How To Detox Your Mind, Body & Soul With A Bentonite Clay Bath – Works Wonders For Psoriasis, Eczema & Acne

 

Hey girls, boys…

I’m going to show you all how you can detox your mind, body and soul by taking a bentonite clay bath which will eliminate all toxins and impurities from your skin making you a healthier, happier person with cleansed beautiful skin.

The internet is an amazing place for knowledge isn’t it. I have learned so much more from the internet than I ever did at school and thanks to google I have taught myself all about the amazing health benefits bentonite clay has. After learning how it can help not only the skin but mind, body and soul – I knew I had to use it more often, not just as a face mask.

I came across a post online about the benefits of taking regular clay baths and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I’ve never had a clay bath before, I have never had a detox of any kind before but I have lost count of how many clay face masks I’ve had in the past so this was something completely new to me. After taking just a couple of clay baths, I can already see and feel the benefits of it and it is something I will be doing a lot of from now on. Maybe twice, three times weekly.

What is bentonine clay?

“Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining. Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.” – Mountain Rose Herbs

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What Is a clay bath?

A clay bath is a bath with clay mixed in. It helps to eliminate toxins from the skin and body absorbing them into the water. When the clay is mixed with the water it will look dirty and similar to a muddy puddle but I can assure you it’s clean as can be. The very first time I used bentonite clay in my bath, I thought I would feel dirty and minging afterwards because of the colour of the water but I have never, ever, ever felt so clean and pristine after taking a bath in my whole life. It beats a normal bath any-day!

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What can a bentonite clay bath do?

  • Eliminate toxins and heavy metals in the body
  • Removes impurities from the skin
  • Boosts immune system
  • Deep cleanses the skin
  • Calms and reduces symptoms of psoriasis, eczema and other skin disorders
  • Helps clear acne and pimples
  • Speeds healing of cuts, wounds etc…
  • Helps to cool and soothe insect bites
  • Prevents & removes blackheads, whiteheads etc…
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Calms skin allergies
  • Stimulates the lymph system
  • Soothes sunburn and sun rash
  • Gentle detoxification with no side effects
  • Relieves headaches
  • Relieves body aches
  • Great for fatigue

I could go on all day… I’m sure you get the drift!

How to make a clay bath?

I ran a hot bath and sprinkled 1 cup of bentonite clay into the water, stirring well and making sure to squish any clumps of clay sat at the bottom of the bath, allowing it to melt into the water.

For first timers I would advise adding one cup of powder to your bath and for an intense detox add 2 or maybe 3 cups of clay. I wouldn’t add any more than 3 though as you may suffer from stressful detox symptoms.

Fill the bath up just enough to cover your whole body, the hotter the water the better as this will open your pores thus making it quicker and easier for toxins and impurities to be eliminated and absorbed into the water.

Bathe for no more than 30 minutes. As all the toxins are pulled from your body and absorbed into the water, I wouldn’t advise soaking for longer than this. I have heard people take intense hour-long clay baths but this is not something I have tried, YET.

All you gotta do is lie down in the bath, soak, close your eyes, put some relaxing music on, chill out and get detoxing!

Do’s & Don’ts:

Don’t soak in the clay bath for longer than 30 minutes. Lying in a detox bath for half an hour or more can cause over-detox symptoms such as feeling light-headed dehydrated, nauseous and weak. Same goes for the amount of clay you use in your bath too. I’d say anything from 1-3 cups of clay is ideal and won’t cause your body any stress.

Be careful not to slip in the bath tub. Clay, when mixed with water becomes very, very slippy so take care.

Drink a glass of water before and after your bath as this will keep you hydrated.

Tie your hair up in a bun or pony-tail or wear a shower cap when bathing. The clay can make your hair feel crap for days afterwards and dry it out. If clay does come in contact with your hair just wash it with a clarifying shampoo and condition it afterwards. The clay won’t harms your hair in any way but it will make it feel rough!

Don’t drink the clay water. I know you guys aren’t stupid and you obviously won’t drink the clay water but try to keep your hands away from your mouth when bathing. After sitting in the water for 30 minutes or more it becomes saturated with the toxins from your body so the water is toxic, so you really don’t want to swallow any of it.

Where to buy bentonite clay?

The clay I have been using for my clay baths is the Deep Pore Exfoliator 100% Bentonite Clay and I order it here from Natural Supplies for £12.99.

It is a huge 1kg tub and contains nothing but 100% pure bentonite clay. It can be used for face masks, clay baths, body wraps and foot masks. It has been sun-dried, is also cruelty-free and contains no fragrance, chemicals or additives.

