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Ask Dahlia: Facts About Exfoliating

“Why doesn’t SALVE have an exfoliant for the face? What do you use?”


Great to hear from you, Adrienne. You ask an excellent question. Okay,  so there’s a misconception about exfoliating, that you need something scrubby on your face.  It’s actually not true,  and some scrubs can be damaging to the skin,  especially if they are coarse or have angles that do not soften when wet or that are jagged under a microscope.

You can get pretty awesome results from clays and other things like seaweed, loofah or even rice. I teach a SALVE workshop on exfoliation, and I’ll try to share some concepts in this article.

SALVE has two clays, rhassoul and kaolin clay. They are both excellent for sucking garbage from the pores,  removing dead skin and making the skin more even-toned. Of course,  you can blend these with any fresh ingredient based on the condition of your skin;  milk, juice,  water,  yogurt,  etc.

Personally,  I like to remove masks with a raw (wet) loofah. We sell them, but you can always go to the drug store and find them. If you want the scrubby feel, I like to use the kelp (we sell it as part of the SALVE Make Your Own Fresh Mask gift set).

So the way I use it is,  after you’ve washed your face,  keep you face wet,  and pour some on your fingers and massage into face in circular motion. Kelp is a sticky plant and it clumps together,  so make sure your face is wet enough to get that scrub all over. It’s not a great mask all by itself,  but you can certainly add it to the other clays. Kelp is extremely exfoliating if you use it as a scrub,  and your face will be so soft and smooth after! Plus, it’s totally safe to use as much and as often as you want. There are so many types of clays and ingredients you can use to make a mask. Here are my favorites … I’ll add to this list a little more later.


This clay is a miracle detoxifier for both the face and scalp. Rhassoul clay’s most impressive properties in skin improvement are its capacity of absorption due to its high level of ion exchange. When applied to the face Rhassoul clay removes oil, dirt and pollutants from the skin that the ordinary cleanser can not reach. When applied to the hair and scalp, it will cleanse, provide moisture, detangle and provide shine in ways that your ordinary shampoo simply can’t.

Clinical studies have been conducted by two different research laboratories in the United States (International Research Services, Inc. www.irsi.org and Structure Probe, Inc. www.2spi.com) to evaluate Rhassoul clay mask on skin condition.

The study results showed that a single use of our Rhassoul clay mask statistically:

  • Reduces dryness (79%)
  • Reduces flakiness (41%)
  • Improves skin clarity (68%)
  • Improves skin elasticity / firmness (24%)
  • Improves skin texture (106%)

Optional: Add 2-3 drops of SALVE’s Melaleuca or Neem Oil to create a soothing acne mask. For a super hydrating mask, add 2-3 drops with Salve’s Neem or Oranic Rosehip Seed Oil.

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Remove radical and harmful pollutants from your skin with this ancient Chinese mask. It helps stimulate circulation to the skin while gently exfoliating and cleansing it, leaving you with brighter, hydrated and calm skin. Suitable for all skin types but caters to dry, sensitive and acne-prone skin. This clay will not dry out your skin or remove your skin’s natural sebum.

Optional: Add 2-3 drops of Salve’s Melaleuca or Neem Oil to create a soothing acne mask. For a super hydrating mask, add 2-3 drops with Salve’s Neem or Oranic Rosehip Seed Oil.

Our organic milled Atlantic kelp grows deep in the cold sub-tidal waters of the North Atlantic Sea. It is responsibly harvested, dried and milled following organic standards. Add kelp powder to bath salts, facials, bath teas, and body wraps. It is a yellowish green colored powder with a fish-like, seaweed aroma and flavor. Sea kelp contains chlorophyll, an essential fatty acid that helps detoxify the skin and body and improve the skin’s elasticity. Sea kelp also contains carbohydrates that stimulate the skin’s ability to heal and vitamin A, an antioxidant, that normalizes skin cells. Proteins and amino acids are also present, and are the building blocks of cells, and act as skin conditioners.

