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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

 

 

 

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Tumeric: Food or Beauty Product?

6 Oct

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Tumeric. I know what you are thinking: curry, curry, curry. And I will say, yes, tumeric is a common and delicious component of curry powder. It gives it the bright, yellowy-orange colour, but is not responsible for curry’s well known flavour and smell– that my dear friends is from cumin, fenugreek, and coriander.

“Tumeric’s almost magical anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and antioxidant properties make it a great ingredient for beauty rituals.”

This tuber looking spice is a relative of the ginger family and is native to India. A few years ago, it started getting popular within health circles as an oral remedy for gastrointestinal inflammation and pulmonory conditions, as well as for cancer prevention (read more about this here). As with most popular health trends, there is always a part of the world that has been using it long before the age of Dr. Oz and the internet. In this case, tumeric has been a cure-all medicine in India for thousands of years.

Tumeric’s almost magical anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and antioxidant properties make it a great ingredient for beauty rituals and many Indian women will attest to this. Tumeric facial masks have been a staple in Indian beauty arsenals for generations; used to fight acne and hyper pigmentation. Tumeric has also been popularly used as an Indian pre-wedding head to-toe body scrub.

Naturally then,  I knew I had to give it a try.

Tumeric Body Scrub

1/2 chickpea flour (a.k.a gram flour commonly found most bulk stores)

11/2 Tbs ground tumeric

5 drops of oil (almond or jojoba work well)

1-2 tsp of water

Mix all ingredients into a paste and gently rub over body using circular motion. Rinse with water – but be warned it makes a bit of a mess in the shower.

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The tumeric face mask uses the simple ingredients of chickpea flour, tumeric, and yogurt

Tumeric Face Mask

1Tbs ground tumeric

1Tbs ground chickpea flour

1Tbs thick yogurt

1-2tsp(s) of water

Mix into a paste, spread on face, let dry for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off, gently using the mask as an exfoliant. Follow up with a moisturizer or face oil.

Now, I must share my experience, because I will not publish anything that I have not tried and do not trust. After reading rave reviews and learning about tumeric’s ancient past, I was excited for the results. As I have shared before, my skin is quite sensitive and prone to reddness. After I spread the paste on my face and rinsed it off after 10-15 minutes, I was quite surprised to see that my skin had turned red and blotchy. Thankfully the redness subsided over night, but I definitely was skeptical after that. What happened??

As I shared before, there are many, many, many people who use tumeric face masks and get glowing results – my husband included (yes, I coerced him into trying the concoction, and he continues to use it!)

This is just a little lesson for myself, and for all of you natural beauties. Just because something may be natural and handmade does not mean it is meant for you. Our skin reacts in different ways, and an ingredient that may be a godsend to one person, my be god’s wrath to another. Always spot test when trying new products and do not believe everything you find on youtube or blogs (yes, I realize I am saying this ON MY BLOG).

I will leave you with that and I want to know, what is your experience with tumeric? Have you had fabulous results? Do you use it orally as a medicinal remedy? In your food? Let me know!

– Seanna

Green tea. . . it’s not just for sipping

18 Aug

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I hope that you are sipping on a nice cup of green tea as you read this. After all, it is the theme of today’s post. You may know some of the benefits attributed to green tea–lowers cholesterol, protects against sun damage, heals inflammation. . . the list goes on and on. It is the high concentration of powerful antioxidants (called polyphenols) found in green tea leaves that are responsible for its use as a medicinal aid. These polyphenols help fight against free radicals–which according to the University of Maryland’s Medical Center are damaging compounds in the body that change cells, damage DNA, and even cause cell death.”

Green tea when used topically has anti-inflammatory properties that can be both soothing and healing for rosacea, acne, and sun damage. I know I write a lot about remedies and ingredients that have anti-inflammatory properties, but in fact inflammation is the cause of many skin ailments whether it be an infection like pimples or signs of aging caused by sun exposure.

That’s where this fabulous recipe comes in. It’s made with matcha (powdered green tea leaves) and coconut oil. When applied, this bright green face mask feels incredible! Its texture is silky smooth and leaves the skin feeling cleansed and moisturized. If you are worried about the idea of putting coconut oil on your face (or any oil on your face for that matter) do not fear! Coconut oil is actually incredibly antiseptic (lauric acid, the main saturated fat, is attributed to this benefit). If you prefer, honey (also antiseptic) can be substituted for the oil.

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Matcha Green Tea Face Mask

1 tsp matcha green tea powder (organic is best)

1/2 tsp cold pressed virgin coconut oil (or honey)

1/2-1 tsp water

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until desired consistency (not too watery, not too thick). Apply to a freshly cleansed face (it is easiest to use a clean makeup brush…feels amazing too!). Sit back, sip some green tea, and relax! You can leave it on until it dries, or for up to an hour. Wash off with warm water and follow up with your favourite face oil or moisturizer. Be prepared to see your skin glow after this one!

What’s your favourite use for green tea? Please share!

Until next time,

Seanna

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