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Strawberries & Cream Face Mask

Strawberries & Cream Face Mask

Not only are strawberries delicious, they are really good for your skin!  These bright red, berries are full of juicy goodness.  Strawberries are especially rich in Vitamin C and ellagic acid.  Ellagic acid is an antioxidant that when used topically can help protect your skin from damaging UV rays from the sun.  UV rays are one of the main causes of aging!  They cause premature wrinkles which makes your skin age before it should.

The heavy cream used in the strawberries and cream face mask is used to bring all the ingredients together cohesively.  It also helps give your skin clarity and smoothness because it acts like a cleanser.  The lemon juice in this face mask works as an astringent to help reduce the size of your pores and clear them of any dirt and bacteria.

The strawberries and cream face mask that will help protect your skin from damaging UV rays while refreshing ad cleansing your skin.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of fresh strawberries
1/4 cup of heavy c…

Carrot Face Mask for Oily Skin

Carrot Face Mask for Oily Skin

Not only are carrots good for your eyes, they are also great for your skin!  Carrots are high in Vitamin A and beta-carotene.  Beta-carotene is a product that comes from plants that the body eventually converts into Vitamin A.  Beta-carotenes are also high in anti-oxidants and acts as an immune booster when taken internally.  When applied topically these vitamins and minerals help to fight against sun damage which is the number one cause of wrinkles.

Ingredients:

1 medium sized carrot
1 tbsp honey

Directions:

Steam or boil the carrots so that they are easy to mash or puree.  Add the honey and mix well together.  At this point you can add a few drops of lemon juice to help the consistency.  Lemon juice is a great cleaning astringent which helps to clear and close your pores resulting in smoother looking skin.

Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.  Add the face mask mixture to your face when cooler and leave on for 10-15 minutes.  Wipe off with a warm wash…

Coconut Oil & Oatmeal Face Mask for Acne

Coconut Oil & Oatmeal Face Mask for Acne

Our skin's pores contain oil glands called sebaceous glands.  These produce an oil called sebum which lubricates and protects our skin from bacteria and also helps regulate the skin's pH level (acidity).  Sebum contains these medium-chain fatty acids in the form of triglycerides.  Coconut oil is nature's best source of these medium-chain fatty acids thus helping our skin with its own processes. 
The presence of bacteria on our skins turn the triglycerides into microbial fatty acids on thus protecting the skin from infection making it great for the prevention and curing of acne.
Combine the healing properties of coconut oil with the exfoliating properties of oatmeal and you are left with a face mask that will rid your face of dead skin cells (exfoliate) and and help cure your acne for good!
Ingredients:
1 tbsp Coconut oil (extra virgin) (enough to make a paste) 1/2 cup rolled oats (instant or regular)
Directions:
Blend the rolled oats so…

Delicious Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub

Delicious Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub

Get your winter dry skin to spring time perfection with this exfoliating Vanilla Brown Sugar scrub.  The sugars in this scrub as as exfoliating granules that scrub off your dry skin.

Ingredients:

2 cups of brown sugar
1 cup of white/granulated sugar
1 cup of grapeseed oil
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract (I use McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract-16 OZ)

Directions:

Take the brown sugar, white sugar and grapeseed oil and mix well together until it is a paste.  Add the pure vanilla extract.  The grapeseed oil is great for retaining moisture in your skin.  You can use this paste all over your body.

Make sure to go easy on more sensitive areas like your abdomen, and concentrate on rougher areas like your elbows and knees.  Massage the scrub over your body using either a washcloth or your fingers in a circular motion.  Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.


You will come out of your shower smelling delicious!  This is a very moisturizing treatment due to the grapeseed oil, …

Foot Softening Milk Spa Soak

Foot Softening Milk Spa Soak

Oftentimes, we forget about a couple of our most important body parts--our feet!  It's easy to overlook our poor, tired achy feet while we obsess over our faces and hair.  While, it's great to make sure our faces and hair looks great, we should also make sure our feet are getting the tender loving care they deserve.  After all, the last thing we want is cracked, dry, and hard feet when we get older!
This is a simple milk, water, and sugar foot spa recipe that you can quickly throw together in a couple of minutes with items you are almost guaranteed to have in your fridge and pantry.
Ingredients
1/2 cup sugar 2-3 cups milk 7-8 cups of water 2-3 tablespoons of your favorite body lotion.
Directions
Mix the milk and the water together on a stove and stir and heat so that it is hotter than room temperature and as hot as your feet can handle.  Be careful to test it so that you don't burn yourself!  Mix the sugar and the lotion together in a separate bowl.  Th…

