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3 Homemade Body Wraps: Detox, Relax & Revitalize

Make your own body wrap at home using our step-by-step guide, which includes 3 super simple recipes you can try today!

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All the Benefits of a Spa… Without the Nasty Chemicals or the Cost!

Off you go to the spa, where they slather you with all kinds of weird goop and leave you to relax – then stick you with the exorbitant bill. Your restful relaxation and feeling of revitalization quickly fades away.

You have no clue what nasty chemicals and substances they’ve covered you in, they’ve charged you a small fortune for the privilege, and whatever small benefit you felt is quickly lost as you pay the bill and walk back out the door straight into all those pollutants you just spent all that money to get rid of.

Why put yourself and your wallet through all that, when you can take a little time out in the comfort of your own home and make a healthy, fresh, effective wrap at home that costs barely anything at all?

You don’t need chemical-laden wrap mixtures that have been fermenting on the shelf in the spa or beauty store, filled with preservatives and synthetic substances that you can barely pronounce. You just need a little quiet time, an old sheet or some inexpensive bandages, and a few natural ingredients.

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It’s a Wrap: The Benefits

There’s a huge range of homemade wrap ingredients to choose from, with different elements providing different benefits. For example: you could create a wrap to cleanse your body and your skin, drawing out toxins and sloughing away dead skin. These wraps also replenish your skin with vitamins and minerals, helping you to feel revitalized.

Depending on the ingredients you select, your wrap could help you to:

The Process

It’s super simple. Once you’ve chosen and made your wrap mixture (see recipes below), you’ll need:

  • An old cotton sheet
  • A quiet space
  • Music (optional)
  • Cold water
  • A few old towels

1) Make Your Wrap: Prepare your wrap from the selection below and set it aside.

2) Hydrate: Drink plenty of water before you begin to ensure you’re properly hydrated.

3) Shower: Take a warm shower, but only use a very mild soap. This helps to open your pores for deep penetration. Avoid shaving, however, as it can cause irritation and be counterproductive.

4) Get Ready: Lay an old cotton sheet in the bath or across a massage table or lounger – wherever you plan to lay during your pampering session. Have a few old towels standing by, too, along with your wrap mixture.

5) Wrap: Then simply slather the mixture all over you, wrap yourself in the sheet as you work in the mixture from your feet upwards. Once covered, lay the towels over the top of you and the sheet. The towels help to trap body heat, keeping you warmer and creating more perspiration.

5) Relax! Each recipe below has a recommended time frame. Adhere to the time frame so you don’t dehydrate yourself. Once your time is up, unwrap yourself and wipe away as much mixture as you can with the sheet. Take another warm shower, without using soap. Once you’re clean and dry, drink some more water to replace some of what the wrap has drawn from you.

NOTE: For a tighter wrap, you can use cheap bandages, but cotton sheets and towels work well. Some wrap recipes advise using cellophane kitchen wrap, but this can cause excessive perspiration, too much heat, and can quickly dehydrate you. It’s also wasteful and bad for the environment, so we recommend sheets and towels. 

How Wraps Work

The theory behind wraps is that the mixture draws toxins from the body through the pores in the skin and replaces them with valuable nutrients.

Homemade wraps can also help alleviate muscle and joint pain and reduce water retention. With the right ingredients, some wraps can act as cleansers, help to rid your skin of fungus and bacteria, and speed up wound healing time; as well as soothe irritated skin and conditions such as eczema.

Weight loss wraps are popular, and there some wild claims out there; however, the (unfortunate) reality is no wrap recipe can suck fat off you, or melt it away. Weight loss might occur by removing toxins which are stored in fat cells or by drawing off retained fluid (temporary results).

Homemade Body Wrap Recipes

We put together 3 of our favorite recipes for you to try…

Moisturizing, Revitalizing Papaya Antioxidant Detox Wrap
papaya cut in halfPapaya has some amazing properties. It’s beenused for thousands of years as a poultice to help heal wounds, fight fungus, and destroy viral bacteria. This is due, in large part, to the protein-dissolving enzyme papain.Papaya also has anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, destroying free radicals and preventing further damage, helping to promote a healthy body and reduce signs of aging. The huge amounts of vitamins and minerals, including A, C, and E, are incredibly good for your body and skin.

