Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide + Giveaway (closed)

Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide Review on elodiebeauty.com Beauty starts from within!

Here at Elodie Beauty, we certainly talk a lot about how to beautify this and how to beautify that, but as I’ve always stressed, it’s not all about what we put on our body that makes us beautiful. I believe that beauty starts with how we take care of ourself, from the food we eat to the thoughts we think.

” When you focus on feeling beautiful, you’ll find that there’s nothing you need to cover up, laser off, Botox, or sacrifice to the surgeon’s knife.” – Joy McCarthy

That’s why I love Joy McCarthy’s newest online book, the Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide.
Joy, who is a Holistic Nutritionist (and so naturally beautiful herself!) follows this philosophy. She says, “I know that it’s the food I eat and lifestyle I live that have the biggest impact on my outside beauty.” Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide contains 14 DIY Beauty recipes plus amazing tips on staying beautiful from the inside out! This gorgeous online guide has a little bit of everything, from Joyous Health beauty principles, to tips on healthy digestion, and what foods to add or ditch in your diet. Also included are 14 awesome DIY beauty recipes to make at home.

Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide DIY Beauty Recipes My personal favourite is the Refreshing Avocado Mask, which is a mix of creamy avocado (sooo moisturizing and full of amazing fats!), antioxidant rich matcha powder (bye, bye wrinkles!), and hydrating almond milk. This mask feels so silky smooth, it left my skin feeling super soft and nourished. It will be a lifesaver for combating dry and chapped skin during the upcoming winter months!
Elodie Beauty Bonus tip:
heat up some leftover almond milk and blend these ingredients (with a hint of honey) into an ultra decadent matcha latte while you put up your feet and enjoy this comforting mask.

It wouldn’t be fair to tell you all about this fantastic beauty guide, though, without giving you a chance to get your hands on a free copy! So I’ve joined with Joy to offer one lucky Elodie Beauty reader a chance to win a copy!

Only one person can win, so make sure to also visit the Joyous Health website and buy a copy of the Joyous Health Beauty guide, which is 72 pages of beautiful images and jammed packed with so much Joyous Health wisdom! ($34.95)

To Win a copy of the Joyous Health Natural Beauty Guide: 

Head on over to the Elodie Beauty facebook page and join the conversation! I’m asking you all “what’s your favourite, ‘go-to’ DIY beauty recipe”? Contest ends Friday, September 23 at 6pm (EST)

Product Review: Holistic Vanity Acne Care Line

Holistic Vanity Acne Care Last week I wrote about 3 amazing acne fighting ingredients to look for in skincare . . .  which was motivated by my recent trial of the new Holistic Vanity Acne Care line.

A couple of months ago when the fantastic folk at Pure + Simple sent me their newest products from their sister line, Holistic Vanity, I was super excited at the prospect of finding an acne care line that actually works!

I was skeptical though on HOW well these products would work, because acne is such a finicky thing. That’s why I have spent the last two months testing the goods.

In perfect timing, I happened to have a stress-induced breakout (mainly cysts on my chin). I also  happened to have a small bottle of exfoliating gel (a mix of glycolic, salicylic, and kojic acid) from my recent days training in medical esthetics. All of this set up the perfect acne-busting experiment.

I first spent some time using the acid on my breakouts (don’t try this at home!!). At night I would apply this potent acid cocktail on each pimple. Each morning I could see that the angry red bumps had slightly decreased in size and were less red. But I also noticed that the skin around my breakouts looked dry and a bit blotchy. It certainly did not look ‘healthy and clear’.

After a week or so of using the acid, I saw some improvement with the breakouts, but my skin had turned from dry and blotchy, to red and slightly raw (as I said, don’t do this at home!!).

What I learned: This cocktail of acids may temporarily reduce breakouts and pigmentation, but will damage your skin in the long term.

Next, I turned to the Holistic Vanity products. “Lucky” for me I had another bout of stress induced acne . . . I know, I’m working on it . . . anyhow it gave me the perfect canvas to test the products. I used the Pine Mint Tonic and Black Mud Turmeric Lotion during the day, and all four products (including the Black Mud Cleanser and Black Cumin Oil) in the evening. Each morning, just like with the acid, I found that my pimples were less red and slightly smaller. But my skin also felt super moisturized and actually glowed! (Despite the red spots still being there).

Cystic acne does not go away over night and so I did not expect this miracle, however the products helped significantly reduce redness, and slowly reduced the size of the cysts without drying or flaking.

