DIY Scrub/Mask (2 in 1)

If you’re anything like me, you can’t go past the skin care aisle without picking up something new to try out. Recently, I’ve ventured into more natural alternatives for  and have discovered a new quick face scrub/mask that leaves my skin feeling amazingly smooth, supple and hydrated. Not only is it natural, affordable and quick to make – it requires three ingredients that are readily available the kitchen. Thats right, I said three ingredients from the kitchen and it’s great for all skin types (acne-prone, dry, sensitive, combination etc).

You’ll need a teaspoon, a small bowl for mixing and the following ingredients:

  • 1 tsp Honey (preferably raw, but honestly – whatever you have at home is fine!)
  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar (doesn’t matter if its white or brown)

Measure ingredients into bowl and mix until well combined.

  1. Cleanse your face and pat dry. Scoop up the mixture using your fingers and warm slightly by rubbing your two hands together and apply to your face in a gentle circular motion.
  2. Leave for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Before rinsing, spend 1 minute massaging the mixture into your skin.
  4. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. (It’s unlikely that you’ll need to moisturise as the Olive Oil will remain after rinsing. If you’re not comfortable with that – use a gentle cleanser and moisturise as per your skin regime).
  5. Your skin will feel baby smooth, I kid you not.

You can also use this as a lip, hand or body scrub – just eyeball the ingredients to your liking and mix away!
And if you don’t have honey, you can mix just the olive oil and sugar for a quick scrub. Or you can use the honey by itself as a  mask.

If you want to know more about the ingredients, keep reading below:
Honey: this amazing product has a tonne of nutrients and minerals that are so beneficial for your skin!! It’s antimicrobial and antiseptic which means it kills bacteria on your face. When mixed with water, it releases peroxide properties which helps to heal acne  and acts like a humectant, which means it draws moisture to your skin. It will also help to brighten your complexion, scars and age spots.

Olive oil: this gem of an oil is fantastic for your skin as it penetrates deeply and moisturises without clogging your pores. It is very high in antioxidants which means it contains anti-aging properties. It can also be used as a treatment for your hair, body, hands and nails and will leave your skin feeling smooth and supple.

Sugar: the sugar acts as a mild exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and allows the combination of honey and olive oil to penetrate into the skin.

Hope you try it out, you won’t believe how amazing your skin will feel after you try it.
Trust Me.

Sachi

Hair Health = DIY Hot Oil Mask and Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

I’m on a mission to grow out my hair! I want it long and strong and I want it to be all mine (aka no extensions). I aim to do this hot oil mask once a week, or at least once a fortnight.

Hot Oil Mask

I use a combination of coconut, peppermint and almond oil. You can honestly use any oil you want such as olive, jojoba or avocado oil and in any any ratio you prefer.

  1. Melt the coconut oil by placing the bottle in a bowl of hot (not boiling water) and waiting till it liquifies (I use coconut oil as the base of my treatment)
  2. Add a few teaspoons almond oil and a couple of drops of peppermint oil into a bowl. (I usually just eyeball it. With practice, you’ll learn what quantities work for you depending on the length, thickness and texture/type of your hair)
  3. Divide your hair from ear to ear and clip away the top half.
  4. Start massaging the oil into your scalp and then work down the length of your hair. You want to focus your attention at the scalp of the hair to increase stimulation of blood circulation and hair follicles and at the ends of hair to help keep the dryer portions of your hair moisturised.If you use peppermint oil, you will notice that your scalp suddenly feels cool and has tingling sensation which is really refreshing.
  5. Optional: after you finish applying the oil, you can choose to spray your hair with a few sprays of lavender oil mixed with water
  6. Wrap your hair into a high bun and place a shower cap over it. This traps the heat from your head and heats the oil (hence “hot oil treatment”)
  7. Microwave a small towel or turbie tie for a few seconds and then wrap over the shower cap. Leave for as long as you can. (I leave it in overnight, I recommend covering your pillow with a towel as the shower cap/towel combination may slip off during the night)

Here are the benefits of the oils I reccommend:

Coconut Oil: the  major factors of hair breakage and hair loss is the loss of protein and when coconut is applied to the hair, it moisturises the scalp and keeps the hair shaft strong. Massaging the scalp stimulates the hair follicles and allows it to absorb nutrients required for hair growth.

Peppermint Oil: balances the pH level of your scalp which is beneficial for those for have oily hair or a dry/flaky scalp. The astringent properties normalises the oil production of your hair which means less oil secretion. The pH balancing properties neutralises dryness and reduces itching of a flaky scalp. It also helps to stimulate the hair follicles.

Almond  Oil: hair follicles are strengthened as they absorb proteins from the almond oil. It also moisturises the scalp and the length of the hair, adding a (oil-free) shine to the hair. Also helps to cure dandruff.

Lavender Oil: helps to effectively control hair loss

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse

In the morning,apply an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse.

  1. Fill a small spray bottle with warm water and about 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and shake to mix
  2. Spray liberally through the length of your hair as well as on your scalp
  3. Spend a few moments massaging your scalp
  4. Let this sit for an hour and hop into the shower
  5. Shampoo and condition as normal

ACV helps to balance the pH level, seals the cuticle and detangles the hair follicle. It cleans without stripping your hair of its natural oil. The rinse helps to breakdown the oil, making it easier to shampoo out. Your scalp will feel totally refreshed and free from product build up, your hair is voluminous, silky and very very shiny. I recommend you try this once a week for a few months and you will certainly notice a difference.

Was this useful? Let me know in the comments!

Happy hair growth!
Sachi