Friday, June 10, 2011

Coffee & Plum Exfoliation

1 Tablespoon of fine ground coffee
3 Plums
1 Teaspoon of Honey

Benefits of Ingredients:
Coffee exfoliates and revitalizes your skin. It also has anti aging benefits
Plums are a very effective antioxidant
Honey is an excellent humectant

Mash the 3 plums into mush. Mix the plums with the teaspoon of honey. Finally add the tablespoon of fine ground coffee. Apply the mix onto your face gently. Let it sit for 10 minutes then scrub off delicately.

This little DIY recipe will help you get rid of old dead skin cells.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Four Skin Care Tips to Remember

There are 4 simple tips we want to give you that will help is you skin care regimen.

First and foremost, wear sunscreen. Sunscreen serves two really good purposes. It helps to protect our skin from extremely dangerous and deadly cancers and it also helps prevent our skin from aging so fast.

Daily application of sunscreen is quite common, but we have all made little application mistakes that leave our skin exposed to those harmful UVA & UVB rays. We must make sure that we apply sunscreen to all areas of our skin that will be exposed, such as our feet, chest, hands, neck, and even our ears. If you are going to be swimming or will be sweating a lot, you should apply sunscreen at a minimum of every 2 hours (once an hour preferably). We would recommend you use a sunscreen that has no less than an SPF rating of 30. One common myth you should remember is just a myth is that cloudy days are supposed to be safer from the sun. They are NOT safer! Some studies have shown that sunburns are more easily obtained on cloudy/overcast days than on sunny days.

One of the most simple tips for all of you is to sleep. Sleep is FREE skin care. Good restful sleep helps to keep you from becoming exhausted and exhaustion helps to show age lines more than most anything else. Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project, suggests lack of sleep has a significant effect on our energy level and our happiness. She adds that setting a specific bedtime, ensuring your room is dark, chilly, and clutter free, avoiding activities that make you alert, all will help provide you with an environment conducive to a sound sleep.

Do you know what the three minute rule is? It is a lot simpler than you think. Simply remember to moisturize within three minutes after showering or bathing. Damp skin helps to lock in moisture and there is no better time then when you are still somewhat damp yourself. It still is necessary for you to find out which moisturizer is right for your skin type.

Would you ever brush your teeth with a brush that is dirty? The same should go for all of your beautifying brushes. These brushes create an ideal environment for bacteria.  Good Housekeeping gives us a tip to rinse them with water and then add a drop of gentle shampoo to create a lather. Next, wash them well and use a clean dry towel to ring out the water and allow them to air dry. For liquid  product tools, Bella Sugar  suggests that we make sure to wash these tools daily and for those tools we use with powder products we should clean them every two weeks.

Our final tip for you is to eat foods that have skin healthy nutrients. Just remember, whatever is good for your health is good for your skin. Vegetables like spinach and broccoli are rich in Vitamin A that helps with cell production and turnover for smoother skin. Salmon, tuna, and trout are some of the fish that contain high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids that help battle inflammation. Inflammation produces free radicals that in turn contribute to aging by attacking collagen. Vitamin C, which is most common in oranges, lemons, and grapefruit are very important in the production of collagen. Protein packed foods like chicken and pork contain zinc and iron. Zinc helps with cell synthesis and exfoliation, so our skin does not have that dull appearance. Iron is needed by our red blood cells to carry oxygen to the skin. That helps to give our skin that glow we all want.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Egg Facial Mask

Ingredients you need:

1 egg
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tbs honey


First, beat the egg in a small bowl. Next add the ½ cup of coconut oil and 1 tbs of honey. Keep beating this mixture until the mix has the consistency of mayonnaise. You can then take a spoon and put the mix into an old toilet paper roll with it sitting upright in a small bowl. Take the bowl and put it in the freezer overnight. To use, just peel away the cardboard from the old toilet paper roll. Now you just roll and smooth the frozen stick over your face. Leave it on your face 5-10 minutes then wash it off with warm water. You can keep the stick covered with plastic wrap and keep frozen between uses.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

How Often Should You Use a Facial Masque in Spring?

This is a great question. First off we have to remember that none of us have the same skin type. One of you may have oily skin, and another of you may have dry problematic skin. With that being said, the two of you shouldn’t be treating your skin the same.

Facial masques come in many forms and perform different tasks. One thing that works for all types of skin is exfoliating twice per week. By getting rid of that dead layer of skin, you help to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy. Exfoliation also helps to pull the toxins out of your skin that cause problems. Something else to keep in mind for your exfoliation routine is to make sure you skip at least one day between treatments.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Cucumber Wrinkle Cream


1/2 Cucumber
1 Egg White
2 Tablespoons of Mayonnaise
1/2 Cup Olive Oil


Take 1 cucumber and wash thoroughly. Cut the cucumber in halves. Do not peel the half of cucumber. Cut it into cubes. Take the cubes and blend together with 1 egg white, 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, and ½ cup of olive oil. Once blended together take the mix and apply to areas you wish to treat and let stand for 15-20 minutes. Gently wipe clean with tissue

Friday, April 8, 2011

Its Sandal Time! Are Your Piggies Ready?

It has been a cold winter and we are already talking about wearing Sandals? Well, spring is upon us once again and we want to help you get those piggies ready for putting on those sandals.

If you take the following steps you will have your feet ready for spring.

First you should soak your feet in warm water for about 20-30 minutes. Using Epsom salts in the mixture will help relieve aching muscles and loosen dead skin. Once you have completed the soaking process, you should use a pumice stone to help remove the old skin and then rinse your feet off.

After you have dried off your feet, trim and file your toenails. To avoid ingrown toenails you should trim and file them into a square shape. Using a cuticle stick, push the toe cuticles back. Never cut the cuticles with scissors because they help keep bacteria from entering your skin.

Once you have completed attending to your toenails, use alcohol to clean them off. Then you can polish them with a clear basecoat. Let them dry and then you can apply regular nail polish, any color you desire, on your toes. Added suggestion for you here, once the nail polish has dried use a top clear coat. This will help keep your toes looking beautiful for a longer period of time.

Using your favorite lotion will help you have pretty bare feet. Slather the lotion all over and then cover your feet with gallon size freezer bags. Take a hair band or rubber band to secure the bags on your feet. Keep the bags on your feet for 15-30 minutes. When you remove the bags, you will have extra smooth and soft piggies.

In the winter months our feet can really suffer. Sometimes a much more intensive treatment is needed. Our suggestion is an intense exfoliation. You should start at night before you go to bed by rubbing vegetable oil onto your feet. Cover your feet with socks. When you get up in the morning, shower as normal then you will need to file off the rough skin. Next you will need to rinse your feet, then dry, and finally add a thick heavy lotion. Within a few days of this daily treatment, your piggies will be ready for Sandals.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Skin Softening Body Scrub

Lemon Juice from 1 Lemon
Shaved Lemon Peel from 1 Lemon
2 Tablespoons of Honey
5 Tablespoons of Raw Sugar
Squeeze fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon. Take the lemon peel shavings and place them in a mixing bowl with the lemon juice. Add 2 tablespoons of Honey and 5 tablespoons of sugar. Mix the ingredients together. Once you have gotten into the shower and your skin is damp from the water, scrub the mix over your entire body. Leave the mix on your skin for maximum effectiveness for 10 minutes. Once the time is up, rinse off with warm water and pat your skin dry with a towel.

This body scrub will leave your skin feeling ultra soft to the touch.