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Things In The Home That Contribute to Look and Feeling Good

If it feels good and smells good, then why not find a way to use it in your daily skincare.  With so many fruits and vegetables at our disposal, you can make an array of unique combination skin recipes.  We recommend only using the freshest ingredients as rancid ingredients would contribute to an unhealthy experience and result.  Here is a list of ingredients that are possibly in your grocery store:

Avocado, Organic and Virgin Olive Oil, Almonds, Oatmeal, Milk, Heavy Cream, Honey, Banana, Strawberry, Yogurt, Coconut Oil, Epson Salt, Carrots, Eggs, Lemon Juice, Witch Hazel, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Baking Soda, Watermelon, Aloe Vera, Lemons, Grapefruit, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Baking Soda, Pineapple, Papaya, Dried herbs, Apple Cider Vinager, Vodka, Lime Juice, unflavored gelatin, molasses, sugar cane, brown sugar...
There are many books available to help you such as Readers Digest "Foods that Harm Foods that Heal, An A-Z Guide to Safe and Healthy Eating"; Natures Beauty Kit, Cosmetic Recipes You can Make At Home" by Deb Carpenter... The library is a rich source of books.
What about the thought that much of what's wrote is about old wives tales? Don't worry.  Relieving stress is great for helping you feel and look good.  Making home made products is both fun and stress relieving.  I'll share one experience with you.  I was making some bath salts and I wanted the salt mixture to fuzz in the tub.  Apparently I put to much baking soda in the mixture and I bottled it in a glass container with a cork - you know, to make it pretty.  I had my last jar filled when all of a sudden 10 jars of bath salts became uncorked all at once.  It was raining bath salts in my kitchen!!!  I guess to much pressure builded.  As I cleaned up my mess we all laughed.  My house smelled great though!  So just have fun and let us know what your favorite mixture is. We'll pass it along on our facebook page!

We've listed below many benefits of the fruits and vegetables above as well as some Look Good Feel Good Recipe Combinations. Why not try some and let us know how you enjoyed them.  Some we will not be able to provide the exact measurements of each ingredient because it's all about experimenting here and how your using it.  But have fun!

Avocado oil is an edible oil pressed from the fruit of the avocado.  Producers of this fine fruit say that it is on par with Olive Oil in that it has rejuvenative and moisturizing properties.  Avocado oil is very rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and extremely low in saturated fat. It also contains no cholesterol.  Avocado is even lower in saturated fatty acid content than Olive Oil.  But how beneficial is it to the skin?  Outstanding!  Avocado contains Vitamin E.  Vitamin E is present in a mixture of at least 8 compounds called Tocopherols and Tocotrienols.  Not only are there studies that support these 8 compounds benefiting those with coronary heart disease, but it is well known that Vitamin E plays a role in aiding skin appearance.  So this is why Avocado is at the top of our list for a good complexion!  Luisa from Martina Gebhardt Skincare provided additional details regarding the power of this fruit: Avocado is loaded with vitamins A, D, E, lecithin, potassium, (also known as the anti-aging mineral) and essential unsaturated fatty acids (good fat).  In addition, avocado helps naturally minimize the appearance of unsightly age spots, tempers sun damage, and reduces the severity of scars.  Avocado oil is one of the best emollients for the skin. It is easily absorbed and leaves skin velvety-soft and smooth. It is tolerated well by all skin types including sensitive skin. Avocado oil is an outstanding nurturing product for very dry skin and is well tolerated by all skin complexions including very sensitive skin.

Banana is rich in potassium, folate and vitamins C and B6.  Bananas are exceeded only by avocado (which are high in fat) as a fruit source for potassium, an essential mineral. Try mashing banana into a mask and applying to the skin for a few minutes, then rinsing off.  Or you can add additional softening and rejuvenating fresh ingredients to it like yogurt.  One suggestion we received was to combine whipping cream, bananas and avocado to make a mask for dry skin.


Luisa, our representative from Martina Gebhardt recommended this raw ingredient for our list.  Carrots are particularly rich in tiny orange colored pigments she said – Beta-Carotene, which is transformed by the body into Vitamin A. It is a very important nutrient for the skin. Dry skin is a symptom of vitamin A deficiency. Carrots are also a good source for antioxidants,  Vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium. Antioxidants help to protect from free radical caused skin damage. Carrots are a good anti-aging food and protects from Prematurely aging.  Luisa suggested this recipe using carrot: Making a fresh carrot mask is very cost effective and is a wonderful rejuvenator for tired skin. Also good for dry and sensitive skin and anti-aging. Blend together some carrot juice, egg yolk and a few drops of oil.

Chocolate, Dark or Milk

According to the Cleveland Clinic website, Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate contain flavonoids that help protect plants by shielding them from environmental toxins and helping repair damage. When we consume plant-based foods rich in flavonoids, it appears that we also benefit from this “antioxidant” power. Antioxidants are believed to help the body's cells resist damage caused by free radicals that are formed by normal bodily processes such as breathing and from environmental contaminant.
  Flavanols are the main type of flavonoid found in cocoa and chocolates.  You can use this ingredient to make various types of skin cleansing treatments, and best of all, they will taste great too!  Try melting chocolate with yogurt for a refreshing yummy facial mask, or blend coconut oil by whipping it into the melted chocolate and adding some lavender or mashed strawberries for a gentle exfoliating mask!

