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Sunday, March 05, 2017

DIY: Skin lightening serum

March 05, 2017 7 Comments
Hello everyone!
As many of you may already know, I struggled with acne for years.  I have spent a lot of time looking for ways to clear up my acne.  What eventually helped me clear my skin was a clean, vegan diet and using natural, homemade skincare products.  However, I'm still dealing with acne scars on my face.  
Before I became vegan, I used honey and yogurt (like my DIY: Greek yoghurt, oatmeal and honey facial mask and my DIY: Micro-dermabrasion pasteto help fade acne scars and both ingredients work really well, but now I'm only using plant-based ingredients.  
Today I want to share the all-natural, vegan facial serum I'm currently using.  If you have any form of hyperpigmentation on your skin, you are going to love this DIY!
Ingredients:
  • 1 tbs sweet almond oil 
  • 2 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 4 drops of sandalwood essential oil 

Sweet almond oil is a wonderful carrier oil and it’s been used for ages to lighten and brighten skin.

Lemon essential oil is well-known for its skin-brightening effects.  Lemon juice is also very effective.  

Sandalwood essential oil is a skin lightening, skin brightening oil.  It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.  It is also high in antioxidants that can help reduce damage caused by free radicals, which promote ageing.

Method:
  1. Combine ingredients in a glass bottle (preferably with a dropper).
  2. Gently turn the bottle to allow the oils to mix well.
  3. Use 3-4 drops on damp, clean skin before bedtime.
  4. Optional - Moisturise as usual. 
  5. Use every day for best results.

Notes:
  • Lemon essential oil  increases photosensitivity - you need to protect your skin from the sun while using this serum!
  • This serum will not get rid of indentations or protrusions left behind by acne.  It will only fade the flat red or brown dots left behind by pimples aka post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.


Have a great day!


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Friday, February 24, 2017

Shhh... It's a beauty secret! #02

February 24, 2017 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Remember my "beauty secret" post?  In this post I'm about to share another "secret"; aka the type of thing that people do not understand when you tell them or think you are crazy, but somehow I feel compelled to tell you, my readers, anyway! That's a mouthful!


So, my secret is... Here goes nothing... I use neat (undiluted) organic apple cider vinegar on my face as a sort of all-natural chemical peel!

Here's exactly how I use it:

I cleanse, rinse and towel dry my face and then I apply the undiluted ACV with a cotton ball.  This step is crucial: I only leave the organic apple cider vinegar on for about 2 minutes, then I rinse it off with plenty of cool water.  Do NOT leave it on for more than a couple of minutes or it will burn your skin!  However, it is completely safe to use for one or two minutes two to three times a week



Why I use it:

ACV works better than any other exfoliant I have ever tried and it does not contain any nasty ingredients.  It removes dead cells from the surface of the skin and leaves the skin super soft and glowing.  It also eliminates any blemishes you might have; including pimples, blackheads and pigmentation.  Apple cider vinegar also prevents the formation of acne and blackheads.  And it also eliminates fine lines and wrinkles!  I have been using apple cider vinegar both internally and topically, for years now and I absolutely love it.  I mean, how can you not love this powerful gift from Mother Nature!

Do you think that using neat apple cider vinegar on my face is crazy?  Would you give it a try?  Let me know in the comment section below!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 | My year in review

December 31, 2016 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

It's the end of the year, and you know what that means – it's time to look back at the year that was 2016.  In today's post I want to talk about my 2016.  For me, this was a year characterised by change...    

Twenty-sixteen was the year in which I became a vegan.  I've been on a "mostly vegan" diet all my life.  I've never liked meat, eggs or dairy, but I did occasionally eat chicken breast and egg fried rice.  Also, if you read my blog you know that I did use honey in my DIY beauty recipes.  Now I do not eat or use any animal products.  The reason why I am even mentioning my diet (and lifestyle) on this blog is because my skin has changed significantly since I altered my eating habits.  

My acne went away completely, which is something I was hoping for.  But not only that, my acne scaring is also fading away, which took me complete by surprise.  I was not expecting this at all and I'm not sure how or why it happened but I'm not complaining, in fact I couldn't be happier!  

This is also why I haven't blogged much this year; I did not try out different beauty recipes like I used to, because my skin has not looked this good since childhood.  For the same reason, I haven't been wearing much make-up either.  And since I'm on the subject of not wearing make-up, for some reason this year I stopped wearing nail polish altogether, I don't know when exactly, I sort of grew out of the habit.  Now I keep my fingernails quite short and "naked".     

This was also the year I changed my hair, again.  Back in summer 2016 I cut my hair to collarbone length (as I mentioned in my end of summer favourites) and I loved it so much that I keep trimming it regularly to keep the same length.  I'm obsessed with my lob because it's the easiest haircut I've ever had (and I've had a wide variety of cuts; from pixie to knee length).  It's easier to cleanse, easier to dry, easier to style and easier to manage!  Oh, and it's also easier to
dye at home.  I've also been dying it a few shaded lighter than I used too.  My new colour (6.1) is closer to my natural hair colour.     

