Monday, 21 March 2011

Natural Skin Care /Treatments From Around The World - Skincare Survival Tips, Advice & Products

Natural Skin Care /Treatments From Around The World - 
Skincare Survival Tips, Advice & Products

Skin Care survival tips...

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During the cold weather the skin and the health suffer from harse cold wind, rain or snow and central heating which all take their toll on these areas of the body. 

During the warmer weather heat, sweating, UV rays and air conditioning also take their toll on skin and pores. 

Fact is our skin has different densities at different sites around the body. Eyes, nails, neck and hair are 10% drier than the rest of the body due to lack of sebaceous glands in these areas and therefore demand extra attention... but the rest of the face and body needs regular and caring treatment everyday, all through the year! 
As we age these needs are accentuated!

So what does it mean when people speak about about natural skin care products? 
Skin care products that are advertised "natural" may probably mean products that are free from chemical substance or may also be environmentally friendly, with plant and/or herbal additives or extracts in their ingredients. 

How do you choose natural skin care products? 
When purchasing hair care products please read the labels and make your own decisions on what level of "natural" ingredients you wish to accept in the skin care products that you use on your face and body. 
This is the most responsible way to select the best products for you.

We are all individuals and because of genetics, personal chemistry (ph and hormone levels) etc we may have a general need for certain ingredients but at different levels and this can change during the month in women (monthly cycle), during the again process and if on medication. This is why you may find yourself trying a few products whilst finding the right product for your particular skin.

Skin care therapists and dermatologists can advise you on a good skin care regime to assist with any conditions you may present at a session. It may be worth having a facial session to find out what you may be missing or even doing too much of, in your current regime to correct, treat and enhance skin.

Let's face it - excuse the pun - we all want to have the best skin possible on show! 

Our skin doesn't just hold our insides in... it is an organ and is our first defense against external environment - eliminating toxins, dead cells, balancing temperature, alerting us to health issues and much more!

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Put Your Best Face Forward...

The best way to ensure only ingredients you want on your skin (or in fact anywhere on or in your body) is making it yourself... CUSTOMISE!

Below are essentials needed to keep skin, hair, nails and eyes at their best...

Water - Essential to every cell in the body to promote proper cell function and metabolism. 
Water also acts as a catalyst in many functions in the body. 

Rest - Essential for healing, restoration and growth in general and specifically for skin, nails and hair.

Exercise - Essential for introducing oxygen into the body, elevating endorphins (good for happy hair), aids elimination of toxins through sweat and breathing

Protection - Try to air dry as much as possible and save the blow dryer for special occasion. 
Hairdressing aids are best kept as natural as possible to avoid static; product build up; dull & limp hair; attracting dust and dirt to the hair, drying hair.

AVOID STRESS - We have all heard so much recently on how much adverse effects stress have on the body and our health. What adversely affects our body adversely affects our hair. Anything that puts your body into stress mode will ultimately over time affect your hair, skin, nails etc. Stress ranges from irritation to full on fear. Listen to your body, it will tell you when you are stressed. Find time to de-stress. 
Find help to de-stress if necessary e.g. massage. ReflexologyIndian Head Massage or  massage 
will improve circulation, encourage elimination, nutrition, toning muscles and skin and much more.

Some holistic practitioners also cite poor diets and deficiencies in vitamins and minerals as factors that upset the natural internal workings of physical organs and disturb optimal blood circulation. 
In Ayurvedic medicine, acne (known clinically asYauvan Pidika) is believed to be an internal constitutional disorder of the body and is caused primarily by improper diet, impurities in the blood, and imbalances in Kapha and Vata. However, there is virtually no scientific evidence linking diet to acne or skin health, and dermatologists dismiss such claims."

Personally I do believe that you are what you eat... 

