The twenty-second week of #365BeautyTips has come to an end and as promised, I have put together a round-up post which puts all the beauty tips, shared this week, in one place. The idea is to share any extra information and answer the questions that you may have asked on my social media posts. Remember that if you want to stay up to date with my 365 days of beauty challenge, then follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Note: I’m at a point in the challenge where the days are all sort of meshing into one and have noticed that my numbering on social media is a little off. However, by the time that I do the roundup post, I usually pick up on the error and correct it over here. Whoops! Sorry!
THIS WEEK’S THEME IS… FROM KITCHEN TO BEAUTY
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 155
The kitchen may not always be my playground, but I certainly learnt a lot from this week’s theme and now know just how to whip together a few moisturising and restoring treatments, right from the ingredients already in my kitchen. Olive oil being one, just try adding 4-7 tablespoons of olive oil to your bath or better yet, massage the oil into your skin before taking a bath so that the heat of the bath helps locks in the moisture that olive oil naturally provides, so that you will be left with your skin feeling softer than ever. You could also use olive oil to help gently remove your makeup by soaking a cotton pad in the oil and wipe the makeup off. If you’ve gone full glamour and your makeup is a little tougher, try massaging the oil on your face before using a warm face cloth to wipe away the grime. Mixing olive oil with the yolk of an egg will create a face mask that will soften and nourish your skin, which gives it a healthy natural glow. You could also use the same combo as a hair mask, leaving it to soak for 10 to 15 minutes will have your hair looking gorgeously healthy, with natural vibrancy and softness.
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 156
In case you didn’t already know, I am a coffee lover and not only the drinking kind. Caffeine is great for your beauty routine and there are loads of quick scrubs, masks and tips that you can make at home with your favourite coffee, for a quick pick me up. Using a coffee and sugar scrub not only helps exfoliate your skin, boosting collagen production but it is also known to help reduce cellulite by stimulating blood flow which minimizes the appearance of cellulite and tightens the skin. Try combining plain yoghurt and a tablespoon of coffee to a freshly washed face, for a mask that will promote your glowing complexion. Use a coconut oil and coffee to help sooth tired and rough feet by gently massaging the exfoliating scrub into the soles of your feel, removing dead skin and restoring moisture. If you’re known for puffy eyes, try making coffee ice cubes and trace a single ice cube over your face for reduced puffiness and brighter looking skin.
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 157
I may be useless at baking, but you can’t ignore the many uses that baking soda packs for your beauty regime. The absolute best part is just how inexpensive and how freely available it is. My favourite and most effective use for baking soda is a blackhead remover; mixed with distilled water, baking soda helps draw out blemishes and blackheads right to the surface. Just steam your face, apply the mixture on your problem area and wait. Conveniently, it also works as a great natural exfoliant, aiding oily or acne-prone skin, by gently scrubbing the mixture in circular motions around your face. If you’re wanting clearer skin, all-round, add baking soda to your bath for a detox that will get deep in the pores and leave you with healthier looking skin. Don’t be fooled, the uses aren’t just for skin, baking soda also helps to whiten teeth – just look up popular recipes to create the ultimate tried-and-tested teeth whitener. If you are struggling with build-up on your hair, add baking soda to your shampoo to give your hair a reboot and free it of chemical weight.
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 158
I am trying really hard to cut down on chocolate and am already one week in without any, but the cravings are starting to kick in so I started looking up uses for raw cocoa. Cocoa happens to be REALLY good for your skin and the scent is known to help uplift your mood (does that really surprise you?). Cocoa adds a natural glow to your face, while moisturizing it, fighting ageing and promotes collagen production. Conveniently, it also helps prevent blemishes. Simply add a tablespoon of organic cocoa powder to a bowl, with a tablespoon of ground oatmeal and two tablespoons of yogurt. Mix it and apply to cleansed skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse. Another beauty use, is apparently a natural tanner but I haven’t tried it so, don’t quote me on that 😉
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 159
It wouldn’t be a ‘kitchen to beauty’ list without a little coconut oil. We’ve all seen the 101 uses for coconut oil article that has done the rounds so I won’t go on to repeat the guru’s tips and hints. Instead, I will just share some of the things I tend to use it for the most. I love coconut oil as a face mask, hair mask and especially like adding it to my bath to restore moisture. To make my own mask, I usually keep it simple and just combine baking soda with coconut oil. The baking soda helps draw out blackheads and gently exfoliate the skin while the coconut oil nourishes your skin and treats blemishes. As a hair mask, I simply comb the oil through my hair and leave it to sit for 20 minutes or longer (overnight works best) I especially like this treatment just after dying my hair as it seems to make my hair more vibrant and softer. I’ve also tried oil pulling, but wasn’t such a fan of the texture so it didn’t last very long. However, there’s no denying how good coconut oil truly is.
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 160
I have never been a fan of honey and can barely stomach the taste. To be very honest, I only really use it for beauty things and when my throat REALLY hurts. Honey is especially moisturizing and when combined with baking soda, can work as an excellent and effective exfoliator. As a bonus, it also helps unclog and clear pores by drawing it to the surface while the enzymes in raw honey keeps the pores clean, from any build up. Some people even swear by raw honey as an acne treatment because of its antibacterial properties and its soothing effect on red, inflamed skin. In addition to being an awesome natural alternative in skincare, it can also be added to your hair care routine which will brighten your hair, restore moisture and all without adding any build up. If you find yourself battling with sunburn, I hear that honey can even help treat and soothe it.
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 161
While we may be trying to skip sugar from our diet, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hold a few perks for our beauty regime. Sugar makes for a great exfoliator when combined with oils. I am a fan of combining it with coconut oil for a gentle and natural exfoliant (sugar scrub) that can be used all over your body, lips and if you’re using a fine enough sugar, even on your face. The mixture is also great for saving your hands and feet from becoming dry or worse, cracked. I’ve also heard of sugaring which is a natural way to “wax”off unwanted body hair by combining sugar with water and lemon juice. I don’t know if I am ready to give that a go, just yet, but would be keen to hear your thoughts?
And that is a wrap on the last 7 days. Whoop-Whoop! Remember that I love any feedback – what have you enjoyed seeing, what would you like to see more of and perhaps if you have any suggestions, questions or products you would like me to chat more about. I really enjoyed the themed days – what themes would you like to see next?
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