Vitamin D Is Your Natural Shield Against Disaster; At Any Age.

There’s a beauty writer that once inferred that “Skin pigmentation was incompatible to modern living”Healthy Skin Bella Terra Cosmetics and Vitamin D Sun
As a darker complected person, of course this raised my eye brow, and piqued my interest.
“What exactly is this writer trying to say?” I had asked myself.
Was she trying to say that the browner you are, the less compatible to modern living you are?
It may surprise you to learn that the skin of early humans was pinkish and covered with black fur, similar to the skin and hair of a chimpanzee.
This fur served as a sunscreen but eventually was lost so people could remain active without overheating.
At this point, skin developed a permanent pigmentation that was darker to accommodate exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun.
According to scientists, these changes in skin color are examples of natural selection designed to protect skin from sun damage.

It took thousands of years for humans to develop the darker skin color caused by the pigment melanin. For nearly two million years, melanin has been helping humans manage their exposure to sunlight.
Melanin permits enough UV radiation for the creation of vitamin D, which assists with calcium absorption. At the same time, it protects skin from the harsh UV radiation that can destroy folate that is essential for the division of cells. Continue reading

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*Optional: Beauty Basics For Healthy Skin pt. 6

If you’ve just joined in on That B Word’s conversation on Beauty Basics, Hi!

Here’s a re-cap of the things you may have missed out on, as far as Healthy Skin is concerned:
Basic Step 1: Keep your skin clear of any junk, makeup, or foreign objects.
A good makeup remover is a must-have if you intend on having healthy skin!
Basic Step 2: Exfoliate your skin once every week.
Exfoliation helps to unclog your pores, and regulates the rate at which your sebaceous glands provide your skin with the natural oil called sebum.
Basic Step 3: Cleanse your skin daily
Sometimes twice a day. Your cells re-generate every day, and you shed skin cells. If you’re not cleaning you’re skin every day, you’re creating the perfect living environment for acne.
Basic Step 4: Use a Toner after every cleanse
The toner will help make your pores less defined, and also makes it easier for you to cleanse in the future. Your complexion will improve, and the skin will be more firm, and supple.
Basic Step 5: Restore
Because the skin is more receptive to product in it’s toned state, you want to follow with something that will leave your skin more refreshed, reduce inflammation, and replenish natural antioxidants.
Those are pretty much the basics of good skin!
Seems simple enough, but you have no idea how many people just don’t do it.
My mother is in her early Fifties, and she taught me this routine when I was Thirteen, and I only started to take it seriously in my late Teens. See? Easy, but barely anyone does it.
If you are here because you want to know how to get your acne under control, or you’re looking for a good regiment, then you can count yourself as part of the really small minority of people who actually care about their skin.
Good skin isn’t expensive, it isn’t time consuming, and it isn’t complicated, but we’ve made it that way. If you can make healthy skin a habit, wrinkles, and acne will be the last of your worries. Now comes the next step (and it is optional, depending on your skin type) in the Healthy Skin, Beauty Basics line-up… Continue reading

Beauty Basics For Healthy Skin pt. 5

Let’s do a small recap on the previous Healthy Skin Steps;

Basic Step 1: Keep your skin clear of any junk, makeup, or foreign objects.
A good makeup remover is a must-have if you intend on having healthy skin!
Basic Step 2: Exfoliate your skin once every week.
Exfoliation helps to unclog your pores, and regulates the rate at which your sebaceous glands provide your skin with the natural oil called sebum.
Basic Step 3: Cleanse your skin daily
Sometimes twice a day. Your cells re-generate every day, and you shed skin cells. If you’re not cleaning you’re skin every day, you’re creating the perfect living environment for acne.
Basic Step 4: Use a Toner after every cleanse
The toner will help make your pore less defined, and also makes it easier for you to cleanse in the future. Your complexion will improve, and the skin will be more firm, and supple.
You’ve really come a long way to getting good skin. You have survived four long articles on skin. That on its own deserves an award, but then again, skin is the largest organ that we have, so if you don’t commit to it, what are you going to commit to? Continue reading

Beauty Basics for Healthy Skin pt. 2

Healthy skin is as easy as 1, 2, 3; once you have mastered the basics.

Literally step 1, 2 and 3. Today we’re going to start with the first step!

The last time we were talking about Beauty Basics, I put a great deal of emphasis on making sure that you understand what exactly you were working with. That is to say, figuring out your skin type by removing all the unnecessary stuff, like make-up. (Read it here: Part 1)

If you have a problem with Acne flares, that come and go, and you have no idea what they’re caused by, or excessive oiliness, these steps that I’ll be sharing will really help you–heck they worked for me!

Healthy Skin Step 1: Exfoliating

This is not just some buzz-word invented by beauty gurus. If you are an acne sufferer, exfoliation is going to become a new revolutionary part of your life!

Exfoliation; A cosmetic technique aimed at removing dead skin cells from the face and body.

Exfoliation; A cosmetic technique aimed at removing dead skin cells from the face and body.

What to look for in an Exfoliating product

Every well read dermatologist, and cosmetologist  is going to tell you the same thing; Stay away from these home-made “exfoliating products” made from egg shells, or ground peach pits, as they can create little micro tears in the skin, and leave scars.

Make sure that the product that you end up choosing has;

  1. NO Parabens
  2. NO Propylene Glycol
  3. NO Ethanolamines
  4. NO Sulphates
  5. NO Phthalates
  6. NO Synthetic Dye
  7. NO Nitro Musks, and 
  8. NO Retinol/AHAs

What you are looking for is a product that is a mild exfoliant, and will naturally leave your skin feeling rejuvenated, and young again!

You might think that there couldn’t possibly be a product out there that can fit all those categories, and still be affordable right?

Bella Terra Cosmetics Exfoliating Gel

I personally really love the Bella Terra Cosmetics range because not only does their Exfoliating Gel not contain any of the above-mentioned ingredients, but the gel has no wheat, no nuts, no animal by-products, has not been tested on animals, and is suitable for Vegans!

Vegan water based exfoliating gel made with botanical extracts

Vegan water based Exfoliating Gel made with Botanical Extracts

Bella Terra’s non-granular (it will not leave any micro-tears in your skin) Exfoliating Gel offers exclusive technology that lets you see a visible difference in just one use! You’ll enjoy an intensive, deep cleansing beauty treatment with natural botanical extracts and soothing Aloe Vera and chamomile that gently exfoliates dead skin cells, removes dulling debris and excess oils.

Whichever product it is that you end up deciding on, the use of an exfoliator is just a little different to the use of a cleanser, or everyday foam wash.

Here’s how you can use the above Exfoliating Gel

**Only exfoliate once a week

  1. Apply to entire face and neck and allow to sit.
  2. Just when the gel begins to dry, rub it in with fingertips.
  3. Rinse it out, et voila, you have just exfoliated!

If you are interested in giving Bella Terra Cosmetics’ Exfoliating Gel a try, you can order it online, as well

It wouldn’t be advisable to just leave your skin in that position, though. You still need to follow up with two other processes, but I will let this new information sink in, and come back with part 3 of Beauty Basics.

So stay tuned, and I’ll talk to you all soon.

Good luck on your quest, and remember; The B word is for Beauty!