Monday, September 29, 2014

Diatomaceous Earth repost....

Every now and then I will repost a past blog post for new readers and a reminder to those who follow every week. Actually reposting this reminded me to order some more. I really do love this stuff for my hair, skin and nails. It's also great for detoxing. 

Up until 2 months ago I had never even heard of Diatomaceous Earth. To be perfectly honest I couldn't even pronounce it correctly! But I started reading up on it and decided to give it a try.
Here is what I found out. Diatomaceous Earth comes form naturally formed sedimentary minerals that are from the remains of what was once oceanic unicellular and algae known as diatoms.
Diatoms, the oceans "spiny honeycombs" are over 30 million years old and were formed when these microscopic algae-like plants died and remained compounded in the earth's surface as skeletal remains. These remains emit silica,

Diatomaceous Earth has amazing benefits and it is so easy to take. I put a tbsp in my smoothie every morning. Some people just mix it in water and drink it down. It is a white powder and dissolves in water or juice.
DE is:
33% silicon
19% calcium
5% sodium
3% magnesium
2 % iron
the rest are trace minerals
Here are some of the many benefits:

1. It is a digestive tract cleaner. As it moves through your digestive tract it attracts and absorbs bacteria, pesticides, viruses, endotoxins, E-coli, and heavy metals. These toxins are trapped and passed out of the body. Also it will kill any parasites that are in stomach or digestive tracts.
This is one of the main reasons that when people start taking DE that they just start feeling better, all of these toxins are being removed!

2. It helps to reduce high cholesterol. A small amount of DE gets absorbed into the blood stream as silica. One of the benefits of silica is that it helps to destroy bad fats.
Which in turn helps reduce high blood pressure.

3. Healthier, younger looking skin. Because you are taking in silica, this helps slow down the degenerative process of connective tissue. As we age we begin to produce less silica. But through taking DE you can begin to restore silica to your body which helps with the collagen production in your skin. Collagen is largely made up of silica, which is  the glue that holds us together.

4. Helps your hair grow. I have definitely noticed, (and so has my hairdresser) that my hair has taken on quite a growing spree since I have been taking DE.

5. It claims to help fade age spots.

6. Silica stimulates metabolism for higher energy levels.

7. The silica works with other antioxidants to prevent premature aging.

8. It helps prevent urinary tract infections
The list of benefits is way too long for me to write about, but this will get you started.

Also I do want to say that DE can be given to your pets to help with joint issues, and also help kill any parasites or worms that your pets may have.
It can also be lightly rubbed into their coats to help fight against fleas and ticks!!

This stuff is AMAZING!!!

But do not confuse it with Diatomaceous for swimming pools. They are processed in different ways and Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade is for human and pet consumption and Diatomaceous is for swimming pool filtration systems. When you order this, you will want to make sure you order Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade. This is what I order from Amazon.

So give it a try.  It is very inexpensive and really has no taste but has incredible benefits!!
Read about it and get yourself some!!

Until next time,

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Exfoliate and Radiate II

Exfoliating our skin is a must. If we want that beautiful radiant glow, we have to exfoliate to get rid of the dead skin cells that are sitting on the top layer of our skin, and yes we ALL have dead skin cells.
I wrote on this topic a couple of years ago, but that was before Real Raw Beauty had their own face exfoliator. Well, we are happy to say that the Pink Himalayan Salt Face Exfoliator is now one of our permanent products.  This product contains Pink Himalayan extra fine salt along and organic oils. Perfect combination for radiant glowing skin.

Here are a few reasons why it is so important to exfoliate.

1) Helps diminish signs of aging. As we age our skin becomes drier and has less elasticity, which results in fine lines and wrinkles. Also, the texture of our skin is not what it was in our younger years. This is because of the multiple layers of dead skin cells that accumulate over the years. Exfoliating helps your skin to maintain its radiance and lighten and brighten age and sun spots. The organic oils will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles 

2) Helps clear acne and breakouts. Exfoliation helps to reduce the occurrence of acne and blackouts. Acne-prone skin sheds extra skin cells more than other skin types, but the cells do not fall away. Instead the dead cells stick to the skin, clogging the pores and hair follicles. As the dead cell debris builds, the skin produces excess follicle oils, which leads to blackheads and breakouts. You have to exfoliate to get rid of these excess dead skin cells.

