Do-It-Yourself

Twelve Uses for Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a cactus plant that is very well known for its skin healing properties. The plant secretes a clear gel from its leaves that has multiple uses. I have listed twelve ways Aloe Vera can be useful in your life.

Aloe Vera Leaf

  1. It is soothing and can treat burns from hot tools, the oven, or sunburned skin.
  2. It can treat cuts due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, anti-bacteria, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.
  3. All those “anti” properties above can also help with oral health such as bleeding gums and mouth ulcers.
  4. It can heal skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
  5. It helps with stretch marks by repairing the skin.
  6. It is a moisturizer. It is fast-absorbing and hydrates the skin well.
  7. It helps with the itchiness from insect bites
  8. It improves digestion when taken internally. It helps with issues such as constipation or diarrhea.
  9. It assists in detoxifying the body by absorbing toxins in the intestinal tract, which can speed up the body’s metabolism.
  10. It is high in vitamins and minerals and can naturally increase what the body is lacking.
  11. It not only helps repair dry and damaged hair, but also with building strength in the hair.
  12. It improves elasticity and has antioxidants to battle free radicals which slows the aging process.

Food Used for Beauty

One of the most surprising things I learned while in school is how food can be used in your skincare regimen.

  • Tea: Cold compresses made out of tea bags can relieve pain and reduce redness from a sunburn and calm down allergic reactions. Earl Grey tea bags are great for the eye area. The caffeine helps to shrink blood vessels underneath the skin and eliminate darkness around the eye area. Spray cool green tea onto your face twice a day to draw out impurities, shrink large pores, and get a healthy glow.
  • Lemon: For brighter, softer skin, use fresh lemon juice on any area of your body, including the knees, elbows, and face to brighten up and soften your skin. Make a moisturizing mask for dry skin by mixing equal amounts of honey, lemon, and olive oil. Apply the mixture to dry areas on the skin and allow it to dry for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Take a lemon and slice it in half, rub the juice all over your face, and wait five minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.
  • Lemons have antibacterial properties, making them a perfect blackhead fix. Blackheads are caused by clogged pores, and the acid from the lemons helps to exfoliate the skin.
  • Coconut Oil: For softer, smoother, shiny hair, simple apply coconut oil throughout your hair, then go to bed and rinse out the following morning. Coconut oil can also be used as a moisturizer or lotion on rough spots.

At Home Skincare—The Lemon Yogurt Honey Mask

Honey is a great cure for acne and other blemishes. Though it can used along with oatmeal as a facial mask, honey itself is also sufficient. A honey mask is especially helpful for those with sensitive skin that can’t tolerate chemical treatments. Without using harsh chemicals, honey cleans out the pores and prevents microbe growth that typically promotes acne. In addition to healing blemishes, honey’s natural properties can lead to a smooth, soft face, its stickiness grabbing dead skin and dust from the surface while also acting as an exfoliant.

For the mask, one would just use honey and apply an even layer on their face. When used frequently, this natural method is able to successfully clear acne, dark spots, and blemishes.

To supplement the honey, lemon and yogurt can also be used effectively. Lemons have two great components actively working to cure acne: citric acid and L-asorbic acid. Citric acid is best for smoothing the skin’s surface while L-asorbic acid dries out oily acne when applied appropriately. Because lemons are incredibly acidic, it’s best to use the juice in small amounts or paired with other ingredients like yogurt and honey. The live cultures and nutrients in yogurt also helps gently cleanse the pores.

The Lemon Yogurt Honey Mask is a combination of milk, honey, lemon juice (from a lemon), yogurt, and lukewarm water. After mixing them together sufficiently, one applies a single layer of the mixture, and eventually rinses it off once it has dried completely. The most successful approach is to apply another layer after each rinse until the entire batch has been used.

The Power of Lemon Water

When people try to find cures for certain conditions, or just try to prevent problems and reinforce their existing health, usually their first thought is to buy expensive products. I don’t blame them; this is an understandable response to our massive consumption of goods and services. But there are natural and simple solutions that are not only cheaper, but also have amazing benefits. Our bodies will be extremely thankful in the long run.

