Sunday, January 25, 2015

MSM

I have been taking MSM powder off and on for 20 years.  I take it for the incredible benefits for your skin. I recently came across an article from Natural News and it reminded me how wonderful and beneficial this supplement is for you.  So I wanted to share the Natural News article with my readers.




The supplement form of MSM is a white, odorless powder and is most well known for its use as a natural arthritis remedy since it helps to soften the joint tissue and restore flexibility. This is one of the primary reasons MSM is so effective as a topical skincare ingredient, among other properties it possesses. It is water soluble as a supplement, so will not build to toxic levels as your body just uses what is needed and flushes the rest out.

Some people also report they experience improved skin when supplementing with MSM internally. This is no surprise since our skin cells are also "soft tissue" cells that need to retain their pliability and flexibility, and this compound helps the cells do just that both topically and internally.

MSM softens the skin and makes it smoother, more hydrated and "flexible"

MSM has a softening, deeply penetrating effect on the skin when applied topically. It has the unique ability to penetrate several skin layers and therefore provides a better, more deeply hydrating and smoothing effect for longer periods of time. For this reason, it is one of the best ingredients to look for if you have chronically dry or mature skin that has lost a lot of its elasticity.

The sulfur compound also has an anti-inflammatory and skin-repairing effect, which may be useful for inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis. It also may help smooth and soften acne scars and hasten the healing of existing lesions.

MSM helps make the skin cells more permeable, and therefore more absorbent and receptive to plumping and hydration. This means that if it is an ingredient in your facial moisturizer, it can help the other ingredients gain entry to the skin cells in order to hydrate them more effectively. It can also accomplish this when taken internally as a supplement, especially when plenty of water is taken in throughout the day to enhance consistent skin hydration.

MSM helps even skin tone, diminish hyperpigmentation and age spots

MSM has been reported to help reduce hyperpigmentation issues such as melasma, pink or faded-red acne scars, age spots, freckles and sun damage both as an internal supplement and external application although most people consistently reported greater success when using it topically for this purpose. It has a brightening and luminizing effect on the skin overall when applied topically, and over time may also help reduce uneven skin tone and help correct areas of darker pigmentation as well.

Since MSM makes the skin cells more permeable, it may very well have to do with the synergy of other lightening ingredients contained in a cream or lotion, so it may also allow natural skin brighteners to better penetrate the skin. The exact mechanism of this topical skin-lightening and brightening effect is not clear, although it is likely due to its ability to soften the cells.

So as you can see it has some very important benefits for the skin and body. The brand that I take is  Omica.




Check it out for yourself. There is a lot of great information out 
there on this supplement.

Also, remember we have a new Acne and problem skin care line at Real Raw Beauty.  www. realrawbeauty.com

Until next time,
Jan


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Problem Skin? Help is here!

We now have a Face Wash and Moisturizer specifically formulated to target and help heal acne and problem skin. One of our clients that has tested the products for us has been so gracious to allow us to use her before and after photos.

                                                Before Real Raw Beauty for problem skin

                                                                     Six Weeks later

Our Acne and problem skin line Starter Package includes:
Radiant Face Wash for Problem skin
Radiant Moisturizer for Problem skin
Pink Himalayan Salt Face Exfoliator
Dead Sea Mud Mask

We have found that in order to achieve the results that you see in the pictures above, it is necessary to use all 4 of the products together on a weekly and daily basis. In order to see these type of results it requires diligence and consistency with the 4 products.  Our wonderful volunteer followed this routine in order to clear up her skin, and achieve the outcome you see.

Some people think that putting oil on top of an oily face will only make it oilier. Quite the opposite. Oils dissolve oil. Soaps and cleansers  dry out your skin and cause the body to work over time to produce more oil to balance your skin's PH. Result, oily skin, which clogs pores and leads to breakouts. The oils in RRB face wash and moisturizer will balance the skins PH.
Bacteria on and under the skin is another contributor to breakouts. These new formulas contain several anti bacterial, anti fungal oils to fight and kill bacteria. 
There are a lot of reasons for breakouts and acne, these are only a few. We also know that this skin care routine works much better with a healthy diet and the removal of foods from your diet that contribute to breakouts, but that is for another blog post. 

So here is our 4 product routine


Night routine
Cleanse the face with the RRB Face Wash
Re apply and sleep in

Mornings
Exfoliate
Apply Daily Moisturizer for problem skin

2 times a week apply the Mud Mask

It's actually that simple and fast. The Face wash is a cleanser, toner and night time moisturizer.

