We’re all looking for healthy ways to improve our skin’s appearance, whether it’s treating acne, reducing unsightly stretch marks, or preventing premature aging. There are a lot of ancient practices that are just now getting the recognition they deserve here in the West. But, who has time to research each of them to see what’s best for your skin type and issue?
I’ve put together a list of healthy skin care remedies that have been gaining popularity, but that sound… well, weird. I’ve separated the wheat from the chaff to bring you the top weird healthy skin care remedies that actually work, all in one post.
Root vegetable sponges (Konjac sponges)
Rub a tuber all over your face? I know. Strange, right? But, the Japanese have been using Konjac potatoes as part of their beauty regime for a century. These sponges are made from the vegetable fibers, and then various types of clay or bamboo charcoal are added to them. They are gentle exfoliators that massage away dead skin cells, impurities, and toxins that build up and dull your skin.
Konjac nourishes your skin naturally with lipids, fatty acids, vitamin A, B, C, D and E, magnesium, zinc, iron, proteins, and copper. Konjac sponges also inhibit bacteria on the skin, which causes acne and breakouts. They leave your skin looking and feeling smoother, softer, clearer, and younger.
I know what you’re thinking, but there are some darn good reasons why I want you to consider putting mud on your face. Well, actually, clay. There are loads of clay masks on the market today. I personally have 4 different masks in my bathroom that I use and switch up as my skin needs. Here are the masks and why I use them:
- Charcoal Balancing Mask: to purify my skin and treat any blemishes. It also helps detox the skin. Activated charcoal minimizes the appearance of pores, giving skin a smooth, refined appearance while salicylic acid stimulates exfoliation.
- Plumping Mask: instantly gives skin a firm, toned look and more youthful appearance. Plumping peony root helps restore skin’s elasticity, while konjac root smooths the appearance of fine lines.
- Brightening Mask: to lighten any discolorations in the skin (this one works so well!!!) Reduces the appearance of dark spots.
- Seaweed Mask: this one works on many different levels. It detoxes, cleanses, lightens, and makes your skin SUPER soft! The guy who formulated it has quite a story behind it!
You can also simply mix Bentonite clay with water. Bentonite clay was formed from volcanic ash, so it’s full of minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and sodium. It naturally detoxifies skin, which is important because our skin is our largest organ, and it absorbs a lot of toxins just from daily living. Plus, those toxins and impurities make our skin age at a much faster rate. ‘Nuff said!
When you mix water with Bentonite clay, it creates a negative charge, which is just one of the ways this clay detoxes your skin. There are many reasons to use Bentonite clay masks, including:
- Evens out skin tone
- Regenerates skin tissue
- Reduces appearance of scars
- Softens skin (due to its high silica content)
- Reduces abundance of oil that causes breakouts
- Unclogs and shrinks pores
- Safe for all skin types
Now, you know I love me some essential oils. I use them for everything, from getting rid of headaches to cleaning to improving my complexion. Essential oils are kind of like apps—if you need something, there’s an essential oil for it. There isn’t just one essential oil for all skin issues, and there’s too much to go into great detail here, so I will give you a list of my favorite oils for the skin! Click on each oil to learn more about them.
Put oil on my face to clean it? Are you crazy? Even though my skin is prone to breakouts, using the oil cleansing method is one of the best things I’ve ever done for my skin. Putting oil on your face does not make it greasier! It doesn’t cause zits, blackheads, or breakouts. This is because you use a blend of oils to nourish the skin, instead of using harsh chemicals to strip it of its natural oils.
To find out what’s best for your skin type, you’ll need to do a bit of research and experimenting, but it’s worth the trial and error phase. Most people use a blend of Carrot Seed and at least one other organic, cold-pressed vegetable, seed or nut oil, like sunflower, safflower or olive oil. These oils are full of nutrients, vitamins, and fatty acids that rejuvenate skin. The castor oil is cut with the other oils because it’s too powerful to use alone. It’s a natural astringent that pulls out the toxins and impurities in the skin, while the other oils used in the blend help regulate the amount of oil the skin produces. Cool, huh?
Argan oil has been used for centuries in Morocco as a beauty treatment. It’s full of antioxidants, fatty acids and Vitamin E, which make it the perfect oil to put on your face. The benefits of this oil are remarkable:
- Treats skin condition flare-ups, such as eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea
- Moisturizes without that greasy feeling
- Prevents premature aging
- Inhibits acne
- Increases skin elasticity
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles, even around the eyes
- Tones skin naturally, without drying it out
- Good for all skin types
I look forward to this remedy every morning. It feels great and does wonders for my skin. It naturally exfoliates and cleanses my skin pores. It’s just what it sounds like: you use a dry, long-handled brush to brush your skin. I also have a smaller brush for my face. Most people, like me, do it before showering. It makes your skin soft and smooth, plus there are other benefits:
- Improves lymph flow
- Increases circulation
- Energizes you
- Reduces cellulite
This ancient practice gets rid of old skin cells and encourages blood flow, making my skin glow with a healthy radiance. What’s not to love?
