Archive: DIY Beauty

Oil Pulling For Teeth Whitening

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I have heard quite a bit about oil pulling and the benefits. So far the thought of swishing oil in my mouth for 20 minutes has kept me form jumping on this bandwagon. Have any of you tried it? What were you results?

Dr. Jessica Emery, owner of Sugar Fix Dental Loft Chicago weighs in on the subject from the side of a professional.

 

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Even though an ancient health remedy, Oil pulling has returned, transforming into a beauty & wellness topic that has gone viral today.

What is it? How does it affect your smile? Will it whiten teeth? Below, please find expert commentary from leading cosmetic dentist Dr. Jessica Emery, DMD, owner of Sugar Fix Dental Loft Chicago. www.sugarfixdental.com

There is nothing more splendid and virtuous then unrefined coconut oil. It is a hot topic now coming back from the ancient days of tradition. ‘Oil pulling’ is a technique used to clean your teeth and mouth. You place a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swish with it for up to 20 minutes. When finished make sure you spit into a trash can and not the sink as it can clog the pipes.

People swear by it, that it can fill cavities, relieve toothaches, whiten teeth, freshen breath, absorb harmful bacteria and even say it cures the common cold. From a dentist’s perspective, tooth decay is caused by bacteria and studies suggest that coconut oil treated with enzymes (which is like the process that occurs when you have oil in your mouth), the enzymes in your saliva break down. It seems to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria. So a good thing. Patients that have oil pulled have said that they ‘love how their mouth feels after swishing and that it lasts all day”. They also say that tooth pain is not gone but better. Makes sense to me as we use Vitamin E oil to sooth the gums and clove oil to sooth tooth aches. They work. I have not tried oil pulling personally but think I may jump on the bandwagon to see for myself. No solid proof that it works but it certainly makes people feel better. Your cheeks may get tired but I say ‘swish away’.

Dr. Jessica Emery, DMD of Sugar Fix Dental Loft Chicago

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5 Ways to Turn that Pumpkin Into Beauty Products!!

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It’s pumpkin season!! Pumpkins are EVERYWHERE! Do you like to eat pumpkins? I’m probably the only person in America who doesn’t. I don’t like pumpkin pie, and I don’t like pumpkin spice latte’s from Starbucks. I know I’m weird. I also don’t like avocado’s (I just use them for masks like THIS!). So sue me.

What I DO love is turning pumpkins into fabulous beauty products! I’m always trying to find ways to come up with clean, natural, organic beauty products/treatments I can do right at home. Why spend $50+ dollars in a salon for something you can put together at home – all by yourself! Put that pumpkin mask on and wear it with pride! At home…. in the privacy of your own four walls. :)

Here are 5 ways you can turn pumpkin into beauty products! Did you know pumpkins are loaded with vitamins A, K and C? They’re also full of zinc, copper, magnesium and potassium! These nutrients hydrate your skin, and stimulate hair growth! Beta-carotene is what gives pumpkin it’s gorgeous orange color, and it converts to vitamin A in the body – providing skin with another layer of protection from sun damage!

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Pumpkin Face Mask: Dermatologist Dr. Ted Lain shares a simple facial mask recipe that could be used on all skin types. You’ll need: one cup of pumpkin, two tablespoons of brown sugar, one tablespoon of honey and a half cup of yogurt.

Spread on a thin coating with your fingertips or a facial pad. Leave on skin for 8-10 minutes. The brown sugar and yogurt are exfoliants that will slough away dead skin cells, while honey is a humectant that absorbs water from the air and naturally moisturizes skin. “This is an added benefit in the fall, when the air is dry and our skin needs the extra moisture,” said Dr. Lain.

Exfoliating Scrub:  (Full Body) Mix pureed pumpkin and brown sugar with oatmeal, and spread onto a loofah or cloth. Scrub into your skin in circular motions. The scrub stimulates lymph nodes and helps to drain toxins from your body.

