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Technically known as exfoliation, it’s a simple method that whisks away dead cells from the surface of your skin, revealing the plumper younger ones underneath. It also encourage the speed up of cell production, which means that cells that reach the surface are younger and better looking skin. The result is clearer, smooth soft skin, no matter what your age or skin type is.
You all know I always bring you recipes that are simple to make, affordable and that does work. These are recipes of scrub have tried, still using and sharing with you guys, hope you find them useful.
Gentle face scrub
3 tbsps. Of grounded oatmeal
2 tbsps. organic honey
1 tbsp. of almond oil/olive oil
Mix all together, apply to damp face and massage gently into skin in a circular motion, avoiding the delicate area of the skin around the eye.
Rinse off scrub thoroughly and gently pat dry with a soft towel.
3 tbsps. Of brown sugar
1 tsp. of lemon juice
1 tsp. of honey
Mix together and gently massage into damp face in a circular motion and wash thoroughly, then pat dry.
4 tbsps. of baking soda/bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp. organic honey
1 tsp. of lemon juice
1 tsp. of olive/almond oil (optional)
Mix and massage in to damp skin in a circular motion for few minutes and wash off thoroughly.
4 tbsps. Of cornmeal
1 tsp. of organic honey
1 tbsp. of organic plain yoghurt
Mix and apply to damp face massaging in circular motion for few minutes. Wash off thoroughly with warm water.
Facial scrub tips
Use an exfoliator on dry or normal skin once or twice a week, oily or combination skin can be exfoliated every other day. As a rule this treatment should not be used on sensitive skin or if you have very bad acne but the gentle face scrub can be used once a week as it help clear pores ,gentle and soothes sensitive or problematic skin.
Facial scrub should be applied on already cleansed face which is still damp.
Massage scrub in circular motion gently; do not rub harshly and not more than thrice a week.
Oils/carrier oils can be added to scrub for dry skin, or when your skin feels tight/dry especially during the winter/harmattan season.
Instead of using a facial scrub, gently massage your skin with a soft flannel, facial brush or an old clean shaving brush and facial wash.
If you don’t care for your skin, who will?
Stay beautiful in and out.
By: Sade Adebayo
How much time does the average person spend pampering their feet? Studies say that definitely not enough. Especially women, we spend so much time and money in products to have beautiful skin and hair, not to mention makeup, lotions and nail polish, but we rarely spend more than 5 minutes taking care of our feet. Some people are not aware of how important they are and that they need care as much as all the other parts, especially during the summer or for women that wear high heels. Foot care becomes a necessary part of your health and beauty routine, and if you can’t do it every day at least follow a few tips on how to take care of your feet, making them look beautiful and healthy.
First of all, they have to be clean. This doesn’t mean washing them under the shower is enough. Brush them with a pumice stone to get rid of their hard, dry and chapped areas. Then soak them in soapy water: make sure it is a gentle and hydrating soap, or it will irritate your skin.
When you dry them, don’t brush them, but pat them gently instead and leave them a little moist. However, for what concerns in between toes, dry them thoroughly.
Once in a while your feet need special pampering, especially if you spend most of your day standing. The ideal thing would be visiting a spa or a pedicure specialist, but most of us don’t have the time or the money. If this is your case you could consider buying a foot massager in a local store or a free-classifieds site to relieve your feet and getting back some of the regular blood circulation. It’s important to not put lotion on your feet before you use the foot massager since it will just make it dirty and possibly even affect its functioning on the long-run.
After your massaging treatment your next move will be to put on some special cream to leave your feet smooth and healthy, without attacking your skin. Make sure is a lotion that suits your skin type, or you will risk to damage your feet and do worse. In order to get better results, massage your feet while applying the lotion, which will also help your skin absorb it faster.
Last but not least, take care of your toe nails. Trim them properly with a nail trimmer and then file them to make them smooth and even. Remember to push down the cuticles with a nail nipper (those with a curved angle) and a cutting jaw shaped like the natural curve of toe nails. Apply some protecting coat nail polish on your toenails and, one it’s dry, apply whichever color you prefer leaving your nails strong and compact.
And there you have it! Amazing and healthy feet, able to sustain the rest of your beautiful body and keep you looking fabulous. Reflexology tells us that all of our internal organs are represented on our various parts of our feet; if this were so, wouldn’t we be wanting to take more care of them? Of course!
–Sade Adebayo writes articles about fashion, health and beauty tips for Nigerian and International sites, like ellasbeautytips.wordpress.com
You can follow her on Twitter @SadeAdebayo86
Stay tuned for more great tips!
Sanitizing our mobile phone(s) is really necessary. Our phones come in contact with lots of things daily and in the process may come in contact with germs. Our mobile phone touches our face at least once or twice daily either to receive or make calls.
These germs on the phone come in contact with our face/skin, and can cause us to break out.
