Try this skin-saving cocoa and coffee mask

Beauty aficionados have been raving about the beauty benefits of cocoa and coffee lately – and when I tell you why, it’ll all make perfect sense!

When you use cocoa and coffee in combination, they brighten up your complexion, wake up tired eyes, decrease puffiness in your face, and even treat breakouts!

No matter your skin type, the cocoa and coffee mask recipe I’m sharing with you is sure to work wonders for you. I just love this mask because it’s simple to mix up, and only requires a couple of kitchen cupboard ingredients.

Cocoa and coffee are the staples of this chocolaty mask, but feel free to tailor the recipe based on your skin type and the ingredients you’ve got in your kitchen. For dry skin, add full-fat yoghurt. For oily skin, add lemon juice. Try it out!

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Cocoa and coffee mask recipe

You’ll need:

  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (your basic Nestle Cocoa works fine)
  • 4 tbsp finely ground coffee beans or espresso (instant coffee works too if you don’t have
  • your own grinder)
  • 8 tbsp dairy product (such as heavy cream, plain yoghurt, whole milk or nut milk)
  • 2 tbsp raw honey

How to make the mask:

  1. If you’re using whole coffee beans, finely grind them in your grinder. Make sure they’re super-finely ground so that they don’t scratch your skin! If you’ve just made coffee, you can use the freshly brewed coffee grounds. They just won’t contain as much caffeine (and your skin loves caffeine!)
  2. Combine the coffee with the cocoa powder in a small bowl.
  3. Add in your dairy product of choice and stir until you form a smooth paste. For a thicker paste, use less dairy.
  4. In a separate bowl, warm up the honey in a warm water bath or in the microwave, then stir it into the concoction.

How to apply the mask:

  1. Use your fingertips to apply the mask to your clean skin. You can use it all over your face and neck.
  2. Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes or until dry.
  3. Wet a facecloth and press it onto your face gently to loosen the mask, then rinse the mask off with warm water.
  4. If you’ve got sensitive skin, avoid rubbing your face – the coffee grounds could potentially get scratchy!

You can store the leftover paste in your fridge for up to three days.

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Quick and easy green tea and honey cleansing mask

If there’s one thing I just love about face masks, it’s making my own at home! In this post, I’m going to explain how you can make a quick and easy cleansing mask using green tea and honey.

 

This mask is one that you can use all over your face or as a spot treatment. The best part is that it’s super-effective at clearing redness, getting rid of and preventing blackheads and brightening your complexion!

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But first – how can green tea and honey help cleanse your skin?

It’s simple: Green tea and honey are both packed full of antioxidants. Together, they work very well to do the following:

  • Calm red or irritated skin
  • Deep-clean pores
  • Get rid of blackheads
  • Even out skin tone

Sounds great, right? It is! I typically use this mask as a spot treatment around my nose and chin, or anywhere else I feel a blemish coming on. It also works really well as an all-over mask, though. It’s especially great for brightening up dull or tired skin!

And now: How to mix up and apply your very own green tea and honey mask

You’ll need:

  • 1 green tea bag
  • Raw honey

How to mix up the mask:

  1. Moisten the tea bag under the tap.
  2. Cut open the tea bag and empty the moistened leaves in a small box.
  3. Mix the leaves with honey to form a paste. Note: You don’t want the paste to be too runny, so don’t use too much honey.

How to apply the mask:

  1. Apply the paste to the problem area or your entire face using your fingertips.
  2. Leave the past on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Bonus: This all-natural mask smells divine!

Renew your skin and hair in under twenty minutes with this honey and coconut oil mask

Dry skin and damaged hair. We’ve all been there… Am I right? Products, blow dryers and weather all take it out on your skin and hair. And that’s where my quick and easy honey and coconut oil masks comes in!

This all-natural mask is perfect for repairing and replenishing dry skin and hair. The best part is that it only calls for two simple ingredients: Raw honey and coconut oil! Here’s how to mix it up and apply it.

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Honey and coconut oil skin and hair mask

You’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp virgin organic coconut oil
  • Sauce pan
  • Mixing bowl

How to mix up the mask:

  1. Add the honey and coconut oil mixture up on your stovetop in a small sauce pan over a low heat.
  2. Once melted and combined, add the mixture to a mixing bowl and stir well with a spoon.
  3. Leave the mixture to cool down for five minutes.

How to apply the mask:

  1. Use your fingertips to apply the mask to your clean face. It may be a little drippy, so be careful not to apply too much! Put a towel around your neck to protect your clothes if need be.
  2. Dampen your hair, then use your fingertips to apply the mask from top to bottom. It helps to section your hair off to apply the mask thoroughly.
  3. Wrap your hair in a bun, then sit back and relax for 10 to 15 minutes while the mask soaks into your skin and hair.
  4. Splash your face with warm water and shampoo your hair as per usual to  rinse off the mask.

