Can’t Touch This! Hands Off Your Face

Face it, one often overlooked skin care tip is the cleanliness of your hands. Ah… “What!? I never get break-outs on my hands!” you’re saying. Well, I know that silly! I’m talking about the germs, dirt, and bacteria that you accumulate on your hands all day and transfer to your face. People frequently touch their eyes, nose, mouth, and skin onto their face often without realizing it. Think about it! How many times do your rest your chin on your hand or brush your forehead? All of this can trigger a break out and spread the p. acnes bacteria around your skin.

Your hands aren’t the only things that can introduce bacteria to your face. How about handling your phone and pressing it to your cheek? Cell phones, dirty wash clothes, pillowcases, make-up brushes, sunglasses, money: These are all big offenders so make sure you clean and disinfect them regularly.

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But wait! I’m not suggesting you go crazy and bust out the bleach or start using antibacterial wipes on everything! There are safer, gentler, and more natural ways to keep those nasty bugs off your hands and skin.

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Wash your hands.

Like Seriously! Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to clear this issue up, not to mention keep you from getting sick. Studies show that 97% of females and 92% of males say they wash their hands but of these only 75% females and 58% males washed their hands when observed. Let’s get with it people! It takes a village. If you wash your hands, you are not only keeping yourself more germ-free but helping to cut down the spread of bacteria, disease, and infection to others. You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with a good soap like Dr. Bronner’s and make sure you get underneath your fingernails and tips of your fingers.

Sanitize your items.

Clean your stuff!  You can use a natural and safe product for every day use and shelf the harsh cleaners for the bigger jobs. Here is my recipe for a gentle disinfectant that works and smells great!

 

Disinfectant Recipe:

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I put mine in this cute old perfume bottle I had on hand. A great way to reuse old bottles and this particular one gives a really nice mist.

Change your habits. Save face.

Do whatever you have to do. Gross yourself out. There are some seriously disturbing statistics out there about who is touching what and who is NOT washing their hands. Think about all the nasty stuff you touch every day and imagine yourself rubbing that directly on your face because essentially that is what you are doing. Changing your habits is not an easy task but with some thought and will power, you’ll be on your way.

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Dry Shampoo -7 Ingredients for Amazing Hair

Finally it’s here! My recipe for DIY Dry Shampoo that is an absolute staple in my routine and I simply cannot live without (ok- dramatic!;). If you have read the article detailing the NO Poo technique that gets you away from toxic chemicals and washing your hair everyday with commercial soap/shampoo, then you can understand the need for a Dry Shampoo. Generally, I only cleanse my hair twice a week, so I take seriously the products that I use in the in-between times. This Dry Shampoo is natural, smells good, gives good styling texture and can be modified to fit your specific needs.

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How do I use Dry Shampoo?

That is a great question! Using Dry Shampoo is easy to use and can extend the life of a style or increase the time you need between washes. This particular Dry Shampoo is a powder that you sprinkle in your hand (start with about a dime-sized amount and just like cooking, season to taste! Errrr- adjust for your needs ☺). Spread the powder around in your hand covering your fingertips and then massage into the roots of your hair. I sometimes turn my head upside down over the bathtub to catch any loose powder so clean up is as simple as turning on the shower. Massaging your scalp is great for the health of your skin and your hair. It increases the blood flow to your follicles, uses your body’s natural oils to condition the scalp, and helps to strengthen the roots of you hair. Insider tip- it also feels really good. Once you are done massaging the DIY Dry Shampoo into your roots, voila! That’s it, you’re done! Flip your hair over and you will see added volume, less oil, and a pretty nice texture (although it may take a bit of getting used to the feel) for styling.

How do you make Dry Shampoo?

Ok, enough talk already! Where’s your recipe for this magical Dry Shampoo? Well, it couldn’t be much easier to make.

