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Monday, January 17, 2022

DIY: Soothing and collagen-producing (vegan) face mask

January 17, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Today I want to share another vegan DIY beauty recipe with you, this time a soothing and collagen-producing face mask. All you need are three simple ingredients you probably already have at home.


Ingredients:


  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ a cup of cooked oats
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon

banana, cooked oats and cinnamon


Here's how it works:


  • Bananas are amongst the top three most nutritious fruits. They contain large amounts of magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, iodine and vitamin A, B, E, and F. Vitamin A in bananas promotes skin-cell turnover.
  • Applying cooked oatmeal to the skin can reduce skin redness and inflammation.
  • Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde (the organic compound that gives cinnamon its flavour and colour), which increases collagen levels. This means that when cinnamon is applied to the skin or ingested, collagen levels will increase.


Method:


  1. Cook the oatmeal.
  2. Mash the ripe banana in a bowl and add to the oatmeal.
  3. Add the cinnamon.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Allow the oatmeal to cool and then apply to the face. 
  6. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. 
  7. Rinse with tepid water.


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Talk to you soon!



Wednesday, January 05, 2022

DIY: Post-holiday detox face mask

January 05, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Now that all the presents have been opened, the delicious food devoured, and the decorations are starting to come down, you probably think you need a detox. What better way to kick off the new year than by taking care of your skin with a DIY detox mask


Let's make one thing clear: strictly speaking, the holidays and comfort food are not toxic! You do not need to "detox" from them! However, a detoxifying face mask is always a good idea!


To make this DIY mask, you will need only four simple ingredients!


Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp crushed ripe blueberries.
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice.
  • 1 tbsp cucumber juice.
  •  2 tbsp baking soda.
cucumbers and blueberries

Blueberries contain antioxidants that protect your body from free radicals.

Lemon juice contains citrus enzymes that brighten the skin.

Cucumber juice has a cooling, soothing, de-puffing and refreshing effect.

Baking soda helps dislodge blackheads; its granules will give you extra exfoliation. 


Method: 

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. 
  2. Apply mask onto your face. 
  3. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. 
  4. Wet your fingers with warm water and gently massage your face.
  5. Gently wash off and pat your face dry. 


This mask will give you a glowing complexion! Try it and let me know your thoughts.




Monday, January 03, 2022

Ten (10) essential oil blends for better sleep 💤

January 03, 2022 0 Comments

 Hello everyone!


Are you struggling with getting the sleep you need every night? Like many people, I also have suffered from insomnia.


In this post, I'm sharing a list of essential oil diffuser blends that will have you relaxed and drifting off to sleep in no time at all! These blends will help relax your mind and body, and you will drift right off to sleep and stay asleep through the night!


Blend #1
  • 5 drops Lavender 
  • 3 drops Cedarwood

Blend #2
  • 2 drops Patchouli 
  • 2 drops Lavender 
  • 2 drops Frankincense 
  • 2 drops Bergamot


Blend #3

  • 3 drops Orange 
  • 2 drops Lavender 
  • 3 drops Chamomile


Blend #4

  • 3 drops Cedarwood 
  • 3 drops Marjoram 
  • 2 drops Lavender


Blend #5

  • 4 drops Lemon 
  • 3 drops Orange 
  • 1 drop Cedarwood
essential oil diffuser

Blend #6

  • 5 drops Sweet Orange 
  • 3 drops Frankincense


Blend #7

  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang 
  • 3 drops Lavender 
  • 1 drop Cedarwood 
  • 2 drops Sweet Marjoram


Blend #8

  • 1 drop Cedarwood 
  • 2 drops Chamomile 
  • 2 drops Lavender 
  • 2 drops Vetiver 
  • 1 drop Bergamont


Blend #9

  • 4 drops Patchouli 
  • 2 drops Vetiver 
  • 2 drops Orange


Blend #10

  • 5 drops Frankincense 
  • 3 drops Vetiver


Diffuse 15-20 minutes before you go to sleep and, these scents will have you dozing off in no time.

 


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Friday, November 19, 2021

Four (4) DIY vegan scalp scrubs

November 19, 2021 0 Comments

 Hello everyone!


Many of us regularly use face and body scrubs to remove dead skin cells. However, we may be neglecting a part of our body that needs exfoliation just as much. The scalp is no different than the skin on the rest of our body. Our scalp can benefit from a little extra TLC as well!


Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp! Daily use of hair products can cause build-up. In addition to typical dead skin cells accumulating on the scalp. This can result in clogged hair follicles, dull, greasy hair, and slower hair growth. To return the scalp to a healthy state, you need to free hair follicles from what’s building up at the roots. A scalp scrub might be the best solution. 


