5 Amazing Diy Facial Scrubs To Try At Home

Looking for how to pamper yourself at home? Well, there’s nothing better than a homemade facial scrub!

Making your facial scrub at home is cheaper and also fun. Not to mention that you get to pick ingredients that target your specific needs. Also, the ingredients are organic. That means you get a break from all the chemicals. Just pause and think about all of this.

Benefits of facial scrubs include exfoliation, removal of acne scars, reduction of dark patches, and glowy skin.

Since we’re talking about facial scrubs, sugar would make a better exfoliant than salt because, it’s granules are finer in texture.

1. Brown Sugar + Olive Oil + Honey Facial Scrub

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Brown sugar has finer granules than the regular white sugar. It also has anti-bacterial properties and is a humectant just like honey. Olive oil is an antioxidant with moisturising properties.

To make this scrub, you just have to mix brown sugar, olive oil and honey together. Use this mixture to gently scrub your skin with circular motions.

Scrubbing your face shouldn’t take up to 1 minute. When you’re done, I’d suggest you let the scrub rest on your skin for like 5 minutes just so you get all the benefits.

After 5 minutes, rinse the scrub off and use a face wash. Follow up with a moisturiser and the rest of your skincare routine.

2. Tumeric + Brown Sugar + Coconut Oil Scrub

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Tumeric lightens the skin, reduces redness and calms skin problems like acne and eczema.

Mix these ingredients in a bowl and enjoy their combined benefits. You can even add honey if you wish ––makes everything better.

But be careful while using this scrub because tumeric stains clothes. Just thought I should warn you.

3. Coffee + Brown Sugar + Honey Scrub

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Coffee brightens the skin and reduces the appearance of dark circles. Together with brown sugar and honey, it’s a perfect scrub.

You can even add any oil of your choice if you care.

4. Rice + Brown Sugar + Honey Scrub

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You must have heard about rice water. Just the hype about rice water should tell you how amazing rice is. Rice brightens your complexion and even boosts collagen production.

For this scrub, you can use rice flour but if you have solid rice, just go ahead and blend it.

Mix the ground rice, brown sugar and honey together and you’ve got a scrub.

5. Oatmeal + Yougurt Scrub

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Oatmeal cleanses and unclogs facial pores. Yougurt on the other hand, contains lactic acid which acts as an exfoliant.

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To make this scrub, you need to blend your oatmeal a little. If you blend too much, you end up with oat powder lol. For the Yougurt, try using plain yougurt.

Mix the ground oatmeal and Yougurt together and use on your face.

How To Store Your Facial Scrub At Home

If you end up making too much scrub, you can always store and use it next time. Use a jar with a lid to store and place it in a cool dry place. You can also put it in your refrigerator or if you have one of those cute little skincare fridges, you’re good to go!

How To Do Your Manicure At Home

I hope everyone’s good. Please wash your hands, sanitize and stay away from crowds. Do not disregard the advice of health bodies. And don’t be racist. We really don’t need that. Praying for everyone affected by the COVID-19.

So I heard you’re planning to do your manicure at home. That’s a good one. Whether you’re stuck at home or you just don’t have enough cash for the salon, you could still get that mani!

You just need some tips here and there. And that’s exactly why I’m here. I’d tell you how to get the perfect manicure at home.

Things You Need For Your Manicure

  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail clip
  • Nail file
  • Nail buffer
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Cuticle oil
  • Moisturiser
  • Cotton pads
  • Basecoat
  • Nail Polish
  • Top coat

1. Start With A Nail Polish Remover

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If you already have old nail polish on your nails, you’d sure want to get it off. Try to get a non-acetone nail polish. Acetone is effective in removing nail polish but it can dry out your cuticles and the skin around your nails. When you’re done with the polish remover, wash your hands with soap and water.

2. Trim, File And Buff Your Nails

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After removing your old nail polish, trim your nails if there’s any need. If your nails are too short, you might want to skip the nail trimmer. You can just move on to filing your nails.

While filing your nails, it’s important to note that there’s a right way and also a wrong way to do it. To file your nails correctly, use side-to-centre motions. Do not use to-and-fro motions because that can weaken your nails.

When you’re done filing your nails, gently buff them. The nail buffer smoothens the surface of the nails. Buff your nails following the shape of an X and do not over buff.

3. Take Care Of Your Cuticles

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Please do not cut your cuticles. The cuticles protect your nails from infection and if you cut them, you’re just inviting all the bacteria and fungi.

