Detoxing Skin Care

Personal care items that we use everyday such as shampoos, lotions, conditioners, shower gels, and soaps can contain chemicals like phthalates, parabens, sulfates and even formaldehyde. These toxic chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and stored in our tissues, which can have an adverse impact on health. Studies show that breast cancer patients have increased number of phthalates in the urine. Your skin is the largest organ your body has so watching the topicals, shampoos, and other products you use can help prevent adverse health. Eliminating these sources of chemicals and replacing them with everyday ingredients can keep your skin and body in better health.

Strawberry Hand and Foot Exfoliant

8-10 strawberries (pureed)
2 tbsp apricot oil (may substitute olive oil)
1 tsp coarse salt (such as kosher salt or sea salt)

Mix together all ingredients, massage into hands and feet, rinse and pat dry. Leftovers can keep in the fridge for up to a week

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Cocoa Facial Mask

Helps with dehydrated skin. Sour cream contains fat as well as lactic acid and hydrates as it gently exfoliates. Honey is a humectant that also boosts hydration.

1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp sour cream
1 tbsp honey
1 egg white

Combine ingredients and apply to face. Let dry before rinsing.

Avocado Hair Mask

1 half avocado (mashed up)
1-2 tbsp sour cream, egg yolks or mayonnaise

Combine ingredients and massage into clean, damp hair. Let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water. Treatment can be applied every two weeks  

Remedies for Chapped Lips

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We've all done it. In the winter, your lips get dry. You can't find your lip balm, moisturizer or anything to quench that parched feeling on the outside of your mouth. You stick your tongue out a and moisten your smackers for instant relief. Bad idea! Licking your lips can dry them out even further because saliva contains digestive enzymes that wear the lips' thin skin down, making them susceptible to environmental exposure. But this is just one cause of dry, chapped lips.

Vitamin, iron or essential fatty acid deficiencies can also cause chapped lips as these nutrients are all needed to keep the skin hydrated. Lack of water intake is another common cause of that irritations sandpaper feeling. Make sure to drink the recommended eight or more glasses of water a day to avoid dry lips and skin. During winter, the change in climate condition can also be a factor. Follow these do's and don'ts to avoid chapped lips.

Do eat vitamin A rich foods (carrots, tomatoes and green leafy vegetables) or supplement with Vitamin A.

Don't peel dead skin from lips.

Do keep skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water and using a humidifier.

Don't lick or bite your lips. 

Do apply (paraben-free) lip balm with SPF before you venture outside outside and moisturize before bed

Be good to your chops and next time - resist the temptation to lick your lips and kiss those chapped lips goodbye!

Caught without lip balm?

  • Open a capsule of vitamin E and spread just a few drops over lips; rub the extra onto your hands, elbows or knees
  • Head to the kitchen and apply a few drops of vegetable (avocado, sesame or olive) oil to lips
  • Dab some honey on those puckers - the antibacterial properties will help health and also give you some sweet lips
  • Out and about and desperate not to wet your whistle? Dab a tiny bit of butter or margarine (unsalted, if possible) on those smackers
  • And if lips are causing you pain, try holding an ice cube to your lips to bring soothing, temporary relief