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: Dry Brush Your Skin

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You may have seen dry brushing on a spa menu or heard people talking about it but never really looked into it. This little gem is one of the best things you can do for your skin in the comfort of your own home. 

Dry Brushing Health Benefits:

  • exfoliating dead skin
  • stimulating your lymphatic system
  • reducing cellulite
  • unclogging pores
  • mildly detoxifying your skin

Steps For Dry Skin Brushing:

  • Buy a natural skin brush that has a long handle (mine is detachable, so I use the long handle for my lower body and back and detach it to comfortably brush my upper area)
  • Stand naked in your bathroom or shower area. Somewhere that can easily be cleaned since dead skill will fall.
  • Brush from your feet and move upwards (towards the heart) in long motions. It is best to go over each area a few times. Be gentle on sensitive areas, such as your breasts and arm pits. 
  • After you’ve brushed your whole body, get in the shower. 
  • Once you’re out of the shower, pat your skin dry.

Frequency:

Dry brush your body daily. For optimal results, dry brush twice a day. You will notice and feel skin improvements after a few weeks of dry brushing. 

Cleaning Your Brush:

Simply clean your brush using soapy water and rinse it until it is soap-free. Allow it to dry in the open-air, direct sunlight.

 

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.