Top 2 Homemade Skin and Beauty Products

The natural route is certainly a popular one for skin care and beauty these days. Many individuals are looking for products at the store with only the ingredients they can pronounce, without artificial fragrance, free of harsh chemicals and parabens, et cetera. However, even those natural products may not be completely natural.

You can take things even further and only use homemade skin and beauty products. These, of course, will be completely natural as they will only contain ingredients you either already have in your kitchen, or ones you can easily purchase. Here are the two most common homemade skin and beauty products you can start making today:

Body Scrub

Do you want incredibly smooth legs? Need to exfoliate your face? Homemade body scrub is one of the most popular homemade skin and beauty products, since it is so versatile. There are many different recipes available online, but one of the simplest is a combination of coconut oil and brown (or white) sugar. You will need two cups of sugar to every cup of oil, though you can adjust the exact quantity based on how much you need or want to make.

You may also switch out the coconut oil for vegetable oil if that is what you have on hand. In addition, you can use vanilla extract or another essential oil to make the scrub smell pleasant. From there, you would use as you would a normal store-bought face or body scrub. Feel like a goddess!

Lip Balm

All you need to make an effective and simple lip balm is some beeswax, which you will have to melt a little, a few drops of your favourite essential oil for scent, and coconut oil. When combined well and stored in a nice, tight container, you have the perfect balm to keep your lips moist without the unnatural ingredients found in most store-bought balms. Go ahead and puck up with pride!



When To Throw Away Makeup

makeupMost people who use makeup want to get as much out of it was they can, so that they’ve gotten their money’s worth. After all, makeup can get quite pricey! This often leads to people squeezing every last drop out of their foundation and trying very hard to use all of the mascara in the tube it came in. Though it is tempting, you should not always do this. Why? Makeup has an expiry date. At best, using makeup past this date will just mean it’s not as effective. At the worst, you could end up with skin irritations or infections.

Few know makeup has an expiry date, and fewer still know what those dates are. Thankfully, we are here to help. We’ve collected the expiry dates for popular kinds of makeup to help guide you.

Eye Makeup

What makeup do you put around your eyes? For most people, this includes mascara, eye shadow, and eyeliner. Some may even use makeup to help define their eyebrows. In terms of liquid eyeliner and mascara, you should replace them every three months, even if you still have product left. Not doing so means you are risking introducing harmful bacteria to your eyes, which can result in a nasty eye infection.

If you use an eyeliner pencil, you can likely get away with up to a year to two years of use—since it’s not liquid, it does not breed bacteria nearly as fast. This is also the case with cream and powder eye shadows—with the former, you have roughly a year, and with the latter, you can extend it to two years. This once again comes down to how fast bacteria can grow.

Face Makeup

General products for your face, such as foundation, blush, and concealer, lasts depending on two factors. One, if it’s liquid or powder (with cream in the middle). The second factor is how often you use it. For liquid, you can get away with roughly six months of use—stop after this, as constantly dipping your brushes or fingers in the bottles increases the bacteria. Powders last for longer, with up to two years of use if you clean your brushes regularly.

Lip Products

Once again, it comes down to water content—most lipsticks and glosses will last for roughly a year before you want to seriously consider throwing them away. In the case of lip liner, you can likely get away with two years if it’s a pencil, since sharpening it helps remove the old surface.

How To Clean Makeup Brushes

makeup brushesDid you know you have to clean your makeup brushes regularly? If you do not, you are introducing more bacteria than necessary to your face, which can cause issues such as severe acne breakouts. No one wants that! This is especially because many people just use more makeup in order to cover up the problem, but not cleaning your brushes will simply make it worse.

Thus, remembering to clean your brushes is essential. Wondering how to actually do it? We’re here to help with that!


For this method, you need either a gentle clarifying shampoo or baby shampoo. Start by running your makeup brushes in lukewarm water, being sure to let the water avoid the connection of the bristles to the handle (you do not want to loosen the glue).

Then, fill a bowl with lukewarm water and a small amount of your shampoo. Carefully dip the bristles into the bowl and use your fingers to gently agitate the bristles to clean out the makeup residue. Continue to do this until no more residue come out. Finish by rinsing the bristles under lukewarm water. Make sure the water runs clear and then pat the bristles dry on a paper towel. Reshape the bristles and leave the brushes on the towel until they are completely dry.

