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Friday, July 20, 2012

Baking soda beauty tips!

July 20, 2012 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today’s post is about my favourite multi-purpose product: baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)! 


Here are some of my favourite baking soda beauty tips

Skin care tips:
  • In the palm of your hand, mix some baking soda with your facial cleanser to make a gentle exfoliant (and make-up remover).  Read this post for more information: Scrub you face with sodium bicarbonate!
  • This can also be used for rough skin on elbows and feet.  Make a thick paste with baking soda and water (about 3:1) and scrub away.
  • Baking soda in a warm bath not only softens the skin, it may also help with body acne and eczema.

Hair tips:
  • Mix some baking soda to your shampoo to remove product buildup.
  • Remove product and oil buildup by soaking your combs and brushes in a bowl of warm water with about 3 tablespoons of baking soda.
Nail care:
  • Scrubbing your nails with a nailbrush dipped in baking soda will soften cuticles.
Oral hygiene:
  • Brush your teeth with a past of baking soda and water.  This will clean and polish/whiten your teeth!
  • Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to half a glass of water, and use it to gargle.  Baking soda neutralises the odors in your mouth (bad breath).  Benefits of this mouthwash:
·       inexpensive
·       no harsh chemicals
·       no strong taste
·       alcohol-free


Do you have any other beauty tips that include baking soda?  I’d love to know!
XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Monday, April 02, 2012

Sea salt and acne

April 02, 2012 6 Comments

Recently I re-discovered a natural acne treatment I used years ago, but for some reason I stopped using.  I used to treat my acne with sea salt.  Yes, sea salt.  
Sea salt helps destroy the bacteria that lead to acne while also calming overactive oil production. 


Use sea salt for treating acne because regular table salt can irritate your skin.  Table salt is heavily processed to eliminate minerals and usually contains an additive to prevent clumping.  Sea salt contains beneficial minerals including; zinc, iodine, calcium, sulfur, potassium and magnesium.  These minerals will cleanse and nourish your skin, reduce inflammation, and heal skin tissue.
There are a few different ways to use sea salt.  I do not suggest using sea salt as a toner or scrub because those methods tend to irritate and dry the skin.

These are the methods I use…

Method 1:
Sea salt soak
  • Wash your face.
  • Warm a cup of distilled water. 
  • Add about one tablespoon of sea salt, stirring until it dissolves.
  • Soak a wash-cloth in the salt water solution and squeeze out the excess moisture.
  • Lay the wash-cloth on your face and relax.
  • Keep the wash-cloth applied to the acne for at least five minutes.
  • Rinse your face and apply a moisturiser.

Method 2:
Sea salt steam
Add one or two tablespoons of sea salt to your facial steam (using the bowl and hot water method).  For instructions check out Facial sauna


Tips:
  • Use a fresh solution each time.
  • Treat you face with sea salt twice a weekOveruse of salt water will dry your skin and can lead to more skin problems.  
  • If you suffer from body acne, try adding a cupful of sea salt to you regular bath.  Do not forget to moisturise you skin afterwards.

Of course, if you have access to the sea, go swimming!  If you have any questions, leave a comment or contact me.

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Monday, November 14, 2011

DIY: Bath salts

November 14, 2011 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

In my last post, I wrote about the many benefits of using bath salts.  It is also very easy to make your own bath salts.  Here’s how…

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups Dead Sea salt, regular sea salt, Epsom salt or a blend of these salts.
  • 15-24 drops of your selected essential oil or essential oil blend.

Optional:
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, olive oil or another carrier oil (moisturising)
  • Food colouring
  •  2 tablespoons baking soda
  •  2 tablespoons dry milk
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons finely ground oatmeal
  •  Rose petals
bath salts and candles

Method:
  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix very well with a spoon or fork.
  • To keep your salts from hardening, lay them out in a thin layer to completely dry before placing them in a container.
  •  Store in an air-tight jar.  Salts that are kept in a container that is not air-tight will lose their aroma more quickly.

To use: Add ½ cup of the salts to running bath water.  Mix well to ensure that the salt has dissolved well in the tub before entering.

Also, DIY bath salts in a decorative jar, with a small measuring spoon, make a great inexpensive gift.

XOXO
Euphrasie85 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The many benefits of using bath salts

November 10, 2011 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

A long soak in a hot bath can be very relaxing, right? Of course, but adding bath salts can dramatically improve the experience. Bath salts come in different colours, scents, and textures; from fine to coarse. But relaxation is not the only benefit of bath salts.  

woman taking a bath

Bath salts also offer many other benefits including certain healing properties. For instance, few people know that adding a little salt to your bath water can actually help improve your circulation. Bath salts are great for easing sore muscles and aching feet and legs. Consequently, those that suffer from muscle spasms, arthritis and back pain can all benefit from the use of bath salts.

Bath salts open the pores to purify the skin, cleansing away dirt, sweat, and toxins. They aid in the healing of dry skin, making skin softer and smoother. Salts, such as bath salt, sea salt or Epsom salt, are also good for exfoliation.

Salts can help improve common irritations such as insect bites, minor rashes, and calluses on feet, and more serious skin conditions like athlete's foot, eczema, and psoriasis.  

Salts made with essential oils also have the added benefit of aromatherapy. Bath salts can help you unwind at the end of the day and help you get a good night's sleep.  They are the perfect way to relax, mind and body.

So, what are your favourite bath salt scents? I love sweet scents like; strawberry, vanilla and chocolate. And I also love the classic lavender scent.

XOXO
Euphrasie85