The Benefits of Face Oils

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There are so many benefits for the use of face oils now a days….so we wanted to share just a few with you . We love this article from “Live The Process”  ~ Christina

 

These days, face oils are all the rage, leading countless people to ask me how oils can possibly be good for the face.

We have learned, incorrectly, that all oil is bad for our skin and will clog pores. In fact, it’s toxic oils and creams that are bad for skin. Oils that are rancid or synthetic do not hydrate our skin properly.

Another problem is that many moisturizers on the market contain both water and alcohol, two of the most drying ingredients. While our skin may feel moisturized right after we use them, in the long run, they actually dry it out and create oil imbalance and inflammation. If we use a cleanser or moisturizer that strips our natural oils, our skin begins to overproduce. This creates a cycle that can include overly oily skin, acne and other issues.

Organic, cold-pressed oils like sesame, olive, jojoba and coconut are actually incredibly good for the skin. They are even helpful for acne-prone skin, as they help control eruptions and neutralize toxins that develop both on the surface and inside the pores. In fact, it is becoming quite popular to cleanse the skin with oils, using them to wash the face. These compounds really nourish us.

 

Virgin Coconut Oil is a favorite of mine that is growing in popularity. It is a protective and hydrating oil that can limit the damage caused by excessive sun exposure (making it ideal as an after-sun treatment). As a rich source of revitalizing minerals and nutrients, it nourishes thirsty skin. It contains Medium Chain Triglycerides, which are fatty acids whose esters absorb quickly, helping transport nutrients directly to cells.

Acting as an emollient, it has a softening and soothing effect too. After virgin coconut oil is applied, small wounds—caused by acne or pimples—can soften and heal more quickly thanks to this and its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Actually, almost 50 percent of the fatty acid in coconut oil is Lauric Acid, which can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi. It is also high in naturally occurring vitamin E, which lends additional antioxidants and scar reducing benefits. Many see it as a cure-all solution for most skin issues.

 

 

Oils, like virgin coconut oil, are literally food for our skin…….

 

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Natural Remedies for Eczema

blog     Here are some suggestions for controlling and soothing eczema with natural remedies.

 

Natural eczema remedies often work well to soothe eczema’s dryness, itching, and rash.

“The most important natural remedy for eczema is moisture. Eczema has been called ‘the itch that rashes’ because people with eczema lack the barrier in their skin that maintains moisture,” explains Elizabeth Page, MD, a dermatologist at the Lahey Clinic and an instructor in dermatology at the Harvard Medical School in Boston. “As their skin becomes dry and sensitive, they itch and scratch, which causes the rash seen in eczema,”

 

The cooler temperatures and drier air in fall and winter can do a number on your skin — especially if you have eczema. While cortisone creams are a popular treatment option, there are some natural alternatives that can soothe your symptoms, too.

“Because more people are conscientious about not putting anything on their skin that they wouldn’t ingest orally, and the fact that cortisone creams carry a side effect profile including thinning of the skin, natural treatments for eczema are becoming highly sought after,” explains Benjamin Snider, ND, a naturopathic doctor and co-founder of the Serona Centre for Integrative Medicine in Ontario, Canada.

Here are five natural ingredients that can help ease the painful rashes, severe itchiness, and scaly, red patches that come along with eczema.

 

 

Go for an “Oatmeal” soak.

 

Colloidal Oatmeal is a very finely ground oatmeal powder that can be added to lukewarm bath water to soothe eczema. In fact, studies examining the effectiveness of products containing colloidal oatmeal have found that it considerably improves itchiness and dry skin. That’s because colloidal oatmeal particles help keep irritants out and moisture in, by creating a barrier. “This helps reduce itching, preventing further damage to the skin,” , If you can’t find Colloidal Oatmeal, try regular breakfast oatmeal .

 

 

Herbs

 

Creams and oils made from certain herbs can be gentle eczema treatments. “Calendula officinalis [marigold] has long been used as a topical treatment for eczema,” adding that studies show it leaves skin significantly hydrated. Licorice extract has also been found to be effective in treating eczema and can help soothe itching. Additionally, chamomile essential oil can ease itching, pain, swelling, and inflammation and help ward off germs when applied to the skin.