Instead, apply a cuticle remover to make them softer. Then, use a cuticle pusher to push your cuticles in. Be sure to do this gently.

4. Apply A Base coat

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Apply a base coat to prepare your nails for the nail polish. Base coats protect your nails from staining and makes the polish stick properly to your nails. After using the base coat, you should wait for 2 minutes before moving to the next step.

5. Next, The Nail Polish

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Now, if you want the perfect manicure, do not layer your nail polish like it’s nutella! I’m telling you, it won’t end well.

You only need three strokes. The first, from the very top of your nail down the middle. The second, down the right side and the last one, down the left side. Wait for 2 minutes to let the first coat dry.

After 2 minutes, go for a second coat of nail polish. This is just to give a fuller coverage. Though, you might have to do three coats if your nail polish is a pastel shade.

6. Go In With A Top Coat

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A top coat is like a setting spray. It keeps the nail polish nice and in place. It prevents chipping, makes your manicure last longer and gives your nails a glossy look. Just apply it with three strokes and be careful because, we’d hate to ruin everything when we’ve gotten this far.

7. Touch Up Rough Edges

If you have nail polish on the skin around your nails, you need to clean it up because, we want everything looking nice.

Just soak your cotton pad in nail polish remover and use it to clean up the mess. You can even fold the cotton pad into a triangle for precision.

After cleaning up the skin around the nails, let your nails dry for about 5 minutes. Once they’re dry, you can take pictures of them to show off on Instagram.

How To Know Your Hair Porosity Level

Hair porosity is simply a term used to describe how moisture absorbent your hair is. In other words, your hair porosity level tells how easily your hair can absorb moisture.

If you don’t know how porous your hair is, you might be doing somethings wrongly. I personally think that knowing your hair porosity level, is just as important as knowing your skin type.

What Determines My Hair Porosity?

  • Genetics
  • Product build up.
  • Temperature.
  • Chemical treatments like relaxers and hair color.
  • Chlorine from the pool water.
  • Environmental factors.

Read more about hair porosity determinants.

Just How Do I Identify My Hair Porosity Level?

There are actually three hair porosity levels. They are; high porosity, medium porosity and low porosity. And there are different ways to test hair porosity but I’d just discuss 2 methods . Of course I’d start with the easiest one.

1. The Slip And Slide Test

You can take this test anywhere and anytime. Well, unless you have a braid on. To do the slip and slide test, you just have to;

  • Take a strand of your hair. Not a curl but a strand.
  • Hold the tip of the strand of hair.
  • Slide your fingers along the strand, down to your scalp.
  • Repeat the movement from the tip to the root of your hair strand.
  • If you feel bumps on the hair strand, then you’ve got high porosity hair.
  • If the hair strand feels straight without bumps, you’ve got low porosity hair.
  • If the hair strand feels not so bumpy and also not so straight, Sis you’ve got medium hair porosity.

2. The Float Test

I love the float test because I get to see things live and direct. You’d need a transparent cup or a bowl to perform this test.

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  • Fill the cup or bowl with water.
  • Get a strand of your clean hair and drop it in the cup of water.
  • Meanwhile, don’t try to pull out a strand of hair from your head because it hurts. Just comb your hair and get a strand from the comb.
  • After dropping a strand of your hair in the cup, let it sit for 20-30 minutes.
  • After 20-30 minutes, if your hair is still floating at the top of the water, you have low hair porosity.
  • If your hair is at the middle of the water, that’s medium hair porosity.
  • Then if it’s at the bottom of the water, you’ve got high hair porosity.

If you want, you can take this quiz to quickly determine your hair porosity level.

There are factors that can affect the accuracy of your hair porosity test. If you’re going to carry out any of the tests above, I’d suggest you shampoo your hair thoroughly.

I’m saying this because, the natural oils in your hair can affect the test. Also, do not use a conditioner before the test. Conditioner moisturizes the hair and can make it sink ( float test ) even if you’ve got low hair porosity.

Surface tension can also affect your float test. If you’re wondering, surface tension is the property of liquid surface that allows it to resist external pressure due to the cohesive nature of it’s molecules. God knows I hated this topic in school.

What surface tension implies is that, your hair can actually float on water. Not because you have low hair porosity but because of the tightly packed molecules of water.

You can solve this by using your fingers to push the hair strand midway into the water. Once you push through the surface of the water, surface tension is broken. Then if your hair has low porosity, it’s going to resurface and float.

So, how do I take care of my hair based on it’s porosity level?

