S50: The Power Of Essential Oils

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What exactly are essential oils?  The oils that have been extracted from aromatic plants.

Essential oils have a powerful and spiritual connection when used.  Perhaps this is the reason why they have had a significant role in our history. Oils have been used and still today in medicine and religion. The oils penetrate deep into our system-the healing begins at a cellular level. Extracting the oil through steam distillation is the process used. Use Extreme caution when purchasing your oils because not all oils are created equal.  Make sure the botanical name is listed on the label to ensure that you are purchasing a pure oil. The label should also list their source and the plant parts used.  The Lavender Spike that I use comes from Spain and the plant parts used are leaves, stems and the flowers. Essential oils should be pure and like everything used in moderation.

Please consult your medical practitioner or Physician before implementing or changing your current health regiment. Never stop any medications without consulting your Medical Doctor. 

Let’s review a few of the most popular essential oils:

Lavender:  A great aid for some for those suffering from insomnia. This is a natural calming oil so it’s great to help you sleep. Place one-two drops on a cotton cloth and place it in the corner of your bedroom. Always test a product for allergy sensitivity.  Remember these oils are quite aromatic so less is more. If you have respiratory problems check with your physician prior to using the oils.  Lavender is also used as an estrogen promoting oil.  This oil has  anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. This is a very relaxing oil and I always have it in my home. I also include it in my first aid kit which I carry with me in my bag. I use it in my homemade Hand Sanitizer and it not only disinfects but smells heavenly! Remember a little goes a long way when using essential oils. You can apply lavender on your feet without any skin irritation. True Lavender, Spike  lavender and Lavandin are the ones most commonly used.

Rose– Extremely high in antibacterial properties. Dull skin is brought to life and makes this an excellent addition to mature skin care. The flower petals are used and has a moderate level of aroma.  One of my favorite for skin care and gentle scent. This oil is VERY expensive BUT well worth every penny.

 Peppermint:   Oil derived from the leaves. Helps you to focus.  Helps in bringing clarity to mind. Great for easing symptoms of sinus condition. Can help relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Increases the oxygen in our blood level by merely inhaling one drop of peppermint.

Tea Tree Oil:  A topical antiseptic and anti fungal.  Can cause allergic reaction. Tea Tree oil kills bed bugs instantly! Plant leaves and branches used. Strong Scent!

ORAC value? What does that mean?  It measures the total antioxidant activity in foods instead of the vitamins contained within an item.  What?! Okay, first of all ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and this is a lab test. It tests the food by placing it in a test tube along with properties that can oxidize the food. So the less free radical damage by the protection of the antioxidants in the food the better for us! The higher the antioxidant capacity the less the free radicals.  Remember free radicals equals damaged cells. Cigarette smoke is a free radical producer and we know that is bad for our body.

Where can you fine these ORAC values? http://www.oracvalues.com

The information provided on this blog/podcast is for personal information and interest. It is absolutely not intended  to offer a medicinal treatment for ANY condition. Please consult your medical professional or physician regarding any health concerns or questions.

During my visits to whole foods I became interested in pure oils.  In fact, it was at whole foods that I learned about lavender spike.  Visit your local whole foods or vitamin store for your essential oils.

Be well and happy.  Thanks for joining me today.  Please feel free to share this information. .

Cieloscent  xoxo

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S48: Evening Skincare Routine For Men.

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1. Wash Your hands first before touching your face.

2. Wet your face with lukewarm water-EVER so slightly on the cool side.

3.  Apply a cleanser in a circular motion to remove all of dirt and grime from the day. Cleanse morning and evening.

4.  You can use a small brush or clarisonic unit.  . Make sure your face is  wet when using clarisonic.

5.  Use baby soft hand towels and pat dry.  hand towels are your best friends in skincare! Use it and toss it in the laundry bin. Always use a clean hand towel. It is so easy to build up “yucky” mold and bacteria on towels hanging around in the bath.

6.  Pat dry your skin! Please don’t rub your skin off.  Be gentle.

7.  Men, you are constantly exfoliating your skin when you shave but you want to get other areas of your skin too.  I recommend that once or twice a week that you use a coarser hand towel and gently exfoliate your skin. You do this by applying your favorite cleanser on the hand towel and in a circular motion cover your entire skin (except your eyes) .  The towel becomes your scrub. Be gentle.   If you prefer you can make your own scrub to remove dead skin cells. ( Listen to message for recipe).

