christine H.

Let’s all have a healthier New Year! How to start? Cut these ten foods out of your diet. If you can’t cut them out completely at least cut back!a healthier new year

 

Canned Foods: I admit my pantry does contain canned food. It’s convenient and in the winter it is hard to find fresh produce so we sometimes resort to canned foods. However canned foods also contain BPA – a toxic chemical linked to neurological effects, diabetes, heart disease and a increased risk of breast and prostate cancers. Acidic foods, such as tomatoes cause the BPA to leach into your foods. Best alternative is to stick to fresh produce, can your own harvest or switch to frozen foods. Replace your canned broth with home canned broth.soup, broth, prudent pantry

 

Processed Meats: Most deli meats are made with meats treated with sodium nitrate, which your body converts to nitrosamines, which are cancer causing chemicals. If you are going to eat meat avoid processed meats and go for local and sustainable raised meat.

 

Margarine: Healthy fats are essential to your diet. Margarine and other butter imposters are loaded trans fats, free radicals, emulsifiers and preservatives, which can all lead to health problems. Good old-fashioned butter, when made from grass fed cows is a healthy option.

 

Vegetable oils: vegetable oils are made in a factory usually from genetically modified crops, which have been heavily treated with pesticides. Unlike butter or coconut oil, just pressing or separating naturally can’t extract these vegetable oils. They must be chemically removed, deodorized, and altered. These are some of the most chemically altered foods in our diets. The oils you choose to cook with must be stable enough to resist chemical changes when heated to high temperatures, or you run the risk of damaging your health. Whenever I cook, I use either butter or coconut oil. Coconut oil is practically 100% saturated, which means it is stable at high temperatures. It also is very beneficial to the health of your body.oil, prudent pantry, coconut oil

 

Microwave Popcorn: Honestly, you shouldn’t eat anything that’s been put in a microwave, but especially microwave popcorn! The bags of microwave popcorn contain chemicals called perfluoroalkyls, which keep the grease from leaking through the wrappers. These ‘gender bending’ chemicals disrupt the endocrine system and are carcinogenic. Opt for the old fashioned route of stovetop or air-popped popcorn.

 

Non-Organic Produce: I’ve read plenty of articles about the ‘safest non-organic’ produce to eat. Sure, the thick skin of the fruit or vegetable may ‘protect’ the edible portion inside, but what about the fact that the chemicals are sprayed on the plants, leach into the groundwater and are absorbed into the plant by the roots? Produce that has been treated with toxic chemicals affects the planet as a whole regardless of the thickness of the skin of the product. Do yourself, and the rest of us a favor, buy local and organic whenever possible.Oranges and lemon

 

Table Salt: Did you know that processed salt is 98% sodium chloride and the remaining 2% consists of dangerous chemicals like ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate in addition to fluoride? Natural salt, like sea salt for example, is only 84% sodium chloride with the remaining 16% consisting of trace minerals like silicon, phosphorous and vanadium. Salt is essential to your health in it’s natural form.

 

Soy Products: Soy is one of the leading genetically modified (GM) foods on the planet today (along with corn). GM soy has been shown to cause damage to the female reproductive system and is toxic to the placenta. Soy can be found in practically everything from protein bars to bottled fruit drinks to soups and sauces to baked goods and even breakfast cereals! It’s important to read labels as soy is hidden in many processed foods. The only soy which can promote health is organic fermented soy products.

 

Artificial Sweeteners: Without going into too much scientific detail, aspartame forms methanol in the body. Methanol is carried into the brain and bone marrow, where it’s converted into formaldehyde, which damages DNA. All animals, except humans, can harmlessly break down methanol into formic acid. This is why animal testing is incorrect in regards to the safety of artificial sweeteners and humans. If you need to sweeten something go for natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup or stevia.

 

Sugar: As a continuation of the point above, sugar suppresses the immune system, leads to weight gain and leaches precious minerals from your body. Sugar is actually an anti-nutrient, meaning that it leaches nutrients from your body! Because certain nutrients are removed from sugar in the refining process, your body cannot process it. So, it leaches minerals from your body to attach to the refined sugar molecules in order to move the sugar through your body. Also, because it’s an anti-nutrient, sugar also causes calcium to be lost in the urine, which in turn is replaced by calcium from the bones, leading to osteoporosis Stay away from processed foods and drinks in order to stay away from sugar, and stick to the natural sweeteners.White sugar

 

So let’s all make a few changes to what is found in our pantries and plan to enjoy a healthier new year. Cook from scratch whenever possible, eat whole un-refined and fresh foods and know where your food is coming from.

