Don’t try this at home. Sis I’m telling you. Don’t try it.
Who doesn’t love a good diy beauty treatment? Well, maybe just a handful of people.
A lot of people are doing diy scrubs, facial masks and more. And it’s all good as long as they’re doing it the right way.
But then, are there some diy treatments we should avoid? If you ask me, I’d say yes because somethings are best left to professionals.
1. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels can be really beneficial. They exfoliate the skin, treat hyperpigmentation, reduce fine lines and much more.
But should you be doing chemical peels at home? Peels can can irritate your skin and you could even end up with 3rd degree burns. That’s how dangerous doing chemical peels at home is.
2. Toothpaste Acne Pack
I get it. It works for some people but everyone’s skin is not the same. I’ve tried this treatment and of course it dried my skin.
I actually have oily skin so, I wonder what’d be the case if someone with dry skin tried it. Toothpaste can irritate your skin so it’s best left for the teeth.
3. Egg White Mask
Egg white is rich in vitamins and minerals– pretty beneficial. However, egg white isn’t without complications.
Eggs sometimes have salmonella bacteria in them. Now, if you mistakenly consume raw egg, your stomach could get in trouble. Even without consuming the egg, this bacteria could still get into your skin through wounds.
As satisfying as dermaplaning videos are, I really don’t think you should try it at home.
Dermaplaning exfoliates the skin and according to Byrdie.com, it stimulates collagen production. Though, if you try it without experience, you can end up with a cut and irritation.
Microneedling devices make use of tiny needles that puncture the skin and induce collagen.
Does that sound like something you should do at home? I know a lot of people already do microneedling at home but things can escalate. It’s a treatment that should be left to professionals.
What do you guys think? Have you done any of these? Let me know in the comments section.
Braids are my favorite hairstyle. They’re so beautiful, comfortable and convenient.
Braids are supposed to protect your hair but if you let them stay in for too long, you just might do the opposite to your hair.
People leave their braids in for different intervals. Some people do 1 month, 6 weeks, 2 months, 3 months and recently, I heard of people who leave theirs in for 6 months.
But then, how long are you meant to leave your braids in? — Without running into problems. If you want to find out, just keep reading.
Consequences Of Prolonged Braids
When I think of really old braids, the first thing that comes to my mind is hygiene. Cleaning your scalp is important because of that girl called dandruff. I know some people wipe their scalp with witch hazel but then, witch hazel can be drying. I also know that braids could be washed but… there’s a but.
Another daunting consequence is hair breakage. Nobody likes hair breakage but if braids are too old, you’re likely to experience breakage. Like that’s not enough, you could even lose your edges!
Some other result you might not like would be product build–up. If you’ve ever left your braids for too long, then you know what I’m talking about. After taking off an old braid, you’d notice this whitish clump at the root of the braid. It formed as a result of hair products accumulation. These clumps make it hard to comb your hair and they’re not appealing if you ask me.
So… How Long Should I Leave My Braids In?
Honestly, it all depends on your hair. If your hair is thin and the texture is fine, you can do 1 month, 5 weeks or 6 weeks. If you leave it for longer, you might experience breakage.
Then if your hair is on the thicker side, you can leave them for up to 2 months. I think 2 months should be the maximum but with refreshment and proper maintenance, you can go for 3 months.
How long do you normally leave your braids in? Let me know in the comments.
A lot of people wish their hair could grow quickly. Well, me too! You might have used every hair growth cream and still be stuck.
Here’s where it begins to get very annoying. I swear, nothing’s more painful than putting effort into something and not seeing results.
But then, what if hair oils are the answer to your prayers? There are so many oils but some of them are so good that they can stimulate quick hair growth.
1. Peppermint Oil
So apart from curing headache, peppermint oil also improves hair growth.
Peppermint oil stimulates the hair follicles, thereby bringing about an increase in blood circulation. This all leads to improved hair growth.
