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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

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Honey face

November 15, 2011 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

It is renowned that honey has strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and it has been used as a treatment for wounds and other skin problems for thousands of years.
In fact, honey is one of the most common home remedies for acne and acne scars.  It's cheap and 100% natural.  It's also incredibly easy to use.  
Honey is very moisturising.  This makes the honey mask ideal for people with dry skin.  If you have oily or combination skin, you can add a few drops of lemon juice to your honey mask.  Lemon juice is also good for treating acne scars, (read Lemons for clear skin for more information) but unlike honey, it may dry your skin.  
A teaspoon of honey is enough to cover your entire face.  Apply a thin layer and keep the honey mask on for at least 30 minutes.  If you are patient enough, leave it on for one hour, for optimum results.  The mask will not harden or dry.  Wash the mask off with lukewarm water.  Pad your face dry with a towel and apply your moisturiser.

honey
Tips:
  •  Avoid applying a thick layer to your face because the warmth of your skin will melt the honey-making it drip all over your clothes.  
  • You can also use a drop of honey as a spot treatment on a pimple or acne scar.

Honey is a very popular ingredient, used in various DIY beauty recipes.  When used alone as a facial mask, honey makes the perfect natural, homemade mask to use on days when you feel lazy and do not want to mix ingredients to make other homemade masks.  
Honey will leave your skin looking healthy and radiant!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Friday, October 28, 2011

DIY: Pumpkin facial mask

October 28, 2011 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Did you know that pumpkins are not just used for jack-o-lanterns and Thanksgiving pies?
Pumpkin makes an excellent facial mask ingredient, for all skin types; it’s incredibly rich in vital antioxidants and vitamins.  Pumpkin is high in vitamin A, vitamin C and Zinc.

pumpkins on hay

So, here is a simple recipe for a nourishing, pumpkin facial mask:

Ingredients:
  •  ¼ cup of cooked or canned pumpkin 
  •   ½  teaspoons honey (moisturises the skin and provides antiseptic properties)
  •   ¼  teaspoons milk (moisturises and exfoliates)

Optional:
  • For very dry skin: Add ¼ teaspoon heavy whipping cream (moisturises and exfoliates).
  • For oily skin: Add a ¼ teaspoon of apple cider (astringent and regulates pH) or cranberry juice (high in antioxidants).

Method:
  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and use a hand blender to get the right consistency (purée)
  • Apply liberally to face and neck
  •  Leave for 15 – 20 minutes
  •  Rinse off with warm water
  •  Apply moisturiser


This pumpkin mask will gently exfoliate, nourish and moisturise your skin.

Tip:

I suggest using a headband to keep your hair off your face while using a facial mask.


Happy Halloween!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Smooth as a baby’s bottom!

September 27, 2011 5 Comments
A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon a skincare forum and a few users were talking about using diaper rash cream on their faces.  They were raving about the amazing effect it had on the skin.  Some of them also claimed that this cream heals acne and prevents breakouts.

I was a little sceptical, to tell you the truth, so I decided to do a little research.  If it’s safe to use on babies skin, it is probably safe to use on your face, right?  As it turns out, the active ingredient in diaper rash cream is Zinc oxide!  (A few weeks ago I wrote about the benefits of Zinc oxide, in an earlier post.) 
So, I decided to give it a try.  I went to the nearest pharmacy and I chose a Zinc and Castor oil ointment. 
Zinc and Castor oil ointment


Castor oil provides a soothing and moisturising effect on the skin.  Its antioxidant properties help to cleanse the skin and remove toxins.  When used regularly, Castor oil helps flush out oil glands and may help alleviate adult acne.
I use this cream in the evening for a couple of hours before bedtime.  I apply a thick layer of cream on my cheeks and chin, where I tend to breakout.  From my experience, diaper rash cream really helps acne to heal faster, and it also leaves the skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom!  But when it comes to preventing breakouts, I am not so sure. 
This ointment can be used by people of every skin type. 

Zinc and Castor oil ointment
As you can see, the ointment is quite thick! 

Tips:

If you do not have acne-prone skin, I suggest using it once a week as a skin-smoothing/softening facial mask. 

For those with acne-prone skin, I recommend using it on active acne to help it heal faster.  Leave it on as long as you can. 

If the cream comes in a pot, like the one shown in the pictures, do not put your fingers in it.   Always use a cotton swab, to avoid contamination!

I do not suggest using it as an overnight treatment, as the cream will rub off on your pillowcases.

Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!

XOXO
Euphrasie85         

Friday, September 23, 2011

Does your skin need some extra TLC after summer?

September 23, 2011 0 Comments
Autumn/Fall is already here and it’s time to pamper your skin after summer. During fall, the skin needs extra nourishment and protection.  Summer’s blazing sun, hot dry heat and forgetting to apply and re-apply sunscreen can damage and dry the skin.  As the seasons change, so do the needs of your skin.  

autumn leaves

Your skin tends to retain less moisture because of the cooler, drier air.  During this time of the year, many people experience various skin issues including; dryness, fine lines, dull skin tone, sun and/or age spots, flaking and irritation.  Follow a few guidelines and you could have problem-free skin all year round.