Purifying Black Mud Cleanser, 100 ml $28

Purifying Black Mud Cleanser, 100 ml $28

Balancing Black Mud Tumeric Lotion, 100ml $50

Balancing Black Mud Turmeric Lotion, 100ml $50

The superstars for me are the Pine Mint Tonic and Black Cumin Oil. The tonic feels so clarifying and refreshing (especially if your breakouts cause pain, like mine), but is not drying. I would not recommend the Tonic for all skin types though, especially if you tend to be very dry. In this case, just dab the tonic directly onto the pimples.

Amti-Bac Pine Mint Skin Tonic, 100ml $26 & Clarifying Black Cumin Oil, 100ml $43

Anti-Bac Pine Mint Skin Tonic, 100ml $26 – Clarifying Black Cumin Oil, 100ml $43

The Black Cumin Oil is incredibly nourishing, anti-inflammatory (and yes smells faintly of cumin), but does not clog pores. At first I found that the oil to be quite stimulating (in other words may cause temporary redness), but I’m also quite quite religious about facial massage and spend a lot of time massaging it in. By the morning though, any redness was gone and my skin felt so plump and supple.

Black cumin oil can cause photo-sensitivity (although this one is mixed with Babassu oil to reduce the risk) but it’s best used at night. And always wear sunscreen during the day (which you should be doing anyway!!).

For anyone who has been struggling to find a skincare line that combats breakouts, but is not drying (in fact hydrates and makes skin glow!), then I highly recommend this product line. If you are only going to buy 1 or 2 products, I recommend the Pine Mint Tonic and Black Cumin Oil.

If you do try it out, let me know what you think! I always love hearing your comments!

 

Tumeric: Food or Beauty Product?

photo Tumeric. I know what you are thinking: curry, curry, curry. And I will say, yes, tumeric is a common and delicious component of curry powder. It gives it the bright, yellowy-orange colour, but is not responsible for curry’s well known flavour and smell– that my dear friends is from cumin, fenugreek, and coriander.

“Tumeric’s almost magical anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and antioxidant properties make it a great ingredient for beauty rituals.”

This tuber looking spice is a relative of the ginger family and is native to India. A few years ago, it started getting popular within health circles as an oral remedy for gastrointestinal inflammation and pulmonory conditions, as well as for cancer prevention (read more about this here). As with most popular health trends, there is always a part of the world that has been using it long before the age of Dr. Oz and the internet. In this case, tumeric has been a cure-all medicine in India for thousands of years. Tumeric’s almost magical anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and antioxidant properties make it a great ingredient for beauty rituals and many Indian women will attest to this. Tumeric facial masks have been a staple in Indian beauty arsenals for generations; used to fight acne and hyper pigmentation. Tumeric has also been popularly used as an Indian pre-wedding head to-toe body scrub. Naturally then, I knew I had to give it a try.

Tumeric Body Scrub
 
Author:
Recipe type: Body
Ingredients
  • ½ chickpea flour (a.k.a gram flour commonly found most bulk stores)
  • 11/2 Tbs ground tumeric
  • 5 drops of oil (almond or jojoba work well)
  • 1-2 tsp of water
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients into a paste and gently rub over body using circular motion. Rinse with water – but be warned it makes a bit of a mess in the shower.

 
Tumeric Face Mask
 
Author:
Recipe type: Face
Ingredients
  • 1Tbs ground tumeric
  • 1Tbs ground chickpea flour
  • 1Tbs thick yogurt
  • 1-2tsp(s) of water
Instructions
  1. Mix into a paste, spread on face, let dry for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Rinse off, gently using the mask as an exfoliant.
  3. Follow up with a moisturizer or face oil.

Now, I must share my experience, because I will not publish anything that I have not tried and do not trust. After reading rave reviews and learning about tumeric’s ancient past, I was excited for the results. As I have shared before, my skin is quite sensitive and prone to reddness. After I spread the paste on my face and rinsed it off after 10-15 minutes, I was quite surprised to see that my skin had turned red and blotchy. Thankfully the redness subsided over night, but I definitely was skeptical after that. What happened?? As I shared before, there are many, many, many people who use tumeric face masks and get glowing results – my husband included (yes, I coerced him into trying the concoction, and he continues to use it!) This is just a little lesson for myself, and for all of you natural beauties. Just because something may be natural and handmade does not mean it is meant for you. Our skin reacts in different ways, and an ingredient that may be a godsend to one person, my be god’s wrath to another. Always spot test when trying new products and do not believe everything you find on youtube or blogs (yes, I realize I am saying this ON MY BLOG). I will leave you with that and I want to know, what is your experience with tumeric? Have you had fabulous results? Do you use it orally as a medicinal remedy? In your food? Let me know!