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Antibacterial Agents and Microbeads are OUT! Natural and Healthier are IN!!

Earlier this year President Obama issued a ban on all microbeads (tiny plastics that are used as an exfoliant in cosmetics products) in cosmetic formulations. The US ban is to begin taking effect between the beginning to middle of 2017. Earlier this week, the UK followed suit and issued a similar ban on all microbeads in cosmetics formulas.These little plastic beads were banned in the US and then the UK because of their propensity to end up in marine life and pollute our waters as well as endanger our marine life. Score one for a more natural, healthier way to better skincare! There are more natural, healthier and safer for our environment ingredients that can help to exfoliate our skin and keep it looking healthy! One such product is cornmeal and you will find that in our body polishes. Other great, natural exfoliants are sugar and yes, even coffee!

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Our natural body polish uses cornmeal instead of microbeads for that spa-like feel right in your own home! Our Carib Lime Body Polish was even featured in Essence’s 2016 August issue!

Then earlier this week, the US FDA announced that all companies were to remove antibacterial agents like triclosan, triclocarbon, and 17 other chemicals out of their soaps. There was no science to show that having these agents in the soaps did anything for keeping us safe and “cleaner” than just using plain soap and water. The marketing ploy that many of the larger skincare companies has been under review since 2013 and this week the US FDA finally issued the ban on these chemicals. Some of the science may even show that the prolonged use of these chemical agents may cause detrimental harm to the human body over time. Most harmful bacteria can be simply handled with plain soap and water and the mere nature of how handmade, cold processed soaps, and other similarly made soaps makes it very difficult for most of the bacteria to survive once they come into contact with a natural, handmade bar of soap and water. At itiba, we manufacture and create a healthier, safer, more natural soap that does NOT contain any of the 19 dangerous chemicals that the US FDA has recently banned.

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Our cold processed, naturally handmade soaps uses only the best natural and unrefined vegetable oils and butters to provide you with a clean, antibacterial agent free soap which is perfect for both face and body, and even hair!

Summer Time Fine with itiba Beauty

0131_073A0383Summer time is finally here and itiba has everything you need to maintain flawless, glowing skin in the season’s heat and be summer time fine! One of the biggest concerns for many during this steamy season is the appearance of dry skin. Being outside in the blazing sun for hours on end at the beach, in the park or doing other outdoor activities exposes the skin to the harsh elements of the sun. This can cause the skin to develop fine lines and wrinkles while appearing dehydrated, peeled, irritated and inflamed. Couple that with harsh soaps plus extra long baths & showers and you’ve got yourself a recipe for dull, dry skin. How can you avoid the appearance and annoyance that comes along with dry skin? Here are itiba’s four ways to protect and care for your skin from head to toe this summer and keep you summer time fine!

 

  1. Water Does The Body Good

When the summertime heat turns up, our bodies can become dehydrated very quickly. Who can remember to drink water throughout the day when we’re busy lounging on the beach drinking boozy beverages and sugary drinks? However, it’s important to drink plenty of water when the weather is a scorcher to ensure your skin remains hydrated and your energy levels stay high. Give your recommended 64 ounces a fun twist by infusing it with fruits and herbs like strawberries, lemon, mint, lime and cucumbers.

 

  1. Twice is Nice

Washing your face too often is another common cause for dry skin. During the summer, our bodies produce more sweat due to the increase in temperature, causing many to take more showers and wash our faces to rid ourselves of that sticky, yucky feeling that comes with 90+ degree temperatures. Wash your face only twice a day to prevent excessive drying of the skin. itiba’s Midnite Rain Body Soap is the ideal product for facial cleansing due to its detoxification capabilities. For oily and acne-prone skin, our Carib Lime Body Soap will cleanse and clear the skin without stripping it of oils.

 

  1. Cool as a Cucumber

Change up your long, hot shower routine this summer and take a 5-10 minute cool (not cold) shower instead. Hot water strips oils from the skin and the longer the shower, there’s a greater chance that your skin will lose its moisture, becoming dried out and dehydrated. Sooth and nourish dry skin with our Papaya Body Polish! Made with smoothly blended cornmeal, unrefined Shea Butter and natural oils, the luscious scent of papaya nectar will whisk your senses away to a tropical paradise while it gently exfoliates and moisturizes without drying your skin like many sugar and salt scrubs do.

