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Why Nature Is The Only Brand For Me
inevitably be phased out by our demands. Join me. The movement is ours to make! Kristin Collins Jackson Bustle contributor Kristin Collins Jackson. Like many of us, Kristin struggled with maintaining , I know that I will never go back. KRISTIN COLLINS JACKSON NAT Sure, my face and my hair still have
For The Love Of Lemongrass
It's DIY Friday and guest blogger Kristin Collins Jackson is back, this time to tell us all about the many benefits of lemongrass essential oil. Kristin shares her favorite DIY recipes incorporating lemongrass essential oil just in time for you to try them this weekend. Enjoy! Xoxo Alexis Lemongrass essential oil is one of the many essentials in my beauty routine. While many folks may be used to seeing this ingredient in a delicious stir-fry, the healthy benefits of this tropical grass can be applied on your bod to solve your beauty woes. I'm a huge fan of using fresh lemons on my face after cleansing to get rid of pesky scars that blemishes leave behind, but squeezing a fresh lemon by hand everyday gets old real fast. Fortunately, lemongrass essential oil is just as versatile and when mixed with the right ingredients it handles dark spots like a boss! Lemongrass is native to tropical climates like Africa, Sri Lanka and India. The essential oil is an astringent with natural brightening qualities, so you can say goodbye to lightening dark spots with harmful chemicals or hand-squeezing lemons. According to sources at Livestrong, the anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties make it excellent at warding off infections. Lemongrass is cleansing because of its antiseptic qualities — which is exactly what you want when incorporating a new ingredient into your cleansing routine. A little bit of lemongrass goes a long way, because of those potent antiseptic and astringent properties, it can be an irritant on your skin, so be sure to mix your lemongrass with your favorite carrier oil and use in small doses. Here are a handful of ways you can use lemongrass to brighten your day...and your skin. 1. Deodorant It took me a while to nail down my essential oils to make a deodorant that would control sweat and odor, adding lemongrass to my natural deodorant has become, well, as essential as the oil itself. 2. Toner Lemongrass acts as a natural preservative and lightener in my go-to homemade toner. This toner can be used after cleansing, before you moisturize, by using rose water, aloe vera, and a few drops of lemongrass essential oil. As with any new recipe, do a test patch on the inside of your arm to make sure your skin reacts well to lemongrass. 3. Brightening Body Lotion I'm all about brightening my skin throughout my skin regimen, as long as it doesn't require any harmful chemicals. I use a combination of mango, shea, and kokum butter with my favorite carrier oils, then I add frankincense and lemongrass essential oil to keep my lotion healing my body throughout the day. -Kristin
Get Your Clay On
Bustle's DIY beauty maven Kristin Collins Jackson is back, and this time she's really excited to tell you about clay. We've all heard of clay face masks, but they are often pricey and full of filler ingredients. Lucky for us Kristin has gotten her hands dirty experimenting with a variety of DIY clay concoctions and we're thrilled to report that clay can be an easy, effective, affordable and fun new addition to your skincare routine. Enjoy! Xoxo Alexis Clay is found nearly everywhere on earth, the United States naturally produces several types including some particularly beneficial for mild skin problems like kaolin, bentonite, and Fuller's earth clay which makes it relatively inexpensive and unless you plan on personally digging up clay to make your own clay mask, it's easy to find. Because of this, I couldn't continue to pay upwards of $60 on a clay mask — instead I spent the last years playing in clay to become, if not a clay genius, then a person who could whip up a clay mask in 5 minutes for merely a few dollars. Since skincare, particularly natural, can be pricy, there is no shame in researching ingredients in the beauty aisle, but you can save yourself money and your phone's data by trading in the public research for a fun DIY clay mask at home. I purchase a few different clays in bulk to make masks depending on my skin's needs and trust me, a bag of clay goes a long way. You don't need a lab, you don't need a doctorate, in fact, you don't even need an apron — a little inspiration will have you ready to book a play-date with clay. French Green Clay I am a huge fan of green clay, particularly when the temperature is rising and my skin starts acting like it needs to produce enough oil for me to repurpose for the apocalypse; green clay is very cleansing and while it's drying properties are great for oily skin types, it still doesn't