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Friday, November 12, 2021

DIY: Anti-ageing serum

November 12, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

I am 36 years old and, I know that you cannot get completely rid of wrinkles, fine lines, and other ageing signs. However, you can slow the process down and make your skin look youthful. In this post, I want to share a homemade anti-ageing serum that will help reduce the signs of ageing


  • 4 tbsp aloe vera gel
  • 3 capsules vitamin E 
  • 2 tbsp rose water
  • 5 drops lavender or rosehip essential oil (optional)
  • 1 tbsp glycerin

The essential oil is optional because some people with sensitive skin avoid using them on their faces.


  1. Place the aloe vera gel in a bowl. 
  2. Add vitamin E capsules. 
  3. Add rose water and mix well. 
  4. Add glycerin and mix again. 
  5. Lastly, add 5 drops of essential oil. 
  6. Store this anti-ageing serum in a clean, airtight container. 

This anti-ageing serum has incredible benefits for your skin as it is made with all-natural ingredients. Keep reading.

anti-ageing serum

About the ingredients:

Aloe vera works as an anti-ageing agent. It has Beta Carotene, Vitamin C and Vitamin E that keep your skin soft and smooth.

Vitamin E has antioxidants that are good for your skin. It keeps your skin healthy and soft. 

Rosewater not only cleans your skin but also hydrates it. 

Glycerin moisturises your skin and keeps dryness at bay.

Lavender and rosehip essential oils help in reducing the appearance of ageing.

When to use:

The best time to use this DIY serum is before you go to bed. Wash your face then, take 2-3 drops of serum and massage it all over your face and neck. 

If you want to slow down the ageing process:

  • avoiding smoking
  • avoiding spending too much time in the sun
  • staying hydrated
  • eating foods that are rich in antioxidants such as; blueberries, raspberries, apples, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, eggplant, and legumes like red kidney beans or black beans

Talk to you soon!

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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!


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!

Monday, June 02, 2014

Vegetable glycerin for glowing skin!

June 02, 2014 1 Comments
Hello everyone!
Today I want to talk to you about the many uses of the DIY glycerin and rose water spray.  I've been using this spray, before and after applying my make-up, as I told you in my DIY recipe.  As soon as I started using it, I immediately noticed that my skin was incredibly smooth and my make-up looked flawless.  
I've been using distilled rose water for quite some time but  vegetable glycerin is a new addition to my skincare routine.  Glycerin has many beauty uses for the skin and hair.  It acts as a humectant, so it attracts water and helps the skin retain moisture.  NOTE: Because of this, it can’t be applied undiluted onto the skin or hair, as it will draw the water out and actually cause dehydration.  To give the hydrating effect we want, it needs to be diluted with water.
I mix 1 part glycerin to 10 parts distilled rose water (see recipe)I used 2 tablespoons of glycerin mixed with 20 tablespoons of rose water to fill the blue bottle.  You can adjust this ratio to whatever you feel comfortable with, but the less water you add, the sticker and thicker it will feel on your skin.

  • This spray has currently replaced my toner.  I use it every day; morning and night, even on days when I'm not wearing make-up.  The glycerin and rose water mixture evens out the skin tone. 
  • This mixture can also be used as a moisturiser.  Just spray on your face and then massage into your skin in a circular motion.  Remember, if you are going out in the sun, you still need to use a product (moisturiser, BB cream, CC cream, foundation...) with at least SPF 15!  During the Spring and Summer months the SPF needs to be even higher.
  • If you have very dry skin you can use more glycerin, leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse it off.  This way the glycerin loaded mixture will act as a hydrating mask!
  • This mixture can also be used as a cleanser for dry skin.  Just apply the spray and wipe your face with a cotton pad.
  • Glycerin also helps to soften rough and dry patches.  It repairs the dry skin and makes it smooth.  Therefore, glycerin can be used on rough skin patches like elbows, knees, etc.
  • Since glycerin softens the skin, this DIY spray is perfect to apply before using a blackhead extractor.  This helps a lot when removing clogged impurities from the skin.

I really love the way my skin feels after I've applied it.  It feels plump and smooth.  I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a mild and simple chemical free product.
If you have more skincare used for glycerin, leave them in the comment section below. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

DIY: Make-up setting spray

April 20, 2014 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

You have probably noticed that most make-up setting sprays can be quite pricey, but this DIY setting spray  is very affordable.  It has only 2 ingredients and it is healthy for your skin.  What more could you ask for? 

