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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New name, New look

June 19, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

As you probably noticed, my blog just got a makeover!  I changed the name from Skin Care Suggestions to Cosette's Beauty Pantry.  This blog is evolving into so much more than just skin care suggestions, I felt that the previous name no longer fit the blog's concept.  I hope you like the new name as much as I do!  NOTE: Although the name has changed, the URL is still the same. 

NEW logo!
NEW Facebook Page!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Preventing inner thigh chafing

June 12, 2013 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

One of the more uncomfortable, yet frequent challenge faced by most women in the summertime is the issue of inner thigh chafing.  If you are out and about in skirts, dresses or short shorts, chances are you've suffered from the red rash that can develop on the skin between your thighs.  This happens when the inside of your thighs sweat and then rub together.  
Some women swear by baby powder, which works only for a short while.  Others wear shorts or nylon thighs/pantyhose underneath their dresses.  Wearing more clothes is not the best solution in super hot, humid climate.



A more effective preventative method:
To keep your thighs from chafing when you wear a dress or a skirt, apply an anti-perspirant to the inside of your thighs. You can use roll-ons or sticks. The anti-perspirant keeps your thighs from sweating therefore preventing a nasty rash.  Keep the anti-perspirant in your purse for long days out, you may need to re-apply.  
If you already have inner thigh chafing, I suggest applying aloe vera gel daily.  Allow your skin to heal before trying this preventative method.  Never use antiperspirant on damaged skin (razor burn, rashes or cuts).
If you have more suggestions, leave a comment below!
XOXO
Euphrasie85

Photo from here.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Birthday confetti

May 30, 2013 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today is my 28th birthday and this is a special NOTD post! (tutorial below J)



These are the perfect nails for your birthday or any fun spring/summer event.

  


I started with a coat of white polish, the white will make the bright colours on top of it pop!  Then I used a dotting tool/head of a bobby pin dipped in the polish to create the confetti.  I used neon pink, orange and orange glitter.  To create some contrast and add some sparkle, I finished with a gold glitter top coat.

I love the end result!  I hope you like it too.


XOXO
Euphrasie85

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Oily scalp and greasy hair!

May 25, 2013 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

If you have an oily scalp,  it can be tough to keep your hair from getting greasy.  Here are some easy things you can do to reduce greasy hair...

Cleansing & conditioning tips:
  • Wash your hair frequently but not every day.  It's recommended that you only wash it every 2-3 days.
  • Use a clarifying shampoo once a month.  This type of shampoo is designed to remove any build-up of grease and hair product.  Do not use a clarifying shampoo every day though, as this will over-strip your hair, causing it to produce more oil in response.
  • Try to use a conditioner just for the lower half of your hair.
  • If your hair is dry at the ends and oily at the roots then condition your hair first and then shampoo your roots.
  • If your hair is very oily, you may be tempted to not use conditioner.  However, if you have long hair, it is best to condition the ends to stop them from drying out.
  • Rinse your hair with warm water and then close the cuticle with cold water to add shine.  Try a small amount of apple cider vinegar as a final rinse (1 tablespoon per 8 fl oz /236 ml of water).  The smell goes away as the hair dries.
  • You can also use dry shampoo to make your hair look less greasy.
Styling:
  • Don't use too much styling products or you'll weigh your hair down and residue could accumulate.  Stay away from “wet look” gels, because they will make your hair look greasy when it's not!
  • Brush only as much as needed to make your hair neat.  Do not over-brush your hair as brushing  increases oil production.

  • Avoid touching your hair as much as possible.
  • Avoid straightening your hair.  The heat from the blow dryers and straighteners makes your scalp produce more sebum.
  • Embrace your curls!  Sebum moves more slowly through curly hair.  This is why curly haired people tend to have dry hair!  If you've have natural waves or curls, flaunt them! J
What causes "oily hair"?      
Excess sebum on the scalp causes "oily hair".  Here are some factors that can accelerate oil production:
  1. Intense heat and humidity 
  2. Sweating
  3. Puberty and other hormonal changes 
  4. Some medications that affect hormones
  5. Touching and playing with your hair frequently
  6. Frequent brushing
  7. Pollution
  8. Stress

Often greasy hair is an issue only during puberty and with time the problem fades, but unfortunately this is not always the case.
I hope you find this helpful!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Photo from here.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

To mothers everywhere...

May 12, 2013 0 Comments
Today, many countries celebrate Mother’s Day around the world with varying traditions.  On this day I would like to wish all the loving mothers everywhere a very Happy Mother's Day!
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. 
- Honoré de Balzac

The phrase "working mother" is redundant.  - Jane Sellman

One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters. - George Herbert

All women become like their mothers.  That is their tragedy.  No man does.  That's his.  - Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895

Love your mother, the most beautiful person on this earth.  Our best critic yet our strongest supporter. - Author Unknown

Check out last year's Mother's Day post: Mother's day at-home spa experience!

XOXO
Euphrasie85