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Body Scrubs Help Repair Sunkissed Skin – DIY RECIPE INSIDE

After a long hot summer of sun, sand and chlorine your skin has had enough. Fall is a perfect time for your skin to heal and repair any damage that has been done during the playful summer months. Lotions, handmade soaps, body oils are the usual go to’s for this, but something that is also helpful but often forgotten is a good scrub. Renewing your skin and getting the dead layers off weekly can do wonders for your skin and it’s beautiful glow.

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Here at Wildroot Naturals, we create multiple body scrubs that help renew your skin. The benefits are wonderful and include unclogging pores, promoting healthy turnover of skin cells, balancing oil production, purifying the pores of toxins and dirt and smoothing skin tone, creating a radiant, fresh overall look and feel.

Now salt and sugar scrubs are both beneficial to our skin, which you use should depend on your skin type and it’s characteristics. Let me break it down a bit more of the difference between the two.

Salt Scrubs
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Salt scrubs are a more abrasive scrub because of their sharper edges and, therefore, do a better job at smoothing the rough skin of the body. Such as knees, elbows, feet, etc. What really separates salt scrubs from sugar scrubs is that they offer therapeutic, mineralization benefits. Most salt scrubs use sea salts, which are natural purifiers that remove the toxins that block the pores of the skin. It helps the skin breath easier, promotes better circulation, tightens the skin and improves skin texture. There are many sea salts used in scrubs including Himalayan, Mediterranean, Hawaiian and Dead Sea Salts. These various salts have different trace minerals, which include calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. The minerals help to promote circulation, reduce the inflammatory response, and act as a detoxifying agent and general muscle relaxant.

Coarse salt scrubs are good for removing dead skin like on your feet and elbows, and are the ideal treatment for skin detoxification. Since the salt granules work a little harder than the gentler sugar scrubs, salt scrubs are a good choice for where skin can get especially dry and calloused. However, balance is important, so after any salt scrub has been applied and washed off, apply a rich, moisturizing body butter, oil or cream to replenish the skin’s moisture. While salt scrubs are wonderful, they are abrasive, and they are not meant for daily use—once a week is all I would recommend unless you are putting that salt in your bath, where the detoxification properties would work really well internally too! Of course, salt scrubs should not be used on irritated or cut skin because of sea salt’s stinging properties.

Sugar Scrubs
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Sugar scrubs are gentler than salt scrubs because the granule is round and therefore doesn’t have any ability to “cut” the skin. It’s a far better choice for sensitive skin types and the only choice for the face. Sugar granules dissolve more easily in hot water, and they are less abrasive than salt scrubs. While sugar scrubs don’t have the mineral benefits of salt scrubs, they are less drying, and many natural scrubs now use natural sugars which contain the nutritive properties of sugar cane. Because of the smaller, finer granules, sugar scrubs make a gentle exfoliant that is suitable for next to all skin types and conditions. The glycolic acid content of sugar is another plus, helping to protect skin against harmful toxins. Vital for the maintenance of healthy skin, this acid works to both condition and moisturize. Even for seriously rough and dry skin, sugar scrubs are great because sugar sizes come in fine, medium and course. But choose your scrubs wisely. Do not use a body scrub on your face – it’s too rough. Sugar also has the benefit of melting as you use it, from the heat of your skin, so you can customize the product based on your personal skin type and need.
No matter which you choose, be it a salt or sugar scrub, used regularly, the skin will become much healthier in function and appearance—better circulation and with a more even skin tone. Once dead skin cells are removed, the largest organ of the body works more effectively to remove toxins and absorb nourishment. With all this a natural glow will come to your skin.
I have found scrubs to be a gift for the feet as well. A nice foot scrub at the end of a long week, is always nice and leaves you feeling like you just left the spa yet only spending pennies on the dollar!
Here is a fun and simple sugar scrub recipe if you are the DIY type.

DIY SUGAR SCRUB RECIPE
1 cup – Fine Ground Organic Sugar

1/2 cup – Organic Coconut Oil
1 tsp. of Vitamin E oil
20-30 drops of essential oil of your choice
Mix well and place into a glass mason jar.
HAVE FUN!

If you are NOT a DIY’er visit here to purchase one of Wildroot Naturals organic scrubs today!

Do you use body scrubs? If so, what do you think of them? How do they benefit your skin?