One example is lemon water. Drinking lemon water is an easy and tasty substitute to more caloric beverages. And the reduction in calories is just one of its many benefits.

Lemon is a popular fruit for its therapeutic properties. By drinking a glass of warm lemon water each morning, you provide your body with all the goodness lemon can bring to our health. Here is a list of its incredible benefits:

  • Maintains your immune system because of its high concentration of vitamin C. Vitamin C supports our bodies by fighting the terrible effects of free radicals. Free radicals are well known to be harmful to us in many ways and accelerants of the aging process.
  • Contains fiber, which is very beneficial for digestion and colon health.
  • Boosts your metabolism and prepares your body to receive nutrients throughout the day.
  • Balances the pH level in the body. Our bodies need to maintain a balanced pH to better fight disease-causing microorganisms.
  • The potassium content in lemon helps people having heart problems and helps nourish brain cells.

These are plenty of powerful reasons to start packing your mornings with this healthy and simple option. Lemon’s cleansing and healing effects will have positive and visible results on your overall health in the long run. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

DIY Brightening Face & Body Scrub

Lemon, Sugar, Olive Oil, Honey are the ingredients of this scrub.

I know we can always buy scrubs at a store for convenience but it’s always fun to do it yourself from time to time. And also, a lot of times, you don’t really find that one scrub or product you are looking for. So here is a quick and easy lemon and sugar face and body scrub for you to try.

This is what you’ll need:

  • ½ fresh lemon
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of organic honey
  • 1 medium-sized Tupperware bowl with lid

Add lemon juice and olive oil into a bowl. I like to use glass Tupperware as it makes for easy storage.

Add the honey and whisk or stir quickly until the ingredients bind together into a medium thick consistency.

Add in the sugar and mix. If you sense that there is not enough sugar to get the scrubbing done, add a bit more. Again, this is a personal preference.

You can add or subtract the amount of olive oil and honey that you use depending on how thick you want your scrub to be. I would keep the lemon to the juice of one half of a freshly cut lemon for every ½ cup of granulated sugar.


Benefits of the Ingredients:

  • Lemon—A natural source of Vitamin C; an ingredient commonly used to lighten sun and age spots and even out skin tone; A natural astringent that tightens pores and brightens the complexion.
  • Sugar—A natural exfoliator; a natural source of glycolic acid which evens out skin tone, cleans pores, and improves overall skin texture by removing dead, dull skin cells.
  • Olive Oil—High in Vitamin E which soothes and heals skin; a natural moisturizing ingredient often used for its anti-aging benefits.
  • Honey—A natural source of anti-oxidants making it a perfect ingredient for age prevention; a natural humectant so it locks water into the skin keeping the complexion hydrated; the antibacterial properties benefit acne-prone skin by reducing breakouts.

Well, now that you’ve gotten the ingredients and the great benefits, I hope you try it and enjoy making it. It sure saves you a whole lot of money!

How to Protect Your Skin with Natural SPF Oils

Natural sunscreen oils are much better to use as sun protection compared to artificial sunscreen creams. These oils contain Sun Protection Factor (SPF) that helps to protect the skin from darkening. The SPF number gives you the estimated amount of time that you can stay exposed to the sun without getting burned. For example, an SPF of 15 would allow you to be exposed to the sun fifteen times longer than you could without protection. Some oils have a natural SPF in them and most of these natural sunscreen oils also have other benefits on the skin.

  • Almond Oil—SPF 5

    Almond Oil

    Almond oil can give your skin a lot in terms of nourishment. Almond oil is rich in Vitamin E which keeps your skin soft and supple.

  • Coconut Oil—SPF 8

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    Coconut oil is one of the most versatile natural oils. You can cook with it, and apply it on your skin and hair. Coconut oil provides sun protection to your skin and it also protects your hair from nasty sun damage.

  • Raspberry Seed Oil—SPF 30

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    Raspberry seed oil is an essential oil that is rich in both Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids. Aside from providing sun protection, it also helps prevent stretch marks on your skin.

