Eating for organic and natural beauty!

The guava fruit has a strong and sweet smell that's captivating. It's rich in Vitamin A and C. This tropical fruit is great for the natural skin and hair. It's actually a powerhouse in the nutrient department. It's loaded with folic acid, potassium, copper and manganese. These nutrients all help regenerate natural skin cells and combat hair loss problems. It's no wonder that several cosmetic companies use it in a number of hair and organic skin treatments and creams. 

Guavas are also a great source of Vitamin K, which helps in treating skin discoloration and problems such as dark circles, acne irritation and redness. Using this fruit as a scrub helps in improving the skin’s complexion and also removes impurities making the skin look younger and fresh. Guava contains an antioxidant called lycopene that helps in shielding your skin against the damaging UV rays. Since it contains about 80% water it also may help in keeping your skin hydrated and supple. Finally, because it's a rich source of Vitamin C, guava is a fruit that also helps in promoting hair growth. This may be a fruit you want to add to your grocery list.

 

How to take care of your skin using natural and organic skin care products!

Mark Denis P. Davis, M.D.
Dermatology, Mayo Clinic Health Letter Editorial Board member

One of the most common concerns people have when they visit a dermatologist is how to look after their skin. How can I keep from getting wrinkles? How can I stop my skin from aging? How can I make my skin look more youthful?

The cosmetic and cosmeceutical industry has recognized this, and this is a multibillion dollar industry created around finding organic and natural skin care products that will help.

What is scientifically proved to keep skin youthful? 

  1. Sun avoidance. There is huge evidence that sun damages skin. The more that skin is exposed to sun, the more it gets wrinkled and leathery in appearance. Dark spots and white spots are associated with long-term exposure to the sun. If you compare the skin of a relatively unexposed area with the exposed skin of your face, you will see what the sun does to your skin. 

Therefore, sun avoidance is the best intervention. If you are going to be exposed to the sun, wearing sunscreen is really important.

  1. Moisturizers. If your skin is drying out, you need to moisturize your skin. This is particularly true in cold, winter climates. The air outside is dry, as is heated indoor air. Skin is further robbed of natural oils when people take long, warm showers. In the hot, dry climates of places like Arizona, dried-out skin is also an issue. 

There is a lot of hype attached to skin-care products, and many false claims based on very little science. Although we tend to think that a more expensive skin-care product must be better, this is rarely so. Expensive products are not necessarily better. They might be better packaged, but often the cheaper moisturizer is just as good as the more expensive one. I generally tell my patients to use whatever they like to use and will use, whether it be the cheaper product or the more expensive one.

  1. Sunscreens. Hundreds of sunscreens are on the market. It is important that the sunscreen protect against both ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays. There are multiple products on the market. Regular application of sunscreens is key if you're going to be out in the sun. 

These are the fundamentals of skin care. Sun avoidance is perhaps the No. 1 strategy for avoiding wrinkling and aging of the skin. It is inevitable that you will develop a few spots as you get older. Almost everyone will eventually develop waxy growths that appear stuck on (seborrheic keratoses) and small, red spots called cherry angiomas.

So to summarize, if your skin is going to stay youthful, you should: 

A. Avoid direct sun exposure either by complete avoidance of the sun (preferably)

B. Wearing sunscreen when you are exposed to the sun.

C. Keep your skin well moisturized, especially in dry climates.

 

Smile Often!

"A woman is most beautiful when she smiles. Other than that, the most valuable tip I've learned is always use a skin moisturizer!" -Beyoncé 

If possible use all natural or organic skin care products for healthier and more beautiful skin.

Organic and Natural Beauty starts from the inside!


Carolina Gracia is a Los Angeles based Certified Makeup Artist, who is passionate and truly talented in her art. Carolina believes that beauty is more than just adding mascara and lipgloss. She believes that a woman radiates most beauty when she feels confident that she is beautiful, and it all starts with truly caring for herself from head to toe.  Carolina recommends using natural and usda certified organic skin care products whenever possible. This can help ensure beautiful and ageless skin.

 

Steam Room Benefits For Your Organic Health!

Sweating is good for us, scientists have determined. But we surround ourselves with air conditioning in the hot and humid summer days and try our best not to sweat. What a contradiction? Not really. We need to sweat, but as a human being we want to choose where we sweat and when.

The benefits of raising our core body temperature have been known and practiced in cold climate areas for millennium. You can find it in Europe in the form of old stone steam rooms in Finland and Sweden. You can also find the Turkish Hammam and the Japanese sauna.

It was always considered a purifying experience. The action the body takes to cool itself down – sweating – is known for its detoxification effect on the body. With increased heat, all the sweat pores open, allowing the sweat to pass through. Pores that have been blocked by antiperspirant, synthetic clothing, environment, pollens and animal dandruff are unblocked.

Some say that as much as 30% of our body’s waste can be removed through perspiration.

The increase in core body temperature causes the blood to thin, as it rushes to supply the cells with food for the cooling to take place.

With this action, capillary veins open and blood is supplied to the end of the extremities, an important element for those who are suffering from poor blood circulation, as is the case of diabetes.

Some people say they seem to sweat more in a steam room than in a dry sauna.

It is not always the case.

The sweat in the dry sauna evaporates immediately while in the steam room it stays on the body because of the high humidity in the air. Not only that, steam rooms can produce the same effect as dry saunas with less heat. The cooling action of the body is slowed down because the sweat does not evaporate as it does in dry sauna.

