A Japanese friend called Konjac your skin will adore

Since going vegan, using organic natural cold-pressed oils on my skin like coconut oil, argan oil or sweet almond oil my curiosity on natural beauty grew even stronger. Especially when I can see that my skin is less inflamed, feels softer, stays hydrated is a truly wonderful thing!

I’m a big fun of using natural products as well as incorporating simple but wholesome beauty routine that will not steal my time from doing other things. A.k.a simple-natural-effective-loving to our body.

Moisturising the skin is not a trivial matter but….cleansing the skin is equally important. I like to change my organic oils so to give the skin different nutrients, support it based on season, current imbalance or just to escape a beauty regime routine. I’ve been doing the same for the cleansing part of it and it’s called Konjac! The hot cloth and coconut oil is my best way of getting rid of make-up, dust or other pollutants that can stay on the skin during the day.

 

Konjac plant

The Konjac plant

 

Konjac offers the same in a jiffy! A little bit about this little japanese friend now. A sponge that is made of the root of the konjac plant and this has been used by the Japanese as a food source (it is similar to the potato plant) and over the last century they have been using it as a beauty treatment.

The sponge is very soft, it needs to be soaked in warm water in order to be used for the face or the whole body. It is 100% biodegradable and lasts for 2-3 months with proper care.

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Before: dry, hard sponge

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After: soft, squishy sponge!

 

 

What does the konjac sponge do?

  • gently exfoliates the dead skin cells in the most gentle, delicate way
  • removes make up (water based especially)
  • cleanses gently but in-depth the pores from extra oil, dirt and blackheads-ideal for acne prone skins! **Natural Antibecterial, yay!!!***
  • removes water-resistant sunscreens leaving the skin clean
  • It’s loaded with lipids, sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, copper, pantothenic acid or vitamin B5, fatty acids, zinc, vitamins A, B, B2, B6, B12, D, E and P. In other words, food for our skins, baby!

 

How to use the konjac sponge?

-It comes dry and hard in a sealed packet. You need to soak the sponge in warm water until it is super soft and squishy.

-Once wet, soft, use it in circular motions around your face gently. This will promote blodd circulation, remove gently dirt and make up, leaving it soft and clean.

-When done with your konjac friend, rinse it squeeze it between your hands until there’s no water coming out at all. Do not wring out your sponge, it will shorten its life span as the fibers will be destroyed.

-You can also use a small amount of your cleanser directly onto the sponge and use it to cleanse your face, but this may shorten its life span.

 

I bought mine at a big pharmacy in Zurich but you can also find it online.

My verdict

I use it only in the evening without a cleanser with just warm water. My skin feels soft, clean, not tight. The areas of forehead and around the nose that are sensitive due to occasional dermatitis are not irritated at all but soothed. When I apply oil to my face it seems to be absorbed better and go deeper, if I can say that. My Japanese friend called Konjac is here to stay!

 

Let me know if you tried this magic sponge too!

 

PS: In Japanese it is called Konnyaku and you can eat it too! I bought a few months ago konnyaku gel, so you can see it’s so versatile and healthy!

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Konnyaku gel

 

 

 

 

 

-The Curious Mind-

 

Can your mind heal your body? Hypnotherapy, Fertility, Women and Yoga

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Modern Human Being

 

I’d like to start with the definition of Hypnotherapy, which is this: A type of psychological treatment where a person is put into a state of altered consciousness (that is, a trance) and deep relaxation, with the goal of improving a person’s ability to access certain internal experiences, such as memories or emotions.

It is ever so wonderful when we have the ability to heal our body and mind with modalities that allow us to reach to the root issues of certain imbalances. I am referring to the modalities of Hypnotherapy and Yoga this time. Both have as the ultimate goal to help us reach deep relaxation, alter mind patterns that no longer serve us allowing us to heal. Fertility is something that for a lot of women is an issue, as our modern lifestyle robs women off their true essence.

It is a true blessing when women realise their true nature (each one of us is unique with a unique life purpose) and aspire to fulfil their life purpose. For sometime now, practising mindfulness, non-judgment, self-acceptance is a truly wonderful way of taking each day as a special gift and not a struggle to get things done in a selfish, one-sided way. I’ve been researching for some months now the effects of healthy eating, specialised exercising and meditation on fertility. The more relaxed I feel, the better the body feels. That’s a no brainer. However, how many women with any type of fertility issue know that this is the holy trinity for maintaining our female reproductive system at its best? We tend to focus on what is wrong, looking for the best solution which most of the time is concentrating on eating better, or starting exercising or just wondering what’s wrong with us.

It is time that we look at ourselves as a whole and not as a list of problems, health issues, bad experiences, etc. A holistic approach, to my experience allows body and mind to synchronise, remember their core purpose and eventually heal.

For me, Hypnotherapy was the next experiment to achieve deeper mind and body relaxation. But something was missing, until I realised that a combination of meditation and yoga focusing on balancing fertility would be the thing for me. I am so grateful and feel so blessed for having a session with Flavia from mamalovesme.

Her holistic approach to women’s health  is wonderful!  The session started with a short discussion about where I am emotionally and physically at the moment, how I ear, what I need and how I can fulfil my needs. I found Flavia very down to earth, gentle, warm and very knowledgeable in her field. She also explained the importance of mind and body unity. Hearing that I felt like home.

The next thing was to relax body and mind with a guided fertility meditation. A lot of visualisation took place that helped me relax and accept the moment. Now, I could add those visualisations to my daily meditation/hypnotherapy sessions. Flavia also explained that for restoring fertility, gentle exercising or micro movements are very important. I was guided through gentle yoga asanas and breathing that my body needed. During this time, Flavia would add the benefits of some of the asanas, something I found very interesting!

 

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Flavia during our session. Thank you!

Benefits of Fertility Yoga:

  • Restore hormonal imbalances
  • Reduce PMS
  • Relax the body
  • Increase blood flow in the reproductive organs and improve ovulation, overall health in the area
  • Keep the body, tissues, muscles flexible
  • Reduce stress and negative thoughts.

Benefits of Hypnotherapy:

  • Stress buster
  • Release negative mind patters
  • Manage chronic pain
  • Deal with traumatic issues and memories
  • Improve sleep
  • Help with anxiety and depression or mood swings
  • Help with anger or aggressiveness

Taking the time to listen to your body and what it needs is key, can take some time. As a Curious Mind, I felt that Flavia took the time to connect with me, to assist me in achieving optimal mind and body relaxation by creating a wonderful, restorative yoga routine.

I am ever so grateful that my curiosity brings me closer to wonderful, interesting, positive people.

Hypnotherapy is Hypnos= sleep (deep meditative state) and therapy=healing. Our mind can heal our body and that is a fact.

This blog entry is dedicated to all women.

 

-The Curious Mind-

 

 

Expressing Gratefulness

This is a post where I would like to thank you, the Curious Mind readers, followers or anyone who found this blog.

I believe that we are defined by the degree of appreciation or gratefulness we hold for those around us as this allows us to appreciate our true selves.

Thank you, for accompanying me to my blogging journey that still unravels, thank you for reading what my curious minds pushes me to discover, thank you for commenting or interacting with me here. My passion for discovering more, experiencing and experimenting more with things pushing me to meet my true self is bigger, more ardent than ever!

Cheers toYOU

I’d like to ask you to take on a small experiment with me: write three things you are grateful about and see how this makes you happy, satisfied or ….you see for yourself!
If you like share it here with a comment.

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Cheers to You!