Bentonite clay is actually volcanic ash which is a great anticeptic. It’s great for skin problems such as aczema, rashes, yeast problems and parasites. Some eat this clay to help with stomach problems and constipation, but I’m not sure if I’m a believer.

Citrus is absorbs oils and is great for acne, and even combats dryness. It has a high amount of vitamin c which prevents wrinkles, hydrates, evens the skin tone and even brightens the skin. If you use citrus in your masks, or even in your regular skin care routine, avoid using citrus (vitamin c) products when going outside. It can increase risk for skin damage and can be counter productive. Ironically, the Arizona Cancer Center has reported that oranges (vitamin c), when applied to the skin before sun exposure, can prevent sun damage. Just be smart.

Smells terrible, so get vanilla. Doesn’t matter if it’s Greek or not. Yogurt is super hydrating, it unblocks clogged pores, reduces bacteria, softens skin, reduces wrinkles and hydrates. So refreshing, especially with sunburned or sensitive skin.

If you don’t know about honey by now, it’s time you hear the amazing benefits. Ancient Egyptians used it for cuts to disinfect and heal. It’s great to kill bacteria, suck on if you have a sore throat and helps treat burns. Honey regenerates skin cells and is a natural antiseptic. It is a humectant, which means it keeps moisture on the skin.  It takes 10 lbs of honey to make 1 lb of wax.

Soothes skin and aids in healing. It reduces appearance of scars and soothes sunburn. It’s a natural sunscreen, but don’t use it as a sole source for sunscreen because we don’t know the amount of SPF protection.

Rosehip is not rose petals, it’s the oil produced from bud portion that’s left after the pedals have fallen off. It contains omega 3 & 6 fatty acids and is perfect for dehydrated skin, stretch marks, hyper pigmentation (scarring), reduces wrinkles and premature aging.

One of my favorite add-ons to a mask is Lavender. It’s great for all sorts of skin problems including acne, eczema, and is super calming. Plus it adds a nice fragrance to your mask.

So good for skin problems including acne. It’s high in fatty acids and great for killing bacteria. Neem is also good to add to your daily moisturizer.

Anti fungal and a disinfectant, tea tree is awesome for masks, especially if you have bumpy, acne-prone or clogged skin.

Scrubs are so much fun and a great way to polish the skin to remove unwanted flaky, bumpy and dry skin. You’ve got be smart about what scrubby things you use on your face, because not all things are good and can actually cause damage.

BEST for Face
-plant-based (kelp)
-oats (any size, watch the drains!)
-enzymes (natural citrus or crushed pineapple)
-powder grains (rice, flours)
-jojoba beads
-loofah (wet, raw)
-charcoal powders

OKAY for Face
-sugar (prefer it be small granules)
-ground/powdered nuts without shells
-used coffee grounds (watch the drains!)

BAD for Face
-salt (all sizes)-ground nut shells, e.g. walnut (watch the drains!)
-any uneven grain (whatever you use needs to be round and small)

I’ll add more to this article soon. Have fun with your mask! Holler at me if you have any questions. We’ll be posting some of our customers’ favorite recipes on our site, so stay tuned!


Written by Dahlia Kelada
SALVE and SalveNaturals.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to cure, prevent or treat any disease. Please use common sense and always talk to your doctor before starting any new treatment or application for a health condition.

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Nicolle’s Top 5 Essential Oils and their Lesser-Known Uses

SALVE Essential Oil Roll-Ons
Essential oils provide us with amazing, natural fragrances; but these oils have many other uses as well. They can help with everything from dry skin to insomnia. So I’ve decided to create a list of my top five favorite essential oils and their lesser known uses.

