Magic of Mastiha

One of our favorite things about our skincare line, Lira Clinical, is their secret ingredient found naturally on our lovely planet.We know many of you are using this product at home, but we want you to fully fall in love with the benefits.

Mastiha,¬†comes from the resin of Pistacia Lentiscus trees. These are ancient trees that only grow on the southwest coast of Chios in the Mediterranean. Mastiha’s properties are rooted in over 60 medicinal uses, including dental hygiene, healing surgical sutures and gastrointestinal problems. But many of these uses are used in skincare to manage and correct skin conditions.

You can drink it, eat, and use it topically. It really is the fountain of youth!

Masitha is found in two of our lines, the MYSTIQ for lightning, tightening and healing the skin; as well as the ICE for curing oily and acne skin with its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

The key word to remember about Mastiha is repair. It creates continual cell nourishment through skin replenishment!

So if you are not using Mastiha, come try our favorite line today!

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Homemade Whipped Body Scrub & Body Butter

Many of you have been asking me how I made my holiday body butters and body scrubs, so I finally had time to post them for you all to make at home! And I am so happy to hear how so many of you loved my gifts! ūüôā

WHIPPED BODY BUTTER
what you need:
Electric mixer (to make it whipped) 
1/2 cup coconut oil (I get the triple filtered from Trader Joe’s because it has NO coconut scent to mess with your oils)
1/2 cup shea butter
1 tsp arrowroot powder (to help not be so greasy and absorb into the skin faster)
2 tsp sweet almond oil
1 tsp vitamin-E oil (to preserve up t0 6 months)
10 drops essential oil of your choice 

  1. Slowly melt Shea butter and coconut oil in microwave and mix together in a bowl. Add sweet almond oil and vitamin-E. Chill in refrigerator for 15-20 or until the top layer becomes a soft solid again.
  2. Add peppermint oil, and arrow root powder to the mix, use an electric mixer on low to start, then on med/high until mix is blended well and fluffy! (test the mix, if it feel too oily then add more arrow root powder, but if you add too much powder- it will leave a powdery feel on the skin! You will have to let it sit overnight to really see what the texture will turn out as!)
  3. Place in a cute jar, and hydrate up!

WHIPPED BODY SCRUB

What you need:
Electric Mixer (to make it whipped)

1/2 cup Sugar ( I get the organic raw cane to exfoliate better because crystals are little bigger)
1/2 cup coconut oil (I get the triple filtered from Trader Joe’s because it has NO coconut scent to mess with your oils)
1 tsp arrowroot powder
10 drops essential oil of your choice 
2 tsp sweet almond oil
1 tsp vitamin-E oil (to preserve up to 6 months)

  1. Mix together coconut oil, sugar, arrowroot, sweet almond oil, vitamin-E, and essential oils into a bowl. (Make sure coconut oil is not melted and is still a soft solid)
  2. Use electric mixer to blend together all ingredients. (Don’t mix too much or else the sugar will grind up too small! Test batch, if you feel like sugar is not ‘rough’ enough, add more and manually mix it in)
  3. Place in cute jar and keep it in your shower to scrub 3x a week!

Note- You all know me, so of course I used mostly all organic products. Some of the products are more expensive at stores, so if you plan to make bigger batches- I recommend buying in bulk on amazon! ūüôā

A little about peppermint oil:
I decided to use peppermint oil, not only because it’s a wonderful holiday scent, but because of how many amazing health benefits it gives to the body! Just breathing peppermint stimulates the brains pleasure point by 50% and reduces anxiety by 50%! Peppermint is also a great oil to help fight away bacteria from body acne! If you are ever feeling nauseous (for my pregnant clients) peppermint oil is a great way to relieve nausea and stomach cramping! In the holistic world, they also use peppermint as a painkiller! So next time you experience these symptoms, try some tea, or diffusing this magical oil!

Making your own beauty product are such a healthier/safe way to treat your skin, I hope you enjoy and have fun doing it!

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The Magic of Turmeric

As most of you have probably heard the word Turmeric in the Indian food culture, this magical spice has been used in the beauty & health industry for centuries to heal, cure, and subside many body issues.

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Here is a a few benefits of Turmeric and ideas of how you can use it for everyday issues!