3) Reduces large pores. Along with removing dead skin cells, exfoliation removes the dirt stuck deep in your pores. Cleansing your skin alone will not accomplish this. When pores become clogged they appear larger. Exfoliating will diminish the size of the pores and give your skin that healthy polished glow.

4) Improves the texture of your skin. You can speed up the skin renewal process by exfoliating the dead skin cells, allowing the new healthy cells to take their place. This process turns your complexion from dull to bright, vibrant and smooth. It also reduces fine lines and wrinkles and keeps your skin softer.

5) Helps promote cellular renewal.  This in turn helps produce collagen and helps improve the skins elasticity.

Those are some great reasons why all of us would want to exfoliate.

The Face Exfoliant is made from pure pink salt from the Himalayan mountains and 5 organic oils. The combinations of salt and oils is perfect for daily exfoliation.
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You are going to love what you see!!

Until next time,

Saturday, September 13, 2014

My daily skin supplements....

Beautiful healthy skin is not only dependent on the products we use on our skin, but also on what food and supplements we take in to our bodies.  Actually the question, "what supplements do you take and where do you get them?",  consumes most of the emails and texts I receive.
I have written on most of them, but I will re post the ones that I take daily.  Before I list them all, I want to show a diagram of what happens to our skin as we age. This is a cross section of our skin. The top pink layer is the epidermis, the middle section with the collagen and vascular tissue is dermis and the bottom section is the hypo dermis.

It's a little hard to read the words below the pictures, but there are 2 gray lines under each picture and the first line points to the collagen (looks like a ball of cotton) in our skin and the second gray line shows the blood flow to our skin. As you can see in your 20's you have plenty of blood flow and collagen. It begins to diminish in your 30's and 40's and by the time you are in your 50's there is very little collagen and and blood flow.  The result,  wrinkles,  which is depicted by the wave portion of the epidermis on the 50+ photo.

This picture of the sliced opened apple shows what happens when you cut it in half and it is exposed to oxygen. This is called oxidation.  It begins to age the apple and turn it brown. That is exactly what happens to our skin when we encounter free radicals. Our skin begins to oxidize and age.
Free radicals are produced in the body to aid in metabolic processes like digestion and conversion of food into energy. But they are also found in the air we breathe, food, water, cigarette smoke, car and industrial exhaust, to name a few. When we have too many free radicals they affect the skin. They speed up aging by breaking down collagen and reduce the amount of oxygen to our cells. They age our skin. Antioxidants save our cells from free radicals, and help slow down the aging process. There are foods that are full of antioxidants along with supplements you can take. I am just going to tell you about the supplements I take today,  I'll save the foods with highest antioxidants for another post!!

The supplements I take are for the purpose of helping rebuild collagen and increase blood flow and fight free radicals. 

My newest discovery is Phytoceramide. This is a plant derived equivalent of ceramics, a lipid that keeps your skin hydrated and plump in the epidermis part of our skin. We start to loose ceramics as we age just like collagen and blood flow. The result, your skin begins to appear rough and wrinkled. Taking phytoceramide helps restore the outer layer of our skin. These powerful molecules are carried to the inner layer the dermis and then seep into the epidermis and restore the damaged barrier, hydrate, moisturize and help fill out wrinkles.

Most pytoceramides are derived from wheat, but I am not a fan of wheat products so I found one that is wheat free.

In addition to the Phytoceramides I take these also.

Chinese Herb-Pearl Powder
Antioxidant- Astaxanthin

Antioxidant- Sea Buckthorn berry
Astragalus Root

You can look back through older posts if you want to read about Pearl Powder, Astaxanthin, Sea Buckthorn Berry and Astragalus root.  I purchase all of them from Amazon. I also detox with supplements and juicing on a daily basis. All these things along with Real Raw Beauty products continue to improve the overall quality and texture of my skin.

If you have any questions about any of the supplements or products, please feel free to email me at

Until next time,