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The Oil Cleansing Method

I wanted to find a way to clean my skin naturally without having to buy all those facial cleansers on the market that have chemicals and fragrances in it. A family member told me about this method so I thought I’d give it a try and I’ve very happy with the results! If would like to try it and say goodbye to buying facial cleansers that have ingredients you just can’t pronounce then keep reading…

The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Should you need it, the smallest drop of the same oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production.

We will need two oils. The first, and most importantly, is Castor Oil. If you don’t have this medicine cabinet staple already, it can be found online or in the laxative section of your grocer or drugstore – usually bottom shelf. Castor Oil has potent anti-inflammatory properties, but is also healing and cleansing, which is why we’re focusing on this oil as our primary oil. Castor Oil has been the focus of many books and medical discussion because of its seemingly “magical” healing properties. As quoted in The Oil That Heals by Dr. McGarey, he states, “Castor oil will leave the body in better condition than it found it.” Though it may be our most important oil, we won’t be using it in the amounts that we will the other oil (or combination of oils for those who want to take this a step further). A little bit of Castor Oil goes a long way and too much will leave you, surprisingly, with dry skin.

Since Castor Oil is so thick and its cleansing properties so strong, we need to dilute it with another oil, thinner in consistency, but no less nurturing to the skin. Sunflower Seed Oil has become my personal favorite, though in the past, I’ve suggested Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Both are wonderfully caring oils for skin application, but I’ve found that Sunflower Seed Oil has a more luxurious feel for massage. It sinks into the skin better, aiding the castor oil in transportation deep into the pores and allowing it to draw the dirt and grime to the surface of your skin where it can be wiped away. The essential fatty acids, though they are not naturally occurring in the body, are a necessity for the health of our cell membranes. These acids help restore the skins natural moisture balance and help prevent unnecessary dryness. The secondary oil that you choose is entirely up to you and should be determined by your skins needs and the properties of that oil. Choose from natural, cold-pressed vegetable oils, as these have nutrients, vitamins, and fatty acids that mineral oil and other refined oils don’t. You may even have these oils in your kitchen, as they’re used for cooking, as well! For the sake of explaination, from this point on, we’ll say “Sunflower Seed Oil” in place of “Secondary Oil.” Remember that Sunflower Seed Oil may be replaced by your vegetable oil of choice.

Your Personal Oil Blend

The starting point for creating your own, personalized skin cleansing oil blend is knowing your general skin type. Those with dry skin will want less Castor Oil. Those with oily skin will want to blend in more. Finding your perfect combination of oils will probably take a little bit of trial and error, so start with very small batches. Once you know what your ratio of oils looks like, you’ll be able to blend much more at a time for convenience.

Some suggestions in creating your blend of deep cleansing oil:

  • Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Sunflower Seed Oil**.
  • Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Sunflower Seed Oil**.
  • Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Sunflower Seed Oil**.

**You can replace Sunflower Seed Oil with either Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil.

You can vary these percentages to match your own skins needs. If your skin feels too dry, you’ll need to use less Castor Oil and replace it with more Sunflower Seed Oil. Keep in mind that Castor Oil is the drawing, cleansing, and purging oil for your pores. The Sunflower Seed Oil is to dilute the Castor Oil in viscosity (thickness) and additionally provide moisture, nutrients, and other benefits. My own, personal blend, for my sometimes oily, sometimes dry, frequently flakey, and easily irritated skin is about 25% Castor Oil to 75% Sunflower Seed Oil. I mix and store my mixture in a clean four-ounce flip-top bottle for convenience. When you go to replenish your oil blend, I suggest cleaning your bottle thoroughly with dish soap or the dishwasher. Better yet, if you can replace the bottle, this is ideal. We want to be extremely cautious in introducing bacteria to the bottle.

The Oil Cleansing Method

First and foremost, this is typically done in the evening, prior to bed. There should be no need for deep cleansing in the morning if you’re waking up with skin cleansed the night before. In the morning, a quick wipe with a warm washcloth should suffice. We don’t want to overcleanse our skin as this will serve only to irritate and cause more oil production. The objective of using this method is to deep clean while balancing our skins oil production at the same time.

