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29 March 2013

Banana Face Mask for Oily or Dry Skin

This is such an easy face mask recipe, but it really helps your skin.  The banana's creamy texture nourishes your skin, and the honey soothes irritated skin.  You can make this for oily or dry skin, just add the appropriate ingredient listed below.

Banana Face Mask Recipe

What You Need

1/2 of a medium size banana
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon yogurt (for oily skin)
1 tablespoon heavy cream (for dry skin)


1.  Peel the banana and mash with a fork.
2.  Add honey to smashed banana.
3.  Add yogurt for oily skin, or heavy cream for dry skin.
4.  Rub all over face and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing.  Discard leftovers.

22 March 2013

4 Homemade Eyeshadow Recipes

I've always wanted to make my own makeup, so I put together a collection of homemade eyeshadow recipes. They are for both powdered and cream, and there's even a shimmer version for when you feel fancy.

When you make your own cosmetics, you can control the ingredients. This is especially great if you are allergic or have a sensitivity to an ingredients.

There's something in some eyeshadows that irritates my eyes and makes them water. It kills my eyeliner, and it's very annoying. I've got it narrowed down to a couple of ingredients, but I'm still not sure exactly what is causing it.  Thankfully, whatever it is, it isn't in these recipes because they don't make my eyes water.

Making your own eyeshadow also lets you use organic or natural ingredients if that's important to you. You'll probably be surprised at how easy it is to find the ingredients too. Some of them you can even find at your local grocery store.

I also like the flexibility to make custom colors. Sometimes I buy some eyeshadow palettes that don't have quite the right color.  Now I can make my own to complement what I already have.  

Eyeshadow palettes can be expensive!  Making your own homemade eyeshadow can save you a lot of money.

Since you control the ingredients, you can use organic if you want. You can also make the perfect shade for your skin tone.

19 March 2013

How to Get Soft Hands

Dry winter air, sun exposure, and getting your hands wet all contribute to dry, rough skin.  Learn how to get soft hands by pampering yourself once a week and taking a few minutes each day to take care of your hands.  

Female hands
Exfoliate your hands once a week to get rid of dead skin cells.  This helps keep skin healthier looking and brighter, and it can take years off your appearance.  You can make your own scrub with 1/4 cup sugar and a tablespoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil.  Gently massage all over your hands and forearms to remove dead skin cells.  Rinse well and wash with soap to remove excess oil.  
After you exfoliate, use a moisturizer made for dry skin.  A cream formula with extra oils will help soften your skin and keep it moisturized longer.  Petroleum jelly is a wonderful moisturizer because it locks the moisture in your skin for several hours.  Some people prefer not to use petroleum based products on their skin, so look for a lotion with coconut oil, cocoa butter, or shea butter.  
Made for cow udders, Bag Balm is a great moisturizer for your hands.  Use nightly to keep skin soft and heal dry, cracked skin.

Every Day

Use a lighter moisturizer during the day and apply often.  Be sure to use a lotion after washing your hands.  Do not use very hot water to wash your hands, and use gloves when you do the dishes or use chemicals to clean.  

18 March 2013

Cuticle Cream Recipe

I have seriously dry skin, and my cuticles get dry and crack during the winter.  Not only is it unsightly, but bacteria can get in the small cuts and lead to infection.  I found this recipe years ago, and it is the only thing that heals my cracked hands and rough cuticles.  As a bonus, it is easy to make.  It also helps heal cracked heals and dry skin anywhere else on your body.


1 ounce beeswax
1 ounce shea butter
1 ounce sweet almond oil (you can also use olive oil)


1.  Melt beeswax in a double boiler.  Pellets melt faster than a big chunk, but a chunk of beeswax works just as well in the final recipe.
2.  Add shea butter and let melt while stirring.
3.  Add oil and stir well.  Remove from heat.
4.  Pour in to containers and let cool before capping.

I like to use chapstick tubes because this makes a harder lotion.  It does melt on contact with your skin, so it is gentle to use.

I leave it unscented and reserve one tube just for my lips.

When I sold bath and body products, I sold tons of this stuff.  I still have people ask for it, so I do make it a few times a year for friends and family and, of course, myself.

15 March 2013

10 Easy Bath Salt Recipes

Bath salts are one of my favorite things to make because they are so easy!  They make great gifts or keep them for yourself.   Soaking in a warm bath with Epsom salts is said to relieve joint and muscle pain and pull toxins from the body.  Here are some easy bath salt recipes to help you get started!

Candy Cane Bath Salts - great for a Christmas gift

Sore Muscle Bath Salts - has a few other recipes too

Easy Bath Salts Recipe - lists what each ingredient does

Invigorating Bath Salts - has a few other recipes too

Vanilla and Patchouli Bath Salts - with coconut oil

Detox Bath Salts - pulls toxins from your body

Mango Coconut Bath Salts - yummy!

Fizzy Bath Salts - a nice twist on a classic recipe

Chocolate Lovers Bath Salts - Do I need to say more?

