D.I.Y. Sunscreen Recipe (Sensitive Skin Friendly)

With the warmer seasons quickly approaching we have to make sure that we stay on top of our skin care.  As bad as we can’t wait for fun in the sun let’s not forget that the hot summer sun is anxiously awaiting to beam on us and potentially burn us. And although you may think you don’t need sunscreen…you do! Black, white, Mexican, Indian, Asian, it doesn’t matter honestly because your skin can and will dry out with too much exposure to the suns uv rays and not enough moisture. So allow me to introduce my d.i.y. sunscreen recipe filled with  nothing but nature’s goodness. Take the time out to prep your skin by applying something natural to enhance that natural glow that the sun is waiting to gift us with. Take a peak below to view the step by step and ingredient list to the recipe I created. A simple, all natural, homemade sunscreen that smells amazing, is sensitive skin friendly, and guaranteed to keep your skin healthy, moisturized and smooth all spring/summer long!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut oil (unrefined)

2 tablespoons zinc oxide

1/8 cup beeswax (can substitute with candelilla wax if allergic but use half 1/8)

1/2 cup almond or olive oil (feel free to infuse with herbs first if desired)

1 teaspoon red raspberry seed oil (optional)

1 teaspoon carrot seed oil (optional)

2 tablespoons shea butter, natural SPF 4-5 (optional)

2-3 drops of vanilla extract essential oil or other natural extracts to suit your preference

Instructions:

  1. Mix ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with a 1/6 cups of water and place over medium heat.
  3. Loosely adjust the lid on the jar and place it in the pan with the pan with water.
  4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Stir occasionally to mix them.
  5. When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage.
  6. Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is mixed in well.
  7. Store at room temperature

Please note that this sunscreen is not waterproof and will need to be reapplied after. Discard after 6 months.

D.I.Y. Lemon Lime Pink Salt Face & Body Scrub

Nothing’s more refreshing than exfoliating, it literally feels like you’re washing all of your sins away! Scrubbing away old dead skin cells, smoothing out your top layer of skin, and receiving a rejuvenating glow, all sounds like wins to me. Now imagine all of that plus the citrusy smell of lemon & lime, the soft yet even roughness of Himalayan pink salt crystals, silky smooth olive oil, and the sweet succulent smell of fresh honey all mixed together anxiously awaiting to make you feel brand new 😏. Oh and did I mention that it’s incredibly simple to make, includes natural, inexpensive ingredients, and that it will be easy store away and preserve? Very tempting right? If so just follow my D.I.Y. ingredient and instruction list below, and get to exfoliating and showing your beautiful skin some loving!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pink salt (aka Himalayan rock salt)
  • 1/4 cup of your choice of oil* (I use olive oil)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 tbsp of honey

Instructions: 3-4 uses

  1. Measure out salt into a medium sized plastic tupperware style bowl
  2. Squeeze the juice from one fresh lemon and one fresh lime on top of the salt in the bowl
  3. Scoop in the 3 tbsps of honey
  4. Add the oil of your choice and mix all the ingredients together
  5. Let the scrub settle in a cool environment for 25 minutes before using
  6. Apply scrub to a freshly washed face or if using on body in the shower in bath wash your skin before applying for best results
  7. Rub scrub into skin soft in a circular motion for a few minutes
  8. Rinse with lukewarm/cool water
  9. Pat dry skin afterward to avoid irritation
  10. Moisturize skin with shea butter or an oil of choice

 

Storage: Place lid on bowl and store in a dark cool place until next use. Be sure to discard after 30 days.

