Archive | April 2012

A Natural Substitute for Retin-A

Retin A (Tretinoin) is a topical solution used to treat acne. It’s also a great way to smooth out wrinkles and aging skin. It can be found in a gel, cream or lotion and must be prescribed by your physician or dermatologist. Although it can be quite costly, Retin-A can offer you amazing results, if used properly. But if not applied with care, Retin-A can lead to blistering, irritation and hypersensitivity to sunlight. If you don’t want to put yourself at risk for these adverse effects, there are some natural options you can consider.

Rose Hip Seed Oil-Contains a natural source of Tretinoin (the active ingredient in Retin-A), it’s also a great source of Vitamin C and won’t irritate the skin.

Tea Tree Oil- Topical agents with 5% tea tree oil may be as effective as lotions with 5% benzoyl peroxide in drying up breakouts. Side effects can be serious for people with certain skin conditions, so consult a doctor before experimenting with tea tree oil.

Zinc-an essential mineral, is suggested as a supplement because it helps with healing and skin regeneration. It can be used topically in a cream or lotion or taken orally with meals. Side effects can include nausea and an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

As always, watch your sugar, fat and salt intake and drink plenty of water throughout the day!

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella


An Alternative to Acetone

Every two weeks I head to my local nail salon for my routine mani/pedi.  I love the hottest trends in colors for the spring and summer months.  But, because I use gel nail polish, I have to sit with my nails soaked in acetone during my pedicure in order to remove my old polish.  I can’t help but to wonder what this regular exposure to acetone is doing to my nails…as well as to my health. Acetone is very drying to your nails and cuticles.  Also, acetone can irritate your eyes and your skin.  So…I did a little research and found some natural alternatives to acetone.

Priti Natual Soy Nail Polish Remover:  This remover does not contain acetone, petroleum, or carcinogens – it is soy and corn based, containing ingredients from organic farm crops. Ingredients include: Natural Soybean Esters, Biodegradable Dibasic Esters, and Organic Lemongrass Essential Oil -which means it will not dry out your nails or cuticles.  This is save for to use with all brands of nail polish.

Priti NYC Natural Soy Polish Remover - Click to enlarge

2.  Eco-Easy Nail Polish Remover:  This is biodegradable, vegan, contains no synthetic or petrochemicals and removes even the toughest nail polish.  Ingredients include:  Ethyl lactate – from sugar betts, Glycerin, Water, Mentha spicata-spearmint leaft, Rosmarinus verbenone- rosemary.   Use this the same as you would any other nail polish remover.

Peacekeeper Cause-Metics Nail Polish Remover - 4 oz - Liquid

3.  Suncoat Natural Nail Polish Remover:  This alternative is also natural, biodegradable, non-carcinogenic and non-toxic.  Ingredients include:  ethyl lactate (from corn fermentation), methyl soyate (from soya oil), vegetable glycerin, D-limonene (from orange).  This can be used with water-based nail polish as well as the conventional kinds.

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Have you tried any of these acetone alternatives?  If so, I’d love to read your reviews.

Pamper Wisely.

The BusyBella

Honey for Acne-Prone Skin

Did you know that honey has natural anti-bacterial properties?  Honey is a traditional topical treatment for infected wounds. It can be effective on antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.  The other bonus is that honey also attracts moisture, which keeps your skin from drying out.  With a little bit of honey as well some other natural ingredients, you can make your own acne fighting treatment in the comfort of your own home.  Here is what you need:

  • Honey
  • Water at room temperature
  • Mild Liquid Facial Soap

Combine ¼ cup of honey with ½ cup of tepid water and 2 tablespoons of mild liquid soap. Pour the mixture into an easy-to-use container with a spout. Use nightly in place of your normal facial cleanser, rinsing thoroughly with warm water.  You should see an improvement in your skin within a few days. This mixture will keep for up to two weeks if stored in a closet, away from your bathroom or other sources of moisture.

Here is a good honey mask to try:

  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon Juice
  • Oatmeal
Mix 4 tbsp. of honey with cinnamon, lemon juice and oatmeal. Leave the mixture on for 20 to 30 minutes and then remove with warm water.  Use consistently at least once or twice weekly for optimal results.
Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

A Brighter Complexion in Four Days

Everyone wants a bright and glowing complexion. It’s a sign of youth and beauty.  Make-up can help….but who wants to pile on a ton of make-up if you don’t have to?  You can spend hundreds of dollars on microdermabrasion and glycolic peels.  Or…you can make minor adjustments to your skin care routine. 1.  Watch what […]

Best Beauty Finds for a Buck

Dollar Stores are a great way to save money on some of your favorite household items and toiletries.  But did you know they are also a great place to find some of your best beauty products?  For just a buck a piece, you can save money on popular, name-brand items.  So the next time you […]