 

 

Dead Sea Salt

 

The sea can be soothing in many ways, but especially when it comes to your skin. “Bathing in a magnesium-rich Dead Sea salt solution improves skin barrier function, enhances skin hydration, and reduces inflammation in atopic, dry skin,”…. “Magnesium salts, the prevalent minerals in Dead Sea water, are known to exhibit favorable effects in inflammatory diseases

 

 

Coconut Oil

 

Coconut oil, readily available at many grocery stores, can do everything from taming frizz to moisturizing dry skin to calming eczema. “Coconut oil contains an antimicrobial compound called lauric acid, which will help to heal the skin lesions by clearing the bacterial component,” says Snider. When picking up a bottle, look for extra virgin coconut oil and check the label to make sure that no fragrances, flavors, or coloring have been added.

 

 

Aloe Vera

 

Eczema is often aggravated by bacteria called Staphylococcus Aureus, says Snider, and that can slow down the skin’s healing process. Aloe vera, a plant with a gel-like substance inside its spikes, offers antimicrobial properties and can help heal skin when applied topically to manage eczema. Snider recommends applying the gel twice a day to soothe a flare-up.

 

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     ”Enjoy Your Be-You-tiful Skin”

 

 

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5 Coconut Oil Uses for Pretty Skin

550 coconut jpeg blogWe love our 5 coconut oil uses that are so trendy these days. From taming frizz to moisturizing dry skin, this natural ingredient has a wide range of beauty-boosting properties. Talk about natural inexpensive beauty product, that’s right in your cupboard. Heal dry skin, strengthen weak hair and whiten teeth.

Create a spa-like experience at home by whipping up this skin-softening treatment that also contains oats, a soothing ingredient  ..this oatmeal mask is perfect for dry or sensitive skin.

Mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of oats and coconut butter (the solid form of coconut oil) and place it in a reusable muslin bag (you can easily find the bags on amazon.com or etsy.com). Then heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds or until the mixture becomes a thick paste. Add a teaspoon of honey and stir, place mask on face for 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Make a spritz with some cool rose water, let skin air dry.

“The active ingredients from the oats and the coconut oil will help restore your skin’s pH levels, leaving your skin silky smooth.”

Repair Damaged Strands While You Sleep

We love the many beauty products that can arise from one beauty product, coconut oil is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft because of its fatty acid structure. If your hair feels dry or is prone to breakage — which may be the case if you use heat tools regularly — try coconut oil as an overnight treatment.

Before going to bed, apply virgin coconut oil onto your hair.  Rub the oil into the palms of your hands and work your way towards the end of your strands. Follow by brushing with a wide tooth comb, then put your hair in a ponytail or bun and cover it with a shower cap before bed. In the morning, rinse with shampoo and conditioner. 

Raw organic coconut oil is best to use on hair.  Oftentimes it solidifies in the jar, so it’s best to put it in a small microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds until it liquefies.  Let it cool before applying.

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Tame Out of Control Hair

Is your hair a poufy mess in the summer? Use a small amount of coconut oil in your hair for instant control. Apply a dime size amount onto your fingers and then run it through your hair to put frizz and flyaways in their place.

You can also use coconut oil to prevent your hair from frying in the heat. If you’re going to the pool or the beach, it’s best to leave coconut oil in your hair, this creates a barrier between your hair and the drying sun, chlorine, or salt water and keeps it conditioned and healthy.

 

Make Your Mouth Healthier

Have you heard of “Oil Pulling” ? ….  the newest fade in teeth cleaning — try swishing some oil in your mouth for several minutes a day — may have benefits including whitening your teeth and preventing tooth decay, bleeding gums, and cracked lips.

Want to try it yourself? Swish 1 to 2 teaspoons of a vegetable-based oil (coconut, sesame, or olive) in your mouth for 20 minutes, spit it out ,brush around your teeth, rinse with warm water…. perfectly white teeth…and the coconut helps in reducing gum disease.

Prep Feet for a Pedi

Coconut oil contains antibacterial and antifungal properties,  making it the perfect ingredient to use to prevent toenail infections and foot fungus.

Try this treatment for cleaner, softer feet before your next pedicure: Pour coconut oil into an empty jar or small bowl until it’s halfway full, then add 2 tablespoons of honey and mix in 1 tablespoon of sugar until the sugar is completely immersed in the oil, then take a couple spoonfuls of the scrub and work into your legs and feet to fully exfoliate, sloughing away dead skin and smoothing out calluses, cracked heels, and rough spots.