D.I.Y. Black Charcoal Mask

Black charcoal masks are the internets latest skin-care trend, but when I tell you that they really live up to the hype please believe me! Unless you’ve been lost in the Himalayas there’s no way you haven’t seen a picture or a video involving the infamous black charcoal facial mask. These trendy masks are known for giving your skin an instant glow and detoxing your top layers of skin but, the benefits go wayyy beyond just a little glow. Black charcoal masks help to remove acne-causing dirt that gets clogged in your pores, they exfoliate the skin (removing old dead skin cells when you peel it off), and they also regulate and balance oil secretion of your skin. They are very vital to my personal skin care regime, so much so that I’ve created my own version of black charcoal masks. My version is fresh, 100% natural, it’s also fun and easy to make! Sure you can go out and buy a pack of it already made but you never know how long it’s been sitting on that shelf & don’t forget about all the extra ingredients they include to extend that shelf life. Now I don’t know about you but I’d rather fully know what I’m putting both on and in my body. If I can’t read the ingredients 9/10 I will not purchase it lol. But anyway below you will find my ingredient list along with instructions on how to make and use the mask and also how to preserve the leftovers!

Ingredients:

Activated charcoal powder (1 teaspoon per mask you plan to make), Aztec or bentonite clay (1 teaspoon per mask you plan to make), one pinch of baking soda (one pinch per mak you plan to make), apple cider vinegar (1 teaspoon per mask you plan to make), coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil (1 teaspoon per mask you plan to make)

How to make the masks:

  1. In a medium bowl (glass preferably) mix in charcoal powder and baking soda
  2. Pour in ACV and oil, mix together well
  3. Mix in clay
  4. Mix for about 60 seconds
  5. Let mask settle and thicken

How to apply to the masks:

  1. Wash hands and fash (use a gentle soap-free cleanser)
  2. Pat face dry
  3. Apply mask by even spreading it all over your face (be careful to avoid eyebrows and hairline)
  4. Allow mask to dry and tighten (15-20 mins)
  5. Start peeling the mask off (upwards) at lower cheek or jawline
  6. Wipe face with a lukewarm rag to remove leftover particles
  7. Pat face dry
  8. Moisturize face

How to preserve the masks:

If you have leftovers scoop them into a ziplock bag and put them in the refrigerator. Can’t be kept in fresh for up to 3 weeks. If the mask is too thick, add a 1/2 teaspoon of lukewarm water and squish around until it softens to desired texture.

SN: These masks can be a great way to bond with your spouse, family, or friends, having a spa or self-care day at home! Make the masks together, apply them together, laugh at how silly you look, laugh at the screams and looks on each other faces when taking them off (won’t lie sometimes they get super tight and hard to peel off…haha),  just enjoy a nice simple time with those that you love! Oh and don’t forget to moisturize afterward 🙂

The Benefits of Facial Steaming

Let’s face it (pun intended LOL)! No one likes acne, dry skin, redness, or facial scarring. And I believe I can speak for most when I say that acne tends to show up at the absolute worse times or shows up more once you make more effort to improve it. Skin-care is a tricky thing and as I stated before different things work for different people. So first things first step away from the toxic chemical filled products and tap into mother nature. Natural is the best route to take when it comes to getting results and minimizing acne. Dirt and build-up is the number one cause of acne so make it your mission to clean your skin at least twice a day without over drying it in the process. Dry skin and dead skin are also top reasons for acne breakouts. What better way to find out what works for you than by starting off with a simple 100% natural method, such as facial steaming. Facial steaming is a relaxing yet very beneficial method that helps to reduce acne, increase circulation, and dilate blood vessels. Facial steaming opens your pores, making it easy to remove the build-up of dirt, softens blackhead, making them easy to remove, and it’s very hydrating and soothing to your skin. But although it has many benefits facial steaming isn’t something that should be done too often, I’d say once per week max. If it’s done too often it may dry out your skin which will then defeat the purpose. (Don’t wash your face in the shower, especially if you shower with hot water, it’s the worst thing you could do to your skin.) To ensure clean, clear skin without drying calls for a weekly routine. Every Sunday end your night by washing your face, steaming for 10-15 mins, toning face afterward, rubbing face with an ice cube for 2 minutes, and ending with a gentle facial massage with a small amount of moisturizer (shea butter, an oil, Cetaphil, etc). Facial steaming is a natural and fast acting method of reducing acne. I personally saw results within the first couple of steams. Try it for yourself and see!

