RESTORE & HEAL YOUR SKIN WITH THE POWER OF OCEAN MINERALS + BONUS REVIEW: AZURE NATURALS ULTIMATE OCEAN MINERAL COLLECTION

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HEALING POWERS OF THE OCEAN'S MINERALS:

The oceans of our world have a lot of benefits to offer, but unfortunately we haven't discovered but a small sliver of what's out there. There are vast amounts of creatures, plants, and other minerals that we have yet to find- mostly in part to the fact that many of them are DOM's or Deep Ocean Minerals. DOM's are pulled from DOW or Deep Ocean Water, at depths of up to 1500 meters! The DOW alone, contains over 70 minerals and element traces like: calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

In order to get to these minerals, they have to be extracted with micro filtration and reverse osmosis ; this method is utilized in order to grab the minerals and leave behind the salt or sodium chloride. The largest reservoirs of Deap Ocean Water is located off of the east coast of Taiwan and islands off of Japan and Hawaii also have DOW areas. The Deep Ocean Minerals in these waters sinks to the bottom of the ocean floor where it will take a 2000 year journey around the world! In general, the waters of the Sea, have had quite a long and historical use from many civilizations, such as the Greek and the Romans; they used the waters for muscle and tissue stimulation and relaxation.

 The research into DOM has lead to some promising results and three important functions have been determined from Deep Ocean Minerals: firstly, they provide the structure that we need for our organs, tissues, and bones [like calcium, magnesium, and fluorine]. Secondly, these minerals also aid in the balance of fluids in your body's tissues and bones; lastly, DOM contains Magesium that provides catalyzation of hormones and enzymes needed for reactions within the body. As for what DOM can really do for our bodies and skin, there have been more studies lately and they do give positive results!

In 2009 for example, there was a study at a university in Taiwan, that conducted a research on DOM and its effects on increased endurance and better adaptation to exercise load. The researchers determined that the group that did receive the DOM solution, had a higher and more improved rate, accelerating the elimination of getting tired all together :) There are so many examples of studies that I could go on for paragraphs, so I will spare you all with the huge list- but you can easily find a lot that are valid research studies from recent years.  



WHAT OCEAN MINERALS DO FOR YOUR SKIN:

1. PERFECT FOR PROVIDING NATURAL MOISTURIZATION AND SKIN PROTECTION!

2. SKIN'S ELASTICITY IS INCREASED, WITH MORE SOFTNESS :)

3. PROMOTES NATURAL COLLAGEN PRODUCTION AND SUPPORT BY STIMULATING CELL FIBROBLASTS.

4. THE SATURATION OF SKIN IS GREATLY IMPROVED, REDUCING FINE LINES & WRINKLES!



SKINCARE PRODUCT REVIEW:

AZURE NATURALS ULTIMATE OCEAN MINERAL ORGANIC FACIAL CLEANSER $15.95 

I was a little unsure of the method that the bottle suggests for this face wash, but as I've tried some of Azure Naturals products in the past and they were fantastic, I wanted to keep an open mind! Normally, you might not see a pump-type action for a liquid face wash- yet that's exactly what Azure Naturals did here with this one! After the first time using it though, my doubts were quickly dissipated- it's very easy to use and the formula will come out of the bottle as it should.

I was easily able to get out the right amount for application and noticed that it foamed up well with a little water in between my hands. It's a very mild formula and although it goes on slightly thick, it suds up as it should within a few seconds. This face wash is super mild too- I accidentally got a tad bit in my eye [oops!] the first time that I was washing my face with the product. This was definitely my own fault as I admit that I was being slightly hasty, but what I saw immediately is that although it did lightly sting for a few seconds- it STOPPED doing it after only a few :0

When one usually gets these types of products in the eye, it's mostly a VERY uncomfortable situation and normally results in a damaged eye or at least a lingering burning for a decent period of time. I just didn't have that issue at all, even with me being an absolute klutz ;) This product would be perfect for any skin type and is really affordable, with an organic focus which makes this easy-to-use face wash at the top of my skincare list!

