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A Series on Affordable Natural Beauty Tips: #2 Avocado Oil

The super powerful, all natural anti-aging and nourishing moisturizer…

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On Monday I shared with you the Lime and Sugar secret to exfoliation and cleaning the skin, today… it’s all about moisturizer. Don’t freak out when I tell you this, I’ve been applying avocado oil directly to my skin. It’s not guacamole or anything, it’s nice, smooth oil. It feels marvelous.

I have heard many times about how wonderful the following oils are as moisturizers;

olive, avocado, almond, sesame, and coconut… what others am I forgetting?

So, I thought it was about time to put avocado oil  to the test, as we are in Mexico and avocados grow on trees, while looking into and discovering the benefits of its application.

That being said, it is really humid here, so it isn’t necessary to moisturize the skin everyday as I take on a glow the second I wake up. In Colorado? The winter can get incredibly dry, at which point I will definitely use this new moisturizing method on a daily basis. It’s a really simple two-step process:

1) Open the bottle of avocado oil and 2) apply to the skin

Yup!  I have been literally massaging straight avocado oil into my skin. The results? Really nice, soft skin that smells a bit like avocados… Not so bad eh?

Benefits:

Avocado oil penetrates the skin real easily. It is able to reach the deeper epidermis layers and brings with it, all of its super powers.

-Avocado oil has low UV protection. It’s a natural sunscreen! 😉

-Recent studies have shown that the ingredients found in avocado oil can actually help to rebuild collagen in the skin, this means that basically it acts as an anti-aging serum… it plumps up fine lines and hydrates the skin to such an extent it renews itself!

-It’s rich in revitalizing vitamins B, C, D, E, K and, especially, A ( a popular retinol alternative, helping cells to rebuild), as well as potassium, lecithin, and chlorophyll.

-Sterolin. Sterolins are compounds which are anti-inflammatory and they help out the immune system. In the case of avocado oil, they can relieve sun damage and age spots…they can even help diminish some skin conditions like eczema.

Tell me that doesn’t sound delicious. So if you are up for it, try throwing out the store bought lotions for a week and stick with a natural oil (avocado if like) and see what happens! It may or may not be for you but if it works for you, how wonderful to be using a product directly from God’s green earth to nourish your body. No chemicals, no artificial additives, nada nada enchilada.

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A Series on Affordable Natural Beauty Tips: #1 Sugar and Lime

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The last few months I have been experimenting tirelessly with using natural ingredients as cosmetics. As more and more unsafe, unhealthy and unnatural ingredients are found in everything we use from shampoo to face wash, I feel it is more important then ever to start steering away from these products and shifting more towards all natural choices. However, I don’t think it is necessary to spend a fortune on store bought natural cosmetics either… can we get by with making our own? I have been trying myself and have discovered a few things that are working well for me that I would love to share with you. Keep in mind that every one is different and as such, the products we chose to use on ourselves should reflect our own individual needs.

1: In the Shower with Lime and Sugar

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I was upset when arriving in Mexico a few weeks ago to discover that I had left behind my St Ives apricot scrub… devastated actually. It is a great product that I have used since I was a kid and though not 100% all natural, it is a great product that works for me. Exfoliating the skin is an important part of keeping the skin young looking, refreshed, and clean. It is how we remove all the dead skin from our body and make room for the new skin to shine!

I went to a local “phamarcia” here to see what I could find and ended up talking to a really sweet older women about what product to use. I told her I was looking for a natural exfoliator…with out hesitation she said, “Just use sugar and lime!”

She claimed that by putting sugar in the palm of my hand and adding a few drops of fresh lime juice, then rubbing it together that I would have an amazing all natural exfoliant. As soon as I got home I tried it and I loved the way that my skin felt after. By insuring that you remove all the excess sugar with a good rinse there is no worry of aggravating the pores in the skin. All that happens is that the slight abrasiveness of the sugar combined with the acidity of the lime, unite and act as a really wonderful cleansing exfoliator.

So for my first post in “A Series on Affordable Natural Beauty Products” the ingredients and the process is super simple:

Lime + Sugar + gentle scrub + rinse = totally clean and refreshed skin…

Enjoy!

—If you happen to have a natural beauty tip that you would like to share, I would be happy to hear it, try it, and share it! Thank you so much… 😉

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