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Sunday, March 05, 2017

DIY: Skin lightening serum

March 05, 2017 7 Comments
Hello everyone!
As many of you may already know, I struggled with acne for years.  I have spent a lot of time looking for ways to clear up my acne.  What eventually helped me clear my skin was a clean, vegan diet and using natural, homemade skincare products.  However, I'm still dealing with acne scars on my face.  
Before I became vegan, I used honey and yogurt (like my DIY: Greek yoghurt, oatmeal and honey facial mask and my DIY: Micro-dermabrasion pasteto help fade acne scars and both ingredients work really well, but now I'm only using plant-based ingredients.  
Today I want to share the all-natural, vegan facial serum I'm currently using.  If you have any form of hyperpigmentation on your skin, you are going to love this DIY!
Ingredients:
  • 1 tbs sweet almond oil 
  • 2 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 4 drops of sandalwood essential oil 

Sweet almond oil is a wonderful carrier oil and it’s been used for ages to lighten and brighten skin.

Lemon essential oil is well-known for its skin-brightening effects.  Lemon juice is also very effective.  

Sandalwood essential oil is a skin lightening, skin brightening oil.  It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.  It is also high in antioxidants that can help reduce damage caused by free radicals, which promote ageing.

Method:
  1. Combine ingredients in a glass bottle (preferably with a dropper).
  2. Gently turn the bottle to allow the oils to mix well.
  3. Use 3-4 drops on damp, clean skin before bedtime.
  4. Optional - Moisturise as usual. 
  5. Use every day for best results.

Notes:
  • Lemon essential oil  increases photosensitivity - you need to protect your skin from the sun while using this serum!
  • This serum will not get rid of indentations or protrusions left behind by acne.  It will only fade the flat red or brown dots left behind by pimples aka post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.


Have a great day!


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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Acne update | DIY: Honey and Aloe vera mask

September 30, 2015 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Recently my acne has been flaring up again, which is very strange considering that I've been on a 100% dairy-free diet for a few months.  
Can food allergies cause acne? ]  I haven't consumed dairy products in years, other than milk chocolate and mozzarella on my pizza, which I now removed from my diet.  

If you want to know more about dairy-free diet, check out  Go Dairy Free and  Got the facts on Milk? (The Milk Documentary)

Anyway, to heal my acne as fast as possible, my go-to DIY is a honey and Aloe vera mask.  This is a really simple face mask recipe; check it out!     

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon organic raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure, cold-pressed organic Aloe vera gel

Method:
  1. Stir the honey and Aloe vera together and apply over your face.  
  2. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Rinse off.  

In my experience, the Aloe vera gel prevents the honey from melting and dripping all over your clothes.  Aloe soothes inflammation and calms your skin, perfect for those with sensitive, irritated skin.  

If you want to know more about using honey in DIY beauty recipes, click here

I love honey and Aloe but when I don't have the time to apply a mask and relax, I reach for my DIY blemish killer that I always keep in my fridge.  What is your go-to emergency acne treatment?  Let me know in the comment section below.

Related posts:
The amazing beauty benefits of honey
Honey face
Can food allergies cause acne?
DIY: Blemish killer stick

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The amazing beauty benefits of honey

July 16, 2015 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Today's post is dedicated to the sweetest skin-loving ingredient, and one of my personal favourites; honey! Honey does not only have numerous health benefits, it has also been used for centuries as a natural beauty product.

Honey is... 
  • Naturally antibacterial, so it's great for acne treatment and prevention.
  • Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down ageing.
  • Extremely moisturising and soothing.



Check out these blog posts to learn more/view additional DIY beauty recipes using honey:
DIY: Milk and honey hair mask
DIY: Yummy facial scrub/mask
DIY: Greek yoghurt, oatmeal and honey facial mask

Tip: Always use pure raw honey.

And for more recipes, check out this infographic by Beauty Secrets Revealed: 12 amazing beauty benefits of honey.

12 Amazing Beauty Benefits Of Honey

From Visually.