 

AZURE NATURALS ULTIMATE OCEAN MINERAL ORGANIC FACIAL TONER $15.95

Since I'd already had the chance to give the Facial Cleanser a try from Azure Naturals Ultimate Ocean Mineral Line, there was the sneaking suspicion I was going to LOVE this toner! I have really started to like the spray-on toners and primers, but this product in particular has organic minds at heart! It was exactly was I was expecting- easy to use and takes about 2-3 light spritzes to cover your face.

It will dry quickly and in just about 30 seconds or less, which means not much fuss :) The light scent isn't lingering or irritating and you will see an instant tightening of your skin and shrinking of your pores. I also loved the softness it left my skin feeling and it left a perfect pallet for the rest of my makeup and skincare products too. If you're seeking a decently-priced Toner, that's foolproof and full of natural ingredients- then this is the product for you :) Never tried a spray toner?! This is the prefect item to start with and it won't break the bank!

 

AZURE NATURALS ULTIMATE OCEAN MINERAL HYDRATION CREAM $19.95

This is definitely my FAV product out of the Ultimate Ocean Mineral skincare line from Azure Naturals! This is a great item to utilize after cleansing, toning, and serums as the labeling also suggests; it provides excellent moisturization without being too heavy on the skin or leaving anything behind :) I love the nicely made pump-bottle that is well-capped by a metal top- getting the right amount of product is a cinch. There's a generous 1.7 oz. amount of product too, which makes this powerful moisturizer a good buy at just under $20! The scent to the product is super light and non-annoying and it dries in about 1-2 minutes. I really liked utilizing this product right before going to bed and treating it as a night cream OR applying it right before putting on my makeup primer and beginning my beauty routine for the day. Any skint type, age, or tone would be able to use this product and I'm fairly certain you would LOVE it as much as I do!

 

AZURE NATURALS ULTIMATE OCEAN MINERAL SEAWEED HYDRATION MASK $19.95

Although I might have picked this product to review last out the of the Ultimate Ocean Mineral collection, don't be fooled! I actually liked this product a LOT and thought that it was a VERY close top pick, or in the very least- my 2nd FAV product out of the whole bunch. What really seemed to set this mask apart for me from the many others I've tried that were similar in nature, was that it really did seem to do the job! Leave it on for a few minutes, rinse off with cool water, and all of the wonderful natural and organic ingredients like: Irish Moss, Organic Aloe, and Seaweed will work their magic!

You can see how refreshed, toned, and soft your skin is after just the first time that you use this Hydration Mask from Azure Naturals! For 4 ounces of product for around $20, this is a DEF good buy ; for comparable products that are normally up to twice the cost as this one, you are getting an organic product that is better for your skin too! I'd recommend this skincare item from Azure Naturals to anyone of any age and type of skin = * 5 STARS *


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THE BEAUTY CLOSET'S BOOK OF THE WEEK: NATURAL SKIN CARE GUIDE

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LOOKING FOR SOME GREAT NATURAL SKINCARE TIPS?

This 11 page e-book is an excellent tool for anyone wanting to get into more of a natural skincare routine or is just wanting to get their hands on some great organic beauty tips and natural remedies as well :) I normally seek out books that might perhaps be a tad bit longer, but this guide was a really good find and I felt that I should definitely share it with all of you! You can snag this free online as an e-book version or at naturalbeautycareguide.com too. This is an excellent way to learn some easy and affordable beauty and skincare tips that have a natural approach in mind :) 


book review:

Natural skin care guide:

 

1. skin tissue test:

The guide advises to wash your face with a neutral facial cleanser and then use the "blot test" by utilizing a thin piece of blotting or tissue paper and then holding it towards to the light and interpreting what you see. Oil indicates you may have oily skin, except if located in the T-zone- then you would most likely have a combination skin type. With very little oil present on the paper, it's likely you would be considered to have normal skin and if none at all then it could be on the dry side. This easy and quick test done on a seasonal basis can help you determine when, how, and what kind of products you can use to help combat skin issues that arise. 

