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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!

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 Natural Tips for Tattoo Aftercare

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5 Natural Tips for Tattoo Aftercare

*Guest Post by Delan*

Getting tattoos is a great way to let your creativity shine and show the world a little bit about yourself and what you stand for without having to say a word. However, there is a healing period that follows once the ink is embedded beneath the skin.

From an open wound to itching, scabs, and more, it can feel like months as you wait for these common symptoms to subside and truly enjoy your new body art. There are five natural home remedy options you can employ to aid in the tattoo healing process you won’t want to pass up. [Keep Reading]

DIY Gluten Free Body Butter

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DIY Gluten Free Body Butter

Winter is here and before you know it your skin may feel dry, itchy and totally parched.

It’s just awful, but as someone with super sensitive skin and a gluten-intolerance I can tell you that not just any old skin lotion will make it better.

As the seasons change, I find my body’s needs change too. Simply put, I rotate my fave skincare products depending on the time of year. Going a little lighter in the summer (because who wants to feel oily) to full, deep moisture in the winter, I give my skin what it needs.

Now, if you’re anything like me and have a gluten sensitivity, you know it’s important to only use g-free products on your skin. And guess what beauties? This DIY gluten free body butter may be just what the doctor order this winter.
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Weird Beauty and Skincare Tricks that Actually Work

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Weird Beauty and Skincare Tricks that Actually Work

*Guest Post by Johny*

It seems like a crazy idea to slather sticky honey on your skin or pour beer on your hair. People will either think you’re into some kind of weird experiment or that you’ve lost your mind.

But you shouldn’t care about what people think as long as you know what you’re doing, right?

These strange, but surprisingly effective beauty fixes will resolve some of the most common beauty issues that you have. [Keep Reading]

Winter Skincare Tips – Because your skin deserves more!

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Winter Skincare Tips

*Guest Post by Emily*

Hoodies, hot cocoa, boots, jeans, pretty colours, crisp air and flushed cheeks!

As the days shrink, the temperatures drop gradually and air turns out cold and dry, it feels good to drag out our comforting warm clothes after bidding goodbye to our shorts and swim suits. But since this is a time of transition, the changes need to be applied not only to our clothes, but to our skin care regime too.

Here are some of our handpicked winter skincare tips so that it stays as fabulous as the year’s last, loveliest smile. [Keep Reading]

How to Get Perfect Skin without Dermatologic Treatments

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How to Get Perfect Skin without Dermatologic Treatments

*Guest Post by Dr. Osvaldo*

Can you get perfect skin without dermatologic treatments?

The short answer is yes.

But you need to build habits that are tough to keep for most people.

Maintaining a beautiful, healthy skin is a unanimous desire among women. When you cannot achieve that goal, is common to start wearing make-up to hide minor imperfections.

Skin care must be part of a daily routine of beauty and health. In addition to lotions and treatments, you need a proper nutrition and hydration. You can see below the tips to keep a flawless skin. [Keep Reading]

10 Amazing Fruit Packs for Dull Skin

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10 Amazing Fruit Packs for Dull Skin

*Guest Post by Sophie*

The skin is the largest part of the human body and needs to be taken good care in order to always look good. The main reason for dull skin is a lack of oxygen and blood in the skin, making it appear weary and lifeless.

To give your skin a little more life, here are 10 amazing fruit packs worth testing out. [Keep Reading]

How to Protect Skin from Damage with Health Supplements

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How to Protect Skin from Damage with Health Supplements

*Guest Post by Christopher*

Skin can be easily damaged in subtle and often hard to fix ways. Whether it’s drying out over a cold winter, burning in summer or simply reacting to the weather by becoming oily, it can be all over the place. That’s not to mention wrinkles, dark spots and all other kinds of blemishes! But there is a way to help protect the skin from this damage, and it’s one that’s quite easy to implement!

By focusing on key vitamins and minerals, and adding them in either via your diet or health supplements.

But which health supplements should you focus on? Here are 5 supplements that will help you protect your skin. [Keep Reading]

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