Posts tagged ‘beauty’

*~: That Bee-a-u-tiful Glow:~*

“I hope you can all forgive my absence, especially after posting about all the lovely benefits I was getting out of bathing in honey! This pregnancy has been a crazy one, perhaps because it is my first, but a crazy one none the less. In little under four weeks, we will be welcoming baby Mali Nevaeh into the world, and thanks to this absolutely amazing honey and coconut oil sugar scrub, I have managed to keep my stretch marks to from setting in, and even reversed the appearance a bit!  (This is normally where I would post the before and after pictures of my stretch marks that I had taken, but unfortunately THIS girl broke her phone earlier in the week and will have to wait until it is sent back repaired to post those pictures).”

 

Honey Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
4 tsp Raw Honey
2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2-4 Cups Sugar
Scented Essential oils (optional) (i used 6-10 drops of Lavender oil and half of a lemon)

Coconut oil, if you’ve never had to handle it before, looks very similar to crisco when you first see it in its container. I don’t use anything particularly fancy, just Lou Anna’s Coconut oil (because it is within my budget) but you are welcome to use what ever grade, or type of coconut oil you are comfortable with.  Handling it is very similar to handling raw honey, in that it will need to be warm to be able to mix in with the sugar.  Remember, what ever you do, do NOT heat in the microwave, doing so destroys all the lovely enzymes and molecules that will help keep your skin lush! 

I find it’s easiest for me to measure the coconut oil and the honey into the container I will be keeping the scrub in, sealing it and submerging it in a sink of hot water.  It does not take long at all before you’ll notice that the warm water  has made both ingredients liquid and easy to combine.  Remember to dry off the container and your hands before opening it, and adding the EVOO what ever scents you have chosen (if any at all) until you are happy with the scent.  When adding the sugar, you should start slow, and only add as much as you need to get the texture you like.  

To use it in the shower, just apply a small bit in circular motion to the skin. I use this on every bit of my body, face included! concentrate on areas that are scaly or otherwise dryer than the rest of your skin, or places where you notice blemishes and marks. The stimulation from the sugar and the nutrients from the oil help to increase circulation and repair the skin, thus giving you that gorgeous honey kissed glow! Do not worry about feeling a little oily after rinsing. You really only want to rinse until the sugar is gone (using luke warm water). Afterward, rub the oil into your skin before patting dry with a towel. You will notice that you feel moisturized and lush rather than oily once you pat dry! For those who have never used a sugar scrub this will be a new sensation, but one you grow used to and start to crave in no time!

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*:~Bee-e-a-utiful~:*

Fantastic news boys and girls: this wahine  is about to be a Mommy! . . . in late March.  It seems a little late in the game to be informing the world just now, however, I was not informed of the little miracle until week twenty (20)!  With all of the changes, and adjustments to this new development, and trying to prepare for a soon to be new life,  I have not had a whole lot of time to update .  Not everything they say about pregnancy has been true for me, thus far. Morning sickness was fairly benign, cravings are minimal, and often times healthy, and putting on weight, well I managed to go in the opposite direction BEFORE growing a bump. However, my skin has suffered in the moisture department.  Finally, at month 7, my poor belly is developing stretch marks; and I think it’s about time to nurture Mommy a bit before baby girl gets here!

Enter. . . my the recent BUZZ with Honey!

Honey is an absolute skin miracle.  Naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial it’s excellent for removing any lingering nastiness from your hard day at work. Heavily moisturizing, and yet slightly drying so it is excellent for drying up any developing breakouts while kissing your skin with enough moisture to make you GLOW.  That is right, darlings, you too can get the glow of pregnancy without the bumps! And for those us of who have some lingering scars from acne, honey helps naturally repair skin and lessen the look of said marks and pocks!

Before I start posting the recipes for your honey soaked adventure; a moment to educate you in the differences in the ingredients you use.

Completely Raw Honey
Completely raw honey is unheated, unfiltered, and un-strained and will often times still contain bits of honey comb, propolis, wax and pollen. It crystallizes easily, but do not fret, crystallizing does not mean that your honey has gone bad.  This is the most beneficial form of honey as it still has all of its enzymes and good bacteria in tact. While some whole foods stores will carry honey similar to this, I encourage you to shop your local farmers market.  Not only are you giving back to your local farmers, but you know where the honey is coming from and that it is every bit as raw as they say it is! And your wallet will thank you too.

Raw Unfiltered Honey
Raw unfiltered honey is strained to get the larger pieces of honeycomb, propolis (the sticky substance used to seal beehives which is also a very effective anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial substance), wax and pollen out of it. It may have also been heated to just below the the “acceptable” raw standard to aid in the straining process.  Thankfully this process is not totally damaging to the enzymes and so this is a great second choice if completely raw honey is not available to you.

Creamed or Spun Honey
While delicious, creamed or spun honey has most likely been pasteurized, crystallized and ‘spun’ to give it that creamy spreadable texture. Most of the beneficial properties of honey have been removed in the heating process and while you can still reap the glowing affects of honey kissed skin, you’re not doing yourself any favors by shooting for this breakfast table staple.