I could say much more about this past year, but this post is getting a bit too long and I don't want to bore you, so I'm
going to end it here.

Life has its ups and downs, but I'll try my best to make 2017 an amazing year. 

How was your 2016?  What type of posts would you like to see on this blog in 2017?  Let me know in the comments section below!


May your new year sparkle and shine!



Sunday, November 06, 2016

DIY: Orange zest body scrub

November 06, 2016 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I'm back with another DIY beauty recipe.  There is nothing easier, or cheaper, then making your own DIY scrubs.  I’ve tried quite a few and this orange zest one is my new favourite!

Here's the recipe...



Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1/8 cup sea salt
  • 3 drops orange essential oil
  • Orange zest

Almond oil is light in texture, and can easily penetrate deep into the skin, softening and removing the dirt and debris accumulated in the skin pores.  This prevents blackheads and acne.  The Vitamin A content in the oil may even help reduce acne flare-ups.

Orange essential oil is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory which makes it an ideal ingredient in your skin routine.  However, this oil isn't just for acne-prone skin.  It's been shown to increase the ability to absorb vitamin C, collagen production, and blood flow, all of which are essential for anti-ageing.

Method:
  1. Mix the sugar and salt.
  2. Slowly combine the almond oil.
  3. Add the essential oil and then grate your orange peel over bowl until you feel there is enough zest.
  4. Mix all together and store in container.
  5. Use as needed all over your body.
  6. Rinse and towel dry.

Do you make your own scrubs?  Let me know in the comment section below!

Monday, July 04, 2016

Ten effective acne home remedies and facts

July 04, 2016 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

Let's talk about acne!

Here are some facts. It may not be a serious threat to health, but it is the most common skin disease experienced by men and women.  It can be seen in different parts of the body - mostly in the face, neck, chest, and back.  Common types of acne are whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, papules, nodules and cysts. 


Studies show that acne affects over 50 million Americans.  40% of adolescents and approximately 85% of people between ages 12 and 24 experience at least a minor acne.

There are many factors that cause the formation of acne, which varies from one person to another.  One thing is genetics, wherein if many people in the family are prone to having acne that leads to pimples, a person will also have a greater chance of acquiring it.  Another cause can be hormonal changes including pregnancy and menopause.  Menstruation is also one common factor that triggers acne.  Other causes of acne are emotional stress, medication, food intake and overactive oil glands.


Acne Treatment

To this day, there is still no known way to prevent the development of acne.

However, you can help prevent acne by choosing healthier options of food.  For instance, you should avoid eating lots of dairy products, chocolate and gluten and increase you intake of fish oil, probiotics and green tea.  As we always hear it, “health is wealth”.  With healthier food choices, you can have lower chances of having acne.

Aside from that, there are also many effective home remedies to prevent acne.  With the infographic below, you will discover more ingredients that can help treat your acne and directions to guide you in maximizing the effectiveness of these home remedies.

No more covering and hiding!  Check out this infographic to discover amazing ways to prevent and treat acne in the comfort of your home. 



Via ihomeremedy.net

I hope you found this helpful! 




Tuesday, April 12, 2016

DIY: Micro-dermabrasion paste

April 12, 2016 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

I've been using baking soda to exfoliate my skin for years, in fact, Scrub your face with sodium bicarbonate! was one of my first blog posts back in May 2011!  Today I want to give you a simple DIY recipe for homemade microdermabrasion using baking soda.  Let's get started!

Ingredients:
Method:

Mix baking soda and raw honey in a small container (or you can use coconut oil instead).  Combine to form a paste-like consistency and add one drop of tea tree oil.


DIY: Micro-dermabrasion paste

How to use:
  • Wash your face with warm (not hot) water to open up the pores.
  • Apply the mixture to your face and neck.  Use your fingertips to massage gently but firmly in a circular motion.  Do this for 3 to 5 minutes to remove the layer of dry, dead skin cells and reveal younger, healthier-looking skin.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.  You may notice some redness but this is normal.  
  • Using a cotton ball, apply rose water to your face and then moisturise with a facial serum or your favourite moisturiser.  
  • Repeat once or twice a week for best results.
Note: Since baking soda is alkaline, it may upset your skin’s natural pH.  Using rose water after the treatment will help you restore your skin to its natural pH.  Use a moisturiser with SPF in it if you’re going to spend a lot of time in the sun after you exfoliate your skin.


If you use this DIY  microdermabrasion paste, let me know your thoughts!

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.  





Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Which is the best acne treatment?

January 27, 2016 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

If you suffer from acne, you've probably tried hundreds of treatments (both internal and external). If you have tried everything, and your acne still persists, it can be frustrating. 

woman with acne

However, just because you have tried all the conventional treatments does not mean you have tried every possible remedy. Find out the weirdest treatments in this infographic:

Which is the Best Acne Treatment infographic

I would never, ever try the first three "treatments" mentioned in the infographic. Which treatments would you not be willing to try? What's the weirdest acne treatment you have ever tried?  Leave a comment and let me know!  