What this honey and coconut oil mask will do for your skin and hair

  • It will brighten your skin
  • It will moisturise your skin
  • It will strengthen your hair
  • It will give your hair a natural shine
  • It will moisturise your hair
  • It will smooth your hair
  • It will nourish your scalp

Homemade yoghurt masks to solve three common complexion concerns

There’s nothing quicker and easier than whipping up a yoghurt mask to treat your main complexion concerns. The recipes I’m sharing with you today are all great remedies and are sure to get your skin clear and glowing in no time!

 

As your base for each mask, use half a cup of Greek yoghurt. Thanks to its fatty acids, antibacterial properties and probiotics, the breakfast staple helps keep skin soft and glowing. Just make sure it’s the flavour-free, full-fat stuff, because it’s richest in skin-saving proteins and lipids.

 

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Yoghurt masks for three common skin problems

For dull skin

Add in: Honey, lemon and cinnamon

This trifecta sloughs off dead skin cells and boosts circulation for instant radiance. Combine a tablespoon each of raw honey and freshly-squeezed lemon juice with yoghurt. Add a dash of cinnamon, then blend well. Slather it on (avoiding the eye area), then wipe off with a warm facecloth after 20 minutes. Feeling tingly? Don’t worry – that’s the cinnamon bringing oxygen-rich blood to the surface of your skin to give you a beautiful glow.

For dry skin

Add in: Olive oil and avocado

The fatty acids in this powerful pair help skin retain water for a soft, supple look and feel. Scoop out half of the avocado’s flesh and mash it up until it’s lump-free. Blend it with yoghurt, then stir in one tablespoon of olive oil to form a paste. Apply the concoction to your face and neck and relax for 15 minutes while the mixture pumps moisture into your skin. Rinse off with cool water.

For acne-prone skin

Add in: Banana and turmeric

The potassium-rich fruit slows down blemish-causing bacteria growth, and a spoonful of spice can help curb oil production. Mash up the banana until it forms a lump-free pulp, then stir in the yoghurt. Then, add a dash of turmeric powder. Apply the mask and let it sit on your skin for at least 15 minutes to de-gunk your pores. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Here’s how long you need to stick to a skincare routine before you start seeing results

It can be really frustrating when you’re excited to try a new skincare product, but it doesn’t live up to its hype straight away, right? Well, good things come to those who wait, experts say.

 

So how long before you should give a product the heave-ho? You see, it all depends on the skin issues you’re looking to treat. Let me tell you more.

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How long it takes to treat these five common skin problems

#1: Anti-ageing

Fine lines, dark circles and wrinkles take about six weeks to start fading, with even more noticeable improvement arriving in another wave of a few weeks later. There’s also a benefit to continued use of anti-ageing lotions and potions. Why, you ask? Well, you see, the powerful ingredients they contain prevent sun damage and continue to improve your skin over the course of months or years.

#2: Acne

Oral medications take around a month to start working, while topical regimens take six to twelve weeks. And, here’s the thing: When it comes to breakouts, there are many different kinds; from blocked pores to cystic bumps. You need to monitor your skin to see if the products you’re using are improving your complexion on the earlier end of that timeframe, and then adjust them if needed for results that fully come to surface towards the end of the trial period.

#3: Rosacea

Like acne, rosacea treatments vary according to the type of rosacea you have, and whether it forms redness, bumps or inflamed blood vessels. Oral medications take about a month to work, while topical treatments require patience at two to three months. Redness and broken blood vessels can be treated right away with a laser in a doctor’s office, but require a series of pricy monthly treatments to maintain.

#4: Hyperpigmentation

To see your dark spots disappear, you need to wait two to three months – and theres a big caveat. Skin-brightening routines won’t work if you skip your daily sun protection. Pigment also almost always recurs intermittently with sun exposure, so continued maintenance with a powerful brightening product as well as a good sunscreen is recommended for best results.

#5: Rough texture

If you want to improve your rough skin and minimise the appearance of your pores, these results take the longest to truly form – about ten to twelve weeks. That’s because they involved remodelling the deep structure of collagen; the protein that makes up your skin. However, lots of products on the market today include silky ingredient s like dimethicone, which can immediately (though temporarily) give your skin a smoother look and feel.

The bottom line: Plan to commit to a new skincare routine!

Seriously, commitment is necessary! You need to wait it out for anywhere from six to twelve weeks to see if it really works. I find this a pretty budget-savvy strategy, considering that’s about how long it takes to use up a bottle of product.

Want glowing skin instantly? Then try this carrot, avocado and orange smoothie on your skin (yes, you read that right)

I may spend days, weeks and months thinking of organic skincare solutions, and my goal is always easy-of-use and low-maintenance solutions. I mean, who has time every day for fancy skincare regimens? Not me!

 

Wherever I am, there’s a good chance you’ll catch me sipping on vegetable juice or protein smoothie. And there’s equally good chance that I used the same recipe to make a restorative face mask for myself before I left home.