This recipe provides a huge range of benefits for your body, and you can use it on your face too.

coconut milkIngredients

  • 3 cups of grated papaya
    (see benefits above)
  • 2 cups of yogurt
    (nutrient-rich & soothing for skin)
  • 2 cups of rice bran (or oats)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
    (soothing and moisturizing)
  • 15 drops of cranberry seed oil
    (carrier oil for deep penetration/rich in antioxidants, vitamin E and minerals)
  • 1 cup of Epsom salts
    (relaxes muscles/opens pores/gives trace minerals)

Application Time: 20 to 60 minutes

Process:  Mix everything together in a big bowl, apart from the Epsom salts. Remove a small portion of mixture and set aside to use on your face.

Then add the Epsom salts to the bowl for your body. Stir well. So simple and incredibly effective.

Simply sit in the middle of your sheet and slather all over yourself, then wrap yourself up and apply the mixture without the Epsom salts to your face.

Anti-inflammatory and Rejuvenating Green Vegetable and Seaweed Detox Wrap
Kale, spinach, and nori are the standout ingredients here. This wrap will help relieve water retention, is anti-aging, full of nutrients, and has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.spinach and kale


  • 2 cups of kale
    (rich in flavonoids, antioxidants, phytonutrients, anti-inflammatory compounds, minerals & fatty acids)
  • 2 cups of spinach
    (rich in flavonoids and antioxidants, phytonutrients, anti-inflammatory compounds, minerals & fatty acids)
  • 2 sheets of nori
    (rich in antioxidants, high concentration of minerals and vitamins, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 cup of Epsom salts
    (relaxes muscles, opens pores & provides trace minerals)
  • 15 drops of evening primrose oil
    (soothing, carrier oil & rich in essential fatty acids)

Application Time: 30 to 60 minutes

Process: Blitz the kale, spinach, nori, and coconut milk in a blender until you have smooth paste. Add the remainder of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Job done! Now apply, wrap, and relax.

Anti-aging, Anti-inflammatory, Moisturizing Honey, Pineapple, and Goat’s Milk Wrap
Manuka honey, aloe vera, and pineapple juice are super healthy for your body and skin. These ingredients are bursting with minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients that not only nourish your skin, but help to draw out toxins and excess water, as well as fight aging, help alleviate skin conditions, and give your skin a fresh, healthy feel.manuka honey


  • 3 tablespoons of manuka honey
    (anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, antiseptic, cleansing, moisturizing & promotes wound healing)
  • 10 drops of aloe vera oil or juice
    (soothing, promotes wound healing, cleansing, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging & scar reduction)
  • 1 cup of rough oats
    (soothing, gentle exfoliant & draws off excess fluid)
  • 2 cups of pineapple
    (anti-inflammatory, cleansing, flavonoid and antioxidant-rich & anti-aging)
  • 2 cups of goat’s milk
    (soothing, moisturizing, hydrating, sloughs away dead skin cells & mineral-rich)
  • 1 cup of Epsom salts
    (relaxes muscles, opens pores & provides trace minerals)

Application Time: 45 to 90 minutes

Process: Simply chop the pineapple and blitz it in the blender. Add the remaining ingredients and stir. It’s that simple.

Making Your Own Concoction

The different ingredient and recipe combinations are infinite – there’s way too many to list here. The three recipes above are basic, inexpensive, and incredibly effective. Each one contains a range of benefits for your skin, from soothing irritation and ridding your skin of bacteria to cleansing and nourishing your skin for a bright, fresh appearance. The BIG secret? With a little research and a bit of trial and error, you can make your own recipe that suits your needs and your skin type.