Facial Steam Directions:

  1. Boil a pot of water ( 1-2 cups)
  2. While the water is boiling, wash your face with a mild/gentle soap, and pat face dry (Only steam with a fresh clean face, remove all makeup, oils, sweat, dirt, etc.)
  3. Pour boiling water into a glass or ceramic bowl (plastic bowls will leave molecules from the plastic)
  4. Put a herbal tea bag or a few drops of essential oil into the water (optional but if you decide to mint and chai are my go to’s)
  5. Grab a towel and a chair
  6. Place face over the bowl, close your eyes and place towel over your head
  7. Enjoy the steam for 10-15 minutes
  8. After 10-15 gently pat face dry
  9. Tone face (cotton ball and toner of your choice)
  10. Rub face an ice cube all over face for 2 minutes (closes pores back up)
  11. Gently pat face dry
  12. Gently massage face with a moisturizer of choice

These Feet Were Made For…

Have you ever stopped to think about how important your feet are? Where have your feet taken you so far? Where will they take you next? And most importantly are you taking proper care of them? I mean after all, without them life can become pretty challenging! And no I’m not talking about that pedicure you get once a month (if that, I know people who don’t get them at all…no comment). Do you properly moisturize them? When traveling do you wear proper shoes and or socks? These are all things that you should really think about because if you don’t know already your feet are your foundation. They do more than walk, run, jump, and skip. They are connected to every part of your body, from your liver and kidneys to your ears and eyes. Over 7,000 nerves from major organs and functions of the body end in your feet. Those nerves are known as reflexes and they are more important than you’ll ever know. Your feet literally have feelings (those nerves we just talked about), so please don’t neglect them! Stop leaving them all dry and crusty after your shower, take some time to moisturize (look below for a very beneficial D.I.Y. foot mask). Stop trying to be cute, and be comfortable. Don’t wear tight shoes and socks, your feet need to breathe, they need wiggle room. Be sure to stretch your feet out and also massage them, avoid foot cramps and don’t ever “crack” your toes! Take into consideration how important your feet are and start treating them how they deserve. You wouldn’t be the same without so treat them as if your life depends on them….because it sorta does. If you can’t afford to go get a pedicure it’s not that hard to do your own (I’ll leave instructions on how to perform one below). Don’t make excuses, you need your feet so take care of them, please!

Your feet were made for more than just walking, take care of them and they will take care of you.

How to do your own pedicure:

1. Soak your feet in warm water for about 5-10 minutes (feel free to add Epsom salt to the water to relax your feet a bit)

2. Remove any polish  (if this applies to you)

3. Scrub feet with a soft foot brush, apply soap or sugar scrub to wet feet and then scrub each foot thoroughly  and then rinse or dip back in the water

4. Apply more soap for sugar scrub directly to feet and use a pumice stone and scrub the dead skin cells on the bottom and back of your feet

5. Rinse or dip feet back in the water and then dry them

6. Clip your toenails evenly and file them (optional)

7. Apply oil to your cuticles and massage in

8. Press your cuticles back using a cuticle tool (don’t be too rough)

9. Trim your cuticles (excess skin)

10. Apply a foot cream or oil and massage/ moisturize both feet thoroughly (about 5-10 mins)

Oatmeal and Brown Sugar D.I.Y. Foot Mask:

1. In a blender or food processor mix 1/4 cups of rolled oats, 1/4 of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of honey, 2 tbsp of fresh lemon or lime juice, and one tbsp of olive oil