keep your skin from naturally producing oil on its own, it merely controls the oil production. This clay mask is for just that: with grapefruit essential oil to further promote astringent properties and lavender to calm and balance the stimulating effects of the clay and grapefruit essential oil. Bentonite Clay Bentonite clay has a huge fan base because it works well with oily, combination, and dry skin. Just like its clay cousins, bentonite absorbs impurities and gently exfoliates the skin. During your menstrual cycle, bentonite is a great way to release toxins and I especially recommend it at the onset of menstrual cycle; this is a great time for women to get rid of toxins. Pair it with hormone balancing essential oils like geranium to control those dreaded period breakouts. White Kaolin Clay This clay is great for sensitive skin and not just the ones prone to breakouts or dryness. As the skin ages it becomes thinner and things are absorbed faster through the blood stream, white kaolin clay is gentle enough for mature skin while removing dead skin cells, calming and soothing lines, wrinkles, and overall stressed out skin. I love this mask in the dead of winter when my skin doesn't know if it's dry or breaking out or both: I infuse my clay with hibiscus tea which speeds up cell regeneration and improves the elasticity of skin and to support of the kaolin clay. Black Clay I'll start by saying there are a different forms of black clay; this one by Fig + Yarrow is infused with activated charcoal and kaolin black clay, the combination makes it an exceptionally detoxifying mask that controls oil and breakouts while giving your skin a deep clean. This mask is ideal for oily skin, stressed out skin. To balance the detoxing effects of the clay, I infused it with chamomile tea to keep my skin from getting too excited. -Kristin
Bye Bye Acne: Taking Control of Your Face the Natural Way
That time of the month? Have oily skin? Just found out your moisturizer is full of parabens? Looking for a fun weeknight project? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you NEED to read this piece by Bustle contributor Kristin Collins Jackson. Enjoy!! Kristin moisturizer Each month I'm blind-sided when my hormones go completely bat shit.Mild inconveniences, like "Sorry, we're experiencing train congestion ahead" coming from the train dispatcher, will send me into an internal rage. The sight of a puppy waiting patiently for his owner outside the grocery will have me shamefully swallowing my sobs. A lame attempt to hold onto my last shred of dignity is all that keeps me from sitting next to the dog and whining in unison until his owner returns.Only until the first cluster of hormonal acne appears, does it dawn on me: I'm not losing my mind at all, I'm just getting my period. My monthly visitor has kept me from openly discussing my moisturizer of choice. My skin is already genetically prone to an overproduction of oil. Stress and hormones can easily leave me in the throes of an acne outbreak if I don't keep up with my daily skin regimen. It has taken me years to get my DIY moisturizer down without further irritating those hormonal outbreaks. Before my natural routine, I was told by dermatologists, Neutrogena advertisements, and numerous sites that people with oily skin should stick with an oil-free moisturizer. This proved to be total #beautybullshit when it came to my skin. After all, oil dissolves oil and most carrier oils have the ability to restore and control your oil production to a normal level. A popular site for those of us plagued with acne states that home remedies are not only disappointing, but ineffective and the best option is to research a proven acne medication. No shit. Man-made chemicals are designed to be better than natural alternatives; the research spent to develop spot treatments, cleansers, and moisturizers is EXPENSIVE (it's no wonder that the Economist states that Americans spend more money on beauty products than education). While the research takes into consideration how many levels of each toxin is safe for usage in one particular product, it certainly doesn't take into account all the other products you are using at the same time that have the same toxins in them. A perfect example of this is sunscreen, when you combine it with an over the counter bug spray you are now dipped in toxins. In my opinion? That shit ain't sexy OR safe. Nature does not have the money to spend on research to educate consumers on its products. Large beauty companies can't patent a natural ingredient, such as lavender, because they clearly didn't discover it. Therefore, us natural babes are experiencing a lack of research on natural home remedies that aren't 'scientifically proven'. Oh well, I guess it's up to us to get scientific and do the research! It can be time-consuming to turn your kitchen into a chemistry lab and begin the daunting task of