Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Scrub your face with sodium bicarbonate!



Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is one of the most versatile, money saving products found in the average household.  It literally has hundreds of uses. But what about baking soda as a skin care product?  It exfoliates the skin and, possibly, even reduces acne.


Baking soda makes an excellent exfoliant.  Why?  Because baking soda is coarse, but not too coarse.   It's the perfect consistency for removing dead skin cells.  If applied correctly, it can also be used on sensitive skin.

How to use:

Mix a teaspoon of the powder to your facial cleanser and add a few drops of water to create a paste.  Massage gently into the skin, like you would with any other exfoliant.  Remember to always moisturise afterwards because this treatment strips the skin's natural oils!  For best results use this two times a week.




The same exfoliant can also be used as an acne treatment!

Baking soda deeply cleanses the pores, helps blemishes heal faster and also reduces redness.  To use as an acne treatment, leave the scrub on your face for a couple of minutes, then rinse clean with lukewarm water.  Use a clean towel to pat your face dry.  Tone and moisturise as usual.

Tips:

If you notice that your skin is red or irritated afterwards, it means that the scrub was to abrasive for your skin; try putting in less baking soda or more water to the mixture.

I mix the baking soda, cleanser and water directly on the palm of my hand; it saves time and it’s less messy!

I would like to know what you think about this scrub!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Not just an aspirin facial mask!



Hello everyone!

I’m sure that many of you have heard about the aspirin mask and its benefits.  For those who do not know; the aspirin mask is a homemade BHA mask available to each and every one of us, inexpensive and highly efficient. Aspirin is known to help significantly with deep cleaning pores and thus contribute to keeping our skin blemish-free.  Aspirin is efficient on existing blemishes as well, helping them heal.

To make the mask I do not use aspirin tablets, instead I use effervescent, water soluble Aspirin C!  I will explain why.

Each tablet of Aspirin C is composed of: 400 mg acetylsalicylic acid and 240 mg ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).


Vitamin C, in skin care, is known for decreasing pigmentation and increase collagen production; it is also antioxidant and can help reduce skin damage caused by free radicals.  It protects skin from UVA and UVB, still it cannot substitute sunblock/sunscreenThese aspects of vitamin C help to reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture.

This mask is suitable for all skin types, especially normal to oily and combination skin, acne-prone and clogged skin.

How to prepare and use:


Mix 1/2 crushed Aspirin C tablets with a few drops of water, apply on clean dry skin (focus on T-zone).  Keep it on until completely dry (20-30 minutes). Wet your face lightly and use circular motion to massage gently.  Finally, rinse with plenty of water.  Apply your regular toner and moisturiser.

There are numerous versions of this mask.  You can add strained yoghurt/Greek yoghurt for an astringent effect, Aloe vera or honey.  Another option is to crush aspirin into a mask; a clay mask, a hydrating mask or a soothing mask.

(Obviously, you can use any brand!)

My personal favourite version is with 1 crushed tablet of Aspirin C and a very small amount of Aloe vera gel (no added water).  I find that this way, application is easier, less messy and does not irritate the skin.  After this mask your face will feel smooth and clean!


Tips:

You can also make the mask mixed aspirin with a moisturiser, instead of water, as it will be less harsh on the skin.  This is a great alternative to using Aloe vera. 

It is very important not to over-use this mask.  For very oily skin and for severe blemishes, use every two/three days.  Other skin types should use it only once a week or once every two week.  If used too often it will over-dry and irritate the skin.

Take care!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

 

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