I have some bentonite clay from Majestic Pure, but as it is a much smaller tub than the clay from Natural Supplies, so I prefer to use it just for my face masks.

So who else loves to detox their body with a clay bath? Has anyone with psoriasis tried one? It seems to be helping my skin!

Love

Katie x

Coconut Milk Body Scrub from Pure Body Naturals – Review

Girls,

This week, I’ve put my coffee scrubs aside to try out the Coconut Milk Body Scrub from Pure Body Naturals who are another natural, cruelty-free brand based in America. They have a huge collection of fabulous skincare products, hair care products, essential oils and beauty accessories and they are fast becoming one of my favourite brands.

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The Coconut Milk Body Scrub is rich in fatty acids and vitamins A, B and E, leaving your skin feeling nourished. Dead Sea Salt is a natural exfoliator which removes a build up of dead skin cells allowing fresh new skin to appear, making your complexion look amazing. It helps to protect skin from UV radiation and it also reduces symptoms of psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions. The scrub is full to the brim with natural ingredients and fast-absorbing oils which all soften and moisturise the skin without irritating it. It can be used on both the face and body and because of the high content of oils and vitamins it works brilliantly as an amazing anti-ageing treatment, helping to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Thanks to the coconut milk it has a fabulous creamy texture with the slightest hint of coconut.

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The ingredients are:

Coconut Milk, Sea Salt, Almond Oil, Safflower Oil, Sunflower Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Dead Sea Salt, Vitamin E.

What I thought?

I love coconut beauty products and this scrub makes me love coconut even more! As you all probably know already, I have psoriasis (very mild at the mo), so I’m super prone to dry skin especially on my knees and elbows. I haven’t noticed any change to my psoriasis just yet though. It hasn’t cleared my skin up but I suppose it’s still early days, eh! It has removed a few scales and softened my dry skin tremendously, it feels great! To use, you just simply scoop a bit of the coconut salt into your hands and apply it to wet skin, gently massaging in circular motions. After exfoliating and removing dead skin cells my skin feels so clean and soft and I slather loads of Fractioned Coconut Oil all over my body to make it super smooth and extra moisturised.

Even though it is a small 340g tub I reckon you will get 20+ full body treatments out of one tub, if not more. It all depends how much you apply to your skin each time and how often you use it. I have used it 4-5 times in a week and as you can see there is still lots of scrub left in the tub.

What I love the most about the Coconut Milk Body Scrub is that it contains absolutely nothing but natural, pure ingredients so I don’t need to worry about artificial ingredients which make my psoriasis a million times worse.

I will definitely be buying more when I run out!

Where to buy?

Amazon UK: here. £14.95 | American girls can get it on the Pure Body Naturals website.

Who else loves Pure Body Naturals?

love

Katie x

Disclosure: This was gifted to me for review purposes.

Art Naturals – Dead Sea Mud Mask

 

 

Hello Girls (& Boys!)

I have another Art Naturals product here for review. It is their Dead Sea Mud Mask.

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I have tried quite a few products from Art Naturals now and I can honestly say that I haven’t a bad thing to say about any products that I have used from them. Art Naturals has become one of my favourite brands lately and I have replaced most of my beauty products from ‘popular, big brands’, especially those who test on animals and use harsh ingredients, for ‘natural’ and kind brands like Art Naturals whose products are chemical free, cruelty free, contain nothing but natural, kind ingredients and are gentle on the skin, gentle enough to calm my psoriasis instead of irritating it!

I can definately see ‘natural’ and cruelty free brands becoming more popular in the near future as people realise nasty, harmful ingredients and testing on animals is really not nessecary in a beauty product, really though, why should an animal suffer just so we can look fabulous. I agree it is pretty hard knowing which products are kind, some poducts don’t tell you if it has been tested on animals or not so always look for the little cruelty free bunny on the back of a product to know 100% if the formula has NOT been tested on animals. A brand will never say ‘this has been tested on animals’ so look for the cute bunny for confimation!

Art Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask

This is a 250 ml tub of deep skin cleansing, pure heavenly face mask! Dead Sea Mud is amazing for all skin types and everybody can benefit from it in some way. It draws out toxins, impurities, blackheads, dirt, oil, helps acne, calms skin conditions and disorders as well as reducing large pores and if used often it will help give you radiant skin and a brighter, clearer, more balanced complexion.

I’ll be honest, this mud mask from Art Naturals is completely identical to the Majestic Pure one I reviewed a while back, it has the exact same ingredients, same 250ml sized tub, the mud is the same dark grey colour, same thick consitency, same scent and it has the same price. The only differences being, the label and a different company name. Majestic Pure say to leave their mask on for five minutes while Art Naturals say leave on for 15-20 minutes. So basically I would imagine they both have the same formula, just sold by two different companies with different time directions.

