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Saturday, August 29, 2020

DIY: Deep cleansing hair mask (VEGAN)

August 29, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!
If you live in an area with hard water, chances are your hair is suffering the consequences.  Hard water is full of minerals such as calcium, lime, and magnesium.  While not dangerous, hard water can leave your hair dull and brittle, making it more prone to breakage.  It can also discolour lighter hues and strip colour-treated hair.  Minerals dissolved in hard water create a film on the hair strand, which prevents moisture from penetrating the hair shaft.  This results in dry, dull and tangled hair.  The best way to combat issues related to hard water is to incorporate a deep cleansing mask once a week to eliminate buildup.
The key ingredient in this DIY deep cleansing hair mask is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)!  I often use ACV in my DIY beauty recipes.  The enzymes and nutrients in ACV make it an amazing natural hair conditioner.  
Combined with the goodness of agave and olive oil, this apple cider vinegar hair mask recipe is the ultimate deep cleansing and hair conditioning remedy!
Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ tbsp ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3–6 drops essential oil (optional)

Feel free to adjust the proportions according to the length and thickness of your hair.

DIY: Deep cleansing hair mask (VEGAN)

Keep in mind that you should use wholesome apple cider vinegar, which is RAW, unpasteurized, unfiltered and organic.
bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar
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Method:
  1. In a bowl mix, all the above ingredients with a spoon until a smooth mask is formed.
  2. Apply the mixture to damp hair from ends to scalp.
  3. Pull hair back and allow the mask to work its magic for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Rinse out completely, no shampoo or conditioner is necessary unless oily residue remains.

ACV nutrients and their benefits for the hair:
  • Ascorbic Acid - Also known as Vitamin C, makes hair grow faster, detoxifies hair, is rich in antioxidants fight free radicals, fights dandruff, and cleanses scalp and hair strands.
  • B-vitamins - Stimulates blood circulation in hair follicles, remedies baldness and hair loss, a remedy for greasy or oily hair, moisturizes hair and leads to shiny silky locks of hair.
  • Acetic acid - Kills off lice and nits, detoxes hair, breaks down chemical product build up in hair, cleanses the scalp of bacteria and germs, fights dandruff, fights smelly scalp.
  • Probiotics - Friendly bacteria fights odour in the scalp, disinfect scalp.

Make sure the accompanying ingredients used are also good quality in order to get the best results.  

Role in the hair mask:
  • Olive Oil - Oldest pressed oil known to mankind, rich in antioxidants, hydrates and moisturises hair, powerful hair conditioner.
  • Agave - A soothing hair humectant, which provides moisture and a lustrous shine.



And there you have it; a recipe for the ultimate deep cleansing and hair conditioning hair mask!

What is your favourite hair mask (DIY or store-bought)?  Leave a comment and let me know!



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Friday, March 30, 2018

The beauty benefits of rosehip oil

March 30, 2018 7 Comments
Hello everyone!

What do the Duchess of Cambridge, Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Miranda Kerr all have in common?  Well, supposedly they use rosehip oil to keep their skin smooth.

Rosehip oil (or rosehip seed oil) has been recently dubbed a "miracle skincare oil".  Rosehip oil, derived from the rosehip (the fruit left on the stem after the petals have fallen off), is a natural source of essential fatty acids, including omega 3, 6 and 9, as well as a rich source of vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and B-carotene.  This superfine oil is absorbed easily into the skin and won’t leave behind any oily residue.

So what are the benefits of using rosehip oil?  
  • It quickly absorbs into the skin, proving moisture.
  • It can heal scarring caused by acne.
  • It can help reverse sun damage.
  • It can provide a protective barrier on the skin, preventing further moisture loss.
  • It can help fade pigmentation and even out skin tone.
  • It can help heal skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dry, itchy skin.
  • It can reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

The beauty benefits of rosehip oil


How to use:

Rosehip oil is extremely easy to use.  
  1. Wash your face.
  2. Apply 2-3 drops of rosehip oil to your face.
  3. Gently massage into your skin until it’s fully absorbed.
  4. Use morning and night.

If you’re using it to correct problematic skin conditions, you’ll see a noticeable improvement after two to three weeks.

Check out this infographic...
The beauty benefits of rosehip oil

Like many other natural beauty treatments out there, rosehip oil may not work for everyone, but it certainly is worth trying.