8.  You can spray a little witch hazel with Aloe Vera -Alcohol-free by Thayers. Be careful of your eyes or simply apply with a cotton pad. You can find this toner at whole foods or any vitamin store.

9.  Apply your moisturizer.  Make sure that you select one without the sunscreen because you don’t need it at bedtime. Less chemicals on your skin the better.  Consider using Borage Oil Moisturizer by Shikai- if you have dry skin.

10.  Optional:  You can use a very small amount of pure vitamin E around your eyes for nutrition in this area.  Use a small amount.  It is rather heavy and your eye area is sensitive. You can use this 1-2 per week.

There you have it!  A simple way for our men to take care of their skin too.

Skincare Talk Radio News:  Consider creating a basket or set for your man with all the ingredients needed for his skincare. Include a sunscreen for daytime wear. Sephora has lots of kits right now at a good price-check them out. Macy’s is also running online specials on Clinique skincare kits for men.

Skincare Talk Radio Motivating Moment: We are all aging and all the cosmetic surgery or Bvvffotox can’t stop the aging clock from ticking.  Yes, it’s true that we can prevent premature aging but we all reach the same destination in that gravity wins out at the end.  If you identify ONLY with your outer beauty you will feel lost later in life.  Nourish the beauty from within and cherish it.  The beauty within you will keep you young forever.

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S47: How To Manage Upper Lip Shadow.

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In Summary Show Notes:  (Please listen to show for complete message-NOT all information written on show notes).

The annoying upper lip shadow that makes you look like you have a mustache! It’s gotta go…..now!  Yes, not the most flattering feature of your face but you are not alone.  So let’s look at some alternatives on how to manage this skin challenge. Mostly every woman has taken a look at her upper lip and at one time or another and has noticed at least one hair too many.  Certain skin types are certainly more prone to the shadowing of the upper lip.  In the skincare industry we have a chart that determines your skin type.  You may have heard of it, the Fitzpatrick Scale and it’s based on certain inherited features and your reaction to the sun.  Let me run through these quickly:  (You can hear them during show program). The skin type most prone to the upper lip shadowing or any form of hyperpigmentation  is Type 2 and above but most especially types 3 & 4.

CAUSES OF UPPER LIP SHADOWING: (Please listen to show for full details)

1.  Have you noticed ever since you have started waxing your upper lip that the area is beginning to darken?

2.  Do you use hair removing cremes on your upper lip?  Are you plucking your upper lip?

3.  Do you smoke?  Yes, smoking darkens your upper lip, lips and yellows teeth.  (not preaching here-just the facts).

4.  Threading?  Well, interesting thing about threading is that it does not “darken” upper lip but may give the appearance of a mustache over time because the “hairs” grow in a bit thicker than before.  In threading, hair comes in less or just stops growing in certain areas.

5.  Medications.  Are you taking a new medication?  Are you taking birth control pills?

6.  Sunscreen.  Do you use sunscreen?

7.   Are You Pregnant? The pregnancy mask will involve your lip area.

8.  GOT Menopause? Hormonal changes can encourage thicker hair growth and  and darken your skin.

HOW TO MANAGE UPPER LIP SHADOWING? (Listen to show program for complete message)

1.  Consider laser therapy.  Do your research with the types of laser therapy that best suit your skin! Can be a costly venture and you want to seek a qualified operator to perform laser therapy (permanent hair removal).  Keep in mind, that sometimes hyperpigmentation may actually occur as a result of certain laser therapy procedures!

2.  Stop waxing!  I know this may not make me a popular skincare therapist but your upper lip will be grateful that you followed this advise. Did you know that it also creates wrinkles due to all the pulling of your skin (not good at all nor pleasant).  Stop using the hair removal cremes too!  Hyperpigmentation is inflammation as a result of a skin injury.  There is an increase in the melanin production and this is what causes hyperpigmentation. .

3.  Consider threading because you will be able to manage the hyperpigmentation of your upper lip.

4.  USE YOUR SUNSCREEN especially around your upper lip.  SPF 30. Protect this area.  Baby it!  Melanin production is triggered by sunlight so it naturally wants to protect you from harm by producing more pigments.

5.  Consider adding antioxidants to your diet through supplements and add Folic acid by adding more vegetables.  Drink your water.

6.  Visit a skincare therapist at least once every two months if budget an issue.  I think when one has acne or hyperpigmentation challenges that this is where your skilled skincare therapist can help you manage this skin challenge.  If budget is not an issue then twice a month would be great for your skin.

