Friday, 3 August 2012

The Healthy Hybrid- A Life in Transition

Found this on facebook. The above title is the name of her fb page.  Hope it's helpful! :-D
In the past I'd often used asprin masks to deal with breakouts and as a periodic mask to freshen up my skin. It works really well and there are so many variations to this mask. I stopped using when I had kids because it can be flaky and I had concerns about them getting a hold of it. Didn't want to risk Reye's syndrome (info here if you need it:'s_syndrome) because the only time I could seem to do the mask was when the kiddos were up.

Anywho........ With a basic mask or spot treatment, you crush up the aspirin and mix it with a little water to form a paste. I'll list ingredients that I've used in the past as additives to the mask or to be used afterwards.

Jojoba oil- works like sebum oil (the oil our skin naturally produces), balances our sebum oil, is anti-bacterial, helps with acne, prevents moisture loss, works well on wrinkles and eczema, is anti-inflammatory and restorative. (Jojoba oil is not an actual oil but a liquid wax)

Sweet Orange Oil- is used in aromatherapy for its calming properties, detoxifies and boosts the lymphatic system, helps with collagen formation on skin, has anti- inflammatory, sedative, and antiseptic properties, helps with dull skin.

Tea Tree Oil- has anti-fungal properties and is used in the treatment of dry skin, acne, ring-worm, cuts, scrapes, blisters, burns, rashes, oily skin, cold sores, insect bites, warts, yeast infections, lice, cysts, and athletes foot. It encourages healing, and prevents infection. It repairs skin, penetrates well.

Peppermint Oil- applied to forehead reduces nausea, headache, and relief from stress, depression, anxiety, pain relief. The Menthol in peppermint oil is cooling and nourishes and improves dull and/or oily skin. Prevents clogged pores.

Aloe- improves skin’s ability to hydrate itself, great for burns and wounds, allows skin to heal itself.
Stimulates collagen and elastin and helps with age spots, wrinkles and creases. Prevents suppression of skins immune system, protects against UV rays even if applied within 24 hours after being exposed. Aides in the removal of dead skin cells, penetrates well effectively carrying healthy additives into the skin. Helps with joint and muscle pain, arthritis, is an anti- inflammatory.

Vegetable Glycerin – Great for moisture retention, draws moisture from the air into the skin, is a natural preservative and has antibacterial properties.

Coconut Oil –great moisturizer, delays wrinkles and sagging of skin, helps to treat psoriasis, eczema, ring-worm, thrush, herpes. It has anti-fungal, anti-viral, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. When applied to wounds it forms a chemical layer that protects from dust, air, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. It is helpful in speeding
up the healing process of bruises. It is also a stress reliever when massaged into skin.

Honey: a natural antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and superb for healing burns and small cuts. It's also a humectant, which means it helps keep your skin moisturized

Lemon juice: brightens skin, exfoliates, natural source of vitamin C and rich in alpha hydroxy acids, great for acne, age spots and uneven skin tone

Baking Soda: exfoliates,opens pores, absorbs oils, helps balance ph of skin, mild antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

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