You will need:
  • vegetable glycerin
  • rose water
  • small spray/mister bottle


The recipe calls for a 1:10 glycerin to distilled water ratio.  I like to substitute the water with rose water.  Instead of just water, you could also use a mixture of water, rosewater and witch hazel
  1. Measure the glycerin and put it into the spray bottle.
  2. Add the rose water.
  3. Shake to amalgamate the ingredients together.

Spray before you apply any make-up as a primer and again after you have applied your make-up to seal it in place.  Don’t hold the spray bottle too close, you don’t want to get your face wet!  Just a slight mist will do. 

This spray helps set your foundation or powder to achieve a flawless look that will last all day.  It's also great to spray on mid-day to refresh your make-up

Always shake well before use to redistribute the mixture.

Tip: Because this mixture is all natural and preservative free you will need to keep it in the fridge.  It will last about 3 weeks and then you should make a new batch.  

It keeps your make-up set for hours, plus, glycerin will hold moisture in your skin!

You’ll love it!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The beauty benefits of ice

January 13, 2013 0 Comments

Hello everyone!
Have you ever heard about frozen facials?  Rubbing ice cubes on the face is believed to improve circulation as well as ward off wrinkles and premature ageing.  

The beauty benefits of ice:
Frozen facial - You can freeze the juice of your favourite fruits to transform into ice cubes.  You can rub these ice cubes of fruits on your face to get the instant affect of anti-oxidants that gives a radiant complexion.

Prime skin - Before applying make-up, rub ice cubes on your face, focusing on areas with enlarged pores. The cold water will cause pores to reduce in size and minimize their appearance under make-up.  

De-puff eyes - Placing ice cubes on your tired and worn-out eyes can give a soothing and cooling effect to your eyes instantly.  For a stronger effect, freeze cubes of caffeinated black tea, or sliced cucumbers.

Under-eye circles - You can take out the juice of cucumber and mix it with the boiled rose water.  And freeze this mixture to keep on your under-eye circles.  It will help in fading away dark circles.  Rose water should be cooled down before freezing.  Find out more about the Beauty uses of rose water!

Acne - Ice decreases inflammation, reduces redness and can even relieve the pain associated with acne.  
Sunburn - If you had got a bad sunburn, then you can wrap ice cubes in a cloth and rub on the sunburn affected areas.  You will feel an instant relief.  For more information about sunburn, read this: SOSSunburn

Tip: Use ice cubes wrapped in a clean cloth.  Applying ice cubes straight to your skin can cause capillaries under the skin to break.  

I hope you find this helpful! 


Photo from here.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Beauty uses of rose water

September 27, 2012 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

I recently started using rose water as a facial toner and I love it!  As I told you in a previous post, I normally use (undiluted) distilled witch hazel but lately my skin is much more sensitive so I wanted to try a milder toner.  For years, this was the only product that my mother would use on her skin and her skin is gorgeous.

What is rose water?

Rose water is a by-product of the production of rose oil through distillation of pure fresh rose petals.  Did you know that rose water has several beauty uses and benefits?

Beauty uses of rose water:
  • Rose water is a well-known for its natural anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Rose water can help reduce skin inflammation, lines and wrinkles.   
  • Apply rose water to cleansed skin to reduce swollen and inflamed acne.
  • You could also dip a cotton disk in rose water and place it on your eyelids for a soothing feeling that helps cool tired eyes.
  • You can also combine a cup of rose water with ¾ cups of witch hazel and use it as a facial toner.
  • Combine a few drops of rose water with your regular moisturiser.  Rose water maintains the skin's pH balance.  
  • Rose water is also a wonderful leave-in hair conditioner.

I'm not a fan of the rose fragrance that lingers on my face, and I can actually smell it throughout the day, but I love the way my skin feels and looks.  
Rose water can be found in some supermarkets but this commercial type usually contains chemicals and artificial preservatives that are less effective than pure rose water.  Watch this video for instructions on how to make rose water at home. 

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Have you ever used rose water?  Will you make your own rose water at home?  Leave a comment and let me know!
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