Health & Beauty Encyclopedia

Please note: this page is a work in progress, let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions for additions!

  • Baking Soda: Baking soda has countless health and beauty uses. Below are just a few that I use regularly. You can also read my blog post on baking soda for more ideas.
    • Face Scrub/Microdermabrasion: Mix about 1 tablespoon of baking soda with enough water to make a thick paste. Gently rub your face in circular motions to remove dead skin and cleanse, then rinse. Your skin will be super soft. Make sure not to do this everyday to avoid drying out your skin.
    • No ‘Poo: Part of the “no shampoo” regime as a shampoo replacement. See my previous blog post on No ‘Poo for more info.
    • Stomach Anti-acid: Mix about 1/4 teaspoon with 6 oz. of water for a great cure for upset stomachs.
  • Coconut Oil: Coconut oil makes an amazing deep conditioning hair mask or face moisturizer. Be careful not to use too much, it is oil after all.
  • Dermabrasion is a type of surgical skin planing, typically performed in a professional medical setting by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon trained specifically in this procedure. Dermabrasion has been practiced for many years (before the advent of lasers) and involves the controlled deeper abrasion (wearing away) of the upper to mid layers of the skin with any variety of strong abrasive devices including a wire brush, diamond wheel or fraise, sterilized sandpaper, salt crystals, or other mechanical means. Dermabrasion should not be confused with microdermabrasion which is a newer and non-surgical cosmetic procedure performed by non-physician personnel, nurses, estheticians, medical assistants, and most recently untrained individuals in their homes. Dermabrasion – Wikipedia
  • Microdermabrasion is a light cosmetic procedure that uses a mechanical medium for exfoliation to gently remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis. Most commonly, microdermabrasion uses two parts: an exfoliating material like crystals or diamond flakes and a machine based suction to gently lift up the skin during exfoliation. [ … ] It may also be performed at home using a variety of products which are designed to mechanically exfoliate the skin. [ … ] Recently cosmetic scrub products that contain fine grit made from the pits of various fruits and from other materials are using the term microdermabrasion in their marketing. Dermabrasion – Wikipedia

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