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Coffee in your daily skin care

The first ever post media on OiB a few months back was a cup of coffee. This one. 10 months later, it is with no surprise that coffee becomes an actual topic, not just a cute photo. I love coffee. I always knew it was a plus (not a minus) in any beauty regimen. I already mentioned it here back in July, and even here earlier this year. I though today is the day to get messy. No more sweet talk, ditch the chocoloate and honey. Today, we go raw. Starting by a killer question (suspense mood on):

 ⇒ How to incorporate Coffee in our daily skincare routine? 

You know you can incorporate coffee into your daily skin care , well no right? Even though it’s a widely consumed beverage but it has also got other not so popular benefits. Today we are going to discuss those.

You have heard it right!!! You can use coffee for your daily skin care routine. This is because coffee has got certain essential agents which are beneficial for your skin like the antioxidants, it prevents the aging of your skin. Quite shocking right? Something like coffee which you use to energize yourself in the morning can be used on your skin? To be frank, I was shocked too.

Enough of the blabbering, so let’s see why you should use coffee as your daily skin care product:

Prevents premature aging

Coffee has a rich quantity of anti-oxidants when you consume coffee you take those antioxidants inside, these are the agents that stunt your skin from aging. Antioxidants are greatly natural remedies to combat wrinkles and dryness.

Makes your skin smooth and soft

One of the basics of skincare is removing the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. This keeps your skin healthy and fresh. In order to remove dead skin, you need a substance that is rough and strong but not so strong that they may ruin your skin. This is where coffee comes into play, it is a best natural exfoliation agent. It can be used as a natural scrub to get rid of dead skin cells, hence maintain a smooth and soft skin.

Reduces soreness of the skin

Strong antioxidants in coffee have got many anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces puffiness and soreness of the skin. It is the best alternative to harmful cosmetics. Later I’ll tell you how to make a DIY coffee mask help to reduce the soreness of the skin.

Some DIY coffee recipes

How to make a simple yet effective coffee face scrub at home? Read below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ground coffee
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Salt. (Preparing an article about what type of salt to use and avoid in skincare, stay tuned). Salt is a natural exfoliant.
  • Few drops of lavender or jasmine oil for scent

Directions:

  1. Add the above ingredients in a small bowl and mix it well. Then a few drops of lavender or jasmine oil for fragrance.
  2. Put the mix in in a sealed container and allow it to cool in your refrigerator
  3. Use this mix and natural DIY coffee scrub, use it at least three or four times per day to get best results.

I usually follow any scrub by a gently mask to rejuvenate my skin. You can try the mask I use and see if it fits you – Comment below to let me know!!

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons of ground coffee
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt
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Yogurt | OrganicIsBeautiful

Directions:

  1. blend this mix together in a small bowl, then directly apply it on your face.
  2. Keep it on your face for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Clean off the DIY coffee mask with a warm towel.

What about your body? You having a lovely Pamper Day and will love to know how to also pamper your entire body including your armpits, your toes and your cute little legs, read below.

NOTE: For dry legs like mine (I confess), there are specific tips available here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of ground coffee
  • 1⁄4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1⁄2 cup turbinado raw sugar

Directions:

  1. Quite similar to the scrub before, mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Now use this scrub while bathing, apply it on your hands, legs and your entire body. And let it remain for five minutes, occasionally massaged in a circular motion.
  3. This mix will open your pores and remove any dead skin cells.
  4. Rinse off the scrub and pat dry.

I’m quite sure you are amazed how coffee can be useful for your skin. The above-mentioned DIY techniques really work and I know many would use them. You also give it a try, the results may appear in 2 to 3 weeks and let me know about it.

Amanda

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6 Must Have Essential Oils at Home

Today on OiB, I’m going to tell you about essential oils. The first question in your mind would be, why are they important for you? Let me tell you. They are so important for you and your health because they are organic and natural without the toxic elements found in mainstream home products.

Nature is the best remedy and that’s what I believe in. Without much ado, Let’s go through the best essential oils for you to have for your home:

  1. Lavender

It is the most versatile essential oil and that’s why it tops my list. What it does? In two words, it is great for skin care. It will relax your body, heals bruises and cuts, and also cures skin irritation.

That’s not the only great part. Its aroma is so refreshing that it makes you feel as if you are in a garden surrounded by beautiful blossoms.

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Lavender | OrganicIsBeautiful

With the use of DIY lavender home-made products, you will be physically and mentally relaxed which will help to get energy for the things you really need to do. Also, very useful to help you fall asleep.

What Lavender Oil heals?

  • Skin rashes
  • Pimples
  • Headaches
  • Burns caused by insect bites
  • Small burns
  • Cuts and scrape

As I always say about lavender, it does a magic – hard to believe unless experienced.

  1. Tea Tree

Your skin is a mirror of the beautiful heart you have. Allow tea tree oil to keep your skin smooth and bless it with amazing benefits so that you look more beautiful that you think.

Benefits of Tree Oil

  • Keeps skin clear
  • Keeps it healthy irrespective of exposure to pollution
  • Keep foot odor away
  • Remove toe nail fungus
  • Diminish cold sores
  • When you have a bottle of tea tree oil, you have not to worry about first aid
  • Heals burns caused due to an insect bite

What Tree Oil Cures?

  • Foot fungus of athletes
  • Eczema
  • Pimples
  • Colds
  • Nail fungus
  • Dandruff
  • Burns caused by insect bites
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Tea Tree | OrganicIsBeautiful

Add a few drops of it in your shampoo and conditioner to allow your hair to retain its original form. Beautiful skin complemented with beautiful hair is all that tree tea oil gives you every time you use. That’s why I love it.

