Friday, November 16, 2012

DIY lip Scrub

This week's post will be on making your own lip scrub. It's really easy, and it works great.

We all have a problem with dry lips especially in this cold Minnesota weather. Just a little information on the ingredients in this mixture. 
Coconut oil has many benefits for health and beauty. It contains fatty acids, vitamin K, vitamin E, and Iron. It is used in many acne and anti aging creams. Research has proven that it works great on preventing wrinkles. It is also a great moisturizer and anti inflammatory, and is used for acne treatment.You can also use coconut oil for your hair. IT is a great natural treatment for dry damaged hair. You can apply it to your hair for 30 minutes than shampoo regularly. 
Honey has been used for thousands of years as a natural home remedy.  It was used to treat cuts, burns, and even arthritis pain. Honey is a great natural energy booster, and has some great beauty benefits that I will write about later.

Now to make your own scrub all
 you need is:

  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (make sure the oil is soft, not to oil, and not to dry)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  •  2 teaspoons of brown sugar

    In a bowl mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix well.

    Add two teaspoons of brown sugar, and mix with the with the rest of the ingredients. 

    Last you can either add 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil, or melt the coconut oil, and add it to the mixture.  This helps softens the mixture. 

    Store in a small jar, and if it is refrigerated it will last up to two weeks. 

    To use it: Apply to lips in a circular motion for 1-3 minutes then wash off with a warm wash cloth.

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

    What is Jojoba Oil? And what are it's benefits?

    My little girl has very frizzy hair, and using just conditioner doesn't help much with the frizz. Until I discovered Jojoba oil. It is amazing. I would mix it in with her conditioner (Suave kids) and leave it in her hair for 2-3 minutes and rinse it off. And would add just two drops to her hair while it is still damp, It leaves her hair smooth and less frizzy for few days after the use.

    Here is a little information on Jojoba oil:

    Jojoba oil is not really an oil, but a liquid wax that comes from the plant jojoba plant. This plant is found in the southern Arizona, southern California, and northwestern area of Mexico. 
    Jojoba oil is compatible with the skin because the wax in the plant is known to be very close to the oil in the human skin oil.

    Uses of Jojoba Oil:

    Jojoba oil has many uses:

    1.  Eye and face makeup remover. Add a few drops to a cotton ball, and wipe over the eyes and face. It removes all the makeup and does not irritate the skin. 
    2. Facial cleanser and moisturizer. Jojoba oil also helps with clearing up acne. There are few ways you can use the oil:
      • I have oily skin, so I can't use it alone as a moisturizer, so I add few drops to my facial cleanser, and wash my face. This works both ways as a cleanser and moisturizer.
      • You could also use it during the night as moisturizer by adding few drops to your face and neck.
    3. Body Moisturizer. Apply to the body after a shower, while the skin is still damp, this helps locking the moisture leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth.
    4. Deep conditioning treatment for hair. Add the oil to your hair, and cover with a plastic shower cap, and leave in for 1-2 hours, then wash and condition normally. You can also rub one or two drops while the hair is damp to help with split ends. 
    5. Lip conditioner. Apply with fingers to the lips at night, it is a great over night treatment for the lips.
    6. Cuticle oil. Use at least once a day on hands and cuticles. 
    7. Shaving prep, and after shave. Rub oil to the body before you add the shaving cream, this helps prevents razor burns, and leaves the skin smooth. Or you can apply it after shaving to smooth and moisturize the skin.
    Have you used Jojoba oil? Is there any other ways you use it? Please share :)