Getting Dressed

Vegan Face Mask Recipes

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Face masks are great for both winter weather—with its snow and hail, cold winds, and indoor heating systems—and summer weather—with the damage that may have been picked up from being out in the sun way too long.  They can also be great for many different skin issues, such as dry skin and acne breakouts.

Below is a collection of simple face mask recipes that contain ingredients that you possibly already have on hand.

 

1. Almond Oil1Tbsp lemon juice, 1Tbsp almond oil or coconut oil

 

2.  Avocado…1/2 of a mashed ripe avocado, 2Tbsp honey

  • Benefits..extremely hydrating
  • Best for…all skin types, especially dry skin

 

3. Banana…one mashed banana, 1Tbsp honey

  • Best for…dry skin

 

4.  Chai...1Tbsp honey, 1/2tsp cinnamon, 1/2tsp cinnamon nutmeg

  • Benefits…gently exfoliates skin
  • Best for...oily or normal skin

 

5.  Chamomile Tea…1C brewed chamomile tea1Tbsp manuka or raw honey, 1tsp nutritional yeast

6.  Cinnamon...2Tbsp warmed honey, 1tsp cinnamon, 1 wedge of fresh lemon

7.  Clay…bentonite or kaolin clay and enough water to make a paste

8.  Cocoa…1Tbsp cocoa powder, one mashed quarter of avocado, 1Tbsp hone

  • Benefits…pore-refining and a great antioxidant

 

9.  Coconut Oil...1Tbsp coconut oil, tea tree oil or lavender essential oil

  • Benefits…moisturizes, helps fight off any skin infections, helps to keep your skin clean and clear

 

10.  Cucumber...1/2 of a cucumber, 1Tbsp honey, 1tsp or more bentonite or kaolin clay as needed to create a paste

  • Best for…especially oily or acne prone skin

 

11.  Eggsan egg yolk, 1Tbsp of honey, 1Tbsp olive oil, 1/2C oatmeal

  • Benefits…egg white proteins tighten pores and zap acne-causing bacteria 
  • Best for…oily skin

 

12.  Honey...1tsp honey, 1Tbsp natural yogurt

  • Benefitshealing and antibacterial, makes a perfect base for acne-fighting masks.
  • Best for…acne-prone skin
  • Note…True vegans can either substitute a little bit of pureed banana for the honey, or simply omit it.

 

13.  Matcha...1tsp matcha, 1tsp chlorella, enough water or aloe water to create a paste

  • Benefits…”wakes up” the skin and gets your skin glowing

 

14.  Nutritional Yeast…1tsp nutritional yeast, 1Tbsp organic yogurt

  • Benefits…great acne fighter, rich in vitamin B
  • Best for…acne-prone skin

 

15.  Orange Juice…3Tbsp orange juice, 1/2C hone

  • Benefits…vitamin C, helps even out your skin tone

 

16.  Papaya…2Tbsp honey, 1/2C mashed ripe papaya

  • Best for…those who have hyper-pigmentation, sun spots, and uneven pigment

 

17.  Strawberries…3 strawberries, 1oz lemon juice, 8oz plain Greek yogurt, 1oz honey

  • Benefits…exfoliates and brightens the skin, refines pores, natural antioxidant
  • Best forall skin types

 

18. Tomato…Blend half of a ripe tomato into a puree with a fourth of a cucumber

  • Benefits…contains silica which helps firm up sagging skin, improves complexion, soothes skin irritations, reduces puffiness, and balances skin pH
  • Best for…those wanting an even complexion and soft, smooth, flawless skin

 

19.  Turmeric…2Tbsp flour, 1tsp turmeric, 8Tbsp milk or yogurt, a few drops of honey

  • Benefits...antioxidant that slows down skin cell damage, exfoliant that improves skin texture, diminishes wrinkles
  • Best for…acne, dry skin, psoriasis, eczema, and wrinkles

 

20.  Yogurt….…1tsp plain organic yogurt, 1tsp honey, 1/2 ripe avocado, 2tsp olive oil

  • Benefits….yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that dissolves dead skin cells, helps create a natural glow, prevents breakouts, and instantly softens and smoothes skin
  • Best for…dry skin, acne-prone skin
Sweet, Sweet Sunday

Pumpkin, Pumpkin…Good for Your Skin

I’m sure that I’m not the only one disappointed that Pumpkin Season has alreadty come and gone…

Soon to be replaced with Turkey Season and Peppermint Season…

Not to mention deer season, right?!…or make that Deer Season Widow season for many of us…

But anyway, what’s a woman to do while her husband is out shooting Bambi…yeah, I know that if I have any vegan or vegetarian readers out there, even the very thought of shooting Bambi has probably made you hurt…but I AM from Mississiippi and am being read.

Anyway, one thing that I do while he is out hunting or fishing or whatever it may be at this time of year is start to think of and make homemade Christmas gifts to give to neighbors, teachers, and whoever gives me an unexpected gift.

This year I have embraced the pumpkin season totally and completely, as you can probably tell by recent posts.

So to kill at least two birds with one stone I have decided to make jars of body scrub to give away as gifts this year.

I wrote a blog a while back about making your own body scrub…called   Rub-a-Dub-Dub…Why Use a Sugar Scrub?! with several different ideas as far as scents to use.

