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Saturday, February 23, 2013

The soothing properties of basil

February 23, 2013 0 Comments

Hello everyone!
As you know, I strongly believe in using natural ingredients for DIY hair and skincare recipes.  Today’s post is about  basil; a perfect active ingredient for acne prone skin.
Basil is known for its soothing and toning properties, and can calm down blemishes and irritated skin.

  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Boiling water

 Method 1: Toner
  1. Steep a handful of basil leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10 to 20 minutes.
  2. Remove leaves, cool the basil tea.
  3. Apply toner to your problem areas with a cotton ball.
  4. Keep the toner refrigerated and discard once it becomes cloudy.

 You could also use organic basil tea.

Method 2: Facial steaming
  1. Steam your face over a bowl of hot water combined with a small handful of basil leaves, for about 10 minutes.  
  2. If your skin is very oily, squeeze half a lemon/lime into it.  
  3. Follow up with a face mask or splash cold water/toner on your face, or gently rub an ice cube wrapped in a towel over your face to close the pores.


Treating acne with basil is not for everyone.  The herb may occasionally cause allergic reactions (skin rashes) when applied topically.  Always  patch test  before using basil on your face. 
  • Dab a small amount of "basil tea" on the pulse of your wrist or the crook of your elbow.
  • Leave it unwashed for a period of 24- 48 hours.
  • Watch for signs of an allergic reaction. (redness or rash)


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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Facial sauna

January 17, 2012 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

My favourite gift this Christmas was a facial sauna.  For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s basically a facial steamer you can use at home.

The benefits of facial steaming:

  • Deep skin cleansing.
  • Softens the skin and removes blackheads, dead skin cells and pollution.
  •  Boosts blood circulation, which is essential for the reproduction of new cells.
  • Can reduce acne.
  • Unclogs stuffed sinuses. 

Facial sauna

Facial sauna

You don’t need facial sauna equipment to give yourself a steam facial at home.  Follow these instructions to safely steam your face at home, using a bowl and hot water.

·         Pull your hair away from your face.
·         Wash your face with a mild cleanser, and rinse well.
·         Put 5 cups of distilled water into a large pot and bring to a boil.
·         Transfer the hot water to a large glass bowl.  
·         Place your face over the bowl of steaming hot water.
·         Cover your head with a towel.  If at any point you feel the steam is too hot on your skin, move your face farther away from the water.
·         Stay over the steam for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the steam cools. 
·         Wash your face with the cleanser of your choice, and then rinse with lukewarm water.
·         Final rinse your face with cool water.
·         Pat dry with a clean towel.


Be careful not to burn your face with the steam.  Stay as close to the steam, as it’s comfortable for you.  Remember, steaming should be a relaxing experience, not torture!

I use my facial sauna once or twice a week and I love the way it makes my skin glow!  Facial steaming can be beneficial to all skin types; however, I suggest reducing the frequency of steaming if you have very sensitive or very dry skin.  In that case, try steaming once every two weeks.

So, tell me what are your opinions on facial steaming?