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Cultured Beauty Secrets

Issue #40                                                                           August 2014

Have you ever tried a DIY face mask?  Most recipes contain three key ingredients:

Yogurt + Oatmeal + Honey

Do you know why?
Yogurt:
  • Natural exfoliant-- lactic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid [AHA]) is much gentler than salicylic acid & other harsh exfoliants
  • Anti-aging-- promotes collagen production
  • Mildly astringent-- tightens skin, refines pores
  • Gently bleachens-- evens out skin tone, fades spots
  • High in zinc-- minimizes blemishes & spots
  • Natural moisturizer-- lactic acid softens skin
Oatmeal:
  • Natural exfoliant-- loosens & removes dead skin
  • Brightens complexion-- smooths skin, reduces clogged pores
  • Emollient-- softens & moisturizes skin
  • Hypoallergenic (especially if certified gluten-free)-- soothes & decreases itching, including eczema, skin rashes, hives and insect bites.
Honey:
  • Natural humectant-- helps skin retain moisture, emollient
  • Softening-- hydration qualities increase suppleness
  • Mildly bleachens-- evens out skin tone, fades spots
  • Naturally antioxidant effects-- protects from sun damage, especially darker honeys
  • Antimicrobial-- combats acne
  • Anti-irritant-- calms & soothes dry skin and minor wounds such as cuts, abrasions, burns
In my last newsletter, The Paleo Pickle, I talked about the benefits of cultured or fermented foods from a nutritional standpoint, which directly contradict the assertions of The Paleo Diet.  In addition to multiplied nutrition, reduced reactivity, and the promotion of healthy intestinal bacteria & neurotransmitter production, cultured foods are anti-aging when used externally on the skin.  Below, you will find two DIY versions of a yogurt, oatmeal & honey face mask.  Choose the one that best fits your schedule & beauty needs!

Cultured Non-Paleo Face Mask:
  • 2 T. plain yogurt (the fattier the better for dry skin, use fat-free for oily skin)
  • 1 T. honey
  • 1-2 T. cooked & cooled oatmeal
-OR-
  • 1 T. oatmeal, finely ground
  • 1 T. plain yogurt (same guidelines as above depending on skin type)
  • A few drops of honey
Preparation:
Blend in blender until it forms a smooth paste. Spread over the face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with a warm washcloth.
Sources: 
http://www.livestrong.com/article/523111-benefits-of-a-yogurt-oatmeal-honey-mask/
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/spa-health/yogurt-honey-diy-facial.htm
This link has three more useful mask recipes for your enjoyment

Additional Resources:
Check out this link for even more mask recipes, specifically for black head removal:  http://almostexactlyblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/blackheads-be-gone/
Through this edition of New Vitality News, I have introduced you to the benefits of cultured dairy products, and my latest blog contains even more information about the health benefits of dairy products, which is a very "anti-Paleo" concept. 

Read more about The Paleo Problem here.

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