Low Hair Porosity

If you have low hair porosity, just know that it’s hard to get your hair moisturised but once you get it moisturised, it stays. I’m not saying that the moisture is going to stay a week or something like that. It’s just that hair with low porosity retain moisture a lot.

I have low hair porosity and if I use a leave-in conditioner, my hair stays nice and moisturized for two days.

Now if you have low hair porosity, your main job is to get moisture into your hair. You can achieve this by using conditioners and products with ingredients like honey and glycerin. They’re both hemectants and literally attract moisture.

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Hair with low porosity is prone to product build up. So, make sure you use a shampoo on wash day. Also, avoid thick conditioners, oils, hair butters and other products.

Thick products could cause a build up. Get light products or water based products and if your conditioner is too thick, you can add a little water to it.

Use protein free products because they’re easier to absorb and won’t give a build up. When you’re deep conditioning, try using a heat cap. You can even cover your hair with a shower cap and use a blow dryer to heat over it. If you can get in a hooded dryer, better. This helps your hair to absorb more moisture.

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It’s best to avoid products overloaded with oils because they promote build up. If you must use oils, go for light ones. Also stay away from products with low pH because they don’t help at all.

Medium Hair Porosity

Medium hair porosity is the perfect hair porosity. It easily absorbs moisture and also retains moisture.

It’s easy to style, doesn’t take long to air dry and also looks healthy and shiny. Hair coloring also works fine with this porosity level.

It’s easy to maintain so, you don’t have to do much. Just bear in mind that excessive heat, colour and chemical treatments can increase the hair porosity. Now you don’t want that.

Avoid daily use of products with proteins. Use protein free deep conditioners and avoid too much heat and chemical treatments.

High Porosity Hair

High porosity hair is the opposite of low porosity hair. It easily absorbs moisture but doesn’t have moisture retaining capacity.

If you have high porosity hair, your hair is prone to frizz, breakage and tangling. Use thick products with oils to help your hair retain more moisture.

If you’re going to use heat on your hair, apply a heat protecting product first. Also, cover your hair before going into the pool to avoid frizz. Nobody wants frizzy hair.

Look out for ingredients like butters and oils in your shampoos and conditioners. They’re great for your hair. Don’t use hot water on your hair. Don’t do it my friend. Though you can use lukewarm water.

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Use leave-in conditioners regularly and seal the moisture with an oil.

High porosity hair need protein to strengthen the hair and reduce breakage. So, use protein treatments but because protein also drys the hair, it’s important to condition the hair after and seal the moisture.

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Every hair porosity level has it’s pros and cons. What matters is that you take care of your hair and with time, it’d get more manageable. If your porosity level is as a result of genetics, then you can’t change it. But if it’s been caused by heat on chemical damage, I think it could get better.

Was this post helpful? What’s your hair porosity level? Do let me know in the comments.

3 Ultimate Ways To Remove Your Makeup

Nobody wants clogged pores because they equal skin problems ( think breakouts and blackheads). And a really easy way to get clogged pores, is by not properly removing your makeup at the end of the day.

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If You’re wondering about how to properly remove your makeup, without scrubbing your skin off, then sit tight or if you’re standing, stand tall. Well, if you’re laying down, relax. Relax because I’m going to discuss the 3 ultimate ways to remove your makeup properly.

Makeup Remover

Makeup removers are solutions that dissolve makeup on the skin and make them easier to wipe off.

By using a makeup remover, you’d end removing your makeup without scrubbing off your face.

If your makeup is water-based, go for a water-based makeup remover. Also, if your makeup is oil-based, you’d be better off with an oil-based makeup remover.

All you have to do is apply your chosen makeup remover generously to a cotton pad. Then you use it to clean your face with swiping motions.

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After using a makeup remover, rinse off your face and pat it dry. Next up, use a toner to get rid of any remaining makeup patches. Use a moisturiser next to hydrate your skin and continue finish up with the rest of your skincare routine.

Micellar Water

Like many other wonderful things, micellar water originated in France. It looks like water but Sis, this one’s far from water.

Micellar water contains really small molecules that are closely packed together. These molecules are called micelles .

Micelles attract dirt and oils from your face and cleanses your face gently. Micelles also have a hydrophilic side (water loving) and a hydrophobic side (oil loving). What this means is that micellar water can remove water-based maky and also oil-based makeup.

Read more about micellar water chemistry here

Micellar water, especially the ones on the milder side are the best for people with dry or sensitive skin.

