How to Practice Enlightened Skin Care

Enlightenment is one’s emergence from a self-imposed state of immaturity.  This immaturity does not stem from a lack of understanding, but from the lack of courage to use one’s reason, intellect, and wisdom without the guidance of another.  Many are content to follow the guiding institutions of society.  It is difficult to question this authority because thinking for oneself is so very uncomfortable.  Enlightened skin care is throwing off the shackles of institutional thoughts and using one’s reason to understand how to truly take care of one’s body.

Wholistic

Radiant skin takes more than just an external approach.  The part cannot be separated from the whole.  Gorgeous skin cannot be separated from good health.  The body is a complex, interconnected web.  To practice enlightened skin care is to eat well, be active, expand the mind, and reduce stress.  No skin care product can cover up poor physical, mental, or spiritual health.

Safe Ingredients

Good health is the foundation for beautiful skin, but using toxic skin care products detracts from that health.  From cancer causing ingredients to pore clogging substances, using products that have dangerous ingredients will, over time, cause disease, and your skin will be an outward sign off that ill-health.  Enlightened skin care is to use products with safe ingredients that add to your health, not detract from it.

Prevention

Enlightenment is to also prevent suffering.  Waiting for issues to arise before doing something about them gives rise to suffering.  While there are things that are out of your control, enlightened skin care is to practice preventative measures maintain beautiful skin.

Uniqueness

Trying to be what the beauty industry determines as desirable, or using the hottest new product does not make us healthy.  Beauty is not a one-size-fits-all standard.  We are each a distinctive flower and our beauty is personal to us.  Enlightened skin care is about finding your own individual style and owning it.  Highlighting what makes you unique is a journey of self-discovery that takes courage and strength.

To Sum Up

Enlightened skin care is about throwing off the shackles of institutional thought about what beauty is, and taking care of your skin with wholistic, preventative approaches using products with safe ingredients that add to your health and highlight your own personal beauty.


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.

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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 Boost your Sunscreen

The weather is beautiful outside.  The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and you are thinking about going to the beach.  Using a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays is a must.  But, did you know that you can boost your sunscreen by taking two simple vitamins.  Keep reading to find out what they are.

Vitamin Protection

Two vitamins have been scientifically shown to protect agains sun damage.  They work when either applied directly on the skin, or taken internally in combination with a sunscreen.  They are Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

Internal Vitamin Protection

Both vitamins have been shown to have additive sun protection when combined with sunscreen according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).[1]  Vitamin E increased protection against UVB rays, while Vitamin C gave the most protection against UVA rays.  How much should you take?  According to one study, 2,000mg of Vitamin C and 1,000 IU of Vitamin E each day for eight days was enough to reduce the sunburn reaction.[2]

External Vitamin Protection

In another study, both Vitamin C and Vitamin E applied topically to the skin gave a 4-fold protection factor against both UVA and UVB rays.[3]  When the vitamins were combined they had a greater effect on sun protection than either vitamin alone.

So, before you head to the beach, grab some vitamins along with your sunscreen to give it an added boost.  Your skin will thank you.


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.

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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] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8869680

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9448204

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12789176

How to Give Yourself A Korean Face Massage (with Pictures)

Korean skin care can be exhausting.  Double cleansing, essences, and sheet masks, oh my!  Who has time for all of this?  However, a Korean face massage can invigorate dull, tired skin, and doesn’t take all morning.  The next time that you apply moisturizer, try giving yourself some added vigor with this routine.  Thanks to Marie Claire for this great material.  You can see the original article here.

Step 1

Apply Moisturizer to your face.

Step 2

Boost circulation by massaging your cheeks with your fists

Step 3

Smooth out bloated skin and help promote lymphatic drainage.

Step 4

Continue down the side of your face.

Step 5

Use the pads of your forefingers to help reduce eye puffiness and the appearance of dark circles.

Now it’s your turn.


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.

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Kedric

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How to Get Rid of Whiteheads

Whiteheads damage your looks.  After a long winter it’s time to get rid of some built-up blemishes for the spring.  Getting rid of them the wrong way can make things worse by causing redness, infection, and scarring.  Learn how to eliminate whiteheads gently so you can have a fresh look for a new season.

Step One: Wash

First, you should clean your skin with a mild cleanser like Flower Power Face Wash. Gently apply and wash away with cold water, then pat your face dry.

Step Two: Steam

Next you should open your pores with steam.  Boil water in a small pot.  Transfer the water to a large bowl, cover with a towel, and let sit five minutes to cool down.  Place a towel over your head and shoulders and lean over the water for 5-10min allowing your pores to open.

Step Three: Exfoliate

You can exfoliate your skin with a salt scrub, or an exfoliating mask like the Chickie Gold Mud Mask.

Step Four: Rinse & Tone

After exfoliating, rinse your skin with cold water and use a toner, like White Petal Aloe Toner, to close the pores up again.

Step Five: Moisturize

Exfoliation can leave skin dry.  Use a moisturizer, like White Petal Aloe Moisturizer, to keep your skin soft and hydrated.

Step Six: Prevention

The best cure is prevention.  To prevent whiteheads from happening, always wash your hands before touching your face.  Wash your face twice daily, once in the morning, and once before bed.  Always remove makeup at night, and exfoliate once a week.


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.

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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.