Tip of the Day: Milk Makeup Remover

Milk As a Makeup Remover
When I first heard that milk could remove makeup, I was a bit hesitant to believe it because there is a billion dollar industry out there that caters to this very kind of thing.  Could it be that the inexpensive, natural, and non-chemical makeup remover is right there in my fridge? Yes. It's true!  The milk actually removed my makeup.
Ingredients:
Milk
Directions:
Dab some milk on a cotton ball or cotton swab.  Wipe it gently across your eyes.  Once you're done, continue to wash your face as usual! :)
Enjoy!

Chocolate Face Mask

Chocolate Face Mask

The first thought that came to mind when I heard about the chocolate face mask had everything to do with images of acne popping up all over my face.  I mean, we have been thoroughly led to believe that chocolate (oh, that delicious stuff of my dreams) equates acne.  Some of us experienced chocoholics have even been through, what we believe, was a chocolate induced acne attack on our faces.

You can now get rid of those horrid images of acne and take solace in the fact that certain kinds of chocolate are actually good for you.  Chocolates high in flavonoids (not to be confused with flavonols) are good for your body because of their antioxidant properties.

The chocolate antioxidant properties applies to chocolate consumed orally and chocolate applied topically to your skin, which is what this post is about: a sun-protecting chocolate face mask for normal skin.  Cocoa powder high in flavonoids helps protect your skin against UV/sun damage much in the same way as tomatoes …

Tip of the Day! Use Club Soda for Smoother Hair

Club Soda for Smoother Hair

Club soda can not only be used as a refreshing drink, but dumping some of this stuff onto your hair is beneficial too!  It rids your hair of dirt and any left over residue leaving your hair cleaner and brighter looking.  So, if you're suffering from frizzy hair, this could be the solution for your stubborn locks.

Ingredients:

3-4 cups of unflavored club soda (you can buy any of these)

Directions:

Shampoo your hair as usual.  If you usually condition your hair, skip that step this time.  Dump the club soda onto your hair and then rinse it off with cold water.  Style your hair as usual.  You will notice a big difference in the amount of frizz in your hair.

Moisturizing Honey & Egg Face Mask

Moisturizing Honey & Egg Face Mask

Do you have dry, tired looking skin?  If you're suffering from skin that doesn't retain moisture and is consistently dry then this moisturizing honey and egg face mask is the one for you! (If you're looking to nourish your skin for it to be more supple, then this mask will also work).

Honey has antioxidant properties and is really good at retaining moisture in your skin.  The antioxidants help to keep all the free radicals from affecting your skin.  Free radicals are chemicals that are in the every day air you breathe.  Unfortunately, these can include and are not limited to smog and cigarette smoke.  Free radicals can damage your skin if they get into your pores and make your face look even more tired.

The egg is important in this recipe because the egg whites help to tighten your pores thus giving you a smoother finish and the egg yolks help to nourish your dry skin and it also contains Vitamin A which is actually found in many acne pr…

Healing Veggie Mask for Blemished Skin

Healing Veggie Mask

These days there are plenty of skin products that are available to help your skin, but they all contain chemicals which are not natural and could potentially harm your skin in the long run.  Making your own homemade remedies also helps you save a ton of money!

It's good to get back to the basics sometimes and treat your skin to all natural products that can be found in your refrigerator.

This is a simple mask containing only three ingredients so it's quick and easy to make and apply to your face.  Cucumbers provide moisture, erase dark circles, and help heal wounds.  They contain manganese and Vitamin C which is essential for your body in the creation of collagen.  This in turn helps keep your skin feeling elastic.

Parsley is great for clarifying and balancing combination skin.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon parsley
1 tablespoon cucumber (about 1/5 cucumber)
1 tablespoon yogurt (regular white yogurt)

Directions:

Take the parsley, cucumber, and mix it with the yogurt in a…

Tomato Yogurt Fresher Skin Formula

Tomato Yogurt Fresher Skin Formula

Shed your dead skin cells!  Our skin has a layer of dead cells that are bound together by a "glue."  Exfoliation is the key in maintaining a fresh and clean complexion and shedding your dead skin cells.

