How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick

Do you love the matte trend, but have wondered many times how to prepare your lips for matte lipstick? I’ve been there. As I am preparing for my wedding, I keep trying different lipsticks. All of them are matte, most of them are liquid lipsticks. They look awesome and I love how long lasting they are. But they seriously dry out my lips! And applying matte lipstick to already dry lips – well, I am sure you know what that looks like. So I invented a little program to make sure my lipstick can look as good as possible.


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Step 1 on How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick: Gentle exfoliation

How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick: Starting with a lip scrubAs a first step, I prepare a little DIY lip scrub to exfoliate my lips and make sure that all excess skin is removed. As we all know, lips are very sensitive. So not only do we want to peel, we also want to soften and nourish them at the same time. To achieve all of those goals, I use the following ingredients in my little lip scrub:

– Sea salt (for the peeling effect)

-Olive oil (for smoothing and nourishing the skin)

-Honey (for it’s moisturizing and healing properties)

You really need just a tiny little amount of everything. Just so you can imagine how little: I usually mix the ingredients together in a spoon. Afterwards just take little by little off the spoon and start rubbing it veeery gently on your lips. It doesn’t taste very good, so I recommend  keeping your mouth closed for the time being. Do this little massage for a bit and then simply leave the mixture on for a little longer, without massaging. (Make sure nothing will drip though!) Once you’ve had enough, you can simply wash everything off with some lukewarm water.

Step 2 on How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick: Creaming it Up

How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick: Use some lip creamNow that the scrub is washed off, you can gently pat your lips dry and take the next step to prepare for you beloved matte lipstick. In order to keep the softness we just created and to get a “sleek surface” for the lipstick to go on, it’s time to put on some lip balm or cream.  That can be really any lip balm you have around. In my case, it most often a very simple solution: pure Shea butter*.  As you can see in the picture, I really slather it on. Don’t worry, it will not make the lipstick bleed. We will take care of that in the next step. For now, really give your lips some lovin’!

Step 3 on How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick: Less is more

Okay, if you followed the steps so far, your lips should be kinda greasy by now. This means it’s time to find the balance between two things. Goal number one is to “oil up” our lips to protect them from drying out and creating a sleek base for our lipstick. And goal number two is to still be able to put on our matte lipstick without it bleeding. So grab that cotton pad and dab off all that excess lip cream or lip balm that has not been absorbed by your skin by now.

How to prepare your lips for matte lipstick: Gently dab off excess care productsAfterwards your lips should still be very soft, well moisturized and slightly shiny, but definitely not feel greasy anymore. And now you can get started! Whip out that lip liner and your favorite matte lipstick and enjoy the perfect lip look – no more dryness!

I hope you enjoy trying out my little program. Do you have other tips on how to prepare your lips for matte lipstick? Let me know in the comments!

You love matte lipstick? But dry lips stand in your way of proudly wearing it? I have a little program to prepare lips for matte lipstick. Not only does it stop matte lipstick from drying your lips as much, it also really pampers your lips. Read more about how to get smooth lips and prepare lips for matte lipstick! You love matte lipstick? But dry lips stand in your way of proudly wearing it? I have a little program to prepare lips for matte lipstick. Not only does it stop matte lipstick from drying your lips as much, it also really pampers your lips. Read more about how to get smooth lips and prepare lips for matte lipstick! You love matte lipstick? But dry lips stand in your way of proudly wearing it? I have a little program to prepare lips for matte lipstick. Not only does it stop matte lipstick from drying your lips as much, it also really pampers your lips. Read more about how to get smooth lips and prepare lips for matte lipstick!

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How to stop split ends: The only way that works

My winter braid after homemade hair mask for dry hairSplit ends and hair seem to be one of those unlucky pairs everyone would like to finally break up for good! But if you happen to want to grow your hair long, you will encounter the following dilemma: How to stop split ends without losing all your length? What is the best treatment for hair breakage and split ends? Luckily there is a “long hair hack” for this specific problem and today I want to tell you exactly how to do it.