Keep in mind that honey does NOT go bad. If it crystallizes  never fear, placing the sealed jar or container in a bowl of warm water for a bit will smooth it out and give you back that smooth honey you so crave. Also, don’t let the flowery labels confuse you. The flower distinction does not affect the enzyme/vitamin content of your honey. It does however give each one their own unique flavor. I still highly recommend trying the whole range of flowery honeys, not just for your skin, but your tummy as well. It’s the most delicious experiment around!

 

 

~*Relaxing at Home Facial*~

“This is the ultimate time / money saver. Two ingredients and you can be reclining in your favorite chair or on your favorite couch, relaxing and beautifying your skin. Biore makes these lovely little strips that clear out your pores, but you’re looking to spend about $8 for 14 strips. Hardly a money wise decision. This little trick does the same exact thing, but with two ingredients, and a lot less impact on your wallet.”

 

2 Ingredient Gelatin Face Mask

1 Tbsp. Unflavored Gelatin
1 1/2 – 2 Tbsp. Milk (any kind of Milk will do)

Combine the Gelatin and the milk until it makes a chunky paste (you can add more milk if you are not sure of the consistency).  Microwave the mixture 10-15 seconds (it will become creamier with the heat, but you don’t want it to be too hot as you’ll have to apply it ASAP).  Promptly remove the mixture from the microwave and apply it immediately, this stuff sets up FAST.  Leave the mask on for 15+ minutes. You will know it’s time to take it off when it feels like you’re going to crack something when you smile. When you are ready to remove it, find an edge that will come up and start peeling!  

“It is really that simple.  Apply this 1-2 times a week for baby-butt soft skin and lovely clean pores! “

Home Remedies for Lovely Skin

‘Tis the season to be Jolly. Also chapped, dry and itchy.  I love a cold Christmas as much as the next gal, but the dry, rough skin that comes with it is definitely not my idea of a bonus! Luckily, boys and girls, the winter season is the perfect time for some of the most nourishing ingredients you can find for skin care!  I’ll let you in on a few secrets, consider it my Christmas gift to you.

Pumpkin and Honey mask

This mas is packed with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal compounds.  It’s the ideal treatment for sensitive skin or those with Rosacea. It is also great for slowing the aging process by helping protect the skin’s natural collagen.

1/4 Cup mashed Pumpkin Pulp (canned is alright also)
1      Tbsp. Honey

Combine ingredients until smooth. Apply in the evening when you have enough time to dedicate 20 minutes to just relaxing. Be warned, this mask is very sticky and messy, so I would suggest wearing an old tee-shirt. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Your skin will not feel squeaky clean as with most masks because this mask super-hydrates the skin. Apply once a week, or whenever your skin is feeling irritated or in need of pampering.

Cranberry Face Scrub

Cranberries are loaded with a type of polyphenal anti-oxidant, and Ellagic acid. Ellagic acid blocks the formation of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) which destroys the skin’s natural collagen. Applying ellagic acid topically may help prevent wrinkles!

1/4 Cup Cornmeal
2      Tbsp. Cranberries, freshly crushed
1       Tbsp. Buttermilk
2       Tsp. Honey

Blend all ingredients with a fork. Massage the scrub onto your face and neck for 2-3 minutes. Rinse with warm water.  Apply to clean damp skin once or twice a week.

Peppermint Patty Foot Scrub

Peppermint has menthol in it, which is both soothing and energizing. Peppermint also has antibacterial properties that fight infections and odors. You can also massage this into tired sore legs for an added mood lift.

3      Drops Peppermint Essential oil
1/2 Cup Fresh mint, minced
1      Cup Coarse Sea Salt
5      Tbsp. Olive Oil
1       Tbsp. Cocoa Powder

Combine in a small bowl.  Soak feet in warm water 10-15 minutes before scrubbing. Starting at your toes, knead the scrub into your skin in small, circular motions with your fingers. Work over the entire sole, concentrating on rough patches.

Cinnamon Sugar and Spice Body Scrub

Give your circulation an energizing boost that will make your skin glow! Cinnamon is naturally very stimulating and, as an added bonus, it has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that may help keep back acne at bay! 

1      Cup Raw Sugar
1/4 Cup Walnut Oil
1/2 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon

Combine and spoon into a container that you can keep in the shower. Use circular strokes to massage a few tablespoons all over your wet body before rinsing clean.

Apple Juice Toner

Acetic Acid acts as a mild astringent and antiseptic to keep pores clean and bacteria free, while Malic acid, an antioxidant, shields skin from environmental toxins.

1/4 Cup Apple Juice (home made or store bought)
4      Tbsp. Witch Hazel

Pour into a clean bottle. Use a cotton pad to swipe over your freshly washed face morning and night. If you are prone to dry skin, stick to only once a day.

The beauty of these recipes:  All of these ingredients are usually found around the house already at this time of year. Those that aren’t, are inexpensive and long lasting!