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NOYA Lip Balm Series – Beeswax

As we close out our NOYA lip balm series, we come to the foundation of our lip balm ingredients:  beeswax!

Beeswax is produced from glands in the abdomen of young bees and then scraped off of their bodies. We know — this may not sound like the most intriguing process, but beeswax is as edible as honey and its benefits makes it all worth it. Read on!

Beeswax contains vitamin A, which helps to soften and hydrate the skin. When added to skin care products, beeswax acts as a humectant, which means it draws moisture into the skin and sealing it in. It also forms a protective barrier on the surface of the skin that protects against irritants. This is perfect for those with dry or sensitive skin, as well as the tender skin on our lips (hint hint! NOYA lip balm!).

Beeswax also has traits that allow it to act as an emulsifier, which basically means it helps keep two ingredients together. When added to skin care products it makes creams thicker, and also helps firm and plump the skin. This property makes it a great hair product ingredient as well. It makes the hair stronger and thicker, building up the volume of the hair. Who doesn’t love big hair?!

Aside from volume, beeswax can give additional shine and a glossy appearance to the hair. The wax coating and its antioxidants can also protect the hair from harm and damage created from everyday environmental factors and conditions.

Based on research and studies, beauty treatments based with beeswax are likely to have antibacterial and non-allergenic properties, which can be beneficial for treating minor skin irritation and protecting the skin from airborne allergies.

The last but most definitely not least benefit of beeswax is its very pleasant and sweet fragrance. Why wouldn’t you want to add beeswax to your beauty products?!!

Here are some cool DIY ways to incorporate beeswax into your beauty regimen. Have fun with these recipes! And remember, live divinely! 😉

Lotion Bars –  http://beingfrugalbychoice.blogspot.com/2011/11/how-do-you-make-lotion-bars-none-of.html
Deodorant – http://frugallysustainable.com/2011/11/homemade-probiotic-deodorant-that/
Solid Perfume – http://www.ohmyhandmade.com/2011/contributors/tutorial-diy-luxury-solid-perfumes/
Hair Pomade – http://ecoyogini.blogspot.com/2012/05/diy-beeswax-hair-pomade.html
Facial Moisturizer – http://www.organicauthority.com/delicious-beauty/diy-your-perfect-moisturizer.html#s.abdirfxuqbaaa

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NOYA Lip Balm Series – Coconut Oil

As promised, we are continuing our NOYA series, discussing each of the three main ingredients found in our nourishing lip balms. Last time we covered the health and beauty benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and today we move on to a personal favorite – Coconut Oil!

Coconut Oil is extracted from the meat and kernels of coconuts. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (also know as EVCO) is developed from the fresh kernel of the coconut by natural means and without undergoing chemical refining. This leads to EVCO being an extremely healthy oil to consume. It works with your metabolism to increase your energy level and burn more calories, thus contributing to weight loss. It is also known to lower cholesterol, helping to decrease chances of heart disease. The saturated fats in EVCO have antibacterial properties which help to protect our bodies from illnesses such as the flu and common colds.

EVCO is not only a great product to add to your next meal for health benefits, but it also can be used externally to aid with the healing process of cuts, scrapes, and bruises. So be sure to keep some in your medicine cabinet for those clumsy days.

Now for the fun benefits of any product – how they help our beauty regimen! EVCO has been said to be the most penetrating of all oils, making it a hair necessity for lots of naturalistas. You can add it to your hair as a pre-shampoo treatment, saturating your hair and leaving it on with a plastic cap for 20-30 minutes before washing. This will help moisturize your hair and protect it from the harsh sulfates found in some shampoos. When you’re done cleasing, add some to your favorite conditioner for a cheap, yet rich DIY deep conditioning treatment. Your hair will love it and thank you with days of luscious strands.

With EVCO not only being an extremely moisturizing, but also an anti-aging oil (thanks to its natural UV protection), this makes for the perfect face and body moisturizer for all skin types. It will leave you looking refreshed and smelling heavenly throughout the entire day.

Recently, we’ve established some of our favorite ways to use EVCO – as a cuticle treatment. Just like the rest of our body, our nails need frequent moisture. By using EVCO as a weekly cuticle treatment (massaging it into the nail bed) and also applying it as the first coat (before your base coat) when polishing your nails, you are moisturizing your nails, decreasing chances of yellowing of the nails, and protecting them from harsh chemicals in some nail polish. Within a few months you will have those long healthy nails you’ve been working forever to achieve.

The best part about EVCO is that a little goes a long way, making it an affordable natural beauty product with properties that can benefit each of us in different ways.

Leave us a comment telling us how you have benefitted from EVCO!