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Homemade Bath Bombs for a Luxurious Bathing Experience

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It’s been cold here in Canada. We’ve been hit with -20°C temperatures on a daily basis (that’s below 0°F for all you yanks!).

Suffice it to say, keeping warm has been a challenge.

I’m not typically one to lounge in the bath. Unless I am in severe physical pain – or in this case, freezing my buns off – I don’t find it relaxing in the slightest.

Thanks to hours of shovelling snow in negative temperatures, I found myself being drawn to the idea of a nice, steaming hot bath. Thanks to family and friends this Christmas season, I was gifted with several bath bombs. [Keep Reading]

Why You Need to Check Out Japanese Skincare Lines

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If there’s anything that evolves quicker than the social media landscape, it’s the skincare and cosmetics industry. As we enter 2018, makeup lovers are abandoning their highly-chiseled cheeks and perfectly-ombréd eyebrows, and instead chasing after the newest beauty standard: clear and glowing skin.

However, Japan is ahead of the game.

If you don’t already know that Japanese skincare lines reign supreme, a trip to Japan will convince you. The bustling streets are home to an array of drugstores—some up to four floors—that carry hundreds of skin-perfecting products. My job? To find the best in the business. [Keep Reading]

Secrets to Getting Beauty Sleep: It’s Just a Few Zzz’s Away!

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*Guest Post by Jenny*

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Is looking your best as simple as a good night’s rest? Well, no, but it turns out beauty sleep isn’t as far-fetched of an idea as you may have thought. In fact, the quality of your sleep goes a long way to keeping skin looking happy and healthy.

During certain phases of sleep, the brain produces a growth hormone which helps to repair and restore your skin. While the brain makes this potent human growth hormone, it also actively suppresses the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol provides an important function, but in excess causes harsh problems to your skin and body, including acne, hair loss, or weight gain. [Keep Reading]

Simple Coffee Mask for a Fresh Face

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Our skin is pretty resilient. It provides a layer of armour between all the toxins and environmental layers.

But after decades of living a full and exciting life, it can begin to show a little wear and tear. For me that means puffy eyes and dark circles.

As we sail into our 40’s and beyond, our skin and body begins to undergo some massive transformations. For starters, the evidence of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots begin to emerge.

Our hormones start shifting and this can cause a change in our collagen and elastin synthesis, not to mention our natural oil (sebum) production. Simply put, our skin’s ability to repair itself diminishes and we start to see the effects.

Dark under eye circles may become more prominent as we age because we start to lose subcutaneous fat and our facial muscles slacken. This allows fluids from around your skin to seap into your lower eye region causing that unflattering puffy and dark appearance. [Keep Reading]

Skincare With A Kick — Best Herbs For Your Skin

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If you like it spicy, then this post is for you because we’re diving into all the best herbs for your skin.

Spices have been used as natural medicine and healing for centuries. Of course, they are also well known for their signature aromas and flavours. But did you know that they are equally as effective at flavoring your food as they are at fighting premature aging?

Spices are one of our favourite things to add to DIY skin care recipes because there are so many to choose from and they have a variety of benefits. Not to mention the fun scents and interesting properties that can help you do everything from clear acne to reduce the signs of aging.

If you’re starting to see the signs of premature aging then you’ll definitely want to add these 5 spices to your daily routine. [Keep Reading]

How to Prevent and Reduce Adult Acne — Because Pimples in Your 20’s Sucks!

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*Guest Post by Claudia*

Mirror mirror on the wall, why do I have acne I’m 24?

Gone are the days where we only faced acne going through our golden days (teenage years).

Gone is the assumption acne is driven by puberty and puberty only. Blemishes I thought were done and dusted on my perfectly shaped forehead have returned, worse and more visible than ever before. “WHYYYY MEEEEEE,” I think repeatedly.

Adult Acne: two words, nine haunting letters I never thought I would be entering my dermatologist mentioning, yet here I am, at the prime age of 24 re-living my teenage nightmare. [Keep Reading]

3 Reasons Why Going Vegan Benefits Your Skin

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If blemished skin has got you singing the blues, maybe you should be looking a little deeper than the products you use.

While most people high tail it to the nearest beauty department store and splurge all their hard earned dollars on the newest “it” product, I chose a different path.

After reading an article about the 515 toxic chemicals we put on our bodies regularly, I couldn’t help but think that the products I was using to try and fix my skincare issues might actually be making them worse. [Keep Reading]

3 Homemade Gluten Free Skincare Recipes

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Gluten can be a sneaky ingredient in many of your favourite skin care products. For those of us with allergies, the consequences can be painful and more importantly, dangerous.

For those who don’t know much about gluten and Celiacs disease, let me give you the 411. [Keep Reading]

Top 4 Benefits of Coconut Oil for Skincare

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*Guest Post by Daniel*

What is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil has recently come into the light for its health benefits when used for cooking. The coconut extract is different from traditional oils like butter, olive oil, and vegetable oil because of its unique saturated fat makeup.