2. Once fully mixed scoop mixture evenly into two separate plastic bags (ziplock, grocery bags, etc doesn’t matter)

3. Place one foot in each bag and sit for 10-15 mins.

4. Rinse feet in warm water

5. Gently dry feet then moisturize and  with olive oil

D.I.Y. All Natural Body Mists for Women & Men

Smelling good instantly gives me an extra boost of confidence! When I smell good I am happier, giving out more hugs, feeling “sexier”, as my mom would say I start “smelling myself” lol. But what I don’t love is having to settle for a strong, overbearing, chemical filled, skin, nose, and eye burning fragrance that’s sold to me at a ridiculous price. Call me cheap but I would NEVER pay $50+ for poison…oops I mean perfume/cologne just because it smells “good” or because it’s made by a designer or a famous brand! *shrugs* Especially when I can make my own amazingly smelling fragrances that are 100% natural and skin benefiting with inexpensive ingredients in under 15 minutes. I personally love making my own products because I know what’s in them and can feel confident about the benefits behind my products. You can smell good all day long without any chemical side effects, without exposing your brain to potential damage, (yep, your brain is responsible for your sense of smell, so think about that the next time you take a sniff your favorite chemical filled cologne/perfume) and for under $10 USD. Below you will find instructions and ingredients for making your own “scent”sational body mist. Smell ya later!

Ingredients:

  1. Essential Oil(s)
  2. 1 cup of distilled water
  3. 2 tbsps of witch hazel

How to get specific scents:

“Fruity/Girly”-sweet orange oil, lavender oil, vanilla oil, rose oil, neroli oil, juniper berry oil

“Masculine”-cedarwood oil, patchouli oil, vetiver oil, eucalyptus oil, ginger oil

“Refreshing” (unisex)-peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, balsam fir oil

“Calming” (unisex)-lavender oil, rose oil, coriander seed oil, sweet basil oil

Instructions:

  1. Pour witch hazel into an 8oz spray bottle (glass preferred)
  2. Add 6 drops of 3-4 essential oils (one by one)
  3. Swirl bottle around to mix the witch hazel and oils together
  4. Pour the distilled water into a bottle
  5. Twist on the cap, shake well
  6. Allow to settle for 5 minutes and store in a cool dry place until ready to use

Minty Fresh Flesh? Try this & thank me later!

With the holidays coming up I was inspired to share one of my all time favorite body cleansers with you guys! For some reason peppermint just reminds me Christmas lol, maybe it’s all the candy canes I snuck off the tree and ate as a little girl *shrugs* idk! But, if you haven’t tried peppermint soap already then you’re seriously missing out! Just imagine stepping out of a the shower or bath feeling like a walking peppermint 😏.  Honestly, it gives you a non-stop fresh feeling and experience that you will never forget. I tried it once a few years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since, between peppermint soap and eucalyptus soap (another amazing minty fresh soap) I have never felt more clean in my life. Minty soaps like these make you feel fresh, smell amazing, and also bring many benefits, such as clearing respiratory congestion, reducing the growth of bacteria and fungi (including athletes foot), sends a calming signal to brain and nervous systems helping to ease anxiety and stress (FYI: scents are a large factor into how your brain and body reacts), and much more! Both eucalyptus and peppermint are also natural anti-cancer agents and are perfect for those with sensitive skin. If you weren’t aware brands like Dove, Johnson & Johnson baby products, Aveeno, etc. “supposedly made for sensitive skin” contain many cancerous ingredients. Always beware of those products that say “organic” and natural”, don’t just believe it because you read it. It’s all apart of the advertising and marketing business, so please take some time out to actually read the ingredients on the back and google the side effects, if you care that much. Ok, getting off topic here lol back to the beauty of this post. Peppermint and eucalyptus soaps and oils can be found in many stores and also online, just google to find where they’re available in your area! (My favorite brand is Dr. Bonners and I normally order from Amazon.com) Give your body a break from those soaps that are filled with harmful and toxic chemicals and upgrade to something more reputable, natural, and benefiting.  I will also drop the instructions to a D.I.Y. version of a peppermint body wash below. Stay fresh, see ya next week!

Ingredients:

  1. 1 & 1/2 Cup Unscented Castile Soap.
  2. 2 Tbsp Vegetable Glycerin.
  3. 2 Tbsp Grapeseed Oil.
  4. 1 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil.
  5. 1 Tbsp Vitamin E Oil.
  6. 10 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil (Can substituted with Eucalyptus Oil or any other essential oil)
  7. 25 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil.

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl mix castile soap, glycerin, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, & vitamin e oil.
  2. Mix until evenly blended, if it starts to foam continue to stir.
  3. After about 3 minutes of mixing add in the essential oils.
  4. Continue to mix for an additional 3-5 minutes
  5. Use a funnel to pour soap into 8 oz bottles (should be enough to fill at least 3)
  6. Store in a dark cool place until ready to use, discard after 3 months.