How To Use Peppermint Oil For Hair Growth
Because of how concentrated peppermint oil is, it’s not advisable to apply it directly to your hair.
Instead, you can mix 1–2 drops of peppermint oil with a table spoon of coconut oil or any other carrier oil. carry out a patch test and if you’re good to go, massage the mixture into your scalp. Leave it on for 15–20 minutes and wash off with water.
You can also add a drop of peppermint oil in your shampoo, during wash day. After shampooing your hair, leave it on for about 10–15 minutes before washing off.
2. Castor Oil
You might have heard of the wonders of castor oil. I mean a lot of people have been using this oil to improve growth of their hair, eyebrows and lashes.
This oil is packed with proteins, minerals, omega-6, omega-9, vitamin E and some really helpful acids.
If you ever decide to use castor oil, just know that it can cause a build up if used excessively. The reason is because of it’s thickness. So, once a week should be enough. Also, note that castor oil stains– be careful with your clothes.
How To Use Castor Oil For Hair Growth
You can use castor oil as an overnight hair mask. Just detangle your hair and apply castor oil in sections. Once you’re done, cover your hair with a shower cap and then go to sleep.The next day, of course you’d have to shampoo and condition your hair.
3. Rosemary Oil
Rosemary oil promotes the circulation of blood, repairs and prevents hair loss.
If you’re in doubt, rosemary oil is actually proven to be just as efficient as minoxidil. If you’ve checked for hair growth treatments, you might know about minoxidil. It’s a common and efficient constituent found in most hair growth treatments.
How To Use Rosemary Oil For Hair Growth
If you want to use rosemary oil as an overnight hair mask, you can. But you have to dilute it with a carrier oil first. For dilution, mix 1–2 drops of rosemary oil with a table spoon of coconut oil or any other carrier oil.
You can also add 1–2 drops of rosemary oil to your shampoo on wash day.
I think it’s important to carry out a patch test before using any product in your hair or skin. You just can’t tell if you’re allergic to something you haven’t tried before. So, please carry out a patch test first.
Have you used any of the oils mentioned? What’s your experience? Do you plan on trying any of the oils? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Facials are the bomb and I think everyone knows that. This particular treatment incorporates cleansing, exfoliation, face masks, steaming and a lot more at one time.
Facials are usually done at beauty salons but then who says you can’t get them at home? Who?
Don’t get me wrong. The facial performed by an expert in the beauty salon is still number 1.
They’re the best but if you just can’t leave your house or you can’t really afford to pay for a facial at the moment, you might as well get one at home.
So, let’s get started on how to get a real facial. I’m not talking about just any facial but one that’s almost as good as the salon ones. Almost.
1. Double Cleanse:
Of course we’re starting with double cleansing. Your everyday cleansing technique might not be enough so, double cleansing to the rescue!
This technique involves using an oil cleanser and a water based cleanser. You use the oil cleanser first with a cotton pad and when you’re done, you go in with the water based cleanser. This is to ensure that your facial skin is free of dirt.
Exfoliation is next because all those dead skin have to go. We don’t want them anymore.
You can choose to use a chemical exfoliator or a facial scrub, depending on your skin type. If you’re leaning towards natural, you can also use a diy facial scrub.
While you exfoliate, please be gentle. If you over exfoliate your face, you’re just going to end up with red, irritated skin.
After exfoliating, use a damp lukewarm towel to gently wipe off the product.
Facial steaming is known to decongest, promote circulation, remove toxins and aid relaxation.
There are two nice ways to carry out facial steaming. You can use a bowl of hot water or if you have a facial steamer, good for you.
How To Steam Your Face With A Bowl Of Hot Water
Boil some water and pour it into a bowl.
You can add tea bags, dried flowers and essential oils to step things up.
Now place your face over the bowl and cover your head with a towel.
Steam for 7–10 minutes.
After steaming, use a damp cold towel to gently wipe your face.
Use a facial mask that solves your problem. You’re dealing with flaky skin, use a moisturising mask. You can always make a diy mask if you want.
