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Our new hibiscus (rosella) skincare products

Hibiscus or rosella leaves are great skin purifiers and make great toners. In our quest to create moisturizing and purifying products for the face, we turned to these leaves which grow locally in Nigeria. The beauty of hibiscus or rosella leaves is that the juice can be extracted and used as either toner or lotion or the leaves can be used in making soap and other skincare products.

Hibiscus leaves toner, rosella leaves toner

When washed and boiled, the juice is dark purple and stains which is why it makes great natural colorant for skincare products.

We used the leaves in formulating our new face washes which are created with other extracts like frankincense, Rose, turmeric and much more.

Our Clarifying acne wash was made with hibiscus leaves and juice amongst other natural ingredients like witch hazel, turmeric, rose extract and frankincense to clear the skin of blemishes.

The Natural Radiance Toner is made with hibiscus juice amongst other ingredients.

We improved on our Oil Free Mist and Toner by inculcating hibiscus juice in it.

Both face creams are made from hibiscus juice amongst other ingredients.

Our products are wholly natural and contain no artificial ingredient. To buy any of these products, please visit our store.

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Product Update: OUR MOISTURIZING SCRUB NOW ENE NATURALS CLARIFYING SCRUB

We at Ene Naturals are pleased to inform that our moisturizing scrub is now rebranded as Clarifying Scrub. In our commitment to making high quality natural products, we have included cocoa powder and vanilla extract in our clarifying and purifying scrub to improve on the previous product’s exfoliating power.

This new clarifying scrub contains cocoa powder which is rich in collagen, antioxidants and vitamins to nourish the skin, fight wrinkles and is great for a healthy skin. Vanilla on its own is also rich in antioxidants while its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacteria property means that it protects the skin from infection. Both cocoa powder and vanilla are great for protecting the skin.

We have retained our previous ingredients which includes brown sugar, Dead Sea salt, turmeric, African Sandalwood, lemon oil, orange oil, coconut oil and glycerin.

With the new Ene Naturals Clarifying Scrub, your skin benefits in so many ways as this product exfoliates, purifies, protects, brighten and moisturize the skin for a clearer, brighter and younger you.

Here is a peek into the process of making this all natural clarifying scrub:

To order this product, please visit our organic shop on this website.

Cheers!

Ene

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Hydrating Body butter Upgrade: Cocoa powder & vanilla – skin power house

ene naturals hydrating body butter with cocoa powder and vanilla oil

At Ene Naturals, we are constantly improving our products by improving on our recipes, rebranding and repackaging. We have been busy over the past few months doing all of these. Even though our recipes are improved and rebranding carried out, our commitment to purity remains the same. So we are please to launch our improved hydrating body butter which now contains pure cocoa powder and all natural vanilla oil.

Our hydrating body butter is made from natural butters like mango and Shea butter, cocoa butter as well as coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil and sunflower oil. One would expect our body butter to be greasy but it is not at all. This is because we have added an all important ingredient – water! With water, the body butter is very smooth, light-weight and hydrating keeping your skin hydrated all day long without causing your skin to grease. Water purifies the skin as well which is why we have incorporated it.

And now, we have included pure African cocoa powder and vanilla oil in our body butter because cocoa powder is very beneficial to the skin. For a start, cocoa powder is very rich in anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins. It is rich in anti-oxidant flavanoid which helps to repair damaged skin cause by exposure to UV rays and environmental toxins. As such, cocoa powder protects your skin from damage caused by the environment. This is one of the many benefits, which others include fighting wrinkles and signs of aging as well as giving your skin a beautiful, healthy, glowing skin. And this happens because cocoa powder helps blood circulation to skin and is very rich in vitamin E and collagen which all combine to keep your skin youthful and protected.

Vanilla oil on the other hand is an anti- inflammatory and anti-bacteria that protects your skin and helps fight infections and soothe irritated skin. As such, it is good for sensitive skin. It is also rich in anti-oxidants that protect the skin from free radicals and is rich in B vitamins that gives you healthy skin. With these benefits of vanilla oil and cocoa powder on the skin, we were too pleased to have them incorporated in our hydrating body butter.