Exfoliation: 

Post-summer skin looks dehydrated and dull, so exfoliation is extremely important as it gets rid of the dead damaged cells.  This step will prepare the skin to absorb more moisture and nutrition.  You could do this at home using a scrub/exfoliant, or using an at-home peeling or you could have a professional peeling done.



Moisturising:

Moisturise at least twice daily after cleansing.  Drier skin types should choose a thicker cream-based moisturiser meant for dry skin.  Along with your face, you also need to take care of your body.  Always apply moisturiser onto your damp skin, after bathing.  Remember that even oily skin needs a good moisturiser.



Intensive Skin Treatments: 

Use serums and facial masks.  Choose a replenishing mask or a hydrating mask.   Prior to using masks, you need to exfoliate your skin (do not exfoliate more than twice a week) and prepare it for treatment.



Sun Protection: 

Although the autumn sun is not as strong as it was in summer, it is still essential to use your sunscreen regularly.  A sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 is required even during the colder seasons.


Tips:

The skin tends to be dehydrated so, drink lots of water. 

Do not use toners containing alcohol as they over-dry the skin.

Healthy lifestyle = healthier skin.  Remember, we are what we eat!  Eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals, do not smoke and drink alcohol!


Don't forget to check out My favourite make-up trends for this season!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Scrub your face with sodium bicarbonate!

May 17, 2011 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is one of the most versatile, money-saving products found in the average household.  It literally has hundreds of uses. But what about baking soda as a skincare product?  It exfoliates the skin and, possibly, even reduces acne.


Baking soda makes an excellent exfoliant.  Why?  Because baking soda is coarse, but not too coarse.   It's the perfect consistency for removing dead skin cells.  If applied correctly, it can also be used on sensitive skin.

How to use:

Mix a teaspoon of the powder to your facial cleanser and add a few drops of water to create a paste.  Massage gently into the skin, like you would with any other exfoliant.  Remember to always moisturise afterwards because this treatment strips the skin's natural oils!  For best results use this two times a week.




The same exfoliant can also be used as an acne treatment!

Baking soda deeply cleanses the pores, helps blemishes heal faster and also reduces redness.  To use as an acne treatment, leave the scrub on your face for a couple of minutes, then rinse clean with lukewarm water.  Use a clean towel to pat your face dry.  Tone and moisturise as usual.

Tips:

If you notice that your skin is red or irritated afterwards, it means that the scrub was too abrasive for your skin; try putting in less baking soda or more water to the mixture.

I mix the baking soda, cleanser and water directly on the palm of my hand; it saves time and it’s less messy!

I would like to know what you think about this scrub!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Not just an aspirin facial mask!

May 08, 2011 4 Comments
Hello everyone!

I’m sure that many of you have heard about the aspirin mask and its benefits.  For those who do not know; the aspirin mask is a homemade BHA mask available to each and every one of us, inexpensive and highly efficient. Aspirin is known to help significantly with deep cleaning pores and thus contribute to keeping our skin blemish-free.  Aspirin is efficient on existing blemishes as well, helping them heal.

To make the mask I do not use aspirin tablets, instead, I use effervescent, water-soluble Aspirin C!  I will explain why.

Each tablet of Aspirin C is composed of 400 mg acetylsalicylic acid and 240 mg ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).


Vitamin C, in skincare, is known for decreasing pigmentation and increase collagen production; it is also an antioxidant and can help reduce skin damage caused by free radicals.  It protects skin from UVA and UVB, still, it cannot substitute sunblock/sunscreenThese aspects of vitamin C help to reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture.

This mask is suitable for all skin types, especially normal to oily and combination skin, acne-prone and clogged skin.

How to prepare and use:

Mix 1/2 crushed Aspirin C tablets with a few drops of water, apply on clean dry skin (focus on T-zone).  Keep it on until completely dry (20-30 minutes). Wet your face lightly and use a circular motion to massage gently.  Finally, rinse with plenty of water.  Apply your regular toner and moisturiser.

There are numerous versions of this mask.  You can add strained yoghurt/Greek yoghurt for an astringent effect, Aloe vera or honey.  Another option is to crush aspirin into a mask; a clay mask, a hydrating mask or a soothing mask.

(Obviously, you can use any brand!)

My personal favourite version is with 1 crushed tablet of Aspirin C and a very small amount of Aloe vera gel (no added water).  I find that this way, the application is easier, less messy and does not irritate the skin.  After this mask, your face will feel smooth and clean!


Tips:

You can also make the mask mixed aspirin with a moisturiser, instead of water, as it will be less harsh on the skin.  This is a great alternative to using Aloe vera. 

It is very important not to over-use this mask.  For very oily skin and for severe blemishes, use every two/three days.  Other skin types should use it only once a week or once every two weeks.  If used too often it will over-dry and irritate the skin.

Take care!

XOXO
Euphrasie85