Almond and Honey Exfoliant

I love DIY recipes, not only because they are cheap, but you also know the exact ingredients that you are putting on your skin.

After the recent post for almond related beauty recipes, I have one more up my sleeve…

 

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ALMOND & HONEY EXFOLIANT

You will need:

  • 2 or three almonds
  • 1 tablespoon honey

 

Crush almonds (not too fine, enough to exfoliate), I like mine to be the texture of table salt.

Mix well with honey.

Massage gently onto skin. Leave on face for at least 5 minutes.

Rinse off with lukewarm water and in a circular motion.

Voila! Your skin will be as smooth as a baby’s butt. 

 

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The Goodness of Almond Oil

Melbourne’s winter is usually cruel, with icy wind, rain and hail. This year hasn’t been any different.

That’s why we need to take extra care for our skin in these harsh conditions.

Almond oil, which can easily be found in supermarkets and health food stores, is great to use for especially dry skin in winter.

Here are a couple of DIY recipe for you to try.

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ALMOND BODY OIL

You will need:

  • 2 cups of Rose Petals (preferably red or pink)
  • 2 cups of Almond Oil

 

Mix these ingredients in a clean jar.

Let it sit for 2 weeks near sunlight.

Strain and apply to skin.

This makes skin smooth and supple.

Beneficial for dry and flaky skin.

ALMOND BUTTER HAND SOFTENER

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of Almond Oil
  • 1 cup of butter

Mix all ingredients well.

Apply a generous amount to hands before bed.

Cover hands with gloves.

You will have beautifully soft and very well moisturized hands in the morning!

Store any leftovers in a jar.

Refridgerate  during warmer weather.

Benefits of Bentonite Clay

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I came across Bentonite Clay whilst browsing through a health shop near my place, I found it interesting that the contents are so pure not only can it be used as a mask, it can also be ingested  leading to great benefits for health.

You might wonder if someone was crazy if you saw them drinking mud. But this light gray powder is actually just natural clay with a pH of 8.3 to 9.1 which means it is alkaline. Bentonite is composed of  silica, but it also contains aluminum and magnesium, sodium and iron can also be found in it. It’s made from a combination of water and volcanic ash.

The clay’s ability to detox the body has been known for a long time by Native Americans. They were the ones who first started to experiment with the use of Bentonite clay to treat many health problems.

Its highest power lies in its ability to absorb toxins, impurities, heavy metals and other internal contaminants. Bentonite clay’s structure assists it in attracting and soaking up poisons on its exterior wall and then slowly draws them into the interior center of the clay where it is held in a sort of repository. To state it another way, Bentonite is swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound. This happens because the Bentonite has a negative charge while the toxins have a positive charge. Opposite charges attract thus the poisons are bonded to the clay and both are eliminated from the body.

The outside of the body can also be cleansed and healed by Bentonite. A Bentonite clay mask draws excess oils and debris to the surface of your skin, boosts circulation to tighten the skin and stimulate blood flow, and whisks away dead skin cells that can clog pores. You can add herbs and essential to soothe inflamed, painful skin and fight bacteria that inflame clogged pores into blemishes.

It has also been used to treat various skin problems and as an ingredient in detox baths. A poultice of Bentonite clay can be prepared to treat eruptions such as acne as well as various skin rashes.

You can add a little to your morning orange juice or coffee, even into your meals.

Give this one a try. I have been using it for a month, and my skin’s texture is looking much better!