The oils in the Acne line are completely different than the ones in our regular skin care oils. They were selected because of their benefits and healing properties for skin that is broken out or prone to breakouts. They will also help heal scarring which can be a by product of challenging difficult skin.

The Face exfoliator will help the skin eliminate dead skin cells from the surface of the skin which are one of the reasons for clogged pores, which lead to breakouts.

The Dead Sea Mud Mask will help pull toxins out of the skin and dry up breakouts.

These can be purchased in a kit to begin the program, then replaced individually as they are used up.

All of this is done without the use of chemicals,  or toxins, only 100% Organic unrefined oils.

You can go to the Real Raw Beauty website at www.realrawbeauty.com and click on the products and read more on the oils included in each product and their benefits.

If you are suffering from skin that is prone to breakouts, definitely check out our problem skin line.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time,
Jan
www.realrawbeauty.com










Sunday, January 11, 2015

Organic, Unrefined and Unfiltered

Organic symbols are everywhere you look today. Produce, clothing, soaps, spices, coconut water, fruit drinks, protein powders, cosmetics. and oils....the list is endless. I want to share with you a little bit of information about organic oils that you may not know.
Just because an oil says that it is organic doesn't mean that there has not been chemicals involved in the extraction process to remove the oil from the nut or seed.  Take Almond oil for example. You can grow an Organic grove of almond trees and never put any pesticides or herbicides on them in the growing process and follow all the organic guidelines to meet the criteria  to say-grown Organic. But you may not be aware, when the oil is extracted form the organic almond, most companies use petroleum or some other chemical solvents to extract the oil along with extremely high temperatures. Now your organic almond oil has chemicals in them. This process is called refinement. This type of extraction saves companies lots of money, but you think you are buying 100% Organic. What we need to be looking for in oils is not just the word Organic but the statement, Organic, unrefined and unfiltered. 




In order for an oil to be labeled unrefined the nuts must be extracted by some type of cold pressed method. This type of extraction of the oils does not use any solvents, hexane or alcohol and this means that the oils have not been processed through heat intensive hydraulic extraction, which will produce unhealthy, lower quality oils.
Unrefined oils maintain their rich strong flavor and color and nutrients.

Also oils may go through a filtering process that uses bleaching or synthetic silica to eliminate carotenoids, fatty acids and pesticides or active carbon to deodorize and reduce orders. Needless to say these steps produce a lower standard oil.

Oils that say unrefined do not go through this process.

So when choosing oils, choose 100% Organic, unrefined and unfiltered for your skin. This guarantees quality and integrity for your skin. This is our standard at Real Raw Beauty. Our oils that are extracted from a seed or a nut are not only Organic, but unrefined and unfiltered. It makes a difference. And when you use Real Raw Beauty oils on your face and body you will see and feel the difference. Check out the ingredient labels on your skin care.  Unless it says 100% Organic, unrefined, unfiltered.....it's not.




Until next time,
Jan
www.realrawbeauty.com

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Hormone of Desire




'Continueing the odyssey of 'The Hormone of Desire'




























I just recently came across and read a book, "The Hormone of Desire" by Dr Susan Rako. She is a Harvard trained Boston based psychiatrist that wrote this book almost 20 years ago. Created out of her own experience, addressed to women and to their doctors, this book redefines the concept of hormone replacement therapy to include testosterone for the large population of woman who need it for the maintenance of vital and sexual energy-whether their testosterone deficiency has been caused by natural aging and menopause, surgical removal of ovaries, or the effects of chemotherapy.

She states in the beginning of the book,"My experience began like that of many women approaching menopause. I have always been comfortable with my body's female manifestations and rhythms. I had expected to go through menopause "naturally" without the the use of hormones. When I was 47 still having menstrual periods-irregular-I could not make sense of loss of general vital energy, loss and thinning of hair, and loss of sexual energy I experienced. To say that I was lacking a feeling of well-being was an understatement.
In a search to learn what I could find about loss of sexual and vital energy at menopause, I became very familiar with the stacks of Harvard's Countway Medical Library. The data was there. But it didn't say estrogen was what I needed. It said testosterone.
I soon learned that research has shown:
1. A woman's normal physiology includes the production of a critical amount of testosterone, essential to her normal sexual development, to the healthy functioning of virtually all tissues in her body, and to her experience of vital energy and sexual libido.
2. This critical amount of testosterone decreases after menopause, in many women resulting in a loss of vital energy and sexual libido."

And that is just the first couple of paragraphs at the beginning of the book. I wanted to share this book because it helped me so much. She not only goes deeply into the symptoms and what to expect in our 40's, 50's and beyond from deficient testosterone levels, but provides solutions. There is so much information out there and available for men and testosterone replacement, but you really have to dig to find information for women. This book is a great place to start.

