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DIY Brightening Papaya Face Mask

15 May

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Spring is here!. It’s time to slough off the dead winter mask and show the world that glorious skin!

Papaya, Face mask, exfoliating, enzyme

Papaya face mask can be applied using clean fingers or a clean makeup brush

A few weeks ago I visited Julie Clark of Province Apothecary for the most rejuvenating facial. . . I mean seriously amazing (more about that in a later post). One thing that I love about Julie’s skincare philosophy is that she always recommends putting food on your face– you can’t get more natural that that!

She recommended using papaya as a face mask for both it’s exfoliating and healing properties. Papaya is extremely rich in vitamin C; 1 cup contains about 1.5 times the daily recommended daily intake! When applied topically, vitamin C has been proven to repair damaged skin cells caused by the sun or aging. It also contains an enzyme called papain that assists with the breakdown of proteins–in this case it will help remove dead skin cells and impurities on the surface of your skin. Additionally, papaya contains alpha-hydroxy acid which is a naturally occurring acid found in many fruits and acts as a gentle peel –leaving the skin smoother and clearer.

That is certainly a lot of goodness in one piece of fruit! Here’s the recipe:

1-2 inch cube of fresh papaya

1-2 Tsp of raw honey (or 1-2 tsp of yogurt- lactic acid provides added exfoliation and zinc helps heal blemishes)

1 Tbs of ground oatmeal (extra exfoliation, and good for sensitive skin)

Mix about 1 inch cube of papaya with 1 tsp on raw honey. Mash it up until it is all one consistency. Apply to clean skin and let sit for 10-20 mins. Rinse off and follow up with your usual moisturizer or oil.

oh, and don’t forget to eat the rest! It’s delicious!

– Seanna xx

 

 

 

DIY Minty Toothpaste

9 Apr

Hey there lovely readers,

As a follow up to a recent post I wrote on natural dental care, here is a toothpaste recipe for all of those DIY mavens in the house. This recipe is very simple and, I must say, leaves you feeling extremely gratified because you can make something (*you thought*) only giant corporations with names that rhyme with ‘best’ and ‘tollgate’ could produce.

Go on and try your hand at this toothpaste, even for the sake of saying you did. If you realize the handmade stuff is not your thing, than as I suggested in my previous post, there are tons of great natural options out there (no assembly required). ūüôā

DIY Minty Toothpaste

DIY Minty Toothpaste- cut the end off of a used toothpaste tube, fill with handmade version and seal with a clip or a toothpaste rolling key.

Minty Toothpaste

2 Tbs baking soda (mild abrasive and whitener)

2 Tbs coconut oil (antibacterial and good for gums —¬†use cold-pressed, virgin, and if possible organic)

1 Tbs vegetable glycerin (clear, odourless liquid produced from plant oils and can be easily purchased at your local health food store)

1/2-1 tsp of stevia (to sweeten, otherwise baking soda is bitter –optional)

20-25 drops of peppermint essential oil (or try other essential oils like clove or lemon)

Mix all together into a creamy paste. Store in a airtight jar, a squeezy bottle, or I like to use a tip that I got from nutritionista Meghan Telpner and use an empty toothpaste tube. Cut the end off of the tube, wash it out, dry, and fill with toothpaste. Seal with a food clip, or a toothpaste tube rolling key (as shown in picture).

ENJOY!

My Simplified Skincare Routine

28 Jan

Hi Lovely Readers,

As you know I spend a lot of time talking about products and beauty routines, but I have never really delved into my own daily rituals. I wanted to share with you a very simplified version.

I love so many different brands and I incorporate them into my routine depending on my skin’s needs or my mood. That said, the foundation of my skincare regime is based solely on readily available, raw ingredients. This (I must confess) is because I have a fear.

I am afraid that I will get stuck using a specific product that I cannot live without; I will move somewhere where they don’t carry it, or it will be discontinued. I don’t like to rely sooo heavily on something that my routine is not sustainable. I know. . . perhaps I’m being a bit dramatic, but I actually maintain this philosophy throughout my entire life, especially with food. When you learn to create things for yourself, you never have to go without.

Skincare, oil cleansing method

Simplified skincare: sea buckthorn berry oil, raw honey, rose water, coconut & castor oil blend.

So as I said, I have crafted my skincare routine based on single ingredients. Even if I cannot find a certain brand or product, I can always choose another one that I trust based on its primary ingredients.

My skin care routine consists of the following:

  • virgin, cold pressed coconut oil
  • castor oil
  • raw honey
  • rose water
  • cold pressed rosehip oil/ and or sea buckthorn berry oil.

Evening: 

  1. I start by using what is affectionately known as the ‘oil cleansing method’. I will let you read about it here. It uses oil and steam to draw out oil and other impurities (using the simple rule that oil attracts oil). I cleanse using my own oil blend and a microfiber cloth. ¬†The blend can differ depending on individual skin needs; since I have dry skin with the tendency to break out, I use 3:1 coconut oil to castor oil. Also, depending on the season I may follow this up by washing with a gentle cleanser (borrowing One Love Organics’ fantastic ‘double cleansing‘ method).
  2. Next, I spritz my face with rose water which helps prepare my skin to absorb more moisture (for the same reason why a wet sponge absorbs more water than a dry one).
  3. On damp skin I slather a rosehip or sea buckthorn berry oil. These are my favourites since they act to reduce inflammation and skin pigmentation, heal scars, and are high in fatty acids (if I am really dry, I will use a moisturizer before I put on the oil, currently I am using Holistic Vanity’s Brightening¬†Hyaluronic Lotion).
This polar vortex is wrecking havok on my skin!

This polar vortex is wreaking havoc on my skin and it is in need of some serious moisture!

Morning: 

  1. I wash only with water (my skin is more balanced without a second wash- I highly recommend trying this!), but if I am feeling oily or a little off-balance, I will wash with raw honey. I first wet my face and then massage a small amount on skin. I will sometimes let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse it off. Raw honey is naturally antibacterial, yet gentle and will not strip your skin (note: pasteurized honey is not as effective).
  2. Next up, a spray of rose water.
  3. All followed with a moisturizer (I leave the oil for night, unless I am feeling particularly dry).

Et, voilà! There you have it lovelies, my simplified skincare routine. I always add things here and there, and change it up depending on the season, but I really love using raw ingredients and seeing what magic they can do on my skin without any assistance from chemists or labs.

– Seanna

What is your favourite skincare routine?

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