 

  1. Minutes to Moisturize

Time is of the essence when it comes to moisturizing your skin. Be sure to moisturize within 3-5 minutes of taking a shower or washing your face and hands to lock in the skin’s moisture. Always pat your skin dry with a towel after washing your body, face or hands to ensure skin remains damp prior to moisturizer application. For instant relief of dry, patchy and irritated skin, get your hands on our Tranquil Sea Body Butter. Like all of our body butters, its non-greasy formula absorbs quickly into the skin while deeply conditioning and moisturizing.

 

Get your summertime fine by implementing these small changes in your routine. They will make all the difference in the quality and texture of your skin this summer, even all year round! For products rooted in Mother Earth from the teachings of our Caribbean ancestors, use itiba’s skincare line of lotions, soaps, body butters, polishes and more. Made with the natural ingredients of plant oils and butters plus no synthetic detergents or harsh chemicals, each itiba product is carefully and thoughtfully handcrafted in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Discover a new skin care with itiba, a natural skin care company, at www.itibabeauty.com!

Summer is coming…exfoliation made simple.

As part of a project that I have been working on for some months now, where I have experts in their respective fields speak to you about skin care, we are continuing our discussion on exfoliation and today I am so honored to have weighing on the subject one of our own family members, Aisha Massac, owner of Mankind Grooming For Men. She is also a Licensed Estheticians & Professional Makeup Artist based in Washington, DC. So sit back and enjoy the read on exfoliation 🙂 and Thank you Aisha Massac!

Exfoliation made simple

 

What is exfoliation? Exfoliation is the removal of surface dead skin cells, with the ultimate goal being to clear debris and free the retired cells to allow for better absorption, circulation, and brighten dull skin by promoting skin renewal. 

 

These dead skin cells, left on the surface, slow down healthy cell renewal, increase the depth of wrinkles and create a dull, sluggish appearance. The more you effectively exfoliate, the younger the skin looks and the better your skin care products can penetrate the skin.

 

However, too much exfoliation can cause redness and skin sensitivity. You should exfoliate no more than three days per week, as to not cause irritation or sensitive skin. If you already have sensitive skin as well as skin that easily hyperpigments, I would not recommend exfoliating since it can make your skin more sensitive and hurt your skin barrier. If you just HAVE to exfoliate (even outside of my recommendation), use an emollient based exfoliant and ONLY once a week; a light AHA would be a great option being that it’s moisturizing. A great option would be Dr. Perricone’s Advanced Face Firming Activator.

There are two types of exfoliation methods:

PHYSICAL

The most common form of exfoliation is physical exfoliation, which is mechanically removing superficial layers of the skin. This can be done with a face loofah, brush, washcloth, or with exfoliating cleansers. Mechanical exfoliators that utilize abrasive agents with sharp edges actually scrape and cut the skin. Abrasive agents such as apricot seeds (St. Ives being the most popular), granulated peach kernels, corn cob, silica, walnut shells and sugar instituted a major following in the ‘80s, followed by brushes, sponges, and loofahs. These all resulted in pulled, torn, stretched, abraded and traumatized skin that was covered with microlesions. Microlesions can lead to bacterial invasion, further leading to acne and/or wrinkles. Better options for physical or mechanical exfoliation are the Clarisonic skin brush and/or home microdermabrasion device (using aluminum oxide crystals). The Clarisonic has different skin brushes for different types of skin (Acne, Sensitive, Normal), and it allows you to adjust intensity for light or deep cleansing, and to avoid irritation. Other than the clarisonic, a mild exfoliating scrub is a great way to go to get a refreshed and clean look to the skin. An option for a more mild mechanical exfoliant would be almond meal, corn meal, or even baking soda, which can be added to your cleanser.

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A gentle and mild exfoliant, like corn meal, can be found in itiba’s body polishes. Great for getting your skin ready for summer!

  A professional mechanical exfoliant favorite of mine is the Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant, which uses a rice-based enzyme powder, that when mixed with water, activates the papain and salicylic acid. 