To sanitize your phone, here are the things you need:
– Antiseptic wipe/Dettol sanitizer/alcohol
– Cotton wool
How to sanitize your phone:
* If you are using an antiseptic wipe, you will start by cleaning the surface of the phone until its clean, you then use cotton wool to wipe out any excesses from the wipe remaining. There you go, your phone is now clean and free of germs.
*If you are using Dettol hand sanitizer, which is what I use (even use on the go), you put some drops of it on the cotton wool and wipe the surface of the phone, after which you use cotton wool to clean off any excess Dettol sanitizer, and it’s done. Your phone is now free from germs.
If you are using alcohol, damp the cotton wool with little alcohol and wipe your phone and re wipe if necessary.
Phones should be sanitized at least 2 to 3 times weekly.
If you have any other way(s), you use in keeping your phone free from germs and I didn’t mention it, please do share it with me via the comments.
You can also reach me via my Facebook Page or on Twitter @Ellasbeautytips for any beauty related issue(s) you might be having.
If you don’t care for your skin, who will?
Stay beautiful in and out.
Soap and water cleansing is pretty much the most oldest cleansing method,but do we still think they are effective and clean our skin well? Some say no that they can be too drying,some say yes it’s pretty much refreshing for their skin and it’s okay.
Personally, I say it’s the best cleanser i have used so far,it’s refreshing,cleanses left over make up,dissolves oil and removes dirts. But one thing i will say is that they can be drying and you should always opt for the best soap that suits your skin type to cleanse your face, personally i use African black soap to cleanse my face because it does the major things a cleanser should do(i.e to dissolve dirt and oil,remove all traces of makeup and it’s refreshing).
Soap and water cleansing is not really for all skin type,it’s more refreshing for people with oily skin,but can be really drying for people with dry skin so you should either opt for a thicker cleanser that’s moisturizing or a moisturizing soap.
Sensitive skin should also beware with soap for washing face can cause redness,drying or burning opt cleanser scent free for your skin type,better still go for a claiming and moisturizing soap instead.
Body soap are totally different from facial soaps,because they can be really drying and soaps like antiseptic and deodorant soap are mostly drying. So when choosing a soap for cleansing, make sure you either go for facial soap or cleansing soap.
When using soap and water to cleanse there are basics:
. You don’t use soap directly on your face,you use the leather.
. After making the leather from your damp/wet soap,you massage leather over face.
. Massage over face few seconds to dissolve dirts and oil,wash off with lukewarm water and repeat cleansing again.
The basics are pretty simple i presume? But just as simple as they are,they are as important as that. Like putting soap directly on your face to wash it,bad because dirt and germs on your face are transferring back in soap and back to your face and the faom/leather won’t strip to much oil than normal.
Also don’t ever forget to remove make up and wash your hands before cleansing your face. If you don’t care for your skin,who will?
Tell me (via the comments) what you think also with using soap and water to cleanse your face,how does it feel?
STAY BEAUTIFUL IN AND OUT.
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
A WASH CLOTH
TEA TREE OIL
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.
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.
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.
Skin is the largest organ in the human body, covering and protecting every single surface of your body. The secret to beautiful, healthy skin is to understand how your skin functions because this will help you to treat it correctly, keep it strong and supple. Your skin is made up of two layers, epidermis and dermis.
What your skin type?
There is no point in spending a fortune on expensive skincare product if you buy the wrong one for skin. The key to develop a skin care routine is to known your skin type first, to develop a better understanding of your skin and what will suit it best. You can start by answering these questions below, then add up your score to know which of the skin type you fit into.
1. How does your skin feel when you cleanse it with a cream cleanser?
B.SMOOTH AND COMFORTABLE
C.SOMETIMES COMFORTABLE, SOMETIMES ITCHY.
