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DIY Cleansers For Normal/Combination Skin

cleCleanser is what we use to cleanse our skin am and pm, since soap and water cleansing can be too drying for some.

There are some natural homemade cleanser recipes for all skin types, as you all know cleansers same as other beauty treatment should according to one’s skin type. (Knowing your skin type)

Olive oil cleansing lotion can be used by this skin type

Olive oil cleansing lotion
½ cup of olive oil
2 tbsps. Of glycerin
2 tbsps. of water
1 tsp. of liquid soap
Mix together in a blender until smooth, and then pour in a jar with a tightfitting lid.

All-purpose honey cleanser can also be used by this skin type

All-purpose honey cleanser
2 tbsps. liquid soap (liquid castile soap works well)
¼ cup of honey
¼ cup of rose water (distilled water may be used instead
Stir all ingredients, being careful not to beat as this will cause the soap to foam. Pour in a clean container one with a pour spout or pump is nice.
Pour a small amount in your palm and massage gently in to skin( can also be used as shampoo or body wash). Rinse thoroughly off with tepid water.

Abs cleanser can also be used by this skin type

ABS Cleanser
1 African black soap melted to form liquid
¼ cup of glycerin
¼ rose water
Mix together well and place in air tight container and use when needed. Can be also as body wash.

Cleansing milk

Cleansing milk
½ cup plain yogurt
1 tbsps. Of sunflower or any light oil
1 ½ tsp. of fresh lemon juice
Mix together and store in a refrigerator.
Pour a small amount in your hand and use.

Tips

½ cup equivalent to 8 tbsps. And ¼ is to 4 tbsps.

Cleansers should rinse off with tepid water then follow by splashes of cold/freezing water to seal pores.

All traces of make should be removed before using cleanser.

Double cleansing i.e. cleansing the skin twice instead of once is beneficial, first cleanse remove dirt and dead cells, while second cleanse cleanses the pores well.

Cleanse your face twice daily morning and night.

Moisturize after cleansing with lotion, oil or cream suitable for skin type.

Make sure hands are clean before using cleanser, so as not to be transferring dirt back in to your skin.

If you don’t care for your skin, who will?

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DIY Cleansers For Sensitive/Dry/Mature Skin

Cleansing-199x300Cleanser is what we use to cleanse our skin am and pm, since soap and water cleansing can be too drying for some.

There are some natural homemade cleanser recipes for all skin types, as you all know cleansers same as other beauty treatment should according to one’s skin type. (Knowing your skin type)

Oatmeal cleanser
1 cup of warm water
½ cup of oatmeal
1 tbsp. of glycerin
Place all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth and creamy. Place in a tight jar container and refrigerate.

Arrowroot cleansing jelly
2 tbsps. arrowroot or cornstarch
2 tbsps. of glycerin
½ cup of water
Mix together and stir until smooth, heat in a small pan placed in a water bath inside another pan. Heat until thick and clear, it will have the consistency of pudding.
Do not boil, let it cool completely. If too thick a little water can be added until you are okay with consistency.

Cleansing milk
½ cup plain yogurt
1 tbsps. Of sunflower or any light oil
1 ½ tsp. of fresh lemon juice
Mix together and store in a refrigerator.
Pour a small amount in your hand and use.

Fresh milk cleanser
½ cup aloe Vera gel
2 tbsps. Fresh milk
Mix together and store in the refrigerator. This cleanser is what empress Josephine, napoleon Bonaparte’s wife use to cleanse her skin for clean and soft glowing skin.

Rose water cleanser
1/4 aloe Vera gel
¼ cup of honey
¼ rose water
Mix well and pour in a clean container to use.

Olive oil cleansing lotion
½ cup of olive oil
2 tbsps. Of glycerin
2 tbsps. of water
1 tsp. of liquid soap
Mix together in a blender until smooth, and then pour in a jar with a tightfitting lid.

Tips

½ cup equivalent to 8 tbsps. And ¼ is to 4 tbsps.

Cleansers should rinse off with tepid water then follow by splashes of cold/freezing water to seal pores.