7.  Check out any side effects that your medications may have that darken your skin.

8.  Use Do it yourself  (check out my DIY programs)  skin lightening treatments.   They work but take time and consistency is key to seeing improvement.

9.  By the way, exfoliate for hyperpigmentation too!  Everything to minimize or eliminate hyperpigmentation areas are all those  things we do every day.  All these deposits into your skin work together for a better “skin”.

Thank you so much for joining me today.  Please listen to our show for complete message.

Be  well and happy.

cieloscent

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S45: Pumpkin Skincare Is A Treat!

Yes!  Pumpkin for your skin! Yummy!  Let me share with you all the benefits that pumpkin can add to your skin.

PUMPKIN is loaded with essential fatty acids! This means glowing skin for you because the enzymes in the pumpkin stimulate cell turnover. Sooo pumpkin (because of the natural enzymes)  will help slough off that dead skin and allow the younger new cells to surface.  What’s cell turnover or desquamation?  Shedding your dead skin cells and replacing them with brand new ones. Pumpkin is loaded with vitamins that your skin craves.  If you have dry, sun damaged skin or suffer from acne pumpkin may be a great addition to your skincare regiment.  By the way,  pumpkin helps with hyperpigmentation because of the vitamin T.  Pumpkin overall is a great healer because of the vitamin content and antioxidants.  I love the vitamin A in the pumpkin because this is a powerhouse in skincare by increasing the production of collagen for a more youthful appearance.  Consider adding pumpkin skincare if you suffer from acne because of its anti inflammatory properties.  Pumpkin skincare products control the oil in our skin and reduces pore size. Pumpkin is a powerhouse exfoliater because of those enzymes they actually behave  as alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) which helps the skin in becoming firmer and thicker.

Okay, ladies and gentlemen let’s make our very own enzyme rich pumpkin scrub.  As always, if you are under doctors care please consult with your primary physician before adding any new regiment. Always skin patch test!

Pumpkin Scrub for your face, elbows and feet

Organic Pumpkin (BPA free liner) 1 can (whole foods brand or farmers market)

Manuka Honey ( Active 16 Plus) 100% raw

Organic Milk

Organic Brown sugar

1.  4-5 Tablespoons of Pumpkin

2. 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar

Mix pumkin and sugar  then add the following ingredients to your mixture and blend together.

3.  1 Tablespoon of manuka honey

4.  1.5  teaspoon of milk

Once blended  try a bit on the back of your hand to check for texture/consistency. If you have sensitive skin then you may want to lessen the amount of sugar .

Apply mixture to clean skin and be gentle.  Apply it in circular motion to cover all your skin EXCEPT your eye area because the sugar granules may find their way in your eyes and they hurt or could possibly injure your eye.    You may have to adjust this receipe to suit your preference but the end result will  be fabulous  skin! Continue with your normal skincare regiment.  This scrub is best used in the evening.

Skincare Talk Radio News 

Probiotics are “live microorganisms” and you may want to consider adding it to your diet AND applying it on your  skin. Why?  Many claim that it reduces the redness associated with rosacea and helps with inflammation of the skin.  Women from India have used tumeric and yogurt  (check out my show on  tumeric mask) on their face for decades. The probiotics that seem to benefit the skin:  Lactobasili and bifidobacterium.

Skincare Talk Radio Motivational Moments

Life events affect our skin! Don’t allow your life challenges to rob you of your inner beauty. It’s so easy to get  lost in our own troubles that we forget to take care of ourselves..  Take time for yourself to recharge your battery by writing, exercising, meeting with friends, a hobby -anything that relaxes you and brings you joy.

Thank you so much for joining me today.  Be well and happy! xoxo cieloscent

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S44: Underarm Rash Question

1.  Have you started waxing? Is the waxing operator using a different type of wax.

2.  Shaving?  New Lotion?

3.  Are you going through some  life challenges creating more stress.? Yes, stress can make you itchy!

4.  Hormonal shifts can make some of us itchy too.

5.   Wearing a different deodorant?

Listen to our program today for complete message.  Always partner with your physician.

Thank you so much for joining me today.  Make it a great day!

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S43: Hand Hygiene

As winter quickly approaches colds and flu season begins to emerge its miserable head.   Did you know that over 200,000 people end up in a hospital room as a result of flu alone each year? My friends, the BEST deterrent to illness is the simple task of washing ones hands-frequently- throughout the day!  Yup! It’s that simple. Of course, you need to take other precautions and even then you just might catch a cold since you don’t live under a rock. right? You do, however, lower your risk tremendously by washing  your hands.

