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Love For Coconut Oil!

Written: Friday, August 26th, 2016 @ 1:10 am

 

Coconut oil has recently seen a huge rise in sales due to new information regarding its ‘super food’ qualities and multiple health/beauty benefits. Previously, it was shunned by the health and wellness community due to high saturated fat content but has been re-evaluated for its’ outstanding health uses. This incredible oil can be used for – but not limited to – hair care, skin care, stress relief, improving digestion, immunity against many diseases and infections.

Skin Care

Coconut oil can be an excellent choice as a massage oil. It especially helps dry skin sufferers but can be used on all skin types. There are no adverse effects in using coconut oil as an effective skin moisturizer unlike mineral oil. It is a safe and natural selection in treating and preventing dry, flaking skin as well as keeping the skin moisturized and hydrated. When I don’t have coconut oil readily available as a moisturizer, I use my Equate Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion which is also great for my dry skin and can be used on ALL skin types. It’s available on Walmart.com for $9.96! You can save $2.91 if you order right now.

An added bonus is that it can delay the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin which are a part of aging.  It also helps in preventing premature aging due to its well-known antioxidant properties. Do you suffer from eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis? If so, coconut oil can actually treat those conditions. For these reasons alone, coconut oil is used in MANY skin care products currently sold on the market.

Hair Care

Coconut oil is generally applied topically for hair care benefits. It helps in healthy hair growth and provides a shiny, illustrious quality. It is an excellent conditioner and even helps to re-build damaged hair. If you enjoy dying your hair and feel it is becoming dry and brittle, I suggest using a shampoo specifically formulated for color treated hair. Renewal Sulfate-Free Color Protect Moisturizing Shampoo is a great choice and available from Riteaid.com for $4.99. Following the shampoo treatment, you can use the coconut oil as a conditioner or a hair mask to help revive your locks.

Stress Relief

Virgin coconut oil can provide relief from stress and fatigue as well as providing antioxidant properties. It is very soothing and can be used for skin massages, deep moisturizing masks and an all-over skin hydrator. Applying it to the head, followed by a gentle massage can aide in alleviating mental stress. This holds true for other areas of your body which may be ‘stress-centers’ and could use some massaging and relaxing. For me, I tend to hold a lot of stress in my hips and lower back. They are generally the first areas on my body which become tense and tight, so I focus my localized massages in those areas first. Then, I slowly move to surrounding areas and work out all the kinks and knots – usually after a great bubble bath. I also recommend CVS Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion as it contains colloidal oatmeal and is scented with lavender, chamomile and ylang-ylang. The scents actually help me to relax even further. I love it. You can get it on CVS.com for $10.49 right now!

Coconut oil can also be used for many other health & beauty uses such as cooking oil (yummmmmy), dental care, improved liver function, improved kidney function, facial masks, shaving creams, body scrubs, chap stick, etc. It can also be used as a carrier oil for essential oils and herbal extractions to be mixed into. There are many ways this super food can benefit your life and bring out the best in your beauty/health regime. If you haven’t already, try some today!

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Gift Your Own Beauty Scrubs

Written: Friday, August 26th, 2016 @ 12:25 am

 

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Wondering how you’ll be able to give a gift to someone special on a limited budget? Perhaps you are crafty and looking for something new and interesting to try. We have a really cool project for you which will warm anyone’s heart, knowing it was made with your sweat and tears…and maybe some wine too. Check out the coolest homemade gift idea below.

Step 1: Get Containers

Now we did mention budget, right? Well the dollar store is a great place to start when gathering up your containers, jars, decorative ribbons, labels and anything else you want to use for your masterpiece. I usually buy mason jars which are 250mL or less – depending on what I am making, or who I’m giving it too (my mom loves my coconut body scrub). Pick up however many you will need (maybe 5 or 10 – is it Christmas time? Baby shower? Party favors? Birthday?) and I usually add a spool of burlap ribbon to tie around the lid when it’s completed. I tend to stick with paper labels, but there are tons of ideas to choose from. Get your goodies and get ready for your second stop.

Step 2: Ingredients: Makes 2 Small Jars

I have decided to focus on my famous Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub for this blog. Sugar scrubs are cheap and easy to make. Here are the ingredients:

·         Coconut Oil

·         Brown Sugar

·         Pumpkin pie spice

That’s it! Really! You can modify the ingredients if you choose by using a more granulated version of brown sugar, or a finely ground brown sugar. You could also change up the type of brown sugar (ie. Coconut sugar for the ‘naturally inclined’ folks out there) or just create your own spicing blend. There is lots of room for creativity, so let loose. Here is how you will make the scrub:

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Step 3: Make it!

