Pampering Sunday:

Get Rid of Oily Scalp!

One product that I always have around the house and love so much is … baking soda! It works for so many beauty-related things! And here is one of my favorite tricks: you can use baking soda to deep wash your roots and get rid of excessive oils!

Baking Soda… the new bathroom hero!

To deep wash my hair with baking soda, here is what I do:

I mix some baking soda (about 1/2 a palm full) with my normal shampoo and wash my hair with it, paying a particular attention to my roots. I then leave the shampoo on for a little longer that I normally do, rinse it all off, repeat with pure shampoo if needed, and then I apply conditioner. Sometimes, I also use baking soda only and scrub it on my scalp, then leave it on for a while and follow with normal shampoo. It really helps to wash my oily scalp deeply without being harsh at all!

Happy Sunday Pampering!

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Pampering Sunday:

Aspirin Masks

Got those at home?

If you have black heads and don’t know what to do to get rid of them, I have the solution: make an aspirin mask! They are the best thing to banish black heads!

Aspirin contains a lot of salicylic acid, the main ingredient in anti-black head treatments. Salicylic acid is a natural deep-cleanser that gets into your pores and stops oil and dirt from building up and eventually transforming into a black head. If you have skin problems, you probably already own a cleanser, toner or lotion with salicylic acid. I use them too, but I find that the simple aspirin masks work better. I have begun to use them on my nose, and it has significantly decreased the number of blackheads. If you are interested with this mask, here is the recipe.

You will need:

  • some aspirin, in powder form (for my nose only I normally use one little foil package. For the whole face, I use two.)
  • a little bit of water (be careful, you will need a tiny amount, otherwise your mask will be too liquid.)

That’s all! Just mix the two ingredients and apply the mask whenever you need it! After a few minutes (I generally wait for it to dry), rinse it off and apply some lotion to re-moisturize your skin. Because this mask can be drying, don’t use it more than twice a week.

Do you have any great tip to get rid of blackheads? Please, to tell!

Pampering Sunday:

Sugar and Oil Scrub

Sugar is definitely the star of the week. After being featured in our home-made bubble liquid, sugar joins us once again in this yummy skin scrub which can be used on face and body.

To pamper yourself this Sunday, you will need:

  • Sugar as mentioned. I prefer using brown sugar because of how it smells, but any kind works as long as it is granulated.
  • Extra virgin olive oil. Jojoba, almond, even apricot oils can be used instead of olive oil. Just make sure of the purity of the product you use.

Steps couldn’t be easier:
Put a reasonable amount of sugar into a container. The quantity depends on the size of the area you want to treat: if you want to pamper all of your curves, then don’t scrimp; if only your face needs a brightness booster, half a tea-spoon should be enough.

Time for the oil.
Be parsimonious. Too much oil will make the sugar melt quickly and you won’t benefit of the scrubbing effect. The goal is to add enough oil to get a malleable paste without drowning the sugar. It is better to mix the ingredients with a light hand just before using the scrub.

How to apply it :
Dampen your skin with lukewarm water.
Grab a bit of the mixture with clean fingers, apply it on your skin and begin massaging gently avoiding eyes’ and sensitive areas.
Rinse your skin off with lukewarm water.
As water and oil do not mix, you might end up with a thin oily film over the scrubbed surface because of oil residues.
To preserve the moisture, do not take those residues off with soap and use a soft toner instead.
If you use the scrub before going to bed you can use the toner when you wake up and let the oil nourish your skin during the night. Make sure to put a clean towel on your pillow though.
Remember : this scrub is for external use only and is not edible.

I love preparing the scrub and using it right away. However, as sugar and oil are non-perishable products, feel free to store the mixture in a clean and dark opaque container.

Plus of the Stick : Add some honey to get an even yummier scrub!

Pampering Sunday : How to Lighten Your Hair at Home

 

I have medium brown hair and I sometimes wish I could have been born with golden locks. However, I am not ready to dye my hair blond, because this would be much too high maintenance for me. I am very happy with simply getting a trim every 3 months or so, thank you very much. This is why, in order to subtly (sorry Ladies, nothing too drastic here) highlight my strands, I have found other tactics.

Option 1: If you don’t like to experiment with diy hair products, then Lush “Marilyn” could be an option for you. It is a light pre-shampoo conditioner which helps to lighten hair, especially blond ones. It is also supposed to help condition your hair and make it softer. Well… that’s what is says, but having used it for a few months (about once a week), I can’t say I see much of a difference. My hair doesn’t seem to get lighter and is not silkier after using it. Plus, as you’ll see, the label lists “sodium laurysulfate”, which sounds like one of these dreaded sulfates that are so harsh on dry hair. Maybe I’m wrong, I’m not a chemistry major after all, but still, I remain skeptical. My supply has almost run out, and I will not repurchase it.

Option 2: You could also apply a mix of lemon juice and water (50/50) on your hair and go out in the sun. I remember reading in an article that Sally Hershberger, the famous American hair stylist, really liked doing it. She said she would take a spray bottle, pour lemon juice, water, and also some vodka (because it opens hair scales better), shake it well, spray some on her hair and get out in the sun. I haven’t tried it myself, but if Sally recommends doing it to get subtle highlights, I’m all for this technique!

Option 3: One thing that I have tried and loved is the honey mask. Because honey contains hydrogen peroxide, it will help lighten your hair. Before shampooing my hair, I like to whip a hair mask up with products I find in my kitchen cupboards. For the honey mask, you will need honey, mostly, to which you can add a variety of other things, depending on your hair texture. I personally love to add different oils. Olive oil is my favorite, but I try to mix oils in order to get different benefits. I sometimes also add lemon juice and/or mashed avocado. The great thing about this mask is that it highlights and it moisturizes at the same time! In order for the mask to absorb as well as possible, I wrap my hair into a small plastic bag and top it off with a towel. I try to wait at least 45 minutes before shampooing. If you try this option, be aware that results won’t show right away: I think my hair began to change slightly after the fifth application, or so. And for those of you who are afraid that honey might not wash off easily, fear no more: it dissolves very well with water and washing your hair with shampoo will definitely get rid of it all.