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Black Skin Care and Salads, What Do They Have In Common?

Black Skin Care and Salads, What Do They Have In Common?

Black Skin Care and Salads, What Do They Have In Common?

Black Skin Care and Salads, What Do They Have In Common?

A salad for your face? You’ve seen the images of cucumbers over the eyes of women relaxed and enjoying a spa treatment. This could be you! And guess what, you don't have to leave your home in order to enjoy the treatment.

It's that time of year for most of you, when the daffodils are blooming, the trees are showing signs of life with bright green buds and colorful pods beginning to open up and show you their beauty.

Yes the Spring Equinox is just around the corner and it's time to get your skin ready to show off its beauty. You and your skin have been housed up in heavy coats and sweaters and now it's time for you and your skin to breathe the freshness of the spring air.

What better way to begin a black skin care regimen than with your face. Yes, the traditional topical products and procedure will remain status quo.

But this time we're going to do it with green foods. I've chosen to begin with cucumbers because they are not only cost effective but they are great antioxidants and they reduce the production of oil in your skin.

Cucumbers and Black Skin

This is a Cucumber Water recipe that you can make for yourself. It's especially good for your skin if it's challenged with acne. You can use it as a toner or for eye and facial compresses.

Ingredients:

1 organic English cucumber (take seeds out)
12 ounces of warm water
Lemon/lime (optional for scenting
2-3 sprigs of fresh mint (optional for scenting)

You'll wash your cucumbers and pat them dry. Slice it paper thin with the skin on and put them in a sterilized container of warm water. Cover, shake the container and let it steep for 10 minutes.

You can use the same recipe and put it through a juicer or blender and add it to clays and use as a mask.

Botanical Oils

We've all grown up with some type of oil slathered on our faces by our mothers or grandmothers. Using oils to condition and moisturize our skin is just as important as using water to cleanse it.

Here are a few oils that have made their way into the arena of skin care for African America Skin.

Sunflower Seed Oil – It's a beautiful flower and known for the beautiful seeds that it produces. But the oil that the sunflower produces has been shown to produce remarkable skin cell healing properties because it contains high levels of linoleic acid, which is an essential fatty acid that has been shown to be effective on the toughest acne cases. It reduces inflammation and fortifies the function of your skin's barrier.

Rice Bran Oil- This oil is also touted for its multifaceted cell-protection. When used topically, rice bran oil acts as a sunscreen and combats hyperpigmentation. It also lightens your skin and it soothes and regulates the moisture in your skin.

Flax seed Oil - This oil contains some of the highest levels of omega 3 fatty acids. It calms new and irritated skin due to conditions like eczema or psoriasis. Flax seed oil helps repair your skin’s cells and hydrates even the driest of skin.

Green Food For Your Face

No salad is complete without its greens. They impart cooling, hydrating and soothing effects on your skin. Here are some greens that will help you in caring for your beautiful black skin.

Dandelion green extract has been used on eczema and psoriasis and is known to contain high levels of antioxidants and zinc. They can boost your immunity. Dandelion green extract has a cleansing and detoxifying effect on your skin.

Parsley is high in Vitamin C. When used on your skin, it regulates the production of sebum. It also stimulates the production of collagen. Collagen helps in healing your skin and reducing wrinkles.

Romaine lettuce is not just for Caesar salads. The extract from romaine lettuce is high in Vitamin K, which strengthens capillaries and Vitamin A, which normalizes your skin cell turnover.

I'm going to add Avocado to your green facial salad because they are beneficial in helping to heal dry skin and eczema. Avocados are also known to boost your skin's natural sun protection and boost collagen production.

Whether you eat the ingredients listed above or use them as a facial salad, your skin will love you for it


Dedicated To Your Beauty

Juliette Samuel,
Esthetician/Author/Publisher

Nyraju Skin Care

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As women and a growing number of men of color, what's your greatest skin care challenge? Whether it's dark spots, uneven skin tone, dark circles,puffiness under your eyes or hair that won't grow, you'll find a product that can possibly become the solution to your challenge.

Moisturizers and ingredients that hydrate your skin will always be your best friend, for your face, body and hair. So look for products with nourishing and nurturing ingredients. Shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter and jojoba oils are a few of the ingredients to keep on your list.

We've got new additions to our store for you. Essential oils have been known to help calm and soothe skin and scalp irritations. Although you'll find a sample kit on the hair category page, you can use them for any of your skin and hair care needs.

The hair care sample kit has been given an upgrade. We've increased the size of the container on the shampoo and conditioners and added a hair butter sample to the mix.

Although there's beauty in your blackness, your skin is sensitive and needs protection from the sun just like everyone else. So if you know you're challenged by sunburn, add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to Jojoba and Grapeseed Oil and create a nice body oil for yourself. It will bring comfort and beauty back to your skin.

We're listening to you and your suggestions, so keep an eye on the category pages and your emails for updates.

Until next time ...

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