Today we learn how to effectively wash our hands. WHAT?!  Yes, there is a right way and a wrong way to wash your hands.  Who knew?  You will from this moment on.  So let’s wash our hands step by step because this is the best way to prevent the spreading of infections. We are going to remove the microbes from our hands.  We want to protect ourselves, loved ones and others. It’s part of being a responsible  human being.

SOAP and Water is best..

1.  Wet your hands FIRST –

2.  Add Soap.  Plain soap okay.  Nothing fancy.

3.   Wash your hands for 15 seconds.  Get under your nails even your wrists.  Sing happy birthday twice if you are teaching little children.

4.   Rinse your hands with cool or warm water.  Moisturize your skin.  Bacteria can  find itself into your skin through those small abrasions and then into your tissue.  Keeping your hands hydrated by moisturizing is important.

When should you wash your hands-OFTEN!

If you don’t have access to water most of the day then carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Sanitizers are certainly not my first choice but they will due until you get to soap and water. It is very important to make sure when using these hand sanitizers to rub until dry on your skin for it to be effective. If your hands are greasy they will not be as potent and remember that hand sanitizers DO NOT eliminate all the germs.

Always use a paper towel when turning off the faucet and opening the bathroom door as to not re-infect your hands.  Yup! As you can see there is a technique to all this but it works!

Skincare Talk Radio News:  As the holiday’s quickly approach, you may wish to begin stocking up on presents.  here is a great deal from Burt’s Bees. The most adorable and wholesome gift. A $ 55.00 Value for $25.

The Holiday Grab Bag by Burt’s bees.  Great products at a great price.  Just passing along the information-I am not associated with Burt’s bees or any other company that I share with you.   

     Skincare Talk Motivating Moments: 

“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.”
George Bernard Shaw

Thank you so much for joining me.  Please feel free to email me your questions or comments.  It is always my pleasure spending time with you. Make it a great day! Bye for now.

xoxo    cieloscent

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S42: Urea In Our Skincare

Hi Everyone! Maintaining  healthy skin moisture can be a challenge most especially during the winter.  It’s important to recognize ingredients in your skincare that can help keep your skin in balance and healthy. We have spoken on the importance of humectants on this podcast and urea is one listed many labels.  Is urea an ingredient that you’ll be comfortable using?  Although, controversial,  let’s investigate the facts and then each one of us decide.  After all, knowledge is key in making the “right” choices for oneself.   When reading this or listening please be sure to keep in mind that you are in partnership with your medical practitioner.  Do not change or stop any medical regiment in place for you without consulting with your physician.

The amount of urea used is generally anywhere up to 10%  and for many be a skin irritant. Urea is used as a preservative and to soften the skin as a moisturizing agent. Your sweat is mainly water but also  contains a small amount of  urea and it’s function is more so to regulate body temperature.  The body eliminates urea once it’s done with it through urine.  The urea in our skincare is synthetic (man-made) so now let’s talk about urea in our skincare products.

Let’s say we are the manufacturer of a particular skin care product intended to hydrate the skin.   We want a reasonably lengthy shelf-life, the ability to keep moisture in the product and keep bacteria fungus from growing in the product.  Considered a buffering agent and weak acid ( helps in keeping the pH  of product as intended) and a humectant.  It is believed by many to be a carcinogenic due to it’s ability to release formaldehyde.  Even the FDA (when investigating “Brazilian style’ Keratin-based hair straighteners” considers the amount of  formaldehyde found  in the product to be a known carcinogenic.   The urea in our skincare products are suppose to be in small amounts as to NOT be a formaldehyde releaser.  It’s not uncommon to have parabens in the mix of it all when reading the ingredients list.  So what do I think?  It’s a preservative that actually does work in  retaining moisture and softening skin but it is for many a skin irritant and I rather not use it.  I read my labels and try to make intelligent choices If the product is a combination of different ingredients when reading the label, I put it back on the shelf.  It’s that simple for me.

Skincare Talk Radio NEWS:  SHEA BUTTER
Shea butter:  A fantastic moisturizer! Caution:  If you have a nut allergy you may want to double check with your primary physician before  using Shea butter products.  Shea butter (tree nut)  is found in Africa on the Karite Shea tree and it’s loaded with vitamins A, E, F and can be used on Acne or those individuals suffering from Eczema.  It also has essential fatty acids which are power tools of the skin  Amongst,  the many benefits Shea  may also act as an ant-inflammatory most useful in “anti aging” and for acne sufferers.  It hydrates and soothes your skin.  Just a yummy product all around but always skin patch test everything even raw Shea butter.   