This face mask works for all skin types and is especially beneficial if your skin is constantly exposed to outdoor elements.  Whether you're an outdoors or indoors person, this face mask will help freshen your face up without the use of any harsh stimulants or chemicals.

This is an quick and simple formula that will help dissolve the "glue" that is binding the dead skin cells together (alphahydroxy fruit acid from the tomatoes) revealing your smoother, softer skin underneath.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp yogurt
1/2 chopped tomato
1/4 cup sugar (granulated)

Directions:

Add the sugar and tomato into a bowl and use just enough tomato to make a paste out of the sugar.  Add the yogurt and continue until it's a smooth paste.  Apply directly onto s…

Apple Cider Vinegar for Acne

How to Treat Acne with Apple Cider Vinegar

Many teenagers and adults suffer from stubborn acne and apple cider vinegar has proven to me that it can actually help rid your skin of bacteria causing acne.  Over the last few decades, there have been many advancements in the skin care arena.  When you walk into a beauty store you are bombarded with all sorts of acne washes and creams (Murad, ProActiv, Clearasil, Neutrogena, etc.)

Each one of these acne cures and solutions, claims to combat your acne within a certain time frame and promise drastic results.  While these creams and washes may work great for a lot of people, there are a lot of people who cannot buy these acne products because they are either too expensive, or they they just don't produce the results you would expect in the prevention or treatment of your acne!  Most of us have suffered from acne breakouts that have taken over our lives, lowered our self-esteem, and made us hate looking in the mirror.

However, there is still …

Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub

Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub

During the winter I struggled with the embarrassing problem of having dry hands. The dry winter weather has wreaked havoc on my skin in general, so I decided enough was enough. Since many of us are on a budget, I decided to use whatever I have in my pantry to make a simple, easy to use lemon sugar scrub for your skin. You should already have most, if not all, of these items in your kitchen pantry already. If not, these items can be found at your local grocery store for less than $20.

Ingredients:

1 medium lemon
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup grapeseed oil (buy grapeseed oil here.)
2-3 tbsp honey (optional)
1 tbsp coffee grounds (optional)

The amount of the ingredients you use depends on how much you want to make for yourself. I suggest not making too much because the mixture should be used within a month of being made since the items are food items and thus perishable.

Directions:

Take a medium sized mixing bowl.

Add a cup of sugar followed by half a cup of grapeseed oil.  Suga…

Simple Oatmeal and Lemon Juice Mask for Acne Scars/Blemished Skin

Simple Oatmeal and Lemon Juice Mask for Acne Scars/Blemished Skin

If you are fighting with rough, troubled skin with blemishes this is the mask for you.  It is a quick and simple oatmeal and lemon juice face mask that helps reduce the appearance of culprit dark spots and slough off dry, unwanted skin.

You will achieve a fresher look with the lemon juice because the lemon juice is a natural cleanser.  Because lemon juice is also a natural anti-bacterial, this mask will help you if you are struggling with acne as well.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats (you can buy rolled oats here )
3-4 tablespoons lemon juice (or enough to make a paste)
Directions:

Process the uncooked rolled oats (in a blender) so that you can create a paste that is to apply to your face.  Once you're done, add a few drops of lemon juice at a time so that you can regulate it and use just enough to create a smooth paste.

Leave the oatmeal and lemon juice mask on your face until it is dry.  Remove with a warm washc…

Honey & Olive Oil for Silky Hair

Honey & Olive Oil for Silky Hair

Honey has many healing properties and is actually used as a natural healing home remedy for ulcers, sores, and wounds.  It naturally retains moisture, and when used on hair, honey can help dry, brittle strands from losing more.

Olive oil is widely known to have conditioning and moisturizing properties.  It is used often in the East to help heal dry skin and maintain healthy hair.  When combined together, honey and olive oil offer protection against free radicals in the air, and offer a natural way to condition your hair for healthier, and in turn, shinier locks.

