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Homemade Sugar Scrubs for Different Type of Skins

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There is a wide array of skin problems that most people have experienced over the years.  Some of the most typical skin issues are dry skin, oiliness, and lesions. Treating these skin problems with commercialized products out in the market is a stereotypical practice for most of us. That is given because we have the propensity to be lured by the way companies advertise their products. Even if in most cases these products do not really work. Imagine the money we are spending and getting nothing from it.

As a result, people are now searching for an alternative approach in skin treatment. A method in which the end product is less chemically made, more suited with our skin types and more affordable than those products available in all local stores. This new approach focuses in using raw products that are normally found in the comforts of our home. With that being said, a specific raw product is already making its name out in the open and that is – sugar.

Who said that sugar is only good in making different concoctions? Indeed, sugar adds sweetness in our coffee and pastries but little did we know that sugar could also be used in creating our own recipes for treating the never-ending problems with our skin.

Did you know that?

Sugar is an all-natural humectant that keeps our skin hydrated and moisturized. It is also an excellent source of an Alpha Hydroxy Acid called Glycolic Acid. This type of AHA acid treats aging skin and skin that is damage by direct sunlight. Lastly, due to its small granules, sugar is a great choice for exfoliation, removing the dead skin cells from our skin and revealing the natural glow.

In order to take advantage of the several benefits of using sugar, here are some recipes you could try making at home:

Homemade Scrubs for Dry and Oily Skin

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons of Olive Oil (make use of the Extra Virgin one)
  • 3 tablespoons of regular or organic honey (any of the two will do)
  • 1 cup of regular or organic sugar (any of the two will do)

Procedure:

  1. Get a container with lid. If you are about to use a recycled container for this recipe, you have to make sure to wash it thoroughly. Clean all remaining residue inside the container and use a towel to dry.
  2. Pour the 4 tablespoons of your oil in the container.
  3. After the oil, pour the 3 tablespoons of honey in the container as well.
  4. Finally, add the main ingredient (sugar) into the mixture and mix it well by using a stirring rod or a chopstick.

You do not have to follow the amounts of the ingredients because you can always adjust the ratio to your liking. Store the end product in a room temperature, not in the fridge because you do not want your mixture to harden.

How to Apply:

  1. You need to rinse your face and body.
  2. Scoop some from the mixture and apply it over the face and body.
  3. Make sure to scrub it in a circular motion.
  4. Leave it for a minute before rinsing.

This recipe is advisable to individuals with dry skin, oily skin or both. For those who have a sensitive type of skin, you may use it once in a week but for the rest, you may use it twice in a week.

Homemade Scrubs for Aging Skin

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of white, cane or brown sugar (any of the three will do)
  • 10 tablespoons of any coffee that is readily available at home
  • ½ cup of almond oil (you may also use olive oil)
  • 2 teaspoon of each extracts (Peppermint and Vanilla)

Procedure:

  1. Get a container with lid. If you are about to use a recycled container for this recipe, you have to make sure to wash it thoroughly. Clean all remaining residue inside the container and use a towel to dry.
  2. Add the sugar and mix it with the preferred coffee.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, almond oil and the extracts.
  4. Mix all the ingredients by using a spoon or a stirring rod.

If at the end, your mixture is a bit watery, add more sugar and coffee. Use the mixture same as your regular mud scrub. For those who have a sensitive type of skin, use brown sugar and do not add coffee in the recipe.

Homemade Scrubs for Sensitive but Dry Skin

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of brown or white sugar
  • 3 tablespoon of Ginger Extract
  • 2 tablespoon of Sunflower Oil
  • 2 tablespoon of Almond Oil

Procedure:

  1. Get a container with lid. If you are about to use a recycled container for this recipe, you have to make sure to wash it thoroughly. Clean all remaining residue inside the container and use a towel to dry.
  2. Put the brown or white sugar in the container.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix them well.

Use the mixture same as your regular scrub. You may use the mixture once or twice a week.

