For best results mix with Cleansing Oils, honey or yogurt or kefir.
I am all about FEEDING my skin. I do my best to give it what it needs to be strong and resilient so that it's better able to to withstand intrusion from the the outside world; damaging radiation from the sun, irritating pollutants, loss of moisture in this harsh dry climate, reduced circulation from the intense cold, and daily application of zinc sunscreen. Feeding my skin the nutrients it needs also supports healthy skin cell regeneration which will help it resist the inevitable impacts of cellular aging as the years fly by.
Feeding our skin from the inside is beyond the scope of this article but someday I will begin writing about that too. For now let's just keep it to what we can do to help support healthy vibrant skin from the outside. So grab a glass of water, sit back and relax!
Blending nourishing oils with exfoliating powders is my favorite way to cleanse with oils AND nourish my protective armour! My concoction of edible powders blended with clarifying cleansing oils leaves my skin feeling clean, fresh, and dewy soft.
When the skin surface is scrubbed, it is more effective at getting rid of toxins that might be present in the skin. Exfoliated skin is better at absorbing nourishment, so you get more benefit from the oils and plant ingredients included in my OCM skincare routine.
In a previous posts I describe which plant oils are used in my cleansing oil and treatment oil. Here I will point out a few of the benefits of the edible powders I include in my OCM Exfoliating Scrub Powders.
OCM Exfoliating Powders:
wiLD HARVESTED MAYA NUT POWDER
Organic Colloidal Oatmeal
Organic Powdered Sugar
Organic Cocoa Powder
Organic Arabica Coffee Super Fine
Organic Aloe Leaf Powder
Natural Silk Proteins
Powdered Sea Salt
Naturally derived MSM Crystals
Organic colloidal oatmeal
is a well known humectant and has powerful skin soothing properties. It has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of skin conditions. Oats have a high concentration of starches and beta-glucan. Beta Glucans act as a natural, deeply penetrating moisturizer and are responsible for the protective, water-holding (humectant) functions of the wonderful oat seed. Rich in polyphenols, natural plant antioxidants, oatmeal has with powerful anti-inflammatory properties when applied to the skin. The cleansing activity of oat is mostly due to saponins, naturally occurring soap like chemicals found in some plants, making oats a great cleanser as well as moisturizer and buffer. Top that off with soothing and protective anti-inflammatory properties of oatmeal, and AND abundant natural antihistamines in oats which can reduce skin irritations and itching.
Maya Nut Powder
Wildcrafted by indigenous women, Maya powder is from a nut indigenous to Mexico and Central America. It is not a well known nut today but it once was! Planted by the Mayans many centuries years ago, this nut tree was a very important food source for the Mayan people and the animals they hunted. It is extremely high in anti-inflammatory compounds and packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Maya is not a true nut. It has been tested and proven by the FDA to contain no toxic alkaloids or allergens. It is not affected by aflatoxins and is 100% gluten and caffeine free. When ground to a powder and added to the OCM exfoliating scrub it brings all rich it's amazing goodness to nourish your skin.
Raw organic cocoa powder
... helps to renew and firm skin cells, promote healthy skin tissues, and healthy skin cell development. Cocoa powder is a powerful antioxidant and can help to repair damaged skin, improve blood flow, complexion and help skin stay hydrated. It is rich in vitamins and minerals esp. magnesium.
... might be bad for your insides in more than tiny amounts and age our skin! But sugar is a nutrient rich treat when applied topically. Sugar is a natural humectant, so it is able to draw moisture from the air into your skin, helping to hydrate and retain moisture. Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, an Alpha Hydroxy Acid. AHA is gazillions of high end cosmetics, for a very good reason! It penetrates the skin and breaks down the “glue” that bonds skin cells, encouraging cell turnover and generating fresher, younger-looking skin. Refined glycolic acid is used to treat sun-damaged and aging skin.
Naturally derived silk proteins
The primary reason why silk amino acids are great for for skin is the large amounts of hydroxyl amino acids they contain which are known for their important role in regulating moisture content of the skin and the water binding process. Silk amino acids have very powerful properties for preventing wrinkles and fine lines because they are light and easily penetrate the skin layer thanks to their affinity for bonding with adhering-proteins.hey are easily absorbed by skin, and possess excellent moisturizing properties, they can enhance skin cell turnover by activating cell regeneration. Silk proteins have a regulating effect on melanin levels promote wound healing and reduce the appearance of scars. On top off all this they have wrinkle smoothing effects and help protect our skin against damaging environmental conditions.
Aloe leaf powder
... has been used for centuries for it's is well known skin healing properties. It is used for irritated, sunburned, or inflamed skin. Aloe vera powder is high in the naturally occurring pain reliever salicylic acid. It is also high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and other minerals which help sooth and heal.
POWDERED mineral rich sea salt
... so super super fine it will not damage your tender facial skin! texture. Sea salts are rich in trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron which helps promote circulation and reduce inflammation. These minerals also act as natural purifiers, removing toxins that clog skin pores, helping your skin breath easier. Sea salt enhances circulation, tightens skin cells and improves skin's texture. Surprisingly, sea salt helps relieve dry skin by increasing hydration as it is a powerful humectant, drawing water from the environment. One of the most important functions of sea salt in a scrub is to improve the blood circulation.
naturally derived MSM crystals
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a sulfur compound that’s found naturally in foods and is 3rd largest nutrient found in your body. In the skin, it is involved in the process of producing keratin and collagen and is a natural humectant. MSM can help with skin issues such as psoriasis and eczema. MSM crystals in the scrub helps remove dirt and other impurities without drying your skin. MSM can help balance oily and dry skin, help with scar and collagen flexibility, and increase blood flow. In addition, it is said to help reduce inflammation and pain.
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