experimenting with oils to determine how they mix together and what other natural ingredients are needed to mirror the results of a chemically based moisturizer. Fortunately, the masses are hungry for homemade recipes and information on how they too can ditch harmful chemicals in their beauty routine. That being said, let's get this DIY Moisturizer poppin'! DIY Face Moisturizer This moisturizer is based on my own facial needs. Got Oily Skin? Do your hormones hate you? Does your skin dry out quickly? If you answered yes to any of the following questions: This is going to keep your skin game while restoring a youthful glow. Let's be real, those oil-free moisturizers are certainly not allowing your skin to produce oil naturally, and dryness is skin's favorite excuse to dole out signs of premature aging. 2 Parts Coconut Oil My base oil for my moisturizer is extra virgin coconut oil;it's definitely one of the heavier oils. I prefer to use the same carrier oil for my hair and skin and it's one of the only carrier oils my hair and skin and agree on. My cleanser and toner tend to be drying, which is great because they are keeping my hormonal acne at bay; that's why I stand by coconut oil for oily skin. It's going to restore the moisture that even natural cleansers for oily skin can strip. 1 Part Apricot Seed Oil Apricot seed oil is seriously nourishing and can provide balance to hormone reactive skin. Obviously, I'm not leaving this carrier oil out of my moisturizer. It's rich in vitamins A, C and E, which is key to restoring damaged skin and reverse signs of premature aging. Those anti-inflammatory properties that apricot seed oil naturally contains that are high enough for us acne-prone folk to use daily. 2 Drops of Lemongrass Lemongrass has joined my list of essential oils I'll never do without; it's a natural antiseptic, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties are going to help your pores stayclean. Since lemongrass is a natural astringent it can decrease the likelihood of future breakouts. BONUS: Lemongrass has natural skin lightening properties that can heal acne scars and sun damage. 1-2 Drops of Rosemary Oil I love rosemary oil for my skin, it has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and moisturizing properties that are known to fight free radicals and protect your skin from natural pollutants that we encounter on a daily basis. A truly effective moisturizer that is going to protect new skin, defend existing skin, and repair dead skin; adding rosemary essential oil into your moisturizer is going to turn a 'decent' face lotion into a powerful one that keep your skin happy and irresistible. The natural SPF of this moisturizer is about 15; if your skin is sensitive to sun, play around with your base oil and get one with a higher SPF level if you have ditched sunscreen altogether. Store it in a cute lil jar at room temperature and you're good to go!! -Kristin
DIY Deodorant
Kristin Collins Jackson is back! This time to talk deodorant. Pretty much all of us depend on it, but it can be tricky to find an effective deodorant that is also safe and heavy-metal free. Lucky for us Kristin has a great DIY recipe that you can try at home. Enjoy! Xoxo Alexis I remember the first time I wore deodorant, my sister had told me that the kids in my tennis camp were starting to talk: I had become smelly on the courts and there was no way she was going to be directly associated with a foul-odor. Since this was coming from someone who had convinced me to sit in our parents dryer while she turned it on, I obviously needed to check with my mother first. It turns out that unlike the dryer, deodorant was completely safe to use and I would not be injured by it. My mother happily gave me my first stick of deodorant and while I upgraded to prescription strength or different antiperspirants, one thing stayed the same: I wore deodorant everyday for over 20 years and it wasn't safe at all, in fact, it was putting me at risk for things like Alzheimer's and breast cancer. Ironically enough, the thing that my teachers in my Catholic school were all in firm agreement over was that deodorant was perfectly safe and we should ALL be wearing it (there were still a few souls holding out in high school) and marijuana would in fact kill us. If Sister Helen was still alive today we would definitely need to have a conversation about where she was getting her facts from. Still, deodorant was one of the last things I parted with as I transitioned into an all-natural routine. I'm not the smelliest of people, but I'm definitely one of the top 5 sweatiest women I know. I tried natural deodorant and it just never worked for me. Even with harsh chemical ingredients in my deodorant I've never been able to wear white shirts more than once. It's actually a good thing that I prefer a slightly goth style since I sweat through EVERY shirt I wear in the summer. Obviously, I