- On August 28, 2013
- By hilda
A few weeks back, I wrote about what to do with leftover beer. This time, there’s another alcoholic drink that you could put on your face instead of in your mouth. Although, I would recommend doing both, preferably at the same time.
This face mask combines red wine and chocolate, two of the best ingredients in the whole wide world. And they are not just good for eating – using these red wine and cacao powder in skin care will give you clear, young looking skin. Red wine contains an antioxidant called reservatol, which is proven to have anti-aging and acne fighting properties. Cocoa powder also contains heaps of antioxidants and will work great for anti-aging and help fight acne, eczema and other skin disorders.
Red Wine Chocolate Face Mask
For any skin type, especially mature skin or acne prone skin. If you have very sensitive skin, use with caution.
1 tbs red wine
1 tbs cacao powder
about 1 tbs sour cream (or yogurt, or other thick dairy product)
Combine all the ingredients. How much sour cream you use depends on how thick the cream is. Start with a bit less and add until the consistency is to your liking.
- On June 21, 2013
- By hilda
In the beginning of May, the people of Sweden were in panic. A few nights of frost meant that the strawberries might not be ready for midsummer. And a Midsummer without Swedish strawberries is not a proper Midsummer!
Luckily, there was no cause for alarm. The strawberries are ready and we can go out and celebrate a proper Swedish Midsummer.
But strawberries are not just a tasty reminder of summer, they are in fact very nutritious and good for you! And things that are good for you to eat, are probably also good to put on your face. I will now share a few easy beauty recipes with strawberries. Just put a few of the more squishy strawberries to the side and use them on your face instead of eating them!
When buying strawberries, make sure you get local, preferrably organic, strawberries. Strawberries are actually one of the fruits that are the most toxic when bought non-organic.
I had heard a lot of good things about the konjac sponge from friends and bloggers, so when I noticed they sold them at a natural health shop in Copenhagen, I didn’t think twice. The konjac sponges are sold in several different varieties, and I chose the one with charcoal bamboo which is especially good for oily skin and for treating acne prone skin. There are also konjac sponges for sensitive skin, aging skin, baby skin … Or a pure sponge that suits anybody!
What is a konjac sponge?
Amorphophallus Konjac, also known as Konjac potato, also known as Konnyaku, is a perennial plant originating in Japan. This is the source of this amazing sponge, that can be used foor almost any purpose. The konjac sponge can be used daily for exfoliation, for face as well as body. According to the Konjac sponge company, it can treat almost anything; acne, eczema, psoriasis, shaving rashes and in-grown hairs. It is suitable even for hypersensitive skin and newborns and can be used to wash childrens hair.
One sponge is around $10, and lasts for up to three months if it is well cared for. When the sponge starts looking tired or fall apart, you can just throw it in the compost.
How do I use the konjac sponge?
Here are my instructions on Vine:
It’s very easy to use. Just wet the konjac sponge in water until it’s completely soaked, press out the water (avoid wringing). Gently massage you face or body with circular motions. You can even use it around the sensitive eye area. There is no need to use additional face wash, unless you are wearing very heavy makeup (the sponge should remove water based makeup). If you like, though, you can add a little bit of face wash to the sponge but you’ll probably not need as much as normal (the sponge will help the wash foam). I tried using it with a little bit of african black soap and that was a lovely combo! Mostly I just used it on it’s own though.
So does it live up to its promises?
I’ve had the konjac sponge for a couple of weeks now and used it on average every other day. I would have used it every day, but I’ve been lazy. I really feel that my face has cleared up and looks bright. I haven’t noticed any drastical changes like reduced pores or blackheads, but I definitely like the konjac sponge so far. After a few more weeks of usage, I’ll let you know if I’ve noticed more visible changes.
- On March 31, 2013
- By hilda
With the Easter holidays soon over, I bet you have more than a couple of extra eggs lying around in your fridge, just waiting to be used. What better way to use then than to use them in your skin care regime? Eggs will strengthen and rejuvenate hair as well as skin. Here’s a few of my favorite egg recipes!
- On March 3, 2013
- By hilda
Did you read my 7 days acne treatment, in which I praised the acne-fighting properties of African black soap? Did you go out and buy yourself one? If my last post didn’t convince you, here’s some more info about african black soap that I’m hoping will convince you.
Sidenote: African black soap is mostly produced Ghana. Even though I think the name “African black soap” is a great example of how western-centered we are I’m going to call the soap African black soap in this post, simply because that’s the name it commonly goes by (at least in the western parts of the world). Also, I have no idea how you’re supposed to spell “ghanaian”.
