The Scoop On Salts – Dead Sea Salt

DeadSeaSalt Research has proven that Dead Sea salt is one of the most effective beauty treatments. Soaking in a bath infused with Dead Sea salt has many benefits. These salts have been found to be effective treatments for rashes, psoriasis, hives, dry skin, dandruff, eczema, acne, and dermatitis. Some claim it’s also great for hair loss, water retention, and cellulite.
“When used in a bath, Dead Sea salt works to detoxify your skin, purging impurities, dirt, and pollutants from your pores. In addition, Dead Sea salt contains Magnesium and bromide, which disinfects and cleanses your skin, working to make your skin less susceptible to allergies.” – Willow and Sage


Break Out Zone – Forehead and Hairline

Acne spot pimple - skin care girl and skin problem

Ugh, break outs! No body likes when their skin decides to go against them. And have you notice that these break outs happen at the most inopportune moments? Can anybody say Prom? A first date? Oh, and how about the biggest day of your life… Your Wedding!!!

Break outs around your forehead and hairline are easy to control from the inside out.

Inner Trigger

Break outs in this area could mean you are not eating as healthy as you should. Cut down on you milk products, processed foods, sugar and carbs as these can make your acne worse.

How to Deal

Keep a food diary. If you notice a break out, start to cut out any dairy and junk food you might be splurging on. Do this for a week and see if your blemishes improve.

Outer Behavior

Due to the oils and silicones in your hair products, hair that sits on your face will be a huge contributor of clogged pores.

How to Deal

Start each morning by cleansing your face with an anti-acne cleanser. Keep blotting papers with you through out the day for those inevitable greasies. Cleanse again at night and use a moisturizing toner to decongest pores. Finally, if you have them, pin your bags away from your face before hitting the sac.

I hope these tips help you curb those nasty zits. Keep checking back for some more break out zone advice. And check out this previous post on how to Zap Those Zits.


The Scoop On Salts – Himalayan Salt

HimalayanSalt Himalayan salt is easy to recognize. It has a beautiful pinkish hue due to the pink-colored algae that live in the waters where they are harvested. It is known to detoxify and clean the skin, leaving it softer, smoother, and cleaner than before. Many people use it in what is called “brine baths”, which simply means to add the salt to your bathwater.

Himalayan salts are know to aid in the treatment of certain skin conditions, including acne, psoriasis, and dry skin. They are also used to treat insect bites, as well as heal blisters. Those who suffer from premenstrual cramps, like me, might benefit from taking a Himalayan “brine bath”.

How do you think this amazing salt can benefit you?

Oh, and if you missed it, check out my last Scoop On Salts – Epsom Salt.


Don’t Neglect Your Neck


Did you know that the skin around our necks show signs of aging as quickly as the skin around our eyes? So why do we spend an obscene amount of money on eye creams, yet often times completely neglect our necks?

While we can go to extremes to reverse the signs of aging around our eyes, unfortunately, due to blood vessels and the thyroid laying so close to the skin, there is nothing drastic we can do for our necks.

So what do we do?

Consider your neck a part of your face. Always moisturize your neck with a moisturizer rich in antioxidants. Use as much moisturizer on your neck as you would on your face. Using gentle upward strokes, gently apply the moisturizer with your finger tips, being careful not to stretch the skin. Establish a morning and night routine, and make a little time to take care of this delicate skin…. And don’t forget sunscreen!


The Scoop On Salts – Epsom Salt

SaltScoop Many people think of salt as just a way to add flavor to their food. This is true when it comes to iodized salt or kosher salt, but there are many other kinds of salt that are full of healing benefits, and are commonly used as ingredients in our beauty products. For the next couple of weeks I will highlight 3 of theses beneficial salts, and give you suggestions on how you may use them at home.

I’ve written about the benefits of Epsom salt before on my post “The Benefits of Epsom Salt“. It is the most well known, so I though I’d start with it.

Thought technically not a salt, Epsom salt is commonly know as a natural remedy for many ailments. Some of it’s health benefits include curing skin problems, relaxing nervous system, easing muscle strain, soothing back pain and aching limbs, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins form the body. One of the easiest ways to relieve stress is to soak in a bath full of hot water and a few cups of Epsom salt. Add a 1/2 cup of olive oil to moisturize your skin while you soak.

For beauty, Epsom salt works great as an exfoliant. In the shower, add baby oil to a handful of salt to use as a simple body scrub. Mix a bit of Epsom salt in with your normal skin cleanser, or olive oil, for a gentle scrub the leaves your face clean and soft.

What are some other ways you use Epsom salt?


A Good Night’s Sleep


Doctors recommend we get seven to eight hours of sleep every night for energy and good health. Easier said than done, right? If you’re having trouble sleeping, here are a few tips to help you get that much needed rest.

Read a Book

It’s easy to turn on the TV when you’re having trouble getting to sleep, but you should really try to resist it. The sounds and lights create too much stimulation, making it difficult to completely wind down. Instead, grab a book. The back-and-forth reading motion can help you drift off.

Lights Out

Event the slightest bit of light can keep you up at night. Turning off the lights, charging your electronics in another room, or wearing a sleep mask will help in minimizing the amount of light that may stimulate you.

Get Comfy

Duh! One of the keys to a restful night is comfort. Keeping the temperature cool and making your bedroom a place you want to spend time in will help you fall asleep quicker. Do you like a lot of pillows? Do you prefer your bed soft or firm? These are the things to consider.