Vitamins - Vitamin A, vitamin B (including vitamin B6 and vitamin B12), vitamin E, Vitamin K,  and vitamin C. Antioxidants in all forms are of benefit to the body, protecting from free radicals and what's good for the body is good for your hair.
Healthy and radiant skin requires proper nutrition. However, according to a 2007 report by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, 39.5 percent of Americans eat less than the recommended three to five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, which is probably a common occurrence throughout the western world. Deficiencies in vitamins and minerals can affect the body's ability to function optimally. 
Vitamins and minerals can be taken to supplement our diets when our nutritional needs are lacking through food consumption alone.Vitamin B Complex. When it comes to skin, the single most important B vitamin is biotin, a nutrient that forms the basis of skin, nail, and hair cells. Without adequate amounts, you may end up with dermatitis (an itchy, scaly skin reaction) or sometimes even hair loss. Even a mild deficiency causes symptoms.

Most people get enough biotin without even trying. It's found in many foods including bananas, eggs, oatmeal, and rice, plus your body also makes some biotin on its own.
But recently, greater attention is being paid to topical preparations containing B vitamins. These creams can help give skin an almost instant healthy glow while hydrating cells and increasing overall tone. Niacin, a specific B vitamin, helps skin retain moisture, so creams containing this nutrient can help your complexion look plumper and younger in as little as six days. Niacin also has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe dry, irritated skin. In higher concentrations it can also work as a lightening agent to even out blotchy skin tone.
In one study presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2003, a topical form of vitamin B was shown to dramatically improve aging in human skin.
Multivitamins should not be taken as a substitute for eating healthy foods... they ARE called supplements for a reason. Taking too much of any vitamin or mineral can be toxic and extremely dangerous especially if not naturally sourced. Please consult with a doctor or other trained healthcare professional before taking any dietary supplements, especially if you are already on a medical regime.
Essential Vitamins for Acne Skin Care
*    Aloe Vera - Recommended for all soft tissue issues, internally and externally. Taking aloe vera internally, speeds up the healing externally by 3 times or more than natural healing especially as we age. Cleanses, balances and nourishes new cells thus assisting in the production of healthy cells, which ultimately equals healthy skin, other organs and soft tissue.
  • Vitamin A - Retinoids, derivatives of vitamin A, are used to treat acne and other skin disorders. 
  • Retinoids are prescribed by dermatologists both topically and orally. 
  • A common type of retinoid used in the oral treatment of acne is isotretinoin.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, chromium, zinc, and selenium are nutrients that may have both anti-acne and mood regulating properties according to an acne study conducted at the Lasky Skin Clinic in 2008. 
  • Zinc - The National Library of Science recognizes that zinc may be effective in the treatment of acne based on available science evidence. The Department of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Centre in New York also recognizes zinc, along with vitamin A, and tea tree oil (also ayurvedic therapies) as over-the-counter remedies available for treating acne. However, its position on these remedies is that additional and better studies are needed to clarify the benefits.

Essential Vitamins for Skin Care in General

  • Vitamin A - According to Dr. Eugene S. Bereston "the therapeutic use of Vitamin A began almost with the discovery of the vitamin." Bereston also noted that the first property of vitamin A is its ability to stimulate growth.
     The American Academy of Dermatology reports that vitamin A is vital to the health of both your skin and your eyes.
     The academy recommends a daily dose of vitamin A. Examples of vitamin A enriched foods include citrus fruits, carrots, tomatoes, yellow squash, and pumpkin. Vitamin A can also be applied to the skin topically with creams to promote cell growth. If your vitamin A levels are up to snuff from the foods you eat, adding more probably won't do much more for your skin. That said, if those levels drop even a little below normal, you're likely to see some skin-related symptoms, including a dry, flaky complexion. That's because vitamin A is necessary for the maintenance and repair of skin tissue. Without it, you'll notice the difference. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamin A.

