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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!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Spring cleaning

March 20, 2016 3 Comments
Hello everyone!
Today is the first day of SPRING and it's officially spring cleaning season!
Spring cleaning is the practice of thoroughly cleaning a house in the springtime.  However, you don’t have to stop with cleaning your house; your skin care regimen needs some spring cleaning too.


1.  Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to clean out old beauty products.  Old products can harbour bacteria and lose their effectiveness.
Check the dates on your products and toss the following:
  • Anything past the expiration date
  • Products that have changed consistency, colour, or smell
  • Mascara tubes older than three months
  • Dry products
  • Old make-up brushes and sponges
  • Anything with an SPF older than one year 
2.  Spring is a good time for deep exfoliation.  Here are three DIY exfoliation recipes that will leave your skin ready for dresses and sandals:
3.  Adjust your skin care routine to reflect the season.
  • Higher temperatures result in oilier skin.  It’s important to use a lighter moisturiser during spring and summer.
  • Use a lighter foundation and lighter, brighter make-up colours.
  • Sunscreen is important all year, but it is essential in the spring and summer. 
I hope you find this helpful.  If you have more beauty tips for transitioning from winter to spring, leave them in the comment section.  

Happy first day of spring!






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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, July 16, 2014

DIY: Nourishing body scrub

July 16, 2014 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share a DIY recipe for a nourishing body scrub.  We all know how important it is to nourish our body, and sometimes we forget about our bodies largest organ; the skin.

This natural body scrub is very nourishing, it contains essential natural ingredients like coconut oil and almond oil to help restore moisture and sea salt to exfoliate dead skin cells.  Also, it smells delicious!  Here's the recipe... 


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 1/2 cup sea salt

Method:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a mason jar, allow to sit for ingredients to amalgamate.  
  2. Apply mixture to your skin and rub in a circular motion.
  3. Rinse with water.
That's all for this quick, easy, money-saving, skin-loving scrub!  

If you love using DIY scrubs, here are the links for another four you might want to try:

If you try out one of these scrubs, leave a comment and let me know your experience. 

Have an awesome day! 





Monday, May 26, 2014

Re-grow over-plucked eyebrows! (part 2)

May 26, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

In this post I will give you more tips on how to grow back your eyebrows.  Read part 1 here!

Exfoliation is a method that can help the growth of eyebrow hair.  You can use a soft toothbrush or a spoolie to scrub and exfoliate the area.  Using the brush in circular motion will help to remove dead skin and will enhance the blood circulation.  Another way to exfoliate is by using an exfoliating scrub.  Try a DIY recipe here!  Apply the scrub in a circular motion and BE GENTLE.  Too much pressure can damage the fine, fragile hair that is already there. 

The row-growing method:

You need to STOP plucking, waxing and threading!  Although this seem like a no-brainer, the messy look that will develop when you leave your brows un-touched for a while is not  flattering.

If you can't stand the idea of letting all your hairs grow out before you shape your eyebrows, try the row-growing method.  Allow hairs closest to the existing brow to grow out and SHAVE the stray hairs with an eyebrow razor.  

eyebrow razor

When the row is finished growing in, start on the next row.  Shaving the hair can enhance the growth of hair, therefore using a brow razor can also stimulate growth.  Try using a brow razor to shave the areas where you want more growth to occur.  Continue growing your brows out a row at a time until they're finished growing back.  This method gives your brows a neater appearance.

Patience is the key to your success.  You cannot expect your eyebrows to  magically grow overnight.  You will have to give it time and wait for the brows to grow back. 

Oh, and check out the related blog posts linked below!  If you have more tips, leave them in the comment section below. 


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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

DIY: Enzyme peel mask

August 06, 2013 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

Here’s another kitchen “pantry” recipe, your very own home made enzyme peel mask.   There are plenty of different recipes, but this one is my personal favourites.
  

Why is exfoliation so important?  Dead skin cells, besides leaving behind a dull complexion, can clog your pores, causing breakouts and blackheads.
Fruit enzymes are the gentlest type of chemical exfoliation.  Enzyme exfoliation removes dead skin cells by biological action rather than physical abrasion. Unlike scrubs, this peel mask is safe to use on fragile capillaries and sensitive skin.

Ingredients (preferably certified organic):
  • 3 tablespoons of ripe papaya
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice


Why is a papaya-honey-lime mask a fantastic choice?  Papaya is naturally high in healing enzymes, which means that it literally “eats” dead skin cells.  Lime is known for its skin brightening properties, the citric acid will aid the papaya in the removal of dead cells, while honey is extremely hydrating and also helps to clear blemishes.  For more information, check out the related posts below! 

Method:
  • It is super simple to make this mask all you have to do it puree everything together and you are good to go.  
  • You can use a blender if you like, but a fork and a little elbow grease should do just fine.
  • Apply the mask evenly over your clean face, massaging with your fingers to increase circulation and to allow the enzymes to penetrate the skin.
  • Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.  
  • Gently pat dry with a soft towel.


