BEAUTY RECIPE: TURMERIC SCRUB AKA KURKUM TRADITIONAL SKIN GLOW TREAT

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Turmeric powder also known as Kurkum in parts of Northern Nigeria (West Africa) is popularly used for brides -to- be in that region as it gives the brides skin a golden glow before her wedding. This natural made concoction is used to scrub the bride 2-3 times a week before their wedding for radiant flawless skin. What is Turmeric?

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TURMERIC SCRUB RECIPE

Ingredients

1 cup – Natural yogurt or Milk
1/2 cup – Turmeric
1/3 cup – Organic honey
1/4 cup – Fresh lemon juice or lime juice

**This measurement is enough for 2-3 uses and can be used on the face if its not sensitive.

Directions

1. Mix all four ingredients into a bowl.

2. Add water for thinner consistency, if you wish.

3. Line bathroom with disposable paper or old napkins to avoid staining tiles and bath sink as Turmeric leaves yellow residue that may be difficult to remove.

4. Rub and scrub the paste on all parts of face (avoid eyes) and body in circular motions.

5. Leave the paste to dry on the skin for 30 minutes.

6. Rinse with warm water and towel the body.

7.Follow with your favourite body oil, preferably natural oils such as Coconut, Argan or custom oil mix.

8. Use scrub at night time. However, if you choose to use during the day, make sure you apply sunsreen after.

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SKINCARE BENEFITS OF TURMERIC SCRUB

-Aids in evening out skin tone and complexion brightening.
-Acne treatment and prevention
-Removal of black heads, dark spots and blemishes.
-Reduced hyper pigmentation.
Read more about the beauty benefits of Turmeric for skin and hair.

Reference:
PWETTYBAMBI.COM

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HOT WEATHER SKINCARE UPDATES IN 5 FOR WOMEN AND MEN

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Hotter climates get hotter (and dryer) this time of the year, which can throw our skin off balance, which means that sticking to your previous routine may not yield the results you require.

Though we may not be too pleased with this change, there are certain tweaks to implement in
your ritual to keep you and your skin flawless, glowing and beautiful as always.

Here’s our list of the 5 steps to take to update your skincare routine this period.

1. Cleanse

It is important to clean your skin morning and night to keep it clear. A mild cleanser with exfoliating ingredients will do the trick. To make cleanser more potent, try washing face with a Konjac sponge or face cloth to get rid of dirt and debris which may have settled over the course of the day.

2. Tone

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Though this step can be skipped all year round, it’s important to incorporate it in your skincare routine this season. Toners are used after cleansers to remove stubborn dirt, seal pores and prevent blemishes.

3. Use water based moisturizers with sun protection

Wearing a water based moisturizer is absolutely necessary this period as they are usually weightless and absorb easily into skin.

How can you tell that a moisturizer is water based? Simply check the ingredients list. The first item listed is usually the base. If it shows water or Aqua, then it is water based. Don’t forget to look for one with sunscreen.

4. Skip the face make up

Face makeup such as Foundation and Concealers are a big no-no this season as they not only clog the pores, but oxidize into skin, giving a greyish, unhealthy look. Like a bit of coverage? Use a tinted moisturizer, cream-to-powder foundation or bb cream instead which contain less oil.

5. Stay Hydrated

Hydration may well be the most important step on this list. Replenish lost body fluids this season by drinking plenty of water and staying away from fizzy, carbonated drinks which may actually dehydrate you.

PLEASE NOTE
This article was written by a person residing in Nigeria, West Africa, a tropical country. These tips can however be implemented during the summer for readers residing in colder climates.

Do you have any hot weather beauty tips you would like to share? Please comment below.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE DEEP CLEANSING SPONGE?

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These sponges are one of the newest beauty tools to hit the scene and from what we know, they are getting really good reviews and ratings.

Well known Beauty blogger, Teni Panosian of Missmaven.com (pictured above) swears by this product.

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This product originating from Korea is made from Konjac, a naturally occurring Asian plant and some variations may include bamboo, charcoal, clay, green tea, citrus, peppermint and other natural products.

When dry, the deep cleansing sponge resembles a pumice stone but when soaked in water, it turns squishy and face friendly.

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*Japanese Konjac Sponges

How to use the Deep Cleansing Sponge

1. Run Sponge under water till soaking wet.
2. Squeeze out excess moisture and apply favorite facial soap or cleanser to sponge.
3. Use to wash face.

Though these sponges are touted for their natural deep cleansing and exfoliating abilities, some may consider with the durability, hygiene and waste (in terms of facial products) a disadvantage.

Reference:
MISSMAVEN.COM

Is the deep cleansing facial sponge for you? Please leave your comment below.

