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DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, General, Skin Care, Tutorials

DIY Skincare: Rasberry skin brightener (Contains AHA’s)

This is an old favourite of mine. My friend and I used to make this when we were 14 before the kiddie disco on a Friday evening, ah the memories (at that time I took my fashion inspiration from the Spicegirls, Baby Spice to be exact).

This recipe is best suited for normal to oily skin which makes it great for  those prone to breakouts. You only need three ingredients, occasionally I have done it with only two (leaving out the essential oil). This recipe contains AHA’s and lactic acid. The AHA’s in the raspberries act as a gentle exfoliator and the lactic acid in the yoghurt (yes, that’s how we spell it this side of the Atlantic) brightens the skin.

DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Nail Care, Nail Polish/Care, Tutorials

Make your own Nail Strengthener

I pay a lot of attention to nail care but I often forget the importance of looking after the nail bed. Using particular essential oils on on the nail bed stimulates growth and encourages strong nails.

Here is a synergistic blend of oils I have been using  to strengthen my nails. I have already noticed a difference. My nails were starting to split and peel, they much stronger now.

I mixed the oils and pored it into a small, sterilized, dark bottle to stop the oils deteriorating. When I want to use the treatment I add 10 drops of the blend to a tablespoon of advocado oil and massage it into my cuticles. I leave it to soak in and take effect.

  • 2 drops Rosemary oil
  • 8 drops Lemon oil
  • 5 drops Jojoba oil
  • 2 teaspoon Grapeseed oil
  • 3 drops Carrot oil

It’s best to use this treatment after you have given yourself a manicure.


Acne/Breakouts, Bath & Body

Cosmetic Ingredients to avoid

I often wonder whether the benefits of my skincare products outweigh the negatives. There are other times when I find myself irritated by the fact that after continued use of a product my skin conditions flare.

Here are some ingredients that are known to cause irritation, allergic reaction and in some cases they are linked to nerve damage and caner. Scary stuff…

Mineral Oil (aka paraffinum liquidum): This is petroleum. It’s cheap and is currently widely available. This won’t be the case in the future. Mineral oil can lead to dry skin conditions.

Parabens Ethyl, Butyl, Methyl, Propyl, and Parahydroxybenzoate : A common preservative, lab made for cosmetics. This ingredient poses some serious health concerns, it mimics estrogen in the bloodstream and is linked to breast cancer Continue Reading

Acne/Breakouts, Bath & Body, DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Tutorials

DIY Scrub for a Blemished Back or Chest

There is nothing worse than a breakout on the delicate skin on your chest or your back. I know this a common problem but that we ladies tend not to bring it up.

I hate the idea of applying a shower gel designed for breakouts. They can dry the rest of your skin. It also means that you are using plenty of chemicals that you don’t need.

I have come across quite a few men that suffer from breakouts on their back. In my experience this tends to be diet related. One of the worst culprits are protein shakes (for men who are trying to build muscle). The body reacts to excesses of any food. The skin often breaks out when the body is trying to get rid of these excesses. In these cases you will often see boils and blind pimples that are coming from inside the body rather then a blocked pore.

If you regularly suffer from large, painful boils or acne or your back it could be down to a reaction to your skin care products. If Continue Reading

Bath & Body, DIY Skincare - Make Your Own

Make You Own Skincare: Body Scrub Puree

This recipe makes a rich moisturising scrub. I think it’s particularly good for dry or sensitive skin. Instead of using salts or sugar, the almonds in this scrub exfoliate the skin gently. The cucumber soothes any inflammation. All you need is

  • 110g Ripe Avocado
  • 40g Ground Almond
  • 110g Cucumbers

Whip the advocado and cucumber together in a blender, add the almonds and smooth into a puree. Massage into damp skin to slough off any dead skin. Rinse and pat the skin dry.

I make this every once in a while whenever I fancy a gentle body exfoliator.