 

 

Written Credit to    with www.everydayhealth.com

 

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Acne Skin Care Tips

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Here are some Acne Skincare Tips , while giving yourself an at home spa facial.  An at-home spa facial shouldn’t take longer than 25 to 30 minutes from start to finish, leading to newly refined skin clarity and smoothness. More specifically, facials can deep-clean clogged pores, keep blemishes at bay for acne-prone skin types, help to fade brown spots and discoloration resulting from acne and sun damage, and deliver intense moisturizing properties to those with dry or dull skin.

Follow a few simple steps for a DIY facial, and you’ll effectively cleanse, exfoliate, smooth, and balance your skin — no matter what your skin type is.

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Step 1: Clean skin with a cleansing lotion (for normal, dry, and sensitive skin types) or gel cleanser (for normal, oily, and combination skin types). Avoid washes with sulfates, as these can dehydrate skin, try our “Moodylicious Sulfate Free Facial Cleansing Wash” , cleaning the skin thoroughly creates a blank canvas for the next product

 

Step 2: Apply a gentle facial scrub to your skin and massage in tiny circles for 30 to 60 seconds. The reason for this  exfoliation is so the scrub can physically lift off any excess dead skin cell. Be sure to use a scrub with round, gentle particles like a natural sugar scrub; avoid scrubs containing apricot kernels or walnut husks, as they can be too irritating to the skin. If you have red, fair, sensitive, or rosacea-prone skin, be sure to use the scrub very lightly when massaging over the skin, try our “Moodylicious Organic Sugar Cane Candy Flavor Mask”.

 

 

Step 3: Rinse your face with a warm wash cloth, then spritz our “Moodylicious Natural Rose Water Facial Toner Mist”, this helps set the skins tone, relieve inflammation and helps in giving pores an smaller appearance.

 

 Enjoy Your “Be-You-tiful”  Skin

 

Some written credit given by Renée Rouleau for www.refinery29.com

 

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Paraben Free Products on Sale !

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            We love having a SALE …

 

School starts in just a few weeks….. shopping for new clothes, backpacks and haircuts. We are having a fabulous Sale on all of our “Paraben Free Gallon Spa Products”, perfect for your hair salon or home use. Our delicious candy flavors , Bubblelicious, Chocolicious, Pina, Colada, Birthday Cake, Candyland, Tutti Fruity, Creamsicle, Raspberry Splash, Applelicious, Strawberry Swirl, Silly Grape …just to name a few.

Weeks of “Summer Weather”, pool water, sea salt water will leave hair dry and course and with the winter months coming, let’s start conditioning your hair with our “Moodylicious Paraben Free Moisturizing Conditioner and Hydrating Moisturizer Hair Mask, leaving hair soft smooth and shinny in just one wash !

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DIY Hair Mask

 

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We love DIY hair care and skincare products, so when we came across this delicious hair care mask treatment for dry hair, we just had to share. This mask is packed with hair- and scalp-coddling fatty acids and enzymes from fresh ingredients such as avocado, olive oil, and honey, this do-it-yourself treatment will bring your hair back to life with plenty of shine to spare.  Or add this hair treatment during a “Fun Spa Sleepover” with a few girlfriends…make sure to wrap each others heads in saran wrap for added fun .

Now let’s get down to the fabulous benefits of all these delicious ingredients…. bananas will nourish your hair and prevent the hair from getting frizzy. Avocado help in hair growth and condition while moisturizing. Olive oil just makes hair healthy and shiner. While honey is a natural humectant, which draws moisture into the hair shaft, while also adding a sheen luster to your hair.. a fabulous hair lightener.

 

Go Banana Hair Mask

Recipe:

1 Ripe Avocado

1 Ripe Banana

1 Egg

1 tbsp. Honey

1 tbsp. Coconut Nut oil

1 tbsp. Olive oil

 

Blend… well with mixer or with a fork, you can add several essential oils to this mask, lavender or peppermint to give an invigorating clean feeling or rosemary or thyme to tone the scalp.

Rinse:…in shower, lightly shampoo and condition…. part hair dry. Let air dry.

 

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Made In America Spa Products

 

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Our Moodylicious Spa Products are Made In America, paraben free, organic skincare and hair care products. We take so much pride that our natural skincare and hair care products are made with love from America!   We love all of our vendors who want to keep supplies made right here in the good old USA !