D.I.Y. Olive Oil & Sugar Exfoliating Scrub (Face, Lip and Body)

If you weren’t already olive oil (liquid gold!) has many uses and it also happens to have many great healthy benefits for the skin. Most oils are known to clog your pores but not olive oil; olive oil doesn’t sit on top of your skin like others. It actually seeps in beyond the surface and deeply penetrates and moisturizes multiple layers of skin. When applying olive oil less is definitely more; just a dime sized portion for any part of the body will do the trick! It’s made up of antioxidants (Vitamin E), can be used as a make-up remover, or a cuticle softener; and it even helps to enhance the exfoliation process.

Which brings me to my next point. Exfoliation! Exfoliating is life, it feels amazing and the results are even better. Exfoliating is significantly important to having healthy skin. And what better way to exfoliate your skin than with a home-made chemical free sugar scrub solution? With this inexpensive, hassle-free, D.I.Y. olive oil & sugar scrub you will be on your way to having clearer, smoother, and more radiant skin in no time!

The benefits of exfoliating includes preventing dry and itchy skin, removing the build up of old dead skin cells that clog pores and cause acne and cysts, and also by producing a beautiful natural glow and softer feel. However, you should also be cautious of over-exfoliating. Over-exfoliating can cause your skin to become dehydrated leading to irritation and dryness. So, I recommend exfoliating skin no more than 3 time a week, preferably skipping a day or two in between scrubs to prevent tenderness, redness and irritation.

Ingredients: (lasts for 2 weeks, after 2 weeks discard and re-make; using fresh ingredients means that the shelf like won’t be as long as store bought chemical filled scrubs but if you’re using it as you should the scrub should only be enough to last you two weeks)

1/2 cup brown sugar (organic or regular)

1/2 of granulated sugar

2 tablespoons of honey (organic or regular, use agave if vegan)

1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil

optional:

1/4 of vanilla extra

Instructions: (can be used all over, face, lip & body scrub)

  1. Add the olive oil into a plastic or glass container or jar with a lid
  2. Mix in the 2 tablespoons of honey/agave
  3. Mix or stir until the two are completely blended
  4. Add the granulated sugar
  5. Add the brown sugar
  6. Stir until the mixture becomes a thick grainy paste (test with finger, add more sugar or oil depending on the texture you desire)
  7. Allow scrub to settle for a minimum of 15 mins
  8. After scrub has settled it is now ready for use!
  9. Scrub a small amount and rub into skin in a circular motion for about 60 seconds
  10. Rinse skin throughly with cool water and pat dry with a towel apply a thin layer of extra virgin olive oil to skin after to lock in moisture

I hope some of you found this scrub is useful, if you decide to give it a try comment your results!

D.I.Y. Aloe Vera & Lemon Mask

Benefits of the Aloe Vera  & Lemon Mask: clears up clogged pores, kills acne causing bacteria, lightens dark spots, smooths out rough skin, naturally moisturizes skin.

D.I.Y. Instructions:

  1. Cut aloe vera plant into 4 pieces horizontally
  2. Use a spoon to scrape the gel from inside the plant (2 pieces)
  3. Scoop gel into a clean container bowl that has a storage lid
  4. Cut a lemon in half, remove seeds.
  5. Squeeze the juice from one half of the lemon into the same container bowl
  6. Use a spoon or a fork if the gel is more solid and mix the lemon juice and gel together until it is no longer separated
  7. Store in the fridge for 2-3 hours to let settle
  8. Remove mask from fridge and apply a thin layer to a freshly washed face
  9. Leave the mask on for 30 mins minimum (can also be used as an overnight mask, it’s very light weight just make sure it’s dry before going to bed)
  10. Rinse face with cold water and repeat each day/night

Mask should last for 7 days, after 7 days discard and remake.

Left over aloe vera and lemon can be frozen until it’s time to be used again to retain freshness. Comment and let me know your results!