What You Need:

Olive Oil - 2-3 tablespoons depending on length of hair
Honey - 1-2 tablespoons depending on length of hair

Directions:

In a bowl, mix the olive oil and honey together using a spoon, or your hands.  Make sure your hair is free of any other product so that they mixture can adhere to hair strands properly.  Massage your the mixture into your hair and scalp using your fingertips.  If n…

Home Remedies for Oily Skin Using Cucumber

Home Remedies for Oily Skin Using Cucumber

Many (more than we’d like to admit) struggle with very oily skin.  The oil seems to just manufacture itself out of nowhere, and then ends up clogging our already struggling pores.  The truth is, it is important for oil to be produced and this process is done through oil (sebaceous) glands in our skin, and this is used to keep your skin moisturized.  Some people are more “well moisturized” than others, so for those of you who are, keep on reading!

How do you know if you have oily skin?  If your face is consistently shiny, then you most likely have oily skin.  Many things can cause oily skin.  It can be hereditary, so if your parents have it, you most likely do too; and, it can be hormonal as well.  For girls, during the menstruation period, the sebaceous glands can tend to product more oil thus making your more likely to clog your pores during your menses, causing acne.  Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done to stop the over productio…

Green Tea and Honey Mask for Acne

Green Tea Teabags for Acne

If you have been to a skin store recently you may have noticed an increase in the amount of green tea in skin care products.  There is a reason for that: green tea contains polyphenols which help protect your skin against cancer by protecting against sun damage.  It does this by reducing inflammation and free radicals (everyday toxins, dirt, and dust in the air) from your skin.  While more studies are needed to conclusively say that green tea helps with the anti-aging process, there is clinical evidence that suggests this natural leaf helps with the elasticity of skin.  Not bad for a chemical and side effect-free remedy for skin!  By the way, drinking it daily can also yield similar health benefits for your body and skin.

So, I’ve discussed why green tea may be awesome for your skin.  What about honey?  As I’ve discussed before, there are many benefits of using honey on your skin.  It naturally has moisture retention properties, which is great for people with …

Basic Tips for Clear Skin

Basic Tips for Clear Skin

Along with pampering your skin with natural home remedies, there are some other things you can do to help eliminate the resurgence of acne, help heal stubborn scars, and achieve blemish free and glowing skin.  You can get healthier, younger looking skin with just a few daily routine adjustments.  Here are some tips on how to get clear skin.  Read on!
Eating a Healthy Diet Can Clear Your Skin

You are what you eat.  Yes, that phrase may sound redundant, but there’s truth in it!  Did you know, your skin is an organ?  Yes, a living, breathing organ.  And, just like with all your other organs, your skin is also affected by what you eat.  So, what should you eat to get clearer skin?  First and foremost, water.  Water is what rids your body of its toxins and we are about 60 percent the natural clear stuff, so it only makes sense that drinking more water helps your skin clear up quicker.  Focus on greens and foods that help promote elasticity like fruits, vegetables, nu…

Avocado Hair Mask for Dry Hair

Avocado and Egg Hair Mask for Dry Damaged Hair

Avocados are vegetables that yield many beneficial results for dry hair and damaged skin and you’ll see avocados have many other health benefits as well. Avocados are rich in vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K and nutrients such as protein, iron, copper, magnesium, amino acids, and potassium.  And, to think!  Access to all these amazing minerals and nutrients for your hair likes as far as the nearest grocery store or your pantry.  Depending on the cost of avocados in your area, this should cost you much less than a prepackaged homemade hair treatment like Neutrogena’s triple moisture hair mask, for example.  This is an inexpensive and fast natural home remedy for hair that will leave your hair feeling extremely smooth.

This DIY avocado homemade hair mask is one of the best homemade masks out there for dry hair as avocados are saturated with good fat which coats your hair and helps protect it against free radicals in the a…

Baking Soda Face Mask to Minimize Pores and Acne

Baking Soda Face Mask to Minimize Pores and Acne

The baking soda face mask for black heads removal and prevention is a great way to minimize pores and make them smaller. It’s crazy how quickly blackheads can develop if you are not paying attention to your skin! You might be wondering what exactly blackheads are. Blackheads on your face are caused by enlarged pores that have been filled with dirt which mixes with the oil and over time turns dirty and “black.”


If you are struggling with enlarged pores and pimples then the baking soda face mask will definitely help make your pores smaller! The baking soda has properties that help clear out the dirt and oil in your pores and skin exfoliation is the main one. It also corrects the pH balance of your skin, which is commonly overlooked.