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How to stop split ends

What if I told you you can cut out the split ends without sacrificing everything? And what if I also told you that it’s not even hard to do? You can stop split ends in front of the TV or while enjoying the sun on the balcony.

Hair split ends reasons

Our hair has to endure a huge amount of physical strain throughout it’s life. The longer your hair, the older and vulnerable your tips are. Just think: hair
grows on average 1-2 centimeters (0.4 to 0.8 inches) per month. That means if your hair is at waist length, your tips are several years old! You can do a lot to protect them from damage and splitting! (I will write more about that in future articles.) But it is inevitable: at some point, some hairs will give in to the stress and split.

Hair treatment for split ends

Despite of what many  shampoos and conditioners promise, there is no way to “heal” hair that has split. There are no products that can stick split hair back together. No perfect treatment for hair breakage and split ends. The only way to get rid of the damaged hair is to cut it off. And you should get rid of it! Not only for the looks, but also to protect the rest of your hair from further damage. Split hairs have a tendency to tangle easily with other hairs. This forces you to put more effort into detangling, which again is going to be more mechanical stress for your hair. More mechanical stress means more split ends. A vicious circle? Yes, but you can do something about it.

How to Stop split ends at home

So how to get rid of those mean little broken tips without losing your length? The trick is to not going to a hairdresser. Hairdressers do know a lot about hair, but their time can be pretty expensive. And what you mostly need for this approach is some time. And some hair scissors! Do yourself a favor and invest in a good pair*. They are certainly worth it. And cutting any hair with nail clippers or your good old household scissors will damage the hair tip. Guess what that means? Exactly, more split ends!


So once you have gotten your hair scissors, make yourself comfortable and detangle your hair thoroughly. Afterwards part it in smaller strands and start searching for split hairs. Ideally you have a good source of light nearby. Having sun would be perfect, but a lamp will do as well. Anytime you find a split tip, simply cut it off with your hair scissors. You will notice, that in most strands, there are only a few split hairs and the rest is okay. So by cutting off only the single “sick” hair and leaving the rest, you keep your length while also improving the overall health and look of your tresses.

Some more tips On How to stop split ends

1. Depending on your hair type the split hairs will be found best with two different techniques. You can either wrap the strand you are working on around your finger like this.

how to stop split ends: wrapping a strand of hair around my finger and then cutting them offOr you can twist the strand around it’s axis to force the ends to stand out.

how to stop split ends: twisting a strand of hair around it's axis and then cutting them off2. All this searching and cutting will take a while and you most likely will not go through all of your hair in one sitting.  So take mental note of where you start and where you leave off. This way you can do another part next time.

3. Another good idea is to do a cassia for hair treatment after doing this “split ends hunting session”. This is recommended as Cassia can seal the freshly cut tips. Would be a good idea to prevent the newly healthy tips from splitting again, right?

Thank you for reading and do let me know if you are trying this tip! Good luck!

Split ends are a major bummer when trying to grow long hair. I have been wondering how to stop split ends at home and came up with a solution. So if you are looking for a split ends remedy, check out my split end treatment! Split ends are a major bummer when trying to grow long hair. I have been wondering how to get rid of split ends and came up with a solution. So if you are looking for a split ends remedy, check out my split end treatment! Split ends are a major bummer when trying to grow long hair. I have been wondering how to stop split ends and came up with a solution. So if you are looking for a split ends remedy, check out my split end treatment!

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Try the Best Homemade Face Mask For Oily Skin, it’s so easy!

“Best homemade face mask for oily skin” sounds like an overstatement, doesn’t it? I get you and I am not a fan of unfounded superlatives either. Still, at least for me and quite a few other folks with oily skin it is true. The face mask I am telling you about today has been the best DIY mask for us.face mask oily skin diy, homemade face mask for oily skin diy, oily skin remedy, aloe vera for skinDisclosure: Some of the links below are so-called provision links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I can earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

What oily skin doesn’t need

If you have been dealing with oily skin for a long time, chances are you already know about all the things to avoid. First of all, don’t eat bad foods, your skin will get more oily. Definitely don’t wash or treat your skin too much, as this dries it out. Then it produces even more sebum in response – Hooray! Also, don’t use most of the face masks from the drugstore, as they all contain chemicals that won’t help either. Consequently, for everyone with oily skin it seems like there is a huge list of things not to do. But usually we are looking for something that we CAN actually do. And this is where my best homemade face mask for oily skin comes in!

