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Newsworthy tips, trends and advice from the experts at Larenim

February 4, 2016

You have questions; the experts at Larenim have answers to keep you from getting overwhelmed when it comes to picking the best products for your skin type.



Plastic micro beads have recently been banned from cosmetics:

Larenim says:

Why use plastic micro beads when there are plenty of natural alternatives available.  Bamboo stem, volcanic rock (pumice), salt, sugar, and particles of fruit pits or nuts are all great mechanical exfoliants.  The best exfoliants are those that effective remove skin-dulling cells without damaging the underlying new skin.


Masks are a huge part of part of taking proper care of your skin, how do you know which one to use? Which ingredients are your favorites to include in masks, and why? Already, any tips for pre/post skincare prep?


Larenim says:

Clay masques date back thousands of years to when they were used as healing agents in Roman spas. Cleopatra, an Egyptian queen with legendary beautification rituals, likely used clay masques to clarify her skin. Hippocrates, known as “the Father of Medicine,” reportedly used clay on his patients in 470 BC. Florence Nightingale, a modern pioneer of nursing, was known to have used clay compresses on injured soldiers.


Toxins bombard the skin (the largest organ of the human body) every day. Masques draw out toxins and other wastes, helping skin stay healthy and clear. As a beauty aid, clay may benefit people with acne, wrinkles, sun damage, cellulite and more.

The most common type of clay used in masques is mineral-rich volcanic ash mixed with elements of salt water to form montmorillonite or sodium bentonite, the technical terms for bentonite clay. To make a masque, bentonite clay can be mixed with equal parts water (for people with dry skin) or vinegar (for people with oily skin). More liquid can be added if desired.  The resulting paste is then applied in a thin 1/8 to 1/4 inch layer to the surface of the skin, while avoiding the eye area, and allowed to dry. Sensitive or dry skin types may prefer to allow their facial masque to dry for 5-10 minutes and oily or acne skin types may prefer a 20-minute drying time. Gently remove the dried masque with warm water.

Bentonite clay attracts many toxins and impurities, drawing undesirable matter out of the skin and into the clay masque. It is also extremely absorbent; in fact, bentonite clay can swell up to 18 times its dry volume when mixed with water.  As the clay masque dries, it firms and tightens, drawing out toxins and impurities, which have embedded beneath the surface of the skin. This tightening process can also enhance the revitalization process by increasing circulation to the top layer of skin.


Charcoal, clay and black soap skincare products seem to be increasingly popular. Here’s some great information as to how they can work wonders you’re your skin and what it means when charcoal is "activated.”


Lareim says:

Charcoal, or more commonly Bamboo charcoal, is a very healthy natural ingredient. It can absorb toxins and other harmful substances from your skin leaving it stronger and healthier. Regular soap tends to leave a residue where charcoal is loaded with the best of nature’s ingredients. If you suffer from sensitive skin it’s definitely an alternative answer for healing.

When charcoal is activated, which is simply means heating it, it expands in your body or your skin and brings the toxins to surface. It’s been know to help with acne by opening up your pores, clearing out the toxins to make it stronger. Bamboo charcoal has been used to treat eczema, psoriasis and cracked skin, without turning to treatments loaded with harmful chemicals.


Black soap, also known as African Black soap, is composed of natural ingredients similar to charcoal products. It’s filled with various oils; coconut, palm, cocoa butter as well as shea tree bark, banana trees and plantain leaves, and these soaps are water based! These types of ingredients can help with acne scars, skin irritations, removing make-up and even delaying aging.



SO MANY SERUMS…how to pick the best one. Here are some questions you should ask retailers to figure out what’s appropriate for your skin and is it worth it.


Larenim says:

Serums are great way to nourish your skin whether it’s dry, irritated, oily or other. A good serum does not have to cost a lot of money either. It’s always best to research various brands and also know what type of skin you have in order to make the best choice. Serums are great for hydrating, tightening, slowing down the aging process, and merely giving your skin a healthy glow. Depending on your skin type and if you have specific skin issues, you might want to choose a serum created by a well-recognized dermatologist which may cost more. If you’re looking for something to cover the basics, normal/dry/oily skin there are a variety of drugstore serums; however, going with a natural brand will most likely work wonders and be less invasive on your skin.


Your skin isn’t the only thing to age, hair does as well. Tips on restoring aging hair's luster and how to improve thinning hair.


Larenim says:

Thinning or weak hair growth can be the result of a vitamin deficiency, hormone changes, chemical treatments, pregnancy and mishandling your hair. I’m blessed with pretty good hair, not too thin, not super thick and very manageable, I’ve succumb to the styles and trends over the years like most. If you have straight hair, you want it curly.  If you have curly hair, you want it straight. I’ve had my prized possession giant round brush for twenty some years (aka my bangs brush), I’ve used flat irons, curling irons, and I’ve been coloring my hair for years. I even gave into the desirable Keratin straightening treatment. All of these things have damaged my hair, but I’m also conscientious of the importance of daily care. It is critical to find shampoos and conditioners that contain healthy, natural ingredients; ingredients that will hydrate, repair, and nourish hair from the roots to the ends. A healthy diet can also attribute to healthy hair.   



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