Showing posts from 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) Directions 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.

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 flexibi

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.   Exfoliate 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.   Moisturize 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 coc

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. Ingredients 1 ounce beeswax 1 ounce shea butter 1 ounce sweet almond oil (you can also use olive oil) Directions 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. Wh

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!

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 !   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

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

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! Face Firming Face Mask Lemon and Honey Facial Pore Minimizing Scrub Honey Cinnamon Anti-Acne Mask Scrubs Honey Sugar Scrub Vanilla Honey Sugar Scrub Sugar Lip Scrub Hair Almond Oil and Honey Hair Treatment Honey Oil Hair Mask Coconut Oil Honey Hair Treatment

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. Ingredients 1 egg yolk 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon honey Directions 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 th

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. 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. Treatment Treat a dry scalp in much the

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: Melanoma 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 us

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.

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. Natural 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 smoothl