  • Topical vitamin A is the form that makes a real difference in your skin. Medical studies show a reduction in lines and wrinkles, good acne control, and some psoriasis relief, all from using creams containing this nutrient. For example, in research presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2003, researchers from France showed that topically applied retinol plus vitamin C demonstrated a "reversal of skin alterations induced by chronologic aging and photoaging."

    In another study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, doctors found that foods high in beta-cartotene -- a form of vitamin A -- appeared to reduce the risk of psoriasis.
    The prescription treatment for acne called Retin-A is derived from vitamin A. The less potent, over-the-counter formulations are sold as retinols and used as anti-aging treatments.
  • Vitamin B - The Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institute of Health states that inflammation of the skin is one sign of B6 deficiency. Clinical signs of vitamin B6 deficiency are rarely seen in the United States. Alcoholics and aging adults are at the highest risk for B6 deficiencies due to poor dietary habits. Vitamin B Complex. When it comes to skin, the single most important B vitamin is biotin, a nutrient that forms the basis of skin, nail, and hair cells. Without adequate amounts, you may end up with dermatitis (an itchy, scaly skin reaction) or sometimes even hair loss. Even a mild deficiency causes symptoms.Most people get enough biotin without even trying. It's found in many foods including bananas, eggs, oatmeal, and rice, plus your body also makes some biotin on its own. But recently, greater attention is being paid to topical preparations containing B vitamins. These creams can help give skin an almost instant healthy glow while hydrating cells and increasing overall tone. Niacin, a specific B vitamin, helps skin retain moisture, so creams containing this nutrient can help your complexion look plumper and younger in as little as six days. Niacin also has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe dry, irritated skin. In higher concentrations it can also work as a lightening agent to even out blotchy skin tone. In one study presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2003, a topical form of vitamin B was shown to dramatically improve aging in human skin.
  • Vitamins C and E - The American Academy of Dermatology recommends daily oral dosages of vitamins C and E to protect the body and for its antioxidant properties that are important for healthy skin. Vitamin C repairs, brightens and tones. E can reduce photodamage, wrinkles and improves texture. Vitamin C and E help by reducing the damage caused by free radicals, a harmful byproduct of sunlight, smoke, and pollution. Free radicals gobble up collagen and elastin, the fibers that support skin structure, causing wrinkles and other signs of aging. When these two vitamins are combined in a lotion, they can be highly protective against sun damage.
  • Vitamin K - As the nutrient responsible for helping blood clot, Vitamin K won't do much for your skin from the inside. But studies presented to the American Academy of Dermatology in 2003 showed that topical vitamin K works well to reduce circles under the eye as well as bruises. In research published in theJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2002, doctors from the University of Miami School of Medicine found that skin treatments with vitamin K cream after laser surgery significantly reduced bruising. When combined with vitamin A in a cream, vitamin K can be even more effective for those dark circles. In a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, doctors from the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo found that the topical application of a gel containing a derivative of vitamin K, as well as vitamins A, C, and E, was effective in reducing dark under-eye circles while also decreasing wrinkles. 
  • Zinc - A study conducted at Duke University provides evidence that Zinc is an important antioxidant  supporting healthy skin. Among the findings: "Zinc protects against UV radiation, enhances wound healing, contributes to immune and neuropsychiatric functions, and decreases the relative risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease." So, in addition to the antioxidant benefits zinc offers to our skin, zinc is also important for the proper functioning of the immune system.
Minerals - Calcium, Copper, Selenium, Potassium, 

Protein - Necessary for healthy skin and skin production - marine, animal or vegetable amino acids.
Skin is essentially made of proteins - elastin and collagen are commonly known. 
Therefore, it is important that you include a healthy dose of proteins in your diet.  
Food items rich in proteins are eggs, almonds, seafood, yogurt, soy products, fish etc.  

Iron - It is important to note that folic acid and iron also play a vital role in healthy hair. 
Avoiding junk food and adhering to a healthy balanced diet will help you a great deal in your fight against hair loss and encourage hair growth.