was scared to give up my Degree Men's Clinical Strength deodorant. I made excuses to myself and hid my deodorant in my top drawer that holds all my other secrets. You know, the drawer with pregnancy tests, handcuffs, and yeast infection cream. Watching one of my oldest friends lose her battle with bone cancer, and trust me, she put up quite the fight, didn't change my deodorant habits. In fact, it made me justify many of my unhealthy habits. Cancer doesn't have to run in your family, you can be completely healthy, completely all natural, and still find yourself sitting in a doctor's office listening to them give you options on treatment that are in what seems like a foreign language. It wasn't until I found out that breast cancer was IN my family that my bitterness turned into something positive. I knew that breast cancer could affect me simply because I am a woman and I have breasts, but I thought the chances were pretty low considering no one in my family had ever been diagnosed. What I didn't consider is the amount of shitty deodorants that I was putting under my arms for two decades could increase my chances. The closeness of the situation made me shape up. I never found a natural face cleanser that worked for me, but did that mean I kept using Noxzema? No, of course not. I make my own face cleanser and sure, it took a few rashes, a few cystic acne outbreaks, and clogged pores, but soon enough my skin was clear, even, and glowing. What I had to realize about deodorant is that for me, the main thing I was seeking was controlling my sweat glands which had to be overworked judging from the amount of sweating I had been doing for twenty years. After careful research, I have decided that mustard seed is the best thing for my sweaty pits. Next, I needed an oil that controlled odor; baking soda is an amazing base for deodorant, it is highly alkaline, however, throwing our pH level off is another reason why we can become smelly. The good thing is that you can play with your homemade deodorant to balance the pH level by adding more acidic ingredients. Fortunately, lemongrass essential oil controls odor and is low on the pH level in terms of acidity. Now that we've chosen some fun essential oils, let's get started! I base my recipe loosely on a few great natural gurus out there and their suggestions for deodorant remedies. Both Crunchy Betty and Wellness Mama are great places to start. I use equal parts of shea butter and coconut oil for my base, both of these return to solids at room temperature after they are liquefied. I start by cooking these oils down in a sauce pan on low heat (I avoid the microwave because high heat can burn out all those delicious nutrients). Next, I add my baking soda and arrowroot powder. You should play with the proportions of the baking soda to suit your bod's needs, but since my skin has never become irritated or dry from baking soda I like to use about 4 tablespoons and 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder. After I've mixed my deodorant thoroughly, I transfer it to a sealable mason jar to keep it fresh. More often than not, I'm using an old raw honey container or literally anything I can find with a lid. Now that you've made your own natural deodorant you don't ever again have to wonder about what's IN your deodorant, and that feels (and smells) pretty damn good!
DIY FRIDAY: Flower Power
What better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than with flowers! Did you know that you can easily incorporate dried flowers into your beauty routine? Guest contributor Kristin Collins Jackson of Bustle teaches us how with these powerful and oh so pretty DIY recipes. Enjoy and Happy Spring! Xoxo Alexis Up until recently, I had a love/hate relationship with flowers. Flowers served to me as a reminder of pollen, which only leads to itchy skin, puffy eyes, and thousands of sneezes. Now that I've become completely obsessed with using dried flowers in beauty products, those tears from allergies have turned into tears of joy. Of course, before you join me in the throes of DIY flowering, you must makes sure you never use a flower in your beauty products that generally causes an allergic reaction. Once you've narrowed down your flowers of choice, you can get in on all those potent skin benefits. You may be familiar with the benefits of rose essential oil, calendula oil, or even dried herbs such as basil and skullcap leaves. Those same soothing properties of the oils of flowers can be found in dried flowers as well — or example, the anti-aging properties of roses are also found in the petals. There have been numerous studies on the positive impact that flowers have on our minds and healing our bodies and when you apply those benefits topically, the results will have you feeling AND looking naturally beautiful. Be sure to shop for organic flowers because that label will mean your product meets USDA organic standards ensuring the flowers are grown in healthy soils and are free from toxic pesticides, fertilizers, GMOs, antibiotics, synthetic growth hormones, artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. You don't have to be a chemist to come up with an amazing flower-based product that you can use on the regular: Here are just a few ways you can incorporate dried flowers in your natural skin routine. 