Lemons are amazing for many things other than lemonade. You can use lemon as the sole ingredient or an one of the ingredients of a multitude of beauty treatments for face, body and hair. Many of you will be familiar with the struggle of darkened elbows, knees, underarms, and even the darkening of skin due to scars. Due to the high content of vitamin C in lemons, they are fantastic for skin lightening use. You can just grab a half of a lemon and rub it on the areas you desire to lighten, leave on for a good 15-20 minutes (less for sensitive skin) and rinse. Repeat periodically (two to three times a week) until you see the desired change. To add more power to this lightening treatment, mix the juice of a lemon with a half a teaspoon of baking soda and rub the mixture on the desired area (adjust the amount of juice and baking soda depending on the size of the areas you wish to treat).
Not enough? Lightening skin is not all you can do with lemons. They are also great for mixing with honey for a delicious hair mask that will give your hair a beautiful shine and if you mix the lemon juice with honey and sugar you have a tasty body scrub! What else can you ask for? You literally have a key ingredient to any kind of at hoe body treatment sitting in your fridge!
Have a lemon beauty recipe for us to try? post it in the comments!
As if chocolate wasn’t fabulous enough as an edible, it is also serves as an amazing and deliciously smelling body scrub! All you need are three ingredients, Cocoa powder, sugar and olive oil. Just mix all the ingredients together, gently apply on the desired areas in small circular motions to exfoliate the skin, leave on for 15 minutes, and rinse. The antioxidants in the cocoa will help restore elasticity to the skin, fight ageing, provide hydration, and its properties will also help reduce skin breakouts. Bonus point, the caffeine in the cocoa powder can even give you an energy boost!
Chamomile tea is
definitely one of my favorite teas to drink, especially at night time to help
me sleep and when I have a stomach ache or sore throat due to its antibacterial
properties. What many don’t know is that chamomile tea is super useful for many
other things, including skin care. Chamomile tea is a great natural anti-inflammatory,
analgesic and antioxidant that can help treat skin conditions like eczema,
rosacea and acne. It also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles scars, dark
circles and tightens pores.
Here are a few ways you can use chamomile for
the above benefits:
Boil 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile or 1 bag of chamomile tea
in a cup of water. Let it cool down and using a cotton ball, dip it in the tea
and apply on your face with gentle taps after your face wash. Do not rinse your
face, let your skin absorb the tea. If you have areas with a skin condition,
you can place the soaked cotton balls or squares on them and leave them there
for a good 10 minutes while the tea is still a bit warm.
A nice face mask can be made with ¼ cup of chamomile tea, ¼
cup of rosewater and 2-4 tablespoons of honey (just enough to make the mix a
bit thick). Cover your clean face with the mix and leave it on for 10-15
minutes and rinse off.
To reduce eye puffiness and dark circles, boil 2 chamomile
tea bags in one cup of water. Let them cool down a bit, but while still warm,
squeeze the excess tea out of the tea bags and place them on your eyes (make
sure you cover the dark circles). Leave them on for 10 minutes and let your
skin absorb the tea.
Give chamomile a try and let me know what you
Two of the main ingredients of mayo are oil and eggs, both great
to fight dryness and give your hair the shine it needs. It is also incredibly
rich in vitamin A, C, and antioxidants that help protect the Keratin in the
hair. Mayo is especially good for people with curly hair as it helps with curl
definition and less frizz.
This mask is as simple, just slightly dampen your hair, saturate the
hair and scalp with mayonnaise, cover with a hair cap, and rinse!
Tip: If mayo smell makes you gag, simply add a few drops of
essential oils in the mayo and voila! Some people prefer adding vanilla, but I
don’t think it does a good enough job of masking the smell.
There are many variations of a mayo hair mask, some people make
their own mayo or add ingredients like avocado, additional oils, vinegar and
more. I like to keep it simple when it comes to the mayo hair mask (I get the
one with olive oil and lime), but occasionally heat it up a bit to use it as a
warm oil treatment. What is your preferred hair treatment method? Share it with
me so I can give it a try!