Coconut - Moisturising, essential proteins easily assimilated, nourishing - natural synergistic lipids. 

Aloe Vera - Barbadensis Miller - a natural health drink which help cleanse the whole digestive system; improve circulation; balance/enhance metabolism; Improve energy levels; reduce the effects of allergies and promote internal balance. Contains 75 nutrients and 200 active compounds including 12 vitamins, 20 mineral, 20 amino acids, enzymes and  phytonutrients. It has been proven effective in treating various common conditions 
with various soft tissue conditionsand speeds up healing up to 3-4 times.  

Sage Oil - Salvia is the Latin name for sage, meaning healthy. The sage plant was and still is highly revered for its healing benefits in the Mediterranean. Cleansing, soothing and calming.

Thyme Oil - Cleansing - antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal. Try an extremely small amount (less than a drop - literally just touch the top of dropper if they is some excess) or you will feel like your skins on fire, even though it's totally safe, but very effective stopping emerging spots in their tracks and helps dry out already emerged spots. JUST ON THE SPOT(S)!!

Avocado Oil - Super moisturising and nourishing for all over the body, hair and nails. 

You can mix sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil with sage, borage & thyme essential oils - 1 drop each to 25ml of carrier oil to make a daily pimple preventative serum  if you regularly suffer with spots. Use only a tiny amount at night after cleansing and before moisturiser.
(Always wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and limit your sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.)

Liquorice - Clearing, Decongesting and Brightening.

S.P.F 30 + - Essential protection everyday for healthy skin - Sun protection is vital for soft, healthy, clear age defying 
skin care.

Cleansing, Anti-Inflammatory, Decongesting, Protecting and Nourishing elements are required for a 
great skin!


While much of it is genetics, beautiful skin can be attributed to the use of centuries old ancient remedies and secrets. Whether you’re dreaming of achieving a soft, milky complexion seen on many Asian women due to their use of rice products, or the healthy glowing skin of many Grecian women who use olive oil to moisturize, now is the best time to explore what the world has to offer.
Before all this technological advancement allowed for mass production of commercialized hair care and skin care products, people looked to Mother Nature for their health.  From the Chinese with their snake oils, the Middle Easterners with their Dead Sea minerals and mud to the African remedy of brain marrow, these are just some examples of seeking a natural remedy.

Snake Oils

Snake oil is a traditional Chinese medicine used to treat joint pain. The phrase “snake oil” has become a derogatory term used to imply that certain medicines are fake or ineffective, but that does not apply to snake oil itself.  
Originating in China, where is it called shéyóu, it is still being used as a pain reliever. It is rich in fats, which are thought to have inflammation-reducing properties.  That is not its only beneficial property, however.  
The fats present in snake oil are easily absorbed by the skin and thus provide an easy remedy for dry hair and dry skin.  
It replenishes the hair with some essential fats that the hair looses increasingly, especially every time you shower and in the summer time because of the damage caused by the chlorine present in swimming pool water.

Dead Sea Mud

Dead Sea mud is the largest selling clay in the world, and its use dates back to the time of Cleopatra.  Its sales in the U.S., Asia and Europe are estimated to be over $100 million US per year.  
The Dead Sea, located in Jordan, is known to be the lowest point on Earth and for being the largest reservoir of natural minerals and trace elements.  It is called the Dead Sea because of the high concentration of salt in the water (around 28 per cent), which prohibits the existence of sea life.  The mud that is extracted from the Sea is rich with more than 25 minerals and trace elements, which contribute to the cleansing of the skin and the removing of all the surface dirt by penetrating the skin and tightening the pores to give a smooth and clean look.  
Dead Sea mud is used worldwide in spas through body wraps and skin exfoliation, and is the best selling mud for skin care, outselling Moor mud and glacier mud.