The best homemade face mask for oily skin

So, unless you have an allergy to the only ingredient, you can use this face mask even though and especially if you have oily skin. Yes, you read that right. This DIY mask only needs one ingredient and you might already have it on your window sill.

By the way: Yes, the fact that it only needs one ingredient also makes it the best homemade face mask for oily skin! Or for any skin! The secret ingredient I am talking about is pure Aloe Vera gel! (Imagine angelic music and a light beam towards that plant.)

Aloe Vera is the star and only ingredient of the best homemade face mask for oily skinWhy is Aloe Vera the best homemade face mask for oily skin?

I am glad you asked. Let me give you two reasons.

Number 1: Above you read about how people with oily skin shouldn’t wash their face too much. No one wants to increase sebum production. But what if I told you that Aloe Vera has an awesome moisturizing effect on your skin without clogging the pores? Also, it works against inflammation and small pimples. Both things oily skin tends to develop.

Number 2: This mask is super easy to “make” and use. You definitely want to use 100% pure Aloe Vera gel* for this. (Or well, 99%, the gel staying fresh is also nice.) So either buy a good one or, even better, get a plant. This is how you get some gel out of your plant:

Aren’t Howcast videos just the best? Anyways, back to our face mask. As I said, using it is extremely easy. No mixing, cooking or other forms of preparation required. Just distribute the gel over your freshly washed face and leave it on till it is completely dry.

After washing it off, your skin will feel super soft and moisturized and won’t feel the need to overproduce on sebum for quite a while! (Doesn’t mean you should eat burger now though!)

So this is it. Tell me, have you tried this face mask yet? Did it work for you as well as for me? Or didn’t it do anything at all? I love hearing your experiences, so do leave me a comment!

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Easy homemade face mask for dry skin in winter

Wnter skin in need of a homemade face mask for dry skinWhich better time for a homemade face mask for dry skin than winter time? Heater air inside and frosty climate outside – our skin needs to deal with quite the dehydrating environment in these months. So take some time this weekend, mix yourself this easy DIY mask and enjoy a moisturizing effect and a short timeout.

(Short disclaimer: This mask is not vegan and contains honey. If you are looking for alternatives, check out my 6 ideas for a homemade face mask without honey.)

Ingredients for the homemade face mask for dry skin in Winter

Naturally our skin can use an extra moisturizing boost in winter. So it makes sense to get out some rich ingredients! As usual with my homemade beauty recipes, you only have to go into your kitchen to pick up the ingredients.

We will need:

  • 1/2 cup of yoghurt (without additives, just pure neutral yoghurt)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Now mash the banana thoroughly and mix everything together. This should give you a thick, creamy paste.

Subsequently apply the mixture all over your face. Now put some relaxing music on, put your feet up and enjoy your little break for 10 minutes! If you are into visualization, you can even imagine your skin absorbing all the goodies from the mask.

Relaxing while letting the homemade face mask for dry skin do it's workAfterwards just rinse it off with lukewarm water. Generally avoid using hot water, as this will just add to your skin’s dryness. Also make sure to drink enough! (As if you really needed to hear that again.)

Now your skin should feel refreshed and soft. Even though the effect is great, don’t do this mask too often. First of all, what will you eat if everything lands on your face, rather than in your mouth? Seriously though, while your epidermis benefits a lot from this mask, it can easily get too much. Doing it more than once a week will most likely not give you an increased benefit anyways.

As usual, if you liked this recipe I am happy when you let me know! And if you want to share it with someone, find a pin below.

