Goodbye, Pore Strips. Hello, Baking Soda!

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I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has a strange curiosity when it comes to pore strips. You know, that odd satisfaction of pulling the hardened strip off, only to reveal hair and some other funky bits that were on your nose.

But after using them for sometime I decided to look into the ingredients and how it actually works. What I found, just like the strip results, is not so pretty. So I figured it’d be good to find a natural alternative that, while not as instantly satisfying, is a whole lot better for your skin.

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The Bare Necessities (Why Makeup Free Days Are Important)

Sometimes you have to leave the house naked. Yes, you heard me right. Well, okay, maybe not in your birthday suit but by exposing that bare, beautiful face to the world.

I can picture you shaking your head or rolling your eyes and coming up with some excuse as to why you are the exception. Why you are the only person who has something that has to be covered or altered in order to feel comfortable leaving the house without makeup.

And that’s precisely the issue I’m trying to address.

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How To: Whiten Your Teeth With Activated Charcoal

Anyone who has ever touched activated charcoal knows that this stuff has a weird way of turning everything black. With this knowledge, you can understand why I was skeptical about using activated charcoal on my teeth. Aside from working as a whitener, activated charcoal also protects against gum disease and can help with internal toxins and food poisoning.

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The cool thing about activated charcoal is that it isn’t absorbed by the body. It’s an absorbent substance that attracts toxins and chemicals as it passes through the body. You don’t ingest the charcoal during the teeth whitening process, but it’s not harmful if you do. Bye bye, hydrogen peroxide.

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How To: Take Care Of Your Hair

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It’s no secret that good hair is essential for women (well, for everyone really, but particularly us ladies ;). Healthy hair reflects a healthy lifestyle and it feels sexy to have hair that is well taken care of.

General Hair Maintenance Rules: 

  • Use lukewarm water instead of scorching hot, as it is less damaging on your scalp.
  • Refrain from using heat on the hair (straighteners, hair dryers, etc) and if you have to, then make sure to wear some type of heat protection spray/serum or use the lowest heat possible. Let your hair air dry whenever possible.
  • Avoid chemicals or dyes. While they might enhance your appearance for a while, they are really harsh on your hair and scalp. If you must dye your hair then try to find hair friendly alternatives such as henna.
  • Avoid tying up your hair for long periods of time. If you do sport an all day tight ponytail, just allow your hair to be free when you get the chance.
  • Massaging your scalp is a great way to reduce tension and improve blood circulation. Simply massage your scalp whilst shampooing your hair for a few minutes each time.
  • Get a trim every six to eight weeks.

Foods For Healthy Hair

A combination of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains is vital for optimal hair growth. The healthier your diet, the healthier your hair.

Some of the goodies:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Eggs
  • Leafy greens
  • Complex carbs

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And last but not least, deep condition your hair in order to restore it.

There are so many types of hair masks that you can make yourself, which are much healthier on the hair than store bought chemical hair masks (or the type your hair dresser claims will “save your hair!”). My favourite is the coconut oil hair maskhttps://jantrasmantras.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/how-to-use-coconut-oil-for-beauty-maintanence/

I’ll make another post on DIY hair masks in the near future. Stay tuned 🙂

Lots of love xx

How To Use Coconut Oil For Beauty Maintanence

Aside from being a great alternative oil in cooking, coconut oil has a number of health and beauty benefits as well.

Hair

  • Deep Conditioning: Simply applying coconut oil all over your hair and putting on a shower cap (or tie a plastic bag around your head even!) and leave it for an hour (or as long as you feel like). Shampoo it out and voila! smooth, silky hair.
  • Shampoo: Combining 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1/3 cup of liquid soap (Castile preferably), 1/4 cup coconut milk. Add drops of your favourite essential oil to enhance the scent. 
  • Frizz Fighter: Apply a tiny amount of coconut oil onto your hands and rub them to warm the oil. Use your hands to smooth the frizz out. The more coconut oil you use, the more likely you will end up having oily looking hair so use sparingly.
  • Scalp Soother: Applying a small amount of coconut oil to your scalp can get rid of itchiness and dandruff.

Face

  • Scrub: Put some baking soda in a bowl and add in a little bit of coconut oil so you have a good consistency that is not too runny but not too harsh. Rub gently all over your face for exfoliation.
  • Facial Cleanser: Mixing olive and coconut oil can provide a deep cleaning wash. 
  • Moisturiser: Use a teeny tiny amount of coconut oil, warm it between your hands and apply to your clean face before bed. 
  • Mask: Combine coconut oil (around a teaspoon) and little bit of honey then apply it to your face and leave the mask for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
  • Makeup Remover: Coconut oil is great at removing makeup, especially ones that hare hard to remove. 
  • False Eyelash Remover: Apply a dab of coconut oil onto a cotton pad and hold it onto your eyelid until the eyelash comes off without any tugging/rough movement. 
  • Lip balm: Putting coconut oil in a small container and having it available in the fridge is great for at home lip moisturising. It is not advisable to put this in your purse because coconut oil hardens and melts depending on temperature exposure.