  • Carrot Seed Oil—SPF 40

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    Carrot seed oil is a vegetable oil that has the maximum amount of SPF. It is also rich in antioxidants and has very good antiseptic properties.

  • Avocado Oil—SPF 15

    Avocado Oil

    Avocado oil has a high percentage of mono-saturated fats. These fats form a protective layer over the skin to prevent sun tanning.

  • Olive Oil—SPF 8

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    Olive oil is the healthiest oil for your heart. Even when it comes to your skin, olive oil can provide limited sun protection and unlimited antioxidants to repair cellular aging.

Eyebrows: Sisters, Not Twins

Eyebrows can change everything on a person’s face. Everyone strives for the perfect pair of brows. We’re all told that facial symmetry is the most attractive, so the hope is that those perfect brows will help create that symmetry.

But your brows don’t exactly match. Notice your frustrations when doing eyeliner. Most people find it hard to get their eyeliner to match. If you look closely, your eyes just don’t match. So why would you expect that your brows would? Your brows probably look similar, but not identical. Don’t force it.

If you are battling to get the brows you want, there are a few things you can do to help get you there. If you have an esthetician and want a reshape, it can take up to 3-6 months of untouched re-growth to get a brand new shape. If you are looking for a quick fix for a night out, all you need is an angle brush and some powder.

Eyebrow Length Guide

First use a pencil or makeup brush to draw points on your brow at the inner corner—directly above the side of your nostril; at the arch—parallel to the outer side of your iris; and at the tail end—diagonally in line with the side of your nostril and the outer corner of your eye. With the three points marked out, use your angle brush and hair-matching powder to fill in the shape.

Training your brows to grow and lie the way you want also helps in creating the perfect brows. Using an empty mascara wand and Vaseline, or an aloe vera gel, brush your brows nightly to lie how they should. After a few weeks, your brows should start behaving appropriately.

If your brows are sparse, there is an old fashion trick of using castor oil on your brows nightly to help encourage the hair follicles to grow. But now, with technology on our side, there are great topical treatment serums like Revitabrow to help the process go faster.

14 Coconut Oil Beauty Tips

Coconut oil has many amazing qualities for both hair and skin. Here are 14 ways to use coconut oil in your beauty routine.

  1. Whip it in your mixer (or with a whisk) to make a face moisturizer. It makes a great night cream as well that won’t clog your pores.
  2. For dry or cracked hands, take some coconut oil and rub it all over your hands like a lotion. Then put gloves on. You can do the same with your feet using socks.
  3. It makes a wonderful makeup remover and is gentle enough for sensitive skin. Gently rub it on your eyelid to easily remove makeup.
  4. Add brown sugar to make an excellent sugar scrub.
  5. Use it as a hydrating lip balm.
  6. It’s a great replacement for shaving cream; it adds moisture.
  7. Use it as a hair mask to smooth and soften and fight frizz.
  8. It can help strengthen, whiten and detoxify the teeth and gums. The lauric acid in coconut oil kills bacteria that causes plaque and yellowing. It’s antifungal and antibacterial properties improve gum health and freshens breath.
  9. It can be used as a face wash. Add olive oil and use to deeply clean the face.
  10. For an antibacterial face mask, mix coconut oil and honey. Apply and leave on your face for 15 minutes and then rinse.
  11. It can be used as an acne and cellulite scrub by combining it with coffee grounds. Coffee is best known to treat acne, as it is a deep exfoliant. It also helps to stimulate the circulation of blood and therefore helps with cellulite.
  12. It is used to naturally lighten age spots. Coconut oil has natural antioxidants that help fade and reduce the appearance of dark spots.
  13. Make your own homemade deodorant by combining equal parts of corn flower, baking soda, and coconut oil.
  14. It can act as a great cuticle cream.

The Benefits of Oil Pulling

Coconut for Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic oral hygiene ritual that originated in India dating back over 3,000 years. This ancient practice is now making a comeback in the modern world. In 1992, Dr. F. Karach M.D. reintroduced this ritual claiming that it not only is great for your oral hygiene but it can cure a slew of illnesses.