In traditional wet saunas or steam rooms, rocks would be heated with fire and water poured on them to produce steam.

Modern steam rooms are heated by steam generator and it is fed into an almost air tight room. This way the humidity in a room can reach almost 100%. Those rooms are usually constructed with a slanted ceiling to prevent the condensation from dripping on the users. They are usually constructed from tile and wood.

What health benefits steam room brings?

Decongestant: the benefits of steam rooms does not end there.

Unlike dry saunas, steam rooms are an excellent decongestant. Problems such as sinus congestion or asthma can be eased with the high humidity. In cases of stuffy nose and congestion most doctors recommend increasing the humidity in the room anyway.

How to obtain the best skin: benefits from steam rooms as well. Be sure to use usda certified organic skin care products.

Estheticians clean the face with steam, don’t they? It leaves the face with a beautiful, healthy glow. If it’s good for the face, imagine what it does to the whole body. It helps get rid of dead skin cells and acts as an nonabrasive peeling.

As for pain relief, steam rooms are excellent in soothing sore muscles and joint pain. The increased blood flow to the exhausted muscles cells, shortens the recuperating time. Joint pain, as the result of rheumatoid arthritis will get easier because movement becomes tolerable and with that increased movement through exercise.

Stress: Steam rooms have benefits in releasing stress as well.

Whether it is the heat, the sweat or the fact that you have committed yourself to doing nothing for the next few minutes (you can’t take reading materiel or electronics into a steam room), it helps in reducing stress. It is also speculated that the amount of adrenaline released into the blood stream is reduced with the increase of heat.

What to watch for:

  • Steam rooms may cause dehydration because you sweat out most of the water in your body. It is important to stay hydrated even if you do not feel the thirst. Limiting the time to 30 minutes or less is usually safe for most healthy people. If you feel faintness leave the room immediately. You might be suffering from dehydration.
  • Pregnant women, young children and those with low blood pressure and cardiovascular problems should consult a physician before starting using a steam room.

 

Top 3 Eco Friendly and Safe Organic and Natural Cosmetic Brands

 

Tarte Cosmetics

This line is cruelty free, made with naturally derived ingredients, and infused with minerals, vitamins, plant extracts and essential oils. Their products are formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, synthetic fragrances and gluten.

My favorites: Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder $33, Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer $30, Lights Camera Lashes 4 in 1 Mascara $21.

 

Josie Maran Cosmetics

Super Model Josie Maran launched this non-toxic planet friendly, and high quality cosmetics line, their key ingredient is 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil that is harvested and pressed by women’s co-ops in Morocco. It’s free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, and triclosan. My favorites: Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand $28, Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee $22.

 

Physicians Formula Organic

100% Free of petroleum by products, parabens, gmo’s, and synthetic fragrances. Formulated with 100% natural rice protein and organic tapioca starch, organic beeswax, organic soy and eco-olive. My favorites: 100% Natural Origin Mascara $9.95, 100% Natural Origin CC Color+ Be sure to use usda certified organic skin care products whenever possible.

Correction Cream SPF 20 $14.95.

 

Celebrity Beauty Secret "Shaving Your Face"

Yes! some celebrities shave their face. It is known to promote cell turnover, exfoliate your skin, and remove peach fuzz.

Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor were known to use this as part of their beauty regimen.

It is believed that it makes your skin much smoother. It also allows for better absorption of beauty products, diminishes the appearance of fine lines, and allows your makeup to go on beautifully. Celebrity Skin Specialist Kate Somerville is another known beauty queen who since her 20’s shaves her face. She uses a Gillette Mach3 once a week. Another popular tool used to shave your face is the $5 Tinkle. Shiseido also sells a popular facial razor. In Japan this beauty regimen is called Kao Sori, and has been followed for centuries as a tool to keep youthful skin.

Face Shaving is definitely a less intense form of dermaplaning or blading, in which the face is shaved with a scapel-like instrument removing the outer most layers of dead skin cells. It is a non-traumatic method of skin rejuvenation which will cost you around $150. 

It is recommended you shave at a 45 degree angle, do so very gently to not cut or scratch your skin. Some women prefer dry skin shaving while others lather up with a moisturizing face wash before shaving and after they are done moisturizing. Some women also like applying olive oil, coconut oil or vitamin E oil. Give this a try. Just remember to go easy on your skin. Be sure to use usda certified organic skin care products whenever possible. This will help ensure beautiful and ageless skin.

Facial exercise tips for problem areas which will tone and rejuvenate your skin!

By Carolina Gracia-Celebrity Make-Up Artist

For double chin

With the fingers very relaxed, use the thumbs to press gently into the muscle underneath the jaw. Start in the center of the chin and work upward towards the angle of the jaw bone. Repeat 10 times, twice daily.

For sagging jowls

Sit straight and lean your head back, now do chewing movements as if food is in your mouth. Repeat 10-15 times, twice daily.

For crow's feet and lines on forehead

Place two fingers above your eyes and gently press down while trying to raise your eyebrows up. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times, twice daily.

For open pores on the nose

Using your middle or ring finger, start making circular movements around your nostrils, over the tip of your nose, up the sides of the nose, finishing on the bridge of the nose. Repeat 10 times, twice daily.

Make this a daily routine, your face will love it and you will love your face. Also, be sure to use USDA Certified Organic Skin Care products whenever possible. This will help ensure more beautiful and ageless skin.

Carolina Gracia-Celebrity Make-Up Artist