Yogurt in bowl

Creating a DIY detox body wrap isn’t rocket science. Practically anybody can do it. Experiment with different oils, fruits, herbs, vegetables, clays, and liquids. Just remember not to go crazy at first. Simple is usually best, so try to limit yourself to no more than six ingredients at a time. You can choose a clay and sea-salt wrap, adding a little extra moisture and the herbs of your choice, or go with a liquid wrap mix like those listed above.

Consider what you want from the wrap – are you interested in soothing irritated skin or alleviating eczema and psoriasis, or are you more keen on a little temporary weight loss and skin toning? Do you want to promote wound healing or lessen the impact of oily skin? There are fresh, inexpensive ingredients to help you with all kinds of issues. So do your research and make your own wrap.

Just remember never to leave a wrap of any kind on for more than 90 minutes, and make sure you hydrate yourself before and after. This is necessary for maximizing toxin reduction and skin nourishment, but also to maintain your health.


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3 Tips to Apply Sunscreen the Right Way

You know you should wear sunscreen when you go out in the sun for any significant amount of time. Heck, the advice is up there with “Don’t run out in the street,” “Wear your seatbelt,” and “Don’t eat that gum you found on the sidewalk.” But according to new research, most people don’t regularly apply sunscreen — and when they do, they don’t use enough, which diminishes the product’s effectiveness.

A sunscreen’s SPF depends on the thickness of the layer applied. Studies show that people typically apply a thinner layer of lotion than experts recommend, resulting in an SPF that’s 20 to 30 percent less than the label says.

Tests that determine SPF use a standard layer of 2 milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter. A recent study, however, observed 50 subjects applying different types of sunscreen, and found that people apply only 1.1 milligram of lotion sunscreen, 1.6 milligrams of spray sunscreen, and .35 milligrams of stick sunscreen per square centimeter of skin. (Watch the video above for three tips on how to apply sunscreen so that you reap its full protection from harmful ultraviolet rays.)

Improper application is only one problem with sunscreen use. Fewer than 30 percent of women and 15 percent of men wear sunscreen on their face and body when they go out in the sun, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published today in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Study author Dawn Holman, MPH, behavioral scientist with the CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, underscores that applying sunscreen is only one part of protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. “In the real world, we know that in addition to sunscreen, you’re going to need other forms of protection [such as hats and long clothing] to make sure you’re fully protected and are taking care of your skin when you’re outdoors,” she tells Yahoo Health.

It’s important to note that the 4,000 adults surveyed the CDC study weren’t simply asked, “Do you use sunscreen?” Rather, the subjects were asked how often they used sunscreen on their face, body, or both when they went outside on a warm sunny day for more than an hour. Anyone who replied “always” or “most of the time” was classified as a regular sunscreen user.

“We really want to get at people’s sun protection when they’re going to be outside for an extended period of time,” Holman explains. This allowed researchers to assess behavior when people are spending a lot of time outdoors and have a higher risk for sun damage.

The study also looked at sunscreen application on the face and body separately. About 43 percent of women said that they applied sunscreen to the face, compared with 18 percent of men. Men were also less likely to apply sunscreen to exposed skin on the body compared to women.

Even a diagnosis of skin cancer in the past year didn’t move the needle much. Approximately one-third of men and half of women with recent skin cancer applied sunscreen to both the face and body when they went out in the sun.

Although the study didn’t specifically ask why people didn’t use sunscreen, Holman says that the data offers some clues that might help explain the findings.

For one, low sunscreen use among men is consistent with other research. “There’s some evidence to suggest that men may see sunscreen use as kind of a more feminine behavior because it is a lotion or cream they’re applying, so for some, they may just see that as something as women do,” Holman says. That may change with products that specifically target men, she adds.

People with lower household income were less likely to report regularly using sunscreen. “That could suggest that the cost of sunscreen might be a barrier to regular use for some people,” Holman says.

In addition, nearly 40 percent of people surveyed weren’t sure if their sunscreen offered broad-spectrum protection. Experts recommend a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays cause skin burning, while UVA rays cause aging and wrinkles. Both types are linked to skin cancer.

