5 Amazing Uses for Body Powder

Body powder is a multifaceted tool.  MacGuyver should always carry some on him because of its many uses.  Today we’re going to show you five ways to use body powder to keep yourself, and your clothing, fresh.

Control Face Shine

img_0018If you have oily skin, then you battle shine throughout the day.  You may be able to signal low-flying aircraft with the reflection from your face, but its embarrassing outside of survival situations.  Take a little body powder and lightly dust your forehead, nose, or wherever else there is a buildup of shine to remove that greasy complexion.

Remove Grease Stains

Speaking of removing oil, you can use body powder to remove grease stains from your clothes.  When you spill a little grease on your shirt during lunch, cover it in body powder and let it sit for a few minutes.  Once the powder has absorbed the oil, just wipe it off.

Prevent Chafing

Oh the irritating redness of chafed thighs!  How we loathe thee.  Well, dust some body powder on your inner thighs for a friction free feeling.  If it works for babie’s butts, it’ll work for you, too.

Freshen Shoes

img_0019What’s that smell?  Is it the dog?  Is it the cat’s litter box?  No, it your shoes!  Put a layer of body powder inside them and let it sit for an hour before dumping it out.  It will absorb moisture that leads to smelly bacteria and give your shoes a pleasing odor.

Make Deodorant

Do you dislike antiperspirant?  Does deodorant sting?  Then, dust your armpits with some body powder and enjoy the fresh, soothing feeling of stink-free pits.

Natural Body Powder

img_0017Here at Kaiya Naturals we make body powder in a natural way to keep you cool and dry.  Made with powdered plant roots and white koalin clay it is safe and effective.  Each ingredient is packed with natural freshening abilities.  Arrowroot is known for its drying and absorbent abilities. Its anti-inflammatory properties help it work as an antiseptic which helps irritated skin (i.e. rashes, burns, sores).  Comfrey Root is rich in Allantoin, which is a skin conditioning agent that is also soothing. Marshmallow Root helps with inflammation and chapped skin.  White Kaolin Clay is the mildest of all clays, and known to reduce inflammation.

img_0020We offer three different body powders.  Our Flower Power Body Powder has a blend of essentials oils that are uplifting and energizing.  Higher Power Body Powder has a blend that is grounding and balancing.  Baby Power Body Powder is designed to be gentle with a light sweet orange aroma.  Get yours today at www.KaiyaNaturals.com.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

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How to Supercharge Your Clay Face Mask

Clay face masks are great for unclogging pores.  Most of the time, the clay is mixed with water.  However, you can give it super powers to do more than just unclog pores by mixing clay with yummy things like yogurt, honey, or even watermelon.  Read on to find out the unexpected benefits of each.

Yogurt

Mixing clay with yogurt turns your mask into an anti-aging powerhouse.  That’s because yogurt is full of lactic acid, which helps to dissolve dead skin cells, tighten skin, and reduce discoloration.

yogurt_cup_500x500The lactic acid  in yogurt also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help it kill P. acnes bacteria.  Add that to the abilities we mentioned above and you’ve got a mighty acne fighter.

However, just any yogurt won’t do.  It needs to have live active cultures because this enhances the antibacterial properties of yogurt.  It should also be thick, like greek yogurt, so that it doesn’t run off of your face.  To find out which brands of greek yogurt contain live active cultures, click here.

Honey

Honey is one of nature’s miracles.  It is antibacterial, loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and natural enzymes that nourish the skin from the inside out, and it is also a strong wound healer.  Because of this, adding honey to your mask is great to combat acne.

umf-10However, not all honey is created equal.  Manuka honey, from New Zealand, has up to four times the amounts of nutrients as regular flower honey, giving it superior antibacterial properties.  The varying levels of nutrients in Manuka honey has led to a rating system known as the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF).  You should use a honey with a A UMF of 10, or more.  If you are unable to purchase Manuka honey, use a filtered organic honey.

Watermelon

watermelon_png2654Watermelon is a rich source of antioxidants including Lycopene, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C.  This makes them a natural anti-aging compound.  Vitamin A also makes watermelon a natural way to remove oil.  Be sure to use the fruit, and not watermelon juice, to get these wonderful benefits.  While you could just rub a slice of watermelon on your skin, try mashing the red fruit and adding it to clay.  Just be sure to remove the seeds first.

Which Clay Should I Use?

Many clay masks come premixed with water.  Try to find a dry mask that you can mix at home.  Kaiya Naturals has three different dry masks that are perfect for this.  Mix the dry clay mask with the liquid of your choice in a 1:2 ratio (one part liquid to two parts clay).

If you are looking for your mask to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, use the Chickie Gold Mud Mask with either yogurt, or watermelon.  If you are looking for a mask to help unclog pores and control acne, use the Seedalina Mud Mask with honey.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

Is “Natural” Better?

It is something that I hear all the time, “Natural is better!”   But, is it really?  We make natural skin care products here at Kaiya Naturals.  So, naturally, we have a financial interest in the answer being a strong “yes”.  Lucky for us, the natural/organic trend is the fastest growing trend in many industries, including the skin care industry.  When I go around asking, “Why is natural better?” the response is almost always the same, “Because it is!”  What this tells me is that this notion is a core belief.

Core beliefs are thoughts and assumptions we hold about ourselves, others, and the world around us.  They are deep-seated beliefs which often go unrecognised and yet they constantly affect our lives.[1]  However, sometimes core beliefs are incorrect.  Could the core belief that “natural is better” be wrong?