  • You’ll need a soft washcloth, your oil blend, and hot, running water.
  • Pour a generous puddle of oil into the palm of your hand. Roughly, the size of a quarter, but more is acceptable. Rub your hands together to warm the oil and smooth over your face.
  • Begin massaging the oil into your face. This will remove makeup, dirt, and other impurities, so there is no need to use a makeup remover or wash your face prior to the massage. I’ve found that this removes even my stubborn waterproof mascara and concealor.
  • Using slow, firm motions across the skin, massage the oil deeply into your pores. Take your time and focus on your problem areas. You want the oil to work into your pores so that blackheads and the like can be dissolved and steamed away.
  • As you’re massaging, let your mind drift off to something calming and breathe deeply. Take this time to relax and release some of the stress that your body is harboring. Sit down, breathe deeply, and take your time. Give the oil enough time to work on dissolving the impurities in your pores and give yourself enough time to unwind. Picture what your face would look like if it were completely clear and free from blemishes. Focus on that image and know that it is attainable. Trust that it is attainable. Accept that it is attainable. You can have clear skin, free of blemishes and you will have clear skin, free of blemishes. Focus on perfect skin and breathe deeply.
  • Once you’re satisfied that your pores are saturated and you’re feeling calm, pick up your washcloth and soak it in clean, steamy water. We want the water to be warm enough to open your pores and remove the oil. Cool water will not open your pores, nor will it remove the oil efficiently. We’re not scalding our skin, we’re steaming to coax our pores to release the oil carrying the impurities. We’re essentially steaming our skin as an esthetician would, but without the luxury of a steam machine.
  • Hold the washcloth to cover your face. Allow it to stay until it cools. You will feel your pores releasing the impurities. Wipe the oil gently away and rinse the washcloth well in hot, running water. Hold the washcloth to your face again, allowing it to cool. Wipe gently, rinse well, and repeat two or three more times. Avoid any temptation to scrub, as you’ll find it’s completely unnecessary and your skin will be soft, smooth, and free of flakes without the additional manual exfoliation and irritation that will result. Impurities, dead skin cells, and bacteria will be gently swept away.
  • Have no fear of the oil, as the steamy washcloth will remove it. The Castor Oil, though it is an oil, will help with the removal of the other oils, as well. It is our main cleansing oil and is easily removed with warm water.
  • If your skin feels tight, take a tiny drop of your oil blend, rub it between your clean, damp palms and pat it onto your damp skin. Gently massage any oil residue into your skin so there is no film of oil left sitting on the surface. Your skin should now glow!

This deep cleansing method should be done regularly, but not too frequently. You’ll know if you’re deep cleansing too frequently by the dryness that your skin will exhibit. Don’t be surprised if you find you’ve unblocked an oil flow for the first few days. Once you remove the plugs from your pores, they will begin functioning properly again. Perfect skin won’t happen overnight and while it should take a few massages to achieve your goal, you should notice a huge difference in your skin after the first deep cleansing massage. Give your skin a few days to adjust and adapt to being clean and clear of blockages; understand that the new oil coming from your skin is actually a good sign and will balance out very shortly. You’ll find redness and irritation subsiding. You’ll find your skin losing that “congested,” and thick feeling.

 
 

How to Treat the Root Cause of Your Acne

by Dr. Mercola

What you want to do is to eliminate the underlying reason that is causing the propioniform bacteria to result in these cysts or lesions. Fortunately, there are some very simple strategies that will accomplish just that, that work nearly every single time.

What most experts will tell you about acne is that diet has nothing to do with it. Well nothing could be further from the truth.

What has become clearly apparent is that your diet has everything to do with it.

If you are predisposed to developing these acne lesions, and are eating a diet that is causing your insulin levels and associated insulin growth factors to rise, then you will have acne.

This happens because when you eat refined carbohydrates and sugar, it causes a surge of insulin and an insulin-like growth factor called IGF-1 in your body. This can lead to an excess of male hormones, which cause your pores to secrete sebum, a greasy substance that attracts acne-promoting bacteria. Additionally, IGF-1 causes skin cells known as keratinocytes to multiply, a process that is also associated with acne.

So, the simple solution is to radically reduce the amount of food you consume that is causing your body to make insulin. The main culprits here are sugar, and ALL grain carbohydrates as they’re converted into sugar in your body. This includes food items such as:

Bread
Cereal
Pasta
Rice
Potatoes
Corn

The confusion here is the thought that you can have a healthy grain. Please understand that even a high quality, organic, whole wheat bread will cause this problem because it’s still a carbohydrate.

Another confusion is thinking that corn is a vegetable. It’s actually a grain, and a very high density carbohydrate, which should be avoided. Even fruits will likely increase the amount of insulin in your body, and as a result can exacerbate your acne if you’re predisposed to it.

You’ll want to replace sugars and grain carbohydrates with vegetable carbohydrates according to your nutritional type, as they metabolize slowly and tend to not cause spikes in your insulin production.

