Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hellooooo Gorgeous!

How many of you are tired of the cold weather drying up your skin or are tired of spending loads of money on products to achieve great looking skin? Having a rough time adjusting to this weather because now you can't stop your hair from shedding? Well I have the answers to hopefully the majority of your problems. Without hardly spending a pretty penny, we will be using basic natural products that the majority of us have at home to achieve the million dollar skin glow and shiny hair.

 


Opening Them Pores
The first step to our beauty regime is to open up our pores. A lot of us have clogged pores because we aren't consistent with washing our face and because we're girls and we like to wear make-up, Duhhhhh... (which in that case we can say we're guily of being too lazy or tired to take our faces off after a long day out...) This can be a really bad habit as the left over make- up will begin to age you and become really bad for your pores.
You will need:
-a small pot
- water
- towel
- shower cap
Put a pot of water on the stove. Just as you notice the water is about to boil, turn the heat off and remove the pot. Place it on a heat resistant table top such as your kitchen or bathroom counter. Put the shower cap over your hair so they aren't plastered to your face. Put your towel over your entire head. You want to make sure your head is directly over the pot (without putting your face in it, to prevent burning yourself) Keep your head down and set a timer for about 5 minutes. What you're doing is creating a homemade sauna. The trapped heat under the towel will make your face sweat tremendously. After the timer goes off, rinse your face off with cool water.

 






 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Exfoliate
Many of us do not exfoliate but it is the key to achieving glowing skin with harsh cold weather conditions. Dry skin will build up on our face and if it is not properly treated, it can cause excessive dirt and oil to build up causing major breakouts.

You will need (Based off skin types):
Oily Skin:
-3 TBSP fresh squeezed juice from an orange (or simply Orange Juice)
-2 TSP fresh oats
Mix the wet and dry ingredients together to form a paste. Apply onto skin and begin to gently scrub in a circular motion. Leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse with cool water. Pat dry with a towel.
SN: Never harshly or vigorously scrub any exfoliation to prevent scratching your face and making it swell or become blotchy.

Dry Skin:
-1 TSP fresh squeezed lemons (or Lemon Juice)
-1 TSP honey
-1 TSP sugar
Mix all ingredients together. Apply to skin and begin to gently scrub in a circular motion. Continue for 5 minutes before rinsing off with cool water. Pat face dry with a towel. This scrub is supposed to reduce blemishes and dark spots.

Sensitive Skin:
-1/4 cup watermelon juice
-3 TSP gram flour
Mix wet and dry ingredients together to form a pasty consistency. Apply to skin and begin to rub gently in circular motions. Continue for 3 minutes before rinsing with cool water and then patting your face dry with a towel.

*The circualr motions when exfoliating helps to stream blood through your face giving your face a nice healthy glow. If you don't have these ingredients at home and are strapped for money, you could always take a wash cloth and rinse it with warm water. Sprinkle either sugar or salt on it and gently scrub your face; in circular motions of course.



Moisturize
Another great factor when keeping your face up to par is moisturizing it. You can do all the facials and wash your face regularly. But if you're not moisturizing, you're doing just as much damage.

Oily Skin:
-honey
-gram flour
-lemon juice
Mix all ingredients to form a creamy consistency. Apply to skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes. rinse off with cool water. Pat dry with a towel.

Dry Skin:
-fresh strawberry pulp(smash or lightly blend some strawberries)
-1 TSP yogurt
Mix all ingredients to form a creamy consistency. Apply to skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes. rinse off with cool water. Pat dry with a towel.

Sensitive Skin:
- 1 ripe banana mashed
-a couple slices of avocado mashed
-1 TSP yogurt
-1 TSP honey
Mix all ingredients to form a creamy consistency. Apply to skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes. rinse off with cool water. Pat dry with a towel.

 
All About That Hair
Hair can be kind of hard to manage in the fall and winter because the colder it gets, the itchier our scalps become and our hair beigns to shed. But I have a solution to prevent that!

 
 
Hot Oil Treatments:
I prefer either olive oil (directly from the grocery store), coconut oil, or tea tree oil. Either will suffice. Pour into a microwavable bowl. Microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds or until it's warm but not hot as we don't want to burn and damage our scalp. With hair that has been freshly shampooed and towel dried, pour the oil into your hair. (For even distribution you may want to part your hair in 4-6 sections depending on how thick your hair is). Distribute from the roots til you reach the ends of your hair. Put a shower cap over your head and let it sit for 30 mins or longer. Rinse out with cool water which will lock in the moisture compared to hot water.


 














Deep Conditioner:
I've been using this as a deep conditioner since I was a baby. My grandma used to use it one me and although it can stink or feel disgusting, it really works.
You will need:
-bowl
-1 egg
-mayonnaise
-honey
-peeled and smashed avocado
-1/4 of an aloe vera plant
-shower cap
Using the insides of the aloe vera plant, mash it up in a bowl along with your avocado. Add your egg, about 4 tbsp of mayonnaise (more or less depending on how thick your hair is) and some honey. Mix all the ingredients together until you have a nice consistency.  With hair that has been freshly shampooed and towel dried, put your hair into 4-6 sections depending on the thickness of your hair. Apply the conditioner in each section until your hair is completley saturated. Comb through, starting from the ends and gradually up until you get to your roots. (it's important not to stress your hair by pulling on it, especially while wet). Put a shower cap over your head and let it sit for 30 mins or longer. Rinse out with cool water which will lock in the moisture compared to hot water. If you use hot water, it will cook the egg in your hair making it hard to get out! EEEEWWWWeeeee
 
 
Another key factor to achieving healthy glowign skin and strong hair is drinking lots of water and having good eating habits (fruits and vegetables and not a lot of fatty foods). Hope you try these at home routines and share with me how it works!
 
 


 

 


 
 


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