If you’re looking for natural DIY scalp scrubs, here are four (4) easy DIY vegan recipes that can cure and prevent dry, flaky scalp, improve scalp health and overall hair health. 


sugar scrub

Ingredients:


DIY vegan scalp scrub #1
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of vegan shampoo
  • a few drops of lavender essential oil 

DIY vegan scalp scrub #2
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt (ideal for oily scalp)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

DIY vegan scalp scrub #3
  • 1 tablespoon of vegan conditioner or coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of sea salt (for oily scalp) or raw sugar 

DIY vegan scalp scrub #4
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of raw sugar
  • a few drops of tea tree essential oil 


Because of its high level of acidity, apple cider vinegar can help balance the scalp’s pH. This is especially helpful if you need to clarify your scalp of hard water build-up.


Method:

  1. Choose one of the DIY recipes.
  2. Mix all of these ingredients together.
  3. Gently massage the scrub into your scalp. 
  4. Leave it on for about 5 minutes. 
  5. Rinse it out with warm water.
  6. Shampoo and condition.


By massaging a scrub into your scalp, you’ll stimulate blood circulation, remove stubborn oil and build-up, and deliver oxygen to your scalp. In turn, this encourages hair growth. Give it a try! 




Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Canine beauty routine | DIY tips for grooming your dog at home

November 17, 2021 0 Comments

 Hello everyone!


All dog guardians know that our pups need a beauty routine too. Dogs are more than just man’s best friend; these furry companions are members of our family. And what proud pet guardian wouldn’t want their family to look their best?  Grooming consists of several tasks. Rascal (my Maltipoo) needs regular grooming! I brush his coat daily, and at least two or three times a week, I need to clean his teeth and remove tear stains. He hates having his face touched, so this is a nightmare every time! Then, once a month, I bathe him, trim his nails, clean his ears and give him a haircut! Keep reading to see Rascal's before and after pictures...


Here are ten (10) tips to help with at-home grooming:


dog resting its head on a pillow

  1. Stay calm and give treats. Start with short sessions and reward your pet with praise or high-value treats. 
  2. Brush your pet regularly. Just a few minutes of brushing helps remove dirt, excess hair, tangles and mats while distributing oils that help keep the skin and coat healthy. Use a dog hair detangler, if needed.
  3. Bathe regularly. You should bathe your dog about once a month unless it seems smelly or dirty.
  4. Do not skip the conditioner. If your dog has long hair, then a dog conditioner is a must. Long coats can quickly become tangled and prone to matting, so conditioning will make brushing easier.
  5. Remove tear stains. White dogs are more likely to have visible tear staining on their faces because the pigments in their tears can easily dye light-coloured fur. Also, dogs with long hair on their faces may be more prone to excessive tearing. I use a cotton disc to wipe Rascal's tear stains with Optrex Eye Wash. I tried tear stain remover wipes and pads but found that Optex is just as effective and less expensive. And it's perfectly safe to use on your dog.
  6. Trim nails regularly. Regular walks on cement roads and sidewalks can help wear down your dog’s nails. However, when you can hear your dog’s nail clicking on the floor, it’s time for a trim. Start by handling each paw and rewarding your pet with treats or praise when they remain calm. Then begin to touch the paw with the nail trimmer and follow with a reward. Work your way up to trimming a single nail. Then gradually trim more nails as your pet allows. 
  7. Use a scratch board. A scratch board is like a giant nail file for your dog! It's a flat board with sandpaper glued to it. Most dogs are comfortable dragging their nails across 30-40 grit sandpaper, which files down nails fast. This can be an alternative for dogs who are afraid of nail clippers!
  8. Avoid the quick. You’ll want to avoid cutting the quick, it includes a blood vessel and nerve and is easier to see on light dog nails. If your pet has dark nails, trim the very tip of each nail and continue making small cuts until you see a black dot in the centre of the nail. If your dog is using a scratch board, keep the sessions short to keep the dog from accidentally quicking his nails.
  9. Use ear hair powder. Shih Tzus, Poodles, Maltipoos and Bichon Frises are just some of the breeds that grow thicker hair inside their ears. Unfortunately, hair growing inside the ear can impede the flow of air that is needed to keep the ear passages dry. It can also trap excess ear wax, dirt, and debris. All of these can increase your dog’s risk of infection. Dog ear powder is used to make the removal of excess hair easier, by making the hair inside a dog's ear easier to grip. It can also help control ear odour and keep ears dry, helping to prevent infection.
  10. Do not neglect oral hygiene.  Not all dogs will accept a toothbrush in their mouth. Rascal hates his dog toothbrush and toothpaste, he runs away as soon as he sees them. As an alternative to brushing, rubbing coconut oil on your dog’s teeth and gums can assist with reducing plaque-causing bacteria. I use a finger toothbrush for dogs to massage the coconut oil on Rascal's teeth. Do not use human toothpaste!

This is a photo of Rascal before grooming!


And this is a photo of Rascal after grooming! He looks like a different dog!





Do you have a furry companion as well? Leave a comment with your pets' names below!

Talk to you soon!