DIY Basil Acne Toner

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Basil does wonders for inflamed acne prone skin, it is also known for its soothing and toning properties.

Here’s a quick and simple recipe for Basil Acne Toner.

You will need:

  • 2 -3 teaspoons of dried basil leaves
  • 1 cup of boiling water

 

Steep Basil leaves in the water on stovetop for approximately 15-20 minutes.

Cool.

Then apply to face using a cotton ball.

Keep the tonic refrigerated.

It should keep for approx 90 days.

Enjoy.

xxx

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An apple a day keeps the spots away!

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Not only do apples tastes so good, they also do wonders for the skin.

Especially for oily and acne-prone skin sufferers.

Here is an easy but very beneficial recipes to diminish those spots!

APPLE CUCUMBER FACIAL MASQUE

For refreshingly cool and spot-free skin.

You will need:

  • 1/2 Cucumber (Peeled)
  • 1/2 Apple (red with skin on)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp mint leaves
  • 1 drop of lime essential oil

 

Combine cucumber, apple, egg white, mint leaves, lemon and lime juices in a food processor. Blend until smooth texture.

Add the drop of lime essential oil and stir in well.

Refridgerate for 10 minutes.

Apply to face and leave on for approx 20 minutes.

Rinse well with warm water.

Repeat fortnightly.

* Try to use organic ingredients for maximum benefit.

Chocolate Lip Gloss Recipe

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A lip gloss that’s chocolate in flavour and edible? I’m sold!

Check out this simple recipe.

You will need:

  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa butter ( try local health shops or eBay, around $6- $7 AUD for 100g)
  • 4 or 5 chocolate chips (milk, white or dark, preferably fairtrade and organic)
  • Vitamin E oil (either 1 teaspoon or one capsule)

 

Melt all ingredients in a small saucepan and blend well with spoon.

Pop the mixture into cute jars (I used small jam jars that you get in hotels).

Refridgerate until solid.

Great for gifts.

Enjoy xxx.

Almond and Honey Exfoliant

I love DIY recipes, not only because they are cheap, but you also know the exact ingredients that you are putting on your skin.

After the recent post for almond related beauty recipes, I have one more up my sleeve…

 

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ALMOND & HONEY EXFOLIANT

You will need:

  • 2 or three almonds
  • 1 tablespoon honey

 

Crush almonds (not too fine, enough to exfoliate), I like mine to be the texture of table salt.

Mix well with honey.

Massage gently onto skin. Leave on face for at least 5 minutes.

Rinse off with lukewarm water and in a circular motion.

Voila! Your skin will be as smooth as a baby’s butt. 

 

The Goodness of Almond Oil

Melbourne’s winter is usually cruel, with icy wind, rain and hail. This year hasn’t been any different.

That’s why we need to take extra care for our skin in these harsh conditions.

Almond oil, which can easily be found in supermarkets and health food stores, is great to use for especially dry skin in winter.

Here are a couple of DIY recipe for you to try.

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ALMOND BODY OIL

You will need:

  • 2 cups of Rose Petals (preferably red or pink)
  • 2 cups of Almond Oil

 

Mix these ingredients in a clean jar.

Let it sit for 2 weeks near sunlight.

Strain and apply to skin.

This makes skin smooth and supple.

Beneficial for dry and flaky skin.

ALMOND BUTTER HAND SOFTENER

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of Almond Oil
  • 1 cup of butter

Mix all ingredients well.

Apply a generous amount to hands before bed.

Cover hands with gloves.

You will have beautifully soft and very well moisturized hands in the morning!

Store any leftovers in a jar.

Refridgerate  during warmer weather.

Benefits of Bentonite Clay

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I came across Bentonite Clay whilst browsing through a health shop near my place, I found it interesting that the contents are so pure not only can it be used as a mask, it can also be ingested  leading to great benefits for health.

You might wonder if someone was crazy if you saw them drinking mud. But this light gray powder is actually just natural clay with a pH of 8.3 to 9.1 which means it is alkaline. Bentonite is composed of  silica, but it also contains aluminum and magnesium, sodium and iron can also be found in it. It’s made from a combination of water and volcanic ash.

The clay’s ability to detox the body has been known for a long time by Native Americans. They were the ones who first started to experiment with the use of Bentonite clay to treat many health problems.

Its highest power lies in its ability to absorb toxins, impurities, heavy metals and other internal contaminants. Bentonite clay’s structure assists it in attracting and soaking up poisons on its exterior wall and then slowly draws them into the interior center of the clay where it is held in a sort of repository. To state it another way, Bentonite is swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound. This happens because the Bentonite has a negative charge while the toxins have a positive charge. Opposite charges attract thus the poisons are bonded to the clay and both are eliminated from the body.

The outside of the body can also be cleansed and healed by Bentonite. A Bentonite clay mask draws excess oils and debris to the surface of your skin, boosts circulation to tighten the skin and stimulate blood flow, and whisks away dead skin cells that can clog pores. You can add herbs and essential to soothe inflamed, painful skin and fight bacteria that inflame clogged pores into blemishes.

