Monday, February 13, 2012

Natural makeup remover

Natural Makeup Remover

Wearing makeup is a daily ritual for many women. When the time comes to take off your makeup it can seem like a chore that you dread to do, understandable. Are you tired of spending valuable money on a wet piece of cloth to remove your makeup?

Now, there is a way you can make a homemade makeup remover that is gentle on your skin, as well as easy on your bank account, but is still effective at removing all of your makeup. Typically store-bought makeup removers contain certain chemicals that can cause reactions, irritations, breakouts and even dry out your skin.

A quality makeup remover is essential to our everyday lives without it all of our towels would have face prints stained into them, we would wake up with raccoon eyes, clogged pores and even premature signs of aging, at the end of the day our skin needs to breathe.

Simply using either olive oil or coconut oil will effectively remove your makeup. The reason oils are so great at removing makeup is because they break down the makeup making it easy to wash off and remove completely. Extra-virgin olive oil, specifically, is a perfect eye makeup remover, as eye-makeup can be the hardest to remove. Also, it is gentle and hydrating. It will even break down stubborn waterproof makeup. You can use these oils on your whole face, including your eyes.

Simply take the oil, apply it to your skin and leave it on for a two minutes to allow it to break down your makeup. You can either wipe it off gently or rinse it off with warm water.

Let’s take these natural items and make this apart of our daily beauty regimen for clean, soft skin that will allow you to rest peacefully on your pillow at night.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Dry hair mask

Introducing Hair Masks!

Yes, there are even masks for your hair that will give you amazing results. Forget the expensive commercial products that can do more damage to your hair than good.

What I am going to concentrate on in this post is dry hair. Dry hair looks unhealthy and is prone to split ends making it hard to brush and style. Masks treat your scalp and hair at the same time.

It's winter and the weather outside is frightful, and we don't want your hair to look the same, but there is no reason why your hair can't still look and feel shiny, smooth and most importantly, hydrated. If you are experiencing dryness due to the cold winter air or just because that is how your hair is, help is on the way!

Take a look around your kitchen and let's grab some ingredients to make this winter hair mask that will rejuvenate your locks. The good news is this treatment is completely natural giving you the results you want.

However, when reading these items that you will be applying to your hair you may raise an eyebrow but stay with me. Wait until you hear what the ingredients do! 

1/3 of a Cup

When it comes to deep conditioning your hair it is time to bring out the mayonnaise. It is a traditional natural treatment that will restore moisture, provide that healthy shine and even add volume to your hair. The popularity of mayonnaise for conditioning your hair is due to the fact of the three main ingredients it contains (eggs, vinegar and oil) which are all great for returning your hair's natural and much needed moisture.

1 egg yolk

Egg is rich in essential vitamins and proteins that repair your hair making it stronger and hydrated. It also prevents hair fall-out and breakage, what more could you want?

Olive Oil:
1 Tablespoon

Natural oils work wonders on our hair. Olive oil nourishes, conditions, and improves the strength of our hair. Believe it or not it even helps with dandruff by calming your scalp.

2 Tablespoons

Most of us know honey as a delicious, sticky and sweet product that we use in the kitchen as an ingredient to make our tea taste sweet. Honey is packed full of vitamins, minerals and is even antibacterial. Holding incredible healing properties. It locks in moisture and sooths our hair by relaxing the cuticles. It is food for our hair, or should I say dessert?

Now that we know what these magical ingredients do and what you can expect to see, let's make it!

I will pre-warn you, some of this may seem a little out there but trust me once you see and feel the effects you will be glad you did it.

In addition to the ingredients mentioned above, grab two towels and a shower cap or plastic wrap (yes, the same plastic wrap you use to wrap food... trust me). Take the two towels and pop them in the dryer to warm them up; we will use them in just a bit!

Add all of the ingredients together in a bowl. I like to add the olive oil first so the honey will not stick to the tablespoon. Mix it well! You should have a creamy consistency. If you have long hair double the batch.

Also, if you have oily hair, don't apply the mask to your scalp and roots, focus on your strands to the tips. (Start about an inch from the roots).

Split your hair into sections. Apply the mask to your whole head and comb it through. It may be tough to brush through because of the honey, but it's all right; whip out those mad brushing skills.

Ok, done with that? Here comes the fun part! Gather all of your hair on top of your head and grab the shower cap or plastic wrap. Cover all of your hair. Remember the towels in the dryer? Get one of the towels and wrap it around the shower cap or plastic wrap. Leave the other towel in the dryer still running. I know you look stunning right now; just remember it's worth it.

You may be wondering why you have to wrap your head. Simple. It enhances the effects of the mask. The heat from the towel opens up the cuticle of your hair and will give you a deeper conditioning, allowing you to get the full benefits of the mask.

Leave it on for at least 30 minutes, switching towels 15 minutes into it. Take the one that is still in the dryer and wrap it around your head.  Deep conditioning treatments need to be left on your hair longer than daily conditioners to give your hair a chance to soak in the vitamins and benefits that improve your hair's appearance and condition.

Once your time is up, wash it out and shampoo and condition as normal.

Now that you are a deep conditioning believer, make it a habit! This mask will help the condition, feel and look of your hair. Every hair type can benefit from a deep conditioning treatment. Damaged or dry hair should be given a good, deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. Now you can enjoy healthy, clean and more manageable hair regardless of the weather conditions outside.