E.OILY IN THE T-ZONE AND SMOOTH IN OTHERS
2. HOW DOES YOUR SKIN FEEL WHEN YOU CLEANSE IT WITH FACIAL WASH AND WATER?
A.TIGHT AS IF IT’S TOO SMALL FOR YOUR FACE
B.SMOOTH AND COMFORTABLE
C.DRY AND ITCHY IN PLACES
D.FINE/ QUITE COMFORTABLE
E.DRY IN SOME AERAS AND SMOOTH IN OTHER
3. HOW DOES YOUR SKIN USUALLY LOOK BY THE MIDDLE OF DAY?
A.FLAKY PATCHES APPEARING
B.FRESH AND CLEAN
C.FLAKY PATCHES AND REDNESS
E.SHINY/GEASY IN THE T-ZONE
4. HOW OFTEN DO YOU BREAKOUT IN STOPS?
B.OCCASSIONALLY, PERHAPS BEFORE OR DURING PERIOD
E.OFTEN IN THE T-ZONE
5. HOW DOES YOUR SKIN REACT WHEN YOU USE FACIAL TONER?
C.STINGS AND ITCHES
E.FEELS FRESHER IN THE T-ZONE /SOME AREAS BUT STINGS IN OTHERS
6. HOW DOES YOUR SKIN FEEL WHEN YPOU APPLY A THICK/HEAVY CREAM?
A.IT FEELS VERY COMFORTABLE
C.SOMETIMES FEELS COMFORTABKLE,OTHER TIME FEELS IRRITATED
D.MAKES YOUR SKIN VERY OILY
E.OILY IN THE T-ZONE, COMFORTABLE ON THE CHEEKS
Add up A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s and E’s. Your skin type is the one that has the majority answer
Mostly A’s = your skin type is dry
Mostly B’s = your skin type is normal
Mostly C’s = your skin type is sensitive
Mostly D’s = your skin type is oily
Mostly E’s your skin type is combination
NOTE: YOU KNOW HOW YOUR REACT TO SKINCARE PRODUCT THAN ANYONE SO CHECK YOUR SKIN TYPE BEFORE YOU BUY ANY SKINCARE PRODUCT,EVEN IF YOU ALREADY KNOW OT STILL IMPORTANT YOU DO THE TEST ONCE AWHILE BECAUSE OUR SKINTYPE TENDS TO CHANGE WITH TIME FOR SOME NOT NECCESSARILLY EVERYONE AND ALSO REMEMBER THAT MANY FACTORS AFFECT OUR SKIN TYPES, SUCH AS WEATHER,EMOTIONS, HORMONES AND STRESS and this will cause your skin type to be in a constant state of fluctuation
FOR EXAMPLE WHEN ONE IS GRADUALLY APPROCHING TEENAGE LEVEL ONE’S SKIN IS BOUND TO CHANGE LOTS OF BREAKOUT,OILLNESS BECAUSE THE BODY IS GOING THROUGH SOME HORMANAL CHANGES AND THE SEBACEOUS GLAND PRODUCE MORE OIL THAN NORMAL,ALSO AS TIME GOES ON FOR SOME AFTER TENEGE LEVEL THEIR SKIN CHANGE AND SOME DONESN’T.
KNOWING YOUR SKIN TYPE IS IMPORTANT,I HOPE YOU NOW KNOW WHAT YOUR SKIN SEEKS, BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T CARE FOR IT WHO WILL?
African Black Soap contains roasted plantain skin ashes for its very gentle exfoliating properties to remove dead skin cells. It may help reduce the appearance of fine lines. Black soap is also known for its excellent hydrating qualities. Organic Hempseed Oil and unrefined pure Shea Nut Butter provide deep moisture. This soap is multipurpose – you can use it as a conditioning shampoo. For centuries, both the Ghanaians and Nigerians of West Africa have used African Black Soap to help relieve acne, oily skin, clear blemishes and various other skin issues. African Black soap has also been used to achieve beautiful skin. Africans have also used this natural soap for bathing and washing their hair. It’s excellent for removing make-up too. Black soap will leave your skin silky soft and clear. Brief history of ORGANIC African Black Soap:
If you haven’t used this soap before, it’s a little bit crumbly in nature and softer than most soaps. It has a delicate texture & a natural earthy smell. It is not oily or scented. Black Soap or African Black Soap also known as Anago Soap, ose dudu or Alata soap, and originates from West Africa. It has been used for centuries in countries like Ghana and Nigeria. Its methods and secrets have been passed down from generation to generation to keep the soap close to mother nature and to avoid exploitation and imitations. This African Black Soap is not the mass produced African Black Soap sold all over the market.
African Black Soap comes from plantain skins originally. Plantain is a rich source of vitamins A and E and iron. (plantain is a popular food in Africa and other parts of the world. It looks much like a banana, but it’s bigger and longer.) The skin of the plantain is dried to a specific texture under the hot African sun and then roasted in a clay oven. The heat must be kept precisely at a constant temperature in order to achieve a particular color, texture and smell. The roasting of the plantains determines the color of the soap. The longer the plantains are roasted, the darker the soap. Next, the roasted skins of the Plantain are mixed with Palm oil and Palm Kernel oil to form the soap. These oils are in their purest form – without refining – and they make for a HIGHLY nourishing soap! Different African tribes make their own variations of Black Soap, as do separate Countries and their recipes are highly guarded.
Our African Black Soap is a great base ingredient for creating your own personalized soaps and can be melted and customized by adding moisturizing ingredients, such as unrefined shea butter, and essential oils. It can also be made into a liquid soap by adding water to it.