1. Rose Hair Zinger If you're looking to spoil your scalp and tresses, this flowery hair zinger will do just that. For this recipe, I boiled filtered water and added 1/4 cup of hibiscus, 1/4 cup of skullcap leaves, and 1/3 cup of roses. Strain your tea to remove only the liquid and let cool in a sealable container. Next, add 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar and your essential oils of choice. I like to use clary sage, rosemary, sage, eucalyptus, or lavender essential oils to give my hair extra nutrients and get rid of that vinegary smell. Use on wet hair, massaging into the scalp, and leave on for about 10 minutes before rinsing. 2. Skullcap Rose Coffee Exfoliate Don't waste your leftover flowers from the hair zinger, because adding these petals to a coffee scrub will give you a perfect AM mask to get rid of puffy eyes and fine lines that creep up on you while you sleep. Use a handful of flowers, 1/3 cup of freshly ground coffee, and 1 tablespoon of raw honey and mix vigorously. Apply on damp, makeup free skin and gently massage into the face and neck. 3. Calendula Body Scrub This calendula body scrub is the ultimate healing scrub to make you forget about those harsh winter months. Since dried flowers are exfoliating on their own, I used dried calendula flowers, calendula oil, coconut oil, coconut milk, a dash of citric acid and salt. Mix vigorously by hand and add your favorite essential oils. For this healing scrub, I used geranium, frankincense, and ylang ylang essential oils. 4. Rosy Blush I've written about making your own blush before and truthfully, there isn't one recipe that's going to be perfect for everyone, but there is one ingredient that we all can enjoy regardless of our skin type. Enter dried roses. For my own blush cocktail, I used cocoa powder, acai berry and dried roses to give my cheeks a slightly rosy look sans chemicals. 5. Flower-Herbal Facial Steam The first time I tried a facial steam, I wanted to spend my entire life steaming because that's how hydrated my skin looked and felt. To make a facial steam, you can use any flower of your choice —I used skullcap leaves, bay leaves, and chamomile flowers. Boil water, add your favorite flowers, and let your steam cool slightly. Next, find a comfy spot in your house and place a towel over your head, creating a tent for your face to capture the steam. Enjoy your steam for about 10 minutes and follow up with your favorite natural cleanser. This is a great way to open up your pores and allow the nutrients of the flowers to penetrate deeply into the skin.  
Oh La La, TRESemme Naturals Has Sulfates
It's DIY Friday and Kristin Collins Jackson is back with some advice on how to battle your dry hair blues the sulfate-free way. Enjoy!! Xoxo Alexis For several months, one of my natural hair crushes has been suffering from some seriously dry hair, which means I've been making it my business to find out how we can replenish her dry scalp and get those locks nourished and moisturized. The cold months are coming and fall is the time to get dry hair and skin under control before the air turns frigid and the wind starts whipping. After hot oil treatments and daily doses of water, my good pal was still suffering from dry locks. Just as I was about to throw in the towel and tell her to put her hair in braids for the winter she made a confession: she was using TRESemme Naturals Shampoo and Conditioner. As she g-chatted the words to me, I couldn't help but narrow my eyes. "TreSemme, huh?" To be fair, I had very little knowledge of their "naturals" product line. Could it be possible that a mainstream brand was producing completely natural, toxin and sulfate-free hair products? No, of course not. tresemme Ingredients: Water, Amino Methyl Propanol, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate**, Cocamidopropyl Betaine*, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glucoside, Sodium Methyl Lauroyl Taurate , Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Fragrance*, Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, Ammonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol*, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dipropylene Glycol, DMDM Hydantoin*, Citric Acid, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Organic, Sodium Xylene Sulfonate, Quaternium 80, Bisamino, Bisamino PEG/PPG 41/3 Aminoethyl PG Propyl Dimethicone*, Disodium EDTA, Alcohol, PEG 18 Glyceryl Oleate/Cocoate*, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice Organic, Polyquaternium 7* * Ingredients considered moderate or high hazards by the Environmental Working Group ** Sulfate Clearly my pal and I had a lot of talking to do. TRESemme Natural's collection isn't just pulling the wool over her eyes, it's misleading to most consumers. The word natural has experienced an influx in recent years due to the natural craze from buyers. Most of us are sick of putting expensive products with false promises on our hair just to have a slew of other hair woes that didn't exist BEFORE we used the product. Unsurprisingly, many companies are taking advantage of our ignorance by promoting products with the word "natural" and using a popular phrase "made from natural ingredients." Real Talk: If that phrase is on the label of something you are about to purchase you should ditch it before the check-out line. The problem with the TRESemme Natural's line specifically is even though Ammonium Laureth Sulfate is third on the ingredient list, it is advertised as containing a "lower sulfate" level than their other products, which gives the impression that it is less harmful to your precious hair. For natural hair in particular, any amount of sulfates are the devil, and I mean that literally. Kinky hair is naturally dryer which is why it gives off a matte appearance and sulfates, no matter how much natural oil you are applying, are going to strip your hair of moisture and strength. These ammonium sulfates are essentially detergents that make hair unmanageable and dry: Good shampoos and conditioners do not need sulfates to keep hair detangled and moisturized. Sulfates, which are also used in most industrial and home cleaning products, have been proven to slow hair growth by corroding the scalp and damaging hair follicles— that means if you've already got hair problems then shit is only going to get worse when you use sulfates. After I finished scolding and berating one of my dearest friends, it was time to find a solution. She needed a truly natural product that was going to help her hair woes. I suggested an ultimate deep conditioning mask that she could make with ingredients in her kitchen. This conditioner originally published in Bustle is my favorite deep conditioner. It moisturizes hair like a boss and it's especially beneficial for those windy mornings when you secretly regret letting your 'fro out. Here's what you'll need: 1 extra ripe avocado 1/4 cup plain oatmeal 1 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup coconut oil 2 tbsp vodka 2-3 drops of clary sage essential oil A bottle to house your new deep conditioner First,heat your coconut milk and oatmeal in a saucepan. You don't want to nuke this in the microwave because the high temperature will zap some of the important nutrients.After you've heated your mixture, strain your milk and discard the oatmeal. For this recipe, you can definitely use whole milk or another lactic acid, I like coconut milk because it has a plethora of additional health benefits like potassium AND it's animal friendly. Mash up an avocado separately and add in your vodka, coconut oil, and essential oil. The key to an effective deep conditioner is adding a nice fatty acid, natural nourishing oils, and an antiseptic to avoid oil build-up. This recipe has all of that AND clarifying properties from the clary sage oil. After you've mixed your ingredients, apply your conditioner directly onto your hair, being sure to massage your scalp. If it's not obvious, let me be the one to point out that ignoring your scalp is a likely cause of dry hair and diminished hair growth — a common conditioning mistake that can be easily avoided. If you've got super dry hair, you can apply your concoction on dry hair and then rinse out after 25 minutes. For my fine haired babes, apply this on freshly washed, wet hair and leave on for the same amount of time. Be sure to completely rinse out this conditioner, those green chunks of avocado can quickly turn this heroic conditioner into a hair crisis that leaves you picking out bits of avocado throughout the week. -Kristin
5 Ways To Incorporate Turmeric Into Your #TRUTHBEAUTY Routine
Natural beauty wizard Kristin Collins Jackson is back, this time with some unexpected and incredibly effective uses for turmeric. Turmeric possesses numerous health benefits but can often be tricky to use in DIY skincare recipes. I personally use it almost everyday in food and beverages, but I've always been a bit confused by how to use it in skincare recipes given how badly it stains my fingers when I'm preparing it. Thankfully Kristin has spent a lot of time experimenting with this potent plant and has shared her favorite recipes below. Enjoy! Xoxo Alexis Freshly grated tumeric root. There are plenty of trends in natural skincare that come and go, but there is one ingredient that has a safe, permanent home in my beauty regimen: turmeric has prevented acne, relieved painful