Infrared light bulbs
I’ve talked about my infrared sauna and its benefits before, but many people don’t have the space to get one. If that’s you, a lamp with an infrared light bulb offers many magnificent benefits for your whole body, including your skin. It increases blood flow and circulation, so it purifies your skin, evens out skin tone, and reduces the signs of aging. It also increases the amount of collagen your body produces and eliminates toxins from your pores. Using an infrared light bulb improves your skin’s elasticity and makes it look smoother, softer, and younger! It also:
- Speeds wound healing
- Repairs sun damage
- Fades scars and stretch marks
- Treats skin conditions, such as rosacea, psoriasis, eczema
- Increases skin moisture
Let’s hear it for weird, healthy skincare practices! I hope you’ll try all of these to improve the look and feel of your skin. It won’t just look better, but it will also be healthier, which is even more important.
Breakfast, blood sugar, & inflammation
Recent research has shown that Inflammation is responsible for 7 out of 10 Deaths in the United States. But it doesn’t have to be the same way for you.
In fact, in a fairly short amount of time, you could start to experience better sleep…less stomach issues…more energy and stamina…less muscle and joint pain…a drop in weight…lower stress levels…and much, much more!
Learn how to Prevent—Even Reverse—Most Major Diseases by “Turning Off” Inflammation!
Did you know that one of the best times to stretch is right before bed? However…
What stretches should you do? Here’s a 1-minute stretch routine you can do before bed...
Lisa, Yoga Coach
eatlocalgrown / wisemindhealthybody
...easy, 3-minute exercise that completely cured his horrendous snoring! We can both finally sleep!
Today is a good day. Tonight will be even better. Why?
Because you're about to learn easy throat exercises that cure (not just treated) your stubborn snoring – in 3 minutes – starting TONIGHT!
...even if straps, sprays and even torturing CPAP masks have failed you in the past.
Most people heal their snoring in just a few minutes per day using these powerful throat exercises. And they're so easy, you can do them, regardless of your age or physical shape.
Use them anytime, anywhere... even while stuck in traffic or watching TV.
Plus the results are permanent!
Did you know that your bodyfat can become "calorie-resistant"?
True. And it's completely unaffected by even the strictest diets... and most intense exercises.
However, there's good news- Calorie-resistant bodyfat can be now removed...
It's a little-known, calorie-burning hormone we all have... just waiting for the right spark to come alive. It's not thyroid, leptin, ghrelin, insulin, adiponectin, HGH or any other "fat loss" hormone you may know. Read more to find out precisely how to unleash its calorie-burning power:
To your health!
PS - Studies show that it can also reduce your risk of diabetes by 53.7%, a heart attack by 83.3% and stroke by 51.4%. Here's more of the scientific proof...
I bet you can’t guess which muscle in your body is the #1 muscle that eliminates joint and back pain, anxiety and looking fat. This “hidden survival muscle” in your body will boost your energy levels, immune system, sexual function, strength and athletic performance when unlocked.
If this “hidden” most powerful primal muscle is healthy, we are healthy.
d) Hip Flexors
Take the quiz above and see if you got the correct answer!
In April, 2009, researchers stunned the medical community when they reported chronic inflammation as the root cause of several major diseases.
See, every year 610,000 people in the U.S. die of heart disease. Cancer claims another 584,000...stroke 130,000...Alzheimer's disease nearly 85,000 — and the list goes on.
Truth is, we now know... chronic inflammation is responsible for 7 out of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States! Hundreds of studies and scientific reviews prove it.
Fortunately, newer research shows you can prevent-even reverse-most major diseases by "turning off" inflammation. And in our new book, we show you how to do just that.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a debilitating condition-and you"re not sure what the culprit is-now's the time to find out...while you can still do something about it!
--> Grab your FREE copy of this groundbreaking soft cover book today (while supplies still last.)
Over the past year, my friend Dave over at PaleoHacks has been working on a super secret cookbook project with our good friend Peter Servold a Le Cordon Bleu trained Chef and owner of Pete's Paleo...
And today, this new incredible Paleo Cookbook is finally available to be shipped right to your door for FREE!
The cookbook is called Paleo Eats, and it's filled with over 80 chef created, insanely tasty Paleo recipes which means they are free from gluten, soy, dairy, and refined sugar.
Get your FREE copy of Paleo Eats Here. (Grab this today, because they only ordered a small batch of these cookbooks for this freebie promotion, and they will sell out FAST!)
Sponsored Health Resources
In the years that I've been working on this website project I've come across some amazing resources by some very special people. I'd like to share them with you here.
NOTE: I update these links often so please check back to see what's new!
1) Everyone knows green smoothies are healthy right? Have you heard of a “red” smoothie? If not, check out this story…
2) Forget what you've read about 10-day lemonade cleanses, 7-day detoxes with green juices and Gwyneth's gruel. All you need to do, and this is perfect for Saturday or or anytime really, is a simple 1-day cleanse.
3) This “hidden survival muscle” in your body will boost your energy levels, immune system, sexual function, strength and athletic performance when unlocked.
4) I thought it was virtually impossible for a website to be able to tell me anything even a little bit insightful after only submitting my name and date of birth... I was wrong!
5) Turmeric is amazing. The problem is - It's hard to absorb!
6) Wonder why your stomach still sticks out even though you're hammering the core exercises every day? It's a common myth that bulging belly is due to weak abdominal muscles.
7) Even if you're the most active of athletes, you may still suffer from tight hip flexors due to the amount of time you spend each day planted to a chair.
Enjoy! Let me know how these work out for you. And if you run across anything I've missed please let me know.