Flowers for Your Face ~ The Ultimate List

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Here’s a list of flowers/herbs that will work wonders on your skin


AlfalfaMedicago sativa
High in calcium and magnesium, vitamin C, E, K and beta-carotene, alfalfa is a superfood for body and skin.

AloeAloe vera
Aloe gel is a “first aid” for many skin conditions, including burns, wounds, inflammations. Cools, tones, moisturizes skin and enhances overall immunity.

AshwagandhaWithania somnifera
Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry, this herb has tonic and immunity building properties. Tones skin, soothes inflammation and irritations.

BasilOcimum basilicum
Uplifting, refreshing and invigorating for skin and mind

Blackcurrant LeafRibes nigrum
Astringent and antioxidant, leaves also contain vitamin C, beneficial for strong immunity, healthy blood circulation and strong capillaries. Tonic for skin and body.

CalendulaCalendula officialis
True skin-healer with anti-inflammation and anti-bacterial qualities. Able to heal rashes, inflammation, scars.

CamphorCinnamomum camphora
A fragrant compound from an evergreen tree in China and South East Asia, that cools, disinfects and soothes skin.

ChamomileAnthmis nobi
Calming, Soothing, Healing

Coriander - Coriandrum sativum
Stimulating and detoxifying, good for clearing skin

CornflowerCentaurea cyanus
Astringent and anti-inflammatory, corn flower is soothing for skin around eye area.

DandelionTaraxacum officialis
Tonic and cleansing yellow flower and leaves are one of the key remedies to detoxify liver and kidneys. Very helpful in relieving skin conditions such as eczema, skin irritations, acne.

EchinaceaAsteraceae
With strong anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, echinacea build’s skin’s resistance to harmful environment, strengthening its immunity

FennelFoeniculum vulgare
Sweet and protective, detoxes and deep cleanses skin

FrangipaniPlumeria cuba
Intoxicating, sweet and exotic, this tropical flower is a jewel of South Pacific. It is soothing, relaxing and calming for nerves, while toning and firming for skin.

Gotu kola- Centella asiatica
High in antioxidants, the herb promotes wound healing and enhances skin’s elasticity and tone.

Green teaCamellia sinensis
contains high doses of Vitamin E, C and B, essential for health and beauty, natural anti-oxidant and protector from bacteria

HibiscusRosa sinensis
a wonderful and versatile ingredient for skincare. They moisturize and soften skin, improving complexion and natural glow. Hibiscus relaxes face muscles, keeping wrinkles at bay. Also the flowers has shown some natural sunblock properties.

HoneysuckleLonicera
High in vitamin C and biofavonoids (antioxidants), honeysuckle has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, soothing effect on skin

JasmineJasminum officinale
Romantic and Aphrodisiac, sweet, floral aroma and balancing, calming and moisturizing effect on skin

JiaogulanGynostemma pentaphyllum
It is used in traditional medicine for its adaptogenic and anti-inflammation properties, in skin care and beauty industry for its anti-oxidant and anti-aging effect on skin.

Kaffir LimeCitrus hystrix
Astringent leaves with cleansing and purifying properties

LemongrassCymbopogon citratus
Antibacterial and refreshing , great for balancing oily skin

LindenTilia
Linden flower blossom is nerve tonic, with calming and gentle properties. Excellent as an infusion for eye compress

Milk ThistleSilybum marianum
Pink Flower has a strong detox and cleansing properties, particularly beneficial for healthy liver function. It contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, which inhibit skin aging and damage from UV rays.

MintMentha piperita
Refreshing, Antimicrobal and Invigorating

Monoi de TahitiGardenia taitensis
Monoi de Tahiti is an infusion of pure virgin coconut oil and the flowers of Tiare Tahiti or Tiare Mahoi

NettleUrtica dioica
Tonic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory nettle is full of vitamins, iron and calcium and amino acids. Taken internally as tea / infusion, detoxes, builds immunity and prevents inflammatory processes. Soothing and detoxing for skin, when applied externally and very helpful for reliving eczema, acne, skin irritations.