 



2. 5 steps for perfect skin:

  1. CLEANSING- A non-lathering cleanser is suggested if possible, that should be massaged into skin in circular motions and then left on for up to 2 minutes before being rinsed off. Once or twice a week, use a clay, fruit, or oat-based cleansing mask to get deep into pores and remove dirt and oil.
  2. HERBAL FACIAL STEAM- For most skin types, this method does tend to have a drying effect over long-term usage and is therefore recommended more for oily or acne-prone skin types. It should be utilized only occasionally with aging or dryer skin! You can however use this method for 5-8 minutes with oily skin issues AND this method is NOT recommended at ALL for sensitive skin. Bring the herbs to a boil in a large pot of water, remove from the source of heat, and then steam for 5 minutes.
  3. FACIALS- There are numerous kinds available such as clay, honey, egg, oats, fruits, and veggie masks that will help promote deep cleansing of the skin and stimulate circulation, while also helping to clear up acne and other blemishes! If you want firmer skin, these will help to tone it as well :)
  4. TONIC ASTRINGENTS- While using circular motions, massage but do not scrub into your skin! This will help tone and close your pores, therefore causing pore reduction and skin tightness. 
  5. MOISTURIZERS- Place small dots in the desired areas and the smooth into the skin with tiny circular motions, making sure to lightly tap around and underneath your eyes. Vitamin E oil is an excellent natural source of moisturization and can be placed on the delicate skin around the eyes too. 

3. tips for using facial masks:

  1. Steam your face gently for about 2-5 minutes before applying your facial mask and this will open open pores, allowing for the mask to penetrate better.
  2. Since fruit and egg masks usually are more of a liquid consistency, apply a 2nd layer after the first one has dried so as to get a good and consistent layer on the entire facial surface.
  3. Avoid talking or laughing while waiting for the mask to try and do its job!
  4. Leave on for at least 15 minutes and up to 20 minutes so that it can fully dry, then removing it carefully and very slowly so you can prevent dragging on the skin and irritation!
  5. It's recommended to only apply a facial mask about TWICE a week.

 

4. skin lightening remedies:

  1. LEMON JUICE: Mix with equal parts juice and glycerin and utilize to remove a bad tan with a sponge or mix into a paste by adding salt or sugar. Let this mixture then settle on the skin for about an hour each day. This treatment can aid in lightening sun damage spots on the skin :)
  2. MILK: 3 tablespoons milk with 1 teaspoon lime juice can be used to remove a tan. Yogurt that's combined with an equal amount of buttermilk can be used as night cream to help a fading tan.
  3. BONTANICALS: Aloe Vera can reduce freckle darkness or brown spots by applying twice a day. Watercress in 2 cups of cold water that is then boiled and simmered for 10 minutes, then strained and stored via refrigeration, can be used each am. and pm. Potato Water is an old German method for helping fading tans and reducing summer freckles- you can do this by just sponging on the water that the potatoes have been cooked in!

5. natural face masks:

  1. DRY SKIN FACE MASKS: 1 egg yolk, 2 tsp. almond oil, 1 ripe banana.
    Combine everything in a bowl, make a thick paste. Apply this to face.
    leave on for 20 minutes, then wash with water.
    Mix banana, egg white and curd. Apply this facial mask to your face,
    hands and legs. It will give soft smooth skin.
    Take one tablespoon of cornflakes with almond oil or milk and grind into a
    paste. Apply this paste to face. Wash off after 15 minutes.
    Mix 1 tsp. of butter and 1 tsp of water. Apply over the dry parts of skin.
    Leave for 15 - 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
    Mash half of an avocado and smooth over the face. Leave for 10 minutes
    and then gently remove with damp cloth.
  2. OILY SKIN FACE MASKS: One-tablespoon honey, one tablespoon Fuller's Earth and
    one-tablespoon rose water. Mix together and apply on the face. Wash off
    after 15 minutes. Apply once a week but If your skin is too oily use twice
    a week.
    Use a beaten egg white and mixed with 1 tsp lemon juice. Apply this
    mask on the face, and then wash off warm water.
    Mix one tsp tomato pulp and two-tablespoon potato flour. Apply this paste
    on the face. Leave on 15 minutes and then remove gently with warm
    water.
  3. NORMAL SKIN FACE MASKS: Use a beaten egg white and mixed with 2 tsp almond oil. Smooth over the
    face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on 15 minutes, and then
    remove gently with water.
    Blend 1egg white, 2 tsp vegetables oils and 1 tsp apple juice. Smooth
    over the face, and then wash off after 15 minutes.
    Mash raw papaya and smooth over the face and throat. Leave for 15
    minutes. Wash off with warm water and then splash face with cool water.









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