All traces of make should be removed before using cleanser.

Double cleansing i.e. cleansing the skin twice instead of once is beneficial, first cleanse remove dirt and dead cells, while second cleanse cleanses the pores well.

Cleanse your face twice daily morning and night.

Moisturize after cleansing with lotion, oil or cream suitable for skin type.

Make sure hands are clean before using cleanser, so as not to be transferring dirt back in to your skin.

If you don’t care for your skin, who will?

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DIY Cleansers For Oily and Acne Prone Skin

Image Courtesy: simplehomemade.net

Image Courtesy: simplehomemade.net

Cleanser is what we use to cleanse our skin am and pm, since soap and water cleansing can be too drying for some.
There are some natural homemade cleanser recipes for all skin types, as you all know cleansers same as other beauty treatment should according to one’s skin type. (Knowing your skin type)

DIY cleanser for oily/acne prone skin

All-purpose honey cleanser
2 tbsps. liquid soap (liquid castile soap works well)
¼ cup of honey
¼ cup of rose water (distilled water may be used instead
Stir all ingredients, being careful not to beat as this will cause the soap to foam. Pour in a clean container one with a pour spout or pump is nice.
Pour a small amount in your palm and massage gently in to skin( can also be used as shampoo or body wash). Rinse thoroughly off with tepid water.

Strawberry cleanser
6 whole strawberry (cleansed don’t have to remove the bulls)
3 tbsps. witch hazel
2 tbsps. honey
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour in a jar and cover, keep in refrigerator.

Citrus fruit cleanser
Peel (any citrus fruits) one grapefruit
2 tbsps. grapefruit juice (or any citrus fruit)
2 tsps. Of olive oil/jojoba oil/ grape seed oil
3 tbsps. honey
Mix all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 2 minutes until very hot but not boiling to release all the essential oils from the citrus peels, or by placing the bowl in a pan of boiling water.
Let the mixture cool completely. Pour the mixture through a strainer to remove all citrus peel. Store in a airtight container
Use instead of soap to cleanse your skin.

Yogurt cleanser
3 tbsps. organic plain yogurt
1 ½ tbsps. Honey
I capsule of probiotics
Mix together and use. This cleanser should be when you need to use and can also be used as cleansing mask (facial mask link)

ABS Cleanser
1 African black soap melted to form liquid
¼ cup of glycerin
¼ rose water
Mix together well and place in air tight container and use when needed. Can be also as body wash.

Tips

½ cup equivalent to 8 tbsps. And ¼ is to 4 tbsps.

Cleansers should rinse off with tepid water then follow by splashes of cold/freezing water to seal pores.

All traces of make should be removed before using cleanser.

Double cleansing i.e. cleansing the skin twice instead of once is beneficial, first cleanse remove dirt and dead cells, while second cleanse cleanses the pores well.

Cleanse your face twice daily morning and night.

Moisturize after cleansing with lotion, oil or cream suitable for skin type.

Make sure hands are clean before using cleanser, so as not to be transferring dirt back in to your skin.

If you don’t care for your skin, who will?

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DIY Miraculous Masks

An Example Of A Homemade Facial Mask

An Example Of A Homemade Facial Mask

Homemade remedies for mask, scrub and other treatments is how I care for my skin, and they are easy to make and also very effective.

Moisturizing mask
Ideal for dry skin, they banish dry patches and flaky skin. They can also be used for other skin types once in a while for a moisturizing treatment.

They can also be a smoothing treatment after too much sun or when your skin feels tight.

Here are some DIY recipes;

– Avocado mash
– Ripe avocado
– 1tbsp of honey optional
– Blend to form a smooth paste and apply on face, rinse off with warm water after 15 to 30 minutes
– Avocado boosts 14 minerals and antioxidant E and A.

Gentle oatmeal mask
– 1 tbsp. of honey
– 1 egg yolk
– 4 tbsps. Oatmeal (grounded)
– Mix honey and egg yolk together first, then add oatmeal and mix/blend together to form a smooth paste. Apply on face and leave for 15minutes, rinse off with Luke warm water.

