Re: DIY green tea scrub ‘n mask

green tea scrub n mask.jpgFor the past month, I’ve been researching benefits of green tea on our skin and here’s what I found. To sum it all up, green tea provides great benefits for your skin as an acne fighting ingredient. It can also help with anti-aging and, my personal favourite, it help can detoxify your skin AND body. That being said, I decided to create a DIY green tea skincare scrub. Though, the more I tried the scrub, the more I realize that it can be used as a mask as well! Isn’t that a great bargain? 1 mixture for 2 uses?!

For this DIY green tea scrub ‘n mask, you only need 3 ingredients:

  1. green tea bag (fresh, not brewed)
  2. raw honey
  3. avocado
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Messy hair don’t care 😉

Here’s how I made it:

  1. I added about 1 teaspoon of green tea in a mortar and pestle; cut the tea bag to scoop out the dried green tea leaves
  2. Grind the dried green tea leave to make them less course; we want to exfoliate our skin not scratch it
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of honey in the mortar and pestle
  4. Take ¼ of an avocado and scoop out the meat using a spoon then put it in the mortar and pestle with the green tea leaves and honey
  5. Using the pestle, mix all of the ingredients together
  6. Once you’re done mixing the ingredients, wash your face and hands before applying the mixture on your face
  7. Gently massage the mixture on your face for about 2-3 minutes, and make sure that the mixture is evenly distributed your entire face
  8. Then leave the mixture on (like a regular mask) for about 10-12 minutes; you can leave it for longer, that’s totally up to you
  9. Wash your face with lukewarm water and gently remove the mixture
  10. Dry your face with a face towel by softly patting the towel on your face and your done!

I use this scrub ‘n mask once a week to help me detoxify my face after a long work week. The avocado and honey are also helpful to keeping the face moisturized. It’s an easy, affordable and all natural DIY skincare treatment I’ll definitely keep using, especially with the weather getting dryer and hotter. Give it a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below! 🙂

Always,

K

P.S. I wanted to share with you some resources about the benefits of green tea in case you wanted to do your own research about it.

 

Re: by nature from New Zealand First Impressions & Review

While continuing my search for all natural and minimalist skincare products, I came across 2 by nature face masks tucked away at the bottom shelf of Winners’s bath/body section. There were loads of skincare products in the section categorized as ‘all natural’. I could, and if I’m being honest, I did spend about an hour picking up products, reading the labels and putting them down because they were just not what I was looking for. The masks from by nature stood out because of their ingredients lists.

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I chose to go with the Nourishing & Refining Face Mask infused with manuka honey, rosehip oil, hyaluronic acid, argan oil, and aloe vera, and enriched with collagen. Reading the ingredients for the mask I noticed that it also has witchhazel, coconut oil, glycerin and other ingredients known for their healthy skin benefits. This face mask is a sheet mask, packaged individually (there are 5 in the package) with a plastic outer layer to peel once you put the mask on your face. There’s a lot of the serum on each sheet mask. Other bloggers thought that there was a lot of serum on the sheet masks, which made the face masks a little too damp for them but I didn’t mind it. I used the excess serum on my neck.

IMG_6763.jpgWithin a few minutes I felt my skin tingle. Not in a bad burning sensation, more gentle than that. The sheet mask also smelled fresh (a nice bonus!). After 10 minutes I took the sheet mask off and let my face absorb the serum for about 2  more minutes  before gently washing my face with some water. I patted my face dry with a face towel, feeling pretty damn good with the results. My skin felt smooth and supple (*cue the generic skincare TV commercial smile pose).

Overall, my first impression of this product is positive. I tried using it at night and in the morning. Both times of the day worked well for me, meaning I had consistent results. It was also only $7.99 + tax for 5 sheet masks, if you do the math it’s around $1.80/sheet mask; a pretty good deal for a good quality product. The downside? Skincare products from by nature, is not ubiquitous (yet!) The company is based in New Zealand, and even though the company website states that some retailers in North America (e.g. Walmart, TJ Maxx and Marshalls) carry their products they are not available in all store locations (and have varying inventory if by chance they did carry the brand). You can buy their products online (flat rate shipping fee is $15 for orders under $100 USD), but I’m not entirely sure if I would like the products enough to pay the additional shipping fee knowing that there are only a couple of other products I would like to try.

Now, would I recommend this product? I would recommend this product if you’re looking for something inexpensive and all natural. Consistency has a lot of weight when I recommend products, so I really appreciate that the face masks did a great job with giving me consistent results. I’m going to have my eyes peeled whenever I come to Winners or Marshalls for their skincare products (specifically for the face)!

Have you tried any by nature skincare products? Share with us your experiences by leaving a comment below!

 

 

Always,

K

 

P.S. I tried a homemade turmeric mask and actually broke out a few days later. It was highly recommended online but it just wasn’t the mask for me. Perhaps, it was a cleansing mask? Having said that, PLEASE do your research before trying homemade masks. Some might work for your skin far better than others.

Homemade Body Scrubs x 3

IMG_5073Part of my skin care routine is exfoliating my entire body every other day. After finally finishing my giant tub of Japanese Peppermint & Eucalyptus scrub from Waxon WaxBar, I decided to try to make my own. Here are three body scrub recipes I came up with using ingredients you can find at home and eat!

Citrus Trifecta body scrub:

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  • orange, lemon and lime zest (equal parts; ~1 teaspoon. each)
  • ~1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • lemon juice from ¼ wedge
  • ½ cup brown sugar

Mix all of the ingredients together with a mortar and pestle until everything is combined.

Plant-based body scrub: IMG_5068

  • 5 fresh sage leaves
  • 5 fresh mint leaves
  • ~1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup oatmeal

With some kitchen sheers, cut the leaves in small strips into the mortar. Add the olive oil and mix together using the pestle. Doing this will release the mint and sage essential oils from the leaves. Add the oatmeal into the mix once the leaves and oil are combined well. I used instant oatmeal that I sifted before adding into the mix, but you can add ground or any kind you have at home as well. Mix well until everything is combined.

IMG_5072Morning grind body scrub:

  • ½ cup ground coffee
  • zest from ½ of a lemon
  • lemon juice from ¼ wedge
  • ~1 teaspoon honey

Mix all of the ingredients together with a mortar and pestle until everything is combined.

I used portable dressing containers to store the scrubs since I tend to alternate scrubs. Putting them in dressing containers also makes them easier to pack in your luggage if you’re planning on taking some scrubs. Use a rubber band the secure the lid even more if you are planning on taking these scrubs on your next getaway.

Let me know what you think about these scrubs by leaving a comment below 🙂

Always,

K