If you decide to try this enzyme peel mask, leave a comment and let me know!  

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Honey face
Lemons for clear skin

Monday, February 04, 2013

DIY: Natural anti-wrinkle

February 04, 2013 0 Comments

Hello everyone!
If you are starting to notice fine lines around the eyes (crow’s feet), mouth or forehead, try this natural remedy before splurging on expensive beauty products!

Do you know that grape juice is a natural anti-wrinkle?  Grapes contain natural oils and fruit acids that can help to tighten the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines over time.


How to use:
  • Mash a handful of green grapes to obtain the juice.
  • Use a cotton ball to apply the grape juice to fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Rinse after 20 minutes with warm water and pat your face dry with a towel.
  • For best results, repeat this treatment three times a week.
Grapes contain alpha hydroxy acids that assist the skin in exfoliation.  Removing the dead skin cells from the surface can drastically reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

I hope you find this helpful!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Photo from here.

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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Shaving tips

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Shaving tips

April 11, 2012 2 Comments

Today, women are increasingly opting for epilation and laser hair removal.  However, shaving remains the most popular form of hair removal.
Here are some shaving tips and tricks:
  • Do not shave dry skin.  Shaving is a natural exfoliator and if you shave dry skin, you risk clogging up the razor with dead skin.  This may result in nicks, ingrown hair and razor burns.
  • Only use shaving cream recommended for women, not soap!  Leave the shaving cream on for 3-4 minutes to soften up the hair.  


  • Experiment with razors until you find the perfect one for you.  Look for a razor with lubricated strips, pivoting heads and multiple blades. 
  • Be sure to change razors or cartridges on a regular basis; a dull blade can lead to nicks and irritation.
  • Be sure to exfoliate your skin before shaving.  This gets rid of dead skin cells, allowing a closer shave. There are several ways to exfoliate.
  • Since your leg hairs grow down, start at your ankles and shave up.  For your underarms, shave in every direction since the hair there grows in at different angles.  
  • When finished shaving; rinse, pad dry and apply moisturiser.  
  • Ingrown hairs are caused when the hairs curl back under the skin.  Avoid ingrown hairs by exfoliating daily.  Read this post for more information: Removing and preventing ingrown hair
  • If you have coarse hair, consider waxing or sugaring.  You'll find that in time, hair won't grow back as fast.  Read this post for more information: Sugaring vs. Waxing

Hope you found this post useful!  

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XOXO
Euphrasie85

Photo from here.


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

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Spring skin care tips

April 01, 2012 1 Comments

Hello everyone!

It’s Spring, and as the seasons change, so do our skin care needs.  Temperature variations can take a toll on our skin. 


Here are a few Spring skin care tips:
  • Exfoliate face and body.  Exfoliate from head to toe to slough away dead skin cells and rejuvenate your dull complexion.
  • Switch to a lighter moisturiserThe heavy moisturising cream that you used in the winter months may be too heavy for Spring.  
  • Use a sun screen/sun blockDon’t ignore warnings about protecting our skin; take the time to apply sunscreen.  You’ll benefit from it by having fewer wrinkles, age spots and you’ll avoid the discomfort of sunburns and heat rashes.
  • Pamper your feet and toe nails.  If you can't afford a trip to the salon, you can do your own pedicure at home.  Knees, elbows, heels, and toes can also suffer from a winter in boots.
  • Drink more water.  Carry a bottle of water wherever you go.
  • Snack on berries.  Berries are rich in antioxidants, which help fight free radicals and encourage collagen renewal.

Don't you just love Spring?

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Thursday, February 09, 2012

SOS - Chapped lips!

February 09, 2012 2 Comments
Oh baby it’s cold outside!

Cold weather can be very harsh on the skin, especially on our lips.  Chapped lips are unattractive and sometimes can be painful.

Here are some tips on how to prevent and/or treat chapped lips:

lips

1.  Drink plenty of water.  Your lips dry out because you are dehydrated.  Drink decaffeinated herbal teas if you feel that water is too cold to drink.

2.  Remove dead skin. 

These are methods I use to exfoliate my lips:
  • Toothbrush method: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to exfoliate - be gentle!  You can apply lip balm before rubbing with the toothbrush.  Do not do this every day.
  • Wash-cloth method: Get a washcloth and run it under some warm water.  Make sure it is not too hot, and then squeeze it out to remove excess water.  Rub the washcloth over your lips.  Don't rub them too hard. 

3.  Sleep with the lip balm on your lips overnight.  I keep my favourite lip balm on my bedside table and apply it every night.

4.  Never lick your lips.  Saliva is acidic (to help dissolve food) and therefore dehydrates your lips even more.

5.  Make sure you always carry a lip balm with you.  Remember to re-apply throughout the day.

XOXO
Euphrasie85