DIY Dry Shampoo recipe:

What you’ll need:

¼ cup French Green Clay
¼ cup Arrowroot Powder
½ T. Chamomile Powder
½ T. Lavender Flowers (ground)
½ T. Oatstraw Powder
Essential Oils
Iridescent Mica (optional)

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Directions:

Mix all of your powders together. I like to do this in a mason jar. It makes for easy mixing of the Dry Shampoo ingredients and you can use it for storing the excess powder until you need it. After it is fully mixed, add a few drops of your essential oils of choice. I would recommend using no more than two. Some of my favorite oils for this Dry Shampoo are Lavender, Rosemary, Sweet Orange, and Jasmine. The last ingredient on my list is optional but plays an important part in doing something that most other Dry Shampoo recipes fail to do, which is keeping your hair looking shiny. Let’s face it, gaining a few extra days in-between washes is great but not at the expense of looking like you are wearing a powdered wig. I add a small amount of iridescent mica to my Dry Shampoo and this keeps your hair looking dimensional and shiny. There are a lot of different options for iridescent powders but the Bare Minerals Clear Radiance would be a good example of one to add. They’ve recently changed their formulation to make it more health friendly. Feel free to experiment with what mica you use if you want to change the color or the sheen of your Dry Shampoo formula.

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The last tip to mention is one that I love- storage! I have kept my Dry Shampoo in cute little containers on my bathroom shelf and in my cupboards but the last discovery was by far the handiest. Take an old, empty spice container that has the shaker top and fill it with your DIY Dry Shampoo powder. It fits with your other products well and seals nice and tight for travel. It also allows you great control in how much you pour out to apply. Remember, a little goes a long way!

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Let me know if you try the Dry Shampoo recipe for yourself. I’d love to hear what you think and any comments or suggestions you might have.

 

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Shea Butter :: The Melt In Your Hand Recipe

Yaaay for Shea (Butter)

~ I can already hear my friends groaning with that rhyme! ;P

For those of us in the northerly regions, it is that time of year again!: Time to slather on the moisturizer and keep from becoming reptilian versions of ourselves, scaly skinned and all! I may be an enthusiast for trying new products but I’m not beyond some hardcore DIY when it comes to making the basics that get me through the winter. What’s my favorite DIY product this month? This is the very best, richest, Shea Butter recipe I’ve ever made. This Shea Butter keeps my skin protected, soft, and hydrated all day long when the weather gets harsh. Added bonus: It smells so good; I don’t need perfume!

Ok, enough with the description, you say!! Get on with the recipe already!!

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Shea Butter Recipe

Ingredients:

16oz Shea Butter

4oz Sweet Almond Oil

1T Vitamin E

20 drops Thieves essential oil

 

What you’ll need:

Stand or Hand mixer

Large stainless steel bowl

Large pot on stove (to make double boiler)

Refrigerator (optional)

Jars for the finished product

 

Directions:

  1. Fill a large pot with a few inches of water and place the stainless steel bowl nested inside creating a double boiler. Turn the burner on medium.
  2. Melt the Shea Butter in the bowl and then remove from heat.
  3. Mix in the sweet almond oil and vitamin e.
  4. Using a stand mixer, blend together the mixture on medium for a few minutes. Then put the bowl in the refrigerator to cool down your oils.
  5. About every 10 minutes, take the mixture out and whip the ingredients with the mixture on medium high for about 3 minutes. Continue this process until you start to see the mixture solidify and turn opaque.
  6. During the last whipping, add the drops of essential oil. The body butter will be about the consistency of frosting at this point.
  7. Scoop the body butter into your containers.
  8. Voila! Now share your spoils and impress your friends!

*If you are going to store it for awhile, make sure to stick it in the fridge to prolong its’ shelf life.

Why is this Shea Butter stuff so good?

Shea Butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea Tree. This fat is a triglyceride derived mainly from stearic acid and oleic acid. Shea butter is naturally rich in Vitamins A and E as well as essential fatty acids and other vitamins, minerals and acts as a low level UV protectant. There are tons of uses for Shea Butter and it is fairly well tolerated by many skin types, which is one of the main reasons I love it. When combined with added Vitamin E and Sweet Almond Oil to make it a bit more viscous, it is the best body butter I’ve found to keep all my parts soft through the winter. I can put this on right after shaving with no irritation. And… if you have added the Thieves oil as suggested in this recipe, you’ll not only keep the robbers away , but also the germs! No guarantee you’ll keep the admirers away though… This stuff smells delicious! Enjoy 🙂

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