Homemade Scrubs for Normal Skin

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Cane Sugar
  • ¼ cup of Sea Salt (it would be better if you will use Celtic sea salt for this)
  • ¾ cup of Coconut Oil
  • 4 tablespoonfuls of Almond Oil
  • Vitamin E extract
  • Few Drops of an Essential Oil (this is optional and pick your own scent)

Procedure:

  1. Get a container with lid. If you are about to use a recycled container for this recipe, you have to make sure to wash it thoroughly. Clean all remaining residue inside the container and use a towel to dry.
  2. Add the cane sugar and sea salt in the container.
  3. Add the oils as well.
  4. With the Vitamin E extract, you can put 1 teaspoon into the mixture.
  5. Add the essential oil of your choice. Then mix it well.

In using an essential oil, make sure you check the label for the concentration value because excessive use of this type of oil might have an adverse effect on your skin.

Making the most out of the raw ingredients accessible in any household has many benefits. It does not only save money but it also gives you a healthier option. It may take a while before noticing changes as your body is accustomed with chemically made products. Just wait and enjoy.

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Homemade Deodorant With Baking Soda

Several natural ingredients you could use in creating your own homemade deodorant and antiperspirant; some are a little bit expensive and others are just sitting in your cupboard. Baking soda is a commonly use product in your kitchen and it does not only in batter mix or baking pastries but it can also be used in your own deodorant recipes.

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Baking soda is a substitute product that can prevent continuous sweating in the armpit area. It can surprisingly absorb moisture making it as one of the many popular herbal with antiperspirant property.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 5 tablespoonfuls of coconut oil
  • Your preferred essential oil

Procedure

  1. Since we are talking about homemade recipes, it would be better if we are going to do it in an eco-friendly manner. Look for a canister or container that you are not already using. For women, this is going to be easy as you have many cosmetic containers that you do not use anymore. Wash the container and clean all the residues inside it. Dry it out with the use of a towel.
  1. Pour ¼ cup of your baking soda in the container. There is no specific baking soda that needs to be utilized in this recipe. Any brand of baking soda will do.
  1. After pouring the baking soda, add the ¼ cup of arrowroot powder. If arrowroot powder is not available, you can substitute it with cornstarch. Arrowroot is more beneficial than cornstarch because it feels more natural on your skin. Nevertheless, if you forgot to purchase arrowroot powder before making this recipe, you can always use cornstarch instead. Cornstarch can be either talc-free or not. These powders lessen the amount of sweat produced. In addition, cornstarch and arrowroot powder tames the irritating effect of baking soda.
  1. Mix the baking soda and the arrowroot powder or cornstarch very well.
  1. After mixing both ingredients, pour the five tablespoonfuls of coconut oil. Sometimes coconut oil hardens and when it does, heat it up in low fire until it is completely melted. Cool it down for two to three minutes and pour it in the mixture. Do not pour it abruptly after heating it because it will cook the baking soda or cornstarch.
  1. Lastly, pour your desired essential oil. This last step is optional but if you would like to add an essential oil, try using tea tree oil as it has an antibacterial effect. So to speak, you are not only creating an antiperspirant deodorant but it also reduces bacterial growth. You can make use of two or four essential oils, depending on your choice. However, you need to research if it is fine to mix these oils and check on the label for concentration value. The number of drops is based on the concentration rate of an essential oil.
  1. Mix all the ingredients evenly. Once you are done, close the lid and start using it after taking a bath.

Checking on all possible ingredients to make your own homemade recipe is more convenient and less harmful than buying chemically made products. Try this recipe at home and see the difference within few weeks. However, please continue reading below to know few helpful tips about homemade deodorant.

Given the fact that body odor cannot be stopped because secretion of sweat is a normal part of our body processes. It is one way of secreting the unwanted remnants in our system; but what we can control is the smell of the body odors produced. We all know that most of the deodorants and antiperspirants available in all local markets contain chemical substances that are harmful to our skin. These compounds can cause skin irritability or even allergies especially if your skin is sensitive.

bakingsoda1With the fear of damaging our skin, most homemade recipe practitioners and enthusiasts are continuously creating recipes to substitute these commercialized products. Several pros or dos come along with the homemade recipes. On the other hand, we could not deny the cons or don’ts of it as well.

The Do’s of Using Homemade Deodorant

Using all-natural deodorant that contains any of the following: lavender, tea tree oil or peppermint will prevent or reduce the growth of bacteria because these organic ingredients have certain antibacterial or antimicrobial properties.

