4 Tricks to Reduce Inflamed (Redness) Skin

 

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Lemon Juice

Lemons, limes and grapefruits are natural bleechers, which means they help to remove any uneven complexion, redness, dark circles, brown/sun/age spots, etc. IF you don’t have sensitive skin, you can use the lemon juice (or any citric fruit that is mentioned) as is. If your skin is sensitive, then dilute the citrus juice. Dilute it with water. If your skin is very sensitive, like mine is, then I diltue the lemon juice by pouring in the same amount of lemon juice. So, if you have a quarter of a cup of lemon juice in your cup/jar/bowl, then the same amount of cool water is what will do the trick. I promise you, it will not cause an irritation to the skin. Same goes for lime and grapefruit. This mixture makes for a great all natural toner. 

Aspirin

Ibuprofen to be precise helps to reduce reduce redness, this includes blemishes. For the full recipe, please click on the link above. 🙂

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Bamboo Gel

Bamboo reduces and calms any redness on your skin. It’s also an anti-aging ingredient, so in addition to removing the redness, it also keeps the fine lines and wrinkles at bay. Bamboo has recently been discovered to be a bit more effective than aloe vera, in addition, it works much quicker, too. Don’t get me wrong, aloe vera is an oldie, but goodie. I know that The Face Shop has a really good bamboo gel.

Benefits of Chamomile Tea

Chamomile

Thanks to its bacterial and calming properties, chamomile is so gentile that you can even apply it on your baby’s bottom when they have a rash or just straight redness. After brewing the tea bag, through away the tea bag. Wait for the tea to cool down. I’d say wait about ten minutes or so. Use a makeup pad (one that you use to remove your makeup) on areas where you have inflammatory skin. Even rosacea. This has been an ancient treatment to treat inflamed skin. Or you can enjoy a cup of tea after brewing it. If so, enjoy!

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DIY Face Mask: Yogurt & Honey

 

I had recently made this mask. It contains yogurt and honey. Yogurt is so good for your skin. It’s excellent to restore hydration into your skin, (making it an anti-aging ingredient), plus yogurt is for very sensitive skin. It brightens your skin, which means it will brighten your blemishes, dark circles, redness, basically any uneven skin tone. Plus, it naturally reduces fine lines and wrinkles, making it such a great anti-aging face mask. The lactic acid in yogurt will help dissolve dead skin and tighten pores. 

As I was making my mask, I will admit I got a little, okay, really generous with the honey. Lol. It became more of a honey mask, than yogurt, even though this face mask does contain yougurt. I would use two table spoons of yogurt, plus one squirt of honey. In that bowl is what too much honey in the yogurt looks like. See, I love honey in my masks, haha. Oops. I will make this recipe better next time ;). I always cleanse my face before applying any mask. My pores need to be prepped and awake, so I get the most out of my face masks. I don’t want any mask I use for my skin to receive a bit of the goodness, as oppose the full amount. 

If you have made this recipe, please tell me your thoughts! Share in the comments!

 

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DIY Face Mask: Banana & Honey

I had decided to try this what was supposed to be a one ingredient face mask, but eventually turned into a two ingredient face mask; banana and honey. Now, if you plan on storing this face mask in the fridge to use for later in the week, use a whole banana. It makes a large batch. If that’s the case, and you want to opt for honey – apply two or three squirts. I used two generous amounts for one whole banana. 

Bananas contain vitamins A,B,C, E, iron, zinc and loads of potassium. Bananas are excellent to reduce inflammatory skin (redness, including rosacea), acne/blemishes, dehydration, sensitive, anti-aging, so it reduces fine lines and wrinkles, thanks to it’s hydrating factor. Bananas are equivalent to the results you receive from botox. The difference is that one of them; you are injecting a needle and the other treatment you are applying a mask onto your face, or eating a banana, or both. 🙂

I love honey in masks, even on it’s own. Honey adds additional hydration for those who have very dehydrated in Winter. My skin is dehydrated all year round, but in the Winter, forget it, talk about loss of hydrated.

