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Saturday, March 24, 2018

DIY: Acne fighting mask

March 24, 2018 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Yesterday I posted a recipe for a DIY acne-fighting gel and today I want to share another acne-fighting beauty recipe with you.  For this DIY you will need two key ingredients; a lemon and a tomato.  

DIY: Acne fighting mask

Ingredients:
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp oatmeal (optional)

Lemons are full of AHA’s and BHA’s which remove dead skin cells, fight acne, minimize pores and brighten skin.  Back in November of 2011, I posted an article titled: Lemons for clear skin; in which I wrote about the countless benefits of lemons.  Make sure you read it for more information.  
Tomatoes have cooling and astringent properties.  They’re also rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin A.  Their acidity helps tame excessive oil production too.
Oatmeal helps reduce itching and inflammation and can be used to calm acne, eczema and heal psoriasis.
Method:
  1. Mash the peeled tomato in a bowl. 
  2. Add the lemon juice (and oatmeal) and mix everything together. 
  3. Apply to clean face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. 
  4. Rinse and follow with your favourite toner and moisturiser.

Tip: If you have dry skin add half a teaspoon of coconut oil to this mask.

What’s your favourite vegan DIY beauty recipe?
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Friday, October 20, 2017

DIY: Anti-ageing vegan mask

October 20, 2017 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

A vegan diet contributes towards a youthful appearance and lifestyle and healthy skin are definitely linked.  However, that doesn't mean that vegans don't need to use anti-ageing products.  Today I want to share the recipe for my favourite anti-ageing vegan mask with you.

If you are looking for a really effective mask that delivers immediate results, look no further!



Ingredients:
  • 1 tsp organic quinoa flour
  • 1 bag of white tea
  • 1 tbsp mashed banana
Quinoa contains vitamin A, which smooths out the skin and fade dark spots.  It also contains lysine, a key building block in the synthesis of elastin and collagen.
White tea is packed with antioxidants that will help your skin fight the aging factors.  
The mashed banana will moisturize and hydrate your tired skin, and the B vitamins will protect it against free radicals.  Additionally, bananas also contain vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, and zinc – all these are amazing for ageing skin.

Method:
  1. Mix the contents of a used tea bag with the quinoa flour. 
  2. Add the mashed banana.
  3. Combine the ingredients together and apply the mask to a clean face.
  4. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and use the mixture as a facial scrub before you wash it off.
This mask will instantly make your skin smoother and more radiant.

Do you have a favourite anti-ageing DIY recipe? 


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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. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

DIY: Pumpkin cinnamon body scrub

September 26, 2016 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Autumn is finally here!  I LOVE Autumn - It's my second favourite time of the year (after Christmas). I love the weather, vegan hot chocolate, cosy sweaters, and of course, Halloween. Autumn is also the season of pumpkin everything! Pumpkin is packed with alpha-hydroxy acids that help with cell turnover and rapid exfoliation. This makes it the perfect ingredient for a DIY scrub. Here's the recipe! 

DIY: Pumpkin cinnamon body scrub

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba, almond or olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Method:

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. 
Apply to dry skin - Take a warm bath, towel dry, scrub, and then rinse off.

This scrub is perfect to brighten skin and get rid of any rough areas on the body. If you love pumpkin and cinnamon, check out the similar posts linked below!


What's your favourite time of the year?


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DIY: Pumpkin facial mask
DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment

Monday, September 07, 2015

Cucumber for healthy skin

September 07, 2015 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

You’ve probably seen people relaxing with cucumber slices over their eyes.  Well, this is done because cucumber can help heal various skin problems.  Cucumbers, are full of antioxidants and vitamins, and have properties that soothe and soften the skin.  


For an easy do-it-yourself skin treatment, just reach into your refrigerator and pull out a cucumber.  Cucumbers can be used to:

  1. Fade dark circles
  2. Reduce puffy eyes
  3. Fade freckles
  4. Improve complexion
  5. Treat a sunburn
  6. Tighten open pores
  7. Banish cellulite
Check out the beauty recipes in infographic below!

