In the skin department, Summer usually means oilier than normal skin for me.
Which also means clogged pores, and at times, acne prone skin accompanied by dehydrated and irritated skin thanks to time spent in the sun and insane amounts of sunscreen.
One of the best ways that I deal with summer skin issues is by relying pretty heavily on face masks. For me, it’s just easier to introduce face masks intended to treat my particular skin woes than to change my entire skincare routine; plus masks always makes an at-home facial feel incredibly indulgent. Read more
During my two month stay in Bali, a significant amount of time was spent at Amo Spa in Seminyak. I enjoyed the most amazing spa treatments that I’ve every experienced and though I have only been back in the US for a week, I am going through serious Amo Spa treatments withdrawal. I figured the best cure for my withdrawal symptoms was to try to recreate one of my favorite Amo Spa moments at home.
One of the many things I loved about Amo Spa was the little luxuries that they took the time to incorporate into their treatments. One such luxury was the cucumber mask that was always applied to my face during a facial, massage and body scrub. The cucumber mask consisted of thinly sliced cucumbers sliced lengthwise (not rounds) and left in the refrigerator to cool, then applied directly to the face. In hot and humid Bali, this cucumber mask was an absolute dream. Read more
It’s no secret that the holidays can sometimes be a mean girl when it comes to your skin. There is the stress that accompanies holiday shopping lines, changes in the weather, those irresistible holiday drinks followed by not so fun holiday hangovers, holiday travel and of course those delectable holiday treats often times filled with things that are not very skin nurturing. Around this time of the year my skin is definitely not at its most glowing. It can look downright dull and depressed, which is not an Instagram friendly look. So to make sure my skin looks amazing in pics, instead of avoiding treats, alcohol, travel etc., I’ve opted to start using Orico’s Skin Brunch Kukui Rejuvenating Mask instead. Read more
Based on the above photo, let it never be said that I am not willing to risk looking foolish in the pursuit of a great beauty product. While the Natural Facial Mask by Ashieda possibly would make a great Halloween mask…it actually is quite wonder-filled for amazing looking skin. Read more
So let me begin this post by letting you all know that this recipe was actually compliments of my quick thinking sister, as I had originally intended to ingest this and not use it topically. You are all well aware (based on my earlier post on the DIY Pineapple Strawberry Enzyme Facial Mask) that I started out the year, like a lot of you, on a health kick. I received a juicer for Christmas and have been really enjoying juicing and coming up with different fruit and vegetable juice recipes, which led to me discovering how amazing the pulp of some fruits work as a facial mask.
Well the health kick continues and in addition to juicing I also wanted to whip up fruit and vegetable smoothies. So I went out and got a Magic Bullet. My first smoothie was going to contain avocados, pure coconut water, honey and coconut oil. I’ve been reading up on the health benefits of avocados and was really excited about incorporating it into my diet. Well I did not have coconut oil handy first thing Monday morning so I substituted extra virgin olive oil instead.
Not measuring anything (because I was so anxious to get going), I put one half of a very large avocado, a bit too much olive oil and honey and not enough coconut water in the bullet and blended. It tasted absolutely awful, one sip was enough, I could not finish the rest. When my sister asked about my smoothie I told her how horrible it tasted and she then suggested that it would make a great face mask…something I had definitely not considered, but was glad she mentioned it because that meant I wouldn’t have to toss an entire glass of bad tasting smoothie.
Later that night I applied the mask to my face, including under my eyes, since that area is so delicate and often feels dry. I also applied it to the ends of my hair since that part tends to get really dry and brittle. My skin definitely felt softer and more hydrated after I removed the mask. The skin under my eye felt as if I had applied a heavy eye cream. My hair felt the same as if I had just conditioned it and rinsed so I did not notice a huge difference right away, but I will continue using the mask on my hair and leave it in for longer than ten minutes to see if I notice a change in the condition of my hair with continued usage. I am definitely thinking that avocados are my new health and beauty superfood!
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