Ingredients:

1/3 or 1/4 banana

Fork (I replaced the wisk with a fork)

Honey (optional) – about 1 squirt

Directions:

In a bowl mash the banana to your level of smoothness. Add a honey, if you like. Mix it well. After your skin has been cleansed, with your favourite cleanser, apply this mixture. Leave it on for fifteen minutes. Afterwards, remove it with a warm wash cloth. Finish it with your moisturizer. 

When you’ve tried this face mask, please share in the comments!

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Beauty Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

Here are amazing ways to use tea tree oil from an article I had found from Readers Digest. It’s a great article that I thought I would share with you. It treats psoriasis to acne to remove make-up. Check it out! 

Use tea tree oil to clear acne

To Clear Acne

If you’re looking for a home remedy for acne, a 5 percent solution of tea tree oil works just as well as the top drugstore acne remedy, benzoyl peroxide, according to Australian researchers studying their native resource. Dilute a few drops of tea tree oil with 20 to 40 drops of witch hazel, and apply to skin once or twice a day with a cotton swab. Be careful to not overuse it: while gentler than benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil can dry out your skin, triggering your body to overproduce its own oils and make your acne worse. If you apply it to your face, stay out of the sun—tea tree oil can make you more sensitive to UV rays.

Use tea tree oil to remove makeup

To Remove Make-up

For normal to dry skin, try mixing 1/4 cup canola oil with 10 drops of tea tree oil in a 4-ounce sterilized glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake until blended. Store in a cool, dark place. To use, saturate a cotton ball with the oil and sweep over your face to remove makeup. Rinse well with warm water and follow with a toner.

Use tea tree oil to zap boils

To Remove Boils 

Tea tree oil is highly effective against staph infections, even those that are antibiotic-resistant. Just dab a little on the boil several times a day.

 

 

Use tea tree oil to treat yeast infections

To Treat Yeast Infections

Studies have found that tea tree oil disrupts the membranes of yeast cells, and lavender kills Candida in a test tube. Mix them together and yeast doesn’t have a chance. Tea tree oil is toxic when swallowed, so don’t use this to treat oral infections. • 5 drops tea tree essential oil • 5 drops lavender essential oil • Distilled water Mix the tea tree and lavender oils with a few drops of distilled water. Using a cotton swab, dab the blend on the affected parts of the body.

 

Use tea tree oil to relieve psoriasis

To Relieve Psoriasis 

Rub a few drops of tea tree oil, diluted in a little olive oil, into your psoriasis patches several times a day. The Australian remedy is useful for relieving itch and softening plaques, especially if you have a mild case.

 

 

 

Use tea tree oil to reduce cold sores

To Reduce Cold Sores

Apply tea tree essential oil directly on the cold sore three or four times a day. However, tea tree oil is toxic, so avoid getting it in your mouth.

 

 

 

 

Use tea tree oil to eliminate toenail fungus

To Eliminate Toenail Fungus 

In a study, participants applying 100 percent pure tea tree oil to nail fungus for a minimum of three months did as well at killing it as did those using prescription anti-fungal cream; 60 percent of both groups completely or partially eradicated their symptoms. Once or twice a day—every day—apply a drop or two of 100 percent pure tea tree oil to the discolored nail. Be careful not to apply tea tree to the skin, because undiluted tea tree oil may be irritating.

Use tea tree oil to fight foot odor

To Fight Odor

The herbs and essential oils in this aromatic blend help to reduce sweatiness, fight odor, and leave feet fresh and clean. Rosemary and ginger stimulate circulation, and sage discourages perspiration: • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary • 1 tablespoon dried sage • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, finely grated, or 1 teaspoon dried powered ginger • 4 cups water, plus extra as needed • 1 tablespoon baking soda • 1 tablespoon Epsom salts • 10 drops tea tree essential oil • Small ice cubes or crushed ice Place rosemary, sage, and ginger in a large saucepan with water. Bring to a boil. remove from heat, cover, and steep for 10 minutes then strain. Add baking soda, Epsom salts, and tea tree oil. Mix well. Pour into a foot spa or shallowe basin big enough for both feet. Top with extra water and add ice. Soak feet for 15 minutes; pat dry. Follow with a dusting of fragrant foot powder.