Easy homemade face mask for dry skin in winter

 

 

Homemade hair cream How to: the Easy Way

Homemade hair cream with only two ingredients - cream jarHair cream, let alone homemade hair cream, is not something many people use regularly. I say, maybe you should! Do the tips of your hair stay dry when the roots already start being a little oily? Have you tried balancing shampoos? Still no success? Don’t worry. Today I will show you a recipe for a homemade hair cream which will help with this.

As usual with my homemade beauty tips this recipe doesn’t need a huge amount of ingredients. And it can easily be customized to whatever your hair and your nose like best! So without further ado let’s jump right into what you will need for your homemade hair cream.

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Ingredients for the homemade hair cream

The great thing about this recipe is that you can make this recipe with as little as two ingredients! Obviously it is way more fun to mix and match and tweak. Still, if you are going minimalist or just don’t feel like playing around too much, you only really need the following two things:

You will need the same amount of each ingredient. So for the basic recipe you would use 50% of shea butter and 50% of oil.

For choosing the oil consider that the cream will stay in your hair as a leave-in after washing. So you want to use a nice smelling or neutral oil. Personally, I love avocado oil* for its nourishing effect on my hair. But I wouldn’t want to walk around smelling like it all day… So I would choose another oil from my list of favorite hair care oils that I told you about in my post about my long hair care. A good example for a neutral oil I like to use is almond oil. And if I want to smell like a cookie, I use the Monoi Tiare Tahiti vanilla* flavored coconut oil. (Seriously, that one smells sooo good!)

Some essential oils for a nice smell of the homemade hair creamSo when it comes to the oil, you can really play around with what you like. You can also mix different oils. Or put in a few drops of essential oil to perfume your homemade hair cream. Just make sure you get to the 50% shea butter, 50% oil proportion in the end.

How to make the homemade hair cream

First, you need to melt your shea butter. This step can vary in length a little bit, depending on which type of shea butter you have. Make sure to not heat it up too much! Only use low heat.

Once you have a liquid, you can add your oil. And then you start mixing it all together. Just treat it like whipping cream. Depending on the amount of cream you are making, you might want to take out the mixer. Or, if you just have a small amount, you can simply use a fork and build some muscle!

Now all you have left to do is waiting for your concoction to cool and to stir it every now and then. This will prevent the shea butter and oil from separating again.

How to use the homemade hair cream

As I mentioned above, you want to use the cream as a leave-in. Ideally you apply it to the tips of your hair after washing, when your hair is still wet. Or, if you use the LOC method or Liquid-Oil-Cream method, you apply it directly after the oil portion. There is no need to wash it out, as it will be absorbed by your hair.

One word of warning though: This homemade hair cream consists of FAT! It will do wonders for your dry tips, but that is also where it should stay! Do not put it on your scalp and length, it will most likely be too much. If you have a hair type that does need that amount of extra care, increase the amount you use after every wash. This way you can work your way up and find out how far you can go.

As always, do let me know how you liked this recipe and what you did with it! And if you want to save it for later, find a prepared pin below. Happy mixing!

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How to make the ultimate Homemade hair gel without gelatin

homemade hair gel in a glassHomemade hair gel is something I didn’t believe to be possible for quite some time. I thought that effect of hardening your hair in a certain position could only be achieved with many many chemical ingredients. Turns out I was very wrong about that. Not only can you make this homemade hair gel with 2 (TWO!) ingredients. You probably also have everything you need for this in the kitchen already!

Homemade hair gel recipe: ingredients

Do you eat linseeds sometimes ? No? Well, let me tell you they are very healthy. Maybe it is time to start adding a few to your salads? And by the way, you will need a few anyways for this recipe. Linseeds and water. That is it already. Obviously you can add a drop of your favorite essential oil to give it a a little bit of a scent. But otherwise you won’t need anything else to make your very own homemade hair gel.

linseeds pouring out of a glassSo go to your kitchen (or the nearest shop) and collect the following:

  • 2 tablespoons of linseeds
  • 250 ml (or 1 cup) of water

How to make the homemade hair gel

The active steps required to make this recipe only take a few minutes. Afterwards you will have to let everything sit for a few hours though. For that reason I recommend to start the process in the evening, so your gel will be done in the morning.

