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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!


Friday, March 23, 2018

DIY: Acne fighting gel

March 23, 2018 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

I am back again with an amazing DIY recipe for your skin.  You only need two simple ingredients to make your own acne-fighting gel; aloe vera gel and essential oil with antibacterial properties.  

I've been using this concoction on my face for many, many years.  So much so that I had to search this blog because I was sure that I had already told you about it.  As it turns out, I haven't so let's get started...


aloe vera gel and tea tree oil

Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel
  • 6-12 drops of tea tree oil or lavender essential oil
If you don't like the smell of tea tree oil, a lavender essential oil is a good alternative.  The combination of tea tree oil (or lavender) and  Aloe vera gel kills the bacteria that causes acne and has anti-inflammatory properties which soothe the skin.

Method:
  1. In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of Aloe vera gel with 6-12 drops of tea tree oil (or lavender).
  2. Store in an amber glass bottle. 
  3. Use as a spot treatment if you get occasional pimples, or apply it to the whole face daily to prevent acne.

Note: Tea tree oil is a highly concentrated essential oil and it is recommended to use diluted.  So test your level of sensitivity to the oil first.  I use undiluted tea tree oil on my skin regularly, but 12 drops diluted in Aloe vera gel might be a bit much for some.  If you try this DIY I recommend starting with 6 drops and testing it out first.

  • Or you could also take a small amount of Aloe vera gel on your hands and mix just one drop of essential oil, rub your hands to warm up the mixture and apply it to your face.

If you like this DIY then don’t forget to comment below and share it with your friends!

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Saturday, October 08, 2016

DIY: Cranberry face mask

October 08, 2016 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

When you think cranberries, you probably think of cranberry sauce side dishes.  But, what you should be thinking about is skincare!  Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, cranberries are considered a superfood.  Cranberries are also great when applied topically to help ward off wrinkles, reduce redness and prevent signs of skin damage.

To bring the benefits of cranberries to your skin, whip up this easy anti-ageing facial mask.  Here's the recipe...

DIY: Cranberry face mask

Ingredients:

Method:
  1. Blend the cranberries to a pulp. 
  2. Mix in all other ingredients thoroughly. 
  3. Apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes. 
  4. Rinse thoroughly. 

I hope you are enjoying the autumn-inspired DIY beauty recipes I've been posting. 

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, 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.

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Honey face
Can food allergies cause acne?
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Saturday, May 03, 2014

April favourites

May 03, 2014 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

For me last month was all about prepping my skin and my hair for "the big event".  My brother got married on Friday 25th and I was his witness.  :)

Without further ado, here are my April beauty favourites:


Holland & Barrett Aloe Vera Gel Bio Active Skin Treatment + Vitamin E Capsules (100iu)


I usually mix the content of a capsule of vitamin E with a blob of Aloe vera and use instead of my night cream a couple of times a week.  During the month of April, I applied this mixture more often than that.  Both ingredients help to heal and regenerate the skin.  Whenever I use Aloe vera and vitamin E at night, I wake up to glowing, clear, even skin.  I LOVE it!  Both Aloe vera and vitamin E can be used for active acne, acne scars, pigmentation, anti-ageing and dry skin among other skin conditions.

Biafine Topical Emulsion


I use this as a spot treatment on any blemishes I get.  This product also reduces the appearance of acne scars and hyperpigmentation.

Product description:
Biafine is a water-based emulsion formulated for the dressing and management of superficial wounds, minor abrasions, dermal ulcers, donor sites, 1st and 2nd-degree burns, including sunburns, and radiation dermatitis.  Biafine provides an optimum moist environment for the healing process and isolates the wound from harmful germs and other external contamination.

Pure Coconut Oil + Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner


I melt some coconut oil, mix it with my Suave conditioner and distribute it evenly on my hair.  Then I tie my hair in a top knot with a spring hair tie and go to sleep.  The next morning I cleanse my hair as usual.  This treatment leaves my hair so soft, I don't need to apply any leave-in products whenever I use it.  No serum, no leave in conditioner, no anti-frizz cream...NOTHING!  This is huge for me, my hair usually turns into a frizz ball as soon as it dries if I don't use any leave-in products.  This is by far the best overnight hair treatment I ever used. 


What were your April favourites?  Have you used any of my favourites before?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Preventing inner thigh chafing

June 12, 2013 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

One of the more uncomfortable, yet frequent challenge faced by most women in the summertime is the issue of inner thigh chafing.  If you are out and about in skirts, dresses or short shorts, chances are you've suffered from the red rash that can develop on the skin between your thighs.  This happens when the inside of your thighs sweat and then rub together.  
Some women swear by baby powder, which works only for a short while.  Others wear shorts or nylon thighs/pantyhose underneath their dresses.  Wearing more clothes is not the best solution in super hot, humid climate.