Pumpkin Hair Mask:  If your hair is feeling dry – and needs a little extra lovin’ this fall – try this beautiful pumpkin hair mask!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pumpkin (chopped and cooked)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt

Directions:

  1. In a food processor or blender, puree the pumpkin and yogurt.

  2. Next, add the coconut oil and honey, blending until the mixture is totally smooth.

  3. Apply the mixture to damp hair. Cover hair with a plastic cap, and let it sit for fifteen minutes.

  4. Wash out thoroughly using your everyday shampoo and conditioner, and style as usual.

Pumpkin Brown Sugar Body Scrub:

Supplies:

  • 1/2 cup real pumpkin (can be canned or fresh, but not pumpkin pie filling!)
  • 1 cup Imperial Sugar Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 3-4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (add more or less depending on preference)
  • Small, decorative 4 – 6 oz jar

Directions:

  1. Puree pumpkin in a blender. In a small bowl, gently mix brown sugar, spices and pumpkin until smooth.

  2. Carefully scoop mixture into decorative jar.

  3. Pumpkin Brown Sugar Scrub can be used on the face, hands and body. Gently scrub for 2-3 minutes before washing off.

  4. Because all ingredients are natural and perishable, Pumpkin Brown Sugar Body Scrub should be used within 4-6 weeks.

  5. Refrigerate leftovers.

Pumpkin Pie Lip Balm:

Ingredients needed:

  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin spice mix
  • Lip balm container

In a double boiler combine almond oil and beeswax until melted together. Remove from heat and stir in the honey and pumpkin pie spice. Once mixed, then carefully pour the mixture into a lip balm container. Let it harden and cool.

DIY: Avocado, lemon, honey & greek yogurt FACE MASK!

So lately I’ve been on a rather strange kick. Find items in my house that I can turn into marvelous beauty products! I don’t mean to put anyone out of business (like that’s a possibility) but if there’s a good ol’ fashioned way to make things yourself – then why not try! Heck of a lot cheaper!

I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but my DIY Blackhead Remover I posted yesterday had better results than ANY blackhead remover I’ve ever tried. I can’t even tell you…. it was amazing. I’ll never buy a blackhead product again!

So today I decided to go a different route. I decided to use the avocado I’m never going to eat – and make an avocado face mask! I did a lot of reading up about avocado, and how good it is for your skin… so I thought – why not!

Here goes!

1) First, take one medium avocado, and put it in a bowl.

2) Add the juice of half a lemon

3) Add one large spoonful of honey.

4) Next, add one large spoonful of greek yogurt!

5) Mash away! Combine until creamy texture – there will be lumps.

The end result is what my son likes to call “embarrassing.” In fact, he begged me NOT to post the picture of myself wearing this face mask. So while I’m technically going to post the picture – I’m going to KIND OF follow his wishes, and put it after the jump.

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DIY: How to remove blackheads with cleanser and baking soda!

So a few minutes ago I was strolling through Pinterest, looking for DIY Christmas gifts (it’s about that time, people), when I came across a DIY blackhead remover. I thought DANG! I have to give this a try! It looks so easy! Could it work??

I grabbed my ingredients:

Baking Soda

Face cleanser (whatever you’re using)

Small bowl & spoon

In my small bowl, I put about a tablespoon of baking soda, and then a couple squirts of face cleanser. I mixed it into a paste, and then rubbed it on my nose. I left it there for about 10 minutes, and then went upstairs, and removed it with a hot washcloth. Immediately after wiping off the paste, I rinsed my nose with cold water – to close the pores back up.

STEPS:

  • Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with a couple pumps of facial cleanser.
  • Combine into a paste
  • Apply to nose
  • Let sit 5-10 minutes
  • Using a very warm wash cloth, rub off paste
  • Once clean, rinse nose with cold water to close pores
  • DONE!

I’m telling you – it WORKED. My nose feels amazing. No bumps, no blackheads. It honest-to-God WORKED!

I did some research, and found some alternate ways to use baking soda for blackheads. One source said you should use baking soda on your blackheads regularly – to keep them at bay. Other sources advise using baking soda with water – or even apple cider vinegar instead of water, which has astringent and anti-bacterial properties and will similarly clear out pores. (We just love apple cider vinegar!)

“Exfoliating is one of the only variables we do have control of when it comes to minimizing the appearance of blackheads,” notes Dr. Zalka. “Baking soda is an ingredient that is often used in microdermabrasion which as a method of exfoliating, can aid in minimizing blackheads when done regularly.”