WHY EXFOLIATING IS A MUST FOR BEAUTIFUL SKIN

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We have received quite a lot of questions about Exfoliation and the importance of incorporating this step into your skin care routine and today, we will be breaking down it’s true meaning and benefits pertaining to skincare.

What is Exfoliation?

Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells that collect on the outer surface of the skin. Dead skin cells are buffed off with an abrasive substance for example a body scrub in which they use salt sugar or coffee grounds.

What products can be used for Exfoliation?

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Body Brushes, Sponges, Exfoliating cloths and gloves as well as store bought or homemade scrubs made from salt, sugar, coffee and other gently abrasive materials can be used to produce good blood circulation.

View some of our D-I-Y Homemade Scrub Recipes Here

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For your face, We suggest to purchase very gentle exfoliant such as a face brush aka Clarisionic or products that contain natural ingredients and that are specifically used for face. It’s plenty on the market to choose from just be cautious of anything that uses nut shells some are just too abrasive on the skin and can damage it.

5 IMPORTANT REASONS TO EXFOLIATE

1. Exfoliating keeps the skin soft and glowing.

2. Buffing the dead skin away will keep your pores from clogging which keeps acne under control.

3. Exfoliating speeds up your skins natural renewal process and helps your moisturizer penetrate into the skin deeper.

4. Removal of dead skin cells helps with skin discoloration (uneven tone) and helps achieve visibly brighter skin.

5. Routine exfoliation leads to visibly brighter skin and it keeps fine lines and wrinkles in check.

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5 DO’S AND DON’TS IN DARKER SKIN CARE

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Darker skinned women are blessed with beautiful shades of ebony, dark mahogany, brown, bronze, tan, caramel, olive and everything in between. Inspite of all the positives to having darker skin such as slow aging, tanning etc it can begin to show signs of dullness and neglect if not taken care of properly.

Here are 5 do’s and dont’s to fight aging and keep darker skin looking beautiful.

DO’S

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1. Cleanse your face at least twice a day. Darker skin tilts towards the combination-oily spectrum of the skin chart. Use a mild cleanser to rid the skin of makeup debris and build up that may have accumulated through out the day.

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2. Moisturize day and night! Having combination/oily skin is no excuse to skip your moisturizer. Natural moisturizers such as shea butter, coconut oil, argan oil and jojoba oil are some of the best kept secrets of women with the most beautiful complexions.

3. Exercise. Cardiovascular exercises such as Walking, jogging, running, boxing, dancing etc ensuring increased oxygen distribution and blood circulation around the body.

4. Drink water and other healthy drinks. Taking at least 8 glasses of water everyday is a sure way to guarantee a beautiful complexion. Also, other healthy natural drinks such as green tea, moringa, etc have been proven to be rich in antioxidants that flush out toxins, retain skin elasticity and fight aging.

5. Eat your proteins. Believe it on not, proteins such as beans, lean meat, lentils etc are amazing for the skin, hair and even nails. Incorporate this food group into your daily meals and watch your skin glow from the inside out.

DON’TS

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1. Use harsh chemicals and cosmetics in your skincare routine. Products containing large amounts of hydroquinone, mercury and other chemical bleaching agents should not be used except under strict directives from a professional. These chemicals not only thin out the skin and aggravate problems in the long run, but are also believed to cause some types of skin conditions.

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2. Pick at acne and pimples. Darker skin is more prone to scarring making the effects of pimple and acne picking evident. Gently wash face with warm water and topically apply tea tree oil to zit to encourage it’s healing process. Vitamin E oil is a great anti-scarring treatment.

3. Forget to exfoliate. Exfoliation encourages skin cell renewal. Frequent exfoliation keeps skin looking flawless and radiant as older layers are shed away and younger layers become exposed. When exfoliating, use a salt scrub if you have combination-oily skin. Sugar scrubs are great for drier skin types.

4. Skip sunscreen. Darker skin is prone to hyper-pigmentation which means that darker patches begin to appear on the skin after long exposure to sunlight. Sunscreen prevents and controls hyper pigmentation.

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5. Eat dead foods. Burgers, pizzas etc aren’t only bad for your weight, but can also leave your skin dull and lifeless. Fruits such as green apple, citrus, watermelon and vegetables should constitute the bulk of your diet in the quest for beautiful skin.

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BEST KEPT BEAUTY SECRETS FROM 12 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD

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When it comes to beauty routines, the grass is always greener. African, Native American, and Caribbean women have it with their flawless complexions; European and South American women with their long, glossy hair. But how do they do it? Put down your passport—you won’t need to go anywhere to find out. We got insider beauty information from experts on how women across the globe stay gorgeous.

Read on to find out their secrets, and learn how you can recreate them at home.