Soap and Water

This method is very much the same as using baby shampoo to clean your makeup brushes, only you want to have a gentle soap on hand (many recommend Castille soap). Once again you want to run the bristles under lukewarm water first before dipping them in a bowl of water with a little soap. Gently rub the bristles again until things run clear and rinse once more with just water. Pat dry with a paper towel. Reshape the bristles into the appropriate formation and let dry.


For heavily soiled or otherwise hard to clean brushes, you will want to add some oil into one of the previous processes. Many recommend rinsing your brushes under the water, using oil to loosen the makeup (one or two drops per brush, depending on size) and then proceeding with the shampoo or soap and water method.

Basic Morning Skincare Routine

When you get up in the morning, the first things you need to do are to get dressed and embark on your skincare routine. Far too many people simply ditch the skincare routine in the morning and go about their day. This is not the best course of action by any means, especially if you are applying makeup or will be spending time outside your home. If you want to maintain healthy looking skin, you need a good morning skincare routine and you need to commit to it. The exact routine and the products will shift based on your skin type and its needs, but there are a few essential steps in every basic morning skincare routine. Here they are now:

Step One: Cleanser

When you wake up, you need to wash your face. Start with a cleanser suited to your skin type and its needs. For instance, if you have oily skin and experience acne, there are cleansers specifically designed to help reduce the appearance of your blemishes and stop the overproduction of oil. These cleansers, however, would be unsuitable for dry skin (those will have their own). Follow the directions on the cleanser itself for proper use and best results.

Step Two: Toner

Once you have cleansed your face, you can move onto using a toner. This is the first piece to help maintain an even skin tone and protect your face. Once again, you can find toners designed for specific skin types (e.g. dry, sensitive, oily). Make sure you pick one best suited to your type. As with the cleanser, you want to apply it according to the package directions.

Step Three: Moisturizer

Moving on, you should pick out a nice, light daily moisturizer. This should be different than what you might use at night, since those night creams and moisturizers tend to be richer. Yes, you do need to moisturize even if you have oily skin. Just look for an oil-free product, paying close attention to anything marked to help with oily skin.

Step Four: Protect and Prep

You are almost finished! Now you need to make sure you protect your skin for the day ahead and prep it should you want to apply makeup. This means applying a nice sunscreen or primer containing some SPF protection. Once you gently rub the product into your skin, you are ready for the day!

4 Ways To Care For Sunburns

sunburnsSunburns occur when you spend too much time in the sun with insufficient protection. Sometimes they are just skin with a little extra redness, but in other cases your skin will peel or blister. In all cases, sunburns are quite uncomfortable. Because of this as well as the potential issues of not treating your sunburn, it is important to start caring for your condition as soon as possible. Here are four simple things you can do to care for sunburns:

Take Cool Showers and Baths

Cool water can help relieve a great deal of the pain from your sunburns. We recommend starting with a cool bath, as sometimes showers can agitate the skin from the force of the water stream. You can try this method as many times as you want. Just remember to pat dry, leaving a small amount of water on your skin, and moisturize to lock it in.

Apply Aloe Vera

Aloe has great soothing properties, particularly when it comes to helping your sunburns. Gently apply lotion containing aloe as often as needed until your sunburn is healed. Alternatively, you can apply aloe directly if you have your own aloe plant. Just snap open a leave and use the gel inside.

Drink More Water

You need to keep your skin hydrated in order for it to heal as fast as possible. Thus, when you have a sunburn make sure you take extra care to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. If you can, try to drink a little more to have that extra boost!

Wear Loose Clothing

Tight clothes can make the pain of your sunburn worse, so wear loose clothing whenever possible while your skin heals. If you want to have the best possible recovery and prevent future burns as well as making sure your sunburns do not get worse, wear loose clothing that covers where your burn is located. This helps protect your skin against the sun’s harmful rays.

How To Make Exercise Enjoyable

Exercise is a cornerstone to a healthy lifestyle—without it you are at a higher risk of health issues later in life, in addition to struggles with your weight coming up sooner. Want to ensure you stay in shape? Want to make sure you are having fun while you exercise? Studies show if you enjoy exercise you are far more likely to stick to your routine. So how can you enjoy your exercise? We’re here to show you now:

Pick Something You Like

What kind of physical activity do you actually like to do? Is it beach volleyball? What about dance or Zumba? When building your exercise routine, make sure you pick activities you actually enjoy doing. Even if on paper they might not be as effective as traditional activities like running on a treadmill or interval training, you are far more likely to continue with them on a regular basis. In fact, the most effective exercise is useless if you do not engage in it regularly!