Ene Naturals hydrating Body Butter with cocoa powder
Ene Naturals hydrating Body Butter with cocoa powder
Ene Naturals hydrating Body Butter with cocoa powder and vanilla oil
Ene Naturals hydrating Body Butter with cocoa powder and vanilla oil

Ene Naturals hydrating Body Butter

We are proud of our work and our commitment to keeping our natural skin care products truly natural by sourcing only organic and natural ingredients remain firm and unwavering. To buy this product and any of our products, please visit our store on this website.

Cheers!

Ene

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Secrets of Natural skin care

I have been making natural skin care products for almost six years now so I can testify to the goodness of natural products for our skin, hair and general well being. When I use natural skin care products for myself and family, I do feel very good about myself because I know that I am keeping toxins which are common in cosmetic products away.

One of the known gains of using natural products is their safety to our skin and the environment at large. Natural products are made from organically grown plants and produce that do not pollute the earth as their systems of farming contain less toxins and are earth-friendly. So if you are looking for a way to contribute to protecting the earth and the environment, then patronize organic skincare products. You will feel good about yourself.

Second benefits of natural skin care products is that they protect your skin and body from toxins found in chemicals used for cosmetic products. Natural skin care products are chemical free, preservatives free and are free of artificial colors and other by-products so using natural products will be doing your body and health a whole lot of good. We are at an age where strange diseases and all sorts of cancer is on the increase, many of which have been linked to toxins found in cosmetic products. We must protect our skin and bodies; and going natural is the first step in the right direction.

Thirdly, natural skin care products contain a whole lot of goodness and nourishment for our skin and body which I will like to highlight below:

Anti-oxidants (Natural protectors):

Antioxidants protect our skin cells from damage and are responsible for skin cell regeneration and repair. Natural oils and produce are rich sources of antioxidants which help to repair and restore our skin.

Anti-inflammatory:

Natural oils and other natural skin care ingredients have high anti-inflammatory properties as such have healing powers to heal our skin of damages like fibrosis, spider veins, stretch marks, swelling, sunburn and a whole lot. Natural skin care products have the ability to heal the skin even faster than any store bought cosmetic products loaded with chemicals.

Collagen boosters:

Natural skin care ingredients are loaded with properties that boost collagen in our skin. Collagen is the main structural protein found in our skin and body and vitamin C plays a significant role in the formation of collagen. Natural skin care ingredients are loaded with vitamin C that boosts collagen, which gives the skin elasticity and helps fight signs of aging.

Anti-aging benefits

Natural skin care ingredients are loaded with vitamins and minerals including being natural sources of Vitamins A & E. When you use natural skin care products, you do not need to use synthetic vitamins A or E or collagen because they are so full of nourishment that they fight wrinkles, reverse the signs of aging and makes the skin youthful for longer. Elasticity is what the skin needs to stay youthful and this is what natural skin care products give.

Free radicals eliminators

Natural skin care ingredients eliminate free radicals because of their rich source of Vitamin C and Alpha hydroxy acids which help to strip the skin of dead skin cells. Take pure goat milk for example, it is so high in AHA and is why it is used for natural skin brightening as it strips the skin of dead cells for a clearer complexion. Citrus based essential oils like orange, lemon, grapefruit are also rich sources of vitamin C and is the reason why they are used in treating acne and pimples.

Natural Moisturizers:

Natural skincare products have the ability to lock in moisture and keep our skin hydrated for longer. So whether we choose to use natural oils or to use natural sources of milk, our skin will receive intense moisture which means beautiful soft and shiny skin as against dry, flaky skin.

Natural skin brightening:

Natural ingredients like goat milk, lemon oil, orange oil, Jasmine oil, coconut oil and a whole host of others naturally clear our skin of uneven skin tone by stripping the skin of dead cells. With clearer complexion means a more even skin tone and brighter complexion.

Since I started using natural skin care products, I spend less time and money on makeup now because I no longer have to battle free radicals or be ashamed to go out bare faced. I love my natural skin so much that I hardly wear makeup. And I believe that this is important because many people spend more time and money on makeup than on their skin. Embrace nature, embrace your skin and you will have only yourself to thank.