I’ve had the same results with this Dead Sea Mud Mask as I did with Majestic Pure’s one. I do love them both! You can read my review for that here if you’d like.

How to use it?

‘Cleanse and tone first, and dry skin. Use clean dry hands when scooping the mud out of the jar to avoid contamination and bacteria. Test on a small area for allergies before using all over the face. Apply a thick layer of the mud onto your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Let the mask sit for around 15-20 minutes until it has dried. Remove the mask by wetting hands and gently lathering in circular motions for a complete exfoliation. Wash any excess mud off with lukewarm water and gently pat dry. Follow with your favourite moisturiser. For best results use every 3-4 days.’

TIP: Apply a very thin layer as the more you put on the longer it will take to dry and remove.

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Results:

This is really messy to apply as you can imagine, it gets everywhere if you are not careful so if you are as dopey and careless as I am, use it while bathing or use an old t-shirt to avoid any staining. Be careful not to get it into your hair too if you don’t plan on washing it afterwards, tie it up into a bun and use a hair band to protect your hair line.

After using this 4 times in three weeks I can say that my complexion is definately brighter and my skin looks clearer and feels moisturised and smoother. I have had a little pimple break out on my chin but I have had no major reactions or break outs.

I will continue using this once a week to keep my skin balanced and to draw out all toxins and impurities that have built up which cleansing and toning alone can’t achieve. I still have those annoying, under the skin, tiny blackheads on my nose that even comedones and blackhead extractors can’t remove so using this regulary may help draw them out, a few at a time.  I am so determined to get rid of them.

I don’t recommend using dead sea mud daily as it is possible you will remove the ‘good’ oils that your skin produces to protect it from external factors, so once a week is perfect in my opinion.

I do recommend steaming your face before using any face mask to open the pores. Just make sure you splash some cold water over your face when you remove the mud mask to close the pores and avoid any new blackheads, pimples or spots appearring.

Where to buy it?

You can buy it right here. It is £14.95 for a 250ml tub. Which is a little expensive for a face mask, yeah, but it will last a while and you defo get what you pay for! Check out some other Art Naturals products too, I especially love their essential oils, hair masks and bath bombs.

Thanks for reading girlies! If you have tried a dead sea mud mask before or if you are thinking of buying this one for yourself I would love to hear your thoughts!

Have a beautiful day!

LOVE

KATIE ROSE x x x

e-mail: whatkatieroseloves@hotmail.com

 

Arabica Coffee Scrub From Art Naturals – Review

 

Hey Chicks…

I’ve another beauty product from Art Naturals which was sent to me for review last week. This time it is their Arabica Coffee Scrub which looks fab and smells absolutely gorgeous! As soon as I opened the tub I got a lovely whiff of rich, luxurious, aromatic coffee and it smells amazing enough to eat. I would imagine you could eat it too as the ingredients are simple enough, organic, natural and pure. (Please don’t try to eat it, just incase, LOL!)

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Arabica Coffee Scrub – ART NATURALS
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Arabica Coffee Scrub – ART NATURALS

 

The ingredients are:

  • Dead Sea Salt
  • Demeria Sugar
  • Organic Kona Coffee
  • Organic Olive Oil
  • Organic Sweet Almond Oil
  • Organic Grape Seed Oil
  • Coffee Arabica Seed Oil
  • Organic Shea Butter
  • Cacao Powder
  • Coconut Shaving


How to use?

‘Gently massage scrub in a circular motion for a minute or two in the shower, rinse well. Can be used as a full body scrub. Avoid using around delicate eye area. For best results use every 3-4 days.’

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Results:

I have psoriasis so my skin was very dry before I started the scrub especially my elbows, knees and ankles where there were a few odd patches. My psoriasis is very mild at the moment thankfully but my skin has been quite rough to touch the past few weeks because I have used nothing but coal-tar soap and water. I get a lot of products sent to me to review so sometimes I like to have a break from trying out any new products. So it has been about two weeks now since I had anything on my skin and it has not been as silky smooth or soft.

I was surprised at how smooth and silky my skin felt after using the Arabica Coffee Scrub. It really does work and after using it only once I noticed a big difference in my skin and it got softer and smoother after each use.

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The caffeine in the coffee increases blood flow and reduces the appearance of blemishes, spots, cellulite whilst the Dead Sea Salt and Demera Sugar has acted like a gentle abrasive which has helped remove a build up of dead skin cells and dry skin and it has left my skin softer. Thanks to the blend of organic oils, cacao and coconut shavings in the scrub, my skin is left protected, moisturised and so god damn silky. So not only is my skin being exfoliated but nourished and protected too. I have been moisturising my skin afterwards with some fractioned coconut oil.