“We encourage that sunscreen use be used in combination with other forms of protection,” Holman continues, “including staying in the shade when you’re outdoors if possible, using clothing for protection, and wearing a wide-brimmed hat to protect the top of your head, neck, face, and ears.”


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Vitamin Pill Cuts Skin Cancer Risk


People who took a single vitamin pill twice a day cut their risk of the two most common forms of skin cancer by nearly a quarter, Australian researchers reported Wednesday.

The vitamin is a form of vitamin B3 called nicotinamide, and it’s sold in grocery and health food stores for just a few cents a pill. It doesn’t have some of the unpleasant side-effects of its close relative niacin and it’s considered safe to take.

The Australian researchers tested it on 386 people who had already been diagnosed with skin cancer – either squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma. These are extremely common and slow-growing cancers, much less serious than melanoma.

“This is the first clear evidence that we can reduce skin cancers using a simple vitamin.”

While they are easy to treat, it’s inconvenient and can leave scarring. Left untreated, squamous cell carcinoma, especially, can spread and can kill people.

The volunteers took either two 500 mg vitamin B3 pills a day for a year, or a placebo. After a year, those who took the B3 were 23 percent less likely to have another cancer diagnosed, the team reports in a written summary of their findings to be presented next month at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting.

“This is the first clear evidence that we can reduce skin cancers using a simple vitamin, together with sensible sun protection. We hope that these findings can be immediately translated into clinical practice,” said Diona Damian, a professor of dermatology at the Dermatology University of Sydney who led the study.

“However, people at high risk of skin cancer will still need regular check-ups with their doctor.”

It’s not clear how long the benefit might last.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 2.2 million Americans are diagnosed with basal and squamous cell skin cancers each year. Half of all Australians eventually are diagnosed with one or the other. But only about 2,000 people die from either cancer a year, mostly elderly people who have left the cancer untreated.

Try these tips for avoiding skin cancer

The pills also reduced the numbers of pre-cancerous lesions called actinic keratosis. These thick, scaly patches of skin were reduced by 20 percent among the volunteers who took nicotinamide after nine months of treatment.

Nicotinamide is chemically similar to niacin, and when people ingest niacin, the body converts it to nicotinamide. But it can cause unpleasant skin flushing, headaches and low blood pressure. Nicotinamide doesn’t.

“However, people at high risk of skin cancer will still need regular check-ups with their doctor.”

Symptoms of squamous cell skin cancer include persistent thick, rough or scaly patches on the skin that can look like warts and that can crust over or bleed. It can also also look like an elevated bump with a depressed center that may bleed.

These patches can also occur in the mouth or on the bottom of the foot.

Risks include ultraviolet rays from sun exposure and tanning beds, having light skin, being older, and having an immune system weakened by drug treatment or disease. Men are far more likely than women to develop squamous cell carcinoma.

Sun Science: There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Healthy Tan’

The researchers think nicotinamide works to prevent skin cancer in two ways, by helping repair DNA damage caused by ultraviolet light, and by protecting the immune system.

Many people have tried to show that vitamins might prevent various forms of cancer, but studies have shown they often do not. And some supplements, such as beta carotene, may actually fuel cancer.

Some exceptions: a study that showed a specific multivitamin reduced men’s risk of cancer. Another showed a certain form of vitamin C might enhance chemotherapy.


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Tips For Healthy Skin

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By: Sean Darcy (Dr Sean Darcy MD)

Beautiful, healthy skin is a telltale indicator that a person is healthy and feels good on the inside too. Follow these tips to keep your skin healthy and glowing which will leave your feeling the health and emanating the glow.

