How to Smooth Elbows and Knees

Though some slightly-thicker skin on our elbows and knees is needed for protection, it doesn’t take long for thick buildup to become uncomfortable and unsightly. Luckily, no matter how long you’ve been neglecting your elbows and knees you can rid dark patches and scales with some simple exfoliation. Just make a paste of baking soda and a few drops of water, work over your elbows and knees, and rinse!*

For simple cleanup and to maximize ease and effectiveness, consider exfoliating in the shower when your skin is at its softest. When dry, apply a small amount of olive oil to the exfoliated area for a rich and moisturizing after-treatment.

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*http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/11/dry-elbows_n_4254118.html
Photo | “Elbows″ | Fernando de Sousa | Used under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike License

Frankincense Oil for Healthy Skin

Bottle of OilFrankincense oil is great for your skin. It keeps your current skin tissues healthy, and it promotes healthy cell regeneration. Frankincense oil can help treat dry skin and reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles and stretch marks. Apply frankincense oil to your skin by mixing 2-3 drops into an unscented lotion, daily.*

When purchasing essential oils, avoid labels that read “fragrance oil” or “perfume oil.” Instead, find a label that reads “pure essential oil” or “100% essential oil” for the best quality and health benefits.

*http://www.experience-essential-oils.com/frankincense-oil.html
Photo | Taras Kalapun | Bottle of Oil | Used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Smell the ZZZs

1289Some scents can help you drift off into sleep. Lavender is the most popular sleep-soothing scent. Studies show that people who use lavender as a sleep aid wake up feeling energetic and well rested. Chamomile and ylang-ylang are other scents that activate alpha wave activity in your brain, leading to relaxation and sleepiness.*

You can access soothing scents through essential oils. Drop some essential oil into a hot bath, mix it into a nighttime lotion, or add a few drops into a spray bottle with water and mist your pillows and sheets.

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Dr. Kim

*http://slumberwise.com/science/four-smells-will-change-way-sleep/
Photo | elminium | Close up of lavender flower | Used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Avoid Parabens that Cause Breast Cancer

Have you looked at the ingredients of your skin care products lately? Parabens are synthetic preservatives that allow your personal care products to last longer. They are also able to mimic hormones, like estrogen, and upset the balance of your body’s hormone system. Since your body is unable to easily break down synthetic estrogen, this increase in estrogen has been linked to breast cancer. Items such as deodorants, shampoos, and lotions are common to contain parabens such as methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylbaraben, and butylparaben. [1]

Look for paraben free products! Give your body the healthy look you are wanting without the harmful effects of synthetic preservatives.

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Dr. Kim

[1]http://www.livestrong.com/article/150690-what-are-the-dangers-of-parabens-in-skin-care/
Photo | Sanex Zero% Ingredients | by Tom Raftery | Used under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license