This process entails first choosing your oil. Most people prefer coconut oil due to its antibacterial properties. You take a tablespoon of oil and swish it around in your mouth for ten to twenty minutes per day and then spit it out. For some, this can be a definite struggle. Having oil swished around the mouth for that amount of time can be a bit nauseating. But, if you can stomach it and stick to a daily routine, the benefits outweigh the difficulties. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Oral Hygiene: Oil pulling pulls the bacteria and toxins out of your mouth. In the long run, this will reduce the buildup of plaque and prevent tooth decay. Not only that, this ritual gives you whiter teeth, healthier gums, stronger teeth, and fresher breath, as well as helping to prevent cavities and gingivitis.

  • Clear Skin: Any type of skin issue or rash can be reduced dramatically due to the detoxifying effect of oil pulling. By removing toxins from your body, your skin’s complexion will glow.

  • Detoxifies the Body: Our mouth is a gateway, and it’s where inflammation and diseases can form. By removing these toxins before they get a chance to spread, the body will experience a complete detox.

  • Reduced Headaches: Headaches can occur from numerous causes, but one of them is the body going through toxic stress. By the elimination of toxins through oil pulling, headaches can be significantly reduced.

Four Reasons to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar gained much of its popularity within the natural health community. Apple cider vinegar has a wide range of benefits and uses, from health and beauty, to keeping a clean home. Read on for the four reasons I love this versatile home pantry staple.

  1. Balance your internal system: apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a balanced pH level. Research shows that higher internal acid levels can lead to a lack of energy and can increase how susceptible you are to infections. Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 liter of distilled water. Drinking the mixture helps ward off sickness and kill bacteria.
  2. Naturally clean your home: apple cider vinegar is antibacterial; it’s a natural disinfectant. Instead of using harsh chemicals that are harmful to your family and pets, empty a spray bottle and fill it ¼ full of apple cider vinegar and then add water to fill the rest of the way. This simple cleaner will leave your mirrors streak-free and will have your kitchen grime-free too. It also provides a nice addition—a clean fresh scent.
  3. Simple haircare: apple cider vinegar closes the cuticles without stripping your hair of its natural oils. It also removes built-up dirt, resulting in extremely shiny hair. After you shampoo, spray your hair with ½ tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of cold, filtered water. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing. You can repeat this process up to three times a week.
  4. Prevent breakouts: apple cider vinegar can be used as a skin treatment or as part of your daily skincare routine. As a treatment, use one part apple cider vinegar and three parts cooled green tea and apply it to your face. Let it dry and finish with your usual moisturizer. As part of your daily routine, you can dilute apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water and wipe with a cotton round as a toner. You can also add any essential oil into the mixture if the vinegar smell is too overpowering for you.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil (melaleuca) is an incredible essential oil that has been around for quite some time. It has amazing healing components that kill bacteria and it has many benefits. It can reduce and prevent both acne and fungal infections of the nail (onychomycosis). It helps to kill lice and scabies. And it treats ringworm infection, athlete’s foot (tines pedis) and many other infections. If you have almost any type of infection or sore or itch, you should use tea tree oil to kill the bacteria that lives in the infection.

If you have a sore throat, take a bath and add it to the bath water. Tea tree oil’s healing properties and nutmeg scent will help treat the itchiness of your cough and reduce the inflammation in your throat, making it easier to breathe and sooth the soreness of your throat. Tea tree oil works by killing the bacteria and fungus that lives in the infection. This reduces your bodies allergic reaction to that bacteria or fungus.

In rare cases, tea tree oil can cause its own allergic reaction such as a rash or redness that is mildly itchy and appears as a blister. Some people have gotten severe blistering from tea tree oil. When you stop using the oil, the rash will dry up and go away on its own. So you probably want to make sure that you’re not allergic yourself before using a lot of it.

Tea tree oil should never be taken orally. Some reactions from ingesting tea tree oil include drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, coma, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach ache, blood cell abnormalities, unsteadiness, and severe rashes. Tea tree oil should never be used on pets, children, or by women who are pregnant or are breast-feeding.