CHEMICAL

Chemical exfoliation, in essence, dissolves the “glue” that binds the dead skin cells together. Chemical exfoliation involves applying products containing a form of alpha hydroxy acid and/or beta hydroxy acid that dissolve this “glue” around the skin cells, hastening the shedding of several layers of the epidermis. Estheticians throughout the world have long preferred enzymes for exfoliation such as pineapple, papaya and pumpkin, typically found in a mask form, to exfoliate the skin. These enzymes are natural forms of AHAs. My favorite type of chemical exfoliation is enzyme exfoliating products over the AHA’s and BHA’s. I absolutely love June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque. I also love Jan Marini’s SkinZyme Papaya Mask. Other popular chemical exfoliation methods, found in the skincare world are retinoids. Retinoids are in the same family of Vitamin A and is used to treat some forms of acne, aging, and even psoriasis. Although retinoids can cause flaking, they don’t typically cause dryness – this flaking is the sloughing off of dead cells. Retinoids are also known to cause irritation or sensitivity and must at all times be used with caution in sunlight. *Note: look for retinoids that are encapsulated.Regular use of alpha- or beta- hydroxy products or clay-based masks is of utmost importance to help reduce breakouts and remove dead skin buildup that could clog pores. These are among the most effective exfoliating ingredients. Because AHAs are water-soluble, they can penetrate deeper into the skin’s surface to lift the dead cells. However, caution must be given as they may irritate sensitive skin if used in too high a concentration. On the other hand, BHA (or salicylic acid) is fat-soluble, and doesn’t penetrate below the epidermis. 

**Note: If you have sensitive skin or a skin condition, such as rosacea, eczema, seborrhea, or dermatitis, you may want to consult your doctor or dermatologist to find the most effective exfoliating method for your skin type.

**Note: Do NOT use products that contain more than one of the above in one product

To exfoliate: 

1. Wash your face

2. Take medium to large amount of exfoliant (about the size of a dime to a nickel) and gently apply to damp skin. 

3. Massage the exfoliant over your skin. Never press into your skin – you are not sanding wood! Avoid your eye area, as this is a delicate area.

4. Use a washcloth or damp cloth to wipe clean with warm water

5. Apply your moisturizers and serums. 

 

Written By: Aisha Massac, Licensed Esthetician & Professional Makeup Artist based in Washington, DC

Did you know…

HAPPY FRIDAY FAMILY!! ‪#‎DidYouKnow‬ that you can reduce the amount of breakouts on your face by simply NOT touching your face all the time? Our hands touch EVERYTHING and by proxy, so does our face. Practice using a hand towel or napkin to wipe your face rather than your hands. To help control the amount of breakouts, also try making a lime (lemon if you cannot get limes) solution and rinsing your face with it. The deep cleansing and antibacterial properties of the lime juice help in getting deep into the pores to remove dirt and acne causing bacteria.

HOW TO…make the lime rinse? Simple, you want to start out with about 1 part lime juice to about 1 part water. You can make it stronger if you wish by simply adding more lime juice. But be careful, the stronger it is, the more likely it is to sting. Use this rinse in the morning and then again in the night just before bed time to ensure that the day’s dirt has been removed from your face. And remember, anytime you wash your face, ALWAYS make sure you put back the moisture. So use a light oil to keep your skin healthy and looking young after EACH facial, mask, and wash.
And now you know!

Everything is a CHEMICAL ;-)

A couple years ago I was asked by a customer if my skincare products contained “chemicals”. I get this question quite frequently and decided that I would explain why EVERYTHING is a chemical and what the better question should be is if there are any synthetics in the products.

 

Everything is a chemical.

I just wanted to start with that first. The air we breathe the water we drink; they are all forms of chemicals. A “chemical” is defined as ‘A substance with a distinct molecular composition that is produced by or used in a chemical process.’ (thefreedictionary.com). Where we start to get into issues of “chemical sensitivities” is when we are now moving out of naturally forming chemicals and into what are synthetic chemicals. When we introduce the synthetic chemicals into our products, our food, even our skincare, that is when things can begin to get a little troublesome.

ethos of productsThe skin care products that are manufactured by itiba all use natural, whole oils that are either minimally processed or unrefined vegetable oils. I take care to find quality products and that includes the essential oils, for use in the products. Some products do contain synthetic fragrances, but the “chemical” in them that usually causes the sensitivity and irritation, phthalates, are NOT used when making these fragrances. Phthalates are also not used when making the packaging, so the packaging is all phthalate free. Phthalates are derived from petroleum and are a type of plasticizer used in a range of products, a few of which, like I mentioned earlier, is fragrance and plastic packaging.

“Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are organic chemicals derived from oil. They are the most commonly used plasticizers in the world. Phthalates have been in use for about 50 years, primarily to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) soft and flexible. They are colorless, oily liquids with little or no odor and low volatility. Phthalates are widely used because of their performance, cost, durability, and their contribution to overall product sustainability.

Phthalates are always incorporated with other materials into an end product. They are most commonly blended with PVC resins, pigments and additives to produce everything from textile screen print inks, to PVC flooring and cable sheathing, to life-saving medical devices, such as vinyl blood bags and IV tubing. Not all phthalates are used as plasticizers for PVC. Phthalates keep nail polish from chipping, make perfume linger longer, or make tool handles strong and more resistant to breaking.” http://www.iccink.com/phthalates.htm

The synthetic chemicals that are used, in particular, the preservatives, are safe, paraben free and are not formaldehyde donors. The preservative, Optiphen, is one that is recognized world-wide for use in cosmetics and is considered very safe. The soaps are cold processed. What that means is that other than the heat used to melt any hard oils or butters, no heat is introduced in the process of making the soap. The only heat comes from the actual reaction of the combination of the lye and fats/oils used.

Lye, which is the combination of the sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide with water, is used to make ALL soaps. You cannot make soap without that particular chemical combination. That lye water is needed to start and create the chemical reaction to change natural vegetable oils and butters into a salt, or what is more commonly called a “soap”11377546_337849499672416_583685429_n. That process generates and creates its own heat by nature of the chemical reaction. Only natural, minimally processed vegetable oils are used to make these skin loving, moisturizing, cold processed soaps. At itiba, we do not use animal fats. We believe in using the natural, healthy vegetable oils that offer so many healing qualities when making our soaps. Natural colorants, herbs and clays are also used in the process of creating these soaps. These natural additives add a variety of benefits from exfoliant, to skin loving benefits like Lavender Flower Powder for anti-inflammatory properties, clays and charcoal for detoxifiying and Turmeric for its overall health benefits as well as for color. turm

Also, depending on the time of year, real fruit is also used in the soap making process. Essential oils and/or phthalate free fragrance oils are also used in the making of the cold processed soaps. The oils used are coconut, palm and palm kernel, rice bran, castor, Shea butter and sunflower. Sodium hydroxide is used to help turn the oils and butters into soap.

aloe vera clear gelAloe Vera Juice is used to make ALL the other liquid based products. Optiphen, the preservative I mentioned earlier, is also used to preserve and protect the product from spoilage and mold or bacterial growth. Again, natural, minimally processed oils are used in this process. Avocado, Rice Bran, Jojoba are the oils used for the lotions. The body spray uses Aloe Vera Juice, an essential oil blend and a binder so that the essential oils and water/liquid can relatively stay together and create a light emulsion. Those ingredients are all derived from coconut oils and are non-sensitizing and gentle for many, including those who are “chemical sensitive”.

The butters and polishes use unrefined Shea Butter or Mango butter (depending on the product), organic and natural oils. Stearic acid, a fat which is derived directly from either coconut or palm oil, is used to help give the products a better feel and for stability, especially in the heat that we suffer from here on St. Croix. Natural exfoliants are used in the polish like cornmeal (which is used in the majority of them) or brown sugar which is used exclusively in the Kaya blend. Again, only essential oils or phthalate free synthetic fragrance oils are used in the butters and polishes. NO colorants, other than what is given through the use of the brown sugar or the cornmeal for the polishes, are used in these products. There are no colorants, synthetic or natural, used in the lotions.

So that was the gist of what I explained and needless to say, I gained a new customer. And should you ever have questions about the process it takes to create our luxurious, skin care products, just send an email or leave a comment and I will do my best to make sure that I have an answer for you.

 

Soap: Is Handmade, Natural Soap Really Better Than Commercial Soap?

