25 October 2013

DIY Foundation Recipe Powder and Liquid

Earlier this week, I showed you how to make your own concealer.  It uses foundation as a base, so you need to buy an organic foundation if you want an organic or natural product.  There are many benefits to buying organic, but it can get pricey.  Today, I will give you a DIY foundation recipe for liquid and for powder foundation.  The best part?  You can make it to match your skin tone perfectly!

I know that powder and liquid foundations work differently, so you may have a preference based on your skin tone, age, and skin concerns.  I'll teach you how to make both kinds of foundation.


23 October 2013

DIY Concealer Recipe

Today, a friend asked me if I had a recipe for concealer.  I didn't, so here we are!

Now I know why she couldn't find one--they are hard to find!  I waded through pages and pages of the exact same recipe.  She was looking for something with a little more coverage, and she wanted something natural.

I haven't stumbled upon the best recipe ever, but I think I've found something that will help her out.



DIY Concealer Recipe

The most popular concealer recipes call for mixing your usual moisturizer with a drop or two of liquid foundation.  I do this as a DIY tinted moisturizer, and it works great for minor blemishes.  This will cover uneven skin tone very well, but it's not great for acne or scars.

DIY Spot Treatment Concealer

If you want a thicker spot treatment, you can make it from your own liquid foundation.  The trick is to make the formula thicker by removing the water to increase the pigment concentration.  This is easy: Just place about a teaspoon of foundation in a small container and place in the fridge.  Do not put a lid on the container so the water can evaporate.  In about two or three days, you'll have a nice, thick concealer.

If you start with an organic liquid foundation like Ecco Bella or Bourjois Bio, your concealer will be organic as well.

I wish I had a completely made from scratch recipe, but this is the best I could find and feel comfortable recommending.

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22 October 2013

Makeup Expiration Dates: How Long Does Makeup Last?

Like food, makeup has an expiration date.  Makeup, especially liquid formulas, have preservatives that prevent mold and bacteria from growing.  If bacteria growing in your makeup touches your skin, it can cause acne and blackheads, so it's important to toss your makeup when it gets too hold.



How Long Does Makeup Last?


  • Some liquid foundations are good for 18 months, but it's best to use them for about a year before tossing them if they are oil-free.  
  • Powder blush is good for 2 years, but cream blush is only good for 1 year.  
  • Lipsticks are usually safe for two years.   
  • Only keep mascara for 3 months after you open it.  Since the product is applied so close to your eye, you can transfer bacteria from your eye to the tube and back to your eye again.  Toss before 3 months are up if the product starts to get dry.  Do not add water to wet it again.  
  • You can safely use an eye pencil for 2 years because you sharpen the point before each application.
  • Powder eyeshadow is generally safe for 2 years, but liquid will only last 1 year.  (If you get an eye infection, toss your makeup and buy a replacement to use once the infection clear.)
Tips

  • Keep your makeup brushes clean by washing them regularly.  
  • Write the date that you opened the product on the product or in a notebook.  
  • Keep lids closed tightly after use.
  • Store makeup in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
  • Toss makeup right away if it becomes discolored or starts to have an odor.
Now that you know how long does makeup lasts, do you need to clean your makeup bag?

21 October 2013

What's Causing Your Itchy Scalp?

A dry, flaky scalp can be caused by dry skin, dandruff, styling product buildup, or even the weather. No matter what the cause, an itchy scalp usually means embarrassing flakes.  Identify the cause of your flakes so you can treat it with the right product.


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What Causes Flakes?
Your skin is continually shedding and being replaced by new skin cells.  This usually happens slowly, so you will not notice that it is happening.  Sometimes dead skin cells fall off faster than usual, and this means unsightly flakes in your hair and maybe even on your clothes.  Flakes from dry skin are small, white, and dry.  
If your flakes are caused by dandruff, they are usually bigger than 1mm and white.  You'll likely have an itchy scalp, but your skin won't be red, and your scalp will be the only area of your body that is affected.  
Using too much product on your hair can also an itchy scalp.  If you don't remove all styling products from your hair when you wash it, it can mix with dead skin cells and cause small flakes.  
Treatment
For dry skin, treat your scalp with a hot oil treatment.  Olive oil is an excellent oil for your scalp and hair, or dry a DIY avocado oil treatment.  The oils will nourish your hair as well as your scalp.  Use a hot oil treatment once a week for best results.  For daily treatment, try JASON Shampoo with Tea Tree Oil.  
If dandruff is causing your itchy scalp and flakes, you'll need to treat the dandruff with a medicated shampoo like Head and Shoulders.  If that formula doesn't work, try Selsun Blue because it has a different active ingredient.  Use a medicated shampoo daily, and once a week, try a dandruff scrub.  
If your itchy scalp is caused by product buildup, try a daily clarifying shampoo to get rid of extra product.  Neutrogena Anti Residue is a great one to use because it won't dry out your hair.  You can also make your own clarifying shampoo with this easy recipe.  