First you want to pour the water in a pot and heat it up. When it starts boiling, add the the linseeds and stir for a couple of minutes. Afterwards, take the mixture off the heat and let it sit for a while. After about 10 minutes, check if it starts becoming jelly-like. If yes, you are good to go and can just leave it be till the next morning. If not, put it back on the heat and cook it a little longer. Rinse and repeat.

In the morning (or after letting it sit for a few hours), filter the gel through a strainer. Now you can either put it in a jar to use it directly or in an ice cube tray, if you want to freeze it for later usage.

Using the homemade hair gel: some tips

The gel works really well if you put it in your hair directly after washing, when your hair is still wet. Style your hair the way you want it to be later and then DO NOT TOUCH IT anymore. This can be hard, I know. Especially because your hair might feel weird and overly sticky to you. Don’t worry, that is completely normal and and everything will be fine once your locks have dried.

If you try this homemade hair gel, please let me know in the comments or on Pinterest how it worked for you! Or if you have an even better recipe, I would also love to hear about that.

Homemade hair gel recipe without gelatin

How to: Easy DIY Body Spray recipe for a magic summer

Orange juice and peel as ingredients for the DIY body spray recipeAs we are closing in on christmas, I want to tell you about my DIY body spray recipe with orange. Oranges remind me of childhood winter evenings, when my Dad would bring the big basket of oranges and start peeling them for us kids. Telling us how especially in winter it is important to get your vitamin c. While this body spray won’t do anything regarding you vitamin intake, it will give you a nice scent of orange. And who doesn’t love to smell good?

DIY body spray recipe: The ingredients

As usually with my recipes, this DIY body spray recipe only asks for very few ingredients. After all, the less ingredients something has, the higher the probability to have everything needed at home. Also, way less risk to have any intolerances to one of the ingredients. For your orange body spray you only need the following things:

  • 2 teaspoons of natural salt
  • 100 ml (or 3.4 oz) of water
  • half the peel of a Bio-orange (You want to use Bio, so the peel is chemical free!)
  • 1 teaspoon of juice from that orange (Now you can eat the rest, got some vitamins after all!)

How to make the DIY body spray

It almost seems ridiculous to me to give this step an extra heading. Seriously, this recipe is so easy and quick. All you need to do now to create your DIY body spray is to finely grate the orange peel. Then you can mix it with all the other ingredients. Ideally do that in a lockable container, so you can shake everything well. Once you feel everything is mixed enough, filter the liquid through a fine strainer. Then you can put it into a spray bottle. Aaand you just finished making your body spray! Easy-peasy, right?

You can just spray your whole body after showering with this spray. The salt-water-mix will refresh your skin and the orange will leave a gentle scent. And all of that for a few cents and done in 5 minutes!

If you are not planning on using your body spray every day, consider storing it in the fridge. There you can store it for up to 3 months. If you plan on storing it at room temperatures, make sure to use it up in the next two weeks.

DIY body spray recipe with orange

How to make a Homemade hand cream without beeswax

Now is the time of cold weather and rough hands. Which means everyone needs to find their favorite hand cream. Perfect timing to share my recipe for homemade hand cream without beeswax with you!

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Why a homemade hand cream without beeswax?

Similar to my homemade face mask without honey this is a recipe for people who have trouble finding a nice DIY recipe without the ingredient they are trying to avoid. In this case: beeswax. No matter if you are a vegan, who does not want to use any animal products or if you simply don’t have beeswax at home, but need that hand cream RIGHT NOW. This is for you! (For everyone else I also have this homemade hand cream with ginger recipe.)

Ingredients for the homemade hand cream without beeswax

For this lotion you will need the following ingredients:

– 1 part shea butter*

– 2 parts cocoa butter (version with vitamin E here* – double good for your skin!)

– 1 part jojoba oil*

– 1 part almond oil*

You can replace the almond oil with another light oil, but I would really recommend to use the jojoba oil. First of all it is very similar to the sebum our skin naturally produces. So if your skin is dry, what would be better than moisturizing it with something as close to “the real deal” as possible? Second of all, despite the name jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax. Not totally irrelevant for making a homemade hand cream without beeswax.