 

As Michael Pollan stated beautifully: “If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.gardening, prudent living

Did you know it takes less than an hour a day to be lean, fit, alert, energetic, healthy and optimistic for decades to come?exercise

Nature is not a treadmill at the gym. It’s an ever-changing physical environment, so it should come as no surprise that a variety of different exercises and intensities do more good than a single, unvarying routine. Nature’s rule is simple – do something real everyday. Whether the exercise is long, slow and steady (an hour or two of vigorous walking) or shorter and more intense (running, swimming or using the exercise machines at the gym) is a lot less important than the “dailyness” of it, six days a week.exercise So experiment with a variety of aerobic exercise and find an outdoor sport that you like: biking, kayaking, or hiking. Keep your heart rate in the high aerobic zone at the gym and in the low aerobic zone while exercising outside and you’ll get great results.exercise

The sooner you start in life the better the payoff. It may seem exhausting to fit exercise into your crazy work schedule, but that’s looking at it backward. We are not tired at the end of the day because we get too much exercise. We are tired because we don’t get enough exercise! We are mentally, emotionally and physically drained from being sedentary. Study after study shows that we function better, with more satisfaction and less sleep when we’re fit. If you put any value at all on your quality of life, the time your spend exercising becomes a bargain.exercise

When it comes to exercise, “I can’t afford it” is not a valid excuse. Check out some of the following ways to cut your gym bills or ditch them all together by exercising at home.

Try out as many gyms as you can before committing. Most facilities will happily give you a free day or a week pass for a tryout.

If you have a local YMCA near you that may be your best gym option. It doesn’t have to be a big fancy gym, even your local fitness center may have all you need and is usually easier on the wallet.

If there is a university in your area perhaps they offer a discount for the community members.

There are also many video programs or online programs if you are committed to working out at home.

Beachbody on Demand has a wonderful selection of workouts available online or you can purchase various workout DVDs. Everything from Yoga to Hard Core!

Make a commitment to start exercising today, even a 20 minute walk each day will help your body and your mind!exercise

Stress is any circumstance that imposes special physical or psychological demands on us or throws us off our equilibrium. Positive stress is often reflected in a confident attitude and superior performance. When we’re under pressure, we experience heightened energy and motivation levels that enable us to function at our best. A certain amount of stress also makes life interesting. With too little stimulation, we become bored and frustrated.

On the other hand, too much stress pushes us into overdrive or distress. It’s not unlike the strings on a guitar: when they’re too loose, the sound they make is poor; too tight, and the strings can break. “Stress can be the spice of life,” says Dr. Mark Ketterer, a clinical psychologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, “or the kiss of death.” It’s the latter possibility that should worry us.

Unfortunately, modern society tends to produce constant distress. How we respond is up to us. Anything you can do to relax your mind and body on a regular basis will enhance your ability to manage stress. Set aside time for yourself in the midst of your busy schedule. Then look for an activity that will help you switch of and relax. Go for a walk, read a book, listen to music, soak in a warm bath, practice yoga. Never use lack to time as an excuse to keep you from practicing relaxation techniques. Here are a few of my favorite ways to relax.beach

Exercise. People who exercise frequently experience more positive moods and less anxiety that people who exercise little r not at all. One reason may be that the physical act of exercising allots the body to “throw of” tension. Anyone who runs, walks or swims regularly know that post-exercise feeling; the body feels tired, even drained, but good and less stressed out.exercise

Get enough sleep. Chronic sleep deprivation is linked to psychological distress, including depression and anxiety. Make sure your are getting a good nights sleep!

Listen to your spiritual side. Good family relationships, getting together with friends are all associated with less stress. Studies have found that having a religious faith and a sense of spirituality can also reduce stress. Having close friends that can pray with you and for you and knowing that the Lord is there for you are great stress relievers.church

Turn off the television. Many people have the TV on all the time and you can actually get saturated with all the information. Watching the news and how TV news is presented and sensationalized can increase anxiety. Every day we are subjected to unforgettable image of violence and destruction. Turn off the TV and opt to get more of your news from written reporting which tends to provide a calmer account of events. Concentrate on your immediate surroundings; family, work, friends and community. Be more involved in real life events and you will feel less anxious and more in control.

