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Friday, March 30, 2018

The beauty benefits of rosehip oil

Hello everyone!

What do the Duchess of Cambridge, Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Miranda Kerr all have in common?  Well, supposedly they use rosehip oil to keep their skin smooth.

Rosehip oil (or rosehip seed oil) has been recently dubbed a "miracle skincare oil".  Rosehip oil, derived from the rose hip (the fruit left on the stem after the petals have fallen off), is a natural source of essential fatty acids, including omega 3, 6 and 9, as well as a rich source of vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and B-carotene.  This superfine oil is absorbed easily into the skin and won’t leave behind any oily residue.

So what are the benefits of using rosehip oil?  
  • It quickly absorbs into the skin, proving moisture.
  • It can heal scarring caused by acne.
  • It can help reverse sun damage.
  • It can provide a protective barrier on the skin, preventing further moisture loss.
  • It can help fade pigmentation and even out skin tone.
  • It can help heal skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dry, itchy skin.
  • It can reduce fine lines and wrinkles.



How to use:

Rosehip oil is extremely easy to use.  
  1. Wash your face.
  2. Apply 2-3 drops of rosehip oil to your face.
  3. Gently massage into your skin until it’s fully absorbed.
  4. Use morning and night.

If you’re using it to correct problematic skin conditions, you’ll see a noticeable improvement after two to three weeks.

Check out this infographic...

Like many other natural beauty treatments out there, rosehip oil may not work for everyone, but it certainly is worth trying.

If you have ever used rosehip oil on your face, share your experience in the comments section below.  Don't forget to share this post with your friends!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Treating acne with lavender oil

Hello everyone!

Today I want to tell you a little bit about one of my favourite essential oils; lavender oil.  Not only does this essential oil smell great and helps you relax, it also has significant benefits for the skin.  This oil hydrates and heals the skin without clogging the pores.  Plus, it helps deal with many skin conditions from acne, excess oil, dryness to ageing.  It also promotes hair growth and healthy scalp.  This particular post is about treating acne with lavender oil.  

What is Lavender Oil?
  
Lavender oil is extracted from the lavender plant.  It grows worldwide in Asia, Europe,  Africa,  Canary Islands, and the Mediterranean.  The uses of lavender oil are numerous.  It's an all natural oil which works for various skin and hair problems.

How to use:
  • Mix 1-4 drops of lavender oil into 1/2-1 tablespoon of base oil (coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, olive oil).  Diluting helps the oil spread more easily when applied to the skin.
  • Massage the mixture into the affected area.
  • For sensitive skin or young children, the oil should be further diluted with warm water.

  • If you are treating occasional blemishes, use pure lavender oil.
  • Using a cotton swab apply directly to the pimples.
  • It should heal within 2-3 days.



Applying lavender oil nourishes and calms the skin ultimately treating acne, dry skin and reducing the appearance of dark spots and acne scars.  Lavender oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties which help get rid of pimples and prevent future acne

I will discuss other uses of this amazing oil in later posts.  Follow this blog so you won't miss a post!  Click the follow buttons in the sidebar... 👉

Have you ever used lavender oil in your skincare routine?  

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Weekly recap | 25/03/2018


Hello everyone!

So much happens in a week, so here’s a quick recap… in case you missed any of this! 



Sunday, March 18, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sunday, March 25, 2018


Thanks for reading!


Tag post: The Easter tag ⛪🐰🐣🍫

Hello everyone!

Today marks the beginning of Holy Week.  Holy Week is the week before Easter and it is also the last week of Lent.  And since Easter is almost here, in this post I'm going to answer the Easter tag questions.



1. Do you celebrate Easter?
I'm Catholic so of course, I celebrate Easter.

2. What was your favourite thing about Easter growing up?
Probably eating a lot of chocolate.

3. What are your plans for Easter this year?
Here in Malta, Easter Sunday is a day we spend with family.

4. Do you colour eggs?
I used to as a child.

5. Do you have Easter traditions?
Easter time in Malta is a time engulfed in tradition and ritual.  It is a time of processions, pilgrimages, pageants, exhibitions and much more.

