Friday, March 10, 2017

DIY Charcoal Facial Peel Off Mask

New latest trend: Getting rid of black heads with Elmers glue and charcoal.

This may seem like a cheap and inexpensive way to create a DIY charcoal mask at home. For me I just can't picture myself putting glue on my face. As a kid we all rubbed Elmers Glue on our hands and let it dry and peel it off. That was fun to do but never thought years later, that there will be a trend to putting it on our face?

Well it seems like there is a trend going around by using regular Elmers Glue and charcoal as a face mask to get rid of black heads and other nasty stuff on your face. This concoction may seem great but is it really safe to use.
Although Elmers Glue is safe and non toxic, using this on the face may cause some skin irritation. Why? the pulling the glue off your face after it dries. This can cause mild skin irritation. It will be like pulling wax off your face.

Elmer glue is not fomulated for topical use and may cause some irritation and skin allergies or it may not work at all, but some swear by it that it works to get rid of black heads in and around the nose.

Keep in mind that this method could actually clog pores, leading to blemishes and removes the top protective layers of skin and could lead to rashes and dryness. 

Here is a nice homemade facial mask with Charcoal that would be much better for skin sensitivity

Gelatin Charcoal Facial Mask recipe.

What you will need:

1/2- 1 tsp Activated Charcoal powder

Where to buy charcoal powder Try Etsy here

Bulk Apothecary here

Amazon here

2 tsp of unflavored Knox Gelatine (can be found in grocery stores in the jello isle

3-4 tsp of water

Pour charcoal powder with gelatin in bowl

Add water to the mix well (may add a little bit more water to mixture)
Put the water bowl with mixture

Put the bowl with mixture in microwave for 2 minutes until gelatin and charcoal is dissolved.

1. Wash your face. Apply the warm NOT hot mixture with a small brush or fingertips to your nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. The T zone of the face. Avoid eyes and hairline.

2. Add to your face quickly as this dries very fast
3. Let the mask dry completely
4. Then gently pull the mask from the bottom edge slowly and work your way to the center and up. Hold your skin with your fingertips as you pull the mask.

Use a damp warm cloth after removing the mask to remove any excess and apply a soothing moisturizer.
This mixture is better than using the glue method and lesson any skin allergies that may occur with using glue.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DIY Makeup Remover Pads

This is a great and inexpensive way to remove makeup from your face without any harsh additives and very gentle for your face. I use this every day to clean and to remove makeup. I love it.

Here is what you need

One small mason jar with lid or any small jar1 cup of distilled water

Cotton rounds

(which can be found in any drug store section near Cotton balls and cotton swabs)1/4 tsp unscented Castile Soap

(castile soap can be found in Walmart near the Cotton ball section and in sections where you would find makeup pads. Very hard to find but will be under Walmart brand equate or use Dr Bonners Castile soap. You can also find castile soap in GNC stores and in drug stores.

(or you can use Avenno Baby wash or JJ Baby wash)

1-2 tsp of olive oil or any carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, safflower oil, jojoba oil etc

If you purchase unscented castile liquid soap, you can add Lavender essential oil which can also be found in health food stores like GNC or maybe even Target and Walgreens. You can also find essential oils online.

Combine the distilled water, castile liquid soap, and the oils together in a bowl. Start adding about 10 cotton rounds in the small jar at a time. Pour a little of the soap mixture over the cotton rounds and then add more cotton rounds and mixture til the cotton rounds are saturated but not soaked. This works well to remove all kinds of face makeup and leaves your skin feeling refreshed before bedtime. It does remove eyeliner and mascara. For waterproof eyeliner and mascara, add a little more olive oil to the mixture and it should easily come off.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Benefits Of Salts

Therapeutic benefits of bathing in salts have been known for centuries. King Solomon presented the Queen of Sheba with dead sea salts on her visit to the Holy Land. Cleopatra was a frequent user of beauty formulations including bath salts.

Sea salt is beneficial to the skin. Skin absorbs sea salts, vitamins and any other substances it comes into contact with. It is universally accepted that sea salts can have a wonderful effect on circulation and metabolism. 

Salt is not only essential to life but it is necessary for good health. Human blood contains 0.9% salt-sodium chloride, the same saline solution used medically to cleanse wounds.

Sea salts contain many minerals beneficial to the body. Magnesium is important for both combating stress and fluid retention, slowing

 Calcium is effective at preventing water retention, increasing circulation and strengthening bones and nails. Potassium energizes the body, helps to balance skin moisture and is a crucial mineral to replenish after intense exercise. Bromides act to ease muscle stiffness and relax muscles. Sodium is important for lymphatic fluid balance (this is important for the immune system)

Bathing in high quality sea salts could replenish the minerals vital to our skin metabolism. Combining bath salts and essential oils together creates a synergistic blend of  therapeutic proportions. When combined with the relaxing properties of hot water the benefits increase again. Aromatic baths can provide relief from stress and anxiety, assist with joint and muscle pain, and treat the symptoms of more severe skin conditions. The therapeutic benefits of salt baths are well known and often recommended by doctors for treating a wide range of medical conditions.

There are many salt blends available. If you can’t decide for yourself ask a trained professional to help you decide which can benefit you and your conditions. Each ingredient in bath salts has a specific therapeutic benefit. For example baking soda assists sea salts in detoxification of heavy metals and radiation, also for soothing itchy skin. Dried milk powder is used as a super skin softener, a muscle relaxer and it soothes the skin when sunburned. The skin absorbs everything it comes into contact with. 

So on your next bath, try some salts 

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