It is indeed true that salt crystals are a no-no but it really depends on how you make use of them. These crystals are highly suggested for individuals who do not sweat a lot. To make the salt crystals work; mix it with a homemade talc powder or with another homemade deodorant.

In making your own recipes, stick with simple all-natural ingredients. Some of it can be found at your own home and others are commonly offered at your local stores. Not all of these ingredients are affordable especially if we are talking about essential oils. So always, make use of what is readily available on your end.

If you would like to use alcohol as a base ingredient of your homemade deodorant, DO NOT use Isopropyl alcohol because it is scientifically proven that it has adverse effects on your skin. Instead, try using high-proofed Ethyl alcohol.

Always check on the label of the organic ingredients you are going to use. You have to identify if the ingredient is highly concentrated or not, as it might hurt or sting when you are going to use it, specifically if your armpits are newly shaved.

Even if the ingredients are organic, not all is a match with your skin type. In order to prevent any skin irritation or damage, do a skin test first and see if there are any negative reactions.

The Don’ts of Using Homemade Deodorant

It is necessary to be patient in using homemade deodorants. Do not stop after 3 days of usage because you have to let your skin adapt to the changes. Your skin is accustomed with chemical components from the regular deodorant you have been using for years. It takes time to balance it out.

Do not apply baking soda directly to your skin; look for homemade recipes that require specific ingredients to be mixed with baking soda.

It is better to use homemade recipes for your underarm problems however these alternatives will not help unless you take a bath or apply the guidelines for proper hygiene.

Any tips or homemade recipes you’re willing to share? Drop a comment or link your blog, Lovelies. Thanks for a weekend Pinay Time with me. 🙂 ❤

 

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Organic Beauty Recipes for the Hair

Note: On one of my short blogs, I have shared a single recipe for the hair and now with this new article, I am sharing a couple. So find out more, Lovelies.

They say that your hair is your crowning glory. Well, that’s a fact. A healthy, shiny and soft hair can be very attractive. It adds confidence to a person, especially to my ladies out there.

With several hair products, most of them are very enticing to use, you do not know what to choose. But the common denominator from all of these products is CHEMICALS. Yes, all hair products out if the market have chemicals. Even if they say it is gentle to your hair. It is not! Chemicals are chemicals.

In the long run, chemicals can damage your hair. So what’s the best alternative? Create your own hair product. There are several organic ingredients to use for your home-made hair products.

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For this first recipe, it can be used for dandruff, fragile and/or hair loss:

Ingredients to use:

  • ½ cup liquid castile soap
  • ¼ cup canned coconut milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp vitamin E oil
  • 2 tbsp fractionated coconut oil
  • 40-50 drops of essential oils

Before we proceed with the directions, for the essential oils, you may choose one essential oil to use but you may want to check tips below for better results:

  • For dandruff: 10 drops each lemon, lavender, rosemary and melameuca essential oils.
  • For fragile hair: 20 drops of clary sage, 15 drops of wild orange and 15 drops of lavender essential oils
  • For hair loss: 10 drops each peppermint, rosemary, lavender and cedarwood essential oils

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a container (you may choose any squeeze bottle you like). Make sure to put on the lid before shaking. Anytime you will use it, shake it first. Use it like how you normally use a commercial shampoo.

For Curly and Oily Hair:

Ingredients to use:

  • ½ cup organic cornstarch
  • 3-4 drops of essential oil (anything you like)
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon (this is for people with red hair)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (this is for people with darker hair) 

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a container like Mason jar or what not. Apply your home-made dry shampoo at the roots of your hair. Use a comb to separate sections of your hair. Put the mixture and massage it into the surrounding hair. Let it sit for about 2 minutes to absorb all the oil. After 2 minutes, brush the dry shampoo until it’s gone.

This recipe may not replace your normal daily hair routine but it can help you an extra day or two. You know what I mean.

For restoring scalp’s pH balance:

Ingredients to use:

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 ¾ cups pure aloe vera gel
  • 5-10 drops essential oils (this is optional)
  • 3-4 drops of Vitamin E oil or jojoba oil or sweet almond oil (for dry hair)

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl using a whisk. Put the mixture in an ice-cube tray, then put it in the freezer and wait until it is completely frozen. You may use the whole cube depending on your hair length or if you use half of the cube, you may put it back for your next use.

