Natural Beauty Ingredients

When it comes to beauty, some of the best ingredients are natural! Beauty Buff Christine Cho came by to show us some of the world's best beauty ingredients - and all of them are natural!

ACAI BERRIES

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Native to:
Brazil, Belize, Peru (Central and South America).

Comes from: the acai palm tree (Brazilian Amazon and swamplands).

Uses:
food, flavourings for drinks, ice cream, natural food colouring, beauty products.

How to use berries on their own: frozen in smoothies; on cereal; crushed and mixed into exfoliant for face or hands; pressed into oils for hair or skin.

Benefits of this natural beautifier: antioxidant, energy booster, boosts metabolism and encourages weight loss, fights against harmful free radicals and oxidation of the skin, boosts memory and prevents heart disease; natural, stable, high content of fibre, vitamin C and essential fatty acids - encourages cell regeneration; cold pressed oil; tastes like red wine and chocolate!

Skin and hair: combats the signs of aging by improving the skin's overall moisture, health, and appearance; antibacterial.

Who should use: anyone with maturing skin; dry, cracked skin; damaged hair; acne; eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions; those with sensitive skin.

Studies: Science Daily published in 2008: Dr. Susanne Talcott, assistant professor with the Texas A&M University's Nutrition and Food Science department, found that acai antioxidants are absorbed in the human body after ingestion.

WebMD published: Studies show that acai oil may be a safe alternative to other tropical oils used in beauty products, such as facial and body creams, anti-aging skin therapies, shampoos and conditioners, and other products. When acai oil is processed and stored long-term, the antioxidant levels remain high.

POMEGRANATE


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Native to: Iranian Plateau and Himalayas in North Pakistan and Northern India, now cultivated all over the world including California and Arizona for juice production.

Comes from: a fruit-bearing shrub or small tree.

Uses:
juice, syrup, dried arils, Ayurvedic medicine.

How to use on it's own: eat as fresh fruit; dry and use in cooking; use the juice as a natural astringent (as a toner on cotton pad over clean face).

Benefits of this natural beautifier: extends life of cells (fibroblasts) that produce collagen and elastin; minimizes visibility of wrinkles; reduces blood pressure, reduces heart disease risk factors; inhibits viral infections; reduces plaque; anti-inflammatory; anti-aging.

Skin & hair: aids in digestion and promotes healthy blood circulation; reduces acne and blemishes topically; prevents scar formation by regenerating tissues in the affected area; pomegranate oil revitalizes dull and dry hair and protects it from environmental pollution and chemicals.

Who should use: those prone to acne, maturing skin.

Studies:
Many studies have proven that pomegranate combats cancer and is good for heart health. University of Naples and UCLA 2005: According to a new study, antioxidants contained in pomegranate juice may help reduce the formation of fatty deposits on artery walls. Antioxidants are compounds that limit cell damage; the antioxidant level in pomegranate juice was found to be higher than that in other natural juices, such as blueberry, cranberry, and orange juices, as well as red wine.

TEA TREE OIL

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Native to: Northeast coast of Australia.

Comes from: Melaleuca alternifolia

Uses: traditional indigenous medicine (inhaling oils to treat colds); toxic if ingested (drowsiness, hallucination)!

Skin & hair: antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral; treats blemishes (diluted); cold sores; after waxing; on the hair and scalp, unclogs hair follicles, moisturizes and prevents bacteria and fungal problems from attacking the scalp; treats dandruff.

Who should use: acne prone; eczema.

Studies: Multiple studies across continents show that Tea Tree Oil accomplishes everything chemical treatments can without many of the side effects, such as treatments like Benzoyl Peroxide and other synthetic chemicals that can destroy most of the healthy skin bacteria.

Watch the show to find out about Christine's anti-aging facial using...KITTY LITTER!

KITTY LITTER FACIAL
(The kitty litter should be fragrance free)
 
Kitty litter is actually made of bentonite clay. Bentonite clay is what many high-end spas use in their facials that cost hundreds of dollars! Now, you can have a high-end spa experience at home - for a fraction of the price!
 
RECIPE:
 
Take a small amount of kitty litter and add it to a small bowl. Add just enough water so it rises slightly higher than the level of the kitty litter. Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes.
 
Once the kitty litter has rested, it should become pasty. Add the kitty litter to your face and let it sit for 10-15 min. (Avoid the rocks.) The kitty litter will dry just like a face mask. 

 

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