  1. Lemon Oil

The nature of citrus is at work here. This cleansing oil offers astonishing health benefits for you to avail. Read on below.

  • It offers a spiritual experience and arouses psychic awareness.
  • Get rid of heartburn as well as indigestion with just a few drops of lemon oil in water
  • Add lemon oil in water stored in bathroom for cleaning and germs control. This DIY worked for me.
  • You will be blessed with increase alertness as well as concentration
  • Mix lemon oil with some peppermint and it will act as an insect and ant repellant
  • It is a perfect hand sanitizer when mixed with Aloe Vera gel
  • Inhaling lemon oil clears nasal passages
  • Its antiseptic properties clean skin as well

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    Limes & lemons (Image credit: Gourmet Sleuth)
  1. Peppermint

I, mostly, use peppermint to relieve myself from nausea and constipation. A massage with a mixture of carrier oil and peppermint onto the abdomen reduces stomach cramps.

What it Cures?

  • stomach queasiness
  • Tick under skin
  • Bronchitis

To relieve cough, you can make a DIY mixture with eucalyptus, carrier oil and peppermint. Two drops of oil can be used to appease overheated feet.

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Peppermint | OrganicIsBeautiful
  1. Eucalyptus Oil

The benefits of eucalyptus oil are wide-ranging. It is widely used as an organic deodorant. Follow below to know which conditions it cures.

  • Asthma
  • Chest congestion
  • Pain and aches of joints
  • Inflammation

It accelerates healing process.

Quick DIY: You can get rid of pain by applying a few drops adding to a compress.

Eucalyptus | OrganicIsBeautiful
Eucalyptus | OrganicIsBeautiful
  1. Clove Oil

Clove oil is used in dental products. It is very strong so be careful and dilute it first before use.

What Clove Oil Cures?

  • Toothaches
  • Gum disease
  • Burns and wounds
  • Ear aches
Cloves | OrganicIsBeautiful
Cloves | OrganicIsBeautiful

I use it mostly for dental purposes, but it can also be used to repel bugs. Just add a few drops to a diffuser to repel bugs from your home.

As it is really concentrated, I don’t recommend its use for sensitive skins.

There you have it. I’m enjoying the many benefits of essentials oils and hope to hear from you too. Tell me about which essential oils you use and why.

Amanda

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Saturday Relaxation with Dead Sea Salt and Ginger

This year I made myself a promise that I was going to take time for myself. Whether it is five minute or maybe an hour to do something that relaxes me or de-stresses me. Today I am sharing with you one of those things which is taking bubble baths. I also wanted to share my three essential products that make my bath time extra special.

A bit of History

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The Onsen is the Japanese bathing ritual based on soaking in scalding bath water and sweating to achieve good health and relaxation.

Spiritual pursuits of purity, hygiene and ritual purification were an important part of Japanese culture and bathing was done communally without regard for division of the sexes.

 

 

Turkish Flag OrganicIsBeautifulWhat about Turkey? The Turkish bath is also called a Hammam.

It is an Arabic word meaning ‘spreader of warmth’ and represents in the East a very long and rich culture of bathing of the Romans, Ottomans, Persians and Arabs.

Nowadays, you can find a few hammam spa across Paris as well.

Hungary Flag OrganicIsBeautifulHungary is the country that pops into my mind when I think bathing traditions. A traditional thermal bath dating back to the 16th century.

Nowadays, it is with no surprise that Hungary is the largest medicinal bath in all Europe! A stop in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is a fabulous experience and an amazing week trip away.

 

A Salt Bath

A salt bath is among the oldest baths out there, and has been used for many years to help people relax and unwind. Yes, a more leisurely soak with bathing ingredients carefully chosen will support internal cleansing, overall health and even to remedy specific ailments or injuries.

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Detox Spa | OrganicIsBeautiful

My Bath Essentials 

  1. Epsom Salt. High in magnesium, it has beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind and soul. It is a must-have!

The Epsom Salt Industry Council lists the non-exhaustives benefitits found in the Epsom Salt:

  • Improved heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.
  • Improved ability for the body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
  • Flushed toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
  • Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation. Also, calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.
  • Relieved stress. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation.
Salt | OrganicIsBeautiful
Salt | OrganicIsBeautiful

 2. Sea Salt. According to OrganicFact.com, the mineral content in Dead Sea salt have long been appreciated for their rejuvenating effects on the skin. Bathing in a Dead Sea salt solution helps in keeping the skin moisturized and revitalized.

Dead Sea Salt | OrganicIsBeautiful
Dead Sea Salt | OrganicIsBeautiful

3. Ground Ginger. Ginger, as we all know, has a peculiar fragrance and is a strong spice offering several beauty benefits. It is packed with antioxidants and is antiseptic in nature, which makes it extremely useful to resolve problems like signs of anti-ageing, acne, skin burns, but also… dandruff! 

Benefits of Ginger
Lets talk about the benefits of Ginger – OrganicIsBeautiful

 4. Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple Vinegar Cider | OrganicIsBeautiful

 5. Baking Soda. Baking soda isn’t only for baking. Combined with water, it contains strong healing properties that help soothe the skin.

And, the OiB suggestion, some a few drops of lavender essential oil. (You know that I am a big fan of lavender essential oil. In my previous article, I mentioned its benefits to help falling asleep like a baby!) You can also use other essential oil made to ease the relaxation process: 

  • Lavender – Calming
  • Grapefruit – Uplifting
  • Peppermint – Fatigue
  • Cedarwood – Depression
  • Chamomile & Rosemary – Headache

Thank you for stopping by, feel free to comment below 😉

Amanda

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