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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Weekly recap 17 - 23 January

January 23, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


How was your week? Today is Sunday, which means: it's time for my weekly blog recap! In case you did not have time to read all three blog posts this week, here’s what you might have missed:


January 17, 2022 - DIY: Soothing and collagen-producing (vegan) face mask

January 20, 2022 - How to prevent chapped lips caused by wearing face masks 😷

January 22, 2022 - Beauty hack | You need to put this on your lips!

weekly recap collage

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Thank you for reading; come back tomorrow for a new post! 



Saturday, January 22, 2022

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

January 22, 2022 1 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!



Sunday, January 16, 2022

Weekly recap 10 - 16 January

January 16, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone! 


It's Sunday again! Another week has gone by so quickly. So, start the week off right by reading this weekly recap.


On Monday, I shared a list of self-care tips that can help you during your period. Then, on Wednesday, I wrote about the many benefits of keeping a journal. And finally, on Friday, I posted a list of the best teas (tisanes) to have when you are feeling under the weather. (links below)


weekly recap collage


January 10, 2022 - Ways to practice self-care during your period

January 12, 2022 - Ten (10) benefits of journaling

January 14, 2022 - Best teas to fight cold and flu symptoms


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Thanks for reading, and come back tomorrow for a new post! 




Friday, January 14, 2022

Best teas to fight cold and flu symptoms

January 14, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Cold and flu season is here once again. If you are fighting a cold or the flu or searching for home remedies to help you get better, you've come to the right place!


Did you know that a simple cup of tea might be just what you need? This old home remedy has been helping people feel better for thousands of years. The hot liquid can soothe your throat and break up congestion. And, another benefit of tea is that it keeps you hydrated. When you are ill, it is recommended to increase the intake of fluids; tea is one of the healthiest drinks to include in your daily diet. Drinking more liquids will also help your body flush out toxins and other harmful bacteria and viruses. Consuming three to four cups of tea a day whenever you have a cold or flu will benefit you enormously.


You might be wondering which is the best tea to have when you are feeling under the weatherHere are fourteen (14) of the most soothing varieties to try:


woman relaxing with a mug in her hands

  1. Green tea for immunity against viruses
  2. Peppermint tea for relieving cough and congestion
  3. Black tea for relieving body aches
  4. White tea for killing pathogens causing cold
  5. Ginger tea for relieving sore throat and nausea
  6. Elderberry tea for quick recovery
  7. Lemon tea for a boost of vitamin C
  8. Hibiscus tea for boosting immunity
  9. Clove tea for relieving excessive coughing
  10. Chamomile tea for better sleep
  11. Echinacea tea for prevention and faster recovery
  12. Cinnamon tea for easing a sore throat
  13. Slippery Elm tea for soothing a sore throat 
  14. Marshmallow Root tea for calming an irritated throat


These teas and tisanes (herbal teas) have many other health benefits; I only included those related to cold and flu symptoms. So, curl up on the sofa under a warm blanket with a cup of tea. These teas will provide you with instant relief from your cold and flu symptoms.


Related post: Six (6) teas I always have in my pantry 


If you are fighting a cold or flu, I wish you a speedy recovery!