To use micellar water, add some generous drops to a cotton pad and swipe it gently on your face. When you’ve got all the makeup out, rinse your face and pat dry. Go over with a toner just to get any missed makeup then, follow up with a moisturiser and the rest of your routine.

Some people do not rinse micellar water off but I’d advise you rinse it off. My reason is that micellar water and cleansers contains surfactants. Meanwhile this might have no effect on some people, there are also people who wouldn’t be able to tolerate it. You might even be allergic to surfactants and using them without rinsing might cause redness, irritation and itching. Doesn’t sound like fun so, just rinse it off to be on the safe side.

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Olive Oil

This one’s my personal favorite. I know some people don’t like olive oil because of the smell but you can always do this with coconut oil or any other oil. Just make sure you conduct a patch test.

Using oil to remove your makeup is really easy. Olive oil has a way of breaking down makeup. Even eye liner and mascara don’t stand a chance.

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I have oily skin and this works really fine for me so, don’t be scared of the oil.

Just add some oil to a cotton pad and swipe gently on your face. When you’re done, wash the oil off with mild soap and water. Then pat dry, follow with a toner, moisturiser and the rest of your routine.

What About Makeup-Removing Wipes And Baby Wipes?

If you’re using makeup-removing wipes, you’d have to go in with a cleanser after. Reason because, makeup wipes just remove the makeup on the surface of the skin. So, they’re not enough especially if your makeup is comedogenic (pore clogging).

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Baby wipes? Nah. Baby wipes are as gentle as the word “gentle” but they weren’t formulated for your makeup filled face. They do not contain the ingredients that remove makeup. So, stop wasting your time using them because they don’t properly remove makeup.

Tips For Proper Makeup Removal

  • Do not forget your hairline, neck and jawline.
  • Be gentle.
  • When removing eye makeup, place the cotton pad on your eye lid for some time and allow the removal product to break your eyeshadow up before swiping. Do the same for under your eyes.
  • Always remove your lipstick first to avoid smearing your clean face.
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How To Figure Out Your Skin Type

Ever used a recommended product and it just doesn’t work? Well you should ask yourself, is this product right for my skin?

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If you’re using a product that’s not compatible with your skin type, you might end up wasting your time or even damaging your skin.

Knowing your skin type is pretty much important. When you’re shopping for foundation, you’d want to make sure that your choice matches your skin type.

In fact, anything you’re doing on your skin boils down to skin type. Be it skincare products, makeup, exfoliation and even facials.

If you’re yet to find your skin type, this one’s for you. So, how do you figure out your skin type?

Really easy if you ask me. You just have to carry out a simple test. I call it the bare face test.

The Bare Face Test

  • Cleanse your face with your regular cleanser. If you’re not with a cleanser, you can always wash your face with soap and water.
  • The aim of this is to ensure that your face is free of makeup and oil.
  • Next, you pat your face dry and give it some time. Let’s say 1 hour. Yes 1 hour should be enough.
  • During the 1 hour time, please don’t touch your face. Just mind your business and keep your hands to yourself. Thank you.

So, How Do You Know Which Boat You’re In ?

There are generally 5 different skin types. There’s the normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive skin type.

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After waiting for 1 hour, get mirror and take a good look at your face. If your skin is even, isn’t too oily and also isn’t too dry, then you’ve got normal skin. Well aren’t you lucky?

If your skin feels tight, dry and is flaky in some parts, then you have dry skin.

If you look at your skin and it looks really shiny and also feels greasy touch, that’s oily skin.

When your T-zone is oily but other parts are quite dry or just normal, just know you’re dealing with combination skin. It’s a mixture of oily and dry skin or oily and normal skin.

But then if your skin easily gets red, irritated, itchy or inflamed, your skin is sensitive. Just like the name of the skin type implies, you can easily react to products.

Your skin type is mostly determined by genetics and it’s not permanent. The type of skin you have can change because of environmental change and some other factors like hormonal levels, topical treatment, nutrition and lifestyle.

How To Use Bentonite Clay For Natural Hair

Did you know that you can use bentonite clay mask on your hair?

If you’re wondering, bentonite clay is an absorbent aluminum phyllosilicate clay derived from volcanic ash. Now isn’t that cool?

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Bentonite clay has been used for centuries for different purposes. Pharmaceutical companies even use it to make calamine lotions, baby and face powders and other personal care products.

When used on hair, bentonite clay has the ability to detoxify and condition the hair at the same time. It also eliminates hair dandruff. It also has microbial properties and can help irritated scalp and tames frizzy hair.