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How to achieve brighter complexion naturally

Hi guys,

You can watch the video here:

To achieve a brighter complexion naturally, you would have to get rid of the dull complexion caused by dead skin cells which have been left deposited on your skin and other causes like exposure of the skin to harmful sun rays, poor beauty regime and lifestyle due to stress or inadequate sleep and poor nutrition. The foods we eat go a long way in improving the appearance of our skin as such, one must eat colorful and green foods like fruits and vegetables and fibers.

The first step in achieving a brighter complexion is by exfoliating your skin as exfoliation is the only way to get rid of dead skin cells so as to make room for beauty products to work.

NATURAL BRIGHTENING SCRUB RECIPE

To make a brightening scrub which you can use to exfoliate your face and body, you will need:

Dry orange peels powder and brown sugar.

HOW TO MAKE DRY ORANGE PEELS POWDER AT HOME

Get some fresh oranges and peel the skin after washing them. You can grate the peel or use a knife to remove the peel. The zest on the orange is as important as the orange peel as they both work together to brighten your complexion as well as remove acne and dark spots. I use orange because orange is a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidant; it is also mild and gentle, which removes free radicals and brightens the complexion. Once you have the orange peels, place them in a strainer or dish by the window where it gets direct sun light. Allow to dry for a day or two until completely dry. Once done, mill the dry orange peels into powder. Next, buy soft, fine brown sugar granules, which are better and kinder to the skin than the bigger granules.

BRIGHTENING SCRUB RECIPE:

For the face, you only need a quarter teaspoon of dry orange peel powder and a teaspoon of brown sugar. You can always adjust the measurements to use on more areas of the body.

It is recommended you exfoliate once or twice weekly so you can gently massage the scrub unto your face in a circular motion for about 20 seconds and rinse off with warm water.

MOISTURIZING BRIGHTENING CREAMY CLEANSER

To make a moisturizing creamy cleanser, you will need:

2 table spoon of fresh orange juice and

1 teaspoon of skimmed milk.

Skimmed milk is fat free and serves as a natural skin brightener and firms the skin as well. Combine the milk and orange juice and use cotton pad to cleanse your face. Once done, rinse your face with warm water. Do this every morning and night.

MOISTURIZING BRIGHTENING CREAMY MASK

You can also use the orange juice and milk to mask, which is recommended to be done once weekly. The recipe for the moisturizing brightening creamy mask is as follows:

2 table spoon of fresh orange juice and

1 table spoon (that is 2 teaspoons) of skimmed milk.

Apply the paste all over your face and leave on your face for twenty minutes, afterwards you rinse off with warm water.

You can expect results in a week! Because I did see the results.

I do appreciate your feedbacks so please leave a comment. Share with us your own tips and if you tried this, how did your skin feel?

cheers!

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Beautiful skin: can makeup alone cause breakouts?

I want beautiful skin, as such, I try to take care of my skin and my body in the best possible way because I have come to appreciate the saying that beauty is skin deep. By adopting a healthy, clean lifestyle, which is a combination of good, healthy balanced diet and lifestyle, I have seen that beautiful skin is not bleaching our skin and looking whiter or fairer – as most African – or – black women think but having a radiant skin.

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Question though is, can one have a flawless skin? I think not.

But having a beautiful, radiant skin or complexion is not unattainable either. However, standing in the way of our dream is the number one culprit – breakouts – or – acne.

So, here is the crust of our topic for today: can makeup alone cause breakouts on our skin? And the answer – not really- and this is because a host of things are responsible for all the problems we face with our skin. For a start, let’s talk about the effect of makeup on our skin.

Makeup and breakouts:

When makeup or cosmetics products begin to cause breakouts on your skin, then you are experiencing acne cosmetica. Usually, certain ingredients found in cosmetic products may cause such acne but the chief cause of breakouts or acne are oil-based or oily cosmetics which pounds on excessive oil that clog our skin, prevents our skin from “breathing” and leading to breakouts.

What role do you play?

While oil based cosmetics products may be culprit number one, you come next as an “accessory” in the sense that many ladies do not cleanse their skin enough. Due to the stressful nature of modern society, many ladies do not bathe before bedtime and even when they cleanse, they usually use makeup remover wipes which do not deep cleanse. Another thing aiding breakouts are the makeup tools you use like makeup brushes and sponges which go weeks and months without washing. If you can afford it, use disposables, if not wash regularly.

