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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.

 

How to do a hot oil manicure at home

Manicures are a relaxing beauty ritual done to keep nails clean and pretty. How about adding a skin-softening ingredient to make a plain manicure better, and simple enough to do right at home?!

If you upkeep your nails, you probably go to the salon every week or every other week since most polish chips pretty quickly. Instead of spending all that time and money, why not buy a few good manicure tools and do your own right at home?! Keep reading for a skin-loving hot oil massage with a quick manicure idea!

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Tools:

  • Nail polish remover (if needed)
  • Cotton
  • Bowl to soak both hands
  • Cuticle oil
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Nail clipper
  • Emery board
  • Orangewood sticks
  • Olive oil, or vitamin E oil
  • Nail buffer
  • Hand lotion

All the tools listed can be found at your local beauty supply store or online. Check out a few manicure kits below  🙂

 

Hot oil manicure procedure:

  1. Remove any nail polish with cotton and polish remover. Be sure your tools are layed out on a clean surface and ready to be used, and wash your hands as well.
  2. Cut nails down to desired length and file with emery board to shape them. If you don’t like them squared, but want another shape besides round try squoval! Squoval is a flattering shape, the way to achieve it is hold your hand up with your palm facing you; then file straight across nails to give it a square look. Finally, file the sides so they are rounded.
  3. Apply cuticle oil on your cuticles, and use the pusher to push cuticles down. Wrap a bit of cotton around the end of an orangewood stick, and use it to clean under your nails free edge if necessary.
  4. Pour 1-2 cups of olive/ vitamin E oil in a microwave safe container and microwave until it is warm. Wash your hands to remove the cuticle oil and any nail filing debris. You can also run a clean towel under hot water to use after your hot oil soak.
  5. Pour warm oil into bowl to soak hands, and dip fingers into bowl. Place your hands in the bowl to ensure the warm oil covers them entirely. Let your hands soak up the warm oil for 2-3 minutes, or until it cools down.
  6. Once your hands are done soaking, take them out and wash them again. Dry them off with the warm towel prepared in the previous step.
  7. For extra shine, use the nail buffer to buff your nails. This will give them a natural shine, thus requiring no nail polish. If you’d rather paint your nails, this is when you would go ahead and apply the polish.
  8. Once you are done buffing, or letting your nail polish dry, gently massage hand lotion on your hands and arms.

The olive/vitamin oil will leave your skin feeling ultra soft. You can do this moisturizing manicure every week for super soft skin, and shiny nails. Check out this post -> DIY Manicure for a tutorial on a basic manicure right at home!

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Shower time beauty recipes

my adorable bunnies
photo credit: ~ezs

Homemade recipe for frizzy hair:

You will need olive oil (amount depends on hair thickness and length), a plastic cap, half a lemon, and water.
Warm up olive oil and apply to your hair from root to ends, put plastic cap on for about 30 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. For extra shine rinse with a half lemon half warm water mixture and say goodbye to frizzies! Do this once a week for best results.

Olive oil
photo credit: Shishb

Homemade recipe for sugar body scrub:

Mix one cup of sugar and half a cup of olive oil. Use in shower like a regular scrub once a week to leave your skin feeling oh so yummy! ( you can also grate a lemon and add the zest in to brighten and even out your skin tone.)

Homemade beauty recipe for oatmeal face wash:

you will need oatmeal, witch hazel, and water. First wet the oatmeal then add about two tsp. of witch hazel. You can also add two drops of olive oil if you’re skin is dry. Add a few more drops of water to make a paste and apply to your face with a gentle massaging motion. Rinse with warm water.

Irish or Steelcut Oatmeal
photo credit: Mr. T in DC

Quick Tip: Ever run out of shaving cream? Use olive oil or hair conditioner for a smooth shave.

Homemade blackhead removal method:

all you need is some honey. Warm it up and apply it to affected areas on face leave it on for 12 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Facial steamers are also good for blackhead removal.

Homemade energizing coffee foot scrub:

you will need ground coffee, ground oatmeal, sea salt, olive oil, peppermint oil. Mix the ingredients well ,about four tsps. of each ingredient and two drops of the peppermint oil. Scrub feet in circular motions, rinse off with warm water and dry with a warm towel.

Hope these homemade recipes were useful.

Got any of your own?!

221/365 - Eve L
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Great skin forever

Regardless of age all women should protect their skin daily.

Our skin is one of the most sensitive parts of our body and certain damage from smoking, the sun and other free radicals in the air can suck your skins vitality and leave it totally parched.

Even if your skin looks perfectly smooth and radiant you should NOT forget to pamper it and protect it.

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Damage caused to your skin goes deep beyond the eye can see.

Let’s start with the obvious culprit;  the sun.

Sunburn
photo credit: Kelly Sue


Beautiful, warm sunny days at the beach are popular to many of us. I’m sure most if not all of you know SPF is a must for a day at the beach, but it’s actually recommended to use it daily. All 365 days. Even if the suns rays are subtle they can still cause damage to your skin.

There’s even moisturizers with SPF already in them a couple of my favorites are; clinique superdefense SPF 25 age defense moisturizer ($42.50 clinique.com) and Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer, SPF 30 ($17.99 available at drugstores).

Excessive smoking and drinking will also affect your skin.

( not to mention the rest of your organs). So if you make a habit of boozing and smoking, STOP!!!

Portrait #119 - Périne/Mallory - Friendly smoking -
photo credit: Valentin.Ottone

Smoking and drinking constricts blood vessels which affects your blood and oxygen flow. It also makes skin loose it’s elasticity and will make it look dry and dull, and will cause premature wrinkles to appear. You’ve been warned!

Avoid eating processed and sugary / salty foods.

They don’t just bloat you but they also break down collagen which is vital to prevent saggy skin.

french fries
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Ditch those foods for antioxidant-rich foods I.e. Nuts, berries, veggies.

Excercise daily!


Paris - Luxembourg park Corredora
photo credit: Celso Flores


This will knock out two at once, 1.prevent stress 2. Prevent wrinkles.

Working out regularly will help you feel better inside and out, and help keep skin firm and glowing.

H20.

Reverse Osmosis & Tangled Hair
photo credit: Oslo In The Summertime


Drinking the recommended amount of water ( which varies depending on weight, physical activity and surroundings..) will keep your skin healthy and seriously help stop the aging process. Water flushes out all your toxins and keeps you hydrated.

Hydrated skin is healthy skin.

Get your recommended beauty sleep.


Sleeping beauty
photo credit: X O X O L I C I O U S


Sleep helps your body recharge as well as prevent any illnesses. Maintaining a constant sleep pattern will help your skin looking healthy inside and fresh on the surface.

There you go, six tips to follow for beautiful healthy skin.

Follow these rules daily and you will love the results, and remember in order to be beautiful on the outside you must start from within.