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Treatment for Acne & Oily Skin:
Because Turmeric is an antibacterial and antiseptic spice, these properties help to aide out the bacteria of breakouts, and control the sebaceous glands to regulate the production of oil.
*make a mask using sandalwood paste, turmeric and some OJ! This blend is a perfect, antibacterial, oil-controlling, exfoliating and vitamin-boosting mask!

 

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Natural Anti-Inflammatory:
It is believed that with every chronic diseases, inflammation plays a huge role. Digesting Turmeric has been known to relieve that swelling internally. Curcumin is main active ingredient in Turmeric, this ingredient is so powerful, that is shows the same effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs. Take a look at the above chart for all diseases this ingredient can help!

Control Dandruff & Hair loss:
Turmeric helps in rejuvenating scalp heath. This can result in less irritation and itchiness from dandruff as well as hair loss! You can use topically on the scalp, washing with a turmeric paste or digesting turmeric everyday will aide this problem!

Natural lightener:
Haldi is another ingredient in Turmeric that is known to be a natural skin lightener. You can find this ingredient in many over the counter lightening products, however making a topical paste of some rose oil and turmeric will do way better than a bunch of mixed ingredients! Spot treat your dark spots every morning and night with this paste and watch the dark slowly lightening to even out your skin tone!

 

 

There you have it, a few wonders of Turmeric; I encourage you to research a little more and see if using daily, will benefit your body!
xomolly2

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What to (not) look for when purchasing Skincare Products

Having a hard time deciding what skincare products to use?
Let me help you narrow down your decision, by informing you of a few common ingredients you should probably avoid!

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Parabens– Widely used in products to preserve or prolong artificial ‘fragrances’. These are easy penetrated chemicals, that go into the body and act as hormones. Parabens have been linked to the tissues found in breast cancer. Known to active dermatitis, eczema, and rosacea.
Label to look for:¬†Most Parabans will have the word ‘Paraban’ in it, such as Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben.

 

Diethanolamine (DEA)– A chemical used to produce a ‘lather’ in cleansers. Known to create a potent carcinogen called NDEA, which is absorbed into the skin and linked to bladder, liver, kidney, and stomach cancers. Some say that this chemical has to be combined with certain products to produce its negative effects, but this chemical has already been banned in other countries, so it must have some concern!
Label to look for: DEA, Diethanolamine, Cocamide DEA, DEA Lauryl Sulfate

 

Sulfates– ¬†In cleansers sulfates work as surfactants: water- and oil-soluble compounds that when combined with water, foam and emulsify greasy substances. After using a cleanser with sulfates, you may feel squeaky clean, more dry than moisturized, and that no more oil is on your face.. but what this chemical is doing, is actually just stripping the skin of our natural oils, that protect the barrier. And because the oil is being stripped away, our skin is being told to produce more oil, to compensate what it has lost! (This goes the same with your scalp and hair) Sulfates are also known as the number one ‘skin irritant’. If you have an allergic reaction to a product, sulfates are almost always involved!
Label to look for: Sulfate, SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

 

Fragrance– If you look on many skin care products, the word ‘fragrance’ pops up in the ingredient list. Your product may smell good, but have you ever wondered what that smell is actually made of? Fragrance is one ingredient that the FDA does not regulate as strictly as they probably should. One word, can mean hundreds of chemicals, forming a scent. Many of these synthetic chemicals can cause negative side effects such as: headaches, asthma attacks, allergies, and rashes. Another dangerous part of this word is phthalates. Most synthetic fragrances are stabilized with¬†phthalates. Pthalates are a group of chemicals used to soften and increase flexibility. This chemical compound has traced back to high levels of developmental and reproductive toxicity. Important to stay away from ‘fragrance’ while pregnant and breast feeding!
Label to look for: Fragrance, Perfume, Parfum

 

Formaldehyde– Known as a human carcinogen, formaldehyde is a colorless, strong smelling gas, that is toxic to the human body in many ways. This chemical has been linked to cases of lukemia, and it initiates the formation of tumors. There is no facts that exposure to formaldehyde alone, has been linked to cancer; but when mixed with formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (that are common in skin care products), a gas called ‘nitrosamines’ forms and is absorbed and penetrated through the skin, and that chemical has been linked to cancer. Formadehyde is classified as a high-grade allergen, causing chemical burns on the skin when applied topically with products containing this chemical.
Label to look for: Formaldehyde, Quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate

 

When purchasing skin care, you want it to be as clean as possible! Look for ‘sulfate-free, paraban-free, artificial fragrance/chemical-free’ products! Keep your skin glowing, and your body happy!

