Beauty

Skincare and Haircare Update

My skin has gone through so many changes, especially now that we’re transitioning seasons. I have very dry skin and hair, which has been an issue since I was a teenager. Lately, I’ve been trying different things to deal with these issues, and I’m excited to share with you which techniques have worked for me lately.

I’ve always believed the more expensive a skincare or hair care product, the better it is. As a result, I always went for the more expensive product, only to be deceived at the end that it hasn’t performed miracles (some exceptions apply). After watching various advertisements about how certain beauty or hair care products are infused with natural ingredients, be it oils, herbs, etc., I thought why not work with natural ingredients, instead? They’re cheaper and don’t contain any harmful chemicals, which you find in many other products.

I tried homemade masks for my face and hair using natural ingredients, and I was very pleased with the results. To start, I used organic coconut oil, which comes in solid form, warmed it up between my hands, and applied it to individual strands of my hair, focusing on the ends. Once applied, I mixed a whole egg with a tablespoon of organic honey and applied it to my hair as well, then tied it in a bun. I generally leave in the mixture between 15-30 mins; however, I felt that my hair needed a bit more than that and left it for about an hour. Once in shower, I followed normal routine (shampoo and conditioner), and finished with a hair mask. I really wanted to do a deep conditioning for my hair to revive it and repair it. And I was really happy with the result, as my hair looked so much shinier, smoother, and felt very nourished.

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As for my face, I mixed a tablespoon of organic coconut oil with some cane sugar, which I used as an exfoliant for my face. It is important to follow this step after a hot shower, since the pores open up with the steam and could be cleaned more easily. Then, I used the remainder of the egg and honey mixture as an organic face mask. Although the texture feels a bit runny, it quickly dries down and your skin starts to feel firmer and tighter. Once I washed it off, I tried Sephora’s honey mask. I generally don’t like fiber masks; however, this one felt very nice and nourishing. I left it on for 15 mins, then massaged the residue on my skin. It definitely felt softer and more hydrated afterward. I usually use a cooling mask, such as the cucumber one from Spascriptions (as shown in image); however, I wanted to try a homemade recipe this time. Another alternative is your regular moisturizer.

I wanted to share this experience with you for two major reasons. First, coconut oil is your best friend! You don’t need to break the bank to get your hands on a good-quality organic jar. It’s great for cooking, skincare, and haircare. Some people also use it as a moisturizer, or makeup remover, and it works wonders as a hair mask.

The second point is exfoliating your skin. I’ve suffered from dry skin for the longest time ever, and tried dozens of different moisturizers and other skincare products. My skin is now on the normal side and the natural oils it produces don’t get stuck underneath dead skin. I’ve also noticed that it appears a lot healthier and more glowing. I also admit that the Peter Thomas Roth serum has helped tremendously with repairing dryness. As I mentioned in my favorites post, I’ve been using the sample packets and they’ve worked wonders.

If you’ve made it this far, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment and let me know if you’ve tried any natural hair or face masks lately, and if they worked for you.

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