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Thursday, June 11, 2020

The best 10 DIY vegan acne treatments

June 11, 2020 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

This blog is turning 10 in a few months and that means that I have been sharing DIY acne recipes with you, my readers, for almost a decade.  I have been vegan for the last five years and yes, you can still find non-vegan DIY beauty recipes on this blog.  These are namely recipes that include ingredients like yoghurt and honey.  Since June is Acne Awareness Month,  today's post is a roundup of my best ten DIY vegan acne treatments.  This way you can find them all in one handy post.  If you want me to make a roundup post on non-vegan recipes, leave a comment and let me know.

Amongst my top 10, I included; a cleansing method, a toner, two face masks, a scrub, two facial serums, and a spot treatment.  All DIYs are very easy to make, they require very few, simple ingredients and the method is easy to follow.

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Below are the links for the 10 blog posts.  I also included the key ingredients (not the full list of ingredients) of each recipe or treatment for your convenience.  Visit the linked DIY for the full list and the step by step method.   In each DIY I post, I explain the properties and benefits of each ingredient and why it is used in a specific recipe.


Key ingredients: lemon and tomato

Key ingredient: I think you can guess this one!

Key ingredients: lemon essential oil and sandalwood essential oil 

Key ingredients: aloe vera gel and tea tree oil or lavender essential oil

Key ingredient: extra virgin olive oil

Key ingredients: baking soda and raw honey or coconut oil for a vegan version

Key ingredients: banana, baking soda and ground turmeric

Key ingredients: aloe vera, castor oil and vegetable glycerin

Key ingredients: coconut oil and tea tree oil

10.  DIY toner?!
Key ingredients: apple cider vinegar and green tea


You can find many more recipes and tips to help you fight acne on Cosette's Beauty Pantry; you can either use the "Search This Blog" button or click the "DIY & Natural Beauty" and "Acne" sections for more posts. 


If you suffer from acne I suggest you read my previous articles about Acne Awareness Month:



If you found this post helpful let me know.  I can write similar posts on various topics in the future if you like!


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

DIY: All-natural facial serum

March 30, 2016 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

It's been a while since my last DIY beauty recipe, so today I want to share with you the recipe for my favourite all-natural facial serum.  


For those who don't know what facial serums are;  facial serums are lightweight moisturisers that contain a concentrated amount of nourishing ingredients.  So let's get started!  This is a very simple DIY, all you need are four ingredients.  Here's my recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp Aloe vera gel - Soothes skin from irritation and inflammation.
  • 2 tbsp castor oil - Great skin moisturiser, delays the signs of ageing and reduces acne.
  • 2 tbsp vegetable glycerin - Keeps skin young and hydrated.
  • 2/4 drops of tea tree oil - Treats and prevents acne.




Method:

In a small glass pump bottle, combine all the ingredients.  Mix well until the ingredients are well amalgamated. 

How to use:

Cleanse your face as usual, then apply two or three pumps of serum in place of your moisturiser.  I use it every night instead of my night cream and I love how my skin looks and feels in the morning


This serum works really well with my sensitive, acne-prone skin.  Because of its ingredients, it is also great for ageing and dry skin.  In other words, this all-natural serum can be beneficial to all skin types

Are facial serums part of your beauty routine?  Let me know in the comment section below and if you make this DIY recipe, I'd love to hear your thoughts.  





Sunday, June 16, 2013

A natural way to cleanse and heal your face

June 16, 2013 2 Comments
Hello everyone!
Most cleansers contain chemicals that can be harsh especially on sensitive skin.  They strip away moisture from the skin making it dry or flaky.  If you have oily skin and use harsh cleansers, it will cause the oil glands to produce more sebum, making your face oilier. 
Did you know that oil can be used for facial cleansing?  Oil cleansing can be used on all skin types and it is very beneficial to oily/acne prone skin.  It may sound strange to use oil on oily skin but in reality oil reduces sebum (oil) production and balances moisture.  If you’re suffering from acne, this method can work wonders for your skin.  The oil cleansing method can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne.  It also leaves your skin healthy, balanced and moisturised.
So what oil/s should you use?
Some people use a mixture of oil is used like; castor oil, olive oil, grape seed oil or coconut oil. Personally I like to use extra virgin olive oil.  

Olive oil has a very similar PH to human skin, and is very nourishing with high antioxidant content.  It moisturises, nourishes, and heals the skin.  It dissolves the oil on your skin, pulling out impurities that build up in your pores.  The quality of the olive oil that you use is a very important factor.  You need to use a high quality extra virgin olive oil.
How to use:
  • Rub about a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil into your face, in circular motion.  Take particular care anywhere you have blackheads.  Massage the olive oil in for around 1-2 minutes.
  • Wet a clean face cloth with hot water, as hot as you can stand.  Press the face cloth to your face and hold it there for a minute or so.
  • Wipe the excess oil with the wet face cloth.
  • Rinse your face with cold water.
  • Pat your face dry. 
  • You do not need to apply a moisturiser.
What are “blackhead” and “whiteheads” exactly and why does the oil cleansing method work?

From Wikipedia:
A comedo is a clogged hair follicle (pore) in the skin.  It is caused by the hormone androgen increasing sebum (oil) production.  The excess oil glues bits of shedded keratin (skin debris) together, blocking the pore. 
A comedo may be open to the air ("blackhead") or closed by skin ("whitehead").  

The oil you massage on your face loosens and dissolves the hardened sebum blocking your pores!
Since I started using the method, my skin is glowing, it's blackhead-free, it's plumper than before and  my acne scars are slowly fading away! J  If you want healthier skin and a flawless complexion, I suggest you start cleansing your face with extra virgin olive oil ASAP!

Have you used this cleansing method before?  Leave a comment and let me know!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Smooth as a baby’s bottom!

September 27, 2011 5 Comments
A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon a skincare forum and a few users were talking about using diaper rash cream on their faces.  They were raving about the amazing effect it had on the skin.  Some of them also claimed that this cream heals acne and prevents breakouts.

I was a little sceptical, to tell you the truth, so I decided to do a little research.  If it’s safe to use on babies skin, it is probably safe to use on your face, right?  As it turns out, the active ingredient in diaper rash cream is Zinc oxide!  (A few weeks ago I wrote about the benefits of Zinc oxide, in an earlier post.) 
So, I decided to give it a try.  I went to the nearest pharmacy and I chose a Zinc and Castor oil ointment. 
Zinc and Castor oil ointment


Castor oil provides a soothing and moisturising effect on the skin.  Its antioxidant properties help to cleanse the skin and remove toxins.  When used regularly, Castor oil helps flush out oil glands and may help alleviate adult acne.
I use this cream in the evening for a couple of hours before bedtime.  I apply a thick layer of cream on my cheeks and chin, where I tend to breakout.  From my experience, diaper rash cream really helps acne to heal faster, and it also leaves the skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom!  But when it comes to preventing breakouts, I am not so sure. 
This ointment can be used by people of every skin type. 

Zinc and Castor oil ointment
As you can see, the ointment is quite thick! 

Tips:

If you do not have acne-prone skin, I suggest using it once a week as a skin-smoothing/softening facial mask. 

For those with acne-prone skin, I recommend using it on active acne to help it heal faster.  Leave it on as long as you can. 

If the cream comes in a pot, like the one shown in the pictures, do not put your fingers in it.   Always use a cotton swab, to avoid contamination!

I do not suggest using it as an overnight treatment, as the cream will rub off on your pillowcases.

Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!

XOXO
Euphrasie85