7 Wonderful Benefits Of Cucumber For Healthy Skin


Eating cucumbers is also associated with a healthy complexion in general. 

If you do try any of these DIY treatments, let me know how they work for you!






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Raw potato skincare?!
The beauty benefits of ice
Natural remedies for dark eye circles
SOS - Sunburn
DIY: Anti-cellulite scrub

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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Saturday, November 09, 2013

DIY: Translucent face powder

November 09, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!
Today's post is a simple recipe for translucent face powder!  Not only is it easy to make, but it also gives your skin a break from all the toxins and chemicals found in commercial face powders!  The ingredients are items that you probably already have in your kitchen.



This powder is very effective at mattifying the skin and setting your make-up and because it’s made with skin-loving ingredients, it will also nourish your skin!  Here’s how you make it:
Ingredients:
  • Arrowroot powder: this powder is made from dehydrated and ground arrowroot, which is known to have skin-smoothing effects.  
  • Corn flour (cornstarch): absorbs excess oil, helping to give your skin a matte finish
  • Cocoa powder: has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which help to firm and renew your skin
All three ingredients can be found at the cooking and baking supply section at the store!

Method:
  1. Combine 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder and 2 teaspoons of corn flour in a bowl.
  2. Add in a little cocoa powder until it reaches a shade similar to your own natural skin tone.  This is a translucent powder, so I suggest you only use between ½ and 2 teaspoons.
  3. Mix thoroughly.
You may keep your powder for up to six months in a sealable container.

really love this DIY loose powder and I'm pretty sure you'll love it too!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Nature's perfect skin care product?

September 11, 2013 6 Comments
Hello everyone!
After a long hiatus, I'm back with another natural DIY beauty recipe.
Watermelon isn't just a sweet summer treat; it makes a great ingredient for a DIY toner too. 
Watermelon can be used both internally and externally for its beauty benefits.  It can benefit both the skin and the whole body with its vitamins and nutrients.  Watermelon can act as an exfoliant and will cleanse and tone your skin as well.  Watermelons could just be nature's perfect skin care product.

Ingredients:
  • ½  cup watermelon
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel 
  • 1 tablespoon distilled water




Method:
  • Blend the watermelon in a food processor or blender (including seeds), until smooth.
  • Pour the watermelon puree in a bowl, add the witch hazel and water, and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into a clean container with a tight-fitting lid. 
  • Before applying the watermelon toner to your face, first test it on your inner arm
  • Pull your hair away from your face, wash and pat dry your face.
  • Soak a cotton ball/pad with the toner and apply to your face.
  • Allow the toner to stay on your face for a few minutes, rinse and moisturise as usual.  
  • The toner should last for about a week stored in your refrigerator.
If you try this DIY toner, leave a comment below.  I would love to know your opinion!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Photo from here.

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

DIY: Dark chocolate facial mask

August 29, 2012 3 Comments

Indulging in a chocolate facial mask is a luxurious experience that can nourish your senses and your skin simultaneously!

Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  It contains Vitamins A, B-complex, D and E, copper, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc (promotes cell growth and repairs tissue).  Cocoa is also a rich source of sulphur (sulfur), a necessary mineral for healthy skin.  All this make dark chocolate an excellent ingredient for a facial mask.


Ingredients:
  • 2 pieces of dark chocolate bar
  • 2/3 cup of coconut milk (also full of antioxidants and is antibacterial in nature)
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt


Method:
  1. Melt the dark chocolate.
  2. Pour the coconut milk into a small bowl and add the sea salt.  Stir until the salt dissolves.
  3. Add the milk and salt to the chocolate and stir thoroughly.  
  4. Allow the mixture to cool to a comfortable temperature (not harden).
  5. Apply the mask to face and neck and allow it to set for about 20 minutes.
  6. Rinse the mask off with lukewarm water.


Tips:
  • Use up to twice a week to keep skin looking young and soft.
  • For best results, always select dark, organic chocolate.
  • Beneficial for all skin types.