Yoghurt mask

– Organic plain yoghurt and honey mix together, apply on face. Rinse off after 30minutes with warm water.

Oatmeal pack

Cooked oatmeal, leave to cool and apply on face until dry and hardened. Rinse off with warm water.

Smooth dry and sensitive skin, moisturizes and gives a soft glowing skin.

Banana mask
– Over ripe banana
– 2 tbsps. Of honey optionally
– Blend banana and honey until a smooth paste is formed, apply on face for 15 to 30 minutes and wash off with warm water.
– Soothes dry and sensitive skin then leaves the skin soft and glowing.

Tips

*Moisturizing mask ideal for dry and sensitive skin to smooth it but can also be used by other skin types for once in a while face pampering or during harmattan/winter season.

*Mask can be used twice daily for extremely dry skin until result achieved, then can be reduced to 3 to 2 times weekly.

*Dry skin types should opt for heavy cream/ oil, not lotion moisturizer after applying masks.

Zit mask

They Ideal for oily skin/acne prone skin, and also for acne treatment. They draw out impurities from the skin leaving it cleansed and smooth.

– Baking soda mask
– 2tbsps. of baking soda / bicarbonate of soda
– 1 tsp. of honey preferred
– 2tsps. of lemon/ lime juice
– Mix together and apply on face for 15minutes. Rinse off with Luke warm.

This mask can be used twice daily for severe acne but 3 to 4 times weekly for mild acne/normal zit.

– Nutmeg and cinnamon mask
– 1 tsp. of nutmeg powder
– 1 tsp. of cinnamon powder
– 1tbsp. of honey
– Mix together and apply on face for 15 to 30 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

This mask should only be used once daily and 3 twice weekly.

– Aspirin mask
– 7 to 8 aspirin (crushed)
– 1 ½ tsp. of lemon / lime juice
– 1 tsp. of honey (preferred)

Mix together and apply on face/ problem areas for 30minutes, rinse off with warm water.

This mask can also be used as spot treatment.

Vinegar mask
– 1tsp of apple cider vinegar
– 1tsp of lemon juice
– 1tsp of manuka honey

Mix together and apply on face for 1 hour, rinse off with Luke warm water.

Masks can be used twice daily or at least 5 to 4 times weekly for quick result.

Orange peel mask
– 3tbsps. of dried orange peel ground to powder
– 1tbsp of lemon juice
– 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar (optional)

Mix and apply on face for 30mutes, rinse off with warm water.

Other zit/acne treatment

Tomato juice

Cut tomato in two and rub on face or the problematic areas, can leave for 1 hour or longer can be used twice daily for quick result.

Lemon/lime juice

Cut into two and apply on face or problematic areas for an hour or longer, Use twice daily.

NOTE: Once lemon /lime juice is applied on the face, you should not go under the sun or better still use only at night.

Aspirin/Advil

Crush aspirin/Advil mixed with water can be used as spot treatment overnight/ during the day.

Manuka honey

Use as spot treatment and also all over face.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil mix with a little bit of water / carrier oil as stop treatment over night

Tips

*Remove all traces of makeup and properly cleanse face before apply any treatment.

*Mask should be rinse off with warm water not hot water, and then cold or freezing cold water can be splashed over face to seal pores.

*Zit masks can be used daily or according to instructions all over face/ problem areas only.

*After every treatment face should be moisturized according to skin type.

*Mask should be prepared for one use to ensure its freshness.

*When you have a big painful zit, do not pick at it instead you apply ice to reduce pain and swollenness. Or apply any of the spots treatment overnight.

*Plaster can be placed over stop treatment overnight, so as not to stain/rub on pillow case.

*Change pillow cases regular ,they collects oil and dirt from our hair and transfer back in to our skin/ better still have a clean sheet/towel and place on your pillow every day.

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If you don’t care for your skin, who will?
Stay beautiful in and out.

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7 Steps To Doing A Facial At Home….Like A Pro

SavedPicture-2013107172025.jpg WANT THOSE PESKY PIMPLES GONE AND HAVE A CLEAR COMPLEXION, IF YES THIS ALTERNATIVE APPROACH IS JUST FOR YOU.