Luckily my psoriasis is very mild right now, so the scrub only stung a little on the odd patches of psoriasis. So if you do have severe psoriasis or eczema you will feel a little stinging thanks to the Dead Sea Salt, but it is nothing to worry about. Dead Sea Salt is probably one of the best things you can use on your skin. If you have been blessed with normal/average skin, you wont feel any stinging at all.



 

What I especially love about the scrub is the natural and kind ingredients, there are no harsh, unnecessary chemicals added to the scrub and no artificial fragrance that will irritate or annoy my skin like most exfoliators do. Also, I think you will get about 10 full body scrubs out of one 250 ml tub, maybe more if you use less product. I have used mine on five occasions and my tub is half empty so you do get a bit of use out of one tub. Lastly, I love how the scrub is cruelty free. No cute little animals were harmed so that will do me!

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I will be buying this again definitely, I will treat myself now and again and maybe I will try my hand at making my own homemade Coffee Scrub, which would be easy to do and would defo be right up my street!


Recommended for:

All Skin Types, Cellulite, Eczema, Stretch Marks, Age Spots, Varicose Veins, Psoriasis etc…


Where to buy?

You can buy it right here. It is £12.95 for a 250ml tub. Check out other products by Art Naturals too!



Thanks for reading ladies!  I’d love to hear any thoughts, comments or questions that you may have about this coffee scrub.

Have a beautiful day!

LOVE

KATIE ROSE x x x

e-mail: whatkatieroseloves@hotmail.com

 

 

Matcha Green Tea Powder | Love Matcha | REVIEW

Hey everyone!

Welcome to my blog!

Today I’ve got a little health post for you all. I’ve been trying to live super clean and healthy lately so I thought it would be good to share some good stuff with you all. Hopefully, it will inspire you all to be healthier too!

What is Matcha?

Two weeks ago, I was sent a pouch of 100% natural Matcha Tea from Love Matcha, (straight from Japan), to review and to be totally honest I had never heard of ‘Matcha’ before, although, I have heard of green tea and after doing some FBI work on the stuff I’ve found out that Matcha is green tea! Matcha is a finely ground stone powder of a specially grown green tea. It is an excellent mood-enchancing, antioxidant powerhouse, natural weight loss aid, pH balancer and detox agent. It is perfect for simple tea’s, lattes, smoothies and cocktails.

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Now, I’m no green tea expert but surprisingly I have been drinking green tea for years – I just buy the simple boxes of teabags which probably have less antioxidants and health benefits than the powder form. Although a few months ago my boyfriends friend who happens to be a professional MMA fighter (health freak, ahem) gave me some top quality Chinese green tea which he got from China itself. (It tastes bad and smells like absolute shit, but it’s good stuff). They were super good quality it’s just the smell puts me off drinking it. So yeah, I’ve tried the teabags but never the powder, until recently of course!

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What’s is good for?

Matcha is good for almost everything! It is packed with vitamin C, it has 1573 antioxidants, it is high in Catechin which helps to speed up metabolism and burn fat quicker whilst exercising and it contains Cholophyll which helps to detoxify the body.

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What I like best about it is that it helps to boost mood and mental well-being. I can be a moody bitch sometimes, I won’t lie, ha-ha so I hope the more I drink the better my mood swings will be.

How to use?

For a Matcha shot jar: (best way for me) Add 1/2 tsp of Match to the jar and fill it half way up with hot water, stir then fill the remainder of the jug with cold water and drink in one go.

For a Matcha Latte: Take 1/2 tsp of Matcha to your cup and mix it with 50 ml water. Once you have a liquid paste texture, top up your cup with warm milk. (You can use any milk) Almond & Coconut are my favourites and they are super healthy too but you can use cows milk if you wish!

For a Matcha Mint Iced Tea: Using a shaker, shake together water and 1/2 a tsp of Matcha until there are no lumps, then, add ice!

Add a tsp to a home made sugar scrub or face mask and mix good. (Make sure you do a skin allergy test first)

Where to buy?

You can get some Matcha here. For a 50g pouch it is £8.99 and for a 100g pouch it is £11.99.

Verdict:

The Matcha powder came in a re-sealable pouch so it will stay fresh for longer. It should also be stored in the fridge for maximum freshness!

The powder smells quite mild and the colour of it is beautiful, it’s like a bright sage, seaweed green if you get my drift – it’s a lovely colour. But… I didn’t like how it tasted. I tried this in both my coffee and tea and they turned a greeny-brownish colour. I wasn’t fond of the taste at all and I couldn’t sit there sipping away and enjoy it like I do a normal cuppa!