There are several ways to make your own hair product inexpensively and chemical-free. Recently, there’s this craze about Castor Oil, which helps in hair growth. I’ll do another article for this after I make my own research. I hope you enjoy our Pinay Time, Lovelies 🙂 ❤

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Organic Beauty Recipes for the Face

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Most of us have very sensitive skin which easily reacts with cosmetic products that we can find in our local department store. If these products are not compatible with your skin type, it will irritate your skin and worst, you’ll experience acne problems. To prevent this from happening, we can take care of our face and put on make-up in an inexpensive and organic way. I have prepared some recipes for you, Lovelies!

Banana Facial Mask – Bananas have a certain component that can lift your facial skin and moisturize it. Here’s how:

  1. Mash a medium-sized banana and gently apply it to your face and neck. Leave it for 20 minutes then rinse with cold water. Or,
  2. Mix ¼ cup plain yogurt, medium-sized banana and 2 tablespoons of honey together. Apply to your face and neck. Leave it for 20-30 minutes then rinse with cold water.

 

Chamomile Facial Cleanser – Chamomile Tea has great healing properties, rich in anti-oxidants and has moisturizing effects. It is also believed as all-natural skin bleach. Here’s a recipe:

Ingredients to use:

  • ¼ cup organic chamomile tea
  • ¼ cup liquid castile soap
  • 8 drops of essential oils (your choice)
  • ¾ tsp grape seed, sweet almond seed, hazelnut, avocado or olive oil
  • Several drops of vitamin E (recommended, but you have the option of not using it)

Directions:

Brew the chamomile tea. While brewing, mix all the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and add the brewed chamomile tea once it cooled down. Make sure all ingredients are mixed well, and then put it in a pump bottle. This mixture can make up to 4 ounces.

Different Variations for Facial Cleanser: 

  • For OILY skin: use tea tree, bergamot, lemon grass or geranium essential oils.
  • For MATURE skin: lavender, jasmine, geranium, neroli essential oils.
  • For DRY skin: sandal wood, lavender, chamomile or rosehip essential oils.

 

Face Foundation:

Ingredients to use:

  • Arrowroot powder
  • Use one or combination of the following: cocoa powder, ground powder or nutmeg
  • Almond, Olive or Jojoba oil (this is optional)

Directions:

For dark skin, use 1 tsp and 1 tbsp for light skin. Add one or any combination of the cocoa powder, ground powder or nutmeg until you reach the tone you want. If you want a compact powder, start with 5 drops of any of the oil listed above. Keep adding until you reach the texture you desire.

 

Blush-on

Ingredients to use:

  • Very fine beet powder
  • Arrowroot powder
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Any type of essential oil you prefer

Directions:

Use 2 tbsp of beet powder as your base and add 1 tbsp of arrowroot powder. You make want to add more depending on the desired color. Remember to start in fewer amounts. To add shimmer effect on your home-made blush, put nutmeg or ginger powder. For darker blush, use nutmeg and for lighter blush, use ginger. Mix all the dry ingredients until it is well-blended. After which, add 3-5 drops of the desired essential oil.

Simple and not-so-expensive ways to beautify yourself, Lovelies! Go and give it a try. Thanks for sharing another Pinay Time with me, Drunken Cheeks. 🙂 ❤

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SHORT BLOG: Natural Hair Product

Most hair products being advertised today contain “Sodium Lauryl Sulphate,” which is an active ingredient of detergent; so imagine yourself using those products same as using Tide or any detergent powder available. In addition to that, there are several types of hair products (such as hair spa treatment, hair dye, conditioner, hair moisturizer) with just a single-functionality; thus, if you have a few hair problems, you might need to use 2 to 3 products out of the many. With regards to natural hair products, they are not only safe to use but most ingredients are multiple functionality. Take coconut oil for example, it does not only help thicken your hair but also moisturizes it, giving a lustrous look. Last but not least, most natural ingredients can be mixed altogether without damaging your hair. Unlike with synthetic products, you cannot mix them together as they might damage your hair or worst, it can cause baldness and burnt scalp.