I do a lot of research on how to take care of my skin, especially because I love to share my tips with all of you, but our skin goes through sooooooo many changes, that sometimes it is hard to keep up. What once worked wonders on your face may be causing breakouts now. As we go through hormonal changes, aging, weather changes, and environment changes, our skin suffers the consequences and we are left to figure out what new routine works best while healing whatever damage has already happened. I really do believe that sometimes having people to go to with questions about different products and skin changes is super important. Reading books, reaching out to experts and looking up information online is great, but I love having that personal interaction. I have found my personal skin care heaven with Origins by Esteé Lauder. They have a location at my local mall and I have come to get to know the girls that work there pretty well. They are incredibly helpful when I am struggling with anything in my routine, they give you samples so you can find what works for you, they will help you match colors, give you helpful tips and more! I also love that with their rewards membership you can get discounts and free facials! Also, that they have a lot of natural product options. My point with this is, take the time to find a store where they have a lot of the products you like, where the employees are super helpful and willing to engage in conversations and educate you in skin care. I hate when people push me to buy things, but when someone is willing to take some time to help figure out what is going on with my skin, give me potential solutions, and gives me a facial regardless of my purchase… that is an amazing experience. Having someone to go to is priceless. Try it out, find your skin care heaven and let me know of your experience and what you learned from it 😊
It is crazy how many people ignore their poor lips when it comes to a beauty routine. No matter how beautiful the rest of your face looks, chapped crusty lips will ruin the entire thing. It is super simple to care for them and get them looking and feeling soft, looking plumped, rosy, and delicious. Here are some tips from my daily routine to help:
No, not lotion… you can use coconut oil, Vaseline, olive oil, or a natural chapstick. Super important to do it at night before you go to sleep.
Drink enough water! if you get dehydrated, your lips will look very dry, colorless, and will start feeling a bit rough.
Once a day, after I brush my teeth, I use my soft toothbrush to gently brush my lips in tiny little circles to get the dead skin off, make them more rosy and soft. I also do this when I need to get my lips to look fuller and more plumped right before I put on lipstick and all. Don’t do this too many times a day as that can hurt your lips.
I would recommend doing this once a week. If you are doing everything else I mentioned, there’s no need to do it more often than that. You can buy a premade scrub (please always buy quality products without harsh chemicals) or make your own. Making your own lip scrip is super easy, you just need to combine brown sugar and honey, it is super effective, great for a face scrub too, and delicious if it happens to fall in your mouth 🙂 You can also add olive or coconut oil; however, I don’t do that since I use that to moisturize and I prefer the sugar and honey combination.
You can truly see and feel the difference after a couple of days of following the tips above. You may have to adjust the frequency of the scrubbing and moisturizing during the summer and winter due to the harsher weather conditions. Do you have any other tips you would like to recommend? I would love to hear them!
I come from a family of ranchers and farmers on my mother’s side. Her grandparents and everyone prior owned a lot of land, lots of animals, and farmed all sorts of things. I got to see a bit of this when I was little and the joy of those memories when I got to go see and pet all the animals, see the baby piglets being born, play with the baby goats, and horseback riding will forever remain. All those things are in the past, the people from back then are gone, but besides all those wonderful memories, I got to learn a few things. I learned how to properly treat animals, respect all living creatures, and that pretty much everything we need we can find in nature. One of my grand uncles (over 80 years old) has always used one secret ingredient to remain healthy and young looking… HONEY! Yep, honey. Most of us have used this as a sweetener or beeswax in various products, but him and his family use it for nearly everything related to self-care and nutrition. He never eats refined sugars, the only sweetness he adds to anything is honey. He also uses honey daily as hair mask, face mask, body scrub and more! Well… he looks like he is in his 50s! A couple of weekends ago, Kim and I went to our local community market and we saw this vendor called Soul Honey, and yeah… I freaked out! Flashback to my grand uncle. The sweet couple selling the products told me all about their love for their bees and the honey. They make anything from moisturizing cream to soaps, and they also sell their delicious honey. Some additional things they make for themselves but that just wouldn’t last packaged or would be too much for them to take to the booth, they write on little cards, so you can try making them yourself at home. Another thing I really liked about them is that they care for the preservation of bees and know the importance they have in our ecosystem, so they offer free beekeeping presentations for kids. I personally love when I find people that are passionate about what they do, especially when they care about our beautiful planet. If you want to check them out visit, www.texassoulhoney.com. Here are some of the products I ended up buying to try, so far I like them all and their honey is delicious! I challenge you to try more local products, they boost the local economy and you can find a lot of cool products like these.
