Posts Tagged ‘skin’

MASHK for your face…and the rest of your body.

Monday, May 6th, 2013

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I am about to be pretty open about a health and beauty personal issue. Since I was a child, I have suffered from severe eczema. I have time periods where you would never guess and other times when I am like “Looks like I am going to have to wear sleeves all summer”. It’s been an on going battle but one of my personal goals is to beat the problem and do it naturally.

Sometimes it’s hard having a skin condition in which your skin can feel dry and rough. I am always on the search for natural products that will leave my skin smooth, glowing, and happy. I want to  “fix” my condition and not just hide it. The “fixes” can also be diet related, but that’s a different post for another day.  I’ve had the honor of trying Mashk Tri Miracle Squares. The squares are personally something i’ve never seen before, smell good enough to eat, and are definitely a miracle.

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I was able to try out the Apricot Fig Madness. Ladies and gents, it sure was a crowd pleaser. I opened the jar and wanted to dive right in and live there. I am a sucker for anything that smells wonderful.

Before using the product, I researched what the skin benefits are of apricots. The squares have a lot of apricot oil which contains Vitamin A & E. These vitamins bring softness to your skin for hours. Having skin issues, it’s always good to work with something that will keep your skin happy for as long as possible.

The squares come with instructions on how to properly clean your face. I like to think outside of the box and I’ve used a few of them on my entire body in the shower. The only downside to this is, you will use up the square pretty quickly. There is a small square of cloth in the middle of the square that holds the ingredients in square form. There is nothing sadder than trying to desperately get all of the goodness off of the cloth square that you’re left with. Once I realized that I was struggling to get the remaining apricot goodness off of the tiny piece of cloth, I realized I am an addict. You’ve won this round, MASHK!

I love MASHK’s motto which is “Closer to the nature, the better our skin looks & feels”. I couldn’t agree more. The more natural a product the better and we  often forget, our skin is our biggest organ. We try to avoid eating “crap”, so why would we put “crap” on our skin.  The squares are made with shea butter glycerin soap, Aloe Vera, allantoin, vitamin C & E, lactic acid and proprietary essential oil blend. All natural, all day, all wonderful.

If you’re in the California area, the products are sold in a few stores and salons for you west coast babes. If you’re anywhere else in the world, you can order the squares via the interwebs, here.

Are you as in love with products that smell good enough to eat like I am? Do you have any hidden eczema natural treatments you would like to share?

Stay sexy Gotham!

Drown your life in Coconut Oil.

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Photo courtesy of Maik Floeder

I have had eczema my entire life and have gone to a ton of different dermatologists. Some of them have been beneficial but all of them offered skin products that has been full of harsh chemicals and sometimes even steroids. I have been on a more natural and holistic journey over the past few years. This includes food, hygiene products, skin care, herbs, and loads more.

One great benefit about purchasing natural products is how most natural products can be used for multiple things. There are some herbs that can fix a rash, a messed up knee, make your hair grow, and get you pregnant all at the same time. I am not sure what herb that would be but I am sure it’s out there…somewhere. Possibly. ANYWAY, one of the OG’s of a great natural products that works for a million things is coconut oil.

I haven’t been using it that long but instantly realized the awesome that is coconut oil. Being a typical female, I can’t help but buy the latest lotion and skin care product that is going to make you at some point look like the super model in the commercial. People have recommended coconut oil to me often and I was caught up in the “I need to buy that skin product that I saw at Sephora because that is the best out there! I feel like it in my ovaries!” Don’t get me wrong, I still love Sephora but sometimes you need to turn down that inner beauty product snob and embrace the facts. Once I turned down the volume of my inner diva and researched the benefits of coconut oil, I realized coconut oil RULES! It is loaded with Vitamin E and fatty acids (such as lauric acid, myristic acid, capric acid and more) which are anti-fungal, anti-oxidizing and anti-bacterial, everything our biggest organ needs in order to be healthy and happy.

When I told a friend that I was going to use coconut oil as my daily moisturizer she insisted that i’ve gone mad and you can’t use something you cook with all over your body. I am not sure when women stopped relying on homemade beauty remedies to get the job done, but a lot of women depend on chemical filled beauty products these days and ladies, we need to change this. Women in the 40s didn’t have the luxury of choosing between Clinique or Lancôme but they still took beauty seriously. They were queens of gathering things straight from their kitchens, putting it all over their bodies, and always looking stunning.

With all of this said, lets break it down and get right into where to use coconut oil and how it’s been working for me.

For the dead cells on your head:

I typically don’t have dry hair or scalp but I have been using coconut oil as a hair and scalp moisturizer as of lately. It’s seems that it is best to use coconut oil a little while before you shower and wash your hair. I just put a small amount in my ‘problem’ areas and then wash my hair like I normally would. It’s also fantastic for any frizz issues you may have. If you add a small amount to your hair while straightening, styling, drying, or whatever you will notice quickly that it combats that frizzy awfulness.

Dark Elbows of doom:

I read not that long ago that coconut oil is perfect for getting rid of dark/dry elbows. I have been putting some extra oil on both my elbows once in the morning and once at night for a while now and the results are NUTS. I wish I took a before photo but the difference made my brain explode out of the back of my head.

Rashes, Eczema, Psoriasis, Severe Dryness, and Ebola:

I personally suffer from eczema and server dry skin. Out of all of the natural remedies i’ve tried coconut oil has been hands down the best. It also helps with other skin conditions and if you have a random rash. I apply coconut oil to any part of my body that is itchy or feels dry almost right away. Like my elbows, I typically will apply it to my whole body twice a day. Lately since it’s cooler weather, I have been overdosing on coconut oil but am noticing great improvements in my skin. As far as ebola…I am sure coconut oil can help with that…somehow. Science!

Eat it up because it’s good for you:

I am not a fan of coconut, at all. BUT for those of you that are better than me, you can use it as a spread instead of butter, in your baking, and your cooking. Make sure if you plan on eating your coconut oil you are buying the type that you can cook with. There are lots of cosmetic coconut oil products that I am not sure are safe to eat but if you buy it from the cooking area at your market then you’re good to go. You can use that on your face and in your tummy.

I recently purchased the Spectrum Essentials coconut oil for skin and hair care. So far it’s my fav! I try to stick with unrefined, pure virgin or extra-virgin. Go straight up organic if you can. The great thing about coconut oil is a little goes a long way so you don’t have to use a ton of it when applying it to your desired areas. You can buy coconut oil at your local market, healthy food store, or online (Amazon has a million brands!). For all of the amazing benefits of coconut oil, it is shockingly inexpensive compared to what us ladies will spend on some beauty products.

Are you already having a love affair with coconut oil? How do you use it and do you know of any other benefits? Did it get you pregnant? Did it cure your ebola?

Always putting the lime in the coconut,

Latanya Rene