DIY: Beauty Recipes w/Rosemary

Good morning beauties!! I hope that your week is off to a great start! Today I wanted to talk about a little shrub that we normally cook with, Rosemary. Some of us have it in our kitchen, but the small herbaceous shrub has a multitude of benefits outside the realms of gastronomy and gardening. And while some of us can be obsessed with the aroma of the spiky little plant, I’m excited about its DIY beauty potential. Primarily beneficial for those with oily, acne-prone skin, rosemary oil and extract both have powerful astringent, anti-fungal, and disinfecting properties. The plant is also rich in biologically active compounds and antioxidants such as calcium, vitamin B6, iron, cineole, and verbenon that effectively tone and tighten loose, sagging skin. Here are the awesome recipes you can try! I’ve tried the Rosemary Toner and it’s pretty amazing!

Rosemary Hair Rinse

1. 1/2 cup dried rosemary

2. 1/2 cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat until the oil is warm. Turn off the stove and let the rosemary marinate in the oil for an additional 20 minutes. Strain the dried leaves from the mixture and pour the rosemary oil into a bottle or bowl. Proceed to coat your scalp and strands with it, then wrap your hair in a shower cap. Leave the rinse on for 20 minutes as you go about your day, or blow-dry the cap on low heat for deeper penetration. When you’re finished, shampoo your hair to remove the excess oil.

Rosemary Winter Mint Foot Scrub

1. 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar

2. 1/4 cup of epsom salt

3. 1 cup carrier oil such as olive, jojoba or sunflower

4. 5 to 10 drops of rosemary essential oil

5. 5. to 10 drops of peppermint essential oil

Mix the sugar, salt, and carrier oil in a medium-sized bowl, and stir until well-blended. Alternate adding one drop of peppermint and one drop of rosemary oil to make sure the scent is evenly distributed throughout your mixture. Store the mix in an air-tight jar in the bathroom, and scrub your feet clean every time you shower!

Acne Fighting Rosemary Toner

1. 3/4 cup of water

2. 1 fresh rosemary sprig

3. 1 Tbsp of black peppercorns

4. 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Apply this toner to oily or combination skin to reduce blemishes and calm inflammations. Boil 3/4 cup of water in a saucer, then drop in the rosemary and black pepper. When half of the water has evaporated from the pot, turn off the heat and let it cool. After the liquid has cooled down, pour it into an empty bottle and add the apple cider vinegar. Dab the mixture onto your skin with a cotton pad every evening after cleansing. This quantity should last you one or two weeks. Remember that you must test everything out first before applying it directly to your hair, skin and face. You can test these out by applying them to a very small area on your arm, or even behind your head (small strand of hair), to ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction.

I hope that you all find these DIY tips and recipes useful and helpful, and I hope that you are excited to hear about them as I am excited to write about them!

I wish you all an amazing rest of the week and remember, you’re all beautiful…inside and out!

xoxoxo – LL

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Body Acne: Why Must You Be So Cruel?

Afternoon beauties! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve been very busy with day-to-day life, but I’m always thinking about topics to discuss.  I decided today that I would discuss body acne.  I personally have had major issues with this, but found the most amazing cure!

Most of us have had acne at some point in our lives and some of us still do! Some on our face, some on our bodies or even both!!! Yikes! It’s tough and pretty embarrassing to say the least, but trust me, you’re not the only one out there dealing with this.  I myself have had body acne for yeeeeeeeears and it wasn’t until my adult life (age 29) that I came across Dr. Murad’s Acne Body Wash.  Thank the HEAVENS for this product! I spent hundreds at the Dermo, but it didn’t help me. I got this product through a good friend of mine, whom I just love and I kid you not – after the first week of trying this I noticed a BIG difference! I mean it was seriously a WOW moment for me.