Coconut Oil
Linda Chae from Chae Organics recommended this raw ingredient.  Coconut oil is thick enough to hold a sea salt or epson salt in suspension while rubbing on the skin, and yet when you brush the salt away with a dry towel, your skin is left really soft, smells good and it is not greasy as it would be with olive oil, etc.
  It is not greasy as it would be with olive oil, etc. Butter or lard (crisco) would be the same thickness for suspending the salt as coconut oil, and sad to say its probably what is in most people's homes, but lard is filled with free radicals and butter is not ideal for the skin.

Cucumbers are a good source of fiber, but also have a fair source of vitamin C and folate.  The skin contains some vitamin A.  It belongs to the same family as squash, melons and pumpkins.  Luisa from Martina Gebhardt Skincare suggested Cucumbers to be on this list.  She says that Cucumber alleviates tired burning eyes. It has cooling and calming properties and consists of 95% water. In addition cucumber diminishes fine lines and mitigates dark circles.  Cucumber and Quark also make a wonderful combination for a facial mask; Cucumber provides moisture and mineral while quark contains proteins.  They have a smoothing effect for the skin.  Here's how you do it: Slice a ¼ cucumber.  Apply quark generously on your face, then cover face with the cucumber slices.  Leave on for about 10 minutes, then remove cucumbers and wash face with Luke warm water.  Another suggestion we received was to take tomatoes and cucumbers to make a great purifying skin tonic for combination skin.
Eggs are an excellent source of protein, vitamins B12 and other nutrients.  Lecithin is a natural emulsifier found in eggs. 

Epson Salt
Made with Magnesium Sulfate, the ions in Epson Salt relieve stress because they give a natural detoxifying effect on the body.  They can be used as a natural exfoliant in body scrubs.  Try mixing epson salt with coconut oil or soaking in a tub with epson salt and a few drops of Olive Oil.

Try mixing one egg yolk, a tsp of olive oil and honey together. Leave on the skin for several minutes and then rinse off.  This is great for dry skin.

Lemons, Grapefruit or Lemon Juice
An excellent source of vitamin C.  One suggestion we received is to take lemon juice, combine with egg whites and witch hazel for a light mask for oily skin. But what about a natural conditioner for the hair? You'll need a lemon, finally ground sea salt, aloe and a ripe avocado. In a bowl, mash a ripe avocado and then squeeze a lemon into bowl, adding 1 tsp of sea salt and one leaf of aloe (should be about 1 tbs).  Mix well and comb this mixture into your hair using your fingers or applicator.  Wrap your hair with plastic wrap or a hair cap. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse mixture out.  Shampoo it several times so that all the product is removed. Then rinse well.
Olive Oil
Olives are high in monounsaturated fats, and are a modest source of vitamin A, Calcium, and Iron.  Once a staple for cooking, now it is used in all sorts of things including cosmetics, soaps, etc.  Virgin olive oil would be the best to use in skin preparations since it is not heated, nor are solvents used in the pressing. 

High in lycopene and antioxidants, this raw ingredient is great for stimulating the skin.  The acid of the tomatoes removes excess oil, which can lead to impurities and blackheads according to Martina Gebhardt importer, Luise Peyton.  She suggests if you want to remove dead skin cells, take the skin of 3 tomatoes and blend in a mixer of the following: Add  1 Tbs. Olive Oil and ½ cup of cornflower; Massage gently into the skin. Remove peel with luke warm water.  Another suggestion that Natural Solutions offers is the following: Mash an avocado in a bowl along with tomatoes. Mix the two well and apply to the face. After 20 to 30 minutes, rinse with warm water.  This mask is great for nearly all skin types because your getting the hydrating benefits from the fatty avocado and the astringent benefits from the tomatoes.

An excellent source of calcium and phosphorus.  It provides useful amounts of vitamin A, B's and zinc.  One suggestion we received was to combine yogurt with pineapple, papaya and a touch of honey to make a great mask that softens the skin.
There are so many different types of recipes you could come up with. Just keep in mind that if you have allergies to certain foods, you'd want to avoid those same foods when making your skin preparations.  What if you want to do something easy?  Think of the following things that may be in your cupboard now:
Eye Compresses:
Make a cup of camomile tea.  Take 2 cotton balls and lightly dip into the tea. Squeeze excess tea out of cotton ball and place on your eye lids for about 5 minutes. Sit back and relax to some calming music.  If not camomile, why not fennel seed or a combination of fennel seed and camomile tea. If not fennel seed and camomile tea, try parsley. It's great for relieving puffiness.
Facial Masks to reduce Large Pores:
Try combining oatmeal and egg.  Take 4 tbs of uncooked oatmeal and mix it with one whole egg.  Let it sit for 5 minutes and then apply generously to face. Let sit 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water.  You could substitute oatmeal if you have almond meal in your cupboard.  Try mixing 2 tbs of almond meal with warm water until you get the desired consistency that you like. Masks can be thin or thick.  Apply to your face generously. Leave on for about 15 minutes then rinse with warm water.  Don't have oatmeal, egg or almond meal? Try using just milk.  Use tepid milk in a bowl and brush onto face. Let it dry.  Rinse off in warm water. Do you have blemishes? Why not try 1 tbs of while milk, 1 egg and a tbs of honey together. At room temperature, apply to the face and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.  This is thought to help draw out blemishes and sooth skin.
Another wonderful treatment you can consider is giving yourself a facial massage.  This will stimulate circulation and improve sluggish skin.  Done in a gentle way, it can improve muscle tone and skin color.
If you were referred to by WKBN TV 27 News, you can also review our local store information website for directions and store hours by clicking here.  Natural Solutions is located in downtown Salem, Ohio.