Some benefits of Dead Sea mud:

  • improves blood circulation and natural skin generation
  • fine mud grains cleanse the skin and remove any dirt particles, impurities and toxins
  • proven to provide effective relief for skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, acne and wrinkles
  • moisturizes your skin and helps natural skin hydration
  • gently peels away dead skin cells to reveal a more youthful, healthier skin layer

* Beef Brain Marrow

Egyptian women swear by cow’s brain marrow as their go-to remedy for hair care and hair strengthening.  
A little refined beef marrow rubbed gently into the hair roots is a good natural remedy and does more for the hair than all the compounded shampoos, conditioners and hair revitalizers on the market.  Just like snake oil, brain marrow is fatty and oily, and it basically performs the same function by replenishing the lost oil and moisture to the hair follicle, thus making it stronger and healthier.
Where And How

These products are readily available for purchase.  Snake oil and refined brain marrow can usually be found at apothecary's shops, and it is better to buy these in their natural form rather than extracted and processed into a different product.

Dead Sea mud can be found in spas or in drugstores.  The best-known Dead Sea products that are made directly in Jordan are Bloom Dead Sea Products, which can be found in several stores or on the internet.  
Of course, nothing beats the real thing, so if you actually have the chance to visit Jordan and take a dip in the Dead Sea, consider wrapping yourself in the mud and enjoy its many benefits.
Mother Nature Knows Best

The remedies mentioned here are excellent if you are looking for an unusual yet effective way of restoring the natural beauty of your hair and skin.  The best part is you don’t have to use them every day to really feel them work.  
Once or twice a week is sufficient.  Massaging the products into your hair and onto your body is the most effective way to get the most out of their healing properties while also being a relaxation method all in itself.

In India, tumeric and lemon juice mixed together clears up blemishes, however, a yellowish tint can occur if left on too long; and Indian women keep their tresses beautiful by massaging coconut oil onto their scalp and hair which is then washed out with a shampoo made from the shikakai plant. Indonesian beauties detoxify their skin by getting ginger body wraps; and for skin as soft as velvet, they’ve created a treatment of crushed candlenuts mixed with mashed papaya and peppermint leaves which is rubbed all over the body, and then wrapped in banana leaves before being washed off. Sounds like heaven!