A more effective preventative method:
To keep your thighs from chafing when you wear a dress or a skirt, apply an anti-perspirant to the inside of your thighs. You can use roll-ons or sticks. The anti-perspirant keeps your thighs from sweating therefore preventing a nasty rash.  Keep the anti-perspirant in your purse for long days out, you may need to re-apply.  
If you already have inner thigh chafing, I suggest applying aloe vera gel daily.  Allow your skin to heal before trying this preventative method.  Never use antiperspirant on damaged skin (razor burn, rashes or cuts).
If you have more suggestions, leave a comment below!
XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

SOS - Sunburn

August 12, 2012 1 Comments


If you ended up with sunburn, here are some home remedies that can make you a bit more comfortable... 

Water

As the sun burns your skin, it also dehydrates it.  Being well hydrated will help burns heal better. 

Take a bath

Adding a few tablespoons of baking soda to cool bath water makes a sunburn-soothing remedy.  Instead of baking soda, you could also use 1 cup oatmeal.  Avoid using soap, which can irritate and dry out the skin.  If you feel you must use soap, use a mild one.  Definitely skip the washcloth, bath sponge, and loofah.  Afterwards, pat your skin gently with a soft towel.

Moisturise

To prevent dry skin, apply moisturiser immediately after your bath/shower.  For cooling relief of pain and dryness, chill the moisturiser in the refrigerator before using.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera gel will take the sting and redness out of sunburn.

Cool compress

Soak a washcloth in cool water and apply it directly to the burned areas (do not apply ice or an ice pack directly to sunburned skin).

Tea

The tannic acid from tea is soothing for sunburn.  Save used tea bags and apply to burned area (at room temperature) or bathe in a cool bath with several tea bags in the water.

Dairy

Soak in a bath with cool water and a gallon of milk or apply plain yoghurt directly to the sunburn.

Potatoes

Grate a potato and apply it to the burned area.  The starch will cool and soothe the burn.

Cucumbers

Rub sunburned area with fresh cucumber slices.  They are very cool and will soothe the area.

Keep in mind, though, that when you get sunburn, your skin is actually damaged by UV radiation and your body is responding to the damage.  These remedies cannot reverse that damage.


Hope you find this useful.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment.


XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Those dreaded jellyfish stings!

June 10, 2012 1 Comments

Hello everyone!

A jellyfish sting is extremely painful and for some, can be life threatening.  Similar to bee stings, allergic reactions to jellyfish are possible and illness can result from extensive stings.  Seek immediate medical attention if breathing becomes difficult.


Otherwise, there are a few natural remedies that can help to remove nematocysts (stinging cells) and relieve the pain.

On the spot care: 

The healing process starts by neutralising the venom as soon as possible.  This is done by pouring undiluted vinegar over the affected part, and waiting for about 5 to 10 minutes.  Then you should carefully remove the nematocysts which are still embedded in the skin, using tweezers, clothing, towels, seaweed or anything else available.  The venom gets neutralised by the acetic acid present in the vinegar.  This process will only neutralise the venom which has not been injected yet from the stinging cells.

You can also scrape the tentacles off the skin with the help of a card.  NOTE: Do not scrape them off before neutralising the venom, this could cause further stings.  
  • Do not touch tentacles with bare hands.
  • Do not wash with freshwater or put sunscreen lotion on the area.  
  • Do not rub the wound or apply ice to it.

After care:

You can apply Aloe vera gel and tea tree oil to soothe the burning sensation and relieve the pain.

Clearly, the best thing would be to avoid jellyfish tentacles whenever possible.  


Have you ever been stung by a jellyfish?  How did you treat the affected area?  Leave a comment and let me know!  

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Saturday, May 05, 2012

Using an epilator

May 05, 2012 3 Comments

Hello everyone! 

Today I want to talk to you about my favorite hair removal method: using an epilator!

I’ve been using an epilator for eight years now and I love it!  Removing hairs at the root means that hair won’t grow back for weeks.  Plus, constant epilation reduces the amount of hair re-growth!

The coil springs in the epilator grab the hair at the root and pull it out.  It's one of the more affordable ways to remove hair, as you don't have to deal with the expense of shaving or waxing.  In addition, once you get the hang of using an epilator, it takes less time than shaving.

I've been using this model for 8 year!


Does it hurt?

I’m not going to lie, the first time I used it, it HURT and left my skin red and irritate, BUT by the second use the hair was thinner and it didn’t hurt as much!     

Always start epilating the areas where it's less painful.  The lower legs are the least painful area for most women (the underarm and bikini area are the most painful).  For reduced pain, stretch skin with your hand.  By the time you proceed to the more sensitive areas, you'll feel less pain as the pain threshold goes up and the skin gets used to epilation. 

How often you epilate depends on one's hair growth.  Epilating frequently has two benefits: your pain threshold increases and your overall hair growth reduces over time. 


Tips:

Exfoliate a couple times of week use a body scrub, loofah or ayate washcloth.  Always exfoliate both before and after epilation. 

I apply pure aloe vera gel post-epilation to sooth the skin.  Using thick lotions just after epilation could block pores and cause ingrown hair.  Using a skin toner after epilating can also aid in preventing ingrown hair because it helps close the pore.  For more information read Removing and preventing ingrown hair


Depending on your pain threshold and how sensitive your skin is, an epilator can be an excellent choice for removing hair. 

Have you ever used an epilator?  What was your experience?  Leave a comment!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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