If you have ever used rosehip oil on your face, share your experience in the comments section below.  Don't forget to share this post with your friends!

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

DIY: Acne fighting mask

March 24, 2018 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Yesterday I posted a recipe for a DIY acne-fighting gel and today I want to share another acne-fighting beauty recipe with you.  For this DIY you will need two key ingredients; a lemon and a tomato.  

DIY: Acne fighting mask

Ingredients:
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp oatmeal (optional)

Lemons are full of AHA’s and BHA’s which remove dead skin cells, fight acne, minimize pores and brighten skin.  Back in November of 2011, I posted an article titled: Lemons for clear skin; in which I wrote about the countless benefits of lemons.  Make sure you read it for more information.  
Tomatoes have cooling and astringent properties.  They’re also rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin A.  Their acidity helps tame excessive oil production too.
Oatmeal helps reduce itching and inflammation and can be used to calm acne, eczema and heal psoriasis.
Method:
  1. Mash the peeled tomato in a bowl. 
  2. Add the lemon juice (and oatmeal) and mix everything together. 
  3. Apply to clean face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. 
  4. Rinse and follow with your favourite toner and moisturiser.

Tip: If you have dry skin add half a teaspoon of coconut oil to this mask.

What’s your favourite vegan DIY beauty recipe?
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Saturday, October 08, 2016

DIY: Cranberry face mask

October 08, 2016 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

When you think cranberries, you probably think of cranberry sauce side dishes.  But, what you should be thinking about is skincare!  Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, cranberries are considered a superfood.  Cranberries are also great when applied topically to help ward off wrinkles, reduce redness and prevent signs of skin damage.

To bring the benefits of cranberries to your skin, whip up this easy anti-ageing facial mask.  Here's the recipe...

DIY: Cranberry face mask

Ingredients:

Method:
  1. Blend the cranberries to a pulp. 
  2. Mix in all other ingredients thoroughly. 
  3. Apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes. 
  4. Rinse thoroughly. 

I hope you are enjoying the autumn-inspired DIY beauty recipes I've been posting. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

DIY: Honey and fruit mask

September 29, 2016 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share another autumn-inspired DIY beauty recipe with you - a honey and fruit face mask.  


This face mask nourishes and revitalises dry and tired skin.  It brightens the complexion and I highly recommend it as an anti-ageing treatment.  Here's the recipe!

DIY: Honey and fruit mask

Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp honey - Honey is a natural humectant and anti-inflammatory. 
  • 1/2 skinned pear - Pear is rich in vitamin C and vitamin K; well known anti-ageing vitamins.
  • 1/2 skinned apple - Apple smooths the skin and refines the pores. 
Method:
  1. Chop the pear and apple pieces in a food processor. 
  2. Add honey and refrigerate for 10 minutes. 
  3. Apply on cleansed face and neck for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
This mask is gentle but very effective.  You can see results immediately after you wash it off.  If you want to try out more beauty recipes, click here!

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Monday, September 07, 2015

Cucumber for healthy skin

September 07, 2015 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

You’ve probably seen people relaxing with cucumber slices over their eyes.  Well, this is done because cucumber can help heal various skin problems.  Cucumbers, are full of antioxidants and vitamins, and have properties that soothe and soften the skin.  


For an easy do-it-yourself skin treatment, just reach into your refrigerator and pull out a cucumber.  Cucumbers can be used to:

  1. Fade dark circles
  2. Reduce puffy eyes
  3. Fade freckles
  4. Improve complexion
  5. Treat a sunburn
  6. Tighten open pores
  7. Banish cellulite
Check out the beauty recipes in infographic below!

7 Wonderful Benefits Of Cucumber For Healthy Skin


Eating cucumbers is also associated with a healthy complexion in general. 

If you do try any of these DIY treatments, let me know how they work for you!






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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Nature's perfect skin care product?

September 11, 2013 6 Comments
Hello everyone!
After a long hiatus, I'm back with another natural DIY beauty recipe.
Watermelon isn't just a sweet summer treat; it makes a great ingredient for a DIY toner too. 
Watermelon can be used both internally and externally for its beauty benefits.  It can benefit both the skin and the whole body with its vitamins and nutrients.  Watermelon can act as an exfoliant and will cleanse and tone your skin as well.  Watermelons could just be nature's perfect skin care product.

