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Woman Wearing a Mud MaskMany, many women have one similar problem in common when the weather brings icy, raw winds and snow.  We all get skin problems — like dryness, patches, puffiness, etc. — that can seriously hinder our makeup routine or even destroy it altogether.  It’s very difficult to have a perfect look if you’re over moisturizing or using too many concealers to try and combat a problem brought on by the winter weather.

There’s some fantastic at-home face masks you can make that can help protect your skin, as well as heal it before the next day’s beauty routine.  I’ve got a collection myself:

˟˟ Skin Smoothing Brown Sugar Mask

˟˟ Moisturizing Olive Oil Mask

˟˟ Rejuvenating Aspirin Mask

˟˟ Softening Cucumber Melon Mask
I hope you enjoy making them and using them as much as I do!  If you’re looking for facial scrubs you can make right at home using natural ingredients to use before your mask, I’ve got some of those too:

˟˟ Exfoliating Cinnamon Face Wash

˟˟ Deep Cleaning Lemon Face Wash

˟˟ Pore Cleansing Tomato Basil Wash

˟˟ Soft and Sweet Coconut Milk Wash

Stay natural ladies, and keep your skin safe and healthy this winter!  Happy early holidays!

xoxo webcake ❤

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Woman Wrapped in Blanket and Holding Hot DrinkNobody likes getting sick, especially when it’s a monster cold with sniffles, runny nose, horrible congestion and a sore throat that feels like fire and razorblades.  I’m still in the process of getting rid of a really persistent cold, and I was utterly betrayed by modern medicine the past couple nights.

Obviously, I’ll try for the conventional bottled medicine in the cabinet before I start chugging salt & vinegar water.  But this time, even after (well over) the reccommended dosage of Robutissin, Sudafed, and even slathering Vicks all over my entire upper body, I was getting little to no relief at all.  My throat was the worst, it just felt like a bunch of bees kept stinging my throat cavity over and over in an attempt to make me claw through my skin and let them out.

After not sleeping for over 24 hours and laying with an agonizing cough, I decided to do what I should have done in the first place.  The ceyenne pepper remedy!

There are plenty of helpful places on the web that can tell you how to make simple ceyenne pepper remedies, like Earth Clinic‘s recipies.  Here I’ll share with you a simple way to use it in your morning tea.  You’ll need:

  • a warm cup of black, green, or red tea
  • a few drops of (preferably local) honey
  • a hearty dash of ceyenne pepper
  • a circular medium-thick slice of fresh lemon

I expect people to already know how to make a cup of remedy tea, but just in case you don’t, I’ll explain it so you don’t basically mace yourself with this one.  Make your cup of tea, remove (and squeeze remnants from) the tea bag and throw it away.  Add your drops of honey and dash of ceyenne.  MIX INCREDIBLY WELL.  Why do you have to mix it well?  Because if you sip it, and any dry ceyenne happens to hit the back of your throat, it will  burn. Very, very badly.

Now drop in your lemon slice, let it sit for a moment and then give it one more stir, in case any pepper has settled.  Now, enjoy your tea.  The best part about this remedy is;  if you’re using it, you most likely are so sick that you can’t taste/smell anything.  That works well here, because the tea might taste a bit awful and I’m sure it doesn’t smell so great either.

Take small sips, and don’t be alarmed if your lips or the tip of your tongue tingle a bit.  It’s pretty much the same sensation as if you ate a bunch of hot wings.  Unless you’re a weenie, you should be able to handle that.  Just wash it down with another cup of regular tea with another lemon in it, and you should notice almost immedeate results.  Your stinging throat should haave subsided, and if you couldn’t previously eat solid food, you can now!  This remedy works very fast and it’s perfect for me.  (You can’t look pretty when you’re coughing up brown stuff and have snot hanging out of your nose.)

There’s truly nothing better than natural remedies.  You can use apple cider vinegar and organic honey in lots of natural cold remedies too, and both can be found right at Earth Clinic.  Stay safe and feel better!

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Nail Brush and SoapDid you know that many of the leading brands of bar and liquid soaps we buy every day are filled with things that have been proven to be unsafe for your skin?
Why would you buy a product that’s supposed to heal, clean, and soothe your skin…when it’s full of agents that do just the opposite?

There are a few of the main things in soap that you need to look out for:

  • Harsh Fragrances
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium EDTA
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Mineral Oil
  • Sodium Fluoride

These are all super bad for your skin, and some of them have even been found to be linked with cancers, skin diseases, and other serious problems!  Read this article to find out more about the bad yucky stuff I just mentioned, and how it’s used in your soap.

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Mint is common and used by most women every day, even without realizing it.  Mint extracts can be added without the flavor or scent of mint, and is used often in lots of cosmetics and many skincare products because of it’s soothing properties.

Many of the world’s top organic products use mint as a main ingredient, and it’s easy and green to make your own great minty stuff right at home.

