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!
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)
Wait!!! Before you throw away that “leftover” fruit let’s take advantage of its full potential ;). The skin or peeling from each fruit has just as much if not more nutrients as the actual fruit. Think about it, how could the flesh stay so fresh, juicy and sweet without a strong & nutrient filled guard protecting it? Each fruit has many beneficial uses and it only make sense to make the most of your next fruit indulging experience. Exfoliating, brightening, reducing excess oil, reducing redness/swelling, balancing PH levels, reducing wrinkles, evening your complexions, and so much more all can be done by simply rubbing the peelings of your favorite fruit on your skin (face & body)! Don’t let the nourishment go to waste, before you throw away that pile of peelings take some time out to show your skin a little love. It’s simple, the hard part is already done. Look below for a few of my favorite fruit and the benefits of their peelings!
Papaya- Papaya skin is perfect for rejuvenation! If you notice that your skin is looking a bit dull this peeling will surely help to brighten it back up. The peeling has natural collagen boosting properties, which will give you a natural glow and help to tighten loose skin. It can also be blended to make a paste and used as a mask!
Banana- The peelings of bananas contains a high amount of proteins and vitamins that are perfect for evening skin with blotches or patches of various skin colors. Softly rubbing the inner peeling from a banana on your skin twice a day will guarantee faster results.
Avocado (yep it’s a fruit) -The inner rind of an avocado is an excellent and pure substitute for a moisturizer. If you suffer from dry skin (scalp included), then you should give avocado peelings a try. They contain naturally oily and fatty properties that your skin will lock in without clogging pores.
Orange (limes, lemons, mandarin)- Citrus fruit peelings are excellent for exfoliating, brightening dark spots and getting rid of excess oil. The texture of the skin is idea for exfoliating because it’s rough yet soft enough to rub on your skin without irritating it. They can also be sun dried and coated with a bit of honey or agave and then used directly on the face as an exfoliator.
Take care of your skin, it’s a reflection of your overall health!
Zandra Beauty is a newly launched skin-care line by the young and beautiful entrepeneur, Zandra Cunningham of Buffalo, New York, U.S. But, Zandra is more than just an entrepreneur, she is also an influencer who serves to empower and encourage confidence to young girls and women from all over the world. Since a young girl she has aspired to create natural products that inspires girls & women to feel beautiful! In the words of Zandra herself ” My fascination with entrepreneurship began when I was just 9 years old. It was totally the result of my dad’s refusal to buy me my beloved lip balm. His NO forced me to do the work and make my own.” She then made her start in the summer of 2010 by making a few products (lip balms & body butters) at home & selling them at the local farmer market in her area. And as she got older she decided to expand her products after she began to use popular products from the mall and found that those products left her skin dry, itchy, and uncomfortable. (Many mainstream products are filled with unhealthy ingredients that often just smell good and that’s about it, no other benefits.) Fed up with having to choose between smelling good or having itchy & irritated skin Zandra made it her mission to create products that not only smell good but also make her skin feel nice & smooth as well! Now here we are in 2019 & she has successfully launched her very own skin-care line that is eco-friendly, 100% plant-based, cruelty-free & “yuck-free” (toxic chemical ingredient free). Her line offers hair & body butters, exfoliating body scrubs, deodorants, lotions, soaps, and lip balms that will be distributed nationwide on her official website. But that’s not all, she also has an exclusive “Treat Yo Self” gift box currently being sold only at Target! This is just the beginning for Zandra and I am anxious to see her and her brand grow and flourish! So let’s all support her and purchase some products, if not for yourself then maybe as a gift for a loved one. As if she isn’t amazing enough she also donates 10% of the net value of each product purchased towards girl’s education! For more information on Zandra & her brand or products please use the contacts provided below. Stay yuck-free! ✌🏾
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!
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:
In a medium bowl (glass preferably) mix in charcoal powder and baking soda
Pour in ACV and oil, mix together well
Mix in clay
Mix for about 60 seconds
Let mask settle and thicken
How to apply to the masks:
Wash hands and fash (use a gentle soap-free cleanser)
Pat face dry
Apply mask by even spreading it all over your face (be careful to avoid eyebrows and hairline)
Allow mask to dry and tighten (15-20 mins)
Start peeling the mask off (upwards) at lower cheek or jawline
Wipe face with a lukewarm rag to remove leftover particles
Pat face dry
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 🙂
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:
Boil a pot of water ( 1-2 cups)
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.)
Pour boiling water into a glass or ceramic bowl (plastic bowls will leave molecules from the plastic)
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)
Grab a towel and a chair
Place face over the bowl, close your eyes and place towel over your head
Enjoy the steam for 10-15 minutes
After 10-15 gently pat face dry
Tone face (cotton ball and toner of your choice)
Rub face an ice cube all over face for 2 minutes (closes pores back up)