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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Getting A "Fairer" Complexion Naturally... Think ORANGES

I am an advocate for women being comfortable in their skin, whether fair or brown or black! However, this does not take away the fact that over 80% of Nigerian women and even some women in other parts  of the world crave fairer skin. The unfortunate truth is everyone wants to be fair, even the fair ones want to be white! Ironically too, the white ones go for a tan to get "darker". Its a crazy world we live in.

Most times I get asked the same question over and over again. Both by fair and dark skinned people alike, "How do I get my skin to look lighter?"I am always at cross roads, as my answer will continually be that fair and dark skins are beautiful equally and that both skins can glow and radiate beauty and health only if you care for it!

And because of the continuous mails and questions i get on how to lighten up naturally, today's post shows you how to get a fairer look, without worrying about side effects. Simple home remedies can be made and used to achieve a fairer skin naturally without the dark/discoloured knuckles, knees and feet.

Include Loofah in every Bath...

Exfoliation is the main thing in any skin lightening regime. The loofah (sponge) is a good exfoliating tool. By scrubbing off dead skin cells, the skin's pores become unclogged. a clean skin easily absorbs nutrients of cleansers, toners, masks and moisturisers.
Simply squeeze your body wash into your loofah, wet the loofah and use in circular motions. Use loofah daily and know when its time to change your sponge!

Natural Skin Lightener.

Do you usually throw your orange peels away? Bad move for fair skin lovers! lol. Simply collect the peels of oranges, dry them in the sun till crisp. Then grind them into a fine powder and store in an air-tight container. 

This orange peel powder makes an excellent base for your skin lightening recipe. This home made powder can lighten your skin in a most natural and glowing way. Lets learn how:

For Oily Skin: Mix 1 teaspoon of orange peel powder with rosewater. Apply to face, leave on for 15 minutes and wash off with cold water. You may feel a tingling sensation but this totally normal because of the citric contents.
For Dry Skin: Citric fruits are acidic in nature. Therefore, for dry skin, add honey to your orange peel powder to make a thick paste. OR add yoghurt +1 teaspoon of olive oil to the orange peel powder. The yoghurt and olive oil is for moisturising, while the peel powder does the lightening.

Extras: Masques For Double Glow.
Using a masque in a natural skin lightening process retains natural moisture, provides nutrition and adds glow to your skin. 
Make your own masques using Almonds and Pawpaws.
For Oily skins, blend paw paw and apply puree on your face. Paw paw is another natural skin lightener that gives a glow
For dry skin, soak almonds (high in Vitamin E) in milk, blend and apply to skin.

I still stand by my thoughts on bleaching creams: THROW THEM IN THE BIN!


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Great Ways Of Using Bananas On Your Skin!...

Most of us only think of bananas as a fruit to eat. But in reality bananas are a great skin enhancer. Its packed full with vitamins that not only moisturises your skin, but also improves its glow and complexion.

Bananas are exceptionally healthy and contain vitamins A, B, C and E including minerals such as potassium, zinc, iron and manganese. These nutrients are essential for the skin. Vitamin C and B6 plays a great role in maintaining the elasticity of the skin. Additionally, the large amounts of antioxidants and manganese found in banana protects the body from damage caused by free radicals (harsh temperatures, sun, pollution) found in the environment, which lead to premature ageing. Therefore, bananas can definitely give you younger looking skin. Banana also helps hydrate the skin as it has about 75% water content. This prevents skin dryness, dullness and peeling.

Banana As A Great Natural Moisturiser/ Facial Masque.
The Vitamin A in banana restores lost moisture and repairs damaged, dull, dry skin.
To instantly restore a dry and tired looking skin, mash up a ripe banana and apply to your face. leave on for 20 - 25 minutes, then wash with lukewarm water. Skin will instantly feel and appear supple and restored!

Extra tip: Add honey to mashed banana for extremely dry and flaky skin. Mash banana + honey and apply to face for 20-25 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.

Banana As a Great Scrub!
Banana is full of anti oxidants and when mixed with some natural ingredients, can become a lovely skin scrub, which helps to get rid of dead skin cells and also to rejuvenate and energise your skin.
Mash banana and pour in some brown sugar or white sugar. Rub into skin in circular motion and rinse with warm water. Banana serves as the moisturiser, while the sugar removes dead skin cells.

Banana As a Great Anti-aging Agent.
Nutrients found in banana help to fight off wrinkles and keeps the skin smooth and youthful. To make anti-ageing facial masque, mash a ripe banana with 1/2 avocado.
Leave on skin for 25 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. The Vitamin E in the avocado and banana will help repair damaged and aged skin to reveal a more youthful glow.

So the next time you think about throwing away that over ripe banana, think of all the goodies your skin can benefit from this delicious food. Even the peel is so useful in the treatment of stubborn acne and wrinkles. Here's how to use a banana peel:

Simply cut a small part of the peel, apply the inner part on the affected area, rub on for about 5 minutes, leave to dry then clean the skin with lukewarm water. Repeat this process at least 3 times a day. Pimples will subside within 7 days.

Extra tip: To get rid of wrinkles, apply fresh peels on the affected area for 15 minutes everyday. Noticeable changes will be seen in few weeks.

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