Here are some facts: Your back is the most common break out zone, so rid off dead skin and body debris in the shower with a soft plastic mesh puff or soft body brush, and use a sulphur-based treatment to attack your acne zones. The puff doesn’t hold onto cellular debris in the shower, and the brush can be cleaned with extra hot water and gentle soap.  The sulphur is an anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic ingredient that inhibits bacteria growth and helps with acne on the body.

Certain foods, genetics or physical factors such as sweat and heat can trigger breakouts on parts of the body easier than on the face.  Buttocks breakouts are probably the most annoying. Acne on the butt comes from blockage of the hair follicles when you sit for long periods of time.  Sweat, heat, and prolonged contact from your clothes can clog hair follicles, hence the blemishes! I highly recommend the Dr. Murad Acne Body Wash and for the face I recommend Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub. I use this with a mixture of other things, but it works!  Dermologica also has an amazing skin care line, but it’s a bit expensive. So if you’re looking to stay within budget I think these two things can help. If you have any questions, please ask! I always welcome that!

Stay FAB, 

xoxo – LL

That Dreadful Thing Called Cellulite

Hi pretty babies!

I was up late last night researching ways to get rid of Cellulite.  It’s a major problem for many of us, me included.  The biggest misconception is that if you have Cellulite, you’re fat.  This is NOT the case! Even thin people have Cellulite.  The #1 factor in the development of Cellulite is being a woman. Genes also play an important role. If other women in your family have Cellulite, there’s a good chance you will too. Other factors that influence the amount of Cellulite you have and how visible it is include: poor diet, fad dieting, slow metabolism, lack of physical activity, hormone changes, dehydration, total body fat and thickness and color of your skin.

Cellulite is nothing more than normal fat beneath the skin. The fat appears bumpy because it pushes against the connective tissue beneath the skin, causing the skin above it to pucker.  There is always someone out there saying certain creams work or certain spa treatments work, but the reality of it all is that there is little evidence that many of them do. Diet and exercise are key components in getting rid of it. Plain and simple. 

I came across so many things last night, and quite honestly some were just out of control crazy…LOL!  The one thing I found most interesting, was that coffee can be a powerful beauty elixir? This is what I found:

“Coffee, when applied topically, has the ability to not only leave you with a glowing complexion, but also help reduce Cellulite!  Take your leftover coffee grounds [after the coffee’s already been brewed] and combine them with honey. This mixture can be used as a scrub on both the face and body. Just apply as you would a normal scrub, exfoliate and rinse when complete”.

Honey is a natural anti-inflammatory and purifying agent. It both moisturizes and softens the skin, and in this case, it can also functions as a good “glue” for the mixture. Coffee, too, does a number of things for the skin. When applied topically, the caffeine and antioxidants work to tighten and energize skin while also promoting circulation. This gives it the ability to smooth out the skin. It has also been known to reduce varicose veins as the result of its ability to shrink blood vessels.”

I’ve tried everything except this! I noticed great results once I worked out and ate better meals, but it doesn’t mean I won’t give this a shot too. I mean, what do I have to lose, right?  If you decided to also give this a try, let me know how it works out for you? I mean it doesn’t ONLY have to be Cellulite treatment. You can do this and use it as a DIY facial scrub!

Sigh…the things we do for beauty…lol. 

Have a great Thursday and stay beautiful!

xoxo-LL

The Best Super Food: Avocados

Beauties, did you know that avocado is considered by most to be one of the best beauty foods out there! The creamy fruit is full of good beauty fats and nutrients, and works just as well for your insides as it does slathered on your skin! I read an article in which they interviewed celebrity food coach and Mom Energy author Kathy Kaehler, and discovered that not all fat is bad for you. In fact, you need healthy fats in your diet—they can lower your cholesterol, maintain cell growth, and keep your skin moisturized!

“Avocado is a super food, and one of the best things to include in your everyday diet,” says Kathy. “It’s full of potassium, which combines with the sodium in your body to help fight against cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and cholesterol problems.” This delicious fruit also has a high amount of folic acid, which is especially important for pregnant women because it helps prevent birth defects.

