Thursday, October 27, 2011
A Sweet Way to Achieve Beautiful, Glowing Skin
A sugar scrub lets you uncover glowing skin naturally.
Exfoliation is a very important factor in maintaining beautiful skin. Your skin goes through a constant cycle (every 28 days) of producing new cells, while the old cells die off. If you don’t remove them through exfoliation, they create a layer of dead skin on the surface, clouding the lovely skin underneath.
Sugar produces Glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that naturally exfoliates your skin. It works hard to loosen dirt and dead skin cells for easy removal.
Our sweet scrubs are really unique in that the fine grains are perfect for uncovering that new layer, without scratching or irritating your skin. Many exfoliators contain large granules of salt or nut husks, which can scratch your skin, especially if you are the sensitive type. This is a no-no, especially for the delicate facial area.
How Do I Use My Natural Body Scrub?
You have decided which scrub to use, but now need to know how to use it properly.
White Sugar Scrub. This scrub is ideal for your entire body and even gentle enough for use on your face. Scrubs with Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed Oil or Vitamin E oil are really good for moisturizing. The gentle, yet effective results from a white sugar scrub make it one of my all time favorites.
Honey Body Scrub. Honey is a natural humectant (draws moisture from the air to your skin), so it is excellent for a full body moisturizing scrub. Combined with white sugar granules, this is a hypnotically relaxing facial scrub.
A fine grained white sugar scrub is best for facial exfoliating. I highly recommend steaming your face beforehand to open your pores and maximize your facial. Here’s what you’ll need:
A small facial steamer or a sink with very hot running water. I have a small Conair facial steamer and it adds so much to the experience.
Cotton Balls or two clean, soft facial cloths
Our mild natural body lotion cleanser or makeup remover
A fluffy towel. Any towel will do, but a fluffy one just feels nicer
An old shirt that you don’t mind getting messy or a towel to drape over your shoulders
Our light natural body butter for afterward, with green tea which has anti-inflammatory agents.
Now let’s start your facial
Step 1.Use your make up remover or our body lotion cleanser to remove any makeup, and excess dirt from your skin.
Step 2.If you are using the sink to steam your face, turn the hot water on full blast to generate a lot of steam. Once you have the steam going, put your face over the basin and drape a towel over your head, allowing the steam to billow in your face. Make sure you don’t get so close you get burned!
Step 2b.If you are using a facial steamer, fill it with water. You may want to add a nice essential oil to the water. The scent as your face is steaming is very relaxing. Set your steamer to a safe level and steam your face for 2-3 minutes.
Step 3.Once your finish steaming, your pores will be open and your face ready for exfoliating. Scoop a little sugar scrub from the jar and massage onto your face, beginning at the chin and working your way up your cheeks, across the bridge of your nose and up to the forehead (this is also really good for removing those nasty blackheads). Be careful to avoid the sensitive under-eye area. Too much simulation in that area can cause broken capillaries which will leave the appearance of dark shadows.
Step 3b.Massage in a circular motion for about three minutes, making sure to go all the way to the hairline (you have no idea how much dirt and dead skin is up there). Also, make sure to hit any hot zones for clogged pores, such as the chin and nose.
Step 4.Lean over the sink and remove the scrub by splashing warm water on your face and using your hands to wipe away the scrub. Do not wipe it off with a cloth. After you have removed the scrub, splash cool water on your face, this will close your pores again. Blot your face gently with that fluffy towel I mentioned earlier.
Step 5.Apply a dab of our body butter to seal the deal. The scrub itself contains moisturizers, so you really only need a dab.
Step 6.Take a look in the mirror at your new, glowing face. Like what you see? I thought so. Most people recognize that they are a shade or two lighter. This is because they finally removed all of the dead skin that was covering their true complexion! Now take you’re your hand and touch…go ahead, I dare you. Have you ever felt your face this smooth?
Congratulations, you have performed your first sugar scrub facial. Wasn’t it fun?
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
How To Make Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap
Have you ever wondered how easy it would be to make your own homemade liquid laundry soap? This recipe is not only easy, the cost is less than a few dollars per batch and each batch makes enough for 110 loads of laundry.
This liquid laundry soap works Great for High Efficiency washers as it’s not a super sudsy soap.
The ingredients you’ll need should be available at your local grocery stores or maybe big box stores.
Box of 20 Mule Team Borax – You need 1 cup – in laundry soap isle
Box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda – You need 1/2 cup – in laundry soap isle
1 bar of ivory soap (I used my own handmade soap and part of a bar of castile)
Large clean bucket enough to hold 3 gallons of water easily – I used a 5 gallon bucket we acquired from a fast food joint – it used to be filled with bags of pickles.. we got it free.
The ingredients are simple enough. Should only cost maybe $10, at most, likely less (I’ve had my boxes of powders for a year or so, and have no idea what I paid for them). The two boxes of powders will last you through several batches (or use to make powdered laundry soap, or even liquid hand soap).
First, shave your bar of soap using a peeler. I used 1/3 bar of castile and a 1/2 bar of handmade soap
Once your soap is in small pieces, place a pot on the stove big enough to hold 5 cups of water. Bring the water to a boil. When it begins to boil, lower heat to simmer and put the soap in the water. I covered with a lid and let it sit.
While your soap is melting, add 3 gallons of hot water to your bucket. For ease, I used a 2 qt pitcher to fill it.
To the hot water, add 1 cup of Borax and 1/2 cup of Washing Soda. Stir with long handled spoon until dissolved.
Add the melted soap water to the bucket and stir well. If you want to add any fragrance, add it now. Since I make soap, I have tons of fragrances around. I used one called Eucalyptus Thymes – I got from a place called Sweet Cakes (their eucalyptus is the best clean smell – not like medicinal eucalyptus). Or add essential oils. If you plan to make your soaps regularly and want it fragrances, I’d suggest finding a good soap/candle supply company (maybe one local to you?) and order it – it’s Much cheaper to order your essential oils and fragrances rather than purchase from the health food store or craft store.
Cover the bucket and set aside for 24 hours. Your soap may be watery or gel up in areas, may be slightly lumpy in areas. This is normal and nothing to worry about. Make sure to smoosh up the clumps when you add it to the washer. If you have smaller containers to put your in, it may be easier to handle – I have old detergent bottles and filled mine with my “new” soap. My soap is very watery – but very soapy.
This makes over 110 loads of liquid laundry soap – and you only need to use about a 1/2 cup.