Is raw honey part of your beauty regime?  


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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

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

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, October 18, 2011

An Aboriginal skin care secret! - Emu oil

October 18, 2011 0 Comments
I am always on the lookout for new skin care products, especially all natural ones.  A couple of years ago I tried 100% pure Australian emu oil for the first time. 

So what exactly is emu oil?

Emu oil is made from the fat of the second largest bird in the world, Dromaius novaehollandiae, known as the Australian emu (the ostrich is taller!).

emu

This is the product information of the 100% pure emu oil I use:

Australian Aboriginals have long used the oil of the Emu for its anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating powers.  …may help reduce the symptoms of joint inflammation associated with arthritis and provide symptomatic relief of rheumatism. …may also provide relief of muscular aches and pains, PMS, effects of psoriasis on the skin and symptoms of eczema. In addition, application may also aid recovery to damaged skin including burns, blisters, scars, cuts, abrasions, cradle cap, sunburn and nappy rash.  Pure Emu Oil may also be taken internally.
Emu oil is well-known as being able to deeply penetrate all layers of the skin providing nutrients like essential fatty acids Omega-3 & Omega-6.  Emu oil is an anti-inflammatory which is great for acne and will not clog pores (non-comedogenic).  Emu oil helps to thicken and replenish skin to reduce wrinkles and signs of aging.
How to use:

Rub a small amount of pure emu oil directly on your face, this will deeply moisturise the skin, help to fight bacteria and bring down any the swelling and/or redness. 

Use at night.  Emu oil has a distinctive smell and leaves the skin looking greasy!

Emu oil has soothing, restorative and nourishing propertiesWhen I use pure emu oil at night, the next morning I wake up with incredibly smooth, even skin. 

You can find a wide range of products with emu oil as an active ingredient, including; facial soaps and cleansers, moisturisers, shampoos and rubs.

You should try this all natural product, especially if you have acne prone skin, or very dry skin.  This is one of the few products that are beneficial to all skin types.  (However, vegans and animal activists probably won’t be comfortable using animal-based products, like emu oil.)

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

DIY: Yummy facial scrub/mask

March 30, 2011 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

This is a recipe for an inexpensive, easy and 100% natural scrub/mask.  This scrub/mask can be used on all skin types and it’s extremely beneficial for those who suffer from acne, acne scars or dry skin.



Ingredients:

1)  Sugar - 6 tablespoons

The main ingredient for this recipe is sugar.  Sugar works as a natural exfoliate helping to break up scar tissue.  It unclogges and reduces the appearance of larger pores.  Sugar is also very moisturising.


2)  Apple cider vinegar (ACV) – 1 tablespoon

ACV gently dissolves dead skin cells.   It exfoliates the skin breaking up scar tissue (helping even indented acne scars) and it’s also a great skin detoxifier.   It also contains vitamins A, E, C, B2, B6 and P which repair skin cells for softer skin.

3)  Honey – 1 tablespoon

Honey is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps the skin retain moisture.  It reduces redness and stimulates skin cell renewal.  It also has anti-ageing benefits and is a natural skin firmer.

4) Green tea (optional – you can use water instead) – 1 tablespoon

Green tea detoxifies the skin with its antioxidant benefits.


Method:

Mix all the ingredients together and store in a glass jar.  


As you can see from the picture above; after letting it sit for awhile the sugar will settle at the bottom, so it will be necessary to stir well before using.


How to use:

  •           Apply the mixture all over your face and neck
  •           Massage the mixture and gently scrub for 2 to 5 minutes 
  •           Let it sit on your face for the next 10 minutes (if you want to use it as a mask)
  •           Rinse with warm water

Tips: 

I recommend using this scrub/mask 1-2 times a week for normal and dry skin and 2-3 times for acne-prone skin.  You will begin to see and feel the effects of the ingredients on your skin from the very first application. 


Since this sugar scrub is completely natural, it can also be used as a body scrub and a lip scrub!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Do you brush your face?!

November 02, 2010 2 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