18 October 2013

4 Ways You Are Making Your Dry Skin Worse

Dry, winter air can steal the moisture from your skin, leaving you with rough, dry patches.  While dry skin usually isn't a serious medical concern, cracks in your skin can let bacteria enter your body and cause an infection.  Here are four things you might be doing that make your dry skin worse.

Having Dry Skin Problems? Here's What You Can Do

1.  Not exfoliating

Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin.  If you don't remove them, they can prevent moisturizers and lotions from reaching your skin.  Exfoliating also helps reduce dry patches of skin and flakes.  Use an easy sugar scrub or salt scrub to exfoliate your body once a week.  For your face, try a clay mask.

2.  Not drinking enough water

Dry skin isn't the same as dehydrated skin.  Dry skin is caused from not having enough oil in your skin, and dehydrated skin doesn't have enough water.  Keeping your skin hydrated can help prevent flaky skin.  Drinking caffeine, sun exposure, and exercise can all zap moisture from your skin.  Hot showers or washing your hands often can also cause skin dehydration.  Take cool showers and limit your shower time to 5 or 10 minutes.

3.  Not using the right oils

You've probably been told that oils are bad for your skin because they clog your pores.  But not all oils work the same.  Shea butter, cocoa butter, and some essential oils can be very beneficial for your skin.  If your lips are dry, look for moisturizers with shea butter or argon oil.

4.  Using the wrong kind of moisturizer

Some commercial lotions contain alcohol, which can dry out your skin.  They may also contain inferior oils that simply can't help combat dry skin.  You don't need an expensive moisturizer, but you should look for one made especially for dry skin.  One to try is Eucerin Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion.
You can also make your own with these easy lotion recipes.



15 October 2013

How to Treat Lice Naturally

Last week, my kids came home from school with a letter telling parents that there has been a large number of lice cases at the school.  Thankfully, we weren't affected this time, but I still wanted to learn how to treat lice naturally.  I've talked to friends who have battled lice this year or who have friends who have, and they claim that popular lice treatments just aren't working this year.  They do, however, report that home treatments for lice are effectively killing them.

Suffocation

The most popular home remedy for lice is to suffocate them with an oil.  Chemical shampoos like Nix work by suffocating lice, so this is a very effective treatment.  Some experts feel that suffocating does not kill the louse, but it does slow them down so you can catch them.

You can coat your child's head with olive oil, real mayonnaise, or almond oil to smother lice.  With the oil in the hair, use a lice comb to comb small sections of hair.  Use a good light so you can see lice, nits, or eggs.  Once you have combed all of your child's hair, wash her hair as usual and rinse well.

Repeat daily for a week, and continue to check for lice every night for another week.


Male human head louse 

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a popular natural lice treatment.  Look for a shampoo with tea tree oil, or make your own by adding 3-5 drops of the oil to an ounce of shampoo.  You can also add up to 5 drops to coconut or olive oil.   Let the tea tree oil in oil or shampoo sit on the hair for half an hour before rinsing and washing as usual.

You can also add 15 drops of the oil to the water in your washing machine to kill lice when you treat affected clothes and towels.

Never apply tea tree oil directly to the skin or scalp.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Spray apple cider vinegar on the hair before and after washing it.  Let it sit for a few minutes before you shampoo.  Towel dry hair and comb with a lice comb.  The vinegar helps remove nits from the hair.

These natural lice treatments will help kill lice on your child's hair, but you should also treat your home.  Place stuffed animals and toys in garbage bags for a week to kill lice.  Vacuum your furniture and carpets thoroughly, and wash bedding, clothing, and towels in hot water to kill lice and eggs.

08 October 2013

DIY Pumpkin Hair Mask Recipe for Dry, Damaged Hair

While you're drinking a pumpkin latte, treat your hair with this DIY pumpkin hair mask recipe.  Pumpkin is loaded with potassium and vitamins A and C to leave your hair healthy.  Potassium and vitamin C can both help promote the regrowth of hair, and vitamin A is great for your scalp.  This hair mask is great for every type of hair, but it is best for dry or damaged hair.  

DIY Pumpkin Hair Mask Recipe


What You Need

1 cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons coconut oil

Directions

1.  Combine pumpkin puree and yogurt in a bowl.  Stir well.
2.  Stir in honey and coconut oil.  If you have oily hair, you can use less coconut oil.  
3.  Apply to your hair and scalp.  
4.  Cover your hair with a shower cap and let sit for 15 minutes.
5.  Rinse hair well.