As I have mentioned before, I have been making small changes
in different aspects of my life in order to live in a more natural and
eco-friendly way. Well, I stumbled across this Auromere shampoo bar with neem.
As soon as I saw the packaging, it caught my attention as it is made out of
cardboard instead of plastic…. I LOVED this! I know, I know, cardboard still
kills trees and it is not totally eco-friendly if we put it that way; but I was
really happy that it didn’t come in plastic and wanted to really give it a try
to compare it to bottled shampoo. I was already using an organic shampoo, but
it was in a plastic bottle, so this is definitely a step in the right
direction. I read the back of the box as well as the ingredient section and I
was very excited to take it home and write a review for it.
This shampoo bar is free of chemicals, cruelty free, vegan and earth friendly. It also packs a lot of great oils and other natural ingredients that are gentle with the hair and nourish the scalp.
I was a little unsure about how much of the shampoo bar I would have to use to wash my hair since it is long, going all the way down to my waist, but it got foamy very quickly (not as much as with a regular shampoo) covering all of my hair. I conditioned my hair as usual and styled it to see the end result. I was very pleased as my scalp felt fresh, nourished, and my hair was very soft. I did read on the box that the 4.23 oz bar of shampoo is equivalent to 18 oz of liquid shampoo, so one bar should last a couple of months depending on how often you wash your hair and if you keep the bar dry in between washes.
I am definitely enjoying this shampoo bar a lot, but since this is the first one I am trying, I would love to hear from you about any others you have tried that you would recommend. This one can be easily ordered online at auromere.com, swansonvitamins.com, or amazon!
Now, I am not going to say that I don’t
eat any sugar whatsoever, because I do. My goal is to eventually eliminate all
added sugar from my daily life (except maybe special occasions very sporadically),
but I have to say… it is very hard! Why is it so hard you ask? Well because it
is so addictive! There are strong physical and emotional reasons as to why we
love eating sugary foods so much, but reducing the amount of sugar we consume
on a daily basis is extremely important. Sugar has sooooooo many ugly side
effects that we should really consider not eating sugar part of our daily self-care
On top of sugar contributing to obesity,
diabetes, and heart disease, here are other very visible effects of a sugar-packed
Tooth decay (not very attractive)
Contributes to lack of collagen on skin (that
means more wrinkles!)
Worsens acne and skin allergic reactions
Personal victory, but still ways to go
I quit sodas as well as sugar and
creamer in my coffee 10 months ago and I can say that it really has made a
difference in my life. I don’t crave sugar-packed drinks, enjoy water more, my
skin feels more hydrated since I drink more water now, I get more energy from
my cup of coffee since I don’t get the crash from the sugar, and my body doesn’t
feel bloated. Eliminating just those things has made my life so much better that
I really want to continue and eliminate or minimize sugary and processed foods
from my daily life. These changes are not easy to make, but they are possible
and totally worth it. Join me and share your progress on the blog!
I have been slowly switching out certain cosmetics and other
beauty products for more natural options as well as waste free items. It has
been interesting to try out so many different things to see what works and what
doesn’t. Today I want to talk about this one product that I have really liked
and about the company who makes it. The product is by a company named Alaffia
and it is a deliciously coconut rose scented whipped shea butter to be used for
skin and hair! I bought a small container to try it out and I am OBSESSED. At first,
I was like, this little 1.5 oz container is not going to last, but it is crazy because
you have to rub it on your palms to warm it up before you spread it on your
hair or skin and it becomes oily, so you don’t need as much. This fabulous
product leaves your skin and hair crazy soft, and you can feel confident that
no crazy chemicals will harm you and that the product comes from an ethical
company. Alaffia has been For Life certified for fair trade, MADE SAFE
certified for products without known or suspected toxins to harm the health of
humans, animals, or the ecosystem, and it is Non-GMO verified. I mean, it
really can’t get better than that right?! I see all those super sad videos of
animals being killed or injured by our waste that I know a change needs to
happen, so finding companies like this one is very exciting.
A company with purpose
I invite you to visit the Alaffia website and read about their commitment
to the consumers, communities, and the planet because it is great to learn
about a company that cares and that is doing something to give back. Since the
company was started in 2003, Alaffia has implemented educational projects,
opened schools in African communities, and even has a complete line that
supports a foundation that rehabilitates women that have been victims of sex
trafficking. Even their logo is absolutely cool as it represents protection,
security and love.