The saturated fat in coconut oil is higher than some of the fattiest products you can think of. However, not all of that fat is bad.

More than half of the saturated fats in coconut oil come from medium-chain fatty acids, which can be extremely beneficial to our bodies. It allows the fat to be converted to fuel without being stored, giving us energy while avoiding love handles.

Weight management and energy aren’t the only things coconut oil is used for. Coconut oil has many proven benefits for the skin when it comes to beauty hacks, moisturizing, and sun care.

Use Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer & Face Wash

Coconut oil is oily to the touch. Users might think that it wouldn’t be the right product to rub up and down your skin. If you’re trying to find that happy medium between dry flaky skin and an oily mess, you may be hesitant. Coconut oil is, however, one of the best products for naturally hydrating your skin.

Your body temperature is high enough to melt the solid-at-room-temperature oil to allow it to seep deep into your pores and reach its full moisturizing potential rather than sitting on the surface of your skin. The oil does not clog your pores and is recommended to be used even on the most delicate areas, such as your face.

Coconut oil is a natural anti fungal and antibacterial substance and can be used to clear your face of acne or gunk built up in the pores.

One recommendation is to rub small amounts of the oil on your face before bed, massaging your skin as you go. Once completely covered, rinse the excess oil and scrub with your favourite face wash.

Coconut oil has heightened benefits when compared to other face moisturizers due to its natural composition. You can even keep it simple by using it as your everyday hand moisturizer. It’s inexpensive and all-natural.

Use Coconut Oil to Remove Makeup

Eye makeup can be hard to remove, but can also be tough on the sensitive area when it requires harsh scrubbing and rubbing. Traditional makeup wipes can cause a burning sensation or puffy eyes from aggressive wiping.

Coconut oil can work as an eye makeup remover by breaking down the inky substances and hydrating the area in the process. Coconut oil even works on the toughest of waterproof mascaras.

In opposition to a makeup remover, coconut oil can also be used as a cheekbone highlighter. To achieve this benefit, simply sweep a small amount of the oil on top of already applied makeup and leave it. It won’t look like your wearing a heavy product, and it will give your skin a natural glow.

Use Coconut Oil as Sun Screen

As discussed before, coconut oil can be used as an everyday moisturizer on rougher skin areas like your hands, as well as sensitive areas on your face. Coconut oil also has a natural SPF of 1-8 and contains antioxidants to protect your skin from the harsh radiation of the sun.

The low amount of SPF won’t protect you from a bad sunburn if you plan on spending the day basking in the sun. However, it will help long-term just strolling around on a daily basis facing minimal sun exposure. Also, considering the antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti fungal effects coconut oil has on the skin, it can provide additional benefits as a skin protectant.

When the sun’s UV rays interact with the toxins in our skin, it creates an adverse reaction that can be lessened or avoided using coconut oil as an all-natural barrier.

Other Coconut Oil Beauty Hacks

Coconut oil can be crucial in the health of your skin through everyday moisturizing, sun protection, makeup remover, and an acne cleanser. With all of these benefits, there are also some non-traditional beauty hacks where coconut oil can be used as a base.

Shaving your legs can be a hassle and somewhat dangerous for the average woman while balancing on one foot in the slippery shower. Shaving cream makes things a little safer and provides a better result post-shower when it comes to razor bumps and burns, but can get expensive.

Coconut oil can be used in place of shaving cream. It will increase skin hydration and put some money back in your pocket. You can also look into making a homemade body scrub with coconut oil as the base. It is suggested that you melt the coconut oil and mix it with sand, sugar, salt (something course for the scrubbing effect). You can also add your favourite oil for scent!

Coconut Oil is Versatile for Skin Care

With so many different skin care products on the market, sometimes it makes sense to try the inexpensive, all-natural route. Not only is coconut oil beneficial for the mind and body, but it’s also a welcome companion in bathroom vanities around the world.

Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed!


About the Author: Daniel writes for CogniTune, a nootropic, health and wellness website sharing cutting edge information on enhancing mental and physical performance.

3 Homemade Blackhead Treatments You Need to Try Today

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Acne is an inevitable part of life. It is frustrating and unsightly, but thankfully there are many ways to deal with it.

While a ginormous red blemish is incredibly embarrassing, a blackhead covered nose is infuriating. So small, yet so unattractive.

Blackheads refer to an opening in your skin that has become discolored due to oxidization. They form before a significant amount of bacteria has time to enter the hair follicle, which is why they remain so small.

Blackheads are most commonly found around the nose and in the dip of your chin. These particular areas are more likely to have excess oil build up and the crevices are so small, its harder to keep clean.

There are several products on the market that are targeted for blackhead removal, but I like to do it the DIY way. Here are 3 blackhead treatments you can make from home. [Keep Reading]

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