Friday, January 13, 2012

Natural recipes that nourish your skin for a healthy appearance

There are natural ingredients that is impossible to hand craft even with natural preservatives. Here, I'd like to share some "home-made" recipes with you that I'm sure you will enjoy. Most of the ingredients you most likely have in your kitchen. Have fun!

A Feast for Your Skin!

The following are home made facial masques using common foods. Tempting ingredients imbued with tasty aroma’s that nourish your skin achieving a healthy ‘fruit fabulous’ appearance.

TROPICAL BREEZE (Get the Caribbean Glow)
* For All Skin Types
* Omit the olive oil for oily, combination or acne prone skin

1 Banana
1 Mango
1 cup crushed pineapple (or canned pineapple)
1 tablespoon olive oil.
Use olive oil if you suffer from very dry skin

Mix banana, mango, pineapple and olive oil in a blender on slow speed until it becomes a thick liquid. Avoiding eye area, apply to face for 5 minutes. Wash off with warm water and your Motion Medica cleanser. Take a wash cloth and run cold water on it. Gently pat your face with it. Allow to air dry.

WITH EGG ON YOUR FACE (my apologies for the corny name)
* Best for oily prone skin
* Do not use this if you are allergic to eggs
* If using raw egg avoid getting into your mouth or eyes for risk of salmonella

1oz Pasteurised egg substitute. For very oily skin 1 regular raw egg.
1 Tablespoon of skim milk
Whisk both ingredients together in a ceramic bowl. Apply on face and leave on for 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water and cleanser. Gently pat dry skin.

STRAWBERRY FIELDS ( I'm a Big Beatles Fan)
* Great for All Skin Types

2 Cups Strawberries
2 Cups Plain Yogurt
2 Tablespoons of Honey

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend at slow speed until it becomes a thick liquid. Leave on for 15 minutes and wash off with warm water and cleanser. Gently pat dry your skin. Anything left over-drink it!

By Sandy Alcide. Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. Permission needed for re-print. Sandy is the Founder of Motion Medica skin care. A certified natural line widely known as the innovator of beauty products for the fitness lifestyle and has expanded with skin care products for all lifestyles.

Are spray moisturizers better than creme moisturizers?

New Spray Moisturizers Vs. Creme Moisturizers

In a time crunched society people are always seeking products that are more convenient and less time consuming. Before you purchase a moisturizing spray, you may want to know what the difference is between a spray on moisturizers and a creme moisturizer.

Originally, spray moisturizers were available for a person’s hair. Now, they are being made and touted by the skin care industry as a convenient moisturizer for the skin. Proven effective for hair; they may be convenient, but are they really an effective moisturizer to ward off dryness of skin?

Hair is different than skin. The outer layer of the hair (cuticle) covering the hair protects the molecular layer of lipid that makes hair repel water. But the complex structure of skin is different from hair.

There are two basic categories of moisturizers: humectants (absorb water from the air) and emollients. Emollients soften the skin by delivering the ingredients directly into skin. Unlike humectants, emollients bring moisture to your skin by the ‘composition’ of the product.. A main function of an emollient is to trap moisture in the skin. If you don’t properly apply an emollient, such as a “creme” composition-you may just be trapping moisture outside the skin, eventually leading to dryness.

Moisturizers are a creme or lotion that act like natural lipids found in healthy skin and the deep layers of the skin. Creme moisturizers work by preventing water from evaporating from the skin. Creme and lotions, in a non-greasy formula are easily absorbed into the skin. Cremes are slightly thicker than lotions and are better for those with very severe, dehydrated skin. A spray moisturizer mostly contains water will simply lay atop of your skin and give you a temporary feeling of softness. Not all creme moisturizers are heavy and greasy feeling and skin can be breathable. A common ingredient found in a lot of creme/lotions is mineral oil, one ingredient to avoid when choosing a moisturizer. Water, the main ingredient in spray on moisturizers, will not give your skin adequate moisture levels.

A key ingredient in creme moisturizers is Dimeticone (also known as silicon fluid), is a water-repellent substance used to protect the skin. This ingredient is not found in spray moisturizers because it can not be sprayed or in a mist form.

A spray on moisturizer advertised their product by stating: “The world’s lightest moisturizer ever”. A mist solution to heavy creme moisturizers”. The key ingredients are Water (Aqua), Sodium PCA, Cetrimonium Chloride, Sea Salt, Parabens, Fragrance (Parfum).