Back to School Deals

****FALL DISCOUNT****

School is in session! KILL THOSE GERMS!
Buy 4 Bars of Dirty Boy Natural Antibacterial Soap get 1 FREE. A total of 5 bars for the price of 4. Now that’s a deal!
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Steps to Preventing Illness this Year

There are a ton of Antibacterial products on the shelves now a days. Seems everyone is growing more and more into germ freaks and have antibacterial or hand sanitizer at every reach. My kids get sick every year, as well as my husband and I. When the kids are in school, who knows what germs will come along, every single day. My husband works as a General Manager at a restaurant, he deals with tons of people daily as well. Germs are everywhere! How do we manage them?

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If we use germ killers and antibiotics at every sniffle and sneeze they won’t be able to fight ANY germs on their own. How can we have a balance of trying to kill the everyday germs but also try to let the natural germs build up in the kids systems so they have a strong immune system. Sometimes we can get carried away. Its easy! Public restrooms, little hands everywhere, sneezing into the air, runny noses and it doesn’t end there. Ugh, it’s a parents nightmare!

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To help prevent my kids from getting sick, we have regular rules we follow everyday throughout the year to minimize anything that comes our way.

Rules in our home to stay healthy:

1- Wash hands often (with Wildroot Naturals Dirty Boy Antibacterial Soap)
2- Eat well
3- Get plenty of sleep
4- Exercise
5- Spend time outside everyday

What I discovered with these few simple rules, is when a bug does hit our home, they don’t prevent us from being sick free all year but we are only sick for a few days versus a few weeks. We get over the bug much faster.

To add to our list of concerns have you seen the ingredients in those antibacterial products? What are they?

Let’s start with Triclosan and triclocarban. They are antibacterial chemicals commonly added to consumer products. In laboratory studies, they have been shown to disrupt hormones and can encourage the growth of drug-resistant bacteria or “superbugs.”

Animal studies have shown both of these chemicals can interfere with hormones critical for normal development and function of the brain and reproductive system. Triclosan has been associated with lower levels of thyroid hormone and testosterone, which could result in altered behavior, learning disabilities, or infertility. Triclocarban has been shown to artificially amplify the effects of sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, which could promote the growth of breast and prostate cancer.

Furthermore, laboratory studies suggest that triclosan and triclocarban may be contributing to antibiotic resistance in bacteria known to cause human infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls antibiotic resistance one of the most pressing health issues facing the United States. Infections caused by bacteria with resistance to at least one antibiotic have been estimated to kill more than 60,000 hospitalized patients each year.

Surveys of the U.S. population from ages 6 to over 65 have found residues of triclosan in over three-quarters of people. Though triclosan has been measured in house dust, most people are likely to be exposed by applying products that contain triclosan to their skin. One study of nursing mothers found higher levels of triclosan in blood and breast milk of women who used personal care products containing triclosan.

The issues don’t just stop there though, they harm the environment as well. We live a few blocks from the beach so caring for our waterways is huge in our family. Most of these nasty products get washed down the drain, where they enter our waterways and are then transported widely throughout the environment. Triclosan is one of the most frequently detected chemicals in streams across the U.S. and both triclosan and triclocarban are found in high concentrations in sediments and sewage sludge where they can persist for decades.

In the environment, antibacterial compounds could disrupt aquatic ecosystems and pose a potential risk to wildlife. Traces of triclosan have been found in earthworms from agricultural fields and Atlantic dolphins. In the lab, triclosan has been shown to interfere with development of tadpoles into frogs, a process that is dependent on thyroid hormone.

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So of course here at Wildroot Naturals, we created a natural Antibacterial Soap! My husband came up with the name “Dirty Boy”! Fits perfectly. This has been our best seller since we put in on the market. It works well, doesn’t dry your skin, kills germs naturally and lasts! We started a sale that will go through October Buy 4 Bars get 1 Free! Shop Now!

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What kind of products do you use to help kill germs? Do they work well for you and your family?

 

Article Resources:
http://www.nrdc.org

It’s Spring! Get Outdoors.

It’s spring and it’s time to get outdoors! Do yourself a favor, ‘Take a Hike’! Get outside, go camping, smell the earth and fresh air. Touch a tree, plant some veggies or flowers. Find a field and lay down and stare at the clouds passing by, whatever it is just get outside. Plan a camping trip or a simple vacation.

Wildroot Naturals has your back and the earth’s for your outdoor adventure! We now sell Travel/Camping Soap strips. Cute huh? Yeah, we thought so too! Seriously though, one of these strips could last you your entire 1 week vacation! Then you can truly sit back and relax knowing your skin is happy and you know you are putting earth friendly products down the drain. Also wonderful when you are living in the woods for a week, knowing when you wash your hands or face or even take a bath in the lake, you won’t be harming any plant or animal life in the process.

