Spirulina, Aloe Vera, Bentonite Clay & Thanaka Beauty Products from Nature

Spirulina alga is a type of unicellular organism with amazing nutritional and medicinal properties. It is one of the so-called "superfoods" most consumed, and was traditionally used in America, Europe and Asia as a remedy for different types of conditions.

It contains 65% of proteins of optimal assimilation by our digestive system and all the essential and non-essential amino acids for the human organism. It provides 220 vital nutrients, such as minerals (calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc ...), vitamins (beta-carotene vitamin A, vitamin B12, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and E), antioxidants, Omega essential fatty acids 6, fiber, enzymes, and chlorophyll.

The chlorophyll and phycocyanin that the seaweed possesses renew the tissues, stimulate the immune system and its oxide-reduction properties and stimulating activity of fibroblasts make it an ideal element for nourishing skin treatments and as a wrinkle treatment.

 

Benefits of Spirulina as a natural beauty product

Spirulina is an alga that has several benefits and nutrients that are excellent for our body, from strengthening the bones, its health contribution, helping to lose weight, strengthen the skin and improve its appearance, to the Vitamin B12 intake. They make it the most perfect food to improve the energy and quality of life of people.

Thanks to its range of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and proteins; Make and apply organic cosmetics with Spirulina as an ingredient, can help reduce sizes, combat sagging skin as they help activate the body's metabolism, moisturizing, detoxifying and nourishing the skin. Giving also a feeling of freshness.

Performing seaweed therapies reduces stress levels of the organism, this, in some way, results in physical beauty; Because when a person feels good about herself, she feels relaxed and calm, this is reflected almost immediately on her skin. Making the benefits of spirulina in creams and organic cosmetic treatments, multiply exponentially. Spirulina helps fight free radicals; keeping oxygen from cells at bay. [1]

 

Among the benefits of spirulina in cosmetic treatments, we have to:

  • Provide nutrients to the hair and complexion, generating a radiant and full of shine sensation, giving them better appearance and stability.
  • Reduce hair loss, promotes its growth and obstructs the appearance of dandruff.
  • Helps tone muscles and fight sagging thanks to its high protein content.
  • During pregnancy, spirulina-based organic cosmetics help prevent the appearance of stretch marks due to skin tightening.
  • It has vitamin A, vitamin B-12, vitamin E, calcium, iron and phosphorus, all vital to the health of your skin.
  • It is decongestant, so it works very well on sensitive skin and with a tendency to rosacea.
  • By promoting cell renewal, it gives your face more shine and softness.
  • Due to its detoxifying effect, it is effective in the treatment of dark circles and the contour of dry eyes, thanks to the fact that it eliminates dark shadows and dryness.
  • Contains tyrosine, vitamin E and selenium, components with anti-aging effect.
  • Its antibacterial properties help keep pores clean and closed.

 

In addition to all this, other benefits of spirulina in the use of organic cosmetics are; They help in the stimulation of the immune system, help slow down skin degeneration. The inclusion of spirulina in creams, facial masks, and other organic cosmetics is essential to increase the benefits that they bring. Chlorophyll, also, together with phycocyanin, help the blood to counteract radiation and renew tissues more effectively.

 

How do you use it?

Simply mix a few tablespoons of powdered spirulina with water and apply the mixture on your face, leaving it on for 20 minutes. Then rinse with warm water and that's it! You can also add honey, avocado or banana.

 

Beautify naturally with Aloe Vera

 

The nutrients of Aloe Vera are present in the pulp of the leaves, in a gel or almost transparent sticky liquid. [2]

For external use

  • Burns, minor wounds or mosquito bites: open the aloe leaf and apply the gel directly to the skin. If the lesion is very deep, it is preferable to wait a few days to apply Aloe Vera.
  • Nourish and soften the skin: cut the aloe leaf, crush the gel with a spoon and apply it on the skin for 20 minutes.
  • Beautify the hair: open the aloe leaf and empty the gel on a cotton cloth to strain it, thus avoiding that small plant particles that are in the gel remain in the hair, because they are difficult to remove. Leave on for 20 minutes and wash with plenty of water.

 

Aloe Vera as a drink

There are flavored Aloe Vera beverages on the market, without sugar, without preservatives or dyes, it is recognized for its beneficial effects on the body. It keeps the body healthy, helps regulate and regenerate the digestive system, prevents constipation and bad breath, recovers you from physical exhaustion, strengthens joints, regenerates cells, has dermatological supplements, increases metabolism functions and gives vitality.