- On October 21, 2012
- By hilda
Acne, zits, spots, blemishes, pimples, the reason my social life sucks… Whatever you call them, you’re more likely than not to suffer from them at some point in your life. And they’re not just for teenagers – many a post-15-year-old suffer from these nasty little (or BIG!) buggers. Actually, just a few months back my own boyfriend got a huge breakout. He’s never had any trouble with acne before, and now all of a sudden his forehead was just filled with them. (he’s 30, by the way, not 13). Luckily, there are so many things you can do to get rid of acne, and to prevent them from coming back. I’m going to share my one week long homemade treatment that I developed to get rid of acne and to prevent new pimples from occuring. (more…)
- On November 8, 2011
- By hilda
For a long time, I have been rather confused about the difference between exfoliation, scrub and peeling. So I decided to do a bit of research to make myself wiser. Here, after long evenings in front of my computer screen, I can finally present to you what I have come up with! And for those of you in a hurry, scroll down to the bottom of the page for a few homemade exfoliating recipes.
Exfoliation is the process of clearing away dead skin cells from your skin, leaving your skin smooth and clear and fresh. This can be done in two different ways; chemically or physically. A chemical exfoliation means that the exfoliation takes places due to the chemical properties of the product, unlike physical exfoliation where the exfoliation is thanks to the rough surface that is applied to face or body. Let’s take a closer look at the two kinds.
- On October 13, 2011
- By hilda
Aloe vera and baking soda, two things that can do wonders to clear up your facial acne.
This is a post by today’s guest blogger, Jason Ellis.
Facial acne is the worst kind of acne! Seriously, I mean – you can cover up body acne when you go out in public, but with the exception of some pretty developed makeup skills, it’s tough to constantly hide those tough, stubborn pimples on your face.
Also, if the breakouts are constant, it’s possible your facial acne is triggered by secondary conditions. For example, you might also suffer from facial sweating and blushing which only encourage those nasty zits to come back.
It’s true, in many cases, excessive facial sweating actually causes acne. That’s because sweat contains toxins, dry skin cells and sebum (oil). It coats your pores and makes the skin dirty. This buildup of debris can ultimately lead to pimples and further inflammation.
I know how it feels. The frustration is endless and you wish the pimples were gone – YESTERDAY! Just having to go out and face the world makes your avoid confrontation and any kind of attention. You’ve probably tried a few treatments here and there, only to be disappointed. Fear not, there ARE strategies that really can help!
The trick is using as gentle a remedy as possible so you won’t exacerbate the facial acne with irritation. So, let’s start with some super effective natural treatments.
- On September 4, 2011
- By hilda
As you probably have noticed, I have been awfully quiet lately. I’m sorry about that! I promise to do my very best to be a better blogger for you. And I do have some great things in store! A couple of new post series that I’m sure you’ll love, and before that, a post about making your own makeup!
But now, ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you about my newest craze. Clay! Oh my, the things it does to your skin. Cleanses, tightens, softens strenghtens and I don’t know what. If you have trouble with oily skin or acne, clay is your bestest friend in the whole wide world.
Recently, I picked up a box of green clay from an organic shop in Helsinki. Before that, I had only used white clay/kaolin clay, that I bought from the hardware store – it was actually meant for whitening floorboards *krhm*. I mean, it’s the same product and will certainly be good for your skin, but one might assume that when making a product meant to be walked upon, they don’t really care as much about preserving all the minerals that make clay so fantastic for you.
So I was quite astounded by the way my face looked after a face wash with the green clay. (more…)
- On April 14, 2011
- By hilda
After my last post about seaweed in skincare, I’ve been doing some more research. That is, I’ve splashed seaweed over my face, in my hair and in my bath water. And the answer is yes. Still love it.
This time let me share a recipe that can be used both on face and hair, and also how to use seaweed in the bath tub which will relieve tensions and aches and help the blood circulation!
In my last post, I was asked about the kind of seaweed to use. As you know, there are tons and tons of different kinds of seaweed, edible ones including kombu, nori, spirulina, wakame… the list goes on and on. And the great thing is, they all have the same wonderful properties for your skin! Of course the nutritional values vary a bit, if you want to read more you can check out this list of edible seaweed on Wikipedia. If you have many types of seaweed at home, you can use a mixture of them when making your skincare products – that way you will get more variation with minerals and vitamins. But one kind is just fine. Like I said, you can buy nori sheets, or look in shops that specialize in Asian/Japanese goods. In health shops you’ll find spirulina and chlorella powder, that both are real super-seaweeds that you can use on your skin and in your hair as well. The powder might also be easier to use than whole seaweed. (more…)