Sunday, November 08, 2015

Determining your skin type

November 08, 2015 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Determining your skin type is the first step in knowing how to treat your skin and what products to use.  All you have to do is follow these 4 easy steps:  
  1. Wash Your Face.  Wash with a gentle cleanser and pat dry.  Do not apply any products on.
  2. Wait a few hours.  During this time, your skin should return to its natural state and this will determine your skin type.
  3. Dab your face with blotting paper or a tissue.  Pay attention to the "T-zone" (the part of your face consisting of the forehead, nose, the area around your mouth and the chin).
  4. Determine your skin type.  Skin falls into four types; normal, oily, dry and combination.
  5. Normal skin shows neither oil nor flaking skin.
    Oily skin is characterized by the grease on the tissue.  
    Dry skin may feel tight or show flakes of dead skin.  
    Combination skin is the most common.  It shows traits of all three of the above skin types. 
If you have sensitive skin, your face reacts easily to regular skin products.  This means that it will get red, itchy, or a rash could form.

Always look for products that are formulated for your skin type.


I have combination skin; what's your skin type?  Leave a comment below!







Saturday, October 10, 2015

Cleansing and minimizing the appearance of pores

October 10, 2015 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Let's make one thing clear, pore size is determined mainly by our genes.  Pores may also become larger with age or excessive sun exposure.  However, pores can definitely appear larger and more noticeable when they become clogged with dirt, oil and dead skin cells.  An effective cleansing and exfoliation regimen is essential to keep pores clean and minimizing their appearance.


The most effective approach in minimizing pores is by keeping them clean and clear at all times.  Check out these blog posts to learn more/view additional DIY beauty recipes to help you cleans and minimize your pores. 

The beauty benefits of ice
The holy grail of toners!
DIY: Deep cleansing pore strips
DIY: Enzyme peel mask
Scrub your face with sodium bicarbonate!
Baking soda beauty tips!
Lemons for clear skin
The amazing beauty benefits of honey
Banana peel skincare?!

Also, check out the infographic below: The ultimate steps to cleansing and shrinking your pores.

The Ultimate Guide To Cleansing And Shrinking Your Pores Infographic - An Infographic from uCollect Infographics


I hope you found this helpful.  If you have more tips, share them in the comment section below. 









Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Acne update | DIY: Honey and Aloe vera mask

September 30, 2015 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Recently my acne has been flaring up again, which is very strange considering that I've been on a 100% dairy-free diet for a few months.  
Can food allergies cause acne? ]  I haven't consumed dairy products in years, other than milk chocolate and mozzarella on my pizza, which I now removed from my diet.  

If you want to know more about dairy-free diet, check out  Go Dairy Free and  Got the facts on Milk? (The Milk Documentary)

Anyway, to heal my acne as fast as possible, my go-to DIY is a honey and Aloe vera mask.  This is a really simple face mask recipe; check it out!     

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon organic raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure, cold-pressed organic Aloe vera gel

Method:
  1. Stir the honey and Aloe vera together and apply over your face.  
  2. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Rinse off.  

In my experience, the Aloe vera gel prevents the honey from melting and dripping all over your clothes.  Aloe soothes inflammation and calms your skin, perfect for those with sensitive, irritated skin.  

If you want to know more about using honey in DIY beauty recipes, click here

I love honey and Aloe but when I don't have the time to apply a mask and relax, I reach for my DIY blemish killer that I always keep in my fridge.  What is your go-to emergency acne treatment?  Let me know in the comment section below.

Related posts:
The amazing beauty benefits of honey
Honey face
Can food allergies cause acne?
DIY: Blemish killer stick

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The amazing beauty benefits of honey

July 16, 2015 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Today's post is dedicated to the sweetest skin-loving ingredient, and one of my personal favourites; honey! Honey does not only have numerous health benefits, it has also been used for centuries as a natural beauty product.

Honey is... 
  • Naturally antibacterial, so it's great for acne treatment and prevention.
  • Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down ageing.
  • Extremely moisturising and soothing.



Check out these blog posts to learn more/view additional DIY beauty recipes using honey:
DIY: Milk and honey hair mask
DIY: Yummy facial scrub/mask
DIY: Greek yoghurt, oatmeal and honey facial mask

Tip: Always use pure raw honey.

And for more recipes, check out this infographic by Beauty Secrets Revealed: 12 amazing beauty benefits of honey.

12 Amazing Beauty Benefits Of Honey

From Visually.



Is raw honey part of your beauty regime?  


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Monday, June 22, 2015

Acne awareness month | What type of acne do you have?

June 22, 2015 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

This is my third "Acne Awareness Month" post.  If you want to read the previous two, here are the links:

Today's post is about the different types of acne and how they can be treated.  If you are battling acne, you probably already know that there are different types of acne.

What type of acne do you have?

 Whiteheads or blackheads.  Papules, pustules and nodules.  So why do you need to learn all these names?  Because knowledge is the best weapon.  The infographic below details treatments plans for each type of acne, whether it's mild, moderate or severe.


Via: Effortless Skin
Let me know your thoughts.  If you have any advice or tips to share, please comment below, I’d love to hear from you.