Solutions to acne cosmetica:

> Only buy oil free makeup products.
> Only buy products labelled “hypoallergenic” meaning it has been tested to prevent allergy; “noncomedogenic” meaning it won’t clog pores and “nonacnegenic” meaning it won’t cause acne.
> Avoid products made with wheat germ oil or algae extract.
> Cleanse and tone your face and neck twice daily even if you cannot bathe before bedtime.
> Wash your makeup tools regularly, like on weekends when you are at home.

Sometimes, you may not be sure what exactly is causing the breakouts, so please keep a journal of cosmetics you use, when you changed them, when you changed supplier and what reactions you noticed afterwards. Reason being that cosmetics alone cannot cause breakouts.

OTHER CAUSES OF BREAKOUTS

Inactivity: Perhaps, you do not exercise, or live an active lifestyle; unfortunately, your skin suffers because exercise improves blood flow, which in turn, releases more oxygen to the skin and cleanses impurities from the blood through sweat.

Stress and insufficient sleep
When you sleep, your skin repairs itself and rejuvenates; so stress and its attendant factors cause hormonal imbalance which causes your skin to breakout while insufficient sleep makes it impossible for your skin to repair itself, as such, you breakout.

Alcohol and Smoking: These make good culprits in causing breakouts or acne as it prevents the flow of oxygen which is meant to rid the skin of impurities.

Did you know that things like:
Drugs, hormonal imbalance, hair products like hair sprays and hair creams or gels; including weather change, sugar and dairy products can cause acne?
Yes, if your intake of sugar and dairy becomes too high for your blood, your body revolts.

Picky fingers: Yes, many ladies just will not leave their faces alone! Stop picking at your face because your nails are not as clean as you think. You are simply transferring germs with your nails!

Best Solutions to acne or breakouts:

1. Please, remember to follow the solution provided above in our solution to acne cosmetica.
2. Take foods rich in Vitamin C as it contains antioxidants that get rid of free radicals.
3. Lifestyle must change for the positive.
4. Go easy on makeup. You really do not need foundation during the day. You need to allow your skin to breathe.
5. If you are acne prone, please do not allow your hair to touch your face so you might want to adopt side swept hair styles that full on fringes or styles that touch your face.
6. Lastly, buy products based on recommendation from an expert that treat targeted condition and your skin type. Do not use products for the wrong skin type.

NATURE’S CURE

I have a regimen that works for me. I love my skin and go without foundation for the most part, so I am happy to share my nature’s cure with you.

Personal rule: when I breakout, I go off cosmetics products and go all out natural. So, here is my nature’s beauty regimen:

1. Exfoliation: Oats: take a handful of raw oats, add a tablespoon of honey to use as facial scrub daily.
2. Cleanse with tomato juice. Cut a slice of tomato and apply directly to your skin after washing it.
3. Tone: As toner, use cucumber juice or green tea extract for the face and neck. Use cotton wool soaked in cucumber juice or green tea to clean your face.

At the weekend, make a mask of pure honey or egg white.

Monthly detox:
It is recommended that you detoxify your system monthly and you do not need any excessive detoxifying shakes or drinks.

HOW TO MAKE DETOX DRINK

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A. Brew green tea in a cup. Allow to cool.
B. Squeeze a tablespoon lemon juice into tea.
C. Add a tablespoon garlic juice or teaspoon garlic paste to the mix.
Drink for a week. Garlic is nature’s antibiotics and purifies our system inside out. It opens up our pores as well.

My very healthy spinach juice
Greens are great sources of vitamins B,C,D which promotes exfoliation, firmness, tone and elasticity as well as antioxidants that maintains healthy skin. On monthly basis, I also drink spinach juice.

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Smoothies and your skin:
Smoothies are great sources of antioxidants and other necessary nutrients great for the skin.

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In conclusion, your lifestyle affects your skin as much as cosmetics. So, take time to nurture and nourish your skin.

Other relevant sources:

http://www.skincarephysicians.com/acnenet/faq.html

http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/beauty/skin-and-makeup/makeup-affect-your-skin.htm

Is Your Makeup Causing Acne? Everything you Need to Know about Acne Cosmetica

Cheers!