Ingredients:
  • ½  cup watermelon
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel 
  • 1 tablespoon distilled water




Method:
  • Blend the watermelon in a food processor or blender (including seeds), until smooth.
  • Pour the watermelon puree in a bowl, add the witch hazel and water, and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into a clean container with a tight-fitting lid. 
  • Before applying the watermelon toner to your face, first test it on your inner arm
  • Pull your hair away from your face, wash and pat dry your face.
  • Soak a cotton ball/pad with the toner and apply to your face.
  • Allow the toner to stay on your face for a few minutes, rinse and moisturise as usual.  
  • The toner should last for about a week stored in your refrigerator.
If you try this DIY toner, leave a comment below.  I would love to know your opinion!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Photo from here.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

DIY: Spinach mask

March 24, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

When it comes to healthy skin, you should try to stay away from chemicals and artificial colours, which unfortunately are found in most cosmetics.
Spinach is packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc and selenium.
The vitamins and antioxidants in the spinach mask will strengthen your skin.  Spinach provides oxygen to the blood cells; this will improve your circulation, giving your skin a nice healthy glow.
This spinach mask is gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin.


Ingredients:
  • 4-5 spinach leaves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon almond oil (optional)  Almond oil is rich in vitamins A, B, and E and can help reduce dark eye circles.


Method:

  1. Wash the spinach leaves carefully; let them dry before putting them in the blender.
  2. Put all the spinach in the blender and blend until the consistency is mostly smoothed.
  3. Add a tablespoon of olive oil into the honey and mix them together.  If your honey is too thick, add just a small amount of hot water and mix together to get a runny consistency.
  4. Add the honey and olive oil mixture to  the spinach, and blend them together for a few seconds.
  5. Apply the mask to dry skin.  Let it sit for 20 minutes, then wash it off  and pat dry.

You can refrigerate the mixture for up to 3 days.  Don’t keep it longer than that.
Try out this mask and let me know whether it works for you too.

XOXO
Euphrasie85


Photo from here.

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.

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

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Not just an aspirin facial mask!

May 08, 2011 4 Comments
Hello everyone!

I’m sure that many of you have heard about the aspirin mask and its benefits.  For those who do not know; the aspirin mask is a homemade BHA mask available to each and every one of us, inexpensive and highly efficient. Aspirin is known to help significantly with deep cleaning pores and thus contribute to keeping our skin blemish-free.  Aspirin is efficient on existing blemishes as well, helping them heal.

To make the mask I do not use aspirin tablets, instead, I use effervescent, water-soluble Aspirin C!  I will explain why.

Each tablet of Aspirin C is composed of 400 mg acetylsalicylic acid and 240 mg ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).


Vitamin C, in skincare, is known for decreasing pigmentation and increase collagen production; it is also an antioxidant and can help reduce skin damage caused by free radicals.  It protects skin from UVA and UVB, still, it cannot substitute sunblock/sunscreenThese aspects of vitamin C help to reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture.

This mask is suitable for all skin types, especially normal to oily and combination skin, acne-prone and clogged skin.

How to prepare and use:

Mix 1/2 crushed Aspirin C tablets with a few drops of water, apply on clean dry skin (focus on T-zone).  Keep it on until completely dry (20-30 minutes). Wet your face lightly and use a circular motion to massage gently.  Finally, rinse with plenty of water.  Apply your regular toner and moisturiser.

There are numerous versions of this mask.  You can add strained yoghurt/Greek yoghurt for an astringent effect, Aloe vera or honey.  Another option is to crush aspirin into a mask; a clay mask, a hydrating mask or a soothing mask.

(Obviously, you can use any brand!)

My personal favourite version is with 1 crushed tablet of Aspirin C and a very small amount of Aloe vera gel (no added water).  I find that this way, the application is easier, less messy and does not irritate the skin.  After this mask, your face will feel smooth and clean!


Tips:

You can also make the mask mixed aspirin with a moisturiser, instead of water, as it will be less harsh on the skin.  This is a great alternative to using Aloe vera. 

It is very important not to over-use this mask.  For very oily skin and for severe blemishes, use every two/three days.  Other skin types should use it only once a week or once every two weeks.  If used too often it will over-dry and irritate the skin.

Take care!

XOXO
Euphrasie85