We have found through our International customers that , American Made Products are in high demand…. and our yummy candy flavor scented spa products are harder to find Internationally.

     So Thank You for Buying Our Moodylicious Spa Products !

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Best foods for skin

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What you put on your plate can impact your skin, so here are some of the best food for skin types of all ages. If you want a smoother, clearer complexion, Jessica Wu, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at USC Medical School and a dermatologist in Los Angeles, encourages you to toss all six of these fortifying Feed Your Face foods into your grocery cart.

 

Tomatoes

Definitely one of your skin’s best defenses, tomatoes contain a powerful antioxidant called lycopene. While studies have not yet been entirely conclusive, many suggest that lycopene may be responsible for helping to protect the skin against sun damage.

Lycopene is best absorbed by the body when it has been cooked or processed, so eating tomato sauce, tomato paste, and ketchup is likely to be more effective than just eating raw tomatoes when trying to safeguard your skin against harmful UV rays. Lycopene is also fat soluble, which means that it is absorbed more easily when consumed with fat, such as eggs, avocado, and olive oil.

 

Red Meat

Sometimes it gets a bad rap, and even though red meat does contain saturated fat and cholesterol, lean red meat is one of Dr. Wu’s favorite Feed Your Face foods because it’s so high in protein and zinc. In fact, recent studies suggest that red meat may be even better at treating acne than antibiotics.

To produce collagen, your skin needs the amino acids glycine and proline, and the protein in red meat has the highest concentration of these two amino acids. The mineral zinc is also crucial for collagen production. “It’s an essential cofactor,” says Dr. Wu. “Without enough zinc, it’s difficult for the skin to make collagen. Plus, zinc is a natural anti-inflammatory.” And vegetarians don’t need to miss out. Dr. Wu adds that high concentrations of glycine can also be found in seafood, proline in cottage cheese and cabbage, and zinc in lentils, kidney beans, and raw oysters.

 

Green Tea

It’s no secret that green tea is an antioxidant powerhouse. Its strong anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects are attributed to its high concentration of catechin compounds. Studies have shown that green tea can be used both orally and topically to help protect the skin from sunburns and UV-associated skin cancers. Research also suggests that drinking one cup of green tea twice a day over the course of six months may actually reverse sun damage and significantly improve any problems you have with redness and broken capillary veins.

 

Green Beans

As long as we’re going green, let’s talk about how these low-calorie beans can help you grow thicker hair and healthier nails. Green beans are a star Feed Your Face food because they’re one of the richest sources of silicon… Dr. Wu recommends choosing organic green beans, since they retain more silicon from the soil.

 

Walnuts

Usually it’s salmon that’s synonymous with omega-3 fatty acids, but did you know that walnuts are also incredibly high in omega-3s? If you’re concerned with redness, swelling, blotchiness, acne breakouts, or wrinkles, walnuts may be your new best friend. Plant-based omega-3s, such as the ones found in walnuts, are naturally anti-inflammatory; they can help seal moisture into your skin and protect it from chemicals and other toxins. In particular, the alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) in these omega-3s can work to combat the dryness associated with aging that leads to wrinkles. But don’t stop with walnuts; you can also increase the amount of plant-based omega-3s in your diet by eating almonds, olive oil, and flaxseed, too.

 

Yogurt

Not only is it the main ingredient in the best smoothies, yogurt is a natural probiotic, which means that it helps replenish the “good” bacteria in your body…. according to Dr. Wu, yogurt is an excellent Feed Your Face food for dealing with acne breakouts, eczema, and even dandruff. Just be sure to choose a low-fat and low-sugar yogurt, since sugar can aggravate inflammation. And if you think your breakouts are related to dairy, Dr. Wu suggests skipping the yogurt and going straight for a probiotic supplement instead.

 

 

 

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50% Off Sale Moodylicious Spa Products

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Get “Summer Pretty Skin” with our “50 percent off Sale” on all Moodylicious Spa Products !…just use our code: Moody50 at checkout !

Enjoy your Summer with Soft Smooth Skin after a little bit of pampering… Invite a few of your girl friends over for a “Spa Party”….

Start with our Moodylicious Mani-Pedi Scrubs…. delicious flavors of bubble-licious, choco-licious, salt water taffy just to name a few of our candy flavors…

Grab a large wide mouth bowl to have your feet soak in, fill with warm water and our Moodylicious Body Wash   …make sure you get a few hand towels to place on the floor under the bowl, and to use to wipe your feet off,  before you put on our Moodylicious Paraben Free Moisturizing Lotions !