If you’re lucky enough to have some peppermint / mint leaf essential oil, you have a lot of options available to you to spoil your skin and soothe your stressed out mood.

You can add it to bath salts, or try even adding a few drops to some olive oil and sugar and go to town scrubbing your face.   A mint sugar scrub is a great way to clean your pores, moisturize your skin and leave it feeling cool and refreshed. 

Mint’s got anti-inflammatory properties that help to smooth out any irregularities in your skin and even out the overall tone and color.  Mint also is full of skin food — vitamins A and C, as well as lots of iron and folate.  (Folate is the natural form of vitamin B6.)

Looking for products that contain peppermint and mint extracts?  Try some of these nifty natural goodies:

Mint face wash from GreenValleyLabs

ULTA’s mint soap bars

Organix hydrating teatree mint shampoo

If you’re looking for awesome stuff you can do with mint and peppermint at home, there’s a world of minty DIY beauty secrets at your fingertips:

Make your own mint bath salts

Create a chocolate mint lip gloss

Peppermint foot scrub recipe

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Woman screamingEveryone deals with loads and loads of stress every day.  Not only does it have a huge effect on our moods and the moods of those around us, but it has a large and lasting effect on our skin and our bodies!

It’s common knowledge that stress can cause wrinkles, sagging, and all sorts of other bad stuff that can completely destroy a youthful looking face.  There are plenty of products you can buy to attempt to soothe the effects of stress and depression that you face every day, but wouldn’t a better option be to begin treating it before it happens?

Leading a less stressful life would help, but as we all know, that can’t be done.  Instead, why not try to prevent the inevitable stressful situations from taking their toll on your skin?  And while you’re at it, why not erase the effects other things are having too, like the sun, and pesky collagen depleting free radicals?

Alpha-hydroxy acids can help rebuild and repair your skin, and you can get a good dose of these by using natural remedies that include grapes, pineapples,  papaya, and even milk!  You can also use other useful natural goodies like cucumbers to help discoloration, lemon to unclog pores and firm sagging skin, and rosemary for a smooth, natural radiance.

Natural oils are also useful and can be utilized in DIY face masks and scrubs.  Try using almond, coconut, and avocado oils.

For some more useful references on stress, depression and your skin, try these articles:

º♥º  Using your senses to overcome depression
º♥º  The effects of stress on your skin
º♥º  The heartbreak makeover
º♥º  10 foods for young, healthy skin

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Seaweed is and has pretty much always been a huge part of our lives.  It’s found in every sea and ocean, it’s way rich in goodies that our bodies need, and it’s super tasty!  Almost every country in the world uses some sort of seaweed in many of their traditional recipes.

This versatile veggie is not only a common part of a healthy meal, but it’s also a main ingredient in lots of today’s higher quality beauty and skincare products!  Raw seaweed treatments are still practiced at many spas around the world today, especially most of Asia and parts of the northeastern and far western United States.  Mixtures made with seaweed and seaweed powders are used all over the body to cleanse pores and clear dirt and oils, leaving your skin squeaky clean looking great.

Many of the products you use for your face — like masks, scrubs, even the peel-off fruit treatments — use seaweed as their main ingredient.  It’s been used for centuries upon centuries, after all! There’s even plenty of easy ways to use seaweed right at home to get all the great benefits to your skin this staple plant has to offer.

Purchasing some kelp or wakame powder is a good start, and you can find both of those at Wholefoods markets.  If you can’t find the powder, simply purchase some of it dried, and crush it with a mortar/pestle combo or your small food processor. (Add a small amount of water if you use the processor so the flakes don’t go flying everywhere!)

Once you have powdered seaweed, the possibilities are pretty much endless.  Using unaltered sea salts along with your seaweed is a great idea, because you’re truly getting all of the great benefits the sea has to offer your skin — exfoliating with natural salts, and cleansing and moisturizing with seaweed!  For some fun tips on making face masks and scrubs at home that use seaweed, read this article.  To find out the other benefits seaweed has for your body, click here. Have fun!

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Using the more natural approach to exfoliating your skin is always the best idea, especially since so many products today are using plastics and other man-made non biodegradable ickies in their ingredients.  A great way to be kind to your skin (and your pipes/the environment) is to use natural things you already  have to safely and naturally exfoliate and moisturize your skin — Like brown sugar!  Brown sugar has lots of high quality oils and goodies packed inside that make it absolutely wonderful for your skin.
Lots of women already have used a sugar or brown sugar skin treatment, so I might be preaching to the choir already!  If you haven’t tried it, or are looking to try it again and make it a part of your beauty routine (which I entirely recommend!), you can try making a really neat brown sugar face mask at home using this recipe.

Your skin will be baby soft and smooth, and you’ll notice your skin tone has evened out also.  Try it, I’m sure you’ll love it!

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