6. Favourite Easter treat?
Vegan chocolate eggs.

7. Least favourite Easter treat?
Figolli!  Figolli are traditional Maltese Easter sweet almond cakes, covered in icing or chocolate and decorated with half a chocolate egg on top.  They are usually in Christian traditional shapes such as lamb, fish and heart.  

A lamb-shaped figolla
8. Best Easter memory?
When I was a child I used to help my mum make homemade chocolate Easter eggs and fill them with Smarties.  She makes figolli each year too, but I never liked them!

9. Do you hunt/hide eggs?
No.  I don't recall ever doing that.

10. Do you get pictures with the Easter bunny?
No.  The Easter bunny was not "a thing" when I was growing up.


Do you celebrate Easter?  What are your favourite traditions?  Leave your answers in the comments section below.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

DIY: Acne fighting mask

Hello everyone!

Yesterday I posted a recipe for a DIY acne fighting gel and today I want to share another acne fighting beauty recipe with you.  For this DIY you will need two key ingredients; a lemon and a tomato.  


Ingredients:
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp oatmeal (optional)

Lemons are full of AHA’s and BHA’s which remove dead skin cells, fight acne, minimize pores and brighten skin.  Back in November of 2011, I posted an article titled: Lemons for clear skin; in which I wrote about the countless benefits of lemons.  Make sure you read it for more information.  
Tomatoes have cooling and astringent properties.  They’re also rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin A.  Their acidity helps tame excessive oil production too.
Oatmeal helps reduce itching and inflammation and can be used to calm acne, eczema and heal psoriasis.
Method:
  1. Mash the peeled tomato in a bowl. 
  2. Add the lemon juice (and oatmeal) and mix everything together. 
  3. Apply to clean face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. 
  4. Rinse and follow with your favourite toner and moisturiser.

Tip: If you have dry skin add half a teaspoon of coconut oil to this mask.

What’s your favourite vegan DIY beauty recipe?
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Friday, March 23, 2018

DIY: Acne fighting gel

Hello everyone!

I am back again with an amazing DIY recipe for your skin.  You only need two simple ingredients to make your own acne fighting gel; aloe vera gel and an essential oil with antibacterial properties.  

I've been using this concoction on my face for many, many years.  So much so that I had to search this blog because I was sure that I had already told you about it.  As it turns out, I haven't so let's get started...



Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel
  • 6-12 drops of tea tree oil or lavender essential oil
If you don't like the smell of tea tree oil, lavender essential oil is a good alternative.  The combination of tea tree oil (or lavender) and  Aloe vera gel kills the bacteria that causes acne and has anti-inflammatory properties which soothe the skin.

Method:
  1. In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of Aloe vera gel with 6-12 drops of tea tree oil (or lavender).
  2. Store in an amber glass bottle. 
  3. Use as a spot treatment if you get occasional pimples, or apply it to the whole face daily to prevent acne.

Note: Tea tree oil is a highly concentrated essential oil and it is recommended to use diluted.  So test your level of sensitivity to the oil first.  I use undiluted tea tree oil on my skin regularly, but 12 drops diluted in Aloe vera gel might be a bit much for some.  If you try this DIY I recommend starting with 6 drops and testing it out first.

  • Or you could also take a small amount of Aloe vera gel on your hands and mix just one drop of essential oil, rub your hands to warm up the mixture and apply to your face.

If you like this DIY then don’t forget to comment below and share it with your friends!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Blending essential oils for beginners

Hello everyone!

Last Sunday I posted An introduction to aromatherapy and I told you that I was planning to post more on this subject.  In this post, I will give you a basic guide to blending essential oils.  Have you ever wanted to make your own essential oil blend but felt totally lost on where to begin?  Perhaps you want to make a solid perfume or a diffuser blend with an appealing smell. 

Essential oils are often grouped together based on their aromas, and these groups are called categories.  Some oils fit into more than one category.  Here are some examples of specific essential oils and the categories they fall into...



