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How stress affects us – Part I

I don’t think I can avoid stress, it is a part of life and in itself is not the enemy. Stress keeps us on our toes, our fight-or-flight response serves us when we have to avoid or escape from dangerous situations and achieve goals. It polishes and sharpens us mentally, physically and emotionally. I find that some of my best work were done under stress and can even go as far as likening it to exercise.

With all these said, I can bet you are wondering if the doctors were wrong about it this whole time. Of course not! In my opinion, what happens after our stressful times is what we should be more concerned about. Do we allow our bodies to return to equilibrium or do we just jump on the next task that requires our attention?

Physiologically, prolonged stress tasks and depletes the body. Our muscles stay tense, our minds stay racing, and we lose touch of our emotions. This can be more appropriately termed distress. At this stage, it has become harmful to health and painful to the body and mind. Physical symptoms like headaches, muscle cramps, insomnia, increased blood pressure, anxiety and digestive issues may arise.
It can be argued that the starting point of all ailments is uncontrolled stress on the body and mind. On the emotional level, feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious and low self esteem are experienced. In fact, depression may even tag along.  The physical manifestation of stress can be seen in all organs like the skin and heart. While the heart works harder and faster, in times of stress, the skin can get reduced blood supply. A high and prolonged level of stress hormones in the blood can also cause increased blood sugar which can contribute to the production of acne.
For the sake of brevity, I will continue this topic in the next post. This post was about the effects of stress on the body in general. In the next posts, I will list out the effects of stress on the skin and ways to alleviate stress the effects.
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AfroRoots Naturals Hair Products Launch and Instagram/Facebook Giveaway!

This has been in the works for quite sometime. I am so happy to finally be able to do a little show and tell. These products are made from the finest oils, butters, and herbs. I can only tell you to see for yourself. They are currently available on this site. Stay tuned for vendor information. On this note if you would like to be a vendor, you can contact me, let’s talk.

AfroRoots Naturals are not just for people with natural or kinky hair; all hair types benefit greatly from this, although your technique may vary. If you will like us to go on a hair growth challenge, let me know. I also want long hair.

AfroRoots Naturals, the best Natural hair products brand. Made from the best indigenous Nigerian and exotic herbs, pamper your AfroRoots and strands with these high quality and natural products for maximum hair growth and retention.

P. S. Nothing can replace the value of good food and healthy lifestyle when it comes to beauty and hair goals. Great products like AfroRoots Naturals will take you to new heights as the third leg of this beauty life though.

To shop AfroRoots,  click here

To join the current giveaway, go to @thenaijaformulator or @afro_roots_naturals on Instagram.

For the Facebook giveaway, go to www.facebook.com/thenaijaformulator or www.facebook.com/AfroRootsNaturals

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Lip balm formulation challenge: create your own natural lip balm with two ingredients!

Hello my readers, how are you getting on with your previous formulations? Have you made any others since then? Do you have challenges or victories? If so, let me know about them. You can also post your photos and I will try to advice you (if you need it). The last emulsion workshop was so much fun (and informative), it was so great having you.
A student made this beautiful body cream at the recent workshop.

To those that haven’t taken a class with me, what in the world are you waiting for? If you cannot attend due to distance, you can always take the online version.

Anyhoos….
Image from whatsupmoms.
I am back this fine afternoon with another formulation challenge. You will learn to formulate your very own lip balm with just two ingredients!! I am sure your friends will thank me for keeping you away from theirs.  Plus, I don’t want you walking around with dull, chapped lips LOL. I cannot stress enough that keeping all parts of the body, lips included can improve and maintain their suppleness and glow. Before we go on, you can subscribe to my blog and social media pages to stay updated on new formulae.
For your lip balm formulation, you will need:
  • Scales (if you want accurate and reproducible results)
  • Glass, ceramic or good grade plastic bowl
  • Spatula or stirring spoon/rod
  • Lip balm container
  • Cocoa butter
  • Essential oil
To make 25 g of lip balm, measure out:
  • 24 g Cocoa butter
  • 1 g essential oil
Melt your butter in a double boiler and add in your oils. Pour into your container and leave to cool. I should mention at this point that I would stay away from citrus essential oils for facial products to avoid photosensitivity. I like peppermint essential oils for the tingle and sweet scent.
I like to drink a little water before application /reapplication to soften my lips and increase moisturisation. How do you use your lip balm? Do you prefer your balm in a roll up tube, pot or jar?