Dry Skin? Use Watermelon Seed Oil

Watermelon seeds come from the watermelon plant, which grows on the vine and bears the scientific name Citrullus lanatus. It is particularly common in West Africa, where it is also called kalahari oil. Watermelons originated almost 5,000 years ago in the Kalahari Desert of Africa In Africa, watermelon seeds have been prized for the highly nutritive oil that they contain. Traditionally, the seeds are removed from the flesh and then are dried outside in the sun. Once dried, the seeds are then pressed to extract the beneficial oil. The seeds of the watermelon come in two main colors, white and black, which are the immature and fully developed seeds respectively.

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What's the deal with natural sunscreen and your skin?

Skin damage from the sun shows up in so many forms on our skin. Uneven complexion, hyperpigmentation, blemishes, and dark spots are all results of too much sun. This is why the daily application of sunscreen is so important. Yes, even us with melanin in our skin need sun protection too..... However, many sunscreens contain toxic ingredients or endocrine disrupting chemicals that in many cases can actually promote skin cancer growth and free radical production in the body.  The great thing about Mother Nature is that she has given us oils and butter that have built-in SPF (Sun Protection Factor). 

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What is the skin's Acid Mantle? And why it is important?

The acid mantle is a protective slightly acidic film that sits on the surface of the skin. Sometimes you will hear the acid mantle referred to as a ‘hydrolipidic film’ which means a film of oil and water.  The skin normal pH level is 4.5 and 5.5 (hence the term acid mantle because it is slightly acidic). The acid mantle discourages the growth of fungi and bacteria.  Constant disruption of the acid mantle can lead to inflammation, dermatitis and atopic skin diseases.

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5 Reasons Why Hemp Seed Oil is so Amazing!!!

Hemp Seed Oil is one of my favorite oils, it is rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids.The list of nutrients is many calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper, vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B9, and vitamin D along with a useful dose of the antioxidant vitamin E. Let me give you the ten reasons why Hemp Seed Oil is soooo amazing for your skin.

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Why is a Toner important to your Skincare Ritual?

Many women have the cleansing, detoxing and moisturizer step for their skincare ritual on lock, however, many skip this important step in maintaining a clear complexion. Toners are especially important and necessary for people with oily or acne-prone skin, or for people who want extra cleansing after wearing makeup. First, we need to examine what is toner and when our skin needs it.

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SkincareDonica Johns
Why Turmeric is Amazing for your Skin

I discovered the benefits of Turmeric for my skin after having a discussion with my Indian friend following her traditional Indian wedding. Indian brides have long used turmeric body scrubs and face masks to purify and cleanse their bodies as well as provide a healthy glow by brightening their skin right before their weddings. Wow, I was blown away that turmeric was used and it essential to the brides overall beauty. 

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