 

Benefits of Bentonite Clay as a natural beauty product

Bentonite clay is a natural clay composed of volcano ashes, formed by the erosion of the ashes in the presence of water. The largest known bentonite deposits so far are Wyoming and some regions of France, but it is also produced in Greece, China, and India. It contains many minerals and vitamins, including aluminum, sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, zinc, iodine, and even, in very small quantities, gold, and silver. The best thing is that it is found naturally on earth and does not need processing, or chemical preservatives. [3]

 

How does it work?

Bentonite clay has a negative ion charge, which in the presence of water attract positive ions to join them. Guess which substances have positive ions? Toxins and heavy metals that poison our body. In this way, the clay helps detoxify because it absorbs toxins, and then they are expelled from the body.

 

Benefits of Bentonite clay

  • Detoxifies the body: we are constantly exposed to toxins, heavy metals (mercury, lead) and pollutants. They are present not only in processed foods but in cleaning products, construction materials, paints, pesticides, among others. It is very difficult to avoid contact with these things since they are in our environment. Clay helps us because, as I explained above, it absorbs toxins and expels them.
  • Healthy cosmetic for the skin: its detoxifying properties are effective in reducing infectious processes, such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. On the other hand, clay increases collagen fibers. As you know, collagen is essential to maintain the firmness and elasticity of the skin.
  • Improves digestion and relieves stomach problems: traditionally healing clays have been used to combat nausea and indigestion. It absorbs viruses (which cause problems such as diarrhea) and bad bacteria from the intestine, leaving it clean for the birth of good bacteria (intestinal flora).
  • Provides nutrients: some people use small amount of bentonite clay as a food supplement because of its high amounts of minerals; among them magnesium, iron, and potassium.

 

How to use Bentonite Clay?

  • Clay baths: add some clay (half a cup) to the bathwater and massage your body before rinsing it with clean water. This will help you eliminate toxins from the skin.
  • Mouthwash: Mix a little clay with water and gargle for a few minutes, then wash normally with pure water. Alkalize your mouth, throat and clean your teeth.
  • Facial mask: make a clay paste and water, apply it on the face and leave it for 10 or 20 minutes. Leaves skin super soft and clean pores.
  • Cream for infections or bites: apply the paste on bites, eczema, spots, psoriasis or minor burns. Leave it on for a couple of hours, covered with a bandage.
  • Drink: add 1/2 teaspoon or 1 to a glass of water. It is advisable to shake it in glass or plastic bottles because the metal reduces its effects. Take it immediately, preferably away from meals. You can do it several times a week, during a detoxification process.

 

Benefits of Thanaka as a natural beauty product

Thanaka, a cosmetic powder with a sandalwood aroma, considered a secret of natural beauty used by Burmese women. The most enthusiastic think that Thanaka is one of the healthiest and most beneficial natural cosmetics that exist. [4]

 

How is Thanaka made?

It is a yellow paste obtained from a tropical plant in the region called jasmine orange or Thanaka (Limonia acidissima), it is obtained by crushing the bark of the trunk of the bush, scraping it into a stone slab, and mixing it with a little of water until the desired creaminess is achieved. Easy, Simple, Healthy, Economic, Natural and Effective Cosmetics.

 

Why is Thanaka used?

Burmese have been using Thanaka for thousands of years to protect their skin from the sun, also, Thanaka paste is refreshing and antiseptic of the skin so it is also used on the skin of children and men on some occasions.

 

Thanaka Properties

The active ingredients in Thanaka bark are mainly coumarin and marmesin. Marmesin is a phytochemical compound precursor to psoralen and in the biosynthesis line of furanocoumarins (remember that many furanocoumarins are very toxic, they are thrown into streams in Indonesia to catch fish).

Psoralen occurs naturally in the seeds of different vegetables, some as well-known as ficus, celery, parsley, etc. They are widely used in PUVA which is Psoralen + UVA rays, in the treatment of psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, T-cell lymphoma.

Thanks to its active ingredients and according to popular wisdom, Thanaka powder is:

  • Sunscreen
  • Skin refreshing
  • Antiseptic
  • Moisturizer
  • Regulates fat
  • Reduces melasma or skin spots
  • Anti-Acne
  • Cleaner
  • Reduce marks and scars
  • Anti-aging

- by Dr. Helcio Ferreira

 

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28552036
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763764/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5632318/
  4. https://jddonline.com/articles/dermatology/S1545961614P0306X/1/

 

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