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Monday, February 13, 2012

DIY: Milk and honey hair mask

February 13, 2012 2 Comments

As I told you in my previous blog post, I'm currently testing out some DIY natural hair masks.  Today I am going to share a recipe for a nourishing hair mask, ideal for restoring damaged hair.  This hair mask is 100% natural!

Ingredients: 

  • 4 tablespoons of pure honey
  • a small cup of fresh milk
  • a small cup of yoghurt/Greek yoghurt


The benefits of milk for your hair:

The proteins and lipids in milk strengthen hair, whereas the calcium promotes hair growth and helps prevent hair loss.  Furthermore, milk contains other nutrients like vitamins A, B6, biotin and potassium, which work to keep hair soft and shiny.


The benefits of honey for your hair:

Honey is an all natural substance that benefits your skin and hair.  It adds moisture to the hair and makes the hair more manageable.  

Method:

  • Mix fresh milk and yoghurt in a bowl.
  • Pour the pure honey into the mixture and blend well.
  • Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes; this allows the ingredients to amalgamate.


How to use:

  • Apply the mixture from roots to tips onto clean, towel-dried hair. 
  • Massage the scalp; this allows your hair to fully absorb all the nutrients.
  • Wrap your hair in a warm towel.
  • Let the hair mask sit in your hair for about 30 minutes. 
  • Rinse the mixture out with warm water.
  • Shampoo and condition as usual.


Remember, the best way to maintain healthy hair is to use natural products as much as possible.  Have you tried any DIY hair masks?

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

DIY: Greek yoghurt, oatmeal and honey facial mask

November 09, 2011 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Greek yoghurt is a nourishing food that provides minerals such as Calcium and Zinc for strong bones, teeth and the immune system.  Besides, as you probably already know, yoghurt is also beneficial when applied topically to the skin. 

Yoghurt has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it ideal for acne-prone skin.  It is also rich in Zinc which, as I told you in previous posts, aids in the healing of acne.  

Yoghurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which helps exfoliate the skin, remove dead skin cells and smoothing out fine lines.  It also helps to smooth rough, dry skin and even skin tone.  This makes it an excellent treatment for age spots and hyperpigmentation.  Yoghurt also helps unclog pores.  

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Here’s an easy recipe for a hydrating and exfoliating DIY Greek yoghurt, oatmeal and honey facial mask:

Ingredients: 
  • 1 tablespoon of plain full-fat Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon ground oatmeal  (exfoliating)
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (also has incredible antibacterial properties)

Method:

Yoghurt can be used alone on the skin or mixed with other ingredients to increase its benefits.  For instance, honey's antibacterial properties soothe any inflammation on the skin and adding oatmeal enhances the mask’s exfoliating effect.  A yoghurt mask also helps tighten pores.
Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl and apply a thick layer to clean the skin.  Rinse after 30 minutes with lukewarm water.  Apply moisturiser.

Greek yoghurt helps with all kinds of skin issues from dry, dull skin to acne and oiliness.  Using a yoghurt mask once or twice a week will keep skin healthy and glowing without having to use products that are full of chemicals and preservatives.  

So, tell me; what are some of your favourite DIY beauty treatments?

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Not just an aspirin facial mask!

May 08, 2011 4 Comments
Hello everyone!

I’m sure that many of you have heard about the aspirin mask and its benefits.  For those who do not know; the aspirin mask is a homemade BHA mask available to each and every one of us, inexpensive and highly efficient. Aspirin is known to help significantly with deep cleaning pores and thus contribute to keeping our skin blemish-free.  Aspirin is efficient on existing blemishes as well, helping them heal.

To make the mask I do not use aspirin tablets, instead, I use effervescent, water-soluble Aspirin C!  I will explain why.

Each tablet of Aspirin C is composed of 400 mg acetylsalicylic acid and 240 mg ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).


Vitamin C, in skincare, is known for decreasing pigmentation and increase collagen production; it is also an antioxidant and can help reduce skin damage caused by free radicals.  It protects skin from UVA and UVB, still, it cannot substitute sunblock/sunscreenThese aspects of vitamin C help to reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture.

This mask is suitable for all skin types, especially normal to oily and combination skin, acne-prone and clogged skin.

How to prepare and use:

Mix 1/2 crushed Aspirin C tablets with a few drops of water, apply on clean dry skin (focus on T-zone).  Keep it on until completely dry (20-30 minutes). Wet your face lightly and use a circular motion to massage gently.  Finally, rinse with plenty of water.  Apply your regular toner and moisturiser.

There are numerous versions of this mask.  You can add strained yoghurt/Greek yoghurt for an astringent effect, Aloe vera or honey.  Another option is to crush aspirin into a mask; a clay mask, a hydrating mask or a soothing mask.

(Obviously, you can use any brand!)

My personal favourite version is with 1 crushed tablet of Aspirin C and a very small amount of Aloe vera gel (no added water).  I find that this way, the application is easier, less messy and does not irritate the skin.  After this mask, your face will feel smooth and clean!


Tips:

You can also make the mask mixed aspirin with a moisturiser, instead of water, as it will be less harsh on the skin.  This is a great alternative to using Aloe vera. 

It is very important not to over-use this mask.  For very oily skin and for severe blemishes, use every two/three days.  Other skin types should use it only once a week or once every two weeks.  If used too often it will over-dry and irritate the skin.

Take care!

XOXO
Euphrasie85