With the emergence of internet information we have only now begun to break down the barriers of global production, particularly in the beauty industry. Products that were once only discovered by well-traveled globe trotters are now available right down the block or a click away in cyberspace. We’ve uncovered some the best kept secrets around, and found products made in the native countries with the best and most effective ingredients. 
Find your inner goddess with innovative skin care products from around the world.
Indonesian rice farmers have long understood the healing powers of rice grain. Rich in protein and amino acids, it helps regulate skin’s moisture balance. To treat acne-prone and wrinkling skin, they soak the grain in spring water and use the froth at the top of the water to wash their skin. 
Juara’s Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer uses this age-old secret to hydrate and improve skin elasticity. The sweet black tea, an ancient health tonic, neutralizes free radicals and improves skin radiance helping to prolong the look of youthful skin. 
With all the attention to the face and body, it’s easy to forget about the importance of maintaining supple lips. Juara’s Sweet Black Tea Lip Treatment, infused with candlenut oil goes on easily, is not sticky, and smoothes lines and wrinkles underneath lip gloss or lipstick. 
Avocado extracts help to seal in moisture and mend chapped, rough skin without leaving a greasy residue behind.
Available: Henri Bendel and
Korean ginseng, also known as Panax, is an ancient remedy used for thousands of years in Asia to balance and maintain internal health, and to invigorate the body’s natural defense system to cleanse and increase its resistance to stress hormones. Used topically, this herb increases the production of collagen and improves circulation. Erborian’s Ginseng Infusion Total Eye combines medicinal ginseng, biloba, ginger, yeast, and zucchini seed extract for an ideal anti-aging cream. 
Luminance and brilliance is recognizable within a few days of using the product, and signs of fatigue, such as fine lines and wrinkles begin to disappear revealing smoother skin and brighter eyes.
Available: Space NK, 99 Greene St. and
With spring on the horizon, it’s time to scrub away remnants of a chilling winter. Take a hint from the beautiful Grecian goddesses who’ve used olive oil extracts and kernels to exfoliate and hydrate skin. 
Leave your skin soft and fresh by applying Semeli’s Face Peeling (Scrub) made with organic olive kernels. Once called “liquid gold” by renowned poet Homer, the olive oil anti-oxidant and rejuvenating properties have been worshipped for years. The olive kernels feel refreshing and reveal glowing skin. 
Living so close to the beautiful coast and spending much of the year in the sun, women in Greece make sure to protect their skin. Protect your skin withSemeli’s Natural Sun Care in SPF 15 which feels light and airy. The gentle product helps moisturize skin yet isn’t greasy under makeup.
Available: New London Pharmacy, 246 8th Ave. and
It’s all safari-chic with Quench’s new African Black Soap Facial Wash. Produced in Ghana, the soap is made from the peel of dried plantains, which contains high levels of vitamins A, E, and iron. 
The peel is dried in the sun and roasted in a clay oven and then mixed with coconut, palm, and palm kernel oils to create the liquid soap. Called Alata Samina or Anago Samina, from the Twi language in Northern Ghana, it’s used to heal rough patches, calm eczema and other irritations. The smooth oily soap foams up to create a wonderfully light lather, which is ideal for washing hair. 
Hyper-sensitive skin can get slightly red, but that disappears within minutes.
Available: University Chemists, 74 University Place and
Touted for their sensitive skin-friendly products, VMV Hypoallergenics has been a household name in the Philippines for more than twenty years. This line of gentle cosmetics has made its way to the United States and its ILLUMINANTS Active Brilliance Toning Essence lives up to the hype. 
A multi-therapy formula, it uses gigawhite, a 7-compound Alpine plant extract, to balance uneven skin, brighten, tone and control melanin production. It’s important to follow directions closely, as the potent formula cannot be used everyday when first starting out. Another top pick, VMV’s Creammmy-Rich Intensive Moisture Milk provides sun protection and soothing lubrication with its “skin butter.” Made with coconut oil, which Filipino women massage into their hair and skin for added exuberance, the lotion leaves skin silky. Oh and by the way, not only is coconut oil good for hair growth and skin, but when eaten, it can help reduce cholesterol levels and improves heart health. 
Who knew that all those pina colada’s helped make me healthy?
Available:C.O. Bigelow, 414 Avenue of the Americas and

Of course customising your own products can be time consuming and tedious at times or you may not 
have the space in your fridge to store your concoction, if you don't have the time  or space then looking 
to Professional Brands is recommended.

As a professional skin care and beauty therapist for over 10 years and a student of skin care, health 
and beauty for over 35 years and a performer for over 20 years, I've tried and used professionally so 
many  brands of natural products, looking for the perfect skin care for myself and discovered brilliant 
skin care for many other skin types and treatments to enhance skin both in skin care and cosmetics. 
I don't generally promote anything I haven't already tried, unless I've had expert information on a 
product I haven't been able to access personally but want you to know about it as an option!

I tend to cherry pick from the ranges and use what I find to be the best of the brand ranges... 
I'm sure you'll be the same!

Recommended Brands that I have tried and tested on myself and clients:

Decleor - France -  - Treat a wide range of skin issues
Gatineau - Gatineau - Treat a wide range of skin issues
Elemis - U.K - Treat a wide range of skin issues
Nude - U.K -  - Treat a wide range of skin issues
Alpha-H - New Zealand - Recommended for Young, problematic, aging (naturally or prematurely), unbalanced skin
Clientele - USA - maintaining and anti-aging
Demalogica - U.K - Treat a wide range of skin issues
Ultrasun - U.K
Liz Earle - U.K - Treat a wide range of skin issues
Eve Lom - USA/France - Treat a wide range of skin issues
Philosophy - USA - Treat a wide range of skin issues
Gale Hayman - USA - Treat a wide range of skin issues
Prescriptives - USA  - Treat a wide range of skin issues
Anthony Logistics for Men - USA - Treat a wide range of skin issues
L'Occitane- France - Treat a wide range of skin issues
LP Skin Therapy - U.K - Linda - Dr. Linda Papadopoulos PhD, renowned psychologist and 
leader in the field of psychodermatology launches her brand new skincare range LP Skin Therapy
Origins - U.K - Treat a wide range of skin issues
SpaceNK - USA - Treat a wide range of skin issues

All For Eve 5 Piece Collection - UK - All For Eve five-piece beauty collection. Totally paraben and  sulphate free. Includes everything you need to pamper your skin from top to toe, including a luxurious allergen-free bath and shower gel and a long-lasting lipstick in classic 'Eve Red' created by Daniel Sandler. 
Plus, All For Eve gives all their net profits to the Eve Appeal, which means you will contribute 10% of the 
purchase price when you buy this fabulous collection.

The Eve Appeal was set up to help save women's lives by funding groundbreaking research into the five gynaecological cancers.

OJON Batana Skin care - USA At the heart of the Ojon brand is an ancient secret hidden in the oil of the ojon tree. For over 500 years, this secret to remarkably healthy hair has been known only to the Tawira indians - 'the people of beautiful hair'.

How Ojon began

It started as a mysterious brown paste that made its way into the home of Ojon founder Denis Simioni when a relative came to visit. They left behind a small jar filled with this unusual paste, calling it an ancient remedy for damaged hair and skin.
All Available Online from - QVCUK
THE PRO: Jeanne Balaam, facialist and international training manager of Living Nature Skincare, based in Kerikeri, New Zealand. ( FLAVOR: "The purity of the land here inspires cleaner iving," says Balaam. 
"And we don't have to look far for efficacious ingredients—more than 85 percent of the plants in New Zealand aren't found anywhere else. I love the totara tree and manuka honey."
TRADE SECRETS: "I incorporate Maori symbolism into facial massage to help increase collagen production," explains Balaam. "The motion of the koru shape—a spiral design based on the silver fern— is said to spread vitality."
THE PRO: Isabelle Bellis, protégé of famed Parisian facialist Joëlle Ciocco; owner of the Isabelle Bellis Spa in NYC. ( FLAVOR: French facialists have perfected the marriage of pampering (facial massage—and plenty of it) and serious results. Like Ciocco, Bellis calls herself an epidermologist—a skin technician who gives "cosmetic prescriptions."
TRADE SECRETS: "Le Bruccal uses in-mouth trigger-point massage to tone the lines on the lower face," 
says Bellis. "Some clients have said the results are akin to getting injectables."

French women love an ice-cold water splash after washing their faces. I have heard this is the 
same thing Paul Newman did every morning and he sure was a good looking man. Joan Crawford also 
used this secret for years. The French find thistreatment revitalizes the complexion and make the skin 
feel wonderful. It gives the skin an icy boost and a healthy rosy glow. The French women are religious 
about this activity on a daily basis as they want to look good as long as possible.


THE PRO: Tracey Malone (sister of scent-master Jo), facialist and founder of The Lubatti Collection—
a skincare line based on the homeopathic recipes of legendary aesthetician Madame Lubatti, who tended 
to aristocrats and celebrities in the 1920s and '30s. (
LOCAL FLAVOR: "In London, we are always looking to brighten skin dulled by pollutants," notes Malone.
TRADE SECRETS: "To minimize wrinkles, apply night cream to your face and neck and leave it on for 10 
minutes while soaking in a hot bath."