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My friend recommended I try it in a smoothie instead, which I found more pleasant and easier to drink. I’ve also added some to yoghurt and it tastes better like this compared to adding it to tea and coffee.

My proffered way of drinking Matcha is in a chupito shot glass. I have 6 of them and they are a bit bigger than normal shot glasses and they have a lid. So I’ve been putting 1/2 tsp in each of my 6 jars, adding hot water half way up and stirring it then I fill the jar up with cold water and stir again. I then go for gold and down it in one like a sambuca. With the other 5 I screw the lids on, let them cool and I then store them in the fridge so my next one is already made.

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I prefer this way because the drinking part is quick but I still get the healthy benefits of Matcha. You can get some chupito jars here.

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Oh and Matcha can even be added to a homemade sugar scrub or a DIY face mask although I advise you do a skin allergy test 24 hours before you put it on your skin.

This is Culinary Matcha (cooking grade) and I believe it is a lower grade compared to Ceremonial Grade Japanese Organic Matcha, so if you are looking for the best quality, that is what you should buy/use instead. You can find some Ceremonial Grade Matcha here.

Love…
Katie xxx

Dead Sea Mud Mask | Majestic Pure | Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne & Problem Skin Complaints

 

Hello ladies! 😊

I got myself some of this – Majestic Pure Dead Sea Mud Mask 260ml – Spa’s Premium Quality Facial Cleanser for All Skin Types – 100% Natural Formula, Absorbs Excess Oil, Removes Dead Skin Cells, Dirt and Toxins to Reveal Fresh and Soft Skin – Known to Heals Acne, Acne Scars, Pimp .. to trial for my skin which is very prone to breakouts, large pores and stubborn blackheads on my nose that won’t budge. I also have the odd bit of psoriasis on my face and I’ve heard Dead Sea mud does wonders for treating and improving psoriasis so I’ve been more than happy to try this mud mask out for my skin problems.

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What Is Dead Sea Mud, Why Should You Use It & What Does It Do?

Dead Sea Mud starts out in the surrounding mountain areas as alluvial silt. Over time, this mud is washed down from the mountains by rain water until it reaches The Dead Sea, (a lake that sits between the West Bank, Israel and Jordan). Within the mud, scientists have found high concentrations of minerals like magnesium, bromides, phosphates and sodium.

Dead Sea mud is excellent for reducing inflammation, hydrating and improving psoriasis, acne and other skin disorders. Dead Sea mud helps give a healthier skin tone by removing dead skin cells that dull complexion. Once these dead skin cells are removed, new cells are able to regenerate for younger and healthier looking skin. Blood circulation in the face is increased and the skins complexion appears brighter. This causes toxins and acne-causing bacteria to be removed from the face. The mud mask increases the skins ability to absorb nutritious minerals and proteins.

Dead Sea Mud Mask is suitable for all skin types. It is a great face mask that helps to deeply cleanse and shrink large pores, which in turn eliminates blackheads and pimples. It also tightens and tones the skin as well as removing impurities. It is also beneficial to use Dead Sea mud as an anti-ageing treatment to reduce wrinkles and fine lines and it also significantly reduces redness and inflammation of the skin and can be used on both the face and body.

Apart from skin care, the Dead Sea mud is thought to help relax the muscles in the body. The mud increases tranquility and calmness. At the same time, arthritis patients use the mud to reduce aches & pains.

How To Use Dead Sea Mud Mask From Majestic Pure

It’s very easy to use, simply apply a thick layer of mud on to the face (and neck if you wish) and leave it to dry for 5 minutes. To remove the mask, gently rub your face in circular motions which helps exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells, then wash any remaining mud with warm water and pat dry with a towel. I use a good moisturiser afterwards to hydrate my skin even more.  

It’s recommended to use this mask about twice a week, five minutes each time.

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Thoughts

What I love about Majestic Pure’s products is how natural and safe the ingredients are. (Full list of ingredients and their benefits are at the bottom of this post). A while ago I jumped on board the ‘natural’ bandwagon and turned my back on most products because they contain huge amounts of unnecessary chemicals, irritants, additives and artificial fragrances, which I believe do more harm than they do good. I’m convinced that using natural ingredients and chemical-free products is the best option for me, especially because of my psoriasis. One of the main reasons I’m on this natural route is to gently calm my skin disorder instead of irritating and aggravating it. I really do think natural is best – especially for problem skin!