Avocado’s real beauty secret is its bounty of monounsaturated fats. These fats are essential for a healthy body and help to add moisture to your skin. They work to keep you full for longer, help to break down bad fats, and develop and maintain cell growth—which is extremely important for healthy skin, hair, and nails.

“Avocados contain around 200 calories, so it’s fine to eat one a day,” according to Kathy. Try it alone with some chopped tomato, in guacamole, or on toast for a yummy breakfast!

I had an avocado arepa for lunch the other day and it was sooooo YUMMY! Avocado’s monounsaturated fats also work miracles when you apply the buttery fruit directly to your skin. Fresh avocado and avocado oil both provide plenty of moisture and contain vitamins A, D, and E – which provide your body with plenty of antioxidants to fight free radicals, maintain cell growth, and prevent the signs of aging and sun damage.

So what’s stopping you, beautiful? Go out and buy some avocados! If you live in California, you’re bound to find them all year round! Enjoy and let me know what your favorite avocado snack is.

As always, stay beautiful & healthy!

xo-LL

DIY: Lemon Beauty Recipes

Hi lovies!!! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and I hope that your week has started off the right way! Over the weekend, I decided to try a couple DIY recipes and this time…w/lemons!  Lemons are yet another one of nature’s multitaskers, and lemon-based products and recipes span many industries, including food, beverage, and household cleaners. They’ve been popular in cosmetics because of their pleasant scent and potent vitamin C concentration. It’s also widely known as the active ingredient in many hair and skin lightening products.  Lemon is also a great toner, brightener, cleanser, and fragrance. If you like to start your morning with a detoxifying cup of hot water, lemon juice, and honey, you’ll love these citrus-based beauty recipes. Try them on your skin and nails before lemons officially go out of season!

LEMON SUGAR HAND AND FOOT SCRUB – I’ve tried this one MANY times and I LOVE it! 
  1. 1/2 cup granulated sugar  Raw or brown sugar with larger granules works too.
  2. 2 tablespoons almond oil  You can also substitute apricot, olive, or jojoba oil.
  3. Juice of half a lemon
  4. OPTIONAL: 3 drops lavender, mint, or rosemary essential oil (I don’t use this, but you can if you wish)

This easy-to-make scrub is perfect for tired hands, feet, elbows, and even knees. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients in no particular order and immediately massage the mixture onto hands or feet. Rinse off with warm water, then slather on your favorite lotion for extra moisture.

ACNE-FADING LEMON YOGURT MASK – Tried this over the weekend, and it’s a bit messy BUT loved the way my skin felt afterwards.
  1. 2 tablespoons honey  Any organic brand
  2. 4 teaspoons lemon juice  Freshly squeezed is best, but you can use bottled juice.
  3. 3 teaspoons plain Greek yogurt
  4. 1 egg white

The egg part kind of sounds yucky, but it works!  The citric acid in lemons has natural lightening and exfoliating properties that help fade remaining acne marks. The egg white helps boost your skin’s ability to protect itself, and honey serves as an antibacterial agent and humectant that soothes and hydrates skin. In no particular order, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk them until the consistency thickens. Apply a tablespoon or two of the mask onto your clean, dry skin (enough to coat your face) and let it set for 15 minutes. Gently wash the mask off with warm water and pat dry. This recipe yields eight applications, so you can keep it in the refrigerator for one week or share with friends if you wish.

A couple tips to keep in mind: 1. Lemons are highly reactive to light because of their high citric acid content. This phenom, called photosensitivity, means it’s best to keep sun exposure to a minimum when applying lemon-based products on your body; and: 2. You never want to put acid in or near your eyes, ever! So if you’re experimenting with citrus fruits, keep them at a safe distance from your eye area. Dilute lemon juice with water if your skin is sensitive.

If you try these out, let me know how it works for you! The scrub is the best one!!! ❤

Stay Beautiful!

LL

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