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DAILY PLAN FOR HEALTHY SKIN: GENERAL CARE AND SLEEP
It is a well-known fact that the air-bath tends to soothe the nerves and to relax the whole system, so that most people go to sleep quickly after it. Many skin sufferers who go to bed without airing their skins are asking for trouble, and they generally wake up during the night with the irritation. In a great many cases this can be avoided by the proper use of the air-bath, and this is a much better way than using all kinds of lotions and pain-killing agents. As we have already seen, there is a very close relationship between the nerves and the skin, and anything that will soothe the nervous system will allay the irritation in the skin.
If the skin irritation is localized it may be very useful to apply a cold compress before sleeping, because this will relieve the congestion and enable the patient to get off to sleep. Whenever the skin is hot and irritable the cold compress should be used. It can do no harm, and there is no other measure that will give so much relief to the hot, irritable skin.
One should remember that one spends one-third of one’s life in bed and so it is worth while thinking about it from the standpoint of health and comfort. The bed should be fairly firm, so that it holds the body without giving way too much. A sagging bed may cramp the muscles and the spine. For hygienic reasons no feathers should be used in the pillows or in any of the other parts. The covering clothes should be as light as possible, so that they give warmth without weight. It is wise for the skin sufferer to try to sleep with too little rather than too much covering, because overheating the skin is very disturbing to the sleep.
The covering of the body should be of cotton or silk material; certainly not wool.   Some people like to sleep without any covering to the body, and provided that the bed is well-aired every day there is much to be said for this habit. On the other hand, if the skin is actively throwing off the waste products of the system it is a good thing to wear pyjamas which can be changed and washed more easily than the sheets.
Taking the air-bath before retiring will help to relax the body and mind in readiness for sleep, but in any case a few minutes should be spent in “letting go” the limbs and the mind. Taking one’s business and other worries to bed is a great mistake, and if the mind is active it is a good plan to think of pleasant things. Try to remember pleasant holidays that have been spent under peaceful surroundings. Often in this relaxing, contemplative mood the mind will shut off its energy and the individual will be at sleep.
It is important to bear in mind that if one can go to sleep thinking of pleasant things one is far more likely to sleep quietly and to waken more refreshed and in a better frame of mind. The optimistic outlook is essential for the skin sufferer, and the best test for it is a good night’s sleep with dreams that do not cause any anxiety. When going to sleep there is no harm in changing the position of the body so as to relax all the muscles in turn. First lie on the back, then turn over on to the abdomen, then turn on the left side and finally turn on to the right side and then go to sleep.
A final hint: do not try to go to sleep. Sleep is a purely involuntary act, and no one can will it. It is something that is controlled by the body, and whilst we can rest by an act of will we cannot do the same with sleep. It is important, therefore, not to get the idea too much into the conscious mind. Think of relaxing and resting, and sleep, Nature’s soft nurse, will “steep your senses in forgetfulness.”
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EYE CARE: HERBAL EYE REFRESHERS

Calendula: soothe sore inflamed eyes

Chamomile: reduces inflammation or infections of the eyes.

Corn flower: soothes and help reduces puffiness

Carrot: washing the eyes with the water in which carrots have beenboiled gives relief to eye strain.

Cucumber: to relieve tired inflamed eyes place a slice of cucumber over each eye after a long day, it does wonders.

Fennel seeds: reduces inflammation and gives the eyes a sparkle

Horsetail:, reduces redness, swollen eye lids and styes

Mallow: softens the skin around the eyes

Papaya/Mint: minimises dark circles under the eyes

Wormwood: reduces inflammation and redness

Make a strong decoction of the herbs, strain and soak gauze squares or lint and squeeze out excess liquid. Apply over closed eye lids while resting

Turmeric: is useful for conjunctivitis, make a mild decoction of turmeric powder with water, it has a cooling effect.