Note: The ratio of coconut oil to sugar is 2:1

1 cup coconut oil

½ cup brown sugar

Place coconut oil in blender and blend until smooth. Add the brown sugar and 1 tsp. pumpkin spice and blend together. If you would like the scrub to be a bit coarser, add more brown sugar (or use granulated sugar) until you reach the desired consistency.

Step 4: Transfer Scrub into Jars

Pour the scrub into the jars and seal the lids. Wipe down the jar and lid with a warm soapy cloth to ensure there isn’t any residue left over. Dry the jar and lid entirely.

Step 5: Personalize!

Add your decorative bows/ribbons/strings and labels at this point. Have fun with it! If you are handwriting them, perhaps add a personalized spin to your message or name. This is the beauty of your creativity, there is no ‘right’ way to do things. Finish personalizing your jars and, voila! You’re done!

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If this is something you consider yourself doing, take a look online for more recipes and ideas to satisfy your specific vision. Sometimes we need a little inspiration before we can really imagine what we are trying to create. For example, my sister is a vegan. If I were to gift for her, I would appreciate her dietary choice and find a recipe that caters to that. I would look for something more natural and dairy free. So take a look at WHO you are making a scrub for, and take into account anything they may be restricted to, or need to avoid to show them that you have put a lot of thought and love into the gift you are sharing. They will appreciate it! Trust me, I’ve been doing this for years.

Take a moment to see some alternative, affordable and amazing products for a proper face cleansing routine. These always make for great gifts, or just something to try if you are looking to change up your products for something new.

1.       Renewal Acne Wash Daily Scrub, $5.99 on Riteaid.com.

2.       Equate Clarifying Toner, $8.96 on Walmart.com.

3.       Equate Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion $9.96 on Walmart.com.

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How To Fake Freckles || The Savvy Beauty

Written: Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 @ 1:42 pm

Hey Savvy Beauties! We always want what we don’t have, so here’s a tutorial for girls who just want that summertime freckled look. If you’re naturally blessed with freckles, be sure to show them off! Stay sun safe & enjoy your last moments of Summer beauties!

Products mentioned:

Equate Mild Liquid Facial Soap

Equate Clarifying Toner

Equate Daily Radiance Moisturizing Lotion

Products mentioned on The Savvy Beauty channel have been purchased for review. These are all opinions that are my own and not scripted.

BEE-utiful Honey Remedies

Written: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 @ 2:08 am

Oh how I love honey! There is never a day in my house when honey isn’t available for the taking. I add it to everything not just because I adore it, but because it has become a regular sweetener substitute in my cooking and beverage making. I made the switch long ago when the alarm bells went off about aspartame and all the wonderful effects it has on us. I decided at that moment to switch to something more natural. But what? I looked into brown sugar of all sorts as well as other refined products on the market. Nothing came close to the wonderful taste and satisfaction as good ol’ honey. I add it to all my cooking when I need to sweeten things up a little. But the kicker is that it has SO many beauty uses as well. I have found tons of honey remedies for common beauty applications you can try right now!

Dark Circles and Spots

We’ve all got em…hence the creation of foundation and concealer (among a few other reasons). However being able to minimize the appearance of dark spots is great news for us. Honey fades dark circles and spots if applied topically. Here is how to do it:

Take a teaspoon of raw honey and apply it to the affected area, rinse off after 20 minutes. Do this twice a week until dark circles fade. You can also mix equal parts honey and sweet almond oil, apply to the affected area and rinse off after 10-15 minutes.

I use this remedy in conjunction with Equate Ultimate Dark Spot Correctoravailable on Walmart.com for $16.87. We love it because it helps diminish the appearance of dark spots, can be used on all skin types and tones, as well as being dermatologist tested.

Acne

Willing to try something different to combat your acne? Honey has anti-bacterial properties making it an excellent cleanser for acne. Simply apply some raw honey to the affected area and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Wash off and repeat every few nights. I use this amazing exfoliator available on Riteaid.com called Renewal Acne Wash Daily Scrub. It is $5.99 and helps me prime my face for the honey application. Afterwards, I apply my face moisturizer as usual and carry on with my evening.

Hair Removal

Sounds obvious when you think of how sticky and viscous honey is, right? Well when honey is combined with lemon juice and sugar it helps to remove body hair. Mix 1 tablespoon raw honey with 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Boil the mixture on the stove (or in microwave) until it bubbles and turns brown. Let it cool. With the help of a Popsicle stick, apply it to your skin. Put a cotton strip over the applied mixture and rub until you feel it warm as the mixture sticks to the hair. Gently pull the strip against the direction of the hair growth. Repeat as necessary.