I found this Dead Sea Mud Mask has a light pleasant aroma, I can’t pin-point the exact scent but I’d guess it was Aloe Vera. The mud is a light grey when sitting in the tub but once it has dried on the face it is dark grey, almost black. It was very easy to apply, although it did get a bit messy so I advise protecting your hair and clothes if you don’t want any product on them. I also recommend wearing plastic gloves when applying the mask, if you have any. Sh*t gets real messy!

Once the mask was on my face I waited around 10 minutes for it to dry (after the recommended time of 5 minutes, the mud was still wet.) I could feel a slight tightening on the skin although the sensation was not as ‘tight’ feeling as hard drying clay masks. Removal of the mask was easy too. I particulary enjoyed the exfoliating part the most – rubbing my skin just before washing it off to gently exfoliate my dead skin cells which I think definitely helped my skin feel softer and look brighter too. I was impressed with how soft my skin felt afterwards and I could definitely see a difference and slight improvement. I’m looking forward to using this twice a week to improve my skin further and hopefully calm my psoriasis.

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Where to buy?

The tub was £29.99 but it’s now on sale for £10.49 , you can get a 250g tub of Dead Sea Mud Mask from Majestic Pure’s website here. Or if you prefer you can buy on Amazon UK just click the link to shop it here – Majestic Pure Dead Sea Mud Mask 260ml – Spa’s Premium Quality Facial Cleanser for All Skin Types – 100% Natural Formula, Absorbs Excess Oil, Removes Dead Skin Cells, Dirt and Toxins to Reveal Fresh and Soft Skin – Known to Heals Acne, Acne Scars, Pimp ..

You should check out the other products available from Majestic Pure, which I highly recommend! I’ve recently reviewed some of their Indian Healing Clay Mask from Majestic Pure which is a huge tub of bentonite powder and when mixed with water it creates a detoxifying clay – you can read all about it here.

INGREDIENTS

APART FROM DEAD SEA MUD, THE OTHER INGREDIENTS IN THIS MUD MASK ARE:

Deionized Water – Deionized water is purified water which has mineral ions (salts) removed. The mineral ions that are removed include copper, iron, sodium, calcium, chloride, and bromide. Deionized water is made by taking conventional water and exposing it to electrically charged resins that attract and bind to the salts, removing them from the water. Because most of the impurities in water are mineral salts, deionized water is mostly pure.

Kaolin – Kaolin is a soft white mineral that has a large array of uses. It is most commonly found in the form of a fine clay that was originally produced in China, which is why this material is sometimes referred to as ‘China clay’. Like other clays, it is very absorbent, and it can pull oils and dirt out of the skin.

Shea Butter – Shea butter is extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree, which grows in the savannah of Western Africa. Growing up to 60 feet tall, the Shea tree does not flower before it is 20 years old and can live up to 200 years. The Shea nuts are harvested, crushed and boiled to extract the Shea butter. Given its high content in anti-inflammatory and healing components, Shea butter helps the healing of skin disorders and skin problems such as:

  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • rashes
  • hives
  • insect bites / stings
  • contact dermatitis
  • dry skin
  • cracked skin
  • burns
  • minor cuts 

Aloe Vera Juice – Aloe Vera grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. Aloe Vera is considered by many to be a miracle plant, it has a huge range of skin, health and hair benefits. Aloe Vera helps soothe sunburn because the natural nutrients and antioxidants in the plant work to soothe the pain and help to regenerate the skin. It’s great for acne too. Auxin and Gibberellins, two hormones found in Aloe Vera, have wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce skin inflammation, promote the growth of new cells and al treat small minor cuts. Aloe Vera gel can help smooth out some those fine lines and wrinkles by improving the skins natural firmness. The gel of Aloe Vera plant can be also help treat scars as it promotes the healing process and softens the appearance of scar tissue

Sunflower Oil Sunflower oil is extracted from sunflower seeds. The oil is amazing for hydrating and moisturising the skin. Sunflower oil works well for improving psoriasis symptoms as well as soothing, sore, irritated skin..

Vegetable Glycerine Due to its hygroscopic properties, vegetable glycerine is used in many moisturising skin products because it seems to help relieve dry skin problems by drawing water up from the lower layers. It is also a component of glycerine soap, which is often used by people with sensitive skin. Vegetable glycerine is used as a substitute for ethanol in some products (the chemical known as alcohol) — The advantage of this is that people who do not want to be exposed to alcohol can still have access to the botanical products. The disadvantage is that the products without alcohol have a much shorter shelf life.

Jojoba Oil – Jojoba is a golden liquid wax (often called jojoba oil) that is made from the jojoba bean.  It is a plant native to South-western North America, and it was highly valued by the Native Americans as a potent balm for skin ailments.. Jojoba is a golden liquid wax similar to the protective wax produced by human skin to keep it smooth, supple and moisturised. Jojoba is the only plant in the world known to produce this unique golden liquid wax. All other plants in the world produce oils. Jojoba is naturally antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and hypoallergenic, so it is used to soothe a wide range of skin conditions.