My personal experience with tea tree oil has not been that great. After coming to the Cinta Aveda Institute, I started to experiment with essential oils including lavender, rose, and tea tree oil. After my face routine which included exfoliating and using toner, I would apply a couple drops of tea tree oil on my palm and dab it all over my face. At first, it was great. I noticed it would dry out some acne and it helped get rid of it much quicker then usual. But after about two months of using tea tree oil in my daily routine, I started to get this strange blistering on my forehead and cheek. At first I thought it was a staff infection, but I looked online and found my symptoms exactly matched the allergic reactions of others to tea tree oil.

Even though I like the oil, I am one of the unfortunate people that are allergic to it. I have noticed, however, that if I dilute the oil with some exfoliating toner, I don’t get any type of rash!

Pucker Up For Winter with a Do-It-Yourself Lip Scrub

Lip exfoliation is important to add to your beauty routine, especially in these dryer months. Just like your skin, lips regenerate and need help shedding those dead skin cells. Gently exfoliating them can prevent chapping and ensure your lips are soft and supple. Exfoliation makes your lips moist and helps retain moisture longer.

A good base is the key to an even and long-lasting lip liner, lipstick, and gloss application. Lipstick won’t stick to dry, flakey lips and also looks bad. So before you apply your favorite winter lipstick, try this homemade lip scrub. Lip scrubs are made to be sweet and great-tasting so scrubbing is healthy and enjoyable.

In the past I have purchased lip scrubs that were ridiculously expensive. But I’ve realized the ingredients were pretty much things I had in my kitchen. I use this every winter and absolutely love it! It makes such a big difference in how my lips feel and look, and it is so easy to make. It also smells yummy! Lip scrubs also make cute little gifts for the holidays for friends and family by placing the scrub into little mason jars adding a label and a bow!

Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

  • One part honey
  • One part coconut oil
  • One part brown sugar
  • A little bit of vanilla extract, optional

Mix all ingredients together and put into a small container. Store in refrigerator and use when needed. I use it before bed and put on a good lip balm overnight.

Beauty Behind Ice

Freeze your flaws away by trying out an ice facial treatment. Ice can be used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions from blemished to aging, and it can be done simply from home. Depending on what you’re looking to treat, ice can provide some major benefits.

  • For blemished skin—Hold an ice cube directly on a problem area to reduce inflammation, and alleviate pain from deep, cystic acne. Wrap an ice cube in a plastic bag, and hold it onto the blemish for 10-15 minutes for results.
  • For tired eyes—wrap an ice cube inside a clean wash cloth and hold over your eyes for 10-15 minutes to reduce swelling—or “bags” under your eyes. For a more powerful effect, brew caffeinated tea and freeze it into cubes, following the same instructions.
  • For dry/flaky skin—Create an icy scrub which will produce an awakening, cooling effect that’s perfect for mornings. Combine a few ice cubes with a few pieces of papaya into a blender to make your exfoliant. The ice pieces act as a mechanical exfoliant, while the natural enzymes in the papaya will act as a chemical exfoliant, to help further smooth the texture of your skin.

Ice cubes held to female face.

Homemade Coffee Exfoliant

In my previous blog post “First Day,” I mentioned that I exfoliate not only to clean my skin well but also because it boosts my confidence. I suffer from a common skin condition called Keratosis pilaris, often called KP, in which a protein in the skin called keratin forms hard plugs within the hair follicles. Keratin is a cream colored natural protein in the skin, but in KP, the body produces excess keratin which surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore. This causes the formation of hard plugs in a process known as hyperkeratinization. Most KP bumps contain a hair that has become an ingrown hair because the keratinized skin “caps off” the hair follicle. The hair is prevented from exiting and it grows encapsulated inside the follicle.

KP is harmless, and medical treatment is neither needed nor necessary. Most people, myself included, just cope with it. Others seek out cosmetic alternatives including urea, lactic acid, glycol acid, tretinoin, laser therapy, vitamin D, or tropical retinoids. I’ve been dealing with KP for so long that it no longer bothers me. My own regimin is taking long, hot baths or showers followed by deep exfoliation of the areas of KP with a coarse washcloth or stiff brush. This helps unplug my pores.

