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Homemade pumpkin and cinnamon body scrub recipe

Homemade beauty recipes are always a fun idea on a rainy day. Not to mention, they also save you a few dollars on products you might already be using 🙂

This pumpkin and cinnamon body scrub will get you in a holiday mood with it’s yummy scent and smooth feel on your skin. If you want to share, make a couple extra batches and give them to family and friends. Fancy up the scrub in a clean mason jar, by adding a bow or printing out a pretty label.

Homemade pumpkin and cinnamon body scrub recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 of 1 can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup of sifted brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil

How to:

Mix all ingredients together until blended well. Once done scoop scrub into a clean mason jar for storage. Toss a pinch of sea salt on top for a nice look.

Pumpkin and cinnamon body scrub

Use this scrub twice a week to exfoliate your skin. The pumpkin scent is great for this time of year, and it actually helps control acne-prone skin. The sugar is what helps with exfoliation, and the coconut adds much needed moisture for baby-soft skin. Be sure to keep the scrub refrigerated so it lasts 3-4 weeks, or toss it out once you start noticing its spoiling.

*As with all homemade recipes, be sure to pre-test the product on a patch on your skin to avoid any skin allergies.  

5 quick homemade fixes for dry skin

Dry skin can become an issue around colder seasons, especially if you already have dry or combination skin. Just like your lips can get chapped from too much wind, it can have the same effect on your skin. If you notice skin flaking around your face, try one of the five homemade remedies below before spending money on store-bought products.

1. Mash and warm up aloe vera  ( olive oil can also be used) in a microwave-safe glass container for 5-10 seconds. Test first on your arm to be sure it’s warm but not hot. Massage aloe vera on face  in circular motions and leave on for 3-5 minutes. Rinse off with cool water and apply a light moisturizer or face serum to seal in moisture. Do this once a week for baby soft skin.

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2. Got chapped lips but no lip balm around? Grab some olive oil and mix it with sugar, then massage onto lips. Rinse off with warm water, dry off, and apply a thin layer of aloe vera (natural works best if available) to lips. The sugar scrub works to get rid of dry skin, and the aloe vera will help heal as well as add moisture to your lips.

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3. Boil a bowl of green or chamomile tea, and use it to steam your skin. Place your face a few inches over the bowl and put a towel over your head so it dangles over and traps the steam. Let the steam hit your face for a few minutes keeping eyes and lips closed, if it feels too hot take breaks outside of the towel. Steam for as long as the tea remains warm, then rinse of with cool water. Grab your favorite face moisturizer and pour a quarter-sized amount on the palm of your hand, then grab the tea bag, and squeeze a few drops on the moisturizer and mix together. Massage the moisturizer-tea mix onto your face.

Or, you can also purchase a facial steamer like the one below. They aren’t too expensive and are a great tool for clean and blemish-free skin if used at least once a week. The Conair steamer below works great and includes an exfoliating brush, it’s also currently on sale for $29.99 at Amazon.com =)

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4. Grab one Tbsp. of ground coffee and mix with 1/2 Tbsp. of milk. Use the coffee paste as a facial mask and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with cool water and seal in moisture with a light lotion or facial serum. The caffeine in the coffee has antioxidants which can be good for your skin and the milk provides moisture.

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5. Play with your fruit and veggies! Mash up half  an avocado or tomato and mix in one tsp. of olive oil. Massage over face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with cool water and seal in moisture with a light serum/ moisturizer. You can also use papaya, a banana, peaches or cucumbers.

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Be sure to remove any makeup and wash face prior to  applying these homemade recipes. As well as testing for any allergic reactions prior to using. You can find small aloe vera plants at your local hardware store or occasionally grocery store. It’s very convenient to have one or two plants around the house since aloe vera is great for keeping skin clear & glowing, and is the best natural cure for sunburns.