Hair Conditioner

Honey’s moisturizing and softening properties make it a wonderful hair conditioner. It also gives shine to dull hair. Mix 1 tablespoon raw honey with 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and use your hands to evenly disperse the mixture throughout your hair. Rinse off after 20-30 minutes. I do this treatment once or twice a week and take a break from my fave CVS Keratin Straightening Conditioner found on CVS.com for $5.99. This stuff helps to smooth out my wavy birds nest and I love the effects it has on my hair!

There are many other uses for honey in beauty products but I will have to continue them in another post. The list can go on and on. Give these remedies a try and let us know how they worked for you! We would love to know if there is anything you would like to change or update in the recipes for our visitors to try out.

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Solutions for Dry Skin

Written: Monday, August 22nd, 2016 @ 5:31 pm

August 22, 2016 – Elizabeth

A radiant, glowing complexion is desired by many, but can be a far dream for most. Many people suffer from various skin conditions and ailments which prevents them from achieving their ‘perfect skin’ goal. We go to many lengths to minimize imperfections by purchasing specialty products, precise formulations and natural remedies. Sometimes MANY steps are required to be taken in order to get to our fantastic skin goals. Dry skin is a common issue among the population as diet, environment and exposure to harsh chemicals all contribute to the degradation and dehydration of the epidermis.

Dry skin is a very common skin condition. It exists due to lack of sufficient moisture or oils in the epidermis, which is the external layer of your skin. Dry skin results in redness, itchy patches and small fine flakes on the skin.

Symptoms:

Rough, flaky skin – may be ashy in color

Itching

Redness

Cracks in the skin, which may bleed

Reactions when certain product is applied

Solutions:

If the above symptoms sounds like your skin type, than you suffer from dry skin. These problems can be amplified depending on environmental conditions such as time of year, humidity in the air, as well as exposure to sunlight and wind. Sounds a little funny, but it’s true. Generally people with dry skin suffer worse conditions during the winter months due to hot dry indoor air, paired with cold wind outside – the difference in temperature gradients between both environments can wreak havoc on you. Winter can be tough for some, but we have great solutions for you to hydrate and moisturize your skin and reduce these effects.

Change in Lifestyle

This is so important. Most serious dry skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, etc.) can be attributed to unbalanced, unhealthy, or stressful lifestyles. I cannot stress this point enough, change the things in which you have the power to change. This is not just for combating dry skin, but a healthy adjustment in your lifestyle can literally transform your life! Reducing processed foods, refined sugars and caffeine will not only improve the appearance of your skin but will impact your mood, weight, clarity and focus – among many other benefits! If you cannot make a huge dietary change, try reducing consumption of some of the bad stuff as much as possible.

Water

Drink water all day! If you have a soft spot for sugary drinks or carbonated drinks – kick em’ to the curb and try to transition to water by purchasing a carbonated water beverage and adding some flavor to it – until you can drink water and be satisfied. Majority of Americans do not reach their recommended daily water consumption– and we suffer from it! I could go on about the benefits of water all day, but I’ll save you this time J. Just drink it as much as you possibly can.

Humidify the Air

If you live in a dry environment, get a humidifier and use it. The cool thing is that essential oils can be added to them to help serve a dual purpose. Many people with colds add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil to their humidifier and reap the benefits in their respiratory system. Not only are you infusing the air with moisture but you can also research essential oil uses for any other ailments you may be suffering from. You can use a humidifier at home and at the office to moisten the air, and reduce dry skin problems.

Moisturizing

Ensuring you moisturize you skin is imperative to tackling this problem. I have a few products I use to help with my dry skin. To cleanse my skin I use CVS illuminating Facial Cleanser which is only $6.49 from CVS.com and is oil free, soap free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. I use this during my morning and evening face washing routine. Another great cleanser is Equate Mild Liquid Facial Soap ($7.96 on rollback – Walmart.com) which is also formulated for dry skin types. To moisturize, I use Equate Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion which is $9.96 (save $2.91) on Walmart.com as my daily moisturizer. This stuff works wonders on my dry skin! It help’s enhance the skins natural moisture barrier, is 100% fragrance free, hypoallergenic and ideal for dry – combination skin types.

Making some changes in your life can help you to combat dry skin for good! There are more drastic measures to take if you have a severe dry skin condition, but this blog is for mild-moderate dry skin sufferers. Try the suggestions above and please feel free to comment or share in the notes section. We would love to hear from you!

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Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion

Soft, smooth texture provides all-day moisturization for dry or combination skin.


Clarifying Toner

Aids in eliminating dirt and oil while gently exfoliating skin for a clear, glowing complexion.


Precision Focus Wrinkle Serum

Helps skin combat wrinkles, lines and UV damage. Hypoallergenic and 100% fragrance free.

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