Herbs and spices can have amazing benefits for the skin and body. One spice I love is cinnamon. Cinnamon can be very beneficial as it brings blood and nutrients to the skin’s surface. Alone it can be a little too strong for the skin but when mixed well with a good oil; it can offer beautiful results, such as plumper lips. Our lips take a lot of damage with extreme weather temperatures. Having a decent lip scrub can be really helpful in order to repair dry, flakey skin on and around the mouth. This wonderful DIY recipe always leaves my lips feeling soft and smooth.
1/2 T sugar
1 tsp fractionated coconut oil
1/4 tsp honey
3 drops vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Mix ingredients thoroughly. Gently rub over lips in circular motion. Leave on lip area for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Rinse thoroughly and follow with a natural lip balm or make your own – here is a link. Left over scrub can be saved in a little container for future use, if desired.
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Waxing bumps can be a terrible nuisance. When removing hair abruptly from the skin, an imbalance can occur, causing the oil glands to work overtime and as a result a breakout can occur. It can also be a simple irritation to the wax, the temperature of the wax, or sensitive skin. Everyone reacts differently. Many times a little irritation can be considered somewhat normal. However, the good news is there are steps you can take to lessen or avoid irritation altogether, even if you have sensitive skin.
STEP 1: Exfoliate before waxing.
STEP 2: Remove makeup before waxing.
STEP 3: Wax with a non-irritating wax (know the type of wax that works best with your skin and if you have a sensitivity to certain ingredients, i.e. a honey).
STEP 4: Keep the skin clean after a wax and avoid touching your skin!
STEP 5: Wash your face with a gentle cleanser after you wax. Sometimes a nice warm shower, with the steam, will help replenish needed moisture and re-balance the skin.
STEP 6: After cleansing, use witch hazel to tone and re-balance your skin.
STEP 7: Apply a natural moisturizer and keep your skin hydrated (if your skin feels itchy, add more moisturizer).
STEP 8: Let your clean skin breathe overnight.
When following these steps, you greatly reduce the possibility of having a reaction to waxing!
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