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Whole Living: A More Zen-like Approach to Health & Skin Care
Shirley Makela's Whole Living Articles
Written by Shirley Makela of Alki Organix   

Zen-Like Skin CareIn the quest for beautiful skin we are often told we must subject our skin to harsh treatments, abrasives, or isolated nutrients pharmaceuticals or chemicals in the quest of beauty.  Then when our skin still doesn't look or feel like we want it to, we search for yet another treatment that will make it “behave”.  I do a lot of reading on ingredients for skin care and I recently researched a new ‘miracle’ ingredient for skin and was amazed to learn it was derived from a poison that can actually kill you!  How is this good for you?  Even among natural products there are different approaches – they can be gentle or aggressive as well, and while I fully agree with a whole food approach to skin care I am fully cognizant that natural does not necessarily mean gentle and non-toxic.   In my more philosophical moments I wonder if we buy into this because we are at battle with ourselves.  We haven’t learned to love ourselves.  But, that’s another topic altogether!

  For the best care for the health of our skin I would like to suggest that a better way is a more Zen-like approach to skin care. Rather than doing battle with your skin nurture it and work with it not against it. Give it what it needs, eat a diet that nurtures your overall health and be gentle and loving with your skin!  It will love you back. In short; a more Zen-like approach!

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Healthy Living: The Benefits of Avocado Oil
Pat White's Healthy Living Articles
Written by Pat White of Essential Body Pleasures   
Avocado oil (Persea gratissima) is a yellowish, green oil. It is pressed from the fleshy pulp that surrounds the avocado pit. It is a thick but very penetrating oil which is easily absorbed into the skin. Avocado oil is rich in vitamins A, B, and D. The green color is due to large amounts of chlorophyll and carotenoids. This makes the oil highly prone to oxidative effects when exposed to sunlight and thus must be stored in dark bottles.


Avocado oils is great for dry, aging or sun damaged skin, eczema and psoriasis. The antioxidants in avocado oil can fight the signs of aging and increase the rate of cell turnover and the Vitamin E can assist in reducing dry, itchy and inflamed skin.


Avocado oil also contains sterolins, which studies have shown to decrease the appearance of sun/age spots. Avocado oil is also reported to help stimulate the production of collagen, which is a key component of the skin's support system. Skin with plenty of collagen is plump, firm and shows fewer wrinkles.

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Paleo Living: Do You Know the Dangers Lurking in Your Beauty Products?
Trina Felber's Paleo Living Articles
Written by Trina Felber of Primal Life Organics   

Make up. We women put it on our faces every single day. But how often do we really stop to think about what is in the products that we routinely put on our face? My honest answer was never.

Once I began my research, however, I was less than impressed with the quality of the products that I was using on a regular basis. A quick Internet search revealed that it was impossible to find an ingredient list for the commercial foundation I had been using for a long time. So, I had to peel off the label on my bottle because the ingredients are listed on the inside of the label – the sticky side that you can’t see unless removed.

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Paleo Living: From The Inside-Out - Get REAL About Detox and Adjustment [Part 2]
Trina Felber's Paleo Living Articles
Written by Trina Felber of Primal Life Organics   

What is the adjustment period??? 

The adjustment period is more of a physical rendition of how our SKIN reacts to new products. For instance, if you have been using products that contain water or alcohol as the first ingredients listed, and most commercial products contain both, your skin is in a constant state of dehydration and it cannot function properly. It adapts by increasing sebum production. Your skin also reacts to chemicals (preservatives, fragrances, dyes) and auto-regulates itself to protect against these harmful ingredients. These ingredients also cause cellular changes via free

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