Other Important Factors to Consider When Treating Acne

There are two other important factors to consider, especially if you’ve tried the conventional approach to treating your acne.

Establish proper balance of bacteria — If you’ve been given antibiotics it’s very important to take a probiotic supplement. Antibiotics are indiscriminate killers that wipe out good bacteria in your gut as well as the propioniform bacteria on your face. One common side effect of that is an overgrowth of yeast. If you are a woman, you may experience vaginal yeast infections, but both men and women can develop candida as a result of disrupting the balance of bacteria in your gut.

Of course, by reducing your intake of food that bad bacteria and yeast thrive on, i.e. sugars and carbs, you will also help reestablish the proper balance of bacteria in your gut.

Optimize your vitamin D levels – Lastly, what we’ve now found is that vitamin D is crucially important to establishing a healthy immune system and controlling virtually any type of infection.

When you optimize your vitamin D levels you make over 200 antimicrobial peptides (also called host defense peptides). They are an essential component of your innate immune response, and are potent, broad spectrum antibiotics.

The best way to optimize your vitamin D levels is to expose large portions of your skin to healthy amounts of sunshine – just enough to cause your skin to turn a very light pink. Your body can produce as much as 20,000 IU’s with this level of exposure on most of your body. After that your body will not make any more vitamin D, and you may in fact cause skin damage if you stay out any longer.

By exposing yourself to the sun, or using a safe tanning bed, you will optimize your vitamin D production naturally, and virtually eliminate the need to do any blood testing.

If you don’t have access to regular sun exposure or a safe tanning bed, you’ll want to consider supplementing with oral vitamin D. Typically the oral doses are several thousand units a day, ranging from 2-3,000 to as much as 10,000 IU’s per day. But if you chose that route, only do so if you’re monitoring your vitamin D levels with a blood test at regular intervals.

These are the simple strategies I wish I knew when I was younger. I encourage you to try them out because there’s a strong probability they will virtually eliminate your acne, and all the associated emotional and psychological pain that so frequently affects those with this condition.

Other Important Factors to Consider When Treating Acne

There are two other important factors to consider, especially if you’ve tried the conventional approach to treating your acne.

Establish proper balance of bacteria — If you’ve been given antibiotics it’s very important to take a probiotic supplement. Antibiotics are indiscriminate killers that wipe out good bacteria in your gut as well as the propioniform bacteria on your face. One common side effect of that is an overgrowth of yeast. If you are a woman, you may experience vaginal yeast infections, but both men and women can develop candida as a result of disrupting the balance of bacteria in your gut.

Of course, by reducing your intake of food that bad bacteria and yeast thrive on, i.e. sugars and carbs, you will also help reestablish the proper balance of bacteria in your gut.

Optimize your vitamin D levels – Lastly, what we’ve now found is that vitamin D is crucially important to establishing a healthy immune system and controlling virtually any type of infection.

When you optimize your vitamin D levels you make over 200 antimicrobial peptides (also called host defense peptides). They are an essential component of your innate immune response, and are potent, broad spectrum antibiotics.

The best way to optimize your vitamin D levels is to expose large portions of your skin to healthy amounts of sunshine – just enough to cause your skin to turn a very light pink. Your body can produce as much as 20,000 IU’s with this level of exposure on most of your body. After that your body will not make any more vitamin D, and you may in fact cause skin damage if you stay out any longer.

By exposing yourself to the sun, or using a safe tanning bed, you will optimize your vitamin D production naturally, and virtually eliminate the need to do any blood testing.

If you don’t have access to regular sun exposure or a safe tanning bed, you’ll want to consider supplementing with oral vitamin D. Typically the oral doses are several thousand units a day, ranging from 2-3,000 to as much as 10,000 IU’s per day. But if you chose that route, only do so if you’re monitoring your vitamin D levels with a blood test at regular intervals.

These are the simple strategies I wish I knew when I was younger. I encourage you to try them out because there’s a strong probability they will virtually eliminate your acne, and all the associated emotional and psychological pain that so frequently affects those with this condition.

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2011 in Acne, Beauty Tips

 

Banana Mask

1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon pure honey
1 lemon (optional)

Mash the banana in a bowl and add the honey and lemon juice. Mix well. Apply to face and neck. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
After you remove all of the mask splash your face with cool water to close the pores.
Apply your favorite gentle facial moisturizer.

Put the remaining mask in a plastic container and store in the refrigerator for next use. Keep up to one week.

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Acne, Recipes for Face

 

Cucumber Juice for Acne

Cucumber juice is a very effective way to get rid of acne and pimples. You can use it wherever you have acne like your back or scalp. It’s not just for your face.