Fragrant Bath Salts - Easy recipe!

14 March 2013

DIY Natural Foaming Antibacterial Hand Soap

I came across this recipe on Facebook today, and I thought my readers would like to learn how to make natural foaming antibacterial hand soap.  My three kids go through a lot of hand soap, so I will definitely be making this!  Besides, I already have the liquid soap from making my clarifying shampoo!

Washing hands 
Click here for instructions.

How to Use a Comedone Extractor for Blackheads and Whiteheads

A comedone extractor can remove stubborn blackheads and whiteheads to leave you with a clear complexion. You can find the tool at most drugstores and department stores. One end of the tool is for blackheads, and the other end is for whiteheads. If you use this tool at home, follow these tips so you don't damage your sensitive facial skin.

Dilate Your Pores

Before you use an extraction tool, dilate your pores. This makes it easier for the tool to loosen the blemish and pop it out. Taking a warm shower is often enough to dilate your pores, or you can use a facial steamer. To make your own facial steamer, boil water on the stove. Remove from heat and lean over the water with your face 8 to 12 inches from the water. Drape a towel over your head to trap the steam.


Stay Clean

When you dilate your pores to extract a blemish, bacteria can creep in the pore and cause acne or infection. Wash your hands with soap and hot water before you try to use the tool. Clean the end of the tool with rubbing alcohol to remove germs and bacteria.

Blackheads and Whiteheads

The larger loop on a comedone extractor is used on whiteheads, and the smaller loop is used on blackheads. The loop should fit around the blemish without touching it.


To extract a blemish, place the loop over the blemish. Press down gently with even pressure. If the blemish does not release easily, do not try to force it. Forcing it can damage the skin around the blemish and cause redness.


Put rubbing alcohol on the area after you use the extraction tool, even if the blemish does not extract. This prevents infection and helps the blemish heal.

13 March 2013

DIY Shaving Soap Recipe For Men or Women

I've been making this soap for my husband and I for years, and we both love it more than anything we could find in stores.  It's easy to make and leaves you skin smooth and silky.

For men, pour it right in a cup and they can use a shaving brush to lather and use.  I find it easier to pour it in a mold for myself.

You could use any soap base you'd like, but coconut oil soap base produces a better lather for shaving.  If you use other types of soap, your results will not be as good.


4 ounces coconut oil soap base
1 teaspoon witch hazel
3 vitamin E capsules
1 teaspoon liquid glycerin


1.  Cut soap in to small chunks.
2.  Melt soap in double boiler or in microwave at 30 second intervals.  Stir frequently.
3.  When soap is melted, pierce 3 vitamin E capsules with a sterilized pin and squeeze oil in to soap.  Add glycerin and witch hazel.
4.  Stir well and pour in to cup or molds.

This recipe makes just one bar of soap, but you can easily double or triple it to make more soap at once.


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11 March 2013

10 Beauty Recipes with Honey

Honey is a popular ingredient for homemade skin care recipes because it is naturally antibacterial and helps heal and soothe the skin.  Honey contains an enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide, which kills bacteria.  It is also high in antioxidants that help combat free radicals.

Since honey is so thick, it gives the skin a layer of protection.  It is also a humectent, which means it pulls moisture from the air to the skin to keep your skin moisturized.

Not sure how to use honey to make your own bath and body recipes?  Here is a collection of recipes to help you get started!

Firming Face Mask
Lemon and Honey Facial
Pore Minimizing Scrub
Honey Cinnamon Anti-Acne Mask


Honey Sugar Scrub
Vanilla Honey Sugar Scrub
Sugar Lip Scrub


Almond Oil and Honey Hair Treatment
Honey Oil Hair Mask
Coconut Oil Honey Hair Treatment

08 March 2013

Hair Mask Recipe for Damaged Hair

Using a flat iron or blow dryer regularly can cause serious damage to your hair.  Pollution and the sun can also damage your hair.  Restore life to your hair with this easy hair mask recipes for damaged hair.  It leaves your hair soft and shiny in just a few minutes, and it is easy to make.


1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey


1.  Beat egg yolk.  Add honey and oil.  Mix well with whisk or use a food processor or blender to mix.  
2.  Apply all over your hair and massage in to scalp.  
3.  Let sit until dry, about 15 minutes.
4.  Rinse with cool water.
5.  Wash and condition your hair as usual.  

Why It Works

Honey naturally moisturizes your hair and scalp.  If you have a dry scalp, honey can help soothe dry skin and reduce flakes.  

Hair is made of protein, and eggs contain protein.  Using eggs naturally conditions your hair and moisturizes your scalp.  Rinse hair with cool water to avoid cooking the egg.

Oil moisturizes your hair and soothes an itchy scalp.  Oil hair masks work better if they are heated before using.  Or you can put on a shower cap to trap your body heat.  Do not warm the oil if you are using an egg in the recipe.  