Apply the mask gentle on your face and make sure it doesn’t dry completely on your face. The drier it is, the harder it is to wipe off.
After masking, press a damp warm towel to your face. This makes it easier to get the mask off without irritating the skin. Proceed to wipe the mask off gently.
5. Sheet Mask
Because we’re extra, we’d still use a sheet mask after the regular mask. Call it multi-masking honey.
It’s not a compulsory step but it’s lovely. Before I forget, you can also cut two slices of cucumber and place them over your eyes.
Leave the sheet mask on for about 10 minutes, so your skin has the chance to absorb the mask solution. After taking off the sheet mask, use a cotton pad to dab excess mask solution away.
Next, use a toner to tone your face. I know a lot of people use cotton pads to apply their toner but maybe you should try using your fingers.
Just use the tips of your fingers to dab the toner into your skin. Some toners also come in form of sprays. So, you can just spray them on.
Apply a moisturiser on your toned face because hydration is the key.
8. Facial Massage
What’s a facial without a good facial massage? They help stimulate oxygen and blood flow to the skin, release tension, tighten the skin and increase product absorbtion.
All you need for this mask is an egg and 4–5 spoons of honey. Egg white is rich in protein and vitamins. It also tightens the skin and reduces facial pores. If you have oily skin, this mask is on your side because egg white is a tad drying. Together with honey (a humectant), it’s a perfect mask. While egg white clarifies the face, honey moisturises.
Extract the egg white from the egg and beat till it’s foamy.
Add 4-5 spoons of honey and mix thoroughly.
Apply the mask to already cleansed face and leave for 10-15 minutes.
Wash off the mask and apply a moisturiser.
A lot of people are allergic to eggs so, make sure to carry out a patch test before using this mask. Do not use the mask if you have a cut on your face. Because eggs can carry samonella and we wouldn’t want an infection.
2. Oatmeal + Warm Water Face Mask
Just oatmeal and warm water? It sounds so basic but then oatmeal is a super ingredient. It naturally cleanses the skin, helps with acne and reduces oil on the skin. This combo is just about right for dry skin.
Put oatmeal in a bowl and add a little warm water to soften it.
Apply the mask generously to your face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
Wash off the mask and moisturise.
3. Tumeric + Yougurt Face Mask
Tumeric is one lovely ingredient. It brightens the skin, fights hyperpigmentation and gets rid of acne. Yogurt on the other hand, moisturises the skin and reduces fine lines.
Put 3-4 spoons of tumeric in a little bowl and add just enough yogurt on it.
Mix the both ingredients thoroughly.
Apply this banging mask to your face and oh don’t forget your neck.
Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes and wash it off .
I’m not you but if I were you, I’d put on an old shirt while using this mask. Reason because, tumeric stains. A lot.
4. Avocado + Milk Face Mask
Well, who doesn’t love avocados? They have moisturising, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. Milk contains lots of vitamins, protein and biotin.
Get a ripe avocado and mash till it’s lump free.
Add milk and mix thoroughly.
Try not to eat the mask lol.
Apply it on your face and neck.
Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and wash off.
Pat your face dry and follow up with a moisturiser.
5. Aloe Vera Gel + Honey Face Mask
I’m sure everyone has heard about the wonders of aloe vera gel. It hydrates, fades blemishes, soothes the skin and so much more. Honey also hydrates the face and brightens the complexion.
Get aloe vera gel and mash it in a small bowl.
Add honey and mix.
Apply to the face and leave for 10-15 minutes.
Wash off and pat your face dry and moisturise.
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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.
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
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
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
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
Oatmeal cleanses and unclogs facial pores. Yougurt on the other hand, contains lactic acid which acts as an exfoliant.
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!
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
1. Start With A Nail Polish Remover
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
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
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.
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
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 mighthave to do three coats if your nail polish is a pastel shade.
6. Go In With A Top Coat
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.