Add Some Music

Want to boost your mood while you are exercising? Put on some music! You can use an mp3 player while running outside or on the treadmill, or use Bluetooth speakers during a team sport like beach volleyball. You can pick whatever music you enjoy the most, but if you are unsure we recommend sticking to upbeat tunes to boost your energy and mood while you are working out. Not only will your mood boost, but the time actually tends to go much faster when your music is playing.

Watch Your Pace

Sometimes if you overdo it, whether in the frequency of your exercise or the intensity during a session, your enjoyment goes down quite dramatically. This is precisely why you should watch your pace! Make sure you are not trying to pack in too many workouts every week (every day might not be realistic for you) and ensure you are not completely exhausting yourself during a session. You want to have some exertion and some tired muscles, but complete exhaustion will do you no favours in terms of enjoyment.


3 Ways To Relieve Itchy Skin

itchy skinItchy skin can be the result of a wide variety of different causes, ranging from a mosquito bite to an allergic reaction. Regardless of the cause behind it, however, itchy skin can be excruciating, distracting, et cetera. Scratching your skin can result in additional irritation, scarring, and more, depending on the underlying cause. This is why relieving itchy skin as soon as possible is essential! Here are three simple and effective ways to do just that.

Baking Soda

If you are looking for a simple home remedy, such as if you have just gotten a bunch of mosquito bites, baking soda is your best bet. It soothes your skin because of its anti-inflammatory properties and reduces intense itching because of its role as a natural acid neutralizer.

You can harness its power in two ways: in a bath or as a paste. For a bath, add one cup of baking soda to a tub full of cool water. Stir it well and soak in the water for roughly 30 minutes. Instead of rubbing your skin to dry, pat it.

If you are suffering from localized itching, such as a mosquito bite, mix three tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of water to make a paste. Gently apply the paste to the itchy skin. Leave it on for roughly ten minutes before rinsing. Repeat once daily until the itching subsides.

Colloidal Oatmeal

Colloidal oatmeal is oats ground into a fine powder. This powder contains anti-inflammatory properties that help to relieve the itch and soothe your skin. You can make the colloidal oatmeal yourself and add roughly two cups to a lukewarm bath or create a paste by adding a small amount of water to one cup of the oatmeal and leaving it until it thickens. If you choose the bath, soak for about 20 minutes and pat yourself dry. With the paste, you should apply it your itchy skin, cover it with a cloth, and leave it on for 30 minutes.

If you don’t want to make colloidal oatmeal at home, you can also look for some hand creams, body lotions, and shower gels that contain colloidal oatmeal. These will also help relieve your itching.

Cool Water

Yes, cool water helps! Run yourself a cool bath or hop into a cool shower. You can also create your own cool compress to apply for localized itching, using ice packs, or cloth soaked in cool water. You may also want to put any lotions or creams in the fridge for 30 minutes in order to cool them down to double their effectiveness.

Tips To Help With Uneven Skin Tone

Do you find the skin on your face seems to look different depending on what part you are looking at? Do you see discoloration? This means you happen to have an uneven skin tone, which can be the result of any number of things. Whether it is because of blemishes, sun damage, or something else, the good news is you have a number of strategies you can implement to help with your uneven skin tone. Ready to embrace beautiful skin? Here are the tips you need:


Sometimes all you need to do to help even your skin tone is get rid of some of the dead skin cells sticking around on your face. The easiest (and cheapest) way to do this is to purchase an exfoliating cleanser at your local drug store. This helps remove the dead skin cells and reveal the glowing skin underneath. The exact instructions regarding how often you should exfoliate depend on the specific product—thus, read the direction carefully for the best results with your uneven skin tone.

Skin Toner

Toner provides yet another way to help ensure your skin is clean at the end of each day. Beyond the cleaning it gives, toners can help shrink your pores and reduce the appearance of blemishes, which (if they go unchecked) can mean uneven skin. Look for a toner formulated for your skin type and targeted to a specific cause of uneven skin tone, if possible.

