Beauty Basics - Eight Tips For Naturally Beautiful Skin
Not sure what to look for when choosing cosmetics? Need
some advice on taking care of your skin? Here are eight
tips to help your skin look and feel it's best.
1)Select moisturizers made with vegetable oils. The lotions,
creams and body oils that you use should be made with
vegetable oils, not mineral oil. Vegetable oils, (like olive oil,
sweet almond oil, corn oil, etc.) contain fatty acids which
help to moisturize and soften the skin. Mineral oil is derived
from petroleum and does not contain anything that helps to
nourish the skin.
2)Look for herbs and herbal derivatives in your cosmetics.
Herbs and their derivatives (essential oils, extracts,
infusions) contain natural chemicals which soothe, tone
and help condition the skin. Two herbs which are especially
useful in natural cosmetics are Lavender and Tea tree. The
essential oils of both lavender and tea tree are gentle,
3)Once a week soak your feet in warm water, and gently
exfoliate dead skin with a pumice stone. Follow up by
moisturizing your feet with a natural foot oil or foot lotion.
4)Every week soak in a tub of bath salts. Salt, especially
salts mined from the Dead Sea in the Middle East, are rich
in minerals and help draw impurities out of the skin.
5)After a shower or bath, seal in moisture by using a body
oil or lotion made from natural vegetable oils.
6)If you have blemishes and your skin is dry, moisturize your
skin in the morning and at night with products that contain
vegetable oils which are high in essential fatty acids.
Essential fatty acids help to soften and hydrate the skin and
they can also help soothe minor irritations. Vegetable oils
that contain large amounts of essential fatty acids are: corn
oil, sunflower seed oil, safflower oil, borage oil, blackcurrant
seed oil and evening primrose oil.
7)Look for toners and astringents that are made without
ethyl alcohol, rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol. These
ingredients are solvents that are extremely drying to the
8)Every time you wash your hands, moisturize them with a
natural lotion or cream to help them stay soft.
Ololade Franklin publishes Making Good Scents(TM), a
newsletter for people who make their own bath and body
care products. For information about Making Good
Scents(TM) visit http://www.MakingGoodScents.com
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