1. Protect Yourself from the SunToo much sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots, increased risk of skin cancer, as well as other skin problems.  So make sure to

  • Wear sunscreen when outdoors.
  • Seek shade or shelter between 10am and 4pm when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Wear protective clothing like hats and long sleeves when you are in the sun during the middle of the day.
2. Don’t SmokeSmoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of the skin, which decreases blood flow.  This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin (the fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity).
3. Treat Your Skin Gently: Daily cleaning and shaving can have damaging effects on your skin. To make sure your are being gentle, make sure to
  •  Reduce the duration and temperature of showers and baths.  Taking baths and showers that are too hot or too long contributes to removing essential oils from your skin.
  • Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents tend to strip oils from skin. Shop for a more mild soap.
  • Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
  • Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
  • Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.
3. Eat a healthy diet: A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn’t clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin
4. Manage Stress: Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.
5. Cosmetic Procedures: Sometimes we need a little extra help to fix skin issues that affect our self-confidence. When selecting a cosmetic procedure to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or sagging, make sure to seek treatment plans that are natural and minimally invasive. Give us a call to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic surgeon and he can provide you with a personalized recommended treatment plan.
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10 Wonderful Foods That Will Give You Perfect Skin

There are many tasty foods that can give you great skin, and including some of them in your eating plan is essential. When you have a healthy skin, you look much younger and fresher, no matter how old you are. The foods you consume every day play a significant role in the health of your skin as well as your overall health. Nowadays it’s hard to choose foods that are tasty and healthy at the same time. HopWonderful-Foods-That-Will-Give-You-Great-Skin1efully, this list of 10 foods to eat to have a gorgeous skin will help you keep your skin healthy and young.

1. Flax seeds








Flax seeds are rich in omega-3’s that play a critical role in controlling the appearance of age spots and fine lines. A study shows that consuming flax seeds every day helps relieve skin redness and irritation and helps make skin look fresh and soft. Add some flax seeds to your oatmeal, smoothies or your favorite muffin recipe.


2. Purple and blue fruits



Purple and blue fruits are among the best foods to eat for a great skin. Blueberries, blackberries and plums are all rich in antioxidants, which combat free radical damage. If you don’t know, free radicals come from a poor diet or chemicals in the environment. Purple and blue fruits can also help keep your skin looking younger longer.

Source: womanitely

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11 Natural Remedies For Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that is triggered by a genetic disorder which makes the skin replace its cells in a rapid manner. As the skin in certain areas of the body is in a constant state of renewal, the psoriasis condition is often a long term ailment that one has to live with. There are many medications that are prescribed to control the symptoms but the ailment can be remedied or reduced to a large extent by controlling one’s diet and making certain lifestyle changes. When one makes such changes naturally, the immunity system is bolstered and the extent of the disorder is reduced largely.

  1. The number one tip to take care of is to moisturize the skin. If you wish to look after your affected skin, you need to ensure that the skin is moist and not dry. Dryness will aggravate the condition.
  2. Avoid scratching. Psoriasis leads to persistent scratching and itching sensation. To avoid itching and making the skin worse, one should use aloe vera and other kinds of natural moisturizers.
  3. One could try to apply aloe vera gel over the affected areas and apply a plastic wrap or a bandage over the area. This will protect the skin from further irritation and will help it to heal.
  4. Bathing with the right water and temperature is necessary. One needs to use lukewarm water as too hot or too cold will be harsh on the skin. One should pat oneself dry and apply moisturizer after bath.
  5. Salt and oil added to the bathing water will help to heal and moisturize the skin.3
  6. One needs to be consistent in the application of the ointment that one is using. Whichever topical therapy is being followed, one needs to be consistent in using it.
  7. The ultraviolet rays of the sun are good for skin with psoriasis but too much sunlight might burn the skin. Again, one should not put ointment and venture out in the sun as that might aggravate the skin condition.
  8. One needs to quit smoking as it makes the skin condition worse.
  9. Drinking should be avoided or done in moderation.
  10. Diet should be such that white flour, gluten, caffeine, sugar in excess need to be avoided.
  11. Mental health has to be ensured as many people suffer from depression due to social isolation.

Thus, it is necessary that one stays positive and tries out the natural methods mentioned above to gain long term relief from their skin condition.

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