Soak in a Bath of Baking Soda for Softer Skin

Soak in a Bath of Baking Soda for Softer Skin

Baking soda not only makes a great exfoliant for the skin on your face, it also great for exfoliating the body. And I don't mean you need to spend time scrubbing away at your body with baking soda (although certainly free to do that if you want to exfoliate deeply), there's a much more relaxing the way to do it in the form of a bath.


Soak in a Bath of Baking Soda for Softer Skin
Forget buying fancy bath salts and expensive exfoliating scrubs that always end up feeling too abrasive for the skin. Simply draw a hot bath like you normally would, pour in 1/2 to a cup of baking soda, and stir it up a bit so that it dissolves evenly in the water. Add some of your favorite essential oils too to create a more fragrant experience. Then just get naked and have a relaxing soak. You'll find when you get out of the bath the baking soda will have worked its magic and left your skin feeling smoother and softer, all without use of any scrubbing action or pricey spa treatments.
Soak in a Bath of Baking Soda for Softer Skin
Enjoy!

Did you know that you can save your coffee grounds to use as an exfoliant as well?

How to Make Different Kinds of Natural Moisturizers


I have written several different posts on how to make various kinds of lotions for the face and body, so I thought I'd put the links to them all in one post. I hope this makes it easier for people to find the recipes for the particular kind of moisturizer they want to make at home.


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How to Make Different Kinds of Natural Moisturizers

How to Make Different Kinds of Natural Moisturizers

How to Make Different Kinds of Natural Moisturizers
 
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Different Ways to Store Makeup Brushes


It's important to keep your makeup brushes tidy to prevent the bristles from becoming bent, and in doing so you can help yourself save time since you'll be able to find the brush you want to use more easily. Here are a few different ways you can organize your cosmetic brushes.


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Cups and Bowls
Different Ways to Store Makeup Brushes
Of course, there's always the standard put-them-in-a-cup way to store brushes. Make use of old chipped cups and mugs that you no longer drink out of. Re-purpose mason jars or jam jars, and dress them up so that they reflect your style. This is my preferred way of storing brushes. It's a very "no fuss" way of organizing my makeup brushes. I like to separate the brushes for my face and brushes for my eyes into two separate containers this makes locating the correct brush much easier.

Add Beads
Different Ways to Store Makeup Brushes
Many people like to put beads or marbles into their makeup brush-holding cups and bowls to keep the brushes standing up straight (you know, like the way Sephora keeps their brushes organized), and it adds a nice aesthetic touch. What's great about this method is that if you have brushes of different lengths you don't have to worry about the shorter ones getting lost in the bottom of the container. You can use coffee beans or other similarly shaped objects as well.

Drawers and Boxes
Different Ways to Store Makeup Brushes
I find this way of storage most effective if you only own a few makeup brushes and don't want them to take up too much space by putting them in a cup. The added bonus of storing brushes this way is that it keep them dust-free. However, the drawer or box itself may get dirty from makeup residue, so remember to clean it frequently.

In A Sleeve
Different Ways to Store Makeup Brushes
This is another way to keep brushes organized and out of sight, and also quite handy if you're often on the go and need to take your brushes with you. Construct your own brush-holding sleeve by sewing little pockets into a piece of fabric, then just stick all your brushes inside. By making it yourself you can make it as simple or as elaborate as you'd like.

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Hope this helped you figure out the way you want to store your makeup brushes. And remember, prevent breakouts by keeping your brushes clean!

How to Make Your Own Natural Face Cream with Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil


How to Make Your Own Natural Face Cream with Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil

Aloe vera gel on its own makes a pretty decent moisturizer in the summer, as it also soothes the skin of inflammation and also contains antibacterial properties that will kill germs on your skin before breakouts occur. However, as the weather gets colder I feel like a need to put something that ha a stronger moisturizing effect on my face. That's why I whipped up this concoction of aloe vera gel, virgin coconut oil and shea butter to use as natural, nourishing winter face cream.


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How to Make Your Own Natural Face Cream with Aloe Vera and Coconut OilYou'll Need:

- aloe vera gel
- virgin coconut oil
- shea butter
- vitamin E capsules (optional)
- essential oils (optional)
- a double boiler
- container for the finished product

Directions:

1. Melt one part shea butter and three parts virgin coconut oil in a double boiler (if you're unsure how to do this, check out this post on making your own lotions bars and lip balm). As you'll probably be transferring this to a small face cream container when you're done, make sure you don't make too much.

2. Once the ingredients are melted, mix them together well and leave the mixture to cool.

3. When the mixture has cooled to a soft solid, squeeze in a ratio of 2/3 aloe vera gel to the amount of coconut oil and shea butter you have. Best to use a fork and whip the aloe vera gel in quickly so that it becomes a creamy consistency. If you'd like, you can add a capsule of vitamin E and/or essential oils for fragrance at this point.

4. Transfer the final mixture into a sterile container, and you're done!

To Use:

I generally use this mixture on my face, but feel free to apply it anywhere as needed!

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As shea butter is quite rich, it may not be suitable for those of you with sensitive skin. Feel free to omit that ingredient and simply work with coconut oil and aloe vera ratios if you want. The only problem with that is that your mixture might end up being rather runny if you keep it in a warm environment. Also, if you choose to add essential oils for added benefits or fragrance, make sure they ones that you aren't sensitive to. And don't over do it! Essential oils are concentrated and can be quite strong.

How to Make Your Own Natural Face Cream with Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil

I think this concoction is perfect for the colder months when my skin is a little tighter and flakier, and I need a stronger moisturizing boost than aloe vera alone can provide.

I try to use natural aloe vera when I can to create this face cream, but that is sometimes hard to come by and can get rather expensive. As an alternative I try to use commercial aloe vera gel that has as few preservatives and additives as possible. All the ingredients used in this recipe have rather long shelf lives, but I'd err on the safe side and say that this mixture is good for only a month or so, especially since you'll be dipping your fingers into it rather often. So make sure you don't use make too much at once, or it may go rancid before you get a chance to finish using it all!