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Anti-Aging with Botanicals

Category: Skin Deep
Posted: 2008-01-09 21:04

I want to share with you some great insight from Cindy Butler.
This is truly OutsideIN nourishment!

Anti-aging products have permeated the market place in the last several years. As we all age, our goal is to age gracefully and maintain the healthiest skin that we possibly can.
As we work to repair skin damage from years of living, skin nourishment needs vary from person to person, skin type to skin type. Although most natural anti-aging products do not contain harsh chemicals, we need to be pro-active and understand what natural ingredients are best for our skin, and choose our products accordingly.

A lot of anti-aging products contain botanical oils. What this means is that the skin products key ingredients are made from plants and herbal extracts, oils, fragrances and vitamins. Understanding what the individual botanical oils are meant to do for our skin is key to choosing the best natural skin care products for our age and skin type.

Different botanical oils meet a variety of skin nutrition needs.

As you shop for anti-aging products with a better understanding of what the botanical ingredients are meant to do for your skin, remember to make sure that your product is formulated without mineral oil. Mineral oil is occlusive oil that can interfere with skin functions as well as advanced delivery systems. To fully understand the effects that mineral oil products may have on your skin, try this test at home: take a soda cracker and immerse it in mineral oil for 10 minutes. The cracker will be leathered and hardened, just like our skin.

Botanically based products differ from company to company. The information provided by each company will differ based on what the focus is for the product. Most botanical oils can be used for multiple purposes. Botanicals are also currently not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so care must be taken when entering into this arena. Skin reactions will vary from skin type to skin type, age of the skin, current skin issues, etc. Please be cautious when trying new botanical products and use small amounts until you are sure how your skin will react.

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Osteoarthritis Sufferers

Category: Therapeutic Solutions
Posted: 2008-01-02 10:25

Palma Christi castor oil is the cornerstone of my medicine cabinet. Thankfully, it is growing in popularity!


"I am an osteoarthritis sufferer, and I am aware that many of your readers have written to you explaining a treatment that has worked for arthritic joints in their hands. They have been using castor oil and have gotten much relief."

A modest amount of castor oil (enough to moisten the skin) when rubbed in over the painful joint should be effective without excess runoff. Applied before bedtime will allow more penetration and longer treatment time. For the hands, thin, white, cotton gloves can be worn if so desired.
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