My favorite exfoliate is a homemade concoction of coffee scrub. Since I drink a lot of coffee and I also exfoliate, why not kill two birds with one stone?

  • 1 cup coffee grounds
  • ½ cup white or brown sugar
  • 1 cup coconut oil

Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly. After bathing or showering, massage the scrub on your wet skin and rinse with warm water.

After exfoliating with the coffee scrub, your skin will be soft, hydrated, and ready to be bared in your favorite warm-weather ensembles.

Natural Remedies

Some of the most cost effective and naturally beneficial skin care for all skin types can be made from ingredients you can typically find in your own pantry. Some of my favorites include:

Skin Care for Dry Skin

  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt

Leave this combination on for 20 minutes and rinse with cool water.

A Firming Toner for Aging Skin

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups purified water

Paint this mixture onto your face and neck and let dry.

A Calming Milk Mask for Rosacea or Red, Irritated Skin

  • Vitamin D milk
  • 2-3 drops rose oil, optional

Soaking a clean cloth the milk until fully saturated. Optionally, add in rose oil for added aroma and more calming effects. Wring out the cloth lightly, being careful not to remove too much of the milk. Lay the cloth over your face and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse your face with cool water.

Brightening for Oily Skin

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • A few drops honey
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • ½ a small lemon, juiced

Mix together the ingredients and leave on the skin for 15-20 minutes. Then rinse face with cool water.

Brightening for Dry Skin

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • A few drops honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, almond oil, or olive oil

Mix together the ingredients and leave on the skin for 15-20 minutes. Then rinse face with cool water.

A Gentle Exfoliant

  • ½ cup hot water
  • ⅓ cup oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 small egg

Mix ingredients together. Apply a thin layer to the face with a brush, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water, moving your hands in circular motions to gently exfoliate. Use this mask once a week to remove dead surface cells.

Natural Cleanser with a Twist

Your face is the first thing people see when they look at you. Whether you are forty, twenty four, or fourteen, you don’t want to walk around with acne on your face. I have pimples and blackheads sometimes, so I know that when someone looks at me, they are thinking: “Why didn’t you take care of that before you left the house?” But you’re not really supposed to pop pimples, and when pushing out blackheads, you should be sure to steam your face first for fifteen to twenty minutes.



I’m always reading up on new things, and lately I’ve run across this natural way to cleanse the face that’s especially good for people with super sensitive skin. First, I steam my face and take a cotton cloth to gently push the blackheads out of my face once I’m finished. Then I rinse my face with slightly cold water. (Using water that’s too cold isn’t good for your face. You’re trying to close the open pores on your face, but you shouldn’t shock and stun your pores with extra cold water.) Then I’ll take about one fourth cup lemon juice, a half teaspoon of baking soda, and about a nickel sized dollop of honey. I mix them all together and gently start to apply and massage into my face. After two to three minutes of massaging, I’ll rinse my face. Then I’ll blot my face with a towel that has a light color to make sure it’s properly cleansed. For toner, I use witch hazel which is the best natural toner out there. Then I’m done. 

This cleansing ritual also works really well for people with chest and back acne too.

I’m taking Biotin. It’s helped my hair grow, but it has also helped my face. I’m not as oily and, at the end of the day, my skin feels a lot better—it feels firmer, replenished, and hydrated.

Try this little home remedy for yourself and let me know what you think.

Lemon Mask Setup

Home Remedies for Dry Skin

October 15, 2014
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Home Remedies for Dry Skin include Avocado

In this entry I will be discussing how to remedy dry skin at home. As the weather changes and we move into the winter months, I am sure we will all notice a change in our skin. When our bodies have trouble holding in the water and oil that it needs to keep skin moist, we end up with dry skin. One main reason you could have dry or scaly skin is due to low humidity. Heating and air conditioning can also contribute to dry skin.