Covering It Up

Of course, you can always try to cover up the uneven parts of your skin. The various products you can use for this are concealer, foundation, and compact powder. We recommend, should you choose this route, to pay attention to the products and their instructions. We would also recommend using a full face of makeup for the best results, because unless the product is an exact match you will need to blend, and applying on your whole faced makes this easier.

Sun Protection

The only way to truly prevent the sun from damaging your skin, short of never venturing outside your home and always keeping your curtains drawn, is to always wear sunscreen, whether or not it is actually sunny outside. Pick a sunscreen with an SPF content of at least 30 and apply it all over your body before you leave the house for the day. Some all-over sunscreens are too heavy or oily for the face. You can buy brands specifically making a facial sunscreen, however, so all is not lost.  It might not stop what sun damage has already been done, but it will definitely make sure it does not get worse.

3 Ways To Manage Eczema

eczemaEczema is a skin condition characterized by patches of your skin becoming extremely itchy, inflamed, cracked, rough, and red. It is, if you look at it simply, an extreme form of dry skin. However unlike dry skin, it can cause significant discomfort and even pain to those who suffer from it, depending on the severity of their condition.

Regardless, anyone suffering from eczema longs for a way to manage it so it does not ruin their days. Are you struggling to figure out how to do that? We have the perfect solutions for you here in this article.

Know Your Trigger

The first and most essential step for managing eczema effectively is to discover and understand your triggers. There is not one single cause for this skin condition, which means this may take some time for you to figure out. Common triggers include environmental factors, such as smoke and pollen, the weather (particularly dry air in the winter months), and food (e.g. nuts and dairy). Understanding what your triggers are can help you take measures to avoid them. For instance, if dairy is the culprit, you can start to look at non-dairy alternatives. For other triggers you cannot avoid, e.g. dry air in the winter, you can better understand and research into other management strategies.

Invest In Cream

For many eczema sufferers, particularly those whose condition is triggered by dry air in the winter, a good quality hand cream is almost like a miracle. It is important, though, to choose the cream you want to use carefully. Many creams with perfumes can cause another skin reaction, even if they wouldn’t when your eczema is not flaring up. With this in mind, we highly recommend looking for fragrance free hand creams. If your eczema is particularly severe, we also recommend visiting The Eczema Society of Canada, which has a list of approved products, such as Aveeno’s Eczema Care Moisturizing Cream (which also comes in a variety for babies).

Protect Your Body

Are your hands the main location for your eczema? What about your feet? If your trigger happens to be something environmental that gets on your skin (like pollen) or is the result of dry winter air, protecting your skin is essential. You can do this by wearing good winter gloves or mitts, or if you are working outside around the pollen, quality work gloves. In addition, make sure you are wearing socks, ideally ones covering your ankles.

Basic Night Skincare Routine

To make your skin the best it can be, you need to have both a morning as well as a night skincare routine. We’ve already shared a basic morning skincare routine with you, so it is time to run through what your night routine should look like. Yes, the two of them are different! Here’s the breakdown:

Step One: Makeup Remover

Did you wear any makeup during the day? It does not matter how much you wore, even if it was just a little bit of blush. If you wore makeup, you need a quality makeup remover (ideally one that will work for your eyes so you do not need two products) in your night skincare routine. Follow the directions on your makeup remover to ensure you clean your face well.

Step Two: Cleanser

Once your face is free of makeup, you should apply a gentle cleanser to ensure any other impurities vanish from your face. In general, you can use the same cleanser at night as you do in the morning,. Just remember to rub it gently so you do not irritate your skin!

Step Three: Toner

Like the morning, you want to use a toner on your skin after you cleanse it This helps you even your skin tone, prevent future acne breakouts, et cetera. You can find toners specific for dry, sensitive, and oily skin, among others. Toner is not a one size fits all solution, so make sur you know your skin and what it needs when you go to make your purchase.

Step Four: Moisturizer/Night Cream


Before you turn in for the night, apply a good moisturizer or night cream on your face and rub it in gently (but well). This helps ensure you do not experience excess dryness. You want your skin smooth and hydrated—the moisturizer will help with this! If you often experience oily skin or acne, you still need to apply moisturizer. Just look closer at the labels and go either oil-free or find one specifically formulated for oily skin.

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