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1. GHANAShea Butter
West African women are credited with unblemished dark skin. Their secret, Shea Butter. Shea butter also known is a natural product derived from the Karite tree. It’s use has become increasingly popular around the world, and is proven to be a natural prevention and treatment method for stretchmarks and other skin infections. Buy Shea Butter in Nigeria Now.

2. NATIVE AMERICAAloe Vera and Jojoba Oil

Aloe Vera is not as unknown as it once was a few years ago but it is still one of the greatest natural remedies discovered by the Native Americans. Most of the inhabited parts of the Native American reserves being rather dry and sandy, the people needed a source of natural and long-lasting hydration and that was Aloe Vera. Be it to rid yourself of a dry scalp or to help treat dry and/or sunburnt skin, Aloe Vera is the first choice of every nature-loving lady.

Jojoba, again, is now no longer a secret but it is still a priceless asset. Using jojoba oil, Native American women were able to make their hair soft even in the harshest conditions. Also, latest research suggests that bathing in a Jojoba extract helps to make skin softer and tighter thus removing wrinkles and giving a youthful and age-defying look.

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3. AUSTRALIAYarrow

Yarrow extract is used by Australian Aboriginal women to prevent stretch marks, thanks to its moisturizing and hydrating properties. Yarrow root is also an anti-inflammatory, which soothes the skin.

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4. CHILERed Grapes
Chilean women credit the antioxidant powers of red grapes for their luminous skin. They create a paste by mashing up a handful of the fruit and adding 2 tablespoons of white flour. They then apply the mask to their face and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off. It wakes up the appearance of tired and fatigued skin to give you an amazing glow.

5. DOMINICAN REPUBLICCoconut Oil

Coconut oil used to be one of the best kept secrets of Dominican women who attribute it’s qualities to their secret behind flawless bronzed skin and perfectly moisturised hair. Coconut oil is one of the few oils that can be absorbed by the body and also contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that can be used in the treatment of skin conditions. Did we mention that it’s a healthier cooking alternative?

6. EGYPTMilk

Cleopatra’s beauty secret was taking milk baths to soften her skin and remove dead cells. To try the treatment at home, add 2 cups of powdered milk to your bath. It will make your skin look absolutely gorgeous and feel so smooth, silky and soft.

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7. GREECEOmega 3’s and 6’s

Greek women are blessed with Mediterranean skin, which is light in color but has enough melanin to shield and absorb harmful UV rays, but even if you aren’t genetically blessed, you can still take a cue from the women of Greece. There are other factors that contribute to their glowing complexion: They eat a Mediterranean diet high in fish, which provides skin-rejuvenating omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as fruits and vegetables, which provide antioxidants and vitamins. They also believe their intake of olive oil contributes to their great skin. So, start reaching for the olive oil instead of butter for better skin.

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8. ISRAELSea Salt
Israeli women believe that when you swim in the Dead Sea, all of the salt helps your body rid itself of toxins, and it has also been known to help cure skin diseases.To get the detoxifying benefits of sea salt at home, try the Lavender Sea Salt Scrub recipe:

Mix together ¼ cup sea salt, 1 pinch seaweed powder, ½ cup massage oil and 10 to 15 drops lavender oil. Apply to skin to gently exfoliate.

9. ITALYYoghurt

How do Italian women maintain their glossy locks? Italian women keep their hair shiny by combining yogurt and olive oil and using the mixture as a conditioner. The protein in the yogurt gently nourishes and conditions. To whip up the rich treatment at home;

Mix 1 cup of plain whole-milk yogurt with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Then apply the mixture to washed hair, let it sit for 5 minutes and rinse with cool water.

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10. JAPANSeaweed

Titi Branch, the half-Japanese cofounder of Miss Jessie’s hair care line, credits seaweed for Japanese women’s long, silky hair. Seaweed is a rich source of the trace mineral iodine, which is essential for healthy hair growth. The iodine added to table salt isn’t the right kind to nourish your hair because your body doesn’t easily absorb it. Seaweed is also a rich source of other mane-strengthening minerals—including iron, zinc, selenium and copper. Japanese women either eat nori seaweed or boil it and apply it to dry hair as a nourishing paste.

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11. SPAINCranberry Juice

Spanish women bring out natural, subtle highlights in their hair by rinsing it with cranberry juice.

Try mixing ¼ cup pure juice (not cocktail blends) with ¼ cup water and doing a final rinse with it in the shower.

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12. CHINAHerbal Tea

In Chinese tradition, herbal teas are consumed several times a day; usually after every meal. It is believed that the consumption of these teas such as Green, White and Oolong contribute to skin, hair and nail health, boost immunity and possess age defying properties.

Reference:
WOMANSDAY.COM

Do you have any other international beauty secrets you would love to share with us? Please comment below.