What do you think of this mask?  Have you tried it?  Will you try it?

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Related post:
Sea salt and acne

Photo from here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Banana peel skincare?!

August 22, 2012 1 Comments

Bananas are amongst the top five most nutritious fruits.  They contain large amounts of magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, iodine and vitamin A, B, E and F.  Banana peels also contain antioxidants and plenty of potassium.  If you have skin problems such as; acne, psoriasis, warts or poison ivy, this post is for you.



Eat a banana, and save the peel.  Make sure that the peel is yellow/black and not green.  When it has a yellow/black mix it is usually most effective.

Acne
Rub the inside of the banana peel over your acne and it should improve within a few days.  
The inside part of the peel decays into black colour as you rub it on, and you should throw away the banana peel once it is completely black.  You should continue to do this for at least 10 minutes.
Do not wash your face after rubbing.  This is very important.  Leave it on as much as possible.  I recommend applying it at night and washing it off in the morning.
Use it every day.  After one day, you should see some improvements.

Psoriasis
Rub the inside of a banana peel to the affected area and you should notice a difference in your skin within a few days.

Poison ivy
Rub the inside of a banana peel onto the poison ivy area and the itching should stop and the inflammation will go down.  Re-apply as needed.  

Warts
Rub the inside of a banana peel on the wart every night for a week and you will see improvement.

I hope you find this helpful! J

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Friday, March 09, 2012

Raw potato skincare?!

March 09, 2012 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

Did you know that, besides being a tasty side dish, the potato is also an excellent skincare ingredient?

Here is why:

The potato is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  Vitamin C and B complex and minerals like Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Zinc are very beneficial for the skin and can all be found in raw potato.  The enzymes present in the pulp of raw potatoes are also good for the skin.  In addition, raw potato contains acids that have antibacterial properties.

Raw potatoes can be used to:
  •          control and prevent acne; pimples and blackheads
  •          fade scars
  •          soothe  inflammation
  •          treat under eye bags and dark eye circles
  •          reduce swelling
  •          cleanse excess oil
  •          soften and cleanse skin
  •          treat minor skin burns
  •          cure common warts 



There are two main methods of application; 

1.   Pulp mask:
  •      Grate the raw potato pulp and apply to affected area.
  •       Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.
  •       Wash it off.

2.   Juice:
  •          Make a juice using raw potato (without skin).  
  •          Keep the juice in the fridge for about 30 minutes.  
  •          Apply to affected area.


Long-term use of raw potato results in beautiful, smooth skin and even complexion.


Tips:


This DIY mask is ideal for oily skin.  Still, do not use more than twice a week on your face otherwise it can over dry your skin.

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Photo from here.

Monday, January 23, 2012

DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment

January 23, 2012 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share the latest DIY facial mask I’ve been trying out.  It’s the honey and cinnamon mask.

As you may know, honey has countless virtues.  Check this previous post: Honey face, for more information.  Cinnamon, also, contains powerful antioxidants and it has been used for thousands of years as an antiseptic, astringent and antifungal, amongst other uses.  The combination of these two powerful ingredients helps to kill the bacteria that cause pimples.

cinnamon sticks

This mask also helps to fade scars!

Method:
  • Wash your face with a facial cleanser and pat your face dry.  
  • Mix 3 tbsp. of honey with 1 tbsp. of cinnamon and apply a thin layer to the face as a mask and leave on for about 20 minutes.   
  • Or dab a small amount on blemishes and leave on overnight.
  • Rinse with warm water.  
  • Apply toner and moisturiser.

DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment
The cinnamon powder acts as an exfoliant.

DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment

DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment
The mixture will last you for about 4 mask applications.

Tips:
  • Cinnamon can irritate the skin.  I recommend testing this mask on your inner wrist first before using it on your face. 
  •  Do not apply the mask more than once a week.

I love DIY beauty recipes (Click here to see more of them).  Do you have any DIY skin remedies that you love?

XOXO
Euphrasie85