It has also been used to treat various skin problems and as an ingredient in detox baths. A poultice of Bentonite clay can be prepared to treat eruptions such as acne as well as various skin rashes.

You can add a little to your morning orange juice or coffee, even into your meals.

Give this one a try. I have been using it for a month, and my skin’s texture is looking much better! 

DIY Natural Beauty Treatments

Want an easy, cheap and effective way to minimise those pores?

Your answer is Milk.

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Pure milk is a proven skin cleansing agent which also help to minimise pores.

Apply boiled milk, whilst still warm on the skin with a piece of wool to remove dirt even from pores of skin.

You’ll see the difference!

Another great DIY recipe for a toner.

Rosewater is commonly used in Middle Eastern and Indian foods, however, it also makes an effective toner for the skin.

A mixture of equal amount of lime juice, glycerin and rose water has great effects on skin. This solution will remove pimples and blackheads from skin.

All the ingredients can easily be found in your local supermarket.

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If you are low on cash or prefer to make your own rosewater like I do (I am much more satisfied when I know exactly what I am putting on my skin), here’s the recipe on how you can make your own:

1. The petals must be freshly picked. Pesticides or chemicals should not be used while growing them, which is why it makes sense to use roses that you have grown yourself.

2. Pick flowers two to three hours after sunrise when the morning dew has evaporated.

3. Use only petals, not the stem and leaves.

4. Wash thoroughly to remove bugs and dirt particles.

5. Place the rose petals in a large pot of distilled water.

6. Add just enough water to cover the petals. Too much water will give you very diluted rose water.

7. Cover the pot with a lid and simmer on a low flame. The water should be steaming hot not boiling hot.

8. Allow the water to steam until the petals have lost their colour and the water has taken on the colour of the rose petals. You will see the rose oil floating on the surface.

9. Strain the water and collect in a container. Store it in a refrigerator. It will last longer this way.

Because rosewater is a natural moisturiser, I like to store mine in a small spray bottle. It’s great as a makeup setter and anytime you need a little hydration.

Glowing Skin… The Natural Way

I was born in Fiji but came to Australia when I was 3 , so it must come naturally to have that Island Glow when it comes to skin right? Wrong! After spending a while  in Fiji last year, I picked up a few tips for skincare from locals.

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For glowing skin, dab cotton wool into some coconut milk. Apply onto face and leave on for at least 15 minutes. Then rinse off with lukewarm water. Other benefits of coconut milk is that it can protect skin from disease and also add natural moisture. Although, tinned coconut milk is okay to use, I prefer making my own as it’s cost effective and organic without any nasty chemicals in tinned cans such BPA. To make your own coconut milk is relatively easy.

You will need:

  • 4 cups of water
  • 1½ – 2 cups of Coconut flakes/ shredded coconut ( I prefer mine Organic)

Heat water until hot (but not boiling).
Add shredded coconut and water to blender
Blend on high for until the mixture is thick and creamy.
Pour through a colander to filter out the coconut pulp, then squeeze through a cheese cloth or muslin to filter the smaller pieces of coconut.
Use immediately or store in the fridge. Fresh coconut milk should be used within 3-4 days of making it for the best flavor and texture. You can drink a glass after your pampering session too!

 

Buttermilk & Eczema

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With many children suffering from Eczema, I believe that allergies regarding the skin treated with natural or herbal remedies work much better than regular medicines. Buttermilk for example, 1 cup a day will ensure that your digestive system remains clear and the first place where this will reflect on is your skin! However, it may be a struggle to get one cup down each day with your little one. An easier solution would be a bath with buttermilk or rub it on their skin and wash it, as it acts as a cleansing, de-tanning and a moisturizing agent… Great for Eczema sufferers.
Here is a great homemade recipe for a bath soak:

2 Cups of Buttermilk

1/2 cup of blended Mint leaves

1 cup of Oatmeal

Add to the bath with warm water.

Note: Please perform a patch test on skin prior to the bath.

Ingredient benefits:

Buttermilk: Buttermilk is a mild anti-inflammatory and delivers an immediate cooling effect.

Mint: Mint rarely comes to mind as a treatment for skin problems. Mint, however, functions as more than an added flavor to your iced tea. Menthol oil, derived from peppermint, is the main ingredient in many skin ointments and lotions. This ingredient soothes skin irritations like sunburns, insect bites and allergic rashes.

Oatmeal: With Eczema, the skin becomes very dry and flaky cause more itch and uneasiness. Therefore, you need to moisturise and oatmeal does just that!

Enjoy!

Simple & Natural Spot Remedy

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Want a simple, natural and effective way to get rid of your spots? Here’s a simple solution.

Ingredients:

1 Teaspoon of Nutmeg

1/2 Teaspoon of Milk

Mix the above ingredients until you form a brown thin paste. Apply to spots, leave overnight. Rinse off with a gentle cleanser in the morning. You will see results in no time! A simple yet effective solution.

*Tip: Store above ingredients in appropriate quantities into cute jars. Add honey to fill up the jar so the consistency is a paste, tie a twine bow with an instruction tag to give as super cute handmade gifts!