Use tea tree oil to soften dry cuticles

To Subtle Dry Cuticles

The essential oils in this rich, softening blend help to counter cracked and ragged cuticles. Tea tree oil is a proven fungus fighter, while lavender is anti-inflammatory and healing. You can find avocado and jojoba oil in health food stores, or you can substitute olive oil for either or both. • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil • 1 tablespoon avocado oil • 10 drops tea tree essential oil • 10 drops lavender essential oil Pour the jojoba and avocado oils into a small, dark-colored glass bottle, which will help preserve the oil. Then, add tea tree and lavender essential oils, screw on cap, and shake to combine. Before using the cuticle oil, shake the bottle well, then massage a few drops into your nails and cuticles daily to soften your cuticles and prevent them from splitting.

 

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DIY Honey Mask!

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Honey Mask
I’ve used an honey only mask. Apply honey as is onto a cleansed face. Leave it on until it dries. Once it dries, with a warm cloth, wash it off. Skin feels really soft, radiant. 

Stacey Says: Honey treats blemishes, as it also nourishes the skin, making it perfect to deliver the right amount of hydration to the skin without it being too much. 

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Almond Milk Mask

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Almond Milk Mask
Almond Milk contains Vitamins E. Vitamin E is to improve your complexion by adding radiance, which retains moisture.

To make: Combine ½ avocado, 1 medium banana, 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil, 1 tablespoon honey, ¼ cup almond milk. Mash together in a bowl or blend in a blender until well-combined/smooth. Recipe taken from blog.freepeople.com.

Stacey Says: Another great mask that I’ve tried to nourish my skin. It leaves my skin silky smooth, well nourished. It truly works. It feels cool, smells great, feels nice, too. 

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Exfoliate with Brown Sugar

 

EXFOLIATE WITH BROWN SUGAR

Brown sugar is much gentler than white sugar. It is very gentle and yet tough at the same time. It can remove dead skin cells and impurities in the pores. Molasses, which is the ingredient that colours brown sugar contains B vitamins to prevent and reverse photo-aging. Photo-aging is the cause of the harmful UV rays. It is also economical. Lastly, not only does it exfoliate the skin, it also moisturizes it, too. 

Exfoliate the Skin:

You’ll Need:

Brown Sugar

Bowl

Honey (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place brown sugar (and honey) into a bowl. If you do mix the sugar and hone, mix well.
  2. Apply brown sugar right onto your skin.
  3. Rinse it off with a wash cloth.
  4. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. If you really wanted to, although you don’t need to, you can exfoliate once per day due to brown sugar being so gentle for the skin.

Remove dandruff with Brown Sugar:

You’ll Need:

Brown Sugar

Directions:

  1. Apply the brown sugar to the scalp before washing the hair.
  2. Wash hair

 

This scrub is perfect for those who have highly sensitive, dandruff-prone scalps.
Have you tried exfoliating with brown sugar? Please share in the comments. I would love to hear from you! 

 

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All About Almonds! DIY Almond Oil & DIY Almond Masks!

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Did You Know?

Almond oil contains vitamins A, B and E, all of which are essential to strengthening and moisturizing your skin

Dry Skin 

Almond oil is included in many popular anti-aging creams and other beauty products because of its moisturizing capabilities. Its high levels of vitamins A and E promote moist skin, and can also help to cleanse pores. Clean pores mean fewer blemishes, blackheads and pimples to combat with. Almond oil also helps to encourage skin cells to renew, eliminating dead skin cells from the surface and leaving behind a clean, fresh look, as well as a moisturized and smooth. Plus, almond oil absorbs quickly into your skin and unlike other essential oils, almond oil doesn’t feel greasy or oily at all.