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Soap is by far the one product that just about all households use on a day-to-day basis. However, when it comes to your skin care, it is very important not to always purchase the cheapest or most popular soap. 11377546_337849499672416_583685429_nDid you know that most commercial soaps are filled with preservatives to increase shelf life and contain some of the very same ingredients you would find in the detergent you use to clean the dishes or  clothing? Not so good at all.  Now, on the other hand, natural, hand-made soaps are quite the opposite.  Natural soaps avoid the harsh chemicals to ensure that your skin remains moisturized and clean safely.  Parabens, which has been linked to Breast Cancer, can be found in regular, commercial soap, but not in the natural soap.  Sodium lauryl Sulfate, a known skin irritant, can also be found in commercial soap, but not in Natural soap.  Take a closer look at the production of hand-made, natural soaps, and you will see that the benefits are plentiful.  Some have argued that natural soaps are too expensive and tend to “finish” quicker than the commercial soap, but of course! Good natural soap has no preservatives or harsh chemicals, does not leave a residue, retains the moisturizing glycerin that commercial soap companies remove, safe for your skin, great for the planet, and so much more.  Do your own research and purchase wisely. #itibabeauty #AllNatural #soaps #ParabenFree #BeautifulSkin #EcoFriendly #HandMade #SkinCare #RadiantSkin #vegan #ecobeauty

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Fight Oily Skin With…Oil?

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Yes…that is correct. The best way to treat your oily skin is to use…oil!

What?! Are you crazy? I am trying to get RID of the oil. NOT add more oil to my already oily skin! I won’t do it!

Ahhh…but  you should. And here is why!

Your skin produces oil to protect and moisturize as well as clean itself. With out the sebum that is produced by the sebaceous glands, our largest organ would not function properly. What we have traditionally done throughout the years, especially those of us with oily skin, is use harsh cleansers and astringents to strip away the oils. So when we go and use these harsh detergents and soaps and strip away our naturally occuring sebum, the skin goes into overdrive and produces even MORE oil to replace and compensate the oil that has been removed.

But my skin feels so icky and tacky and I have dirt all on my skin. How is putting more oil on top of the oil that is there make it any better? Basic chemistry lesson…like dissolves like. Meaning, oil will dissolve oil. It will also clean and replace. So instead of taking that harsh astringent or detergent to remove dirt from your face, take a cotton ball, dipped in oil, and clean your skin. The fresh, clean oil will dissolve the dirty, old oil and replace it with clean oil. Castor oil, which is very antibacterial, is the best oil to use for cleaning your skin. But Castor oil can be overly cleansing and may actually cause your skin to dry out, so you want to dilute it with another oil. An oil that is lighter in weight and not as strong in cleansing as Castor oil. Here comes Jojoba oil (my personal choice). This oil is the BEST oil to use. Jojoba is actually a liquid wax. Much like the sebum that our own skin produces. When it comes to cleaning and replacing the oil on your skin, Jojoba is the best oil to use as it is the only vegetable oil that closely matches human sebum. The following is a list of oils that can be used with Castor oil to help with the cleaning and moisturizing regimen for your skin. You will also see which oils are good for the type of skin your have.

  • Jojoba (all skin types, but very desirable for acne-prone skin)
  • Sweet almond (all skin types, especially oily)
  • Grapeseed (all skin types, especially oily)
  • Avocado (dry and aging skin)
  • Sunflower Seed (all skin types)
  • Olive (all skin types)
  • Apricot Kernel (dry, aging, and normal skin)
  • Argan (all skin types, especially aging skin … very pricey)
  • Tamanu (all skin types … very pricey)

Depending on your skin type, you are going to want to blend one or two of these oils with Castor oil to do your oil cleansing routine. Use the following ratios as guidelines, but keep mixing until you get the right combination for you. So I would recommend that you start with very small amounts at first until you get that perfect ratio!

For Oily Skin, you want to use MORE Castor oil than the other oil. So your ratio may be something like 3:1. Meaning 3 parts Castor Oil to 1 part carrier oil (any of the above oil)

For Normal Skin equal parts Castor oil to any of the carrier oil.

For Dry Skin you will do the reverse of Oily Skin and do 1 part Castor oil to 3 parts carrier oil.