10 SIGNS THAT YOU ARE STRESSED AND BEAUTY FIXES

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Do you find yourself looking in the mirror and wondering what happened to your perfect, unblemished skin even after following the skin care mantra of cleanse, moisturize and hydrate to the tee? Are you anxious over the less than slightly zits and blackheads appearing on your at T-zone? Well, sorry to break it to you but there is a high chance that you are stressed!

Stress can come from having deadlines to meet at the office, moving to a new environment, family problems or even planning big events. Regardless of what we do to avoid it, chances are that we will face stressful situations at some points in our lives.

Do you let stress rule? The answer is a sure fire No!

Here are some of the major signs of stress that reck havoc on your skin and their quick beauty fixes to help you through it.

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1. Dullness

Stress triggers a hormone called cortisol (a stress hormone), which slows down skin cells, making them take longer to reach the surface and flake off. Hence, dead skin cells build up, making your face look dull and lifeless.

Quick fix: Drink more water and exfoliate regularly.

2. Sagging

Furthermore, prolonged cortisol production leads to loss of collagen and elastin, resulting in slackness, sagging and loss of elasticity. Not a good beauty look at all!

Quick fix: Consume foods that increase collagen production and benefit the skin. For example, soy products help block enzymes that break down and age the skin. Also, try topical beauty products containing Vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid) or hyaluronic acid (sometimes listed as sodium hyaluronate). Skip the retinoids though – they will further irritate stressed skin.

3. Dryness

Stressed skin has a very low lipid (protective) barrier, so fluids evaporate more easily. In addition, cortisol also reduces the skin’s ability to retain water, leading to excessive dryness.

Quick fix: Try a weekly moisture mask and apply a hydrating serum along with moisturiser. Also, avoid using toners and cleansers that contain harsh ingredients such as Ammonium Laurenth Sulphate, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and Sodium Laureth Sulphate, which can dehydrate and irritate the skin.

4. Skin infections

The epidermal skin cells are packed tightly together, forming a strong barrier that blocks the entry of bacteria and other toxins. When you are under stress, this protective layer becomes less effective, allowing harmful bacteria to reach the deeper layers of skin.

Quick fix: Keep skin scrupulously clean with a mild soap. Use warm, not hot water, and pat skin dry instead of rubbing; put moisturiser on immediately.

5. Itchy rashes

Stress decreases skin’s self-repairing abilities, while also releasing histamines (which create allergic reactions) into the bloodstream. The result? Flareups of immunity-related conditions such as hives, rashes, cold sores, psoriasis and eczema.

Quick fix: Look for beauty products that contain soothing ingredients like avocado oil, almond oil, aloe vera, Shea butter, sunflower oil and chamomile. Also, cut down on the number of skincare products you use – fewer products means lesser ingredients and hence a lower risk of an allergic reaction.

6. Blemishes

Stress increases oil production, which blocks the pores and results in breakouts.

Quick fix: Keep skin clear of surface dirt, oil and dead cells. Use oil-free beauty products and wash your face gently with a soft cloth. Don’t scrub, as this can further irritate acne and make it worse.

7. Premature aging

During times of crisis, our body redirects the flow of blood to areas that are vital for reacting to stress – such as lungs and heart. This leaves skin without essential blood and oxygen. The result? Increased production of free radicals and tissue-damaging oxidants, which speed up wrinkles, lines and other signs of premature ageing.

Quick fix: Try some facial exercises and massage. These help release tension along with increasing oxygen-rich blood flow to muscles, tissue and skin, making the complexion look vibrant and healthier.

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8. Sallowness

Stress hurts the digestive system. This means essential nutrients are not digested properly, allowing build up of impurities. As a result, stressed skin looks dull, lifeless and sallow.

Quick fix: Step up intake of leafy greens, fruit and high protein grains and lentils as well as healthy fats like those found in avocados and olive oil; cut down on caffeine. Skipping meals is a complete no-no!

9. Inflammation

Prolonged stress creates chronic internal inflammation, which leads to premature ageing, uneven skin tone and texture, lack of radiance and hyperpigmentation.

Quick fix: Sleep is anti-inflammatory – a time of healing, when cortisol levels are at their lowest. Getting enough will keep your body’s best coping skills at hand.

10. Skin cancers

In a study at Yale University, it was found that people with melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – were more likely to have gone through stressful life events during the years leading up to their diagnosis than people who did not have skin cancer.

Quick fix: Remember to not skip the sunscreen – even if you are indoors. Rule of thumb is that if the natural light is bright enough to read, it’s bright enough to damage your skin.

Source: THEBEAUTYGYPSY

Have you ever felt your skin take a nosedive in the face of stress? Or anger? Or anxiety? Or depression? Please share your thoughts.