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Monday, October 17, 2022

DIY: Pumpkin spice lip scrub

October 17, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


If you like autumn and pumpkin spice, then you will love this DIY pumpkin spice lip scrub. This homemade lip scrub is both vegan and budget-friendly. Lip scrubs help remove dead skin cells and dry, flaky skin from your lips. They also give your lips a nice, smooth, and hydrated feel.


Read this: How to prevent chapped lips caused by wearing face masks.


So, if you want to know how to get soft lips, just follow this DIY recipe. This lip scrub is extremely easy to prepare and only requires four (4) ingredients. It will only take you a few minutes to make!


woman using a lip scrub

Here are the straightforward ingredients for making this homemade lip scrub. You will not only enjoy making it, but you will love the extra soft lips it will give you.


Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar 


Method:

  1. Place all ingredients into a small mixing bowl.
  2. Mix ingredients together.
  3. Place into a jar.


How to use:

  1. Apply a small amount to your lips.
  2. Rub your lips together or with your finger for 10 seconds.
  3. Wipe off pumpkin spice lip scrub residue with a towel. 


Are you going to give this DIY a try? Let me know in the comments below.


Talk to you soon!

 



Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Know your ingredients: Niacinamide

October 05, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Today I am starting a new blog series titled Know your ingredients, in which I will highlight a specific active ingredient


I chose to focus on niacinamide as my first ingredient. Why? Because if I had to pick one active ingredient that I can safely recommend to anyone, it would be niacinamide. 


Also known as vitamin B3 or nicotinamide, this ingredient can be used by almost everyone. Niacinamide is a versatile skincare ingredient that is used for a wide range of skin conditions. Niacinamide also helps the skin produce more ceramides, helping maintain a healthy skin barrier. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal for treating acne, rosacea and other inflammatory conditions. Because of this, it is recommended for those with sensitive skin. Besides, niacinamide helps reduce the appearance of pores by regulating sebum. It can help combat hyperpigmentation and even help smooth lines and wrinkles. These properties make this super ingredient suitable for all ages, from teens to those with mature skin.


skincare serum
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Niacinamide has very low irritancy although, in high concentrations (10% and over) can cause flushing and irritation in sensitive skin. I use a 15% niacinamide serum in the morning because I know my skin can handle it. Then, I use a different serum at nighttime. However, it can be used morning and night. Studies show that niacinamide is effective at 2% - 5% concentration. You can layer a niacinamide serum with other serums but always be careful when mixing two potent active ingredients. By doing so, you increase the potential for irritation.


Adding topical niacinamide to your skincare routine is simple and low-risk: Buy a product that contains it, and apply it as directed. 



Do you use niacinamide in your skincare routine? What is your favourite active ingredient? Leave a comment and let me know!


Talk to you soon!




Saturday, January 22, 2022

Beauty hack | You need to put this on your lips!

January 22, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


My previous post was about preventing chapped lips caused by wearing face masks. This post is also all about lip care. This time I want to share a beauty hack with you!


When it comes to anti-ageing skincare, lips tend to be neglected. Ironically, lips are one of the first and most prominent areas that show signs of ageing. As we age, lips start losing volume and lines and wrinkles accumulate over time. If you're a smoker or someone with the habit of puckering your lips, wrinkles can form sooner than you think.


female puckering lips


The skin around the eyes and on the lips is very similar. In fact, you can find many eye-lip combo creams on the market. Both areas are made up of the thinnest skin on the face. Because the skin is so thin, these areas also lack sebaceous glands. Since the skin on these areas doesn't produce any oil, both areas are more prone to dryness, which means that they’re also prone to showing signs of ageing faster than other parts of the face. Additionally, the lip area is constantly moving, so like the eye area, it's even more prone to lines and wrinkles.


Related posts: Eye cream or no eye cream?


This is why it makes sense to use your eye cream for both the eye and lip area. Eye cream is made with extra-nourishing ingredients. You just have to add your leftover eye cream or serum to your lips (and upper lip) after dabbing your eye area!



Will you be using eye cream on your lips too? 





Thursday, January 20, 2022

How to prevent chapped lips caused by wearing face masks 😷

January 20, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


The pandemic is still with us and, mandatory mask orders are still in effect in various countries. This means that millions of people are, potentially, suffering from skin problems caused by face masks.


Related post: Prevent (and treat) skin problems caused by face masks


As we are covering up our mouths and noses to stop the spread of Covid-19, some of us are encountering new skin problems. We've all heard of “maskne” (mask-related acne). 


Masks are important, but unfortunately, wearing them can cause a range of skin conditions. Wearing a face mask for long hours can cause dry, cracked, chapped lips that come about due to the environment inside.


Like many things in life, if you can prevent your lips from getting chapped in the first place, you won’t have to suffer through the recovery process. Here are some tips to help prevent dry lips:


lipstick mark on face mask

  • Exfoliate your lips with a soft toothbrush or a sugar scrub.
  • Apply a lip mask after exfoliating. Try an overnight lip mask to moisturise, nourish and revive cracked, flaky and dry lips while you sleep.
  • Make sure to apply a lip balm regularly, especially after exfoliating. Consider using a lip balm that includes UV protection.
  • Avoid licking your lips. Frequent lip licking leads to chapped lips even in normal circumstances, and it’s even worse under a face mask.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water every day. 
(more tips below)

applying lip balm


Related post: Tips for staying hydrated during the colder months


Another good idea is to take “mask breaks” whenever you can. The more you can let your face air out, the better. Always change a damp mask ASAP! If you take it off to eat, replace it with a fresh one when you finish your meal. Taking good care of your skin and face masks will prevent many mask-related skin issues.

 

Related post: SOS - Chapped lips!


I suggest you read the linked related posts for more tips about face masks and skincare, hydration and caring for chapped lips.


Stay safe!



Monday, January 17, 2022

DIY: Soothing and collagen-producing (vegan) face mask

January 17, 2022 1 Comments

Hello everyone!


Today I want to share another vegan DIY beauty recipe with you, this time a soothing and collagen-producing face mask. All you need are three simple ingredients you probably already have at home.


Ingredients:


  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ a cup of cooked oats
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon

banana, cooked oats and cinnamon


Here's how it works:


  • Bananas are amongst the top three most nutritious fruits. They contain large amounts of magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, iodine and vitamin A, B, E, and F. Vitamin A in bananas promotes skin-cell turnover.
  • Applying cooked oatmeal to the skin can reduce skin redness and inflammation.
  • Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde (the organic compound that gives cinnamon its flavour and colour), which increases collagen levels. This means that when cinnamon is applied to the skin or ingested, collagen levels will increase.


Method:


  1. Cook the oatmeal.
  2. Mash the ripe banana in a bowl and add to the oatmeal.
  3. Add the cinnamon.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Allow the oatmeal to cool and then apply to the face. 
  6. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. 
  7. Rinse with tepid water.


Similar posts:


Banana peel skincare?!

DIY: Vegan face mask for acne-prone skin

DIY: Anti-ageing vegan mask

DIY: Banana hair mask

DIY: Honey and cinnamon facial mask/spot treatment

Cruelty-free ingredient swaps for DIY beauty recipes


Talk to you soon!