TAG: Skincare

1 Pumpkin, Many Uses

1 Pumpkin, Many Uses

Pumpkins are versatile and as with most produce, it has a variety of uses. They can be cooked, used for skincare and the remaining shell, if not kept for decoration, can be turned into compost. Though any organically grown pumpkin can be used for skincare, if it will be eaten choose a ripe pumpkin that is intended for cooking and consuming. These are often referred to as sugar pumpkins or cheese pumpkins and their flesh will be sweeter, creamier and not as stringy as ornamental varieties. Better Homes and Gardens has a quick guide on measurements to consider for substituting fresh pumpkin for canned,… read more

The List: 10 For The Skin

The List: 10 For The Skin

Hair and skincare are billion dollar a year industries. So, when you are budgeting bills, groceries and walking the thin line between paydays – why give them any more money? Head straight to the kitchen for top notch homemade skincare you already have on hand and save money instead of spending on the overpriced jar with the lengthy ingredient list. The 10 on this list can also be mixed and matched together to make the most of their healthful properties. Coconut Oil Considered a one ingredient wonder, coconut oil has an assortment of beneficial uses and many swear by it… read more

Year Round Uses Of Sunflower Gardens

Year Round Uses Of Sunflower Gardens

Planting a sunflower garden is great way to add height and color to a lackluster patch in the yard. Though nice to look at, their seeds also have a wide range of uses. Sunflower seeds can be turned into products that can be used all year around the home. Sunflowers have been grown for many 1000’s of years, as knowledge of their usefulness spread along with their seed crops. They were commonly used for seeds and oil, as well as for medicine and for their fibers, and are still an essential ingredient in these and many other items. Sunflower gardens need a space that… read more

Skincare For The Sun Kissed

Skincare For The Sun Kissed

Taking care of skin year round is important, but during the warmer months the sun’s rays can wreak havoc on delicate facial skin, requiring additional steps for protection and treatment. Naturally detoxing and cleansing your skin can be done right at home with ingredients found in the kitchen. For a simple exfoliating scrub that isn’t too harsh, try baking soda mixed with a few drops of water. It will remove impurities and dead skin cells without using tough chemicals. For another way to gently yet effectively cleanse facial skin, try rice water. Rice contains vitamins and minerals that have healthful properties… read more

Save Strawberry Seeds

Strawberry Seeds

Picked ripe and eaten alone or put in a luscious recipe, strawberries are a favorite of many. Beyond just eating the berry though, the strawberry’s seeds can be put to practical use, too. Harvesting strawberry seeds allows heirloom plants to be grown that will produce an abundance of strawberries. You can buy starter plants or packaged seeds, but the seeds can easily be removed from the berries’ skin just by gently scraping them off. The outside of a strawberry contains around 200 seeds. Some varieties of seeds need to be frozen first to encourage the germination process, and then they… read more

Glowing Winter Skin

Winter Skin tips

In colder months skin can sometimes lose its luster, becoming a dry, scaly disaster. This can be due to elevated thermostats and dry indoor air that drains moisture levels. Eating habits and genetics can also play a role in the appearance of the skin’s surface. Environmental toxins can contribute to bad skin, and chemicals in products can aggravate dry conditions. Luckily, there are ways to naturally treat the skin without a laundry list of questionable ingredients. Using an indoor humidifier during the winter helps to put moisture back in the air. They must be cleaned frequently to prevent bacterial growth,… read more

Organic Milk Beauty Regimens

Organic Milk Beauty Regimens

Long before beauty was bottled and sold in a jar, people resorted to botanical resources and what was available to naturally beautify the skin and hair. Since ancient times, many have used milk as an additive in treatments for bathing and skincare. Milk contains lactic acid which is a natural alpha hydroxy acid that can be an effective exfoliate. It also has fat content from the cream that is soothing for dry skin. It is gentle enough that it will not irritate skin, and is often suggested for sensitive skin conditions. Certified organic milks are recommended for topical use. Also,… read more

DIY Natural Men’s Skincare

DIY Natural Men’s Skincare

Some over the counter men’s products can further irritate skin conditions caused from weather exposure and shaving. These do it yourself recipes address men’s particular skincare routines and possible issues. They are all natural, no fuss and can be made right at home. Crunchy Betty’s recipe for MANhand Salve is perfect for dry, cracked hands and other problem areas. First, an herbal infusion is made with essential oils like almond, sunflower or apricot and herbs such as comfrey, peppermint or chamomile, which have healing properties. After the mixture is allowed to permeate for a few weeks, or placed in a… read more

Pillowcases: The Newest In Skincare?

Pillowcases: The Newest In Skincare?

Some may not think much about what covers their pillows, other than whether or not they are comfortable. However, a tool for fighting wrinkles that doesn’t come in a jar may actually be your pillowcase. Dermatological research has shown that the type of pillowcase that is slept on over time can affect the appearance of facial skin. One study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology concluded that a reduction in facial wrinkles can occur when sleeping on cases that contain copper oxide fibers. Many satin pillowcases are comprised of these. Participants enrolled in the tightly controlled clinical study were… read more

Make Your Skin Glow

Skin benefits of eating well

There are endless products to beautify your skin. Creams can be outrageously expensive and also contain chemicals and fragrances that can irritate the skin. You can achieve beautiful skin from the inside out just by making some changes to your diet. Caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate the skin creating wrinkles, so reducing your intake of these substances will always serve you well. The sun can also do irreversible damage to the skin so using a sunscreen every day will protect you. Reduce your stress and your skin will reap the benefits. Below are some key ingredients to achieve a healthy glow…. read more