Jojoba oil helps:

  • Scars
  • Burns
  • Rashes
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Nappy rash
  • Cradle cap
  • Acne
  • Wrinkles
  • Stretch marks
  • Dry and sensitive skin
  • Sun damage
  • Pigmentation
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Oily skin
  • Age spots
  • Nourish hair 

 

Xanthan Gum – Xanthan gum is a sugar-like compound made by mixing aged (fermented) sugars with a certain kind of bacteria. It is used to make medicine. In manufacturing, xanthan gum is used as a thickening and stabilizing agent.

Calendula Oil – Calendula oil is distilled from the flower tops. The oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial so it is helpful for wounds, acne, ulcers, bed sores, varicose veins, rashes, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions.


 

Have any of you used any Dead Sea mud products before to improve any skin problems? Did they improve your skin?

LOTS OF LOVE

KATIE xxx

 

 

 

Psoriasis & Me ❤

My Psoriasis Story

I still remember to this day the first time my Mum & Dad discovered my psoriasis. I must have been about four or five years old and thanks to my amazing long term memory, I remember telling my Mum that I had chicken pox like it was yesterday.

As psoriasis had been in my family for about 3-4 generations on both maternal and paternal sides, my Mum and Dad knew I didn’t have chicken pox and the doctors confirmed that it was what they knew it was – Psoriasis.

After reading lots of psoriasis blogs, I’ve learned that most psoriasis sufferers say having it did not affect them in any way as a child but that certainly wasn’t the case with me.

I remember going swimming to the local leisure centre with my P.E teacher and school friends when I was about seven and I felt so uncomfortable and minging in front of the other kids. I even felt looked down on by my teacher, as if I had a contagious disease that made me less important than the other kids in my class. I suppose there’s a chance that it was just my imagination that everybody thought I was a walking disease.

But, probably not.

I was a cheeky kid, full of beans, overly confident and I stuck up for myself no matter who it was or what was said. You would never have guessed that I was sad about my skin because of my little crazy personality and the fact I pretended I wasn’t upset about my skin.

Although my answer to everything was lashing out at those who said mean things to me. I never let them see me cry. If somebody said anything bad about my skin, my instant reaction would have been to fight them and win. I got in a lot of fights, but I thought that sticking up for myself and hurting people who hurt me would stop the nasty comments and rude remarks. It did! Other kids learned that if they called me bad names I would knock them out. To be frank. Nasty comments did eventually stop when they learned I couldn’t and wouldn’t be bullied. It’s not nice to hear but I’m glad I was able to stick up for myself. If I never did, I probably would have got bullied and picked on all throughout school years.

Funnily enough though, when I did stick up for myself, it was always me getting into to trouble for lashing out instead of them getting punished for saying mean, hurtful things. What the teachers obviously didn’t know was; bruises heal and cruel words stay with you forever!

I was diagnosed with anxiety when I got into my teens and my self confidence and self esteem plummeted. All my friends were interested in make-up, fashion and flirting with boys as teenage girls do, but I always felt like the odd one out. The black (or scabby) sheep of the crew. I was pretty don’t get me wrong, but my skin was not.

I had to be careful about using certain make-up on my skin, I had to use a stinky, coal tar shampoo that made me smell shit whilst they were all using the lush Herbal Essences.

I couldn’t wear little summer dresses in summertime like my friends did or sunbathe in the park as I wore a trousers and a jacket/coat in summer to hide my skin. The heat from the sun made me sweat, which in turn made my psoriasis worse. I also couldn’t wear false tan like my friends did in case my skin reacted badly to it.

Boys was another problem. I hated attention from boys. I was so shy and I thought nobody would ever like me and because I was scared to show my skin to people I would be single forever.

After I left high school I decided I wanted to be a Beauty Therapist. I enrolled on a Beauty Therapy course but three weeks into it my hopes were dashed. We had to partner up with other students and we had to do beauty treatments on each other in order to learn – such as tweezing, nails, waxing, spray tans etc… The other students hated getting paired with me, not because of my skin but because the teacher wouldn’t allow me to have most treatments. So I was learning how to do beauty treatment on them but they couldn’t learn on me. So again, I was the odd one out.