I am not a doctor and would never give any medical advice. But I do take my health into my own hands and find solutions to any and everything that pertains to me living a vibrant, healthy, satisfying   happy life.

9780609803868




Also, if you have never heard or read about Pine Pollen and it's benefits, here is a link.  http://www.surthrival.com/news/pine-pollen-benefits/

Until next time,
Jan
www.realrawbeauty.com





Sunday, December 28, 2014

Fulvic Acid





Fulvic Acid is quickly becoming recognized as one of the key elements and scientific breakthroughs of the 21st century. Doctors and Scientist from around the world are discovering it's extraordinary potential. Here is a little exert from Natural News on Fulvic Acid:

"If you would like to live to a healthy, ripe old age, take a cue from some of the most long-lived (and robust) people on the planet by consuming a diet rich in fulvic acid. Formed over thousands of years from microorganisms' decomposed organic matter, fulvic acid is at once nourishing and detoxifying. Offering outstanding protection against cognitive impairment, heavy metals and numerous health complaints - including diabetes, inflammation and chronic fatigue - fulvic acid has kept the Himalayan communities of India, Nepal and Pakistan sharp and resilient for centuries.

Fulvic acid is normally present in healthy soils, which is then absorbed by plants. Unfortunately, through modern farming practices and use of agricultural chemicals, fulvic acid levels have dropped substantially over the years. Modern water treatment facilities further remove this important element from our food supply. Considering that fulvic acid is a formidable antioxidant, is mineral-rich and dramatically improves the uptake and utilization of nutrients, it's no wonder that disease in westernized countries is rampant as exposure to naturally occurring fulvic acid declines.

According to Dr. Edward Group, founder of Global Healing Center:

"Fulvic acid is beneficial in part because as plants and other living things absorb high levels of fulvic acid, their biochemical reactions are sped up and become more efficient. Enzyme activity increases and cell membranes become more permeable. Water is able to enter cells at an above-normal rate. This is beneficial for both plants and animals by promoting balanced hydration and allowing the body to pass unwanted toxic substances."

Dr. Group continues: "Ingestion of fulvic acid is known to increase the ability of a cell to release toxic metals.

So what is Fulvic Acid and why is it so good for you?

Fulvic Acid contains over 72 minerals, 9 vitamins and 18 amino acids and an abundance of other beneficial plant-source fulvic-humic acid nutrients that are nature's way of helping the body.
Fulvic Acid is found in the soil, which before commercialized farming, was abundant in top soil for growing vegetables and fruits rich in minerals. It is a derivative of microbial degradation of humid substance. In short microorganisms in the soil, essential to healthy plants.
Now our farming soil for the most part is mineral deficient because food quality is sacrificed for quantity. Today the application of excessive amounts of nitrate fertilizers, eliminate the indigenous microbial life within the soil. When microbial life is inhibited or destroyed, vital fulvic and humid acids are exhausted. More pesticides equal less and less of fulvic acid which is needed for healthy plants.



Sick soil=Sick plants=Sick people.

Fulvic-humic acid helps your body:

Slow down the aging process
Produce more energy
Balance cell life
Improve circulation
Control inflammation
Remineralize the body
Super-oxygenate the blood
Improve brain function
Revitalize libido
Increase endurance
Cause your cell walls to be more permeable to take in nutrients
Remove toxins and metals from the body
Repair regenerate and restore cells-Including skin and nails

The list is actually much longer than this. But I think you can read this and understand how important fulvic-humic acid is to the body.

Before commercialized farming we could get all of this from our plants, because they were getting it from the soil. But now we live in different times and we have to find other ways to take in this very vital nutrient.

Today companies are getting fulvic acid from areas of ancient deposits of lush plant matter that were buried and naturally decomposed millions of years ago resulting in pure form of organic matter.

Also in the Himalayan Mountains Shilajit is being harvested containing fulvic acid.



I continue to look for the most superb Fulvic acid I can find. Right now I am taking this particular brand. But I will update you if I find another brand that I think is better.


You can go to there website http://www.omicaorganics.com/store/fulvic-acid.html
or you can get it from Amazon.

Please do your own research on Fulvic acid and you will understand not only how important this is for a healthy body but the consequences, resulting in an unhealthy sick body.

It is very simple to take daily. You squirt 4 stopper full in a glass of spring water. It really doesn't have much of a taste. Very easy.

Check it out.

