DIY Tips & Tricks

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.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and most oats. All of these items are commonly found in your favourite foods, drinks and even beauty products.

If you are diagnosed with Celiacs disease or have a severe intolerance, it means that your body is rejecting the protein. Gluten rejection causes your body to attack the villi in your small intestines.

Nutrient absorption is stunted when this happens, so basically when a Celiac has gluten they are hurting the very thing that is meant to nourish them. Removing gluten from your life repairs villi damage over time.

Gluten removal involves more than just eliminating it from your diet. It means removing it from your skin care products too.

One of the best ways to ensure g-free products is to make them yourselves, so here are my favourite recipes.

How to Make Gluten Free Moisturizer

This DIY gluten free moisturizer recipe is pretty easy to make and all of the ingredients can be found in your local health food store or online via iherb.com or even amazon.

You will need the following items:

– 1 cup Shea Butter
– ½ cup 100% Virgin Coconut Oil
– ½ cup Almond Oil
– 1 ½ tablespoons Beeswax
– 1 tablespoon Zinc Oxide
– 1 tablespoon Glycerin
– 10 drops of your favourite Essential Oil

Step One

Melt your butter, oils and beeswax in a pot over low heat. Once it’s all melted, remove from the heat and let cool.

Step Two

Add zinc oxide and glycerin in a blender then one spoonful at a time add your cooled mixture. Blend on high for a few minutes or until desired consistency is achieved.

This moisturizer is rich and creamy and even protects your skin from UVA rays.

Step Three

Spoon your moisturizer into a clean glass jar. Replace every 3-4 weeks.

DIY Gluten Free Facial Cleanser

Shockingly, many facial cleansers contain oats, wheat products and other glutenous ingredients. If you are looking for an effective gluten free facial cleanser then this simple DIY is for you.

Gather together:

– 1 cup Coconut Oil
– ¼ cup Grapeseed Oil
– 1 cup Raw Sugar

Blend your oils together then slowly add in your sugar and stir it all together.

The sugar is a great natural exfoliant and the oils help rid your skin of dirt and makeup. If you double the recipe it makes for a great body scrub as well!

Gluten Free Toner

I love a good facial toner to tighten my pores, minimize breakouts and leave my face feeling fresh. Here is an easy to make gluten free toner that you can apply with a cotton pad or use as a facial spray when you’re on the go.

Simple to make, all you will need is:

– ¼ cup Witch Hazel
– ¼ cup Aloe Juice
– 2 tablespoons Chamomile Essential Oil
– 2 tablespoons Distilled Water
– 5-6 Fresh Mint Leaves

Mix all of your ingredients together then use a muddler to crush the natural oils from the mint. Pour into a spray bottle and mist when necessary.

Chamomile and aloe are soothing for dry, inflamed skin, but also hydrate. Mint is stimulating for your senses and acts as an antipruritic. It’s a great g-free facial product for on the go.

Did we mention we also have a few gluten free makeup DIY’s up our sleeves too? Check out this bad ass g-free lipstick.

Now, if DIY’ing ain’t your thing then there are many brands on the market that are going g-free. In terms of acne treatment and anti aging creams, we love Zenmed.

Zenmed carries many different products that are gluten free and amazing. Check out our favourite Zenmed products here!

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!

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]

Organic Face Masks Straight From the Kitchen

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The change in seasons can wreak havoc on your skin. With temperatures and humidity shifting your skin doesn’t know what to do and acts out with break outs.

Sometimes all you need to do is give it a little TLC and what better way to do this than have a DIY spa date!

Without further ado let me give you the recipe to three great DIY organic face masks that you can make with ingredients found right in your very own kitchen. [Keep Reading]

5 Essential Products to Add to Your Daily Skin Care Routine

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*Guest Post by Pat*

Developing and following a daily skin care routine is one of the most important things you can do for your health and beauty.

Your skin serves as a flexible armour that protects sensitive inner tissues from harmful microbes, chemicals and intense light. When you keep your skin healthy, you keep this barrier strong. Healthy skin also radiates beauty and helps delay many of the signs of aging.

To help keep your skin looking its best, we recommend adding the following five products to your daily skin care routine: cleanser, toner, exfoliant, moisturizer and antioxidant serum. Let’s look at these essential products more in depth. [Keep Reading]

What Not to Do When You Have Acne

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Have you been struggling with acne and it just won’t go away?

Perhaps you feel like you’re doing everything you can and it doesn’t seem to be making a difference.

Maybe, just maybe, you’re doing a little too much.

As it turns out, less can very well be more when it comes to clearly an acne breakout. Luckily for you, we’ve done the research and have compiled a list of what not to do when you have acne.

Ready to see if you’re making one of these mistakes? Read on… [Keep Reading]

Erase Acne Scars with 4 Items From Your Kitchen

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Do you have acne scars on your face?

It seems like double trouble. First, you are traumatized by the nasty pimples. Then, these pimples leave behind ugly scars.

Acne scars are an unfortunate reminder of your acne breakouts and stay with you long after the pimples have passed. They tend to appear as deep, raised or pitted skin and occur when a pimple or sore gets popped or broken, ending up in a layer of damaged skin.

These scars look so horrible that you hesitate to see the mirror. You tend to avoid social settings just because of these patches of raised skin on your face.

And more bad news—acne scars are stubborn and don’t disappear easily. But that doesn’t mean you have to use expensive treatments like laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels to fix them.

Want to erase acne scars without going for expensive treatment? Learn how these simple  home remedies can help you — best of all, they can be found right in your very own kitchen. [Keep Reading]

Horrible Habits We Use to Cure Acne

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Horrible Habits We Use to Cure Acne

*Guest Post by Erica*

As humans, it is our nature that our endurance level is either sparse or limited, which is why we want everything to work miraculously with the blink of an eye. Take acne for instance – women skip through treatments to treatments as a hope that they might find a genie inside a skincare product, which would magically vanish their zits in a night so and grant them with a flawless skin the next morning.

People take acne more personally than they should – from locking oneself inside the room and awkwardly hiding face behind their hands every now and then to constantly looking at reflection in the mirror and wish that all the zits would automatically disappear depicts how terrible acne makes us feel. [Keep Reading]

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