What are essential oils?
Essential oils are defined as a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant. Basically, it’s an oil that is derived from a plant, that still carries the essence of the plant with it, including the fragrance and it’s natural uses for a healthier body. Some essential oils can be used directly on the skin, while others cannot and certain essential oils should be avoided while pregnant. (See our previous blog post on essential oils to avoid while pregnant and breastfeeding.)

Why use essential Oils?
Essential oils have been used for hundreds of years as treatments for ailments and for their often therapeutic properties. There are so many essential oils available, each with different properties that can be used as natural remedies in lieu of traditional, chemical filled products.

5. Peppermint oil SALVE's Peppermint Essential Oil Roll-On
Peppermint oil is a very popular essential oil that is commonly used to ease headaches and migraines and clear congestion, however this oil is great for getting rid of an even bigger annoyance than those….Ants!

With the colder, wetter weather come the ants and unlike most humans, ants hate peppermint oil. A few drops of peppermint oil where you normally find ants, and you’ve got yourself a safe and natural way to get rid of ants without the harsh chemicals in your typical bug spray. A quick disclaimer on peppermint oil: Much like the ant’s, I am one of the unlucky few who has a sensitivity to peppermint oil, and can’t use it on my skin(although sometimes I still do and regret it later. It smells delicious.) When I use peppermint oil I get a burning sensation, and sometimes even a rash so I try to stay away from putting it on my skin. This, however is not typical of most people, but because it is one of the stronger more concentrated oils those with sensitive skin should be careful.

4. Rose Oil SALVE's Rose Essential Therapy Roll-On
Rose oil is one of the essential oils that most people only associate with it’s use as a fragrance, it is used aromatherapy for it’s ability to relieve stress and promote happiness, but Rose oil has many other uses as well. It is a great way to treat acne. Rose oil has antiseptic and astringent properties which helps to kill the bacteria that causes acne. Don’t be fooled into thinking rose oil is just for smell. It has many other practical uses.

3. Lemongrass OilSALVE's Lemongrass Essential Oil Roll-on
Lemongrass oil is not only great as a perfume (a bit sweeter than lemon oil) it is also used as a natural remedy for a myriad of different ailments including high blood pressure, and depression. What you may not know is that Lemongrass oil is also a natural way to help reduce cellulite and varicose veins.

2. Tea Tree OilSALVE Tea Tree Oil
The first product I ever saw with tea tree oil in it was an acne face wash, and many of you have probably heard of its ability to help treat acne, and fade acne scars but maybe you didn’t know that using this essential oil on your pets can help protect them against fleas and ticks and even remove ticks once your pet has already caught them. Even better, this essential oil can be used to treat head lice, and if you have kids or are regularly around school age children, keeping this essential oil handy might just save you from that itchy scalp.

1. Lavender OilLavender-Essential-Roll-o_41
Not only is Lavender one of my favorite flowers, fragrances, and flavors (If you’ve never had lavender ice cream you are truly missing out. Trust me on this.) Lavender oil is also one of the most versatile essential oils around. As most people know, Lavender oil can be used for it’s relaxing properties, to help calm, or even aid in treating insomnia; but, it can also be used as an insect repellant. For those of you that seem to always have insect or mosquito bites and prefer not to use bug sprays that are loaded with harmful chemicals, Lavender oil might just be the perfect natural repellant for you. While I have come across a few different recipes for insect repellant using lavender oil, I’d opt for just a simple dab of Lavender oil to your pulse points. Extra Tip: If you already have those annoying, itch bug bites, Lavender oil also works great to soothe the itchiness and speed the healing process.

SALVE’s Essential Oils
Salve Naturals carries all of the essential oils mentioned above and many more. Tell us what your favorite essential oil is and your favorite use for it.

We’re in the process of developing some safe products for baby care. Stay tuned!

Check out our related articles:
Essential Oils to Avoid While Pregnant & Breastfeeding
How Substances Enter Your Body
How we Accumulate Toxins in our Bodies

Written by Nicolle Chase
SALVE and SalveNaturals.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved


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