General Skin Care

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]

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.

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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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]

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