That’s right. Today we are going to introduce you to a little trick that skincare gurus are OBSESSED with. Sonya Dakar taught me this. She’s a celebrity skincare expert with her line (which is amazing) & recently she discussed how to keep your youthful skin & hot celeb beauty secrets.
Pores are so pesky & annoying. They can get so big, especially if your skin is dirty. After much research, it turns out that milk ice cubes do shrink your pores. These are going to brighten the skin & you are all dewy & glassy AF.
In this post, you’ll find out how to turn some simple, milky ice cubes into your new favorite skincare step. Keep on reading…
The Benefits of Using Milk Ice Cubes on Your Face:
♡ helps with acne.
♡ shrinks pores.
♡ helps keep the skin hydrated.
♡ brightens the skin.
♡ reduce the look of dark spots & circles.
♡ keeps your skin tone oh so even.
♡ helps with fine lines and signs of aging.
♡ helps reduce puffy eyes and dark circles.
♡ can remove spray tan from your face (this could be a pro or a con).
♡ increase blood circulation on the face.
♡ soothes inflammation.
♡ reduces acne and dark spots.
So How The Fuck Do you Make Milk Ice Cubes?
Take a big bowl & mix a cup of cow’s milk and a cup of coconut milk. Milk has lactic acid that removes dead skin cells and provides a natural glow to the skin. Mix it well then pour it into a cute ice cube tray & freeze it overnight. So basically, it’s milk ice cubes.
In the morning, wake up & enjoy a refreshing icy situation. We feel a healthy glow. You guys know we love ice on my face so it’s no surprise we’ve done this a million times.
You can also do this any time before bed. Cleanse, applying an ice cube on your face in a circular motion until it’s used up, rinse it off with water & your skin is tight & ready to go. We are a big fan of heating up to cool down, so we’ll use the Dr. Dennis Gross steamer and then cool our skin down with a milk ice cube.
If a milk cube isn’t for you, you can use aloe vera or green tea – or just use a plain ice cube. Rub an ice cube on your skin. Ice cube rapidly constricts blood vessels, so you’ll still get tons of pore shrinking & glowing skin benefits. It’s the key to product absorption & your makeup will loook flawless if you give yourself a little ice cube facial before you apply foundation.
And of course, if you love tools, you can never go wrong with an ice roller. We hope this skincare post brings you value & you try these milk ice cubes on your face.
Last year we were all at home so much, and some of us still are, & so we think it’s a good time to experiment with some DIY stuff.
Bring on homemade body wash.
This is one that we found online & researched & it’s great if you have sensitive skin (just make sure it’s diluted!).
Liv Taylor told Into the Gloss that takes a couple of baths a week & uses a whole box of Epsom salts & a pack of baking soda (or hydrogen peroxide).
She says that it makes you sweat out all the toxins & junk in your cells. She said this natural pediatrician told her about it for when kids get sick. Amazing.
So, we had to dig deeper. Is baking soda in the bath a thing?
It turns out it is.
After Liv’s interview on Into the Gloss, they dug deep & spoke to James Hardwick on his holistic approach to self-care products:
“First, let’s talk about using baking soda as an exfoliant for your face and body. Whole Foods sells a little box for less than a buck. Places like Target and CVS sell boxes of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, too, but I’m not sure if it’s as refined or as pure as the stuff you’ll find at natural food stores.
You can taste the difference if you brush your teeth with it—which I highly recommend (I’ll come back to this). In the shower, I pour a pile of baking soda into my hands and scrub everything—my face, my hair, my body, and the actual shower— with it. It’s a little rough, but it feels good… And maybe I’ve just been lucky, but my skin is happier when I wash it with something simple like baking soda.
It doesn’t seem to dehydrate my skin or strip away healthy oils, and baking soda is pretty stress-free—it’s no big deal if you accidentally swallow some, waste it (it’s so inexpensive), plus it’s environmentally safe! On top of that, baking soda is an odor neutralizer, and it’s good for cleaning produce (not something I do in the shower). See? Multi-purpose, simple, and cheap.”