All our soaps are cold or hot process. Right now we have a ton of hot process soaps that we made quick to get a stock pile, but we also make cold process. We have a variety of soaps. A Detox soap with Activated Charcoal and Peppermint EO, Red Moroccan Clay and Rosemary, Citrus Soap with Lemon peel, lemongrass EO and Sweet Orange EO, ‘Dirty Boy’ our all natural antibacterial soap with Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oil, our fragrance free Green Tea soap, and our ever popular Lavender Oatmeal soap.

These adorable bags and soap samples are also a great way to sample our product and the different types of soaps we make even if you aren’t going anywhere. Seriously only $5!

 

Where are you planning on going? How will you get outdoors this season?

 

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Travel/Camping Soap by Wildroot Naturals

Sea Salt…good or bad?

Most of us tend to have somewhat negative associations with salt, however­—from the dehydrating discomfort (thirst, bloating) we experience after we’ve eaten too much of it, to the long-term health dangers of a sodium-heavy diet, to the filmy, sticky feeling that inevitably punctuates long days at the beach. It’s certainly not something that springs to mind when thinking about hydration—even though certain salts have a unique ability to attract and hold water, making them a valuable ingredient in moisturizer formulation.

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Mineral salt, such as Dead Sea salt, is rich in magnesium and calcium, which improve hydration by strengthening the barrier function of the skin.” Indeed, those minerals—in addition to zinc and potassium, other components of unrefined salt—are classified by scientists as “natural moisturization factors” for the way they support the skin’s water balance. “An example I give my patients is that when you sit in a non-salt bath, your skin wrinkles and prunes,” Fusco says. “But that doesn’t happen in salt water because salt reproduces an environment in balance with your skin in which your skin doesn’t leak out moisture.”

Taking a bath once or twice a week can treat both common and more serious skin disorders, and even reduce the signs of aging. It’s an inexpensive, enjoyable way to pamper yourself, with lasting results. Adding natural sea salts to your bath (in the form of bath salts) is a wonderful way to treat your skin. Bath salts contain many valuable nutrients and minerals that are naturally found in the sea. The warm water in your bathtub opens your pores, so your skin can absorb the nutrients effectively. As you soak in your bath, sea salts draw impurities from the innermost layers of the skin, detoxifying and cleansing all at once. Bathing using sea salt makes your skin softer and more supple than you ever would have imagined, and over time, can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and cellulite. Bathing in sea salts moisturizes dry, chapped skin, and balances oily skin.  Take a bath once or twice a week for a month and pay attention to the condition of your skin. It will be softer, smoother, and more balanced than ever before. Wildroot Naturals has 2 wonderful Salt Baths for sale here.
Seawater is where all life originates. Our bodies contain the same concentrations of minerals and nutrients as the sea, and natural sea salt stabilizes the natural balance inside of us. Sea salt stabilizes blood pressure, balances sugar levels in the blood, improves nerve cell “communication” and information processing, aids in the absorption of nutrients, prevents muscle cramping, and gets rid of sinus congestion – to name a few.

People travel from all over the world to the Dead Sea for the benefits of the salt water and the Mud/Clay. The combination of the two does wonders for your soul and skin. Dead Sea

Dead Sea salt is filled with natural healing elements that occur naturally in our bodies but are often lost as we go about our busy days. Soaking in water enriched with this salt is known to benefit the body from the inside out, treating skin conditions and improving internal processes.

Sea salt contain calcium, known for its health effects on bones and teeth but seldom known for its ability to deep-clean the pores in our skin.  Sea salt also contains bromide, a mineral known for soothing the skin. Potassium aids in the reduction of water retention, and iodine regulates metabolic processes on a cellular level. These and a host of other minerals condition the skin from the inside out, helping it grow stronger and more resilient, and able to defend against the harmful effects of sun exposure, a dry climate, and stress.

Wildroot Naturals also makes a Sea Spray, with just a subtle hint of Lavender, for your face and neck. You can also use it through-out your body if you desire. I love to spray it just as I get out of the shower.

Increased circulation, antiseptic effects, soft skin without a greasy feel and reduction in fluid retention are just some of the additional benefits of sea salt for the skin.

Have you used Dead Sea Salt on your skin before? Did you see any benefits? Negatives? Would you travel across the earth for the benefits of The Dead Sea?


Article Resources:
http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/sea-salt-benefits-612016
http://www.sfbsc.com/natural-sea-salt-for-skincare
http://www.livestrong.com/article/156225-benefits-of-sea-salt-for-the-skin/

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