ParsleyPetroselinum crispum
Fragrant and refreshing, parsley has strong diuretic and expectorant properties. It detoxes and brightens skin, especially beneficial for eye area to reduce dark circles and puffiness

PeonyPaeonia
Peony activates the natural defense mechanisms of skin, tonifying and firming the epidermis. The extract of petals has a regenerative, softening, moisturizing, firming, anti-inflammation effect.

White Lily - Lilium candidum
Used in TCM as a nourishing ingredient, white lily bulb moistures, softens and brightens skin.

(source: delicious-skin.com)


 

Ruth Swissa will be sharing her knowledge about the most beneficial flowers for your skin in the upcoming blog posts. Stay tuned!

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Not Coconut Water, Coconut Kefir **

We’ve all heard of coconut water and it’s benefits, but if you’re a risk-taker and are interested in the swanky lifestyle, I highly recommend Coconut Kefir. This is the opulent counterpart to coconut water, and is made through the process of fermentation. While fermenting the coconut water, beneficial bacteria are introduced into the beverage. Just one shot of coconut kefir will enrich your essence with 15 billion CFU probiotics (which is 3x more than Activa yogurt, or any commercial yogurt for that matter). These beauty-bouncing bacteria help keep your skin clear by basically residing where pathogenic microbes (the cause of your zits) would be residing.

Just to top everything off, Coconut Kefir is naturally sweet — boom, your set. Beat out those sugar cravings and rejuvenate your body with magic coconut juice. 

Ruth Recommended Dosage: Drink coconut kefir in the morning on an empty stomach so the beauty-breeding bacteria can penetrate your stomach first thing, unconcentrated.

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Payayayaya ~ Secret Skin Benefits (?)

Daily Skin Tip: Papaya! It’s definitely been in your facial scrub compound, but actually eating papaya has benefits of its own. This fruit is infused with vitamin C, which is turned into vitamin C serum for your cleansers. (Papaya contains two days worth of vitamin C!)

This vitamin C will not only brighten your skin, but tighten it as well giving you a rejuvenated complexion. Papaya also contains the digestive enzyme [papain] which not only regulates your digestive tract, but helps reduce skin redness (it combats inflammation).

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Get Plump Lips with Just a Toothbrush!

Times have changed and pouty duck-lips have become beyond passé. However, there is a natural way to plumpen your pout with an at-home / diy procedure. The two required materials are a toothbrush (preferably straight bristled) and petroleum jelly.

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Step by step:
Apply some petroleum jelly to the toothbrush
Rub the toothbrush onto your lips in a circular motion
(be cautious not to rub too hard, you don’t want to tear your skin)
Leave some of the petroleum jelly on your lips once your finished rubbing in order to rehydrate

One of the pros to exfoliating your lips is a temporary plumper complexion. The action of massaging your lip tissue promotes the flow of blood and creates a more ample and pillowy appearance.

Another pro is that it gets rid of dead skin — exfoliating renews your skin by promoting generation of new skin (due to the scrapping of the old, dead skin).

Additionally, exfoliating will also get rid of makeup residue.
Any excess lip-stain will be discarded along with dead skin.

Ruth Swissa featured on Gina’s People Segment: Recap

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This week in Gina’s People, FOX 11 recognizes viewer and philanthropist Ruth Swissa as she helps burn survivors look their best. In this segment, Ruth Swissa applies permanent makeup on burn victim, Yolda Hawkins.

Throughout the segment, viewers get to see Swissa in her work-zone while she works to redefine Yolanda’s beauty. Rebecca Grossman, chair of the Grossman Burn Foundation (GBF), makes an appearance on the clip and talks about Ruth’s technique and charity work for GBF. Ruth Swissa helps burn survivors free of charge, donating her time to help these victims look their best.

Yolanda Hawkins claims that, “Permanent makeup makes all the difference”.