 

Coffee for Glowing Skin

Less Coffee for your Cup, More for Glowing Skin…

I love coffee. I should say… I love good coffee. Real freshly brewed coffee, with a splash of steamed (non-dairy because I’m allergic) milk, is my favourite. Coffee is one of my favourite vices. Some days it seems like the singular most important part of my morning, after having a shower. Unfortunately, drinking coffee in the excess of which I enjoy it the most is not entirely beneficial to my health or my skin. I know this; I’ve known it for years.

The last time I tried to give up coffee I succeeded only until one friend invited me out to chat at a coffee shop and ordered the sexiest latte I had ever seen. The smell alone sent me over the edge. It was 3 months, 2 days after my coffee fast had begun. I had switched to green tea. But the tea was only effective if combined with steamed milk and a little bit of Splenda (I was steering clear of refined sugars too). Coffee addiction isn’t just about caffeine after all; it’s the psychological attachment that is the hardest to shake. But when you’re trying to be healthy, and seek after that natural healthy glow, coffee addiction is something that really must be dealt with. Despite my love of the flavour of good coffee and the warmth, taste, and perfect texture of a good “cup o’ joe”, I have noticed that when I drink too much coffee on a regular basis my energy actually depletes at a rapid pace, I get sick more often and my skin appears duller. Seeing as I have a condition which affects my energy levels and immunity anyway I decided that limiting anything that could cause me to feel and look tired was a definite necessity. I used to go to the spa to help deal with this – and it was there they reminded me that too much coffee could cause problems with energy levels.

But is coffee really all bad? Well, no. It turns out coffee is good in moderation (hooray!). One cup a day is actually beneficial which means you don’t have to give it up altogether (nor do I!). It has antioxidants that can be good for your skin and allegedly can help reduce cancer. One great alternative use for coffee is in skincare. It has been known to reduce redness, even-out your skin tone, and increase skin firmness, helping you look younger and certainly not tired. But that’s if the coffee is used as part of skincare regime, not drunk in large quantities. For a coffee lover, knowing that I can cut down on my unadulterated addiction to coffee but still benefit from its sweet smell and better-for-me qualities is a happy revelation.

I’ve decided to cut down on my intake of coffee, and as I did four years ago, switch it up with green teas and fruit smoothies instead to get my hydration up and give my immune system a better chance – not to mention hydration helps my skin from looking dull. A quick recipe I discovered for a great, exfoliating coffee mask is below. If you aren’t in the mood to try a somewhat messy face mask on your own, a facial as part of a spa break can be a great way to try one out, and let someone else deal with the mess!
For those who’d like to try it at home, here’s how it works:

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INGREDIENTS
  • 3 tablespoons of used finely ground coffee (grab the leftover from your daily cup)
  • 1 small glass of milk (if you have an allergy soy, goat, or hemp milk work just as well as cow’s)
DIRECTIONS
  1. Put the used coffee into a bowl. Slowly pour in the milk of your choice while stirring regularly, keep stirring until it achieves a think pasty texture. Avoid stirring too much, or the paste will be too diluted. If mixture becomes too runny, simply add more coffee.
  2. When ready, apply the paste onto your face and neck and smooth it all over your face. Avoid eyes and lips.
  3. Slowly massage the mixture to your skin, and then allow yourself to relax for around 20 minutes. You’ll feel your skin tighten as the mask dries.
  4. Wash off the mask with warm water. While washing, massage the paste to your skin. This will provide further exfoliation, and it feels good! Be gentle with this if you have sensitive skin.
  5. Pat your face dry with a towel and apply a good moisturizer while your skin is still damp. This will help seal in moisture.

This is a guest post by K Newey. Her favourite type of coffee comes from Canada and a coffee shop in Los Angeles. She recommends spa vouchers for friends and coffee lovers alike who need a little extra caffeine-free time spent taking care of their bodies and souls.

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Eternal youth: four fruits that keep you beautiful

Eternal youth has been in hot pursuit for centuries.

