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Clear Skin From the Inside Out

You can have the clearest skin in the world…until you eat the wrong food or start slacking in your facial cleansing routine.  It happens to everyone.  If I get really stressed out, I get a surprise on my face.  Eat too many oranges, I get a surprise on my forehead.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve been really busy, and at times I have been too tired to wash my face before bed.  I don’t wear makeup on a regular basis, but I always moisturize my face.  I get tired of having to do a deep cleanse every other night before bed.  I workout alot and I sweat alot, but I don’t wear makeup.  Not wearing makeup helps, but you can’t forget the grime your face collects throughout the day.  Your pores need that layer of grime removed so you don’t wind up with Pimple Delight.  So I have been trying a few things to kind of keep my skin balanced. My skin is sensitive and it has helped cut down on the irritation I do sometimes experience for too much deep cleansing.  So here are the things I changed: #1 ACV and Honey I drink a cup of this stuff with […]
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ACV Tea Rinse vs Cold Water Rinse

The featured image is the water rinse results 3 days later vs the ACV tea rinse results also 3 days later. This is the 3 month battle for shiny hair I’ve been immersed in.  I stumbled upon an alternative for the cold water rinse about a month ago.  I had tons of herbal tea rinses and plenty of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).  On top of that, walking out the house with wet hair is no big deal right now.  So I decided to try something new.  I have super curly thick hair, so I deep condition year round at least twice a week.  I also live in a humid area so frizz all year long is an issue.  I know most people at this point probably know about the popular Cold Water Rinse for shiny hair.  If you haven’t, it’s essentially making your final rinse with cold water before styling your hair.  The cold water apparently shocks the hair cuticle into closing or laying down so that light reflects better off your hair.  It’s a method that is supposed to be good for all kinds of hair textures (curly, straight, etc).  So I tried the cold water rinse for 2 months […]
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Hello Heartburn

As we all know heartburn is a royal pain.  In fact, in some cases it can be right up there with a case of bad gas.  You know nothing is more embarrassing than a really bad stomach that’s really just a bad case of gas, but that’s another story.  So I’ve been on the receiving end of heartburn.  It’s wasn’t pleasant.  It was like taking one of those really huge pills that gets stuck in your esophagus and no amount of water will get rid of it. Personally, I don’t like taking medication for something that is usually diet related.  I usually eat really well, but everybody has there nice little spurts of “I’m gong to eat donuts for the next month”.  So what had happened was, I was in college and busy.  I wanted something quick, easy, and easily portable.  My frozen meal of choice was ravioli.  There are many different variations of ravioli.  However, many sold on the market contain red sauce.  Mistake #1.  I was used to homemade red sauce with fresh tomatoes, and in all honesty I didn’t realize how acidic red sauce can be.  It had been a part of my diet regularly growing up. […]
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Spot Treatments for Acne

I know everyone or most people have had a “OMG I have somewhere to be and everyone is going to see this giant zit!”.   Been there done that, and no, I don’t want to repeat it.  Sometimes I find sulfur mask or purifying mask in general, either do two things to my face: Dry it out or only work once.  When my skin has been dried out by a facial mask, my moisturizer has to work over time aka I have to use it 3 times a day.  My moisturizer is too expensive for that.  So I have found  3 ways to treat areas that are prone to acne or pimples in general.  So the 3 ways I treat my skin are simple: Drink Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Create a 50/50 mix of ACV and water to spot treat Crushed aspirin mixed with a little water Spot facial mask of Honey, ACV, Baking Soda, and Peppermint Oil For #1, I mix 3ish tbsps of raw local honey, I have major sinus issues, with 3ish tbsps of ACV.  Once it’s mixed together I add water and drink it.  I like sour stuff.  So if you don’t like sour stuff skip […]
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So You Went A Little Overboard: Repairing Damage

Hair damage is enough to give anybody heart palpitations.  Sometimes we will spend days trying to fix hair damage.  Whether the damage is caused by chemicals, heat, or neglect, before starting from scratch try some of these remedies to get your hair back. Baking Soda and Conditioner I usually do a 75% baking soda 25% conditioner mix and I mix them until I have a creamy consistency.  As you all know, if your hair isn’t straight buying products can be a true hassle.  Particularly buying styling products.  Since switching to all natural organics products, I have a lot of let over conditioners.  So take my old conditioners that no longer do anything for my hair and mix them with baking soda.  I do this treatment once a month to remove any impurities and build up my hair may have accumulated.   I recommend you only leave this on for at most an hour the first time because it can have a slight tingling/burning sensation for the first 5 minutes.  There are times when we think we’ve done irreversible damage to our hair, but really it’s just a bad case of build up.  Build up will cause your hair to act all […]
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So You Want to Henna