Kombucha: apply a kombucha compress diluted 1:1 to the eye lid, leave them closed for 10 minutes. Repeat 2-3 times a day. Castor oil: can be used to remove any foreign object from the eyes for example splinters or metal, put 3 drops of cator oil directly into the eye, put an eye pad of cotton wool soaked in calendula infusion over the eye

lids and wrap up for 12 hours. Repeat treatment till the object appears on the surface of the eye, then carefully remove.

Castor oil is a very effective eye make-up remover, it keeps the skin moist and supple.

Coconut: to treat cataracts place the fresh juice of a coconut into an eye dropper, apply as much as the eyes can hold. Then cover eyes with a hot cloth and lay down for 15 minutes.

Cucumber: is a natural astringent, contains an anti-wrinkle hormone and is suitable to use around the eyes.

Kombucha: apply kombucha tea around the eyes and neck twice a day to soften and smooth the skin. To reduce puffiness use kombucha tea eye pads.

Potato: have a toning effect on the skin and reduce puffiness or bags under the eyes. For eye strain – place raw potato slices onto your eyes. It will take away the pain and inflammation

Eye Lashes

To improve the condition of weak short eye lashes apply castor oil

sparingly each night for a few months

Eyebrows

To encourage growth, rub olive oil into the eyebrows nightly, in the same direction of growth. Eye Lines

The skin under the eyes is very fine and delicate, leave it alone at night so that the skin can retain its natural elasticity and not become unduly stretched by using eye creams.

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SKIN DISORDERS: EARACHE AND FRECKLES

Earache

Cold Pressed Oils: place 13 drops of olive oil, 1 vitamin E capsule 400I.U., 1 garlic oil capsule at least 7 drops into a small jar. Then set the jar into a larger bowl and pour warm water around it. leave for 1 minute then use the ear drops. Mullein or olive can be used as ear drops, for beat results warm oil slightly.

Freckles

Foods: use buttermilk, crushed cranberries, cucumber and lemon rinds, lemon juice, milk, kefir, kombucha and yoghurt. Potato water is used from boiled potatoes to fade tans and freckles. Horseradish vinegar -cover grated root with apple cider vinegar and leave in a sunny spot for 2 weeks, strain and bottle. Dilute with a least 50% of water before applying to the skin. Grind radishes and the leaves to a pulp, apply to the face to eliminate black spots and freckles. Use a mixture of the juice of one lemon, dissolve as much sugar as it will hold, and apply several times a day with a camel’s brush.

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SKIN CARE ROUTINE: FACIAL DOUCHE AND FACIAL MASSAGE

Facial Douche

For this treatment you will need to bend over a basin preferably having a towel around your neck to prevent the water running over the rest of your body. You start by slowly circulating your face around the basin using a low pressure water flow . Movements from left to right and up and down are done several times, then finally circulating the face again several more times.

Benefit: To prevent premature ageing of the skin by stimulating the blood circulation. For fresher healthier skin and the feelings of tiredness This will also aid migraines.

Facial Massage

This is the most important and valuable beauty aid. It preserves the outline of the face, moves superfluous flesh and helps the nerves and muscles to function properly. It is best to use an oil when you massage your skin, as it is readily absorbed, and by massage, you feed the tissues and strengthen the muscles at the same time. Where lines and wrinkles have already formed, it smoothes them out, and keeps the skin toned and healthy through gentle massage.

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SKIN SAVER REMEDIES: COSMETIC ACNE

• Have you ever broken out the day after applying a new foundation?

• Do you have cosmetic acne which is caused from wearing make-up, or do you really have a skin problem?

• Are your cleansers, moisturisers, foundation, blushers or even sun protection lotions causing acne problems?

Cosmetic acne can be caused through the use of incorrect cosmetics for your skin type, for example when the products are too “rich” for your skin, this will effect acne break outs.

Some cosmetic manufacturers are becoming aware of this problem and are searching for noncomedogentic cosmetic and skin-care formulas. Noncomedogentic (means that a chemical or mixture does not cause comedones (blackheads).

However, it could take up to six months following the use of incorrect cosmetics, before you develop signs of cosmetic acne, and therefore may not associate the connection.

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