Things You Need For The Clay Mask

  • Bentonite Clay
  • Water
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Non-metal bowl
  • Stirer
  • Shower cap
  • Spray bottle filled with water

Recipe For Bentonite Clay Mask

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of bentonite clay
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vineger

For the measurements of the ingredients, I think you should just use the amount you think will be enough. I’m saying this because I don’t know how big your hair is. Your apple cider vinegar should just be half of your clay and water.

Add water, bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar in a non-metal bowl and mix. Pretty easy right? You’d want the mixture to be thick. Not too thick but thick enough so it doesn’t drip all over.

I said non-metal bowl because instructions on some containers of bentonite clay warn that using a metal bowl could cause the clay to lose its negative charges and become less effective.

Though some people call it bullshit, just to be on the safer side, don’t use a metal bowl. And no metal spoons for mixing too.

So What’s The Job Of Apple Cider vinegar? I’d love you to know that apple cider vinegar strenghtens the hair and closes hair cuticles by lowering the pH of your hair.

How To Apply The Mask To Your Hair

  • Since bentonite clay mask is a detoxifying mask, there’s no need to shampoo your hair before using it.
  • Detangle your hair before you apply the mask because once you start applying it, you won’t be able to detangle.
  • Also, wet your hair with water and divide your in sections so the mask is easier to apply.
  • Use your hands to apply the mask from the scalp to the tip of your hair.
  • If the mask on your hair starts getting too dry, spray water on it.
  • Make sure you cover every part of your hair in order to get the full benefits.
  • Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave the mask for 20 minutes.
  • When the time is up, rinse the clay mask off with warm water so that everything just melts and goes off easily.
  • Follow up with a conditioner and rinse that off too.
  • Then, pat your hair dry with a towel and apply a leave-in conditioner.
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When you’re done with the clay mask, you’d notice more defined curls. And just like facial clay masks, hair mask isn’t something you should use daily.

It’s like a shampoo and if you use it frequently, you could strip your hair of it’s oils. If you ask me, I’d say once in two weeks. Because seriously I don’t think you need a hair mask weekly on basis.

Everything You Should Know About Clay Masks

Clay masks are facial masks formulated with clay as the main ingredient. These beauties absorb excess oil from the skin and bring out impurities to the surface of the skin.

The thing I love the most about clay masks is that they’re really easy to use. But are they?

Clay masks can be easy to use if you know what you’re doing. But if you don’t, you can end up with irritated skin.

Just like every other thing you put on your skin, your skin type has to be considered before choosing a clay mask.

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Usually, people with oily skin and acne-prone skin benefit more from clay masks. But you can still tap from their detoxifying benefits if you have dry skin. Just be sure to use them sparingly because clay masks can be a bit drying.

They’re different types of clay masks and they all work different wonders. If your skin is dry or sensitive, white kaolin clay is your best bet. If you want to even out your skin tone or brighten your skin, then try fuller’s earth clay.

For anti-aging benefits, you’d best go with the French green clay. This particular clay also helps to control inflammation. You’ve got crazy blackheads, get some rassoul clay. This clay draws up impurities from the skin but at the same time, it’s gentle and hydrating.

Then for oily or acne-prone skin, the bentonite clay works the best. This clay is popular because of it’s oil absorbing strength. It also reduces redness, lightens and evens the skin. What a great clay.

How To Use A Clay Mask? The first thing to do when using a clay mask is to choose the perfect clay. You should choose a clay mask that works for your skin type and fulfils your every need.

After choosing the clay mask, clean your skin. Then you can apply the clay mask with an applicator or with clean fingers.

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Don’t let the clay mask dry on your face. I repeat don’t let it get dry and flaky on your face. Once you feel the mask is about to dry, rinse it off.

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If you let the mask get dry and flaky, your skin can get irritated and dehydrated and that’s not what you’re asking for.

After rinsing off the clay mask, it is important to apply a moisturiser. Then you can follow up with the rest of your skincare routine.

How Often Should You Use A Clay Mask? You can use the gentle hydrating clay masks daily even if it doesn’t really make any impact on your skin. As for the other clay masks, once a week is quite enough. If you have really dry or sensitive skin, you can even extend the interval.

The best time to use a clay mask is after showering. Because you’d properly prep your skin and your pores will be open. But if your skin is dry, it’d be much better to mask after showering. Reason because because the shower helps seal in the moisture.