Watch the segment here: http://www.myfoxla.com/story/24932087/helping-the-look-of-burn-survivors#ixzz2vgrT6ygN

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photographer: Tony Buttitta

What is the Oily-T?

The Oily-T is the region where people tend to have problematic/oily skin.

With the shape of a T, the skin oil is concentrated at the forehead, nose and chin. Ruth Swissa explains that the forehead oil is mainly caused by diet (greasy food). Swissa clarifies that cheek breakouts are caused by air-quality (you will notice cheek pimples usually form after airplane rides or areas of high smog). Lastly, she explains chin acne is caused by hormones (PMS menstral breakouts usually inhibit chin area).

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Chocolate = Beautiful Skin #what?

This year don’t regret those Valentine’s Day chocolates, your skin needs ‘em. Ruth Swissa is gonna let you in on a little beauty secret: beauty doesn’t mean a life sentence of leafy greens. Indulge in some sultry dark chocolate chunks and reap the benefits.

DARK CHOCOLATE

Chocolate Reduces Blood Pressure
Dark Chocolate relaxes blood vessels. This in turn will reduce blood pressure. Chocolate is perhaps the natural-born chiller; a ‘feel-good inc’ opiate.

Wrinkle Reducer
Chocolate is an organic stress reliever -  it reduces the formation of stress hormones. Consequently, this will promote less collagen breakdown in your skin and ultimately leave you with fewer wrinkles in the long run.

Flavonols
Chocolate contains Flavonols, antioxidants that help your skin combat UV damage, fight free radicals, and increase  blood flow. So in other words, fewer wrinkles, fewer sunspots, and an irresistible dewy glow.

~*Keep Label in Mind*~
Even though the chocolate seal may read “70% Dark Chocolate”, if the first ingredient reads “Milk” or “Sugar”, you know your bar does not contain 70% or more cocoa content. Also, to achieve these beauty benefits, make sure you’re indulging in a chocolate bar that contains 70% or more cocoa content. No glacé milk/white chocolate allowed. Portions do come into play as well; make sure you’re not eating more than one ounce of this gushy-good stuff.

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Diaries of a Twenty-First-Century Heroine: Battering Breast Cancer with Positivity

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A memoir written by the brave Jessica Cotner, a client of Ruth Swissa

The day I was diagnosed with breast cancer I was at my mother’s house. When I hung up the phone I hugged my Mom and cried for a moment, I soaked it all in. I remember thinking how will I let my family know, I was worried about how I to tell my husband and kids and how it would affect their lives also. As I though about it, I decided to make the best of it and NOT to be overwhelmed by the big picture, just to take it one step at a time. I have watched the movie FINDING NEMO with my boys a million times and I couldn’t help but hear a song in my head that the character named Dori sang, “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming” She inspired me. I tried to find ways of making light of things I had to go through, finding humor or fun to help me through it all.I knew I was going to loose my hair during chemo, so my husband I put together “Shave Party” in the salon I work at. All my friends and family surrounded me. They each took turns shaving funny hairstyles in my head laughing until I was bald. It made me happy to look at my children’s faces as they helped and giggled at how silly mommy looked. Weeks later, after I started chemo I quickly began loosing all my stubble so I shaved the remaining fuzz. I had my children put temporary tattoos on my scalp like an art project. As many know its never fun being sick so I tried to find things to look forward to each step of the way, whether it was camping, swimming, buying a new wig or makeup. Falseeyelashes became a musst!!  I would wear them everyday and it would just lift my spirits and make me feel pretty again. Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing fun about chemo, reconstructive surgery and hot flashes or being forced to start early menopause but one carrot at the end of the stick was to get my tattoos!!  Its like the cherry on the top of my Sunday. What better way then to have a good experience with Ruth Swissa. She was so personable and easy to talk to. She made this experience comfortable and fun.And now I can look in the mirror and feel complete. They are like little badges of what I went through.I can’t help but smile about how they remind me of all the friends and loved ones who helped me through it all.

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