How do you handle the stress in your life? For me it’s regular exercise, taking long walks with friends and working in the garden. I know the world is crazy around me but I can take pleasure in these simple acts and stop stressing!garden flower

You should not overlook the ocean when it comes to caring for your skin (which is a little difficult to do, as the ocean covers 71% of the earth’s surface).  The ocean provides us with many natural products that can moisturize, exfoliate, and heal our bodies.  Your skin is the biggest organ on your body, so it is crucial to give it the care it needs to stay young and healthy.  Below are some ways that you can involve the ocean in your daily skincare regimen—and how the earth’s most abundant resource can benefit your largest organ.

Seaweed
Many spas have used seaweed masks and cleansers for years.  Seaweed is packed with minerals, antioxidants, vitamins, polysaccharides, and amino acids (For more information about the vitamin and mineral content in seaweed, check out this blog). So whether you eat it or slather it on your face, you are doing your body good.  Seaweed can help protect the skin from the sun, collagen degradation, and help your skin continue to look youthful.  Seaweed is used in many skin products, from toners and cleansers to masks and lotions.  Seaweed is very resilient, and has a uniquely powerful regeneration process (sea kelp can regenerate two feet per day).  This can help your skin renew itself as well as moisturize, prevent damage, and protect the cell membranes.  Seaweed is also known to help prevent breakouts, as it is a natural anti-inflammatory.  You can either buy seaweed-infused health products, or you can make a DIY mask out of dried seaweed sheets (just be careful not to get the flavored ones!) Seaweed is just something that you cannot go without.

 

Algae
Algae has been referred to as a “magical ingredient” in skincare and health products.  It can help the skin retain water, and help form the protective barrier in your skin because they aid in stabilizing minerals in the skin.  However, you do need to be careful, as there are many different types of algae, and some can cause dermatitis. Common algaes used in skincare are green algae, blue algae, brown algae, red algae, Irish moss, etc.  Algae and seaweed are in the same family, but are distinct organisms.  Algae has been used to help prevent wrinkles, under eye bags, acne, dryness and dullness.  Many beauty products already contain algae, but it is always beneficial to use more in your skincare.  There are algae-infused beauty wipes, color correcting creams, masks, scrubs, hydration creams, setting powder, etc. You should include algae in your everyday skin regimen if you do not already.  algae mask on man's face

Mud Masks and Creams
Mud is also a popular oceanic ingredient in skin care.  Mud masks and baths have been used since ancient Egypt.  Mud produces a cooling effect, and removes toxins, tightens the skin, improves circulation and hydration, and will help rejuvenate your skin.  But before you go outside putting the mud in your backyard on your face, realize that only certain types of mud that are beneficial for the skin.  Most of the time, you can buy a good mud mask or a mud cream from your local grocery store or beauty supply outlet.  Many ocean mud masks get their mud from the Dead Sea as it is rich in many minerals including magnesium, sodium, potassium, and calcium.  You can use the mud masks on even the most sensitive skin. Dead Sea mud can also prevent hair loss, so while you are massaging the cream on your face, rub some on your scalp as well.  Mud masks can exfoliate and moisturize at the same time.  They also restore your skin’s pH balance.It is large portrait of girl with black clay mask.  

Sea Salt
Sea salt is different than other salts because it is made from evaporating water, rather than mining deposits.  It is a natural detoxifier, and is known for making the skin feel soft and smooth.  Sea salt is typically found in body scrubs and bath salts.  Sea salt scrubs are excellent exfoliators and cleansers and are easy to make at home.  Just make sure that you use sea salt that doesn’t have rough edges.  Sea salt is also common in bath salts. While most baths leave your skin feeling pruny, baths with sea salt leave your skin feeling soft due to the balanced environment preventing osmosis.  Salt baths can also remove impurities from the skin, and can help ease achy muscles and flu-like symptoms.Beautiful young woman applying scrub treatment on the skin  

 Guest post by Darci Maxwell.

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