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Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Right Way to get a Facial

The Right Way to do a Facial
Many of our clients at our salons ask if they can buy our products and do their facials at home. We usually advise them to get it done at the spa due to many reasons. Estheticians go thru extensive training for facials and the techniques cannot be duplicated on self because when someone else gives you a facial, their hand movements are different than that of someone doing their own facial. Facials are supposed to be a relaxing experience and that level of relaxation cannot be achieved by at home facials unless you have been doing it for years. The face has many areas that need special movements such as circular, back and forth etc. I personally believe in getting a facial at a spa rather than doing it at home because as our clients say that “the best 45 minute facial ever”. Some of them go to sleep for the whole process and wake up after their facials feeling refreshed and glowing.

There are four steps for our facials. First comes the cleansing, and scrub, then comes the massage cream and finally the face mask.

The cleansing lotion or gel removes dirt, oil and other impurities from the skin while gently softening the skin for the scrubbing process. The scrub cream or scrub gel gently exfoliates the skin making it cleaner, removing the black and whiteheads from your skin. The massage cream makes the skin soft and smooth and penetrates the herbs deep into your skin. The face mask tightens the skin and leaves it looking younger and gives a natural glow.

A good facial session should last 45 minutes. 7-8 minutes of cleansing, 7-8 minutes for scrubbing, 10 minutes for massaging the face and neck, and finally face mask for 15-20 minutes or until it dries out.

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Aloe Vera Gel- The Extract from The Fruit of the Earth

We see the shelves of major grocery stores full of Aloe Vera gel and drinks. What is Aloe Vera and what are the benefits of using this fruit of the earth for your body? First we will talk about Aloe Vera, the plant, the gel and our aloe vera gel with neem.

According to WebMD, “Aloe gel is the clear, jelly-like substance found in the inner part of the aloe plant leaf. Aloe latex comes from just under the plant’s skin and is yellow in color. Some aloe products are made from the whole crushed leaf, so they contain both gel and latex”.

Aloe medications can be taken by mouth or applied to the skin. Aloe gel is taken by mouth for osteoarthritis, bowel diseases including ulcerative colitis, fever, itching and inflammation, and as a general tonic. It is also used for stomach ulcers, diabetes, asthma, and for treating some side effects of radiation treatment.

But most people use aloe gel topically, as a remedy for skin conditions including burns, sunburn, frostbite, psoriasis, and cold sores. Some people also use aloe gel to help surgical wounds and bedsores heal faster. There is some science supporting these uses. Some chemicals in aloe gel seem to be able to increase circulation in the tiny blood vessels in the skin, as well as kill bacteria. Together, these effects suggest that aloe gel might be effective in speeding wound healing. But it’s too early to come to that conclusion. Evidence is contradictory. One study suggests that aloe gel may actually delay wound healing.

Some people take aloe latex by mouth, usually for constipation. Less often, aloe latex is used orally for epilepsy, asthma, colds, bleeding, absence of menstrual periods, colitis, depression, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, bursitis, osteoarthritis, and glaucoma and other vision problems.

But taking aloe latex by mouth is likely unsafe, especially at high doses. There is some concern that some of the chemicals found in aloe latex might cause cancer. Additionally, aloe latex is hard on the kidneys and could lead to serious kidney disease and even death.

A number of years ago, the FDA became concerned about the safety of aloe latex, which was an ingredient in many laxatives. The FDA’s concern was heightened by the fact that people develop a kind of “tolerance” to aloe latex. They have to take more and more of it to get a laxative effect. That means they are likely to increase their dose — and their risk. The FDA requested safety data from the makers of laxatives that contained aloe latex, but they didn’t comply, possibly because of the expense involved in doing safety studies. In the absence of safety data, the FDA required manufacturers to remove or reformulate all over-the-counter (OTC) laxative products in the U.S. market that contained aloe. The deadline for compliance was November 5, 2002.

How does it work?
The useful parts of aloe are the gel and latex. The gel is obtained from the cells in the center of the leaf; and the latex is obtained from the cells just beneath the leaf skin.

Aloe gel might cause changes in the skin that might help diseases like psoriasis.

Aloe seems to be able to speed wound healing by improving blood circulation through the area and preventing cell death around a wound.

It also appears that aloe gel has properties that are harmful to certain types of bacteria and fungi.

Aloe Vera Gel With Neem Extract

Nature’s Glow Aloe Vera Gel with Neem nourishes the skin, moisturizes, and makes it look soft and smooth after regular use. This product also has neem extract which help in killing bacteria growth and help with problems like acne or other skin conditions. The gel can be used on dry, rough skin all over the body, cracked skin can be healed with regular use on feet. I’ve had many of my employees swear that the product works great on burns and cuts.

Aloe Vera is great for the whole body and it is always available at www.naturesglowherbals.com or at a grocery store near you. If your grocer does not carry this product, please have them call us and we will gladly put them on their shelves.


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