Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Bath Pampering Time

Here are some steps and ideas of how to pamper yourself and enjoy a relaxing bath at the same time.

  1. Run the water and add a dash of bubbles.  Also add some bath salts or milk if you desire.  Hop in and lay back for a while listening to the bubbles popping.  Feel free to doze off if you wish.
Bath Pampering Time
  1. Now that you’re warm and relaxed and have let the tensions of the day go – you can begin your pampering routine.  They’re all suggested in a specific order as I’ll explain as we move along.
  1. Wash and condition your hair.  You want to do this before you add other potions to the bath so that the water is fresh and clean, leaving your hair fresh and clean.
Herbal Shampoo Bar
  1. Follow with cleaning your face with a facial cleanser and/or an exfoliate to clean your skin and remove dead skin cells (that die every day and build up on our skin).  Moisturise your face and eyes when you’re finished.
  1. Drizzle some bath oil, massage oil, or place a bath ball into the bath water and let your skin revel in the luxurious moisturising oils.  Rub the oils all over your body to moisturise then lay your head back and relax for a good while letting the oils do their work.  Again feel free to doze off.  (You don’t want to add the oils at the start because oils can reduce the bubbles and would leave your hair oily if you added them before you washed your hair.)
  1. By now the bubbles are probably flat and the bath water is cooling down.  This is the time to get into the nitty gritty before you hop out.  Grab some body exfoliate and massage the granules onto your hips, thighs, buttocks and tummy to promote blood flow to those areas, aiding to reduce cellulite.  Rinse off.
  1. Follow with exfoliating your legs with the same body exfoliate.  If you’re going to remove your leg hair after or during your bath it is best to exfoliate before hand to remove dead skin cells and ease ingrown hairs.
Enliven Facial & Body Scrub
  1. Last on your list are your feet.  By now your feet have been soaking long enough that the build up of dead skin and calluses has become softened.  Go over your feet with a pumice stone (noting the white bits of skin) until your feet feel soft and smooth.  Scrub your toes with a scrub brush.
  1. Exfoliate your feet with a moisturising exfoliate and rinse thoroughly.
  1. Sitting on the edge of your bath, dabble some moisturising Fancy Cuticle Oil over your toe nails and massage into the cuticles around your toes.
  1. Now you’re done.  All moisturised, cleaned and pampered from Head to Toe.
You will find all these products and more at JOLI Natural Skin Care

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba) is one of the best oils for the face.  Jojoba oil penetrates into the skin, easily allowing nutrients and essential oils (ingredients mixed with jojoba oil) to be readily absorbed by the skin.  The fine texture of jojoba oil makes it suitable for oily skin as well as combination skin types and leaves skin feeling soft and silky.

Rich in vitamin E and also containing protein and minerals, jojoba oil’s chemical composition most resembles our own skin’s natural sebum characteristics, making jojoba oil an excellent balancing oil; also beneficial for inflammation and acne.

Jojoba oil offers all day moisturisation and since it resembles the skins natural sebum it is perfect for stopping over-production of oils from our sebaceous glands.

Technically, jojoba oil is a wax and comes from the seeds from the jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) plant and the oil makes up 50% of the seeds weight, so yields are quite good.  Extraction of jojoba oil from the seed is usually done via Cold Press (squashing) the seeds when they are ripe (usually a dark purple colour) to extract the oil. 

JOLI Products that contain jojoba oil:
·         Luscious Body Butter
·         Facial Wash Scrub
·         Fluffy Lime Eye Cream 
·         Fancy Cuticle Oil

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Your Perfume is TOO Strong

* * Some truths about perfume: some fragrances contain animal hormones and many perfumes contain musk from anal glands of deers, and synthetic hormone-like ingredients called phthalates, and parabens, as well as a long list of other 'secret' ingredients. In fact, perfumes and fragrances are top secret and ingredients don’t need to be disclosed. Who really knows what we are applying to our skin? * *

My teenage son started work recently. When he came home after his first day I asked him how it went. The first thing he told me was, “There’s a lady at work who uses way too much perfume. She drowns herself in it and it’s overpowering, and it’s an awful perfume”.