How to make the homemade hand cream without beeswax

Steps on how to make the homemade hand cream without beeswax

First you want to melt the cocoa butter using a double-boiler. Make sure to have the water just warm enough to melt it, don’t heat it up too much!

Once you have a nice golden liquid and no more chunks, you can start adding the oils and the shea butter. Keep stirring continuously! Soon all ingredients will have become fluid. Now you can take it off the heat, but still keep stirring for a few minutes longer. This way your lotion will be nice and smooth later. Even afterwards, when you let the mixture cool, it is a good idea to stir it every now and then. Once your cream has reached approximately room temperature, you can fill it into the container you want to keep it in.

And that’s it! Smooth hands without the use of beeswax: here we come!

Super easy DIY hand lotion without beeswax. You will only need 4 ingredients and can whip it up super quick! #DIYbeauty

Homemade hand cream without beeswax done in a few minutes

A quick recipe for an DIY lotion without beeswax. Homemade hand lotion recipe for dry skin

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Everything you need to know about a Homemade hair mask

Soft hair on the face after a homemade hair maskA homemade hair mask should regularly be part of your long hair care. Not only can you match the ingredients to exactly what your hair needs at that moment. In addition you will find out which ingredients your hair likes and which it doesn’t. So the longer you stay with it, the better your skills at making your own perfect homemade hair mask will be. Awesome, right?

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How to make homemade hair mask

First of all, to make your own homemade hair mask you want to check the status of your hair. Is it dry and brittle? Damaged? Or are you trying to fight frizz? Depending on this you might want to use different ingredients for your mask. (I know, there can be way more hair problems. Here I just picked the most common ones.)

Homemade hair mask for dry hair

Naturally dry hair needs moisture. So you definitely want to put an ingredient to remedy that. A very good example is Aloe Vera gel*. Combine it with something fatty, like Avocado or egg. Or mix it directly with olive oil, macadamia oil… whichever oil you have around! Be careful with coconut oil though, for some people it has a rather drying effect!

Homemade hair mask for damaged hair

This one is not so straightforward. First of all, you cannot “repair” hair. So while doing a mask is gonna help you have healthier hair in the future, split ends will not magically be glued back together – Sorry! (If you have a lot of split ends but don’t want to lose all your length, check my post on how to stop split ends.)

However, there are some hair treatments that can make your hair more resistant to damage like rough clothes or treatment. (No hair treatment can protect your locks from bleaching and heat! Just minimize that or don’t do it at all!) A popular treatment to start building a protective layer around the hair is Cassia for hair. As damaged hair oftentimes is already dry, make sure to put a little oil, yogurt or Aloe Vera gel* into the mix as well!

Homemade hair mask for frizzy hair

Frizzy hair needs a little weight to it. While doing a hair mask will not be the final solution to your frizz problem (I will write another full article about this), it can help for your hair to be less dry. Basically, you want to use similar ingredients as the people with dry hair. Make sure to use nothing drying, nothing too strong (definitely no alcohol in your products!).

How to apply homemade hair mask

Depending on the consistency of your DIY hair mask, there are different ways to apply it to your hair. If it has a creamy consistency, more like a hair pudding, consider just taking it into your hands. This way you can distribute it evenly and really  work it into the hair.

If your homemade hair mask turns out to be totally liquid like my homemade conditioner with MSM, the application is easy. Just fill it into a spray bottle and sprinkle your mane from all angles. Most likely you will end up with a consistency between the two extremes: Too liquid to use it like a cream, too firm to use a spray bottle. For this kind of homemade hair mask, I will tell you a little trick. Simply go to your crafting corner or the nearest arts and crafts supply store and pick up a paint brush like this one*. (Just make sure it’s a clean one, of course!)

Paint brush painting a wallThis way you can “paint” your hair with your homemade hair mask without dripping it everywhere. Genius, right? I use this all the time especially for hair masks with staining ingredients. Definitely don’t want my Cassia for hair to become Cassia for the floor…

Can you leave a homemade hair mask on overnight?