Skip That Afternoon Coffee

We don’t realize how much caffeine affects our sleep. If you have coffee later in the day and you are not sleeping well, consider swapping that cup of joe for some herbal tea.

Spritz Your Linens

Add a few drops of essential oils, such as lavender or eucalyptus, into a small bottle of witch hazel. Spray it onto your linens. The scent can help easy your mind and body.

I hope these tips help you get back on track with your sleep. If you need some more suggestions, check out my Sleep Smoothie and Sweet, Sweet, Sleep posts!


Coconut Oil – One Product With Many Benefits

Coconut Oil

I’ve written about coconut oil before, like in my Beauty Basics 101 – Coconut Oil post, and I’m sure this won’t be the last time write about coconut oil. It has so many benefits and uses.

Today I thought I’d give you a few of my favorite uses for coconut oil:


Lather it on your legs before shaving. I like to do it while I’m in the shower. It makes shaving easy and leaves your legs silky smooth.

Sooth a Sunburn

Dab a little coconut oily on your sunburn and it will sooth your burn. Plus, it will restore it’s moisture an help keep your skin soft.

Cracked Heels

Spring is on it’s way!! Keep your feet sandal ready by applying coconut oil to your cracked heels. I like to do this at night. I will slather on a good bit of coconut oil on my feet and put sock on over them. In the morning, my feet are soft and smooth.

Make Up Remover

Coconut oil is a great eye make up remover. It’ll remove almost all your eye make up in one swipe. You might need a couple more swipes to remove mascara. It’s also great as a lip balm, and some people use it as toothpaste (that will be a whole other post!).


Put a spoonful or two into a bath to soften skin. Soak for 10 – 15 minute and pat dry. Make sure you clean your tub well, after your soak, as it can get very slippery if oil is left in it.

Body Scrub

Mix some coconut oil with a bit of sugar for a skin softening scrub. Need I say more??


Our scalp needs love too! Rub a little coconut oil into your scalp for moisture benefits. It will also get rid of any dandruff you may have.

Cuticle Softener

Rub a bit of coconut oil into your cuticles to soften them and stimulate nail growth.

Hair Care

Tame that frizzy hair! Can I get an AMEN? I’ll use a little bit of coconut oil in my hair, while still wet, before using any other product, to keep my curly hair frizz free. I’ll also use a tiny bit after I straighten my hair to tame any fly-aways.

Sexy Time

Last, but certainly not least, coconut oil makes and excellent, natural lubricant for those intimate moments with your significant other. It’s safe, and a little goes a long way. So go get your sexy on!

What are some ways you use coconut oil?


Skin Treatments From the Pantry


Now-a-days getting the right skincare treatment for your skin type can take a lot of trial and error, not to mention that these miracle potions can cost a fortune, and they’re not the safest things to be putting on our skin. Why spend a small fortune on beauty product that may actually do more harm to your skin than the benefits they claim to provide. Well, guess what? Some of the most natural treatments are found right in your pantry!

Here are a few quick and easy treatments that will leave your skin looking and feeling radiant.

Oily Skin

1 egg white
3-4 drops lemon juice

Place the egg white and the lemon juice in a small bowl and whisk together. Rub the mixture onto your face. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water.

Dull Skin

1/2 oz. organic apple cider vinegar
3 oz. mineral water
5 aspirin tablets, un-coated

Dilute the vinegar with the water in a small spray bottle. Crush the aspirin with a pestle and mortar and them to the vinegar and water mixture. Apply when skin looks and feels dull.

Dry Skin

1 avocado
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 egg white

Mix all the ingredients to make a paste. Apply to skin, let dry, then rinse with cool water.

These easy treatments will give your skin a quick pick-me-up without emptying your wallet. Leave a comment and let me know what kinds treatments you’ve found in your pantry?


Essential Oil Basics

Essential Oil

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their emotionally uplifting properties. Primarily extracted through careful steam distillation, but also through cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they were extracted. Essential oils are powerful essences that can only come from nature.

That being said, if used incorrectly, essential oils can be very harmful. Essential oils should never be stored in plastic, as the oils can melt the plastic. They should be be stored in a cool dry place, in a clean glass container. I’ve even seen these oils melt rubber. So you should never use essential oils directly on your skin. Gloves should always be worn when working with essential oils. Most of these oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil (i.e. olive oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil), before applying them on your skin.

When mixing, you should only mix what you will need for a short period of time. Essential oils do not expire, but carrier oils do. You’ll know when a carrier oil has expired by it’s rancid smell. Some carrier oils will even get a little sticky.

Essential oils are great for relieving ailments and have wonderful health benefits, but remember to always use caution when working with them.

What are some of your safety tips when working with essential oils?


Down The Aisle


Whether your taste is classic or neveux, when picking your processional song, choose something that you absolutely love. But if you’re having a little trouble picking something out, consider one of these song below… You can’t go wrong with any of them!

Strawberry Swing – Coldplay
Not With Haste – Mumford & Sons
Sea of Love – Cat Power
Turning Page (Instrumental) – Sleeping At Last
Expression – Helen Jane Long
Hoppipolla – Sigur Ros
Reign of Love – Coldplay
Feels Like Home (Instrumental) – Chantal Kreviazuk
Your Song – Elton John
Marry Me – Train
All I Want is You – U2
Skinny Love – Bon Ivre
First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Blackbird – The Beatles
Legends of the Fall Theme – James Roy Horner

What song would you walk down the aisle to?


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