After digging a bit deeper ourselves, we found a recipe & gave it a try.
A DIY Baking Soda Body Scrub
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
♡ a container (anything works but these look super cute in a bathroom)
♡ baking soda (apparently Bob’s Red Mill is clean & doesn’t contain aluminum)
♡ a spoon
♡ optional: few drops of essential oil (we like lavender because it winds us down)
♡ fill half your container with baking soda.
♡ slowly add water.
♡ put a few drops of your essential oil in & stir.
♡ gently stir & add more water or baking soda depending on the consistency you have. (You want it to be a paste).
♡ keep adding water & baking soda until your container is full & the paste has formed.
HOW TO USE IT:
♡ scoop some up with your hand & rub it on your body in the shower.
You should know that baking soda is exfoliating so it’ll feel a bit rough. If you use it on your face, rub gently!
This is a little trick that is so inexpensive, effective, quick, easy, AND good for the environment.
As we mentioned, we love lavender essential oil in this because it promotes relaxation.
Setting our bathroom up with a salt rock night light, eucalyptus hanging, & our DIY lavender scrub makes us feel like we are at a spa. Then we crawl into bed with our CBD pen from stnrcreations. One puff & we are relaxed.
Do you guys have any DIY self-care products you love? Tell us below. So, into this right now.
New year, new you right? Ya Ya, we’ve heard it (and said it) all before. And while we all have goals and things, we want to do to better ourselves, we also understand that it doesn’t all happen at once. Let’s take our beauty routines for example. Refreshed and glowing skin is always at the top of our lists. But honestly, after the holidays who has $$$ to spend on new masks and serums and creams and whatever else we need? That’s why we did a bit of research and made our mask instead. It checks off a few boxes on our list of being better humans. Self-care? Check. Save money? Check. Take care of our skin? Check.
And guess what? You can probably make this with items already in your kitchen leftover from breakfast. It’s 4 simple ingredients with a few steps to a refreshing mask that you’ll want to make a daily habit (if we all had the luxury of time to treat ourselves to a mask a day!). We love it while we’re listening to our favorite podcast, reading a chapter in a new book, or even during a girls’ night in with a little rosé.
Rich in nutrients including iron, calcium, vitamins, and antioxidants, rosemary in various forms —rosemary extract, rosemary oil, and rosemarinic acid —is effective for many skin types and is found in skincare cleansers, soaps, face masks, toners, and creams. This herb is used widely in aromatherapy as its stimulant properties refresh, rejuvenate and help you feel energized.
Rosemary is a potent antioxidant; it protects the skin and prevents signs of premature aging. Aside from its anti-aging properties, it’s great for acne, dry skin, and eczema. Not to mention you can also use this mask as a hair mask.
When massaged into the face, rosemary oil can help lightens dark spots and blemishes on the skin resulting in an improved skin complexion. The anti-inflammatory properties of rosemary extract help to reduce swelling and puffiness of the skin. It also helps to heal burns and soothe the skin.
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 sprig of rosemary (finally putting my garden to use!)
4-5 tbsp. Greek yogurt (more for a thicker consistency)
1 tbsp. honey
Roughly chop rosemary
Melt coconut oil in a small saucepan and mix in the rosemary
Simmer this mixture for 8-10 minutes, rosemary will begin to lose its color
Remove from heat and strain rosemary pieces from the mixture. Discard rosemary
Add oil to a mixing bowl and let cool slightly
Before oil has solidified but has had time to cool, mix in Greek yogurt + honey. The paste should be smooth so take your time mixing!
Refrigerate for 10 minutes to ensure your mixture is cold
Finally, mix in the sugar (use sugar if you are using it immediately, it will act as an exfoliant. if you are saving for later, don’t add until you are ready to use)
Store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks (we’d recommend using this mask 1-2 times per week if you love it!)