While much of the interest in the life elixir revolves around eternal life, a huge aspect of it is being perpetually young. In our society, youth is equivalent to beauty and ease. Being young means being beautiful and being happy. While there is likely no magic potion we can drink to give us endless beauty and health, there are several real-life edibles that encourage it. These four fruits bear components that slow the physical effects of aging and help to keep us healthy.

1. Cherry

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For centuries, the cherry has been used within the practice of cosmetology. Rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Iron, cherry juice is proven to help maintain tender and supple skin in the face. With numerous pricey creams and lotions marketed as skin rejuvenators and tighteners, many likely exhibit much of the same components and vitamins that cherries possess. Plus several more harsh chemicals! Cherries are a natural way to rejuvenate the skin on your face, revealing a more youthful and glowing complexion. In addition to revitalizing the skin, cherries have several other health related benefits. It has also been suggested that cherries can reduce the inflammation caused by illnesses such as heart disease or arthritis. Moreover, cherries are thought to benefit muscle strength for individual’s suffering from chronic pain disorder.

2. Pomegranate

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With natural antioxidants, pomegranate helps to protect your skin from the harsh threats of the environment around us. Proven to shield our skin from harmful ultraviolet rays, pomegranate can help make our skin appear more youthful and keep it healthy. The high levels of antioxidants found in pomegranate juice act directly on the skins cells, slowing down the aging process and nurturing the very core of our skins being. Research has shown that pomegranate juice has an even larger antioxidant capacity than red wine or green tea. Within further studies, some researchers found that pomegranate juice slows cholesterol oxidation by almost half.

 

3. Apricot

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As a great source of fiber, Vitamin C, iron, zinc, Vitamin B, Calcium, Potassium, and many more, there is no question that apricots provide both health and act as a beauty aid. With vitamins and minerals known to nourish and revitalize our skin, apricot is a common ingredient in beautifying skin treatments. Furthermore, because apricot is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, this fruit provides a great step in weight control and a healthy diet.

 

4. Olive

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Designated as the symbol for life and health, ancient Greeks recognized the health and beauty benefits olives provided. Nearly every component of the olive tree can offer health and beauty benefits. Both the olive fruit and the olive leaves can be used within a healthy and natural skincare regimen. Olive essence is used to protect the skin cells from harsh environmental threats, such as ultraviolet rays and pollution. Furthermore, the antioxidants found within olive essence helps to maintain supple and youthful skin. Olives have been long considered a culinary delicacy, since they are both healthy and delicious.

Author Bio:
This guest post is contributed by Leslie Johnson, who writes about health, green living, parenting related articles at masters in healthcare administration.

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Homemade oatmeal and honey mask

Oatmeal helps lower cholesterol and it also makes for a great facial mask!

This natural recipe is great to cleanse skin without irritating it. It’s a fun and inexpensive way to treat yourself right at home. This recipe can be used as a scrub to exfoliate your skin, or you can use gauze to make a facial mask. It will leave your skin feeling soft with a dewy and natural glow. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of ground or finely chopped oats

1-2 Tbsp. of honey

enough hot water to make a paste

Directions:

  • Mix the ground oats in a bowl with hot water.
  • Drop in the Tbsp of honey after about a minute, and blend it well to the mixture. You want to create a paste that’s easy to slather on your face.
  • If you’ll be using it as a scrub, use circular motions to massage the oatmeal paste on your skin. Massage for about 3-5 minutes and wash off with warm water.
  • For extra moisture use this mixture as a mask. Cleanse your face with soap and water, and dry it off.  Cut holes on a gauze for your eyes, nostrils, and mouth. Apply the paste on your face without getting it near your eyes or lips, and place the gauze over it. Gently press the gauze down. Leave it on for 15 minutes, and remove the paste with warm water.

Your skin should feel deliciously soft after this simple and hydrating recipe! The ingredients are very affordable and might already be in your kitchen, and the preparation steps are quick and simple. Why spend a lot of money at a spa, when you can make your own face mask right at home?! This recipe is also great around wintertime, when skin tends to get dry and chapped.

Hope you liked it, and if you tried it share your thoughts below!