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
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 😊
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.
Gross but yeah, pores are crazy important. You need to make sure
to clean your pores of impurities constantly in order to have healthy looking
skin, minimize black heads and pimples. If you let your pores get all clogged
up, your skin is going to look less than appealing, oily and dirty. The
charcoal peel off mask is one of my favorite face masks because on top of being
crazy satisfying to take it off, it is great at pulling dirt, blackheads,
bacteria, dead cells, and all sorts of impurities from the skin. Now, do BEWARE
because although the mask is great at removing impurities, it takes all of the
oils from the skin when you peel it off and that is not recommended, it can
also irritate your skin, so you have to be gentle when applying and taking it
off. On top of that, once you have peeled off the mask, you need to make sure
to wash your face to remove all mask residues, use a toner to seal off your pores
and moisturize. I also wouldn’t recommend using this type of mask too
frequently as it can make your face look dry and irritated if you overuse it. Twice
a month or just as needed should be good.
Fight skin aging by sealing your pores after your face wash routine with a red wine ice cube! Red wine contains antioxidants that help restore collagen to maintain your face looking youthful and nourished. Let your skin absorb the wine and do not rinse. If you do this at night, it will even help you to go to sleep as red wine also contains melatonin. Just a couple more reasons to love wine, cheers!