I'm well aware perfume tastes vary, none the less I suggested he talk to her about it, say really nicely that he finds her perfume overwhelming, and ask her if she’ll consider spraying less on. It may have been that the perfume scent appeared awful because of the dose?  I doubted the woman even new her perfume was too strong. Most of us spray ourselves with our favourite perfume only to find moments later we can’t even tell we’ve got it on so we spray more. While to others the scent is very strong and some times can be awful because of wearing too much.

It took a while for my son to approach the woman. I even suggested he leave a kind note on her windshield if he felt too frightened to speak up, still, express how he feels. Some how he managed to find out others had already complained to her about this as well.

He comes home one evening say, “Good news, bad news. Good news, I finally spoke to the woman from work. Bad news, she got really angry.”

No doubt mortified and running on emotion the lady told my son he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, being a male he knows nothing about the correct quantity of perfume to use. She’ll wear however much she wants”. He did notice the lady toned down a little after he spoke to her – however by this stage he had built up a dislike for the scent.

These days we are use to dousing ourselves in fragrance. However, there are cultures out there, such as Aborigines, who don’t understand our need to take it so far and to spray ourselves with strong concoctions – such as perfumes, aftershaves, deodorants, antiperspirants etc. Some believe we should embrace the natural fragrance of men and women.

Of course, women sweat, we exercise, have babies and menopause, we get hot, we smell from time to time.  It happens to pretty much all of us – male and female - and is normal, and there are natural ways of aiding with these situations.
Now think of the above story and picture, instead of a teenager, a newborn baby. You can imagine how overwhelming a scent could be to a baby’s young senses and perhaps the baby doesn’t like being held by a particular person? As an adult we can’t understand why certain scents repulse us – it could be that as a baby we were exposed to an overwhelming dose of that scent.

Some scents are lovely and soothing [like lavender, chamomile, jasmine or vanilla] and bring back pleasant memories when smelt later on in life. Try adding some of these essential oils to water in a spritz bottle and using them on yourself, or as your baby’s room deodoriser. Have a look around for natural perfumes, there are more and more popping up on the market. Use these natural perfumes around your baby and if you have to use regular perfumes feel free to be gentle on dose and gentle on your baby’s new sense of smell.

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Vanilla is a very seductive, alluring scent.  In the olden days women would dab natural vanilla on their wrists and neck to smell enticing for their men; men love the scent of vanilla. 
Vanilla is available in an essence or extract, a fragrance, an essential oil, imitation vanilla as well as the exotic vanilla bean pod.  Whichever way it comes, vanilla is still a very appealing scent that many people still adore today.

These days we tend to reach for the rich smells of decadent perfumes while the humble scent of vanilla is all but forgotten for its seductive properties.  Try dabbing some vanilla on your body or using a vanilla flavoured lip balm and see how your partner reacts to the pleasant vanilla scent.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Finger Nail Facts

Like skin our finger nails are made up of thin layers.  What appears to be one solid matter to the naked eye looks remarkably different under a microscope.  Under a microscope the thin paper like layers can be seen to be quite light and almost flaky in appearance.

The top layer of the nail can suffer lifting, peeling, flaking and separating and once you see the layers under a microscope you can appreciate how this can happen.  Moisturising the nails from the cuticle is highly beneficial to aiding with most common nail ailments, such as those mentioned above, as the cuticle area is where the nails grow from.

Nail breakage is a common occurrence for all manner of reasons.  Using nails as tools, i.e. using the pointer finger to get into groves when cleaning then colliding with hard surfaces, scratching stickers off, picking at our skin.  Perhaps your nails are paper thin and bendy.  This can be diet or stress related or due to certain medicines a person is taking.  Nail breakage is pretty much inevitable for all of us.  Even those with long strong nails have nails break every now and again.

Keeping cuticles and hands moisturised also aids with minimizing nail breakage (assuming you’re not being too rough with your nails), and helps strengthen nails and keep them in healthy condition.  If you picture a green leaf and a dead dry leaf, and scrunching them both, you can image the dry leaf crumbling and flaking into pieces while the green leaf manages to spring back into shape, although maybe someone weakened in parts.  Finger nails are like this. 

Hydrated nails are more likely to spring back into shape than dry nails.  Hydrated nails are more likely to flex lightly when hit as apposed to dry brittle nails that will snap.  Hydrated nails are more likely not to lift, peel, flake or separate from lower layers when moisturised.

Invest in a good quality cuticle oil and hand moisturiser and apply daily to keep hands and finger nails in healthy condition.