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The Mighty Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera for Skincare

Tres Spa Aloe Vera for Skincare

Aloe Vera is my favorite skincare ingredient I love Aloe Vera. The plant has always fascinated me since I was a child. It was the one succulent my mother could grow without killing. Unfortunately, she did not inherit my grandfathers natural gardener gene. As a child I remember this strange pointy plant that did not look like anything I had seem outside (I grew up in Michigan). It was always the same color and it looked like it hardly grew, yet despite my mom chopping off tips every time we had a scratch, it never seemed to shrink. Beyond the sticky goo that worked as a salve under my bandage, I had no idea what the power was in this wondrous green monster plant.

It wasn't until years later that I would really start to understand this miracle plant.

Grow Your Own

Aloe Vera is a plant that I believe everyone should grow for themselves! They are easy to care for and it can grow in a pot inside your home quite easily. Just a little bit of light and water and you are good to go.  I started with a tiny one in a frog that was a gift from one of my fabulous customers. From that tiny plant I now have three going. Since I live in California, I plan on transferring one to the outdoors to be grown for eating.

What Can You Do With Aloe Vera?

Aloe Vera for Skincare Tres SpaLots! Inside and out, Aloe Vera is a highly nourishing wonderful plant. You can eat them and you can use it on your skin. It is wonderful!

Aloe Vera is rich in the following: Vitamins, Minerals, Sugars, Enzymes, Lignins, Amino Acids, Anthraquinones, Saponins, Fatty Acids, Salicylic Acid. Now, I'm not going to go into details on this. But it is interesting to note that the simple green plant has about 100 different high value compounds that aid in internal and external healing.

For skincare – snip a bit off the leaf and either squeeze it out and apply the gooey juice or slit the leaf and apply it to your skin. Add some fresh squeezed aloe juice to one of our Face Masks for amazing healing therapy benefits.

For eating – if you have a big leaf, you can slice the green outer layer away and eat the inside. Try adding it to your smoothies and juices. Or, make a Raw Vegan version of Sushi (you do have to rinse it very well to do this). Personally I've never been able to grow my Aloe plants big enough.

Can I Find It In Très Spa, Products?

In the beginning of  Très Spa, I had added it to a couple of product formulations but I stopped. Why would I do this considering how much I love the plant and all of the clear benefits? Well it all has to do with preservation. Once the leaf has been “juiced” it must be preserved and I truly believe that this wondrous plant should be enjoyed unaltered and fresh. When it ages outside of the natural state, it starts to lose its wonderful nutrients. So it is at it's peak when you pick it fresh. And considering how agreeable it is to growing indoors, it's a plant that can be enjoyed globally no matter what your garden space is outside or your seasonal growing conditions.

Perhaps, if I could ever find Aloe without preservatives added I may consider adding it back in. For now, I encourage you to grow your own.

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Number One Skin Care Treatment for Younger Looking Skin Revealed!

The Most Important Skincare Treatment

We all want it, especially when it's gone, that youthful looking glowing skin. Soft and supple like an endless spring. But it's not so easy to hang on to. With time  and the environment assaulting it, you can feel like you are in an endless battle. As if environment and age weren't enough, what about all of those endless miracle potions we put on? From perfumes to the laboratory concoctions of creams, serums, ointments, lotions and a myriad of other products loaded with synthesized compounds from the lab. Oh and let us not forget the dreaded Sun Screen.

Gee wiz, you would think that nature could not survive without endless scientific intervention! Yes your skin is the largest organ and yes, you should treat it right since it will be with you an entire lifetime. We do believe that good topical skincare practices can really have a solid impact on your skins natural abilities. At Très Spa we believe, you should be using pure natural products formulated in harmony with nature, to achieve that goal.

But there is one skincare treatment that is the most important one if you want to nourish healthy skin and it is free to use.

Free To Use

Here's the truth. Your skin is a wonder to behold. It protects you from the outside and allows you to detoxify the inside (that is one of the benefits of sweating). Your skin is a natural defense with multiple layers that regenerate every 28 days or so. New cells continuously replacing dead ones. Your job is to help support the skin to do what the skin does naturally, and sure, maybe help it out a bit here and there.

So what is the most important skin care treatment ever? Water. That's it, the most important skin care treatment ever created; water.

Why Is It So Important & How Much Do I Need?

Drinking water, and enough water, everyday can have a profound impact on your skin. Drinking water keeps you hydrated from the inside and what is inside eventually pushes (or flushes) out. Now how much water should you drink? I have heard a great deal of differing recommendations. The most popular is the 8 x 8. Eight, eight ounce servings of pure water. I have also heard others say to drink a half gallon a day to really make sure you are flushing the body clean. Others say liquids count towards your water while others argue that only pure water counts. Best advice I received from someone was to drink plain water until your urine is fairly clear. Of course this was from my time as a Raw Vegan so the food choices also helped a great deal. At the time (the time I am writing this) I am not a practicing Raw Vegan, I'm more Whole Food Plant Based or Vegan with occasional slips. I pretty much have settled into having a half gallon glass jug of water handy every day. That's about all I can drink in a day and some days, I have a hard time getting all of that in. 

Personally, I think that it should be plain water . Why, because it has nothing fancy about it. It's simple, yet elegant, it is naturally designed to supply all living organisms the key ingredient to life.

It doesn't require any manipulations to get it to work. No synthesized compounds from a lab or factory. No human intervention required. It works fresh from the spring. It works no matter how young or old and you can start using it any time! It's never too late.

If you are having trouble getting enough water because you don't like the taste, here are some life hacks I used to get myself transitioned to plain water. I had a lifetime of drinking nothing but flavored drinks and a serious Diet Soda addiction. It worked for me and I hope it will help you.

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