Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DIY Natural Waterproof SPF 45 Sunscreen Moisturizer

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Did you notice that the sun feels a weee bit more harsh? Going outside used to be a fun, carefree activity, but thanks to the growing gap in the ozone layer -- the sun flat out hurts. From the beaming UV Rays, causing skin to feel as though its literally cooking, to the heat rashes, peeled skin or sun burn; getting your daily dose of vitamin D has turned into a hop-scotch game where you must jump in and out of the great outdoors to avoid detrimental effects to the skin.

No matter your complexion we all have to take necessary precaution when it comes to sun exposure. Not only is it best to drink plenty of water, wear breathable fabrics and a sun hat; but it's also absolutely vital to apply sunscreen -- natural sunscreen of course.

According to researchers at Missouri State University... 
"...when exposed to sunlight, zinc oxide, a common ingredient in sunscreens, undergoes a chemical reaction that may release unstable molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals seek to bond with other molecules, but in the process, they can damage cells or the DNA contained within those cells. This in turn could increase the risk of skin cancer."

Which further drives home the point that when it comes to skin protection, natural skin care is the best option. Using natural and whole ingredients will not only protect your skin, but also nourish it as well. The skin is your body's largest organ in which particles applied to it eventually seep into the bloodstream. In similar fashion as an anti-smoking or birth control patch would. Read more about natural ways to nourish skin in my previous post on healthy skin care tips.

In case you're wondering where you can find a natural sunscreen moisturizer, here's a recipe on how you can create your own. You can alter the recipe to best suite your needs:

What You'll Need to Make Waterproof SPF 45 Sunscreen Lotion
3 Tblsp: Butter (raw shea or cocoa) - SPF 4
1/4 Cup: Coconut Oil - SPF 4
2 Tblsp: Aloe Vera Gel
32 drops: Carrot Seed Oil - SPF 35
10 drops: Eucalyptus Essential Oil - SPF 2
15 drops: Citronella Essential Oil (helps repel bugs naturally)
10 drops: Vitamin E
1/2 Tblsp: Beeswax (for waterproofing)
1 Mason jar or empty squeeze bottle (use an old lotion bottle, but wash VERY thoroughly as the chemicals can be difficult to fully remove from the bottle)

It is important to note NEVER to use citrus oils (like lemon, orange or grapefruit) in your sunscreen as this heightens sensitivity to the sun's UV Rays and can cause adverse reactions.

How to Make It Yourself:
1) Melt beeswax in a crock pot or double boiler, 

2) Pour the remainder of contents in a large mixing bowl, adding melted beeswax, 

3) Blend on high speed until what remains is a creamy mixture, 

4) Pour into a mason jar or lotion container and store in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life

NOTE: Without storing in the fridge, sunscreen lotion may last up to 2 weeks or a wee bit longer if you're lucky, assuming it's in a room temperature environment.

SHORT CUT: Personally, when I don't have a batch of natural sunscreen prepared, I add about 10 drops of carrot seed oil to my moisturizer (carrot seed oil on its own provides a SPF of about 35. Specifically, its SPF abilities usually ranges between 30-40 depending on the brand). When I do this, my skin still feels great at the end of the day, no peeling or sunburned skin.

However, if you expect to be in the sun for a long time the above mixture is a better option.

Side note, did you ever wonder what SPF stood for, well it's an acronym for Sun Protection Factor. Now you know!

~ Enjoy!

Monday, July 7, 2014

5 Benefits for Using Jojoba Oil

By Itineranttrader (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

You've seen this ingredient listed in several hair and body products but just not sure what it is, or how to pronounce it even. 

Jojoba (pronounced -- hah-ho-bah) is an excellent moisturizer, penetrating deeply into the skin. It is both non-greasy and nutritive, and here are some reasons why...

1. Mineral Rich - jojoba oil contains iodine (which is attributed to giving it it's anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties), vitamin E, vitamin B complex, copper, zinc and more. It also helps stimulate the body's natural collagen production.

2. Moisturizing -- because jojoba closely resembles your skin's natural oils (a.k.a. sebum), it moisturizes without clogging pores. Its rich moisturizing properties can be attributed to the fact that the oil comes from the jojoba nut and is naturally grown as a wax but melted in oil form.

3. Skin and Hair -- jojoba's anti-inflammatory properties makes it great for skin, which is right in line with its historical uses -- treating skin infections and injuries. Thanks to its rich moisturizing properties, jojoba oil helps lubricate hair, helping to repair damage and split ends. Because it's non-pore clogging, this oil also nourishes the scalp and helps add shine.

4. Eye Makeup Remover -- waterproof makeup removal just got easier when you rub jojoba oil across over your eyelid. Try pouring a dab of jojoba oil onto a cotton swap or Q-tip and wipe away hard-to-remove waterproof makeup with ease.

5. Sunburn Reliever -- this oil helps soothe skin from sunburn, flaking and heat rashes. Gently rub the oil into your irritated skin and enjoy soothing relief.

CREDIT: Flick/Photographer: Ken Bosmo

This shrub grows in desert areas throughout the United States Arizona, Texas, Mexico and California and various locations throughout the world.

Jojoba oil is one of the natural ingredients used in our whipped shea butter, a fast absorbency, soothing cream. Check out some of our other products we have in store, or order online.

- Avec Amour

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Heal Your Organs by Health Ambition

I found the information in the following infographic by Health Ambition to be informative and easily digestible. For those reasons, I'm sharing this infographic with you. So without further chitter-chatter, check it out... 

The Secret Powers of Fresh Juicing: How to Heal Your Organs