Eternal Lifestyles » diy beauty http://eternallifestyles.com Live Healthy, Live Long, Live Young Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:03:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8 Age-old Methods that Stop Wrinkles in Their Tracks http://eternallifestyles.com/age-old-methods-stop-wrinkles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=age-old-methods-stop-wrinkles http://eternallifestyles.com/age-old-methods-stop-wrinkles/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 11:15:00 +0000 http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=705 Nobody likes to age, and the ancients weren’t so different than us in that way. Sure, they didn’t have the luxury of living as long as we do, but for the years they were alive, they were just as obsessed with prevention of aging as we are. Many of their anti-aging treatments were not lost […]

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Nobody likes to age, and the ancients weren’t so different than us in that way. Sure, they didn’t have the luxury of living as long as we do, but for the years they were alive, they were just as obsessed with prevention of aging as we are.

Many of their anti-aging treatments were not lost with the passage of time. From recovered recipes to treatments handed down from mother to daughter, here are some of the most effective anti-aging beauty treatments from ancient times.

Ancient Egyptian face serum: Many of you may already know how obsessed the Egyptian culture was about staying young.

Some of the recipes for their anti-aging serums have been recovered (discovered in the 1500′s and preserved till this day). One such anti-aging treatment that’s supposedly quite effective contains a slew of interesting, if not common, ingredients – gum of Frankincense, wax, Moringa oil, cyperus grass and fermented plant juices.

A modern-day equivalent to this recipe is the following:

  • 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil,
  • 2 drops of essential oil of Frankincense and
  • 1 drop of rose attar (a popular Egyptian oil that has skin strengthening properties)

This Egyptian face serum is to be lightly massaged at night onto a cleansed face.

Tip: If you’re new to essential oils, they can be procured at any local health food store.

Secret weapon of Japanese Geisha: In Japan, where Geisha are lauded for their beauty, staying young and beautiful for as long as possible is essential.

White camellia oil is an oil geisha have been using for centuries on their skin and hair. This rapidly-absorbing oil can eliminate wrinkles, hasten hair growth, strengthen nails, improve skin texture and it can even get rid of every woman’s arch enemy – stretch mark.

Where to find: Camellia Oil – 100% Pure, 8 oz

Olive and Coconut oil: Both of these naturally-derived oils have been used and loved by cultures all over the world for generations, and they’re applied to the body in similar ways.

These oils can be massaged into the face to prevent wrinkles, and all over the body as a surprisingly effective sun screen.

Bonus: Warmed up and applied to the hair, olive oil and coconut oil are also excellent hair conditioners, especially for curing brittle dry ends (just be careful not to use too much).

Warm milk: Whether you soak in a tub of it like Cleopatra (mixed with aromatic flowers and her favorite oils) or use a small amount on your face, cultures for thousands of years have used milk to prevent aging.

Thanks to its high fat content and vitamins like vitamin A and E (which are very moisturizing), milk remains one of the best natural anti-aging products you can get in the grocery store, or anywhere else.

Mayans and avocados: While you may not know a lot about the Mayans beyond their calendar, archaeologists have discovered one thing about then — they were fans of the avocado for beauty and anti-aging prevention.

Avocado oil itself is a great for the face. It won’t clog pores and it can hide pre-mature signs of aging.

Bonus: Applied to the hair, avocado is a wonderful conditioner.

Sometimes looking to the past can give us some great answers to modern questions, and this is definitely the case with ancient anti-aging treatments. From the Egyptians and Japanese to the Mediterranean cultures and Mayans, taking a look at naturally-derived ingredients can do wonders for your skin.

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Cleansing Your Face the All-Natural Way (with things you can pronounce) http://eternallifestyles.com/face-cleansing-using-things-you-can-pronounce/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=face-cleansing-using-things-you-can-pronounce http://eternallifestyles.com/face-cleansing-using-things-you-can-pronounce/#comments Sun, 14 Apr 2013 11:48:39 +0000 http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=206 The skin on our face breaks out for a ton of different reasons –stress, hormones, the things we eat, as well as makeup (which can clog our pores) and touching it excessively with our hands. Whatever the reason you might breakout, it’s easy to cleanse your skin gently and all-naturally in a cost-effective way. And […]

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The skin on our face breaks out for a ton of different reasons –stress, hormones, the things we eat, as well as makeup (which can clog our pores) and touching it excessively with our hands. Whatever the reason you might breakout, it’s easy to cleanse your skin gently and all-naturally in a cost-effective way. And you can also do it with things you can actually pronounce, which is more than most drug store cleansers can say.

Facial astringents are a great way to get rid of any dirt that might be in your pores and dry up zits and pimples. But a lot of them can leave sensitive skin feeling dried out and raw, which only then gives you another problem to deal with. So instead of arming yourself with an astringent and then facial lotion to moisturize afterwards, prepare yourself a gentler remedy.

You can make a great substitute for those store bought concoctions by brewing a bit of black tea (about a cup of it that you can keep stored in a container of some sort) in some warm water. Let the tea bag steep for a few minutes before taking it out. Then add about one tablespoon of lemon juice and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Use a cloth or cotton ball to apply to your face like you would any other astringent.

Black tea is great for drying up acne. It pulls toxins out of your pores and lets your skin breath and heal. The lemon juice is great for helping to reduce redness, and apple cider vinegar will give your skin a nice glow as well as make it soft to the touch. The combination of all three packs a powerful punch against any facial impurities you might suffer from. And if you’re trying hard to get rid of a pesky pimple, keep applying the mixture to it every time it dries out for about an hour or two. It should slowly shrink down and then disappear within a day or two.

Another way to cleanse your face is to use an all-natural, home-prepared face mask. You can find several of these through a simple internet search for any kind of skin. However, a great one for just about any skin type is one that just uses all-natural honey and lemon juice. This is something usually better prepared in small amounts for each usage. It takes a teaspoon of honey and half a teaspoon of lemon juice, mixed together in a small container. Apply the mixture to your face after gently washing off any makeup or grime with warm (not hot) water. Coat your entire face and let sit for roughly fifteen minutes and then wash off with warm water. Your skin should feel refreshed and soft, and significantly less red (if that was a problem) and acne should be less noticeable. Honey works a lot like black tea, drawing out the toxins in your skin. Paired with the redness-reducing power of lemon juice, it’s a fabulous way to pamper your face. And the mixture shouldn’t dry out your skin the way a lot of store-bought face masks do, so you won’t feel the need to moisturize with chemical-ridden lotions afterwards. Talk about a complete win.

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