THE PRO: Ilcsi Molnar, Budapest-based godmother of Hungary's natural skincare movement—her ancestors 
were herbalists—and founder of Ilcsi Organic Skincare (called Ilike stateside). (
LOCAL FLAVOR: "Skincare treatments really took off during the communist era because they were so 
affordable," says Molnar. "Women today have adopted that tradition from their mothers."
TRADE SECRETS: "I use parsley to minimize hyperpigmentation," explains Molnar. "
And magnetic therapy helps stimulate circulation to clear out toxins."

In India women use less face creams and lotions but prefer facial oils. Contrary to Western beliefs the right oil will not clog the pores and the skin will have a beautiful radiance without looking greasy. The women in India use oils and add crushed pearls, as well, as, superficial shimmers. The skin becomes ultra nourished. They use this oil all year long, but it is particularly helpful in the harsh cold climates as the liquid absorbs very well. 
Sandalwood oil is also added as an anti-aging and scar-healing benefit.


Japanese women have been known to use bird droppings from a special bird to brighten their skin.
Also, Asian women love a luxury brand of what is known as “miracle water”which was discovered in a Japanese sake brewery almost 30 years ago. It was notice that workers who handled the fermented sake still possessed remarkably youthful looking hands. One woman used any brand of sake as a facial toner and brightening treatment once a week and at age 80 her skin looked flawless and amazing. Since that discovery the luxury skin care brand has added vitamins, minerals, organic and amino acids, which work together to help rejuvenated the skin’s appearance by promoting cell renewal in the outer layer and stimulating the natural surface regeneration process.


In Africa the women all over the continent use milk in their baths too. 
You can also use powdered milk, adding two cups to your bath and this will renew your skin. 
Cleopatra isn’t the only one who liked milk baths.

* Morocco

One of the treatments the Morocco women use is argan oil, which comes from a tree. The emollient isn’t greasy but makes the hair and skin feel and look shiny and gives a luminous glow


In Italy the women not only drink goat’s milk they also bathe in it for the softening results. 
Goat’s milk is suppose to contain capric and captylic acids which reduce alkalinity. There are over the counter 
types which you can buy that will reduce alkalinity, resulting in a pH level closest to health human skin. 
Italian women also uscastor oil to obtain long, thick eyelashes


Chinese woman and some Pacific Rim countries do not like sunspots or freckled skin.  They favor the lily white look, poreless and flawless skin.  They use items to brighten their complexions.  Pearl powder is found in pearl face creams and also found in vials at apothecaries all over the orient.  
Women drink this powder in a cup of hot water like tea for good health and they add water to it to use as a face mask to whiten their skin


In Thailand women adore coconut milk and use it for cooking, to mix with cocktails and in exotic desserts. Thai women also use coconut milk in warm baths, moisturizing skin treatments and on their hair. They also use pearl cream to brighten their faces. There is a type of bitter melon found in vegetable markets, applied as a skin treatment for acne. These are definitely what I would consider natural beauty treatments.



Greek yogurt is a thick creamy treat that is used also as a face mask. It is a moisturizing and gently exfoliating mask. You scoop a teaspoon of it and apply in on a clean face. It is also good for acid reflux in case you have that problem. Another Mediterranean staple is olive oil. Beside the fact it is good for a healthy diet, you can take a Q-tip and dab on your eye lashes to moisturize and supposedly aid in growth for long lush lashes.



The Polish start their day with a cup of hot water infused with a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to help detoxify your body inside and out.
Honey is used up as a beauty product; they warm it and use in on the face as a super moist facial treatment. 
Polish teens use honey as a lip-softening treatment.

* Brazil

In Brazil the women use Babassu oil which is similar to coconut oil.  They use it at room temperature and the oil has a semi-solid form which melts when applied to the body, although it has a cool feeling.  It moisturizes without making the skin look greasy and works for all skin types.  Many Brazilian women also lie on the warm sand and rub it on themselves gently while sunbathing or after swimming to create that exotic brown skin color.  This type of treatment is also available in some spas. 

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