* Makes 3-4 masks *
Why am I putting this on my face?
Rosemary oil helps stimulate cell renewal, promoting healthy healing, while moisturizing and improving skin circulation.
Greek yogurt is full of lactic acid that helps smooth dry, rough skin and dissolves dead skin that clogs pores. Its anti-bacterial properties are great for acne-prone skin.
Honey can almost do it all. It promotes collagen building, it’s moisturizing, and its antioxidants nourish the skin which can assist in the healing of acne scars.
Sugar, as explained above, will act as an exfoliant if you are using your mask right away. When applying, lightly massage the mask onto your skin. If you are saving your mask for later use, do not add the sugar as it will dissolve. You can add if you decide to right before use.
Coconut oil contains vitamin E and saturated fats which moisturize, repair, and restore quickly as it is rapidly absorbed into the epidermis.
How to use it?
After you have washed your face, remove the mask from the refrigerator. Apply a generous amount all over the face, avoiding the eye area. Wait about 30 minutes or until the mask feels dry and rinse. We recommend following up with your favorite serum and/or moisturizer.
How did it work for us?
After this mask, we noticed that our dark spots looked more faded and our skin looked even, vibrant, moisturized, and was glowing. The skin felt so soft that we thought we were in heaven. Didn’t even need to add any moisturizer because the skin was already soft and hydrated! It’s going to be a go-to for a quick weekday refresh!
Warning: Always do an allergy patch test before applying anything to the face. What works for us may not work for you!
Is a skincare refresh on your to-do list for the new year? What masks have you tried making at home?
If there’s one natural ingredient to stock on your beauty shelf, it is honey. You can find the bee sap in anything from a hair mask, face wash, even an all-natural moisturizer—is there nothing the golden goop can’t do?
Consider honey the ultimate DIY superstar, one that you can add to virtually any treatment. But let’s start with the simplest out there: a single-ingredient honey face mask. Easy to make, and the benefits are just as sweet.
What is Honey?
Honey has centuries-long credibility as a respected ingredient beyond kitchen use. Chief among the benefits is the antimicrobial activity of many honey varieties—it kills bacteria living on the skin. This effect probably explains how honey came to be used traditionally as a wound-healing agent in many different cultures. The sweet substance is produced by plant matter, enzyme activity, and live bacteria. According to these research scientists Howe and Marisa Plescia, what honey contains will depend in large part on what plant source the bees who are making it are using.
Honey is what’s called a natural humectant (draws moisture into the skin). If your skin needs a hydrating boost, this is the perfect ingredient. It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and acts as an anti-viral/anti-fungal.
Benefits of Honey for Skin
As Shamban describes, it is full of flavonoids, hydrogen peroxide, and phenolic acid dermal benefits. Raw, unpasteurized honey is one of Mother Nature’s power players you want to have on your A-team to get the job done when needed.
Cleanses pores: good news: Honey is naturally antibacterial, one of the reasons it makes for a great face wash. Remove dirt and debris with nothing more than a little raw honey—just add water.
Treat Acne: You can use honey as a cleanser to help prevent certain types of breakouts because of its anti-fungal properties. For a more potent effect, honey can be left on breakouts to help them heal faster.
Exfoliate Skin: Honey on its works better as a cleanser as opposed to an exfoliator because of its smooth consistency. You generally won’t find honey, even in its purest form, to be particularly granular.
Fade Scars: Honey contains trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide. This might give it mild lightning properties, which is particularly helpful when it comes to resolving pesky post-acne marks and hyperpigmentation.
Hydrates Skin: Honey draws moisture into the skin from the air. Applying honey on the face is a great way to keep your skin hydrated, glowing, fresh, and supple at all times.
Helps Skin Conditions: Howe shares, “One researcher has shown it to treat seborrheic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis.” Raw honey can also soothe eczema.