I already posted an article on DIY at home facial but at the end of my post, I promised to post an alternative approach which is DIY at home facials like pro. The method is quite similar to the DIY AT HOME FACIAL but just slightly different because this approach is simply like the professional facial we get in salons/spa which includes cleansing, exfoliating, steaming, extracting,masking,TONING AND MOISTURIZING.

Here is how to do it, and also you can have a facial party with your friends by actually doing it for one another, this will actually make it look more spa like, don’t you think?

THINGS YOU’LL NEED

ANTI BACTERIAL SOAP/GEL
A FACIAL CLEANSER
FACIAL EXFOLIATING SCRUB
FACIAL MASK
SKIN TONER
FACIAL MOISTURIZER
A HEADBAND
A WASH CLOTH
A TOWEL
ANTISEPTIC
LARGE POT/STEAMER
TEA TREE OIL
EXTRACTING TOOLS/LANCET
CLEAN COTTON WASH CLOTH/COSMETIC WIPE

STEP ONE: CLEANSING

Pull your back from face using hair band, remove all traces of make up with make-up remover then wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap/gel and cleanse your face with cleanser for your skin type. Wash off all traces of cleanser with warm water and pat dry.

STEP TWO: EXFOLIATING

Exfoliate using your exfoliating scrub in circular motion, gently massage in to skin. Wash off with Luke warm water and then pat dry.

STEP THREE: STEAMING

you either use a steamer if you have one,or you boil water in big pot when it is boiling, you place your head over it not too close so that it wont burn your face, remember it is the steam you need to open your pores and then prepare the skin for extraction. place a towel over your head so that the steam wont escape, steam for 15 minutes or when you feel your pores is ready to be picked.You can also customize your steaming with essential oils/herbs after steaming is completed you wash your face with warm water and pat dry.

STEP FOUR: EXTRACTING

THERE are two methods of extracting pimple, the first involves the use of tissues and the second involves using a pimple extractor to remove acne.

USING TISSUE TO EXTRACT ACNE

This method comes in after the steam have been done,you need the areas with blemish properly steamed to open pore.
Take a tissue and wrap around the finger after the thumb for both fingers, use the wrapped fingers and start to apply pressure to areas where there is acne.UNTIL THE PIMPLES POPS OUT, AND THE ENTIRE PUS ARE OUT. YOU STOP WHEN YOU PRESS AND BLOOD COME OUT NOT PUS.

REPEAT IN OTHER AREA AND CLEAN PUS WHEN PRESSING WITH WIPE/TISSUE
ALL PIMPLE REMOVED, THEN WASH FACE WITH LUKE WARM WATER AND ANTISEPTIC AND APPLY TEA TREE OIL [I WILL GO WITH TEA TREE OIL WILL KILL THE REMAINING GERM LEFT IN PORES AND HELP HEAL], WASH HANDS CLEAN WITH SOAP AND DISPOSE OF THE TISSUES

USING AN EXTRACTOR TOOL

THIS METHOD INVOLVES THE USE OF PIMPLE EXTRACTOR.THIS INSTRUMENT IS MADE OF STAINLESS STEEL,AND HAS A LOOP ON ONE END AND A NEEDLE POINT ON THE OTHER.BUT THIS TOOLS SHOULD BE USED VERY CAREFULLY.
AFTER STEAM YOUR FACE,YOU DISINFECT THE EXTRACTOR WITH ALCOHOLIC, START EXTRACTING PIMPLES BY SQUEEZING THEM USING THE LOOP SIDE OF THE EXTRACTOR.IF IT FILLED WITH PUS USE THE NEED POINT TO PUNCTURE AND AID THE PROCESS.

AFTER puncturing, start squeezing out the pimples by pressing the metal loop around the [pimple region, move it front and back to take out pus completely
After you are done extracting one pimple, wipe the region with tissue /wipe and clean the extractor in warm water and wipe it with tissue. Then proceed to remove the next pimples.
After you are done extracting all the pimple, wipe your face with astringent and cleanse with an antiseptic cleanser ,then rinse off with with Luke warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.
Finally dispose of the used tissue and disinfect the extractor.