  • Baking Soda

    A baking soda soak is a folk remedy to relieve itching and dry skin. Add one cup baking soda to a tub of hot water. Soak for 30 minutes and air dry.

  • Oatmeal

    Adding instant oatmeal to your bath will soothe your skin. The oats are packed with vitamin E, a nutrient vital to healthy skin.

  • Coconut Oil

    This can improve the moisture and lipid content of skin. Best applied after shower to lock in the moisture or add a spoonful to a bath for a 30 minute soak.

  • Avocado

    Since avocado is a natural emollient, it can hydrate and even prevent dry skin. You can use as a moisturizing mask one to two times a week. Mash half of the avocado and apply it directly to your face and body. If you are looking for more hydration, add a teaspoon of honey which will add moisturizing benefits to the skin.

  • Water

    Drink lots of water. It helps to keep your body hydrated and can alleviate dry skin. Eight to ten glasses daily is the minimum quantity, but it is ideal to drink more!

Benefits of Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids

September 17, 2014
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We all have our issues with choosing products for our skin and finding the best effective products with ingredients that will benefit our skin! AHA’s and BHA’s are great ingredients for giving a youthful look to our skin. They both work in their own way for a particular skin type or skin problem.

AHA and BHA

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) is an acid that is derived from fruits that contain skin rejuvenating properties. Most commonly known are Glycolic, Lactic, Citric, Malic, and Tartaric Acids and are found in most skin care formulations as they promote the cell turnover rate. The process in which they work is by melting down the intracellular fluid letting dead skin cells to be removed from the surface of the skin. AHAs are water soluble and are best for the sun damaged or individuals with a thicker dermis. AHAs exfoliate the surface layers of the skin and help retain more water which, in turns, helps the overall moisture content. They do not penetrate as deep as BHAs; the overall effect of the AHAs is felt on the surface of the dermis.

Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) is specifically one organic compound—a salicylic acid. BHA will work in the same way as the AHA does by breaking down and exfoliating dead skin cells. The defining difference is that salicylic acid is oil soluble, which has the ability to penetrate pores filled with oil and exfoliate those pores. BHAs are great for those individuals with oily or acne prone skin. There is an anti-inflammatory property as well as an anti-bacterial affect from using a BHA. It is also great for sensitive skin types and those that may have a specific skin condition.

Three Sweet Secrets for Healthy Hair Treatments at Home

June 1, 2014
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Carmen MirandaDid you just run out of your favorite store or salon—bought deep conditioner? Is your hair dehydrated and dull? Maybe you’re having a night in of pampering yourself and just want to get creative in the kitchen. I will show you a handful of ways to nourish your thirsty tresses, using easy natural recipes.

A papaya treatment can help remove build up and residue from cleansing products and chemicals, and also restore hair’s natural shine and softness. To make a papaya pack, buy a papaya and half it. If you have very long thick hair you can use the entire fruit. Peel the skin and discard along with all of the seeds. Mash the fruit until pulpy, add a half cup of plain yogurt, and blend. Apply this mixture to your hair and leave on for 30 minutes, then rinse.

Honey contains vitamins, minerals, and acts as a humectant to retain moisture. A honey treatment can be a solution to split ends and contributes to a healthy scalp, making your hair feel nourished and enriched. For a mask, heat together three tablespoons of olive oil with two tablespoons of honey. Then add a tablespoon of lemon juice and mix well. Apply it to the scalp and hair and leave it on for 30 minutes or longer. Rinse out, then shampoo. Do this once a month for healthy locks.

The ancient Egyptians were the first to recognize the fantastic benefits of avocado. It can add shine and luster to the hair, as well as prevent hair loss and promote hair growth. All you have to do is wet your hair, mash up an entire avocado, and make sure to coat all of the split ends. Leave the avocado in the hair for up to 30 minutes, and then rinse. Follow with shampoo if needed. The vitamins and amino acids will noticeably condition your thirsty ends.

Hopefully these fruity salves will help solve all of your dryness distress! Plus, you will be happy to save money by taking a break from expensive products and using these trusty treats.