USING BLACK SOAP
Break off a bar-size piece from the bulk, then press it to shape with your hands, or use it as is. Rub the bar between your hands (or on a washcloth would also work), then rub your soapy hands on your skin and hair. (If you rub the bar on your hair, it will get hair stuck to the bar.) Black soap absorbs water easily, so keep it from sitting in water or it will dissolve away. The soap holders covered with little vertical fingers work well. Because this soap is softer than commercial soap, it comes off the bar more easily, so less rubbing of the bar is needed to release enough soap. When you start another bar, just push the old soap sliver onto the new piece and the two will easily unite; leaving no waste. Also recommended: mix a pea size amount of the organic-shaped soap with a small amount of water until liquid. You will have less waste.
STORAGE OF BLACK SOAP
Pure traditional African black soap is a soft milled soap and has a very high natural glycerin content. As a result, it readily absorbs moisture from the air. It must be stored in a dry location or in a sealed plastic bag or it will become soft as it absorbs moisture. Black soap exposed to the air will have a thin white colored film. This film is not mold, it is caused by absorption of water from the air. This can be avoided by keeping the soap in a dry location away from moisture until ready for use. The film is not harmful.
MAKING BLACK SOAP
Traditional Black Soap contains mainly water, cocoa pod ashes, plantain skins ashes, and palm oil, cooked together to form soap.
Tiny coconuts from the oil palm are stripped of their oily husk.
The oil filled husks are packed into a hand press. In the center of the press is a huge threaded shaft.
The heavy steel top to the press is put in place.
Muscle power forces the orange Palm Oil from the fiber.
The same pure Palm Oil is used in cooking and soap making.
The Palm Oil is heated to ready it for the soap making.
The Cocoa Pod grows directly from the branch. It is packed full of seeds (cocoa beans). When the pods have been emptied, they are burnt to produce CocoaPod Ashes.
The CocoaPod Ashes and/or plantain skins ashes are cooked with water to make them dissolve.
The ash water is added to hot Palm Oil.
The mixture of Palm Oil and Cocoa Pod Ashes is cooked and stirred. Soap is formed, foaming to the surface.
Hot soap is scooped off and placed on a cooling table.
BENEFIT OF ABS.
• African Black Soap has a deep cleansing effect. •African Black Soap suits all skin types. It is also good for babies and sensitive skins.
• African Black Soap is very sharp and does not leave a film on your skin.
• African Black Soap restores skin damaged from excessive use of bleaching creams and chemicals.
• African Black Soap heals chronic eczema, acne, pimples, freckles and dark spots.
•African Black Soap cleans deep into pores to activate the regeneration and rejuvenation of the skin.
•The antiseptic effect of African black soap prevents rashes, itch, dry and scaly skin from developing.
•African Black Soap like any other good African Black Soap does not have animal testing involved. Beware of Imitation “BLACK SOAP”
Contrary to the name, African Black Soap is actually a brownish-black color.
The addition of Iron Oxides and other colors and dyes is what makes a commercial, chemical based soap “Black”, thus passing by the name “Black Soap”.
“Black” or Brownish-black Soaps should not contain any chemicals or dyes.
“Traditional” hand processed African Black Soap does not have a hard texture, Instead, black soap will look somewhat like molded brownish-black clay.”
if you don’t care for your skin,who will?
Many of you cleanse your face regularly right? That better be answered as a yes and not a no! You think you may be washing your face properly…but are you? It is very important to read these steps to see if you are following proper skin-cleansing procedures!
1. If you have long hair, pull your hair off your face and use a headband to hold stray hairs back.
2. Wash your hands with warm water and anti-bacterial soap to remove all dirt and germs from your hands.
3. Make sure your running water is at a luke warm temperature, not too hot to burn or irritate your skin and not too cold that it can’t kill the bacteria on your skin.
4. Gently dampen your face and neck, and use a dime size amount of a gentle cleanser, working the product into your skin in a circular motion with your fingertips.
Note: remove all makeup with makeup remover,oil or wipes before cleansing your face.
5. Make sure you cleanse your neck as well,its important to care for it and also remember to remove any traces of makeup on your neck,you know foundation /powder should go beyond your chin level.
6. After cleansing your face and neck for 60-90 seconds, rinse cleanser off with warm water.
7. Turn water to freezing cold and splash a few times on your face and neck, shocking the skin and freezing the pores shut after they have been opened and cleared with warm water. The cold water will help prevent bacteria from entering the skin from having been enlarged.
8. Gently pat face dry with a clean, soft hand towel.
9. Hydrate your skin with an oil-free moisturizer and follow with eye cream.
10. If you’re on a topical medication with acne, apply at this time.
11. Cleanse your face EVERY morning and night.
12. Wash your face after shampooing and conditioning since these products tend to clog the pores with their heavy ingredients for hair care.
Follow these steps to have the cleanest, freshest skin possible! Skipping one of these steps can cause acne to form on your skin or worsen. So start following our steps to washing your face and see how your skin improves. If you don’t care for face,who will?