It was a slow day at the office today. Practically nobody was in, so I spent the day online shopping.
I only bought a few beauty items off Etsy, but I spent the whole day browsing Etsy and Asos. Anyone ever bought anything off Asos? How was it?? I’m a US size 2-4, but apparently I’m a UK size 8 at Asos. Pretty devastating. Was it the fish and chips I had for lunch today? Oh well. Since I’m so wonderful, there should be more of me to go around.
I found this neat little shop that sells vegan soap, lip balm, and essential oil perfumes (with the little rollerball thingy). I’m not a hardcore vegan–actually, I’m not a vegan at all–but I’m really excited to try out these products. I quit commercialized crap over a year ago, and I’ve never looked back.
I’ve never been more pleased with my skin–and of course, my wallet! Natural beauty is the way to go.
Here are my tips to you, sisters.
You need to exfoliate your face once a week. Remove make-up and wash your face. Mix equal parts milk and nutmeg until you form a paste. You won’t need a lot of either, so be modest with your portions.
Next, get a pot of boiling water and set it on your table. You will want to put a towel underneath the pot so it doesn’t damage your table. Lean over the pot (not too close!) and cover yourself with a towel, so the steam can’t get out. Sit there for a couple of minutes, and let the steam work its magic. Hint: It’s opening your pores!
Go to the bathroom and put the paste on your face, massaging in circular motions with your fingertips. Be gentle. Do not, for the love of all things holy, scrub your face vigourously. You’re going to tear the skin and possibly get an infection. I promise it’ll be painful.
Wash it off with lukewarm water. Then, splash cold (and I mean really cold) water on your face. This is to close the pores. Pat your face dry with a clean towel, and put some moisturizer on.
You need to keep your face, neck, and decolletage moisturized if you want to age gracefully. Please do not buy commercialized crap at the drugstore. If you insist on doing that, read the ingredients label. Do some Googling, and find out what the hell you’re putting on your face.
I personally use coconut oil or olive oil–but usually the former. Coconut oil is so fucking wonderful, guys. It’s antibacterial, gentle on sensitive skin, moisturizing, natural, and contains enough free radicals to ward off premature aging and wrinkles! Plus, it lasts forever. I bought an $8 jar that has lasted me all year. And I use it liberally on my body, too. I can eat it too, so I feel safe putting it on my face. Here are some nutritious benefits of coconut oil.
Olive oil is a wonderful make-up remover and moisturizer. I use olive oil on my face if I don’t have access to coconut oil, or if it’s winter and I’m really dry. I use olive oil on my body year-round. It’s natural and really effective. No more dry skin! And it’s cheaper than buying some crappy moisturizer that smells like cotton candy and doesn’t do shit for my dry skin.
3. Eye Make-Up Remover:
I use sweet almond oil. I’ve had the bottle for over 3 years, and I use it every day. I think the bottle was under $12, and it has lasted me over 3 years. You can find sweet almond oil at any health food store.
When I don’t have sweet almond oil on hand, I opt for olive oil or coconut oil.
4. Body Scrub:
This is the best body scrub–period. Totally ideal for winter. Mix equal parts olive oil and sugar to form a paste. Massage in circular motions into your skin while in the shower. Rinse off. Pat body dry when shower is complete. Enjoy soft, moisturized goddess legs.
If you do this, you can skip post-shower moisturizing entirely. Win! I would recommend doing this no more than 3 times per week.
5. Hair Mask:
Everything you need for fabulous hair is in your kitchen.
For stronger hair, whip some eggs and massage them into your hair. Cover with a shower cap and leave it in for a bit. Wash off with lukewarm water. I repeat, do NOT use hot water. You will end up with an omelette.
A nice lady from work let me in on a little secret. As a side note, she has gorgeous long and shiny hair. About once a month, she mixes Argan Oil (get this from the health food store) with coconut oil and sweet almond oil. She warms it up, and then massages it into her scalp and working through her hair–roots to ends. She pins her hair back, and covers with a shower cap and warm towel. She lets it sit for an hour or so, and then washes it out. It requires about two to three shampoos. I’ve tried it once, and by god, it’s amazing.
If you’re a girl on the go, you can simply put some mayonnaise (yes, I’m being serious) into your hair and massage from roots to ends. Cover with a shower cap and leave it in for half an hour or so. Wash it out as normal and don’t use conditioner. Your locks will be shiny.
6. Regular Hair Care:
Uh…don’t wash your hair every day. You’re going to dry out the follicle and your hair is going to become even oilier because your scalp will panic and produce more oil. See how this can be a vicious cycle?
I wash my hair about twice a week.
There’s a new movement, guys. It’s called “Going ‘poo free“. There are people out there who don’t use shampoo anymore! Imagine that. They’re using baking soda mixed with a bit of water, instead. I tried this out because my shampoo was leaving residue in my hair–gross. It’s surprisingly refreshing. My hair never felt so clean and light.
If you’re willing to try this out, remember to rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar and cold water after. Mix one tablespoon of the vinegar with a cup of water and rinse your hair with it. Don’t wash your hair or anything after this–just squeeze the water out with a towel and style as usual.
What are some of your beauty secrets?