Almond Oil Facial Mask Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Egg

1 tsp almond oil

Directions:

In a blender mix all the ingredients together. Make sure it’s mixed well. On clean skin apply the mask all over the face avoiding eye and lip area. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Wash off in warm water. Lastly, apply moisturizer.

Hair

Almond oil can revitalize dry or damaged hair. Apply almond oil to the hair and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse it out and wash your hair as normal. After a few applications, you will see shine and moisture restored to your hair. Another option is looking for a shampoo or conditioner that contains almond oil.

Need a Massage Oil?

Almond oil makes an excellent massage oil. It helps to soothe and relive muscle pain. Almond oil is also used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation and treat headache pain. Another benefit is massaging almond oil into your skin will also add a brighter sheen and glow to the complexion of your skin. With it being such a great lubricant, it can also reduce the symptoms and appearance of red, itchy areas caused by irritation or rash.

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 If you do not have almond oil, why not make your own.

 

Making Your Own Almond Oil
Here’s how:

Place almonds into a blender. Begin blending at a slower speeding gradually working your way to a quicker speed. The almonds will form into a ball, which is perfectly normal. Every now and again you will have to remove the almonds from the sides of the blender. Continue blending until almonds turn into a creamy paste. Add a teaspoon of olive oil to the mix. Blend for another minute. The ball should begin to break down, if not add one more teaspoon of olive oil. Mix until the mixture is  a creamy paste. Lastly, place the paste in a container and store it at room temperature for 1-2 weeks to allow the oil to separate from the nut.

Need an almond mask? Almond masks are my favourite!

This is one mask I didn’t make myself, it’s a recipe that I had found years ago. 

Almond Yoghurt Honey Mask


Directions:
1. 6oz plain yoghurt
2. ¼oz finely-crushed almonds
3. 2tsp honey
4. 2tsp wheatgerm oil 


Instructions: 
Mix all the ingredients into a smooth paste. Apply and massage the mixture into skin. Keep the mask on for 20 minutes.

I mix all of the ingredients in a blender. 

Recipe is courtesy of www.benefits-of-honey.com

This is perfect for those cold, dry Winter months.

 

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DIY Homemade Tomato Mask

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Tomatoes are excellent for your skin, because:

  • Tomato balances the skin’s pH levels.
  • It closes pores, preventing bacteria, dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from clogging them.
  • Tomatoes contain anti-oxidants that protect against the free radicals that cause acne.
  • Tomato repairs skin damage on the cellular level, and reduces the appearance of acne scars.
  • The natural acid in tomatoes restores the skin’s natural oil balance.
  • Tomato moisturizes skin, leaving it soft and smooth.
  • Tomato contains vitamins A, C, K, E, B1, B2, B3, and B6, which help shrink pores and nourish skin.
  • Tomatoes also contain iron, potassium, and other nutrients that support general health as well as skin health ad also reduces scar formation.
  • According to the American Association of Dermatology, the consumption of foods with high glycemic indexes contributes to acne. Tomatoes have a very low glycemic index.
  • Tomatoes contain salicylic acid, a common ingredient in commercial acne products, which cleanses and exfoliates to remove toxins from pores and restore the skin’s pH balance.
  • As a natural astringent, tomato keeps the skin taught and wrinkle free.

 

Nutrients
Benefits for Skin
Vitamin A
Fades dark spots and blemishes. Smoothens out rough skin
B-vitamins
Slow down the aging process of skin. Fight off free radicals that cause fine lines and damage to healthy skin cells.
Vitamin C
Helps build up collagen and maintain skin tautness and elasticity.
Calcium
Composes the uppermost layer of skin. Heals dry withered skin.
Potassium
Solves dry skin by moisturizing and hydrating skin cells
Magnesium
For youthful radiant skin. Slows down the aging process of skin.

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Tomato Mask

  • Place 1 tomato in the blender and puree until smooth.
  • Apply puree to skin and leave on 15-20 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water, wash face with gentle cleanser, and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.

For best results, be sure to cleanse your face first. Apply your mask, remove mask, moisturize.

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