Tissue or extractor can also be used to remove blackhead and whitehead, make sure you use gentle pressure. Keep doing this every week and you will prevent acne to a great extent.

STEP FIVE: MASQUE

AFTER CLEANSING AND ALREADY DRY IT, THIS WHEN FACE MASK US APPLY ACCORDING TO SKIN TYPE LEAVE ON FOR 15 -20 MINUTES.THEN RELAX UNTIL TIME IS UP, REMOVE MASK WITH WARM WATER AND WASH CLOTH.
PAT DRY FACE AND LIE DOWN THEN COVER YOUR FACE WITH THE COTTON WASH CLOTH DAMP IN COOL WATER FOR 5 MINUTES TO CLOSE UP PORES.

STEP SIX: APPLY TONER AND MOISTURIZER ACCORDING TO SKIN TYPE AND SUNSCREEN IF HEADING OUT DOOR.

TIPS

YOU CAN APPLY TEA TREE OIL ON ZIT TO AID THE HEALING PROCESS.

KEEP THE EXTRACTING TOOLS CLEAN BEFORE AND AFTER USE.

MAKE USE OF HAIR PIN OR PAPER CLIP IN PLACE EXTRACTING TOOL JUST

MAKES USE OF THE LOOP SIDE AND SANITIZE BEFORE AND AFTER USE.

USE SKINCARE PRODUCT ACCORDING TO SKIN TYPE.

MAKE TIME FOR FACIALS ONCE A WEEK/ TWICE FOR PROBLEMATIC SKIN AND WILL PREVENT ACNE TO A GREAT EXTENT.

WARNING

NEVER USE UNSANITIZED TOOL TO EXTRACT ACNE.
DON’T FORCE OUT ANY ZIT WHEN NOT COMING OUT, INSTEAD YOU STEAM THE AREA IN OTHER TO SOFTEN IT BEFORE YOU THEN EXTRACT IT.

EXTRACTING STEP SHOULD ONLY BE DONE ON MINOR ACNE NOT SEVERE, CYSTIC ACNE OR INFLAMED ZIT INSTEAD YOU OPT FOR THE DIY AT HOME FACIAL THAT DOESN’T INVOLVE EXTRACTING, OR VISIT YOUR DERMATOLOGIST.

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How To Give Your Self A Spa Like Facial At Home

SavedPicture-2013107172025.jpg For deep cleansing and a definite improvement in your skin tone, try an at home facial. Applying this facial once a week will definitely be a treat for you and your skin, will also notice an improvement in your complexion. Simply follow these step by step instructions for a fabulous facial to recreate the benefits of spa treatment in the comfort of your own home.

THINGS YOU’LL NEED

ANTIBACTERIAL HAND SOAP OR GEL
A FACIAL CLEASNER
MAKE UP REMOVER
FACIAL EXFOLAITING SCRUB
FACIAL MASK
SKIN TONER
FACIAL MOISTURIZER
HAIR BAND
A WASHCLOTH
A TOWEL

STEP ONE
Wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap, bacterial/dirt on your hands block pores causing spot.

STEP TWO

Pull your hair back from your face with the hair band.

STEP THREE

Remove all traces of make up with make-up remover, then cleanse your face with a cleanser suitable for your skin type, then rinse face with Luke warm water leaving no traces of cleanser.

STEP FOUR

Use an exfoliating scrub suitable for your skin type scrubbing in circular motion, don’t scrub harshly massage in to skin gently then wash off with warm water and wash cloth and pat dry with a clean towel.

STEP FIVE

Apply mask suitable for your skin type and leave on for 20 minutes or the time stated to be left for, wash off the mask with warm water and wash cloth then pat dry with a clean towel.

STEP SIX

Apply a toner suitable for your skin type dry skin will benefit from a tonic toner same as normal and sensitive skin, oily skin use an astringent toner and combination skin needs to use an astringent toner on the t-zone and tonic in the other areas.