So Lovelies, I’ve included a home-made recipe you can easily prepare. Here it is:

Ingredients to use:

1 cup of water (distilled)
½ cup of Castile soap (in liquid form)
3-4 teaspoonfuls of Avocado oil
¼ teaspoon each of these essential oils: peppermint and tea tree
1 ½ teaspoons of Vegetable Glycerin
15 drops of another pure essential oil (your pick)

Instructions:

Pour all ingredients in one container or bottle and shake the mixture properly; and you are done. Make sure to shake the bottle before every use. Massage the recipe in your scalp for two to three minutes and rinse thoroughly.

In choosing an Essential Oil, make sure you have the proper guidelines or I might post an article regarding the basic things you need to know such ass…(oops, I meant as!), what is the most effective, skin reaction, etc. If you have another recipe you’d like to share, please drop a comment or drop a link of your blog. Thanks for sharing another Pinay Time with me, Lovelies! 🙂 ❤

 

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Organic Beauty Recipes for the Eyes

eyeprodsRevlon. Lamer. Rimmels. FaceShop. These are just few of many companies which sell cosmetics and beauty products. But they are too expensive!

No need to worry! If you have limited budget for skin or beauty products then why don’t you just make your own? And adding the fact it’s all organic, no harmful chemicals that will damage your skin. There are home ingredients that you can use as an alternative measure for eye products. Below are some recipes which are useful.

Eye Cream. This recipe will help you tightens, reduces your under-eye circles and puffiness, firms, minimize signs of aging and repairs damaged skin.

Ingredients to use:

  • ¼ cup green tea
  • 1 tbsp rosehip seed oil
  • 1 tbsp sweet almond oil
  • ¼ tsp vitamin E
  • 1 tsp emulsifying wax
  • 1 drop of carrot seed essential oil
  • 1/8 tsp NeoDefend (this is a type of preservative but less expensive)
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions:

Brew the green tea. While brewing, put half-way full of water into each of the two medium-sized sauce pans. In each sauce pan, put a glass bowl with a spout and turn the stove medium heat. In one of the sauce pan, add wax, vitamin E oil, sweet almond oil and your rosehip seed oil. While on the other sauce pan, add your brewed green tea and NeoDefend.

Heat both mixtures and wait until the emulsifying wax is melted completely. You may check the temperature of both mixtures with a kitchen thermometer. Please make sure that both mixtures should have the same temperature as your cream will not set. When both mixtures reach 130 degrees, pour the water mixture into the oil mixture. Mix your cream with the use of a hand-held blender.

Continue to mix your cream every 10 minutes until you see consistency. Usually it will take 30 minutes to an hour when water is no longer separating on the bottom. Add the remaining essential oils and put it in a container.

This normally makes up to 4 ounces and can be use during night and day, even under make up.

Eye Shadow

Ingredients to use:

For the base:

  • Shea butter
  • Arrowroot powder

You may use a combination of these:

  • Turmeric
  • Allspice
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Nutmeg
  • Dried Beet Powder

Directions:

Always start with fewer amounts, around ¼ to ½ teaspoon of arrowroot powder in a bowl. Keep in mind that the more arrowroot powder you use, the lighter and subtle it gets. Add the remaining powders and mix thoroughly. Then, add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of the Shea butter. Shea butter will help keep the eye shadow on your lids and has a moisturizing effect as well. Mix it until it becomes soft and creamy powder.

Here are some color options you also want to try:

For Pale Pink, use:

  • ½ tsp of arrowroot powder
  • ½ tsp of dried beet powder
  • 1/8 tsp of cocoa powder

For Light Brown, use:

  • ½ tsp arrowroot powder
  • ¾ – 1 tsp of cocoa powder

For Mauve, use:

  • ½ tsp arrowroot powder
  • ¾ tsp allspice
  • ¾ tsp dried beet powder
  • ¼ tsp cocoa powder 

With all of these options, make sure to include ¼ – ½ tsp of Shea butter.

You may use different kinds of powder for the desired eye shadow color. Go and experiment on your own.

I hope this short post would be of helped especially to those who are having difficulties finding eye products that work well with your sensitive skin. Do you have any homemade eye products you use? Please leave a comment and share your recipes, lovelies! This is another Pinay Time from yours truly — Drunken Cheeks ❤