Don’t forget to give each other a manicure !……

Bring our Moodylicious Botanical Hair & Body Mist to the pool or beach for that soft “Beachy Wavy Hair”….we don’t put “Sea Salt” in our hair mist, that will just dry out your hair. Our Hydrating Botanical Paraben Free Mist is enriched with Aloe Vera, Botanical Extracts and Silk Amino Acids, rich in proteins to nourish and condition. Alcohol Free, Paraben Free this unique formulation is lightweight and oil free for moisturizing hair and skin. Leaving a fresh scent on your hair ! 

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Remember to keep your lips soft and smooth all summer long with our Our All Natural Hypoallergenic Edible Glitter Lip-Gloss ! Mending Vegetable Glycerin (a natural sweetener) and Natural & Artificial Flavorings enhanced with Vitamin E an antioxidant and skin conditioner. For those lickable moments, we created a safe yummy edible glitter lip-gloss for you !

You won’t be able to order just one of our yummy flavors, such as Bubblegum, Cotton Candy, Grape, Pina Colada, Chocolate, Cherry, Strawberry and Raspberry …our girls are having a ball collecting all of our flavorful Lip-gloss !                                                                                                     

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Where Food Allergens Lurk

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Despite your best efforts to avoid allergens, you or your child could be the victim of a sneak attack. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology in 2007 found that more than 20 percent of food allergy reactions are triggered by hidden allergens.
Allergen exposure can occur from cross contact during food prep, sharing utensils, and even kissing. What’s more, allergens are in many common products you may come into contact with on a daily basis.”People often don’t realize that food allergens can be lurking in non-food items that may trigger severe allergic reactions,” says Vandana Sheth, RD, CDE, a dietitian in the Los Angeles area and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) identifies peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soybeans as the eight most notorious allergenic foods, causing 90 percent of food allergy reactions. The FALCPA mandates that food items be labeled to clearly identify when these items or derivatives are in a food item.
But what about non-food items? Here is where those common allergens may be found.
Peanut allergies account for the majority of severe food-related allergic reactions and are among the most common cause of anaphylaxis-related death.
While peanuts are typically listed on food labels, peanuts, peanut shells, and peanut oil can also be found in a lot of non-food products. For example, beware of beanbags and stuffed toys — crushed peanut shells are sometimes used in the stuffing. Landscaping is another area of concern because peanut shells can be present in compost, potting soil, and mulch. Other items that could trigger a peanut allergy: your pet’s food, sunscreen lotion, fireplace logs, and some types of dental cleaners.

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Tree nuts such as walnuts, cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts can cause anaphylaxis. “Tree nuts and tree nut oils may be found in soaps, lotions, beauty and hair products, shampoo, bath oils, and suntan lotion products,” Sheth says. Be sure to read ingredient labels when choosing new products. If you have small pets such as gerbils and hamsters, be aware that their foods may contain tree nuts, too.

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Milk allergies are complex. There are at least 20 milk proteins that could trigger an allergic reaction — and some of these proteins are used to produce non-food items. For instance, some types of dustless chalk contain casein, a milk protein, explains Sheth. Whey, another milk protein, and lactose, a milk sugar, can be found in common medications such as prednisone, allergy drugs, and others. Certain cosmetics and bath products also contain milk derivatives. Keep in mind that you don’t have to ingest a product to have an allergic reaction — do your best to avoid all contact.

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Egg protein is used as a binder or emulsifier for many products and is in some vaccinations, including flu shots and MMR vaccines. However, these vaccinations have been safely given to people who are allergic to eggs, Sheth says. “Cosmetics, shampoo, and some art supplies may also contain eggs,” she says. Terms such as lecithin, globulin, albumin, silici, simplesse, and vitellin on food and other product labels can indicate that egg protein is present.

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Soy is used to make many different products including candles, crayons, games, cleaning products, inks, pet food, synthetic fabrics, artificial logs, and stuffed animal fillings. When reading labels, be aware of all the terms on a product or food label that could indicate soy is present: soy lecithin, miso, mono-diglyceride, natto, tofu, vegetable oil, vitamin E, glycine max, and tempeh.

Information is key to a healthy lifestyle !

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