STEP SEVEN

Apply a moisturizer suitable for your skin type oily skin needs light weight lotion and oil free, dry skin needs a heavy rich cream, sensitive skin should opt for something calming and unscented, normal use choose a nourishing moisturizer to maintain it and combination should choose according to skin type also.

WARNINGS

ALWAYS APPLY SKINCARE MEANT FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE ONLY, IF YOU DONT KNOW YET YOU CAN READ A POST I POSTED ON SKINTYPE TEST AND THEN KNOW WHERE YOU FALL INTO TO ENABLE YOU TO CHOOSE THE SKIN CARE PRODUCT BE IT HOME MADE OR ORGANIC PRODUCT BECAUSE THEY HAVE A REASON FOR IT BEING SPECIFICALLY FOR THAT SKIN TYPE, TO BE ABLE TO TREAT IT ACCORDINGLY.

TIP

IF YOU REALLY WANT TO ALSO IMPROVE YOUR SKIN DAILY, HAVE A SKIN CAREROUTINE TWICE DAILY. TO WASH/CLEANSE, TONE AND MOISTURISE SHOULD BE A DAILY THING NOT ONCE A WEEEK OR ANY TIME YOU FEEL LIKE, SHOULD BE TWICE DAILY
MAKE TIME ALWAYS FOR YOUR AT HOME DIY FACIAL EVERY WEEK, IF YOU DON’T CARE FOR YOUR SKIN WHO WILL?

AFTER DOING YOUR FACIALS DON’T APPLY MAKEUP LET YOUR SKIN REST AND BREATH, COMMON GIRL GIVE IT A BREAK YOUR FACE AINT A COLOURING BOARD OR BETTER STILL YOU DO IT AT NIGHT WHILE GOING TO BED TO EVEN HELP YOUR SKIN REST AND REPLENISH ITSELF.

PULLING YOUR HAIR BACK WITH HAIR BAND IS REALLY IMPORTANT WHILE DOING YOUR FACIAL DON’T EVER INGORE BECAUSE ENABLES YOU TO DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE WEL,SO ALSO THAT DIRTS AND BACTERIA IN YOUR HAIR WILL NOT BE GOING BACK IN TO YOUR SKIN.

REMOVING OF MAKUP BEFORE CLEANSING IS VERY NECESSARY DON’T EVER LEAVE IT ON BEFORE CLEANSING YOUR FACE, SERIOUSLY YOU ARE DOINGLOTS OF HARM TO YOUR SKIN, IF YOU DO THAT.PLEASE FOR THE BENEFIT OF YOUR SKIN DON’T.

JUST AS IMPORTANT AS IT IS TO FOLLOW STEP 1,2 IT’S NECESSARY TO ALWAYS CLEANSE YOUR FACE BEFORE ANY SKIN CARE PRODUCT IS APPLY .

FACIALS CAN BE DONE ONCE A WEEK OR TWICE FOR A VERY PROBLEMATIC SKIN [ACNE PRONE AND REALLY OILY SKIN].

ALTERNATIVE APPROACH WHICH IS THE DIY AT HOME FACIAL LIKE A PRO, WHICH INCLUDES ALL OTHER STEPS STATED ABOVE BUT WITH THE EXPECTIONS OF THE STEAMING AND EXTRATION STEP.THIS AT HOME FACIAL LIKE A PRO WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO DO FACIALS LIKE A PROFFESSIONAL DONE IN SPA ‘S, HOW TO STEAM YOUR FACE WELL TO MAKE IT READY FOR THE EXTRATION STEP, AND TO ALSO PROPERLY EXTRACT THOSE PERKY PIMPLE, WHITEHEADS AND BLACKHEADS.

LETS NOW ALL START SAVING TO BUY A STEAMER AND GETTING READY FOR MY POST,JUST KIDDING YOU DONT NEED TO DO THAT BECAUSE I ALWAYS HAVE A WAY OF FINDING ALTERNATIVES AND IN THIS CASE I HAVE LOTS.

STAY BEAUTIFUL IN AND OUT, STAY TUNE FOR DIY AT HOME FACIAL LIKE A PRO.

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