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Thursday, April 05, 2018

Shhh... It's a beauty secret! #03 | DIY: Natural toothpaste

April 05, 2018 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share another "beauty secret" with you.  As a matter of fact, I have a confession to make; I haven't used conventional toothpaste in YEARS! 

Shhh... It's a beauty secret!

Wait, I do not mean that I don't brush my teeth.  In fact, I brush and floss every day.  I actually make my own natural toothpaste by simple mixing extra virgin organic coconut oil and baking soda.  I use a simple 50/50 mixture.

DIY: Natural toothpaste

Advantages of using coconut oil and baking soda toothpaste:
  • antibacterial and antifungal
  • whitens and removes stains
  • stops tooth decay
  • no colourants
  • no chemical agents
  • no fluoride
  • easy and cheap to prepare

Coconut oil is a powerful, natural antibacterial and antifungal.  It kills harmful bacteria in the mouth, including bacteria that are responsible for gingivitis.  It's great for the gums and brushing with the oil regularly can heal and prevent bleeding gums.  Brushing your tongue with coconut oil helps with oral thrush, and it has been found to stop and even reverse some tooth decay.

Baking soda is used for two reasons.  It is mildly abrasive and therefore provides gentle cleansing and it’s alkaline.  Being alkaline, baking soda can neutralise acids in the mouth that are often at the root of tooth decay.  Plus, it also absorbs odours.

Have you ever made your own toothpaste?  What ingredients did you use?


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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!

Ingredients:
Method:

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, July 30, 2012

Healing cracked heels at home

July 30, 2012 0 Comments

Hello everyone!  This past week I was on vacation and didn't have time to blog but now I’m back with more home remedies.
Most of us love wearing sandals, but we cringe at the idea of exposing dry heels.  Read on to learn a few simple home remedies to cure dry and cracked heels…

  • Before going to bed rub olive oil or sesame oil into your dry, cracked heels.  After applying the oil wear a pair of socks.  Leave the socks on overnight, as it helps the heels absorb all the moisture.  This is one of the best remedy for cracked heels.
  • Massage your feet with coconut oil every night.  Rinse off in the morning.
  • Make a mixture of lemon juice and papaya; apply it on the cracked heels.  Wash off after 20 minutes.
  • Do not throw away the ripe banana!  Simply mash one ripe banana and apply it thoroughly on the dry and cracked heels.  Leave the mash on for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash it off.  
  • Daily cleansing and moisturising is essential, for dry heels.  At the end of the day soak your feet in lukewarm water (mix in some sodium bicarbonate or salt).  Wash off with a pumice stone.
  • After drying your feet, apply your favourite foot cream to moisturise.  Wear a pair of socks immediately and keep the socks on overnight.
  • Remember, the sugar scrub?  This is the sweetest remedy for cracked heels. J
  • Drink a lot of water to keep your skin and body hydrated.

Tips for preventing dry and cracked heels:
  1. Buy the right size of footwear as ill fitting shoes cause damage to the feet.
  2. Avoid walking barefoot even when you are at home.
  3. Moisturise your feet daily to keep them soft and supple.
  4. Clean your heels by rubbing them with pumice stone to get rid of the dead dull skin on regular basis or use a scrub.

These are just a few home remedies.  Do you know of any other home remedy for dry, cracked heels?  Leave a comment!
XOXO
Euphrasie85


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Friday, July 20, 2012

Baking soda beauty tips!

July 20, 2012 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today’s post is about my favourite multi-purpose product: baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)! 


Here are some of my favourite baking soda beauty tips

Skin care tips:
  • In the palm of your hand, mix some baking soda with your facial cleanser to make a gentle exfoliant (and make-up remover).  Read this post for more information: Scrub you face with sodium bicarbonate!
  • This can also be used for rough skin on elbows and feet.  Make a thick paste with baking soda and water (about 3:1) and scrub away.
  • Baking soda in a warm bath not only softens the skin, it may also help with body acne and eczema.

Hair tips:
  • Mix some baking soda to your shampoo to remove product buildup.
  • Remove product and oil buildup by soaking your combs and brushes in a bowl of warm water with about 3 tablespoons of baking soda.
Nail care:
  • Scrubbing your nails with a nailbrush dipped in baking soda will soften cuticles.
Oral hygiene:
  • Brush your teeth with a past of baking soda and water.  This will clean and polish/whiten your teeth!
  • Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to half a glass of water, and use it to gargle.  Baking soda neutralises the odors in your mouth (bad breath).  Benefits of this mouthwash:
·       inexpensive
·       no harsh chemicals
·       no strong taste
·       alcohol-free


Do you have any other beauty tips that include baking soda?  I’d love to know!
XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Scrub your face with sodium bicarbonate!

May 17, 2011 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is one of the most versatile, money-saving products found in the average household.  It literally has hundreds of uses. But what about baking soda as a skincare product?  It exfoliates the skin and, possibly, even reduces acne.


Baking soda makes an excellent exfoliant.  Why?  Because baking soda is coarse, but not too coarse.   It's the perfect consistency for removing dead skin cells.  If applied correctly, it can also be used on sensitive skin.

How to use:

Mix a teaspoon of the powder to your facial cleanser and add a few drops of water to create a paste.  Massage gently into the skin, like you would with any other exfoliant.  Remember to always moisturise afterwards because this treatment strips the skin's natural oils!  For best results use this two times a week.




The same exfoliant can also be used as an acne treatment!

Baking soda deeply cleanses the pores, helps blemishes heal faster and also reduces redness.  To use as an acne treatment, leave the scrub on your face for a couple of minutes, then rinse clean with lukewarm water.  Use a clean towel to pat your face dry.  Tone and moisturise as usual.

Tips:

If you notice that your skin is red or irritated afterwards, it means that the scrub was too abrasive for your skin; try putting in less baking soda or more water to the mixture.

I mix the baking soda, cleanser and water directly on the palm of my hand; it saves time and it’s less messy!

I would like to know what you think about this scrub!

XOXO
Euphrasie85