cystic acne, and improved my complexion. This popularity of turmeric would be annoying if it weren't continuously saving more faces through at home recipes than botched at home curry recipes. Turmeric never had a bad rap, but turning everything it touches orange often leads people to shy away from this herb without a full understanding of what you could be missing out on. You may know turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, but the main component used to reduce swelling is a unique antioxidant called curcumin. Since it's also naturally antiseptic and antibacterial, you can count on turmeric being able to naturally take care of severe acne and moderate eczema. The naturally brightening properties are ideal for those with pigmented skin that suffer from hyper-pigmentation and acne scars and anyone can find benefits from using turmeric as an exfoliate or reduces wrinkles and promoting a glowing complexion. The most common way to use turmeric is in its powdered form, though the potency of the curcumin can be lost through the process of making turmeric powder, it's still got a bunch of healthy nutrients. The way you use turmeric powder, root, and oil depends on the recipe your making and the intention behind the recipe. Allow me to serve as your turmeric tour guide by sharing some of my favorite recipes! Don't worry, using turmeric doesn't have to result in an orange face. 1. Turmeric For A Body Wash Since I've been soap-free for some years now, I've got lots of practice finding a daily body wash that removes dirt without stripping my bod of its natural oils. Adding turmeric to my favorite homemade body wash has also kept body acne to a minimum. For this recipe, I used 1 heaping tablespoon of raw honey, 1 tablespoon of calendula, 2 tablespoons of chamomile, and a teaspoon of turmeric. Put the calendula, chamomile, and turmeric in a disposable tea bag, and place in 4 ounces of hot filtered water, adding the honey directly to tea. Remove the tea bag after 5 minutes and allow to cool naturally. Store your cleanser in a sealable container with a pump and store in the fridge for future use. Discard after 2 weeks. 2. Turmeric For A Stimulating Exfoliate I'm no stranger to needing coffee in the mornings, most of the time I find when I need a cup of coffee? My face needs a coffee scrub that will erase the appearance of poor sleeping habits displayed all over my face. For this mask, I blended 2 tablespoons of brewed coffee grounds, 1 tablespoon of oatmeal, and added a teaspoon of turmeric. After you make your coffee scrub base, add balancing ingredients like milk, brewed herbs, or honey to loosen the consistency of the scrub, you don't want a harsh exfoliate that will irritate your skin. Apply your mask on makeup free skin and rinse with lukewarm water. 3. Turmeric To Fight Cystic Acne I like to believe that cystic acne is in my past, but those hormonal outbreaks will creep up if I'm overindulging in sugar or dairy. One of my accomplices for these outbreaks is this turmeric mask because it's antibacterial, sloths off dead skin cells, and can stop the cyst before it becomes painfully inflamed and scarred. For this mask, I use a combination of baking soda, raw honey, turmeric, and apple cider vinegar. For my 5oz container, I used a tablespoon of ACV, 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder, 2 ounces of raw honey. I add enough baking soda to make a thick paste, which was about 2 ounces. Since baking soda is very alkalizing, start with an ounce and test it out first. This recipe is to control oil build-up and combat cysts, those with dry skin may want to use only 1 tablespoon of baking soda. 4. Turmeric To Brighten Teeth It may seem odd that something notorious for turning your hands orange could brighten your teeth, but trust me, turmeric is even recommended by some dentists as a natural remedy for your pearly whites. I made a toothpaste with turmeric recently and my roomie and I couldn't believe how slick and white our teeth felt, it actually made our teeth feel even cleaner than the natural brands we had been purchasing. You can incorporate it in your favorite natural toothpaste recipe or use it solely for its whitening properties using equal parts coconut oil and baking soda and 2 parts turmeric. 5. Turmeric Body Butter For Dry Skin Having a few clients with eczema means I'm always on the look-out for natural ingredients that can moisturize the skin while alleviating painful inflammation. This simple body butter only involves 2 ingredients: turmeric oil and shea butter. As I mentioned above, turmeric root preserves many of the important antioxidants and turmeric oil gets bonus points for not being as messy or as staining as its powdered counterpart. Add 3 ounces of shea butter and 1 ounce of turmeric oil in a blender and you've got yourself a homemade butter that lasts.
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