 

Double duty smoothie/face mask recipes?! Yes, indeed! They’re easy (the blender only needs to be washed once) and delicious, and the active plant botanicals make these recipes of mine especially effective when applied topically. They’ll provide gentle exfoliation to your skin on the outside, while providing healthy nutrients on the inside.

 

This carrot, avocado and orange smoothie recipe is one of my favourites, and so I’m sharing it with you today. Enjoy!

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The skin benefits of my carrot, avocado and orange smoothie recipe

This smoothie is just downright delicious! It’s brimming with beta-carotenes, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, antioxidants, vitamin C and healthy fats, which will help calm your skin and keep it moisturised. Without clogging your pores, of course.

It’s perfectly suitable for all skin types. The natural acids in the berries help boost cell-turnover as well as protect healthy skin cells. The banana calms breakouts and soothes redness, while the avocado provides exceptional nourishment, even for the driest skin.

Just remember to use organic ingredients whenever possible!

Carrot, avocado and orange skincare smoothie recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 large carrot (or 6 baby carrots)
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries or raspberries)
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 fresh or frozen banana, sliced
  • Ice cubes

Method:

Combine the ingredients in a blender and blend on high-speed until smooth.

To enjoy this smoothie as a drink:

Pour it into a tall glass and serve immediately.

To apply this smoothie to your skin:

With clean fingers, apply a small amount of the smoothie to clean skin. Massage it in but avoid your eye area. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Pat dry your face and follow with an all-natural sunscreen like red raspberry seed oil.

Four things you have in your kitchen that you can use to lighten your skin

Dull or dark skin is usually a result of too much sun exposure, environmental pollution, poor lifestyle choices, stress, or prolonged use of chemical-based cosmetics.

 

Many of us work hard to achieve fair and flawless skin. The market’s flooded with skin-lightening lotions and potions. But most of these products are brimming with harmful chemicals that can ultimately damage your skin! Oftentimes, they’re really expensive, too.

 

You can save yourself some time and money by using these effective natural remedies to lighten and brighten up your complexion. The best part? You probably already have most, if not all, of them in your kitchen!

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Four ways to lighten your skin naturally

#1: Plain yoghurt

Yoghurt, a by-product of milk, contains many nutrients that your skin will just love. It also contains lactic acid, which has natural bleaching properties. Try one of these remedies, which are suitable for any skin type:

  • Gently rub plain yoghurt onto your skin. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. Do this once daily for several weeks for a noticeably lighter complexion.
  • Mix one tablespoon of plain yoghurt with one teaspoon of raw honey. Apply the mixture to your face and neck. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, then wash it off with warm water. Do this daily to improve your skin tone and brighten your complexion.
  • Add two drops of lemon juice to some oatmeal and plain yoghurt to form a thick paste. Apply the paste as a face mask. Leave it on for up to 20 minutes, then rinse off with cool water. Use this mask whenever your skin requires some moisture.

#2: Fresh oranges

Yup, you guessed it – the most important ingredient in skincare is vitamin C! That’s why oranges are great for your skin – because they’re abundant in this vitamin. Plus, they have bleaching properties that can lighten up your skin tone. You can use oranges in these different ways to whiten your skin:

  • Combine two tablespoons of fresh orange juice and a pinch of powdered turmeric. Apply the mixture to your face and neck before bed. Wash it off after 20 to 30 minutes. Do this daily. PS: You can use this mask on your hands and legs, too!
  • Grind dried orange peels into a powder. Mix one tablespoon of the powdered peels with one tablespoon of plain yoghurt to make a paste. Apply the paste to your skin. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off with cool water. This will help lighten sun spots and other marks on your face. Don’t do this more than twice a week.

#3: Lemons

The acidic property in lemons works as a very effective bleaching agent for skin. Plus, the high content of vitamin C in these fruits encourages new cell growth. There’s no wonder they’re great for achieving a radiant complexion! Here’s how to use lemons on your skin:

  • Dip a clean cotton ball in fresh lemon juice and apply it directly to your face. You can even rub a cut lemon directly over dark areas of your face and allow the juice to stick to your skin. Leave the juice on for at least 30 minutes, then rinse your face with cool water. Do this once daily. This remedy is amazing for preventing the development of scars on your face.
  • Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice with a bit of powdered milk and raw honey. Apply the mixture to your skin. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse your face with warm water. Do this daily or every other day.

#4: Aloe vera

Aloe vera can alleviate pigmentation problems and restore your skin’s original colour. Hyperpigmentation is one of the main causes of an uneven skin tone. If you don’t have your own aloe plant, you can buy aloe vera gel at the supermarket or pharmacy. This is how you can use aloe to cool down your skin and help with skin cell regeneration:

  • Cut the outer layers of an aloe vera leaf. Squeeze out the thick, jelly-like substance. Apply the jelly thoroughly to your skin. Leave it on for about 20 minutes, then wash it off with warm water. Do this at least twice daily for two weeks for best results.

Important to note: When you use any of these remedies, be sure there aren’t any open wounds on your skin. Although natural, these remedies are pretty strong and may sting or inflame broken skin.