Remember- you are what you put on your skin!
xomolly2

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Bring on the Sun!

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Mineral Based Sunscreens VS. Chemical Sunscreens
Summer is around the corner, although I am all for that natural VITA-D, you need to make sure to be protected! Many Clients have asked me the best sunscreen to use on their face, whether it be to prevent irritation and breakouts, cancer-causing sun rays, and cancer-causing chemical ingredients. Here is a brief answer to what the difference is between active ingredients in sunscreens and/or sunblock.

Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium Dioxide:

Zinc Oxide is the most common active ingredient in most professional and ‘natural’ based skin care lines. Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are minerals that do not dissolve into sunscreens and absorb into your skin. Both minerals work by sitting on the top layer of your skin, where they then scatter, absorb, and reflect ultraviolet radiation, protecting the living skin in your dermis layers below. Zinc Oxide, is a full spectrum blocker, protecting from UVA, UVB, and UVC. Titanium Dioxide is also used alongside Zinc Oxide to help protect from UVB rays, but is not as affective in protecting against UVA rays. Titanium Dioxide is mainly used in mineral makeup that contain an SPF. Just know that when using makeup with an SPF double check that it contains Zinc Oxide as well or you won’t be protected from all the sun rays!

Oxybenzone, Oxtinoxate, Octisalate etc.

These are all known as an active ingredient in synthetic chemical sunscreens.

These chemicals are significantly different than a mineral base compound. They ONLY work by absorbing into the skin. These chemicals produce free-radicals, and because they work when absorbed, they are releasing these free-radicals into the bloodstream. Oxybenzone is a popular spectrum blocker, but also one of the most troublesome to your health. This chemical has been believed to cause hormone unbalance, and cell damage that may provoke cancer. It gets into the blood-steam, and acts like estrogen in the body. Many people will develop an allergic reaction, and many health risks linking to this chemical.

Stay Protected!

xomolly2

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Wake up & Smell the COFFEE!

Are you a coffee lover? This AMAZING, and very easy coffee scrub recipe will have even those non-lovers, LOVIN’ coffee!

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What you Need:
2 tbs ground organic coffee
2 tbs organic coconut oil
1 tbs organic ground cinnamon
1 tsp hot water

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Mix coffee and coconut oil into a bowl, add cinnamon and water once chunks of oil are mixed until smooth! Place into a jar, and scrub that bod clean!

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Coffee Scrubs are essential for those who suffer from body acne, eczema, psoriasis, cellulite, and stretch marks!

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For best results, scrub every other night. It is always best to apply in the shower, because coffee can be a little messy! You want to scrub the problematic area for about 60 seconds in a circular motion, leave on area anywhere from 3-5 min before rising! For sensitive skin, add more water to the body while scrubbing!
This scrub is safe to use full body, face to toes!

Enjoy your freshly smooth skin!

xomolly2

 

 

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Red Red Vino

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I have just returned back to the states from Italy, and one thing that stood out to me the most, was their food culture.

There was not one night that the servers didn’t bring out a jug of red wine, for the table to share.
I mean you asked for water, and you still were brought wine with that water.
What’s with that? Why is wine such a huge part of their culture?

Let me explain.

Red wine is the new ‘IT’ in ant-aging, weight loss, health, and overall happiness!
I know many of you have heard, “drink a glass of red wine a night, it makes for a healthier heart.”¬†‚̧ԳŹ

Well did you know that new studies show women who drink a glass or two of red wine every night, have higher success in losing weight, than those who don’t? This pairs with those who do drink wine, also have a lower stress and anxiety rates, through an every day work life.

If those reasons are still not enough to encourage you to relax with this wonderful-high antioxidant beverage, how about all the health benefits it gives to your health and skin?

The high antioxidants and polyphenols in red wine will:
make your skin glow, clear up any uneven complexions, make you live five years longer, have fewer precancerous skin lesions, and significantly lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.


Still not convinced? Try it topically first.
New skin care lines all over the world are introducing new “red wine facials.”
These skin care products are being made for topical use to create masks, night creams, cleansers, and scrubs with many beneficial ingredients of red wine.

Now go enjoy a glass.. or two!

 xomolly2

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