The baking soda face mask is an excellent homemade remedy because it is great for minimizing your pores because it has mild antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which aid in the prevention of acne. Acne is…

Evening Primrose Oil for Acne

Evening Primrose Oil for Acne

Evening primrose oil for acne is one of the lesser known solutions to help to heal your stubborn acne. One of the main causes for flare ups of stubborn acne is hormonal acne. If you have acne on your chin, this might be the due to hormonal changes. What causes hormonal changes? Well, if you are a teenager, you may notice this type of acne more, due to puberty (ladies, if you are going through your menstruation cycle!). It can take months, and even sometimes years to figure out that hormonal fluctuations are causing your stubborn acne. The solution: evening primrose oil (EPO). EPO will help treat acne cause by hormonal changes in your body by balancing out your hormones. There are many other benefits to taking evening primrose oil: it helps your nails and hair grow stronger, while helping make your skin overall more moisturized and supple.
So, what exactly is evening primrose oil, and what makes it so beneficial for you?


Evening primrose oil is actually a syn…

Apple Cider Vinegar for Acne and Clear Skin

Home Remedies: Apple Cider Vinegar for Acne

Apple cider vinegar has long been used in homes as a food preservative, an ingredient in dishes, marinades, and salad dressings, as well as a cleaning agent. But did you know that you had a home remedy for acne in your kitchen pantry?
The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is made from apple cider and has antibacterial and antiseptic properties.  Malic and lactic acids are found in the vinegar are known to soften and exfoliate skin. Therefore, it makes sense that apple cider vinegar might be a great thing to try if you are battling acne.

Unlike other natural products, apple cider vinegar has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties which can wipe out acne causing bacteria and heal the skin. It can also return your skin to its proper pH balance. Your skin’s pH balance is key for keeping acne at bay. Apple cider vinegar has a pH of 3. When used in a diluted solution, the apple cider vinegar’s acidity will balance your skin. With y…

Using Honey to Treat Acne

Why Does Honey Help With Acne?


Honey has well-known antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and has been used as a treatment for wounds and other skin problems throughout history.  In fact, the Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal reported that honey has even been shown to kill certain drug-resistant strains of bacteria. Some countries, like Australia, have officially approved honey for medical use.
Honey is effective at healing acne because it attacks two of the main issues associated with this condition: bacteria and swelling. The antibacterial qualities of the honey kill the bacteria that start breakouts. The anti-inflammatory properties of the honey then reduce redness and swelling, making your skin look and feel better.

To use honey for acne treatment, it is important to use the right kind of honey. You want to ensure you buy organic honey that has not been processed. Processed honeys have lost much of their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and will not help. Ma…

Green Tea for Clearer Skin

Green tea is widely known to offer many health benefits to those who drink it or take it as a supplement. But did you know that green tea can also be very beneficial to those who suffer from acne or dry skin? In fact it is one of organic skin care's best home remedies for acne.

It contains polyphenols that are known to help protect skin from UV rays that can cause cancer and speed up skin aging. Green tea is able to protect the skin by reducing inflammation and free radicals, like toxins and dirt that clog pores and damage skin. This chemical and side effect-free remedy has increased in popularity in recent years as many see the wonderful benefits green tea offers for their skin.

How Do I Use Green Tea for Clear Skin?


You can drink green tea and utilize its benefits, but you can also target its powers to certain areas, like the face, by applying it topically. There are many green tea recipes offered by home remedies bloggers. Here are two that are easy to make and still offer all of …

Health Benefits - Evening Primrose Oil for Acne

Health Remedies: Using Primrose Oil for Acne

There are many natural and diy remedies for acne that do not use harsh chemicals and expensive products. Primrose oil is one such remedy. Many people swear by primrose oil, saying that it can be highly effective in the treatment of acne. Many say that the beneficial effects of primrose oil can go beyond acne and treat other skin problems, like rosacea or eczema, as well. Evening primrose oil is extracted from the seeds of the Evening primrose flower and contains the beneficial Omega 6 Fatty Acids Linolenic acid and Gamma Linolenic acid.


The Benefits of Primrose Oil

Primrose oil is versatile, and can be used both externally and internally. Primrose oil is also a popular remedy because it has few side effects and is relatively inexpensive. The Gamma Linolenic acid is thought to have medicinal and healing properties which reduce inflammation. Therefore, if your skin is red and irritated, the anti-inflammatory of the primrose oil could help. Prim…

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