Define “Natural”

Before we can answer the question of whether “natural” is better, we must first define what we mean by it.  If we agree to follow the Oxford English Dictionary definition we come up with:

Nat·u·ral (adj):

1. Existing in or derived from nature; not made or caused by humankind.

1.1 Having had a minimum of processing or preservative treatment.[2]

Our question then becomes:

Is something that is derived from nature and minimally processed or preserved, better than something that is made by humankind, and/or given more than a minimum amount of processing or preservative treatment?

To answer this we must determine if there are instances where “unnatural”  is better.

Soap

“True soap” is a synthetic material.  You will not find it in nature.  There are soap plants[3] that have been used in a similar manner.  However, soap is a substance that is made through chemical interactions with materials that must be made my humankind (lye, sodium lauryl sulfate, etc).

If natural is better, then soap should be avoided.  However, according to the CDC, “not washing hands [with soap] harms children around the world.”  This is because it prevents the spread of disease, which in turn battles the rise of antibiotic resistance.[4]  In the case of soap, natural is not better.

Aspirin

Aspirin is a synthetic pain reliever.  The compound from which it is derived was originally extracted from the bark of a willow tree in 1763.  Almost a hundred years later a purely synthetic version was created that did not burn throats and upset stomachs as badly as the more “naturally” processed version.[5]

If natural is better, then aspirin should be avoided in favor of ingesting opium.  Opium is a powerful natural painkiller that has been used for thousands of years.  However, it is also highly addictive.  In the case of pain relief, it would seem that natural is not better, either.

Natural Isn’t Always Better

These two cases bring us to the conclusion that natural is not always better.  In fact, they both highlight a common issue with natural solutions.  In both cases the active ingredients are either not concentrated enough to provide the necessary benefit, or they are lost in a sea of other compounds that have effects we are not looking for.  When it comes to delivering powerful, isolated effects, materials that are made my humankind, and/or made with more than a minimum amount of processing seem to be better.

When Is “Natural” Better?

Plastiglomerate
Plastiglomerate – a stone that contains mixtures of sedimentary grains, and other natural debris that is held together by hardened molten plastic.

Over the course of the industrial revolution we have ravaged our planet.  We have stripped our atmosphere, contaminated our water, irradiated entire cities, and created a geological record that will serve as a marker of our pollution for millennia (plastiglomerate).

This highlights a common issue with “unnatural” materials and methods.  This issue is the hazardous long-term effects.  While “natural” is not always better, it is better in most cases where there will be long-term use, or exposure, for both the environment, and for our own health.

Antibacterial Soap

Recently, the FDA banned the use of 19 common ingredients in over-the-counter antibacterial soaps.  The FDA did this because it determined that the risk of systemic absorption, and antibacterial resistance, from long-term exposure, outweighed the benefit of preventing infection.[6]

Endocrine Disruption

Endocrine disruption occurs then the body’s delicate system of hormone-signalling is altered.  We covered this in our article, “The 411 on Endocrine Disruptors.”  One of the 19 FDA banned ingredients, triclosan, does exactly this.  The disruption that it causes has been linked to a higher rate of breast cancer in women, thyroid disfunction, and cardiac muscle dysfunction.[7]

The Take Away

“Unnatural” materials and methods may be better when you need a powerful, isolated solution. However, you need to weigh that benefit with not only the risk of its longterm use on your health, but with the collective longterm exposure to the environment.  In the long run, “natural” is, almost always, better.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.


References:

[1] http://www.harleytherapy.co.uk/counselling/core-beliefs-cbt.htm

[2] https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/natural

[3] https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/ethnobotany/soaps.shtml

[4] https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/why-handwashing.html#s3-five

[5] http://www.madehow.com/Volume-1/Aspirin.html

[6] https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/06/2016-21337/safety-and-effectiveness-of-consumer-antiseptics-topical-antimicrobial-drug-products-for

[7] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/29/triclosan-in-personal-care-products.aspx

Side Sleeping Can Wrinkle Your Face

Habitually not getting enough sleep – less than seven hours – can cause a number of health problems.  Those problems range from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension to mood disorders, immune disfunction, and a lowered life expectancy.  Getting too much sleep – habitually more than nine hours – can do the same.[1]  However, the position that you sleep in can have some serious effects on your body, too.  Sleeping in the wrong position can cause bags under your eyes, face wrinkles, neck and back pain, as well as acid reflux.  So, what is the best sleeping position, and which should you avoid?

The Back

The best position to sleep in is on your back with your head slightly elevated.  This allows fluids that can cause puffy eyes to drain[2], keeps your spine in a neutral position, prevents your face from wrinkling since it isn’t being smushed, and fully supports the weight of your breasts.  The only bad thing about sleeping on your back is that snoring is the most severe in this position.

The Side

If sleeping on your back is difficult, or if you’re pregnant, then the next best position is on your side.  Just be sure to use a thick pillow to keep your spine in a neutral alignment.  You should also sleep on your left side, as it improves circulation according to Dr. Dee Anna Glaser, professor of dermatology at St. Louis University.[3]  The bad news is that sleeping on your side can cause premature wrinkles on your face as a result of being pressed against the pillow.  It can also cause your breasts to sag since they are not being supported.

The Front

This is the worst position that you can sleep in.  It wrenches your neck, smushes your face causing wrinkles, and leads to a buildup of fluid causing puffy eyes.  The only saving grace of sleeping on your stomach is that it helps to reduce snoring.

The Take Away

Get seven to eight hours of sleep on your back with your head slightly elevated above your chest..  Sure, you’ll probably snore more, but you’ll also have perkier breasts, less wrinkles, and eyes that aren’t as puffy.  Not a bad trade-off.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.


References:

[1] http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences/sleep-and-disease-risk 

[2] https://draxe.com/how-to-get-rid-of-bags-under-eyes/

[3] http://magazine.foxnews.com/food-wellness/which-sleep-style-healthiest