Last day of beauty school was the most embarrassing day of my life! We had to wear these tiny little white uniforms and trousers weren’t available. Basically, I left college due to the strict uniform policy and the total ignorance and lack of empathy I received from my teacher. Because the dress showed my legs I had to wear skin tights to hide my psoriasis and I also wore a little white cardigan to hide my elbows. I remember the teacher telling me that tights were not allowed and that I should take my cardigan off. When I told her I couldn’t, she literally embarrassed me in front of the whole class, shouting at me repeatedly to take my cardigan off. She said cardigans were not allowed in class and I had to remove it. I told her I was not going to take my cardigan off because my psoriasis made me self concious. Did she care? No. I was sent to see the ‘headmaster’ as apparently I was being rude and not doing as I was told as well as not following uniform policy. I’ve never been so discriminated against in my life. Unfortunately after that day, I decided Beauty wasn’t for me.

Next course was a Chef course. I wanted to be a chef. Stuck at that for a few weeks until one day again the teacher embarrassed me whilst learning to cook apple pie and said Katie here’s some gloves for you. So I felt like the odd one out again. She was probably just looking out for me as contact with certain foods can cause a reaction for psoriasis skin, but at the time I felt like she was singling me out because my hands were disgusting and everybody would get sick if they ate food from my bare hands. I don’t think she was being mean to me but at the time I thought she was and it really hurt my feelings. I admit I did have a chip on my shoulder. So yeah, college drop-out once again.

I then decided to just get a job where no qualifications were needed and a job with no skin contact at all.

A few little non-serious, no touching, relationships later, aged 18 I then met my boyfriend Michael, I’d knew him since I was a kid as he lived on the same street as me when we was growing up and he was the first lad I’d ever felt a little bit comfortable with. So comfortable in fact that on our first date I showed him my psoriasis, told him it wasn’t contagious and he was great. He really boosted my confidence a lot. I admit I did show him my skin as a pre warning, because I really liked him and would have rather he dumped me right there on the spot than months later when things got serious and more intimate. Luckily he wasn’t bothered by it and told me I was very pretty and beautiful and to this day, 11 years later, we are still together. I love him so much.

I will be honest, I still feel looked down on and self concious about my skin but nothing compared to my younger years. I actually posted a picture a while back here on my blog showing my psoriasis to the world which was a HUGE thing for me to do and I never thought I’d do anything like it, ever. I tell everybody I meet that I have psoriasis and hope to raise awareness. So, I’ve definately gained more confidence, met some friends who also have psoriasis and finally learned that beauty really is skin deep.
My main reason for starting this blog was to let other women who have psoriasis know they can still be beautiful, even with ugly skin. I blog a lot about hair and beauty, beauty product reviews as well as psoriasis and believe that just because I have skin disease doesn’t mean I can not be a beauty blogger for psoriasis ladies.

The best thing I’ve discovered about being a beauty blogger is MooGoo’s Brown Cow – Gradual Tanning Lotion. I’m no longer reminded people that they needed to stock up on milk.

That’s all for now kids. My thumbs are aching! Lol.

Much love.

Katie Rose

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Spirit Animal Blog Award ❤

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Hi all… ❤

I’ve been nominated for the Spirit Animal Award by my lovely friend over at Pal Fitness... Thank-you so much Paul. 😊

The rules of this award are:

1) Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their page.

2) Post the award picture on your blog.

3) Write a paragraph about yourself and what your blog means to you.

4) If you could be any animal what would it be?

5) Pick and notify ten nominees.

About Me

I love make-up but I have a skin disorder called psoriasis which restricts me from using some beauty products on my skin. I started this blog to kinda be a guinea pig for other psoriasis sufferers, testing beauty products, treatments and natural remedies for the skin. Having psoriasis has affected me in so many ways, dropping out of beauty school is one. Boooo! I’m trying my best to use natural, organic beauty products in replacement to those full of harmful chemicals – so I write a lot about natural and gentle beauty products. My aim is to become 100 % vegan one day. I’ve tried so many times and it’s pretty tough. I’m a big nature and animal lover and a member of WWF, Dogs Trust and RSPB. – I have two Patterdale Terrier dogs named Bella & Marley A.K.A The ASBO dogs. As well as make-up, hair and skincare I love to blog about DIY crafts and sewing projects inspired by Pinterest.

That’s all for now! Dont want to bore you anymore. Haha!

If I could be any animal…

 It would be the wolf. I’m fascinated by them. There was a time I wanted to be a zoologist and I was going to pick the wolf as my main animal to study. So yep, if I could be any animal I would be a wolf. 👌 Crazy, fierce and beautiful!

My ten nominees are:

A Kinder Way

Perfectly Polished x

Breaking The P Silence

Shopaholic Blogs

Wild Flower Make-Up

Tou89Lou

Everything And Nothing

A Brash Attitude

Everything I Never Told You

Fan Girling Owl

Mwah! 😘

Love Katie ❤

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