Until next time,
Jan

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Radiant A



Radiant A is quickly becoming one of our fastest selling products. It is full of natural Retinol's and antioxidants. It is 100% Organic with no chemicals or toxins. Our customers are experiencing firmer tighter skin, less wrinkles and an overall improvement in the texture and quality of their skin.




Radiant-A's base is made from Rosehip oil, which is a source of topical retinoic acid (vitamin A) in a natural bio-identical form.

In 1983 the faculty of Pharmacology and Chemistry at the University of Concepcion in Chile conducted a 2 year study with an emphasis and study on the healing action of the oil. The study was conducted on 180 patients with extensive facial scarring, acne scarring, deep wrinkles, sun damage, radiation damage, burns, surgical scars and a group suffering from pre-mature aging. The results were outstanding and remarkable. It was found that Rosehip oil with continual application, effectively helped with reducing the effect of scars and wrinkles, along with preventing advancement of premature aging and helped in regaining lost skin color and tone.

Later pharmaceutical companies caught on to the remarkable properties of this Trans-Retinoic acid, a derivative of Vitamin A and formed Retin-A. The prescription Retin-A has so many chemicals that it has been considered Toxic for human use in many arenas.

Think about it, wouldn't you rather apply an all organic natural product to your skin that will help give you the same results without all of the harsh chemicals and side effects?  These chemicals not only sit on your skin, but are absorbed into the skin and bloodstream. 

Radiant-A applied 5 nights a week:

Stimulates new cell growth
Regenerate cells
Allows the skin to breathe without clogging pores
Helps shrink your pore size
Helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles
Preserves skins elasticity
Fights bacteria that causes acne

Radiant-A is proprietary blend of Organic virgin oils. It not only contains Rosehip oil to stimulate new cell growth and preserve the skin's elasticity, but it also has other high end oils that help to replace the moisture, hydrate and replenish your skin. These oils also aid Rosehip in helping diminish fine lines and wrinkles. These oils help with healing many types of scarring too. When you combine Radiant-A with the other Real Raw Beauty products, it is the perfect recipe for beautiful, silky smooth radiant skin! You will see an immediate difference!

Type in the discount code Radiant from now until January 1, 2015 and receive a 15% discount.
www.realrawbeauty.com

Until next time,
Jan

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Borage and Beauty





This beautiful plant is a borage oil plant better known as a "starflower". It has been recognized and used for over 1500 years. Today the plant is best known for the oil that is extracted from it's seeds. It has the richest known source of an omega 6 essential fatty acid called GLA, gamma-linolenic acid, necessary for healthy hydrated skin.
Since a lot my readers like to know the science behind things, I will give you a small biochemistry lesson. But if you just want to read about the benefits, you can totally skip the next few paragraphs!!
In a nutshell, our body has the ability to produce GLA. But it must have linoleum acid, (LA), to do so as it's starting material. LA is an essential fatty acid that our body is unable to make and we must ingest LA as part of our everyday diet. Once you ingest the LA from an oil source, it is acted upon by an enzyme, D6D, which converts the LA to GLA.
Stay with me here, I am getting to the important stuff!!
Once LA is converted to GLA it goes a step further via some more biochemical steps and is converted to PG1, a key molecule for maintaining healthy skin. PG1 has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and its is very important in regulating water loss and protecting the skin form injury and damage.
It has been shown that people with skin disorders, such as eczema, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis show a decrease in GLA. 
Basically, GLA is mandatory for healthy skin.
So what does Borage oil have to do with GLA? Used as a supplement Borage oil can supply the body directly with GLA and therefore allowing the production of normal levels of PG1which is essential for regulating inflammation and water loss.

Okay, finally the benefits!

Borage oil has been known to do the following:
1) Help clear up acne and rosacea by working to dilute the sebum, (a thick oily substance that is over secreted in some people with acne.)
2) Help reduce clogged pores.
3) Help treat Rosacea by reducing inflammation.
4) Help tighten the skin because of the tannins.
5) Help restore suppleness, elasticity and tone.
6) High in salicylic acid, for anti acne and anti septic qualities.
7) Helps rehydrate the skin.

I will have to say that I have been taking this supplement for 6 weeks and can tell a noticeable difference in the moisture level under the first layer of my skin. I believe it is a great supplement to add to your Real Raw Beauty routine, especially if you struggle with any type of skin disorders.

I did a lot of research to determine which one to get, but I will spare you the details of why one type is better than another. Here is the one I chose.


You can purchase this brand from Amazon.

I am so happy to have found this oil, especially now that I understand the importance that it plays in helping maintain healthy skin. But as I always say, do your own research and make your decision. Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,
Jan
www.realrawbeauty.com