So today is my hair-day and I decided to also incorporate my weekly facials with my hair routine. This is because my facial involves steaming my face, and if I do this on any day after my hair-day, I feel like the steam will open up my hair follicles and release all the moisture I had succeeded in trapping in during my hair routine.
MY TOP 5 DIY TIPS
Last week I was speaking to a friend about my hair routine and I mentioned that I steam my hair. She then asked me how I do this and I told her. So it got me thinking, in these last two months, and in the months before we relocated to Canada, I have picked up some handy DIY tips from my internet research and some trial and error. Lol!
These DIY tips have been especially beneficial to my family and I since we moved to Canada because one of the best things about DIY is that you save money! With our commitment to prudent spending, I have found myself relying more on DIY to meet a number of my personal needs, especially in the beauty department.
So in today’s post, I wanted to share with you guys three of my Top 5 DIY tips. So here they are, in no particular order:
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Now, anyone who knows me will know that I absolutely love ACV (as the internet calls it). My favourite brand is Bragg with the Mother. I have been drinking it for almost 2 years now and I have only great things to say about it.
Firstly, it cleanses and detoxifies the body. It also helps to regulate blood sugar and increase satiety, which in turn may lead to weight loss. Best of all, it aids digestion by stimulating the production of digestive juices, thereby reducing bloating, heartburn, indigestion and gas.
I pour 1 1/2 caps of ACV into my 1-litre water bottle and drink this twice daily. I personally love the taste of ACV in my water, but I realise that most people don’t. However, even if I didn’t like the taste, I would still drink it because of all the health benefits I outlined above.
BAKING SODA, HONEY AND LEMON FACE MASK
My hair and my face are my two new projects. Since moving to Canada, I have started to pay more attention to both of these areas. Of course, that has meant a lot of research. But even in my research and in deciding upon a product, I am always looking for easy and sustainable routines that I can incorporate into my beauty regimen.
Also, the thing with beauty products (at least for me) is that they are always down the pecking order or priority list. So, since we are trying to manage our spending at the moment, I just do not feel comfortable spending money on expensive skin care products. With this in mind, I found this face mask online which just perfectly fit the bill.
Again, all 3 ingredients are common pantry items, so I do not have to spend any additional money for this facial treatment, which BTW is super-effective. Baking soda treats acne and removes acne scars and blackheads. Lemon brightens the skin and also fights blackheads. Lastly, honey moisturises and smells nice, which helps.
For this, you need:
- Baking soda
- Lemon juice (or half a fresh lemon)
- Mixing bowl
Before I start, I wash my face with my facial wash. Then, I open my pores by steaming my face – I put my face over a bowl of hot water for 10-15 minutes, with a towel draped over my head.
For the face mask itself, I mix 2 teaspoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey. Then I apply this on my face and let it sit for 10 minutes. If you have sensitive skin, you should reduce the waiting time to 3-5 minutes. Then I rinse off the mask with cold water to seal my pores. I also use a washcloth to further exfoliate my skin as I rinse.
I use this face mask once a week.
ACV FACE TONER
You know how I love ACV, right? Well, it is my ‘gbogbo ise’ – which in Yoruba means the medicine that cures everything! Lol! Once I am done rinsing my face as detailed in the above paragraph, I tone my face using very diluted ACV. Note: I have tried using undiluted ACV before and it burnt my skin!
I did some research and found out that this happens to some people. It is thus recommended that you dilute the ACV before applying it to your face as a toner. In addition to the benefits I mentioned before, ACV on the skin helps to minimise wrinkles. It also fights bacteria and prevents pimples and acne from forming. I told you, it cures everything!
Finally, I moisturise my face with a moisturising lotion and voila! I am done with my face. Best of all, the only product that I had to buy was my face wash. Every other product was found in the pantry!
WRAPPING IT ALL UP
Have any of you tried any of the above tips? Will you be trying them? Most importantly, any life hacks or tips that you would like to share with us? Please leave your comments below.
I will post the second part soon.
Lots of Love,
DISCLAIMER: As with everything you read on the internet, please do you your own research before trying any of these. Also, if you want to use any of these tips, try on a small patch of your skin before using it.