INSTRUCTIONS
Dark green cucumber
Blender

Peel the cucumber with a peeler or knife to remove the skin. Cut up cucumber and put into a blender. Liquify the cucumber and apply the juice to the acne with a cotton ball. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.

An alternative is to drink four cups of cucumber juice daily for a week. This will purify the blood and lymphatic system, resulting in a clearer skin.

 

How To Balance Your Hormones Naturally

As you probably have guessed the things that you need to change is your diet, reduce stress, quit smoking and start exercising at least three times a week. For easy recipes CLICK HERE.

SYMPTOMS
To read more about your hormones and what the symptoms are CLICK HERE.

WATER
Your body is estimated to be about 60-70% water, so drinking water is very important for your overall health. Make it a habit to drink AT LEAST 8 glasses a day.

To learn how to avoid dehydration CLICK HERE

FOODS TO AVOID
Fast Food, Frozen dinners, Red meat, Bacon, Beer, Caffeine, Coffee, Sugar, White flour, Gluten, Sausage, Licorice, Artificial sweeteners, Trans fats, Hydrogenated oils and High-fructose corn syrup, Milk chocolate, Soft drinks.

Gluten – Many people are sensitive to gluten and don’t even realize it. The foods that contain gluten are White flour, Wheat, Wheat germ, Wheat grass, Rye, Barley, Bulgur, Couscous, Farina, Graham flour, Kamut, Matzo, Seitan, Semolina, Spelt, Triticale, Oats, Oat bran, Oat fiber.

Meat – if you can’t remove meat from your diet make sure you only eat organic meat. Regular meat has hormones and steroids in it which aggravate your hormones.

Non-organic dairy products – comes from cows treated with BGH (Bovine Growth Hormone) and antibiotics. Both steroids and antibiotics reside in the milk and interfere with the female hormonal system.

Soy – is a goitrogen, which blocks iodine uptake in the body. In women, iodine is stored in the thyroid gland, the breasts and the ovaries. Iodine deficiency causes thyroid disorders (including goiters, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer), cysts in the breasts and ovaries, and breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

FOODS TO EAT
Eggs, Flaxseed, Garlic, Wild caught fish, Shellfish, Organic hormone-free/steroid-free chicken, Pumpkin seeds, Fruit, Sunflower seeds, Vegatables including leafy green vegetables, Dark chocolate and Walnuts.

Eating plenty water rich foods is important. It helps hydrate you when you don’t drink enough water.

EXERCISE
Naturally clearing up a hormonal imbalance begins with some sort of exercise program. Even if you are short of time you can always do something as simple as taking a walk in the morning or in the evening. It is best to exercise a minimum of three times a week in order to see results.

REDUCE STRESS
Yoga, Tai Chi, Ultrabath, aromatherapy, hypnosis and guided meditation, or other types of calming exercises and deep relaxation techniques help reduce stress.

SUPPLEMENTS
Take your multi-vitamins every day. Check the label and make sure it is free of GMOs, yeast, wheat, gluten, preservatives and animal products.

100% organic, raw Peruvian maca powder – Increases energy, endurance and stamina in your body. Increases your muscular strength. Increases sexual strength as well and it acts as an aphrodisiac. Helps the body to regulate hormonal processes.

 

Fruit Mask

1 ripe banana
1 apple
1 tbsp. of honey
1 lemon

Mash a banana and grate an apple. Mix together with 1 tbsp. of honey and the juice of one lemon.

Apply to your face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Carefully wash off with a warm washcloth.

Splash your face with cold water to close the pores again.

ALTERNATIVE
You can also do the recipe without the banana or without the apple…just use one of them as an alternate.

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Acne, Recipes for Face

 

Aspirin Acne Face Mask

3 or 4 Uncoated Aspirin Tablets
Filtered Cold Water
Aloe Vera Gel (optional)

Wash face first and dry skin.

Dissolve aspirin in a short glass with a few drops of water. Add a few more drops of water if needed until the aspirin forms a white paste.

Apply the paste to your face on affected areas. Leave on for at least 15 minutes or leave on overnight. Rinse off with warm water or a washcloth soaked in warm water.

ALTERNATIVE
Add aloe gel to the paste for another version of this mask. Cut back on the amount of water to make the paste and include a few drops of aloe gel. The enzymes found in aloe vera help to reduce excessive inflammation and redness, which may help in the treatment of acne. Apply the mask to affected spots and wash off after 30 minutes.

NOTE: Aspirin contains salicylic acid, an active ingedient used in topical acne medications.

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Acne, Recipes for Face

 
 
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