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Dry Scalp Versus Dandruff

If you use a dandruff shampoo but aren't seeing results, you may have a dry scalp. Just like the skin on the rest of your body, your scalp can become dry and start to flake. A dandruff shampoo will not treat dry skin, and it may make it worse by causing irritation.

Identify Flakes

Dandruff causes large white flakes, but small flakes are more likely due to dry skin. In either case, your scalp may itch and be uncomfortable. Neither condition is serious, and both can be treated at home. If home remedies don't work, you should talk to your doctor to ask about other treatments.

Washing my hair
What Causes Dry Skin

Dry skin can be caused by any of the following:

Skin tends to get drier in the cold winter months.
Low humidity during the summer in the desert can also cause dry skin.
Using hot water to wash your hair can cause dry skin.
Using a harsh shampoo can strip too many natural oils from your scalp.
Sun exposure can dry out your skin.


Treat a dry scalp in much the same way as you would treat dry skin anywhere on your body. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. Avoid long, hot showers or baths and use cool or lukewarm water to wash your hair. Washing your hair less often can also help reduce flakes.

Use a shampoo made for dry skin like Yes to Carrots Scalp Relief. If your hair is oily, you may need to use this shampoo on the roots and use a different shampoo on the ends while your dry skin heals.

Use a hot oil treatment once a week to moisturize your scalp. You can make your own by warming two tablespoons of olive oil in the microwave for 30 seconds. Make sure it is warm but not hot before you gently massage it on your scalp. Let it sit for 20 minutes before washing your hair.

07 March 2013

Skin Cancer Treatment Options

Skin cancer is commonly found in areas of your body that receive a lot of sun exposure, but it can happen in other areas too. Early skin cancer treatment gives you the best prognosis, so make an appointment right away if you suspect an unusual mark may be cancer.

Treatment Options

There are three types of skin cancer:

Squamous cell carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma

Your doctor will discuss treatment options with you so you can make an informed decision. The best treatment will depend on the location, size, depth, and type of cancer. Smaller legions can be removed with a biopsy, but larger areas will need additional treatment.

Other skin cancer treatment options include:

If your skin cancer is caught early and is still small, the doctor can use liquid nitrogen to freeze the area.

Minor surgery may be needed to cut out the cancerous area and some healthy tissue.

Laser treatment with a light beam generally does not damage the area around the cancer. This is used on surface legions.

Large or difficult areas may require a procedure known as Mohs surgery. During this procedure, the doctor removes skin layer by layer until there are no cancerous cells visible under a microscope.

Photodynamic therapy uses laser light and medications to make the cancer cells react to light.

If surgery is not recommended, the doctor can use radiation to kill the cancer cells.

Creams with chemotherapy drugs can be applied directly to the skin. If the cancer has spread, the doctor may recommend systematic chemotherapy.

Small or thin cancer legions can be treated with curettage and electrodesiccation. The doctor removes the cancer cells with a curet. Then he uses an electrical needle to remove cancer cells that may remain.

Certain types of skin cancer can be treated with medications that boost the immune system to kill cancer cells.

05 March 2013

Easy, Basic Shampoo Recipe

On my journey to use natural products, I've made my own shampoo.  I like making my own shampoo recipe because I can customize it with different ingredients based on my needs.  This is just a basic recipe.  Feel free to use essential oils or different carrier oils to meet your needs.  I've made this with homemade castile soap and storebought castile soap.  Both work well, but the homemade version tends to separate.  Just give it a good shake before you use it to combine the ingredients.  This recipe won't lather like commercial shampoos, so it took me a few times to get used to it.

Easy, Basic Shampoo Recipe

02 March 2013

How To Choose Mineral Makeup Brushes

Mineral makeup comes in a loose powder, and you apply it with a long-handled brush. While you do not need expensive brushes, better quality brushes will give you a more polished look.

There are two kinds of brushes: hand cut and hand tied. In a hand cut brush, the bristles are gathered and glued to the band. The ends of the bristles are then cut to form the end. To make a hand tied brush, the bristles are evenly spaced and tied to the metal band. This makes a natural point at the end of the brush. If you have sensitive skin, look for a hand tied brush because the blunt end of hand cut bristles could be too rough for your skin.

brushNatural hair mineral makeup brushes can be made from many animals such as badger, horse, or goat. Each type will give slightly different results. Responsible brush manufacturers will not harm the animal when gathering the hair for brushes.

To get the best results from your brush, take good care of it to lengthen its life and help your makeup go on smoothly. To clean your brush, place face soap in your hand and swirl a wet brush into the cleaner. Rinse until water runs clear. Use a towel to gently absorb extra water and lay the brush flat to dry. Do not stand the brush upright to dry because water can seep down into the glue and weaken it.

If you are on a budget, cheaper brushes work very well for eye shadow and blush. A good foundation brush is important to create a flawless look, so if you can only afford one good brush, opt for an expensive foundation brush.

With some practice, mineral makeup gives you a polished, natural look that is hard to achieve with traditional makeup.