Today’s Guest Blog is by Juliette Samuel of NYRAJU Skin Care. Juliette is a person who definitely knows beautiful when she sees it. Juliette has had a very eclectic career working in and around the beauty industry. She has worked as an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has also been a Professional Image Consultant.
Currently Juliette works as a Skin Care Therapist, acting President and Chief Nose for NYRAJU Skin Care. As such she is in charge of product formulation and development for all of the skin and hair care products produced for the line.
Juliette is also a member of NAHA-The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, The Society of Cosmetic Chemist and is the Fragrance Editor for BellaOnline. What does that do for you? It keeps Juliette on her toes when it comes to the type of information that she’ll be able to share with you as readers of her blog or articles that she publishes on and off the web.
Beautiful Skin Using Natures Special Gifts
Beautiful skin has always come from within. There is no beauty without healthy looking skin. You are what you eat, this holds true for skin health and weight loss. Nutrition plays an important role in the success of both.
Sooo … as we venture into your kitchen, I have one question for you …
What do honey, avocado, blueberries, cucumbers and strawberries have in common?
Aside from tasting good, they provide great antioxidants and moisturizers for your beautiful skin. And they make wonderful skin care treatments.
But so do shea butter, cocoa butter and mango butter. Let’s not forget olive oil, jojoba oil and grape seed oil. While we’re at it sea salt, turbinado sugar and a few essential oils will add a little seasoning to the group. Now if you blend them together, not all in one product, you’ll get some sultry, sensual, luxurious skin and body care treatments, not to mention skin that’s soft as a baby’s bottom.
When you think of natural skin care products, you don’t always have to venture outside your home. The great thing about these ingredients is that they are either in your pantry and bathroom or you can find them at your local health food store.
As annoying as bee’s can be, they provide you with a great product that’s considered great for you internally and externally. Here are samples of what honey can do for your skin.
Basic Honey Masque
Honey is a great hydrator when applied to you skin. If you put about a tablespoon of honey on your face and neck for 10 minutes it will leave your skin feeling soft and supple after you remove it with warm water and pat it dry.
Honey Masque for Oily Skin
When paring honey with oatmeal it makes a great masque for oily skin. If you mix honey and oatmeal into a paste and apply it to your skin for 15 minutes, the oatmeal will absorb the oil from your skin, without stripping it of its natural essence.
Remove the masque with warm water and pat dry.
Avocado Honey Masque for Dry Skin
1 large Avocado
1 Tablespoon of Honey
You already know that honey is a great hydrator but when coupled with an avocado, it will provide your skin with a rich skin product that will add moisture to your skin as well.
Peel and slice your avocado. Put it in your blender and puree with honey. Gently apply the masque to your face and continue until your masque feels extremely tacky to the touch. Relax and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
If you’re looking for a blissful spa experience for your beautiful skin, try blending your own body butter scrub:
2 tablespoons of sea salt
1 tablespoon of turbinado sugar
1/2 cup of shea butter
1/2 teaspoon of jojoba wax beads
1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
2-5 drops of essential oil (optional )
Place all of the ingredients into a glass bowl and stir. This is not a butter per se, but you would apply it as if it’s a butter. Put your blended treat into a glass or cosmetic grade plastic container that has a secure top. You’ll want to keep it in a cool dry place, your refrigerator is perfect for summer months. The shea butter will melt especially if you’ve used raw shea butter.
The best place to give yourself this treatment is in your bathtub. Standing in your tub, apply your blend from shoulders to feet, then run a warm tub of water. While your water is running you will place your well massaged body into the water and enjoy it’s tranquility for 10-15 minutes. Pop the drain or pull the plug and as the water is taking all of your dead skin cells that you’ve sloughed away, rinse off any excess product or cells and pat your skin dry. Your skin should now feel luxurious to the touch.
Now that you’ve taken care of your skin, one last treat is in order. It’s smoothie time! Strawberries, blueberries, banana’s …Oh My!
Yes, it’s that simple, toss some strawberries, blueberries, a banana and almond milk into the blender and you’ve got a delicious tasting smoothie. Time for you to be creative, Enjoy
Beautiful skin? Absolutely!
honey image courtesy of healthmad.com
avocado and honey image courtesy of handmadespark.com