Your hair can benefit from henna, but the type of henna you use can be good or bad for your hair.  First of all, henna is only composed of the plant called Lawsonia inermis.  If your henna has more in it than that plant, use it at your own risk.  Henna has become so commercialized that, like tofu, you need to question the quality and source.  If the instructions on the package have special requirements for mixing it, like don’t use metal, use it at your own risk.  Henna is an herb.  Like most herbs, it’s best to use glass when using them to make anything because glass does not absorb the properties.  However, using metal to mix them won’t hurt.  Unless you are dealing with fresh onion. If you have tried henna before and it didn’t work for you or you feel like it ruined your hair, think about how you mixed it or the quality of it.  Henna is a plant that is used to condition the hair and scalp as well as deposit it’s natural color.  It is not used to moisturize the hair and scalp.  So if your hair came out rough, it’s okay.  Your mix […]
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Scrub Away!

Everybody needs a little exfoliation, and the best time to do it is during the winter.  Why?  Because 9/10 of the time we are completely covered, unless you’re lucky enough to live in a warm area year-round.  So after removing any dead skin, we can moisturize and protect our skin and keep it soft and supple.  I think winter is the best for exfoliation because people tend to use thicker lotions and creams to combat dry skin caused by winter weather.  Well there’s a problem with that.  These heavier lotions and creams can’t penetrate our skin as well as they should.  So sometimes patches of hard dry skin appear in areas we take care of really well.  By using exfoliation, we open our pores and remove dry skin that has built up so our creams and lotions can actually do their jobs.  With that said, let’s talk about scrubs.  Bath scrubs not Scrubs. Scrub #1:  This is for all my coffee drinkers.  Save your used coffee grounds and get your money’s worth twice! 1 tbsp of raw sugar (the chunky kind) 2 tbsp of olive oil (or grapeseed oil/coconut oil) 3 tbsp of coffee (medium or finely ground works) 1/2 ts of […]
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Avocado Facial Mask for Supple Skin

Avocado is packed with nutrients and lots of good fat.  I know people say fat and run the opposite direction, but remember everything in moderation isn’t bad necessarily.  Anyways, avocado is not only good for reestablishing elasticity in your hair, but also in your skin.  If you work out on the regular like I do, these mask(s) I’m going to list can be a life saver for your skin.  Even if you don’t work out these mask can help get rid of nasty dry spots that just won’t go away no matter how much moisturizer you slather on them.  Plus it’s winter for some of us right now and we need all the moisture we can get. Mask #1: 1/2 of soft avocado 2 tbs of hot water 1 ts of honey Peal and mash the avocado with a fork or in a mixer or bullet. Dissolve the honey into the water and add it to the mashed avocado. Put it on your face, using your fingers or a paint brush or even a makeup brush. Avoid the area of your eyes and mouth. Keep 10 minutes and wash away. Mask #2: 1/2 of soft avocado 1/2 of banana 1 egg yolk […]
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Rose Facial Mask for Skin Tightening and Lip Balm for Moisture & Protection

There is a previous post on the benefits of rose in regards to the hair and scalp.  However, there are other uses for rose.  From homemade lip balms to skin tightening creams some rose and other ingredients can be used.  Here are a few things you can make with a little bit of rose.   Rose Lip Balm:                 2 teaspoons of grated pure beeswax                 4 teaspoons of almond oil                 1 teaspoon of rose water Take rose petals and steep in hot water for 30 minutes.  While waiting for the rose petals to steep, place a glass jar with beeswax in it in a pot with water at the half way point of the jar, and slowly bring the water to a boil. Stir until the beeswax is completely liquefied then add the almond oil.  Mix until both oils are inseparable.  Once well mixed, lower the fire under the pot to keep the mix warm and liquefied.   Strain the rose petals from the fresh rose water.  Stir the rose water into the glass jar containing the beeswax and almond oil mix.  Once mixed, pour the lip balm into the final container you would like it to be in.  […]
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Herbal Remedies for Acne, Blackheads, and Pimples

There is a previous post on the benefits of yarrow in regards to the hair and scalp.  However, there are other uses for yarrow where skincare is concerned.  Yarrow is known for its ability to regulate the amount of oil a person’s skin produces.  It can also help make your pores smaller, which in turn reduces the amount of acne/pimples/blackheads you may experience.  Though acne can be triggered by many things, such as too much acid in your diet, nobody wants to walk around with a face full of bumps.  Those of you who suffer from frequent acne or blackheads can benefit from a yarrow facial cleansing mask.  It is an herbal infusion that deep cleanses your pores and rejuvenates your skin.   Mask #1: Yarrow & Nettle Cleanser     1 cup of buttermilk     2oz of fresh yarrow & nettle tops (the flower portion)   Simmer the herbs with the buttermilk for 20 minutes.  Remove from the heat, cover, and allow to steep so the herbs can infuse in the buttermilk.  Strain, bottle, and keep refrigerated.  To extend the life of your cleanser place what you won’t immediately use in the freezer.  Do not use this mask every […]
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