How to make a honey face mask
A honey face mask is as simple as it sounds: Snag some raw/unfiltered honey from your favorite grocery store, and you’ve got yourself a spa-grade mask in a snap. Using honey by itself is an effective skin clearing, nourishing, and revitalizing treatment. That’s because honey, especially of the Manukavariety, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that calm the skin and keep breakouts at bay.
With all the benefits honey has to offer, no surprise you can invest in a jar of the straight-up goop and slather on. Here’s how to do it right:
Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse off with cold water. It rinses off much more easily than you might expect! It’s hardly sticky at all when you add water.
After rinsing, apply warm water to face towel and gently dap the hot face towel on face for a minute. Then, follow with a cream or oil to seal in the moisture.
Primp Tip: If you have a blemish you’d like to nix, try dabbing a little raw honey directly on as a spot treatment. “It can be particularly beneficial for acne or blemish-prone skin. There have been clinical studies proving positive results both in lessening size and duration of blemishes,” says Shamban.
In terms of how often you should mask, we recommend sticking to a couple of times per week. While it certainly won’t hurt to slather on every single day, it’s not necessary to reap all the benefits mentioned above. Just 20 minutes 2x a week is plenty: It will still provide all those skin-boosting benefits.
With that being said, it’s also not necessary to leave the treatment on overnight; while you certainly can if you feel so inclined, know that you’re not providing your skin with any extra benefits. Remember, honey is thick and has a sticky texture so that might be messy when you wake up unless you’re able to sleep on your back through the night.
4 honey face masks for clear, glowing skin
Sure, a honey face mask is a simple, one-ingredient mask, but that’s not to say you can’t include some add-ons if you’re feeling fancy. Here are four ways to upgrade your honey mask, for any skincare concern you’ve got:
To make this mask, combine 1 tbsp. of raw or Manuka honey, 1 tsp. of ground turmeric, and ½ tsp. of lemon juice. Slather on and leave for 10 minutes or until the mask starts to harden, then wash off with warm water.
Moisturizinghoney and olive oil mask
This nourishing mask feels downright luxurious: Adding a natural oil to your honey mask can not only help with the stickiness and application of the honey, but natural oils are emollients that contain high levels of fatty acids, which moisturize and soothe the skin. The result? A lightweight mask chock-full of skin-healthy antioxidants. Feel free to choose any oil here (coconut, jojoba, argan—the list goes on.) We use olive oil because olive oil work wonders on dry skin and contains many antioxidants, such as vitamin E. Simply mix the two until combined, then leave on for 20 minutes.
Exfoliating yogurt and honey mask
Yogurt is jam-packed with lactic acid—a sensitive-skin-approved chemical exfoliator—which gently sloughs dead skin cells with ease. When you add honey to the mix, it becomes even more gentle and hydrating: Simply combine 1 tbsp. of finely ground oatmeal, 1 tsp. of raw or Manuka honey, and 1 tsp. of full-fat dairy or nondairy yogurt. Stir until it forms a paste, then slather on and leave for 15 minutes.
Skin-soothing mint, honey, andaloe mask
If you’re looking for a fun, summery option reminiscent of a poolside cocktail, this refreshing mask is practically screaming your name. Both aloe and rosewater are great skin-soothing and -balancing ingredients, bound to tame any inflammation you’ve got (it feels especially lovely post-sun). Try this mixture during your next impromptu spa night: Mash 2 to 4 mint leaves, and mix with 2 parts honey, 2 parts aloe gel, and a few sprays of rosewater. Leave it on for up to 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
With all the skin-health benefits the goop has to offer, no surprise honey reigns supreme as a DIY-friendly ingredient. Of course, remember to do a patch test before applying honey to your face, especially if you’re new to DIY: Even if you consume honey all the time, your skin might have an unexpected reaction to it as a topical treatment. If you have any bee or pollen allergies, you may want to steer clear entirely, as raw honey might contain trace amounts of bee pollen or other tree pollens.
Other than that, feel free to slather on the star of DIY. A single jar of honey can have you glowing in no time.
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