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diy dark spot corrector

 

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For some annoying reason I have been battling dark spots, also known as hyperpigmentation, on my forehead, upper lip, and under my eyes…I look dirty! My best friend, who happens to be a dermatologist, told me it is from the sun. The dark spots are a new thing for me and it is not something I can learn to accept. Pretty skin is important to me…So I did some research and found a few remedies I wanted to try (in addition to hydroquinone cream). Aloe vera has beneficial skin healing powers, it contains all kinds of anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties while helping your skin shine brighter and lighter. I read that aloe vera works on hyperpigmentation by encouraging the skin to regenerate new skin cells while also moisturizing and cleansing. Even though dark spots are pretty difficult to treat I thought it was worth a try! After reading through several different recipes I decided to make my own very simple aloe vera mask with coconut oil and lemon juice. The acidic juice will also help lighten the dark spots and give the aloe vera gel a longer shelf life.

Gel may have a slight pink tint due to oxidation.

Ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Lemon juice
  • Coconut oil

Method:

  • Cut the end and rough sides off the aloe Vera
  • Using a sharp knife, slice off the top rind to expose the gel
  • Using a spoon or the knife scoop the gel into a bowl
  • In a small food processor add approximately 3 to 4 heaping tablespoons of gel
  • Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Add 3/4 the juice of 1 lemon…more than half but not every drop
  • Blend for approximately 1 minute

To use:

  • To use as a mask apply to face and neck for approximately 10 to 15 minutes (it’s really slimy and slippery so apply mask in appropriate location, like the bathtub)
  • To use as a toner, dip cotton ball in gel and rub on face and neck, focusing on dark spots. I like to do this at night then wash my face in the morning and continue with my normal routine.

These remedies can take up to a week or more for any discernible results to be seen.

Keep the concoction is your refrigerator, it will last for approximately 1-2 week(s).

My aloe vera leaf was big and I had leftovers/extra…I blended the remaining gel with lemon juice to create aloe vera juice. I kept it in my refrigerator and consumed 1 to 2 tablespoons per day.

 

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diy pumpkin face mask


  

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I love pumpkin season! I think it is fun to recreate products so my inspiration for this post comes from a face mask my mom gave me years ago. I know what you are thinking…”pumpkin” ?! but pumpkin is really good for your skin, it is full of vitamin A, C, E and antioxidants. The beta-carotene that makes pumpkins orange helps reverse skin damage caused by the sun while exfoliating and soothing.

2 cups canned pumpkin

4 T greek yogurt

4 T honey

1 t pumpkin pie spice

20 almonds

In a food processor chop almonds. Combine ingredients. Smooth onto face. Leave for 10 min and rinse off.

 

Hope you like it!

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Homemade Bath Bombs

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I absolutely love laying in the bathtub. In my opinion, nothing is better than a nice relaxing bath at the end of a long day. Dropping one of these balls into your bath water will instantly create a scented sanctuary. They bubble, fizz, and moisturize while the epsom salt helps restore magnesium and detox your body. These bath bombs are as fun as they are therapeutic.  It is like taking a bath in champagne! You will emerge from the tub with softened, lightly perfumed skin.

One of the exciting things about making bath bombs is being able to personalize them with oils and dried herbs. The possibilities are endless and once you start making them tons of new ideas come to mind. Make extra and save them for birthdays and holidays! My go-to essential oils for bath bombs include lavender, camomile, jasmine, grapefruit, mint and eucalyptus. I took pictures of several batches, but the listed ingredients will make 3 bath bombs using the large mold and 6 with the smaller mold.

Side note: the dried herbs were a fun experiment but very messy and will float in the water. If your plumbing is bad I recommend leaving them out.

Here’s a look at the supplies I used


  
  
  

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Citric Acid
  • 1/2 cup Corn Starch
  • 1/2 cup Epsom Salt
  • 3 tsp Coconut oil
  • 2 tsp Essential Oil
  • 3/4 tsp Water
  • 10 drops Food Coloring
  • Mold (the bigger mold is 2 3/4″ diameter) (the littler mold is 2 1/4″ diameter)
  • Sugar flower or dried herbs (optional)

Directions

  • In a bowl mix baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, and epsom salt.
  • In a different bowl mix coconut oil, essential oil, water and food coloring.
  • Slowly whisk the liquid mixture into the dry mixture. (Note: Pouring too fast will cause the citric acid to activate)
  • The consistency should be like wet sand.
  • If you want to garnish or add a sugar flower make sure to put that in the mold first.
  • Add a heaping amount of the mixture to both sides of mold and press together.
  • Lightly tap the top of the mold with a spoon and place bath bombs on wax paper.
  • Let dry for 1 to 2 days.

 

Let me know what you think!

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Orange Rosemary Body Scrub

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Enjoy smooth and shiny skin with this orange and rosemary body scrub. Coarse grains of salt serve to exfoliate and detoxify your skin’s surface. The coconut oil will hydrate thirsty skin leaving it soft and glowing. Use this scrub in the morning to jump-start your day or leave it by the kitchen sink for when your hands need some extra attention!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coarse sea salt
  • zest of one orange
  • 3 finely chopped rosemary sprigs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil

Directions

  • mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until blended
  • store in a jar or airtight container

To Use

  • massage into skin
  • rinse with warm water
  • pat dry

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