The name of a spray on moisturizer being sold is: “Mineral Spray Skin Moisturizer”. It then stated “Refresh & Invigorate Your Skin With A Fresh Spritz of (name of product excluded). The two ingredients listed: Water, Nitrogen as Propellant. Water, the main ingredient, will not give your skin adequate moisture levels. A propellant serves to dispense the contents of an aerosol or liquid. How does this product moisturize your skin? It doesn’t.
For people with extremely dry skin from certain lifestyles as frequent sun exposure, use of tanning beds, frequent swimmers in chlorine and salt water, and eczema; it is vital for them to use a creme moisturizer as their skin will severely dry out leading to a weathered appearance and speed up the signs of aging the skin.

It’s important to apply moisturizer regularly, at least twice a day and always after cleansing to prevent skin from drying.

Quick, convenient skin care products can result in a disappointing appearance to your skin. A little extra time taken to apply the correct moisturizer is a smart investment for your skin’s health. If you would like to refresh your skin with water and other non-essential ingredients for adequate moisture, then the spritzers may be good for you. Obviously, if a spray-on product is called a moisturizer, it really isn’t.

By Sandy Alcide
Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved
Sandy Alcide is the founder of Motion Medica. A certified all natural skin care line. Her skin care line is widely known as the innovators of beauty products for the athletic lifestyle and skin care products for all lifestyles.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

You can use the same skin care products that celebrities and socialites use on a budget

Socialites and celebrities don't use skin care products that you think they do.

The general public are under the assumption they need to be a millionaire to buy the same skin care products as the privileged do, when, in fact, they don't. How is this possible?

To touch the face of one who is always in the limelight (whether they want to be or not), your product needs to be good. No. Great. While most mass produced brands spend a ton of money on advertising and unique bottling and jars, they must work on a high profit margin to pay for the advertising and to make a profit. The ingredients listed are also over the top and unique. But how much of them is really in the product? Not much. Working on a high profit margin, with expensive ads in prestigious magazines-put a high price on the product, and well, it must be good? Not really. Some consumers believe the higher the price the better the product. Take a 2oz jar of moisturizer selling at a fancy department store with a price of
$135.00. A comparable product with the exact ingredients and amount of ingredients, not found in the department store can sell for $35.00 and give you the same excellent results.

Socialites and celebrities are savvy with their personal products.

Most of them purchase "underground' skin care lines. The word underground can have a few meanings as a noun, verb or adjective. In skin care it's a term used for products that are outside the use of the general population. They are more socially conscious than "mainstream", or a better known term-"mass produced" products.

Underground or sometimes called "boutique" skin care lines are usually hand crafted with the finest ingredients while following all FDA regulations. The money is not spent on corporate advertising teams, hundreds of thousands of dollars for advertising in glamorous magazines and national television ads.

You may be wondering "well a famous actress appears in the T.V ads", she must use the product". Um, sorry-no. When you are working in the industry, and are trust-worthy, many personal assistants and make-up artists to the stars will disclose the product line their boss uses. It's rarely mass produced-or appears in television and magazine ads. Also, an ethical owner of an underground skin care line will always remain discreet who she has as clients and would never exploit a famous client. It's simply not worth losing the reputation of being trust worthy and ethical. A business owners' personal reputation is as important as her products.

Don't underestimate your non-mainstream skin care products or judge the line by the unadorned packaging or website.

As for "Awards" given to skin care lines by magazines. Did it ever occur to you that these awards are always given to the skin care products that advertise in their magazine frequently? Ponder that a bit.

Consumers are confused what really is the best skin care products. People spend lots of money trying different brands with sometimes disappointing results and always hoping for radiant, clear skin. Step out of mass produced skin care lines and give your small underground skin care company a try. You may be pleasantly surprised and with a lot of money saved. If you are not receiving a compliment on your skin at least once a week, or people noticing a remarkable improvement with its appearance; it may be time to switch your brand-without regret.

By Sandy Alcide. Founder/Product Developer of Motion Medica botanical skin care. Innovators of luxury beauty products for fitness lovers and luxury products for all skin types. Sandy Alcide is a BioChemist and Esthetician specializing in skin disorders. You may use this article or portions, but you must include this paragraph and a link to

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