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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Your ultimate guide to healthier skin

April 18, 2020 0 Comments
Hi everyone!

Whether you call them pimples, zits, or blemishes, there are different types of acne that affect teens as well as adults.  Knowing which type you have is essential to help you determine the right treatment. 

When it comes to acne lesions, there are two main types.  There are non-inflammatory and inflammatory lesions.  Blackheads and whiteheads are great examples of non-inflammatory lesions.  Below are the subtypes of acne under these two categories:

  • Blackheads: Open comedones; top of the pore stays open.
  • Whiteheads: Closed comedones protruding from the skin; top of the pore closes up.
  • Papules: Bright red or pink bumps that are tender to the touch.
  • Pustules: Often filled with pus and have yellow or whiteheads on top of a red bump.
  • Nodules: Hard pimples that are deep underneath the skin.
  • Cysts: The largest form of acne that looks like red or white bumps, where the clog is further below the skin than nodules; painful to the touch.

Note: It is possible to get multiple types of acne at once. 

Check out the infographic below to find out more about acne and how to treat it.















Friday, February 24, 2017

Shhh... It's a beauty secret! #02

February 24, 2017 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Remember my "beauty secret" post?  In this post I'm about to share another "secret"; aka the type of thing that people do not understand when you tell them or think you are crazy, but somehow I feel compelled to tell you, my readers, anyway! That's a mouthful!


So, my secret is... Here goes nothing... I use neat (undiluted) organic apple cider vinegar on my face as a sort of all-natural chemical peel!

Here's exactly how I use it:

I cleanse, rinse and towel dry my face and then I apply the undiluted ACV with a cotton ball.  This step is crucial: I only leave the organic apple cider vinegar on for about 2 minutes, then I rinse it off with plenty of cool water.  Do NOT leave it on for more than a couple of minutes or it will burn your skin!  However, it is completely safe to use for one or two minutes two to three times a week



Why I use it:

ACV works better than any other exfoliant I have ever tried and it does not contain any nasty ingredients.  It removes dead cells from the surface of the skin and leaves the skin super soft and glowing.  It also eliminates any blemishes you might have; including pimples, blackheads and pigmentation.  Apple cider vinegar also prevents the formation of acne and blackheads.  And it also eliminates fine lines and wrinkles!  I have been using apple cider vinegar both internally and topically, for years now and I absolutely love it.  I mean, how can you not love this powerful gift from Mother Nature!

Do you think that using neat apple cider vinegar on my face is crazy?  Would you give it a try?  Let me know in the comment section below!

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. 









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

Monday, February 06, 2012

DIY: Deep cleansing pore strips

February 06, 2012 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

A few years back, I used to buy commercially available pore cleansing strips.  I eventually stopped using them because they were very difficult to remove once dry.  Luckily, it’s very easy to make pore cleansing strips at home.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 egg white
  • paper towel/kitchen paper (more resistant than tissue)
  •  a bowl
  • a whisk or fork

egg

Benefits of egg whites for the skin:
Egg whites are a good source of protein, and thus can be used to heal and rebuild the skin.  The protein content in egg whites helps to absorb excess oil in the skin and can also provide a temporary reduction in wrinkles and give the skin a smoother look.  Besides, the enzyme Lysozyme preserves the skin's natural elasticity and tightening pores.

Method:
  • Wash and steam your face to make blackhead extraction easier.
  • Separate the egg white from the yolk and whisk the egg white.


egg white

  • Cut strip/s from a paper towel.

I use 2 strips (1 for my nose and 1 for my chin)

  • Spread the egg white on the area/s you want to apply the strip/s.
  • Apply the strip/s.
  • Using a brush, apply some more egg white on the strip/s.
  • You can apply the remaining egg white to your face and neck, as a facial mask.
  • Make sure to leave the strip/s on until completely dry, and then remove carefully.

This is what the strips look like after use! ;)

Blackheads and impurities will stick to the strip/s, clearing your pores!  Finally, wash your face, tone and moisturise as usual.  

Tell me, have you ever tried DIY cleansing strips?  What's your opinion?

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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.


Tips:

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?

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Lemons for clear skin

November 02, 2011 5 Comments
Hello everyone!

The health benefits of lemons are countless, but did you know that they can be particularly beneficial to oily and/or acne-prone skin?

What makes the lemon one of the best natural skincare ingredients?

The lemon…

  • Is rich in vitamin C ( one of the best skin vitamins) 
  • Is a natural astringent
  • Is a natural skin whitener
  • Stimulates blood circulation

Lemon juice can be used both topically and internally to achieve soft, smooth and clear skin. 

sliced lemon

Topical use:

Lemons can help heal acne and acne scars.  Citric acid contained in lemon juice exfoliates the skin, which is essential to accelerate the healing of acne. It also acts as an astringent and dries the pimples.  Also, being a natural whitener, lemon juice reduces the redness of pimples naturally.
You can dilute the lemon juice with water and use it as a skin toner.  I suggest adding pure lemon juice to a wet cotton ball.  If you have sensitive skin and think that diluted lemon juice would still irritate your skin, mix a few undiluted drops with Aloe vera.   
Lemons are also a great way to get rid of blackheads.  Rub lemon juice over any blackhead you might have, before going to bed, and then wash it off the next morning.  Repeat nightly if necessary.

Internal use:
Drink a glass of warm water with lemon juice and honey first thing in the morning (i.e. on an empty stomach), every day.  This will help to clean your body and clear the skin.

Tips:
Lemons can irritate the skin so avoid using them on broken or sensitive skin, when undiluted.
Do not apply lemon juice to your skin during the day, before sun exposure, as it makes the skin more sensitive to sunlight and can leave brown marks on the skin.

I just love the cleansing benefits of lemons.  How about you? 

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Do you brush your face?!

November 02, 2010 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Lately, the use of facial brushes seems to be gaining popularity.  There are various facial brushes available on the market; ranging from small manual ones, that look like a toothbrush, to larger electric ones with various attachments.



A soft-bristle face brush is used to get a more radiant complexion by gently loosens dead skin cells and impurities while stimulating circulation.  Most brushes are gentle enough for all skin types.  Besides deep cleansing and softening the skin, facial brushing can also help reduces the appearance of acne scars and fine lines.

How to use:

Splash warm water onto the face and neck and apply your cleansing product.  Gently massage into the skin, using the face brush, in small circular movements, then rinse with warm water.  After use, splash your face with cool water and pat dry.  Follow with a toner and moisturiser suitable for your skin type.

If you have whiteheads when using this, make sure to clean your brush with antiseptic soap and water and wash off any residue before use. Be sure to go over those spots really gently.



Tip: 

I also find that this is the quickest and safest way to get rid of blackheads.  Blackheads (impurities that block the pores) will come to the surface while brushing, making it very easy to extract with a blackhead extractor. 

XOXO
Euphrasie85