Now keep mixing until you get a comfortable ration. This is on the diluted end but you will know your own skin best and you can mix it up how you like. Just remember, the oilier the skin, the more Castor Oil you want in your formulation. The drier the skin, the less Castor Oil you want in your formulation. A quick note about using this method to cleanse the face. With the first several applications, you will see your face actually look a bit…worse. Meaning more breakouts and the sort. Do Not Worry! This is normal. I remember when I did this years ago…I used only Jojoba Oil. My face broke out and I was freaking out! But after a couple of days it cleared up. Why did this happen? Remember the cleansing action of the oils? What the oils do, especially Castor Oil, is break up the dirt and draw out the impurities in the skin. So while you are starting this method of treatment, you will notice a change in how your skin looks and how it feels as the oils pull out the dirt and impurities. But be strong! The clear, even balanced skin will shine through.

How to use this method to clean the face!

OF course you have now found your favorite blend and ration. CONGRATULATIONS! Now you will begin putting it to you on your skin. The best time of course to do this is at bedtime.

1. You have your dirty face!

2. Rinse lightly with warm water.

3. Take your oil blend and pouring some in the palm of your hand and gently massage into your face and skin in an upwards movement. Do this massage for about two minutes. You can let the oil sit on the skin for an extra 30 seconds to let the oil combination to penetrate your skin and remove the dirt and impurities.

4. Rinse with very warm water. Take your clean wash cloth and soak it in the warm to hot water. Make sure the water is not so hot that it burns the skin.

5. Wipe clean with the washcloth.

You are finished! Remember, when you are first using this method of cleansing, your skin will react funny. It will take some time to get accustomed to and you may find that this is not the method for you. But if you do choose to use this method to clean your skin, you will notice a difference within a couple of weeks. Your skin will begin to balance out and you will see your problems slowly disappear.

Now you can fight or clean your oily skin with…OIL!

This post was put together with information gathered through research, personal use and online research via medical blogs and health and beauty blogs (Crunchy Betty and WebMD)

A Green Treatment for Acne

There are few ingredients, tropical at least, that work wonders for the skin and keeping the face clear as Lime (citrus aurantifolia) and Lemongrass (cymbopogon citratus). If you are from the Caribbean, then you already know about the wonderful, healing properties of both of these magnificent plants. Both are used when treating colds, coughs and the flu. In the Caribbean, limes are combined with honey and taken when you have a phlegmy cough. Lemongrass is taken as a tea and drank when one is suffering from fever (hence being locally called Fever Grass) or as a refreshing hot beverage in the morning. But also, for those in the know, both Lemongrass and Limes are also used as astringents and facial rinses to help regulate and control the oil production on the face and to keep acne and pimples at bay.

 

Limes contain as much as 13 mg of vitamin C per 1.5 ounce of juice. That is 22% of the US FDA RV(Recommended Values). This highly concentrated form of Vitamin C is an important nutrient that is needed for the formation of collagen. Collagen is necessary in the repair and formation of skin tissue. Vitamin C also protects our cells from oxidative tissue damage that is caused by the free radicals and environmental toxins that we encounter daily. Limes contain both flavonoids and Vitamin C, which are both antioxidants, as well as exfoliating and detoxification agents that work together to slough the dead skin cells, rid impurities from the pores and assists in promoting new growth of the skin. Like Lemongrass, Lime is recommended for its astringent qualities which aids in the removal of excess oil from the skin. One component of Lime juice, citric acid, is what helps this very juicy fruit to act as a natural exfoliant peel for the skin. This is what makes Lime juice an excellent ingredient in the fight with acne.

 

Lemongrass is a wonderful medicinal herbal that is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and fungicidal. It is also a great astringent. Lemongrass helps to shrink the pores of the skin as firm the skin. When used in combination with lime juice, lemongrass is very effective as a natural topical application for acne. Lemongrass contains small amounts of Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Both vitamins are also antioxidants and great for skin care, especially for the face. Lemongrass also contains essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5), pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) and thiamin (Vitamin B1).

 

 

 

 

Here is a refreshing mix for you to use as part of your facial daily care.

 

1 small lime

8 oz of lemongrass tisane

 

It is that simple. Simply squeeze the juice from one whole small lime into 8 oz of Lemongrass tisane and use this as a rinse for your skin. The Lemongrass tisane can be made by simply placing the herb in a container with 8 oz of hot water. The amount of herb you choose is up to you. Strain after 15 minutes and let cool before you use. Can be used in the morning after waking and again at the end of the day to help clean and refresh the face.

