- French green clay
- Bentonite clay
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French green clay
French green clay is a substance that is used for external cosmetic treatments as well as some internal applications by practitioners of alternative medicine. It was used in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to treat a variety of skin problems and digestive disorders.
It is regarded as a useful treatment for stimulating the skin and removing impurities from the epidermis (outermost layer of skin cells). The clay works by adsorbing impurities from the skin cells, by causing dead cells to slough off, and by stimulating the flow of blood to the epidermis. As the clay dries on the skin, it causes the pores to tighten and the skin to feel firm.
Bentonite clay is a natural clay with a fine, soft texture. It comes from volcanic ash. It gets its name from Fort Benton in Wyoming, where it occurs in large amounts. People can also find this clay in other places where volcanic ash has settled into the ground. Montmorillonite clay, named after Montmorillon in France, is the same type of clay.
Some people use it for medical or cosmetic benefits, such as treating rashes and acne or as a hair mask. People have used bentonite clay to remove impurities on the skin, such as oils, and toxins from the body for thousands of years.
Honey long ago claimed the throne as the queen bee of the beauty world. "Honey has natural healing properties," says Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor at Yale Department of Dermatology, particularly for wound healing. It can also promote collagen-building, Dr. Gohara adds, making it a great anti-ager.
"Honey has natural antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties," says Dendy Engelman, MD, a New York City-based dermatologic surgeon.
“With its moisturizing and soothing effects, raw honey can hydrate the skin, leaving it soft, radiant, and glowing,” says Ildi Pekar, celebrity facialist and owner of Ildi Pekar Skin Care. “The sugars in honey act as natural humectants and emollients that increase the water content and reduce dryness in the skin even after they have been washed off.”
Basically, avocados are a nutrition firework just waiting to explode! Not just healthy fats, but also chlorophyll to reduce inflammation, water to hydrate, Vitamin E to promote softness and prevent wrinkles, and gentle fibers that can also help a natural mask made from avocados stick together. Avocados can be applied as a mask for your skin and you can either use them plain, or mix them with other healthy ingredients.
Cucumbers have the ability to reduce swelling and puffiness of the skin. Cucumber slices or cucumber juice can help lessen puffiness while at the same time “waking up” tired-looking skin.
Oily skin and dead skin cells can clog pores and trigger acne breakouts. Cucumbers — which are mildly astringent — may help to cleanse the skin and tighten pores. This may help reduce breakouts.
According to a 2011 study, the antioxidant components in cucumbers may make it a potentially helpful anti-wrinkle ingredient.
Additionally, cucumbers contain both vitamin C and folic acid. Vitamin C has the ability to stimulate new cell growth, while folic acid aids in fighting off environmental toxins that can make your skin look tired or prematurely aged. Combined, these components may help your skin look firmer and healthier.
The cooling and anti-inflammatory effect of cucumbers may help ease pain, redness, and irritation caused by sunburns, insect bites, and rashes.
Cucumbers are 96 percent water. While water alone isn’t enough to moisturize your skin, the juice from a cucumber can easily be mixed with other moisturizing ingredients like honey or aloe vera to hydrate and soothe your skin.
Oatmeal helps to keep skin hydrated. It allows natural and gentle cleansing of skin due to presence of saponins. It provides gentle exfoliation it has moisturizing, soothing, conditioning, and nourishing qualities, significantly improving skin dryness and roughness. It has antioxidant properties. It is suited for all skin types including sensitive and problem skin such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Rich in potassium and moisture, bananas hydrate and moisturize dry skin, making it soft and supple. Banana is a great exfoliator which helps slough off excess sebum on the skin’s surface. It also contains moisture, potassium, and vitamins E and C, which all promote clear glowing skin. Bananas are also known as nature’s botox because they contain super wrinkle fighting nutrients that helps fade age spots and prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming. Bananas are excellent homemade remedies for treating acne and pimples. You can put the inside of a banana peel directly onto your acne to reduce inflammation and destroy bacteria. Whether it’s acne scars, tiny moles, age spots, or just dark spots that make your face dull, you can reduce them by applying mashed banana onto your face. Make sure you do this at least twice a week to see results.
Lemons have strong antibacterial properties. They can also help treat blackheads. This is because they contain citric acid, a natural form of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, so they can help brighten and lighten your skin when used over time. "Vitamin C is a great antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals and boosting collagen production," says Marina Peredo, MD, a dermatologist. That means it can help lighten dark spots.
The citric acid inside lemon juice works as a natural astringent. If you're prone to a greasy complexion, add a few drops of lemon juice to a cotton pad, then wipe it over a freshly washed face to stop oil in its tracks.
You will have the pleasure and benefits of my home made natural yougurt.
Yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, that dissolves dead skin cells. This gentle exfoliation not only helps to create a natural glow and prevent breakouts, but works to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
When topically applied to the skin, a velvety yogurt face mask will help moisturize, fight acne, prevent premature aging, relieve sunburn, and reduce discoloration. Dr. Judith Hellman, NYC Dermatologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital, says yogurt helps to rejuvenate and soften the skin. Dr. Hellman recommends applying a yogurt face mask often and liberally after excessive sun exposure to calm skin. It is also an effective treatment for Keratosis pilaris, and may be mixed with honey for more intensive exfoliation. The dairy staple can also help to ward off skin discoloration and premature aging.