Essential oil categories
  • Floral: Chamomile, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Violet
  • Exotic: Palmarosa, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
  • Resinous: Benzoin, Camphor, Fir Needle, Frankincense, Galbanum, Myrrh, Vanilla Absolute
  • Spicy: Aniseed, Bay, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander, Ginger, Nutmeg
  • Woody: Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Myrtle, Pine, Rosewood, Tea Tree
  • Herbal: Angelica, Basil, Carrot Seed, Celery, Clary Sage, Dill, Fennel, Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme
  • Citrus: Citronella, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Mandarin, Orange, Tangerine, Verbena

Generally, oils within the same category blend well together.  Floral oils typically mix well with exotic, citrus, or spicy scents, while citrus blends nicely with spicy, floral and herbal oils.  Woody oils usually blend well with every fragrance category.


Feel free to experiment with your own cross-category blends, you never know what fragrances you may discover!


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ways to bring spring into your home 🌷🌼🌱🍃

Hello everyone!

Spring is finally here, and that means it's time for spring cleaning.  But this year, more than previous years, I didn't just stop at spring cleaning, I'm also obsessed with spring decorating.  During this charming season, I'm embracing floral patterns, pastels, bright colours, indoor plants, fresh scents, and everything "spring".


Today I came across an infographic about simple ways to add a pop of spring to your home and kiss those winter blues goodbye.  Seeing as this is precisely what I'm doing at the moment I want to share this info with all of you.


Did you know that your skincare routine needs some spring cleaning tooRead more about it hereAnd if you are looking for spring beauty tips, check out more related posts here.


Are you ready for spring? 



Monday, March 19, 2018

Fact or Fiction? - Beauty myths, debunked! #3

Hello everyone!

As you can see from the title, this post is all about beauty myths.  I haven't posted a Fact or Fiction? post in such a long time, but this is actually my third "beauty myths" post.  Let's get started!



1. Dry skin will give you wrinkles.

Fact or Fiction? Fiction.

Wrinkles are caused by a lot of things but dry skin is not one of them.


2. Toothpaste can heal pimples.

Fact or Fiction? Fact.

Ingredients found in toothpaste have been shown to dry pimples.  However, use cautiously because the harsh chemicals found in toothpaste can also irritate and over-dry your skin.


3. Tight ponytails and buns can make your hair fall out.

Fact or Fiction? Fact.

Tight hairstyles can add stress to hair follicles and cause breakage.  Try to keep tight styles to a minimum. I wrote a blog post about this subject titled Give your hair a break, check it out!


4. Rubbing your eyes causes wrinkles

Fact or Fiction? Fact.

Rubbing your eyes doesn't directly cause wrinkles, but the pulling motion causes the thin skin around the eyes to crease, which over time leads to the appearance of premature ageing.


5. Rinsing with cold water after shampooing makes hair shinier.

Fact or Fiction? Fact.

Cold water closes the hair follicles, giving it a glossy finish.


6.  The neck ages faster than the face.

Fact or Fiction? Fact.

The skin on the neck is a little thinner than the face and the muscle and skin tissue are also weaker than the face.


That's all for this post...  If you enjoyed it, I’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread by sharing it on Twitter, Facebook, etc.  Thank you!



Sunday, March 18, 2018

An introduction to aromatherapy

Hello everyone!

I've been using essential oils for a very long time, ever since I fell in love with aromatherapy about 20 years ago.  I always have oil burners, scented candle and reed diffusers around the house and I also use essential oils regularly in my skincare routine. 

For those of you who might not know; aromatherapy is the practice of using essential plant oils for healing body, mind and spirit.




Aromatherapy can be performed in several ways, namely:
  • Diffusing a combination of essential oils into the air (or just one single oil)
  • Inhaling oils through the nostrils directly off of a cloth or from the bottle
  • Receiving massage therapy utilizing oils
  • Soaking in an oil-infused bath
  • Rubbing oils directly onto the skin (diluted with a carrier oil, such as almond, jojoba or coconut oil)

Each essential oil delivers different benefits, some of which include: calming, awakening, energizing, easing pain and more. Aromatherapy can be used to treat a specific condition, like indigestion, insomnia, acne, aches, and anxiety, or as a way to enhance mood or set the ambience in a room.
If you are ready to take a more holistic route to feeling your best, aromatherapy has many benefits. 

I hope you enjoyed this post.  I plan on posting more about aromatherapy in the near future.  Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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