Product Line:  Shea Moisture   does NOT use any parabens, phthalates, paraffin, formaldehyde, propylene glycol,  mineral oil, syntheitic fragrance, petrolatum, synthetic color, DEA, nor animal testing.  The palm oil used in their products are fair trade and environmentally friendly. Shea Moisture make every effort to secure that each ingredient harvested for their products is done so with” sustaining nature and our environment”  in mind. 

Skincare Talk Radio : Motivational Moments-

“I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful”- Author unknown

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S41: Eczema Skincare In the Winter

You feel uncomfortable in your skin and you want to feel better now!  This is Eczema Awareness month and today we will address issues concerning Eczema and different treatments that may help you during the winter months.  Eczema is not an easy disease to deal with and those suffering will  tell you that it affects there life on a daily basis. This is an inflammatory skin disease (Atopic dermatitis) and there is no cure but you can manage your eczema.

As we quickly approach the winter months individuals with eczema begin to experience flare ups because of the lack of humidity, dryness in the home (due to heating units) and the colder weather.  All these factors affect the skin and if you are experiencing flu’s and colds then the stress on he body will also encourage a flare up.

What can you do to alleviate the discomfort and manage your Eczema in the winter months?

1.  Follow your medical Rx from your physician/nurse practitioner and apply topical medications.

2.  You need to hydrate your skin more than usual . Your protective barrier is not functioning ( it is not retaining water as it should) at it’s best so you need to help it along to prevent  flare-ups. It is often described the skin is “leaky” meaning that your protection against irritants, pollutants, bacteria, microbes  has been weakened. You might have seen products described as “barrier products” which contain ceramides that replace our natural oils that seem to help. .

3.  Do not use hot water! Hot water dries out your skin.  Soaking your body in warm water for at least 30 minutes is important because it takes that much time to hydrate your skin.  Your best timer are your fingers-they should look “prune”  like and this will indicate you have been soaking the right time and you are done.

4. Emollients are very important to you because they alleviate the itchiness and soothe the skin. They create an oil barrier on the skin’s surface which helps trap moisture (water) underneath.  Consider adding organic oils into your bath  but please no fragrance.  Jojoba oil is really a wax but oh so good for your skin! It”s”oil” is similar to the one that our skin produces and you don’t have that “greasy” feel to it.  Almond oil helps some with the itchiness.  My son found success with Borage oil! They are little black seeds that are pressed for it’s oil which turns out to be an essential fatty acid (gamma linoleic acid) .  One of the best products on the market (in my opinion) and (most especially my son who has learned to manage eczema) is Shikai Borage Therapy for dry skin (fragrance free). It’s an amazing product and I love it! Make sure that you apply your moisturizing lotion immediately after your bath when skin is moist. By the way, Shikai also have a children’s lotions-fast relief for itchy and red skin.   Use a baby soft wash towel to pamper and baby your skin.  Your skin is already irritated and you don’t want to further disturb it. Remember that fragrance for anyone is an irritant most especially for those with inflammatory skin conditions.  Remember stress plays a big impact on flare ups and a nice relaxing bath not only hydrates you but de-stresses you.  Go ahead and place your favorite music in the background and soak for 30 minutes.  Your skin and mind will love it!  Your mositurizer should be one that you like and will use on a consistent basis.   Suggestion:  A soothing warm and relaxing bath twice a day during winter.

3.  Shea butter- so yummy and wonderful for your skin.  It contains Vitamins A, E, and other beneficial vitamins that you skin requires in this time of healing but you must check with your doctor before using Shea butter and anyone with a nut allergy.

Over the counter cremes that your physician may have recommended:  Cetaphil moisturizing creme, Eucerin or Aquaphor.

4.  The larger and thicker areas you may want to include occlusive dressing which can treat moderate to severe conditions. .  Occlusion where you apply a topical product and cover it with a waterproof dressing or plastic wrap may help with absorption but this is designed only to thicker areas of the body. You must do this under supervised care.   Check with your doctor before adding any additional therapy. Itchiness is addressed by hydrating your skin but if it becomes unbearable speak to your doctor.

5.  Check for food allergies. Follow your gut instincts as a parent and monitor your child’s response.   Remember that not all food allergies manifest themselves right away. Milk is quite often a culprit for young children and can make eczema worse.  Consider substituting  Oat milk and read your ingredients label.  Always check with your Physician!

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