Another option is to take a small lime, squeeze it into a cup of tepid water, and use that juice to wash the face. Again, this is a very great astringent for the face. Use it in the morning after waking and you can use it at the end of the day to help remove the dead skin cells and help in the removal of dirt and grease that has accumulated over the course of the day. And as always, remember to lightly moisturize when you are finished to help maintain the elasticity of the skin. Follow up with avocado oil (which helps to maintain and improve skin elasticity), rice bran oil or even olive or coconut oil. Your favorite facial moisturizer will be great also.

 

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The information contained in this blog is purely for informational purposes and not meant to treat, diagnose or correct any medical condition. The FDA has not evaluated the information contained herein. Please make sure that if there are any problems, that  you consult a licensed medical physician or naturopath for your medical needs.

What is an itiba woman?

The itiba woman is a natural woman, a caring woman. Not necessarily a mother in the literal sense, but nurturing to herself and to others. Her beauty is apparent not because of her features, but because she just radiates beauty with her smile, her actions. She is sexy and sensual.  An itiba woman is a strong, intelligent woman. An itiba woman is confident in her skin, yet versatile to wear any skin she finds ;-).

An itiba woman is A NATURAL BEAUTY (as we all are, thank you Etta-Lee)! An itiba woman is each and every one of us who welcomes the joys of being a woman and welcomes the challenges because we know we can turn them into triumphs! An itiba woman is

Strong

Graceful

Beauty

Fierce

Loyal

Intelligent

Loving

Sensual

Nurturing

Versatile

Powerful

She radiates

Light

Love

Peace

Beauty

Strength

An itiba woman is in each and everyone of us. When we look in the mirror she smiles back at us and tells us we can do it. She loves being a woman and enjoys her strengths and weaknesses. She knows how to turn those weaknesses into strengths!

She is you and she is me.

She is…Nature. She is…Earth. She is…Beauty!

To Brush or Not to Brush…

That is the question 🙂 I recently responded to a piece about exfoliation and thought “Everything is about the latest abrasive or peel or something. What about a simple brushing?” I do Dry Brushing as often as I can and I love how my skin feels afterwards. It is simple and a nice alternative to using the butters or oils with an abrasive. I am not saying those aren’t great ways to exfoliate but sometimes you just don’t feel like having oil on you.

 

Everyone is talking about the latest, greatest fad in beauty or the latest greatest technology, but sometimes it is the very simple thing that can make a big difference in the appearance of your skin and ultimately in how you feel. Dry Brushing is a simple technique that anyone can use to help with exfoliation of the skin and to make your skin glow and feel smooth. It also invigorates the body and helps with blood circulation to the skin. The best thing about it is that it can be done, of course, without oils and with the right brush, even on the face. You can do this every day if you wish or as little as once a week!

 

Natural bristle brushes are perfect for Dry Brushing.

The best type of brush to use is a natural bristle brush. One made with boar’s hair or even agave fibers is ideal in doing a great dry brushing. The best time to do one is right before you take your shower or bath.  This way, all the dead skin cells that you have released on your body will easily be washed away in the shower. It is very simple to dry brush. First, you get your brush. You can find these in most holistic, health stores, natural skin care stores. You begin dry brushing from the extremities inwards towards the chest/heart. This way it follows the natural flow of blood and also helps with lymph circulation. Starting from the left finger tip, you take the brush and with brisk, circular motions, begin brushing until you reach your shoulder and onwards towards your chest. Repeat for the right arm. Do the same with your feet. With brisk, circular motions, work your way up from your left foot up towards your waist. Repeat with the right foot. Now start at your stomach and again with brisk, circular motions, work your way upwards toward your chest. With a long handled brush you should be able to do your back. A good and effective Dry Brush will take about 15 minutes to complete. When you are finished, step into your waiting bath (best to relax with a nice warm bath filled with your favorite salt, tea, milk or oil) or shower. When Dry Brushing your face, you still want to do circular motions, but not with as much force as you did your body. The skin on the face is much more delicate.

This is the best way to exfoliate without using oils, salts or other abrasive particles. Your skin is exfoliated, your skin glows and you  feel rejuvenated and refreshed right after.