But this time, I wanted to focus only on pumpkins so that those of us who are watching our Most Wonderful Time of the Year—PSL season—walk away  could continue to enjoy the sweet aroma of pumpkin all year long…

And in a much more intimate way…

 

Homemade sugar scrubs are very inexpensive.

And not only that…

Homemade sugar scrubs contain ingredients that you actually know what are…and ingredients that offer benefits for your skin.

 

 

Ingredients such as…

Pumpkin Puree…Pumpkin is packed with vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, vitamin C, E and beta-carotene. When used topically, it promotes healthy skin and hair.

Coconut or Olive Oil…Coconut oil and olive oil moisturize the skin, act as an antioxidant properties, and keep your skin looking younger.

Spices…The aromatherapy of the spices are rejuvenating, awakening, warm, and comforting. Not only that, cinnamon stimulates blood vessels, brings blood to the surface of the skin, results in plumper skin with a healthy glow, and is an excellent natural treatment for eczema, and acne.

Sugar…Sugar helps the skin retain moisture and gently exfoliates dead skin away.

Vitamin E…Vitamin E not only benefits your skin, but also extends the shelf life of your ingredients.

 

Ingredients

  • 1C brown sugar
  • 1/2C coconut oil
    1Tbsp cinnamon
    1 vitamin E capsule
  • ½C pumpkin puree

 

Combine ingredients. Note that the coconut oil will be easier to mix if it is at room temperature. Scoop body scrub into an airtight container with a lid to store.

Storage…This scrub is best when used immediately because the longer it sits, the more the sugar will dissolve and the less exfoliating the body scrub will become.

The scrub will last for about two months as long as the airtight container hasn’t been opened. Store in the fridge and use within four days after opening.,

Before using, let the mixture come back it warm up to room temp and stir if needed.

Getting Dressed, Sweet, Sweet Sunday

8 Best Cruelty-Free OTBC Facial Cleansers

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For those of us without the time initiative to make our own vegan cleansers, there are several OTBC (over the beauty counter) options available, such as…

 

1,  100% PURE: Matcha Green Tea Cleansing Foam

  • Best for…those with oily and sensitive skin
  • Ingredients…aloe, rosewater, coconut oil, and so forth…
  • Price…$35

 

2. Alba Botanica ACNEdote Deep Pore Wash

  • Availability…Target, Sprouts
  • Best for…skin that is prone to breakouts and blackheads,
  • Ingredients…ground walnut shell, oil-free salicylic acid, aloe, chamomile
  • Price…$7

 

3.  Christina Moss Organic Face Wash

  • Best for…very sensitive Akin
  • Ingredients…coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower seed oil, aloe vera juice, shea butter, rosemary essential oil
  • Price…$23

 

4.  Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash

  • Availability…Sprouts
  • Best for…combination skin
  • Ingredients…castile soap, coconut oil, tea tree oil,….
  • Price…$10

 

5.  Naturopathica Aloe Cleaning Gel

  • Best for…perfect for all skin types
  • Ingredients…over 50% aloe vera, coconut oil, lavender flower, rose oil
  • Price…$36

 

6.  Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash

  • Availability…Target, Sprouts, Ulta
  • Best for…all skin types
  • Ingredients…sea algae extract, coconut water, papaya extracts
  • Price…$10

 

7.  SW Basics Cleanser

  • Availability…Target
  • Best for…people with sensitive, acne-prone, and problem skin
  • Ingredients…rosewater, tea tree oil, vegetable glycerin
  • Price…$20

 

8. Thesis Daily Harmony Face Wash

  • Availability…Whole Foods
  • Best for…those who struggle with very oily skin
  • Ingredients…lavender…aloe vera…tea tree, geranium, petitgrain, peppermint, and eucalyptus extracts
  • Price…$20
Getting Dressed

Vegan Face Wash Recipes

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Every woman, regardless of skin type should attempt to find the perfect facial cleanser—one that leaves her skin feeling clean and soft, combats the dirt and pollutants encountered during the day, does not cause skin irritation, gently cleanses skin without stripping it of beneficial oils, removes makeup, and prevents adult acne.

Not only that, vegan women must also find a face wash that is 100% animal-friendly and cruelty-free.

Fortunately there is a variety of options, including making your own cleanser or buying a cleanser from a known vegan  brand.

One option in ensuring that the products that you use are cruelty-free and contains high-quality ingredients is to start creating such natural vegan skin care products yourself.

Today let’s look at a few ingredients that can be used in vegan face wash washes, along with recipes for such vegan face washes.

1.  Activated Charcoal

  • 1C coconut oil
  • 6 activated charcoal capsules
  • 2Tbsp baking soda
  • Essential oils (5 drops lavender, 6 drops rosemary)

2.  Chamomile

  • 1/4C castile soap
  • 1/4C brewed chamomile tea
  • 3/4tsp olive oil
  • Essential oil (6 drops essential oil of choice)

3.  Coconut Oil

  • 1Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1tsp honey
  • Essential oils (3 drops tea tree, 2 drops lavender)

4.  Lemon

  • 1Tbsp yogurt
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • Essential oil (lemon)

5.  Sugar

  • 1C brown sugar
  • 1C melted coconut oil
  • Essential oils of choice

6.  Tea Tree Oil

  • 1/4C castor oil
  • 1/2C grapeseed oil
  • 1/4C jojoba oil
  • 15 drops tea tree oil