Oftentimes people ask if it is okay to leave a homemade hair mask on overnight. In most of the cases the answer is: Yes, definitely! (Unless your mask contains a very drying or a coloring ingredient, that is.) Usually the only think you need to take care of is protecting your clothes and bed sheets. So if you are planning on leaving your hair treatment in your hair overnight, make you to wrap it thoroughly in and old T-shirt or towel. If your hair mask contains oil, do not use your favorite towel!! Oil can be super hard to wash out and tends to ruin towels in the long term.

Homemade hair masks are a great way to deal with whatever might be bothering your hair right now. Dry hair? Damaged hair? There is a DIY hair mask for anything. Read my tips for sucess with your hair mask DIY! Homemade hair masks are a great way to deal with whatever might be bothering your hair right now. Dry hair? Damaged hair? There is a DIY hair mask for anything. Read my tips for sucess with your hair mask DIY! Homemade hair masks are a great way to deal with whatever might be bothering your hair right now. Dry hair? Damaged hair? There is a DIY hair mask for anything. Read my tips for sucess with your hair mask DIY!

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How to make an easy DIY face cream

DIY face cream with 3 ingredients

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Today I want to show you a very easy recipe for a DIY face cream. It consists of only three ingredients, takes only a few minutes to make and is easily customizable to fit your personal skin preferences. And as usual with homemade beauty recipes, you can probably find all of the ingredients in your kitchen!

So before I dive into the details as to why this cream should be a part of your homemade skin care routine, let me just quickly show you the recipe:

DIY face cream recipe

You will need

1 Nutmeg nut

100 ml / half a cup of coconut milk

1 tablespoon of oil

Grate the nutmeg finely. Put it in a pot together with the other two ingredients and bring everything to a boil. Now you just need to wait till about half of the mix has evaporated. This step will get rid of the excess liquids. Afterwards strain the mass and put it in a container of your choice. Make sure you disinfected the container before!

And this is it! Your very own DIY face cream is ready! If you store it in the bathroom or somewhere else at room temperature, use it up within a week. Storing it in the fridge gives you up to 2 months to finish the cream.

Now you are probably wondering: Why nutmeg? Maybe it’s just me, but I haven’t heard about using nutmeg in skin care before stumbling onto this recipe. So naturally I had to do a little research to find out what exactly the different ingredients can do for your skin.

Nutmeg benefits for skin

Nutmeg waiting to show it's benefits for your skinWhile nutmeg is usually known as a spice, the nut also packs some serious benefits for your skin. First of all it has strong antibacterial properties. Everyone who has ever dealt with skin problems or even acne knows how much of a problem bacteria on the skin can be. Another benefit of nutmeg is it’s anti-inflammatory effect. Now you might be tempted to use loads of nutmeg on your skin, so here is also a word of caution: Too much of the special nut on your face can cause redness. If you have extremely sensitive skin, also test this cream on a small patch before you apply it all over your face.

Coconut milk benefits for skin

Coconut milk for the DIY face creamRecently everyone uses coconut oil for hair and face. But did you know that also coconut milk can be a magnificent treatment for your skin? Similar to coconut oil it helps fight bacteria, as it is antibacterial and antifungal. The white liquid also works as a great moisturizer and people gush about how plump and soft their skin feels after a “milk bath”. Finally – who doesn’t like smelling like coconut? It smells like beach and sun and just soo tasty!

Which oil for your DIY face cream?

You might have noticed that the recipe does not specify which oil to use. This is indeed on purpose as no skin is the same. Any oil will do to make the consistence cream like. Still, you might want to consider which oil your skin usually likes. Different skin types react differently to different oils. Elizabeth from The Nourished Life wrote an entire blog post on this topic, so go ahead and check it out if you feel you could use some more input on oils.

And there you have it. All you need to know to go and try your DIY face mask with nutmeg and coconut milk. If you do try this recipe, leave me a comment and tell me how you liked it!

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