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Healthier Grooming & Beauty Hacks

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“The latest study (see references below) show that consuming dark chocolate can do wonders for your skin resulting in a change that will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles that are caused by excessive exposure to the sun. The researchers have reported that cocoa extract found in dark chocolate offers protection against wrinkles caused by UV-Light and even helps reduce the appearance of dark spots by blocking the breakdown of the dermal matrix.

Scientists from Seoul National University Korea also conducted tests of cocoa powder on hairless mice for about eight weeks and discovered a notable reduction in wrinkles which was caused by exposure to the sun. In the tests it was observed that a sum of 78 genes were improved following the utilization of dietary cocoa. It was contrasted to mice whose skin was exposed to sunlight and did not enjoy a cocoa rich diet. The Korean team came up with a conclusion that cocoa has phyto chemicals that probably inhibit long-term sun damage and diminish wrinkle formation by a "substantial” amount.

In the Korean research, mice who had a chocolate diet based on cocoa powder revealed higher levels of collagen as compared to those kept in the control group. The Korean study team said: "UVB-induced wrinkle formation was markedly reduced in the groups administered with cocoa powder." The findings are already published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

Studies suggest organic dark chocolate contains antioxidants which may fight conditions like cancer and heart diseases. Experts think that cocoa beans have a higher level of antioxidants as compared to red wine or green tea. A number of studies have shown that consuming chocolate likely elevate one's general health as well as improving skin condition due to these antioxidants. Chocolate seems to increase blood flow and skin density and hydration which leads to better skin appearance or at least we believe it does based on this research.“

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Does anyone know of a clear zinc sunscreen that doesn't contain any skin irritants or seed oils besides coconut and cocoa butter?
I was also looking for something like this the last few days and the only halfway interesting thing I found was this: Suntribe ® | All Natural Zinc Sunscreen SPF 30 Plastic free Reef safe

Ingredients:
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil°, Cera Alba (Beeswax)°, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide. Natural colourants: Theobroma Cacao Seed Powder° (Mud Tint), Iron Oxide (Retro Red), Ultramarine (Ocean Blue). °Organic

Not sure about the colourants and I'm sceptical about the Iron Oxide. But it's the only sunscreen I could find that doesn't have an ingredient list as long as a Dostojevski novel and is without sunflower oil.
 

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Thank you, @OccamzRazer and @-Luke-.

Luke, if I'm reading it correctly, the colourants are only added to the Mud Tint, Retro Red and Ocean Blue? I have fair skin so I don't think the Original White would be too obvious on me.
 

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Thank you, @OccamzRazer and @-Luke-.

Luke, if I'm reading it correctly, the colourants are only added to the Mud Tint, Retro Red and Ocean Blue? I have fair skin so I don't think the Original White would be too obvious on me.
Ah, you're right. I didn't even notice that there are different options. So it seems that the Original White has only 3 ingredients. Almost too good to be true.
 
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So many peels to use so many ways!
 

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@makaronai, thank you very much for sharing your source. I came across Shade during my search, but was hoping for a minimum SPF of 30.

@-Luke-, it does seem almost too good to be true. I found a few brands with minimal ingredients, but all contain at least one unsaturated-rich fat.

Seeing as so few ingredients are needed, I'm tempted to make my own. I might try it with a base of washed ghee since I can source it locally, and maybe macerate some flowers in it.
 

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“Many people have noticed that pregnenolone has a "face-lifting" action. This effect seems to be produced by improved circulation to the skin, and by an actual contraction of some muscle-like cells in the skin.” -Ray Peat
 

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Vodka
baking soda
an essential oil of your choice

put in rollerball bottle for a deodorant
This is a great idea! I found some refillable glass roll-on bottles to give your idea a try. There has been many occasion that we have run out of Milk Of Magnesia . Thanks Jon!
 

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