Recipe for tight skin and pores!

Avocado, yoghurt and olive oil mask for tight skin and pores 🙂

Well hello dear readers,

Hope this message finds you well. What I’m about to share is my old recipe I’ve been using for the last few years, but I’ve actually forgotten about it recently. But then When I saw my pores acting I knew it was time to mask up with some fresh avocado and yoghurt.

It’s a no-brainer that winter makes your skin wither- ehhmm it rhymes too 😊– I’m such a poet I even forgot about it 😊 and to avoid dry and flaky skin we exfoliate hard. Don’t get me wrong exfoliating your skin is necessary but too much of it will lead to dryness, acne and larger pores as well. The larger the pores the more prone your skin is to getting acne. The reason being, you’re stripping out your natural skin oil thereby making it dry, flaky and disobedient. Not very nice ha!

So, watch out how many times you exfoliate. I do mine once a week and according to my skin, that is enough.

For the mask you’ll need:

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2 teaspoons of ripe avocado

1 teaspoon of yoghurt

1 teaspoon of olive oil

P.S Please don’t waste a whole avocado. You will not be needing that much. 

Mix all the ingredients and apply it to your face and neck as well for 15-30 minutes, then wash off and enjoy a beautiful, healthy and glowing tight skin. Make sure you use a warm towel to wipe it off and tone your skin as you normally would.

 Applying yogurt will make your skin free from dead skin and it will also tighten your pores. However, it can sting if you have cuts or wounds on your skin so be mindful about this. I remember my sister once complain cos’ her skin was dry and the yoghurt stung her skin. Bless my little munchkin. Muahh!

Avocado is there to moisturize your supposedly dry skin, reduces acne flare-ups and protects the skin against the sun as well.  

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I don’t need to tell you anything about olive oil- it’s just majestic and versatile. My favourite oil of all time. You can just put it anywhere.

You can use it on your skin to moisturize and exfoliate, you can put it on your hair and scalp to condition it and protect your ends, you can use it on your body as a moisturizer, you can put on your salad AND- wait for it for it!  wait for it! – some people actually drink it when they’re constipated- I know right!!!. I’ve not gone thus far yet but I’m tempted “cheeky smile”. I Just think olive oil is the gangster of the oils.

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I mean what else do we want from this wonderful oil?  But make sure you get the extra virgin, unrefined cold pressed  oil. Trust me you’ll know the difference.

Today’s tip:  If you stayed out in the sun too long, apply avocado directly to sunburned skin to ease pain. This applies to those who are enjoying the sun and loving it but forget their skin is sunburned.

Today’s quote: Know the difference between those who stay to feed the soil and those who come to grab the fruit.

Always with love- Bersi 🙂 x

The ultimate hair mask for hair growth and damaged hair!

Hello dear readers

Well, I have an amazing recipe to share with you all. I’m calling it the ultimate hair smoothie!

For some odd reason I started losing hair- it was after my protective style so maybe it had something to do with it. This hair mask literally revived my hair and stopped losing hair since.

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The ingredients are what we have at home- well, most of them. If you’re like me naturalista then you’d have them all. If not then take notes honey! 😉 My theory is to work with what we have and make the best of what we have. We have what we need, we just need to open our eyes and look outside the box and voila! we’ve made something out of nothing. As you may or may not know my mission is also to work with less chemicals if not avoid them completely. Our body is full of toxins which is why we need to avoid using chemicals and detox regularly. But that’s another subject for another time.

Let’s get to work!

Why you should do it!

Eggs are rich in protein and since hair is composed of 70 percent keratin protein it helps rebuild damaged hair by filling in weakened spots along the hair strand and prevents hair loss.

Spirulina is being widely used for promoting hair growth and to combat hair problems like thinning hair and baldness. Henna helps prevent dandruff, nourishes your scalp and cleanses dirt. It’s a great conditioner for your hair and adds shine and volume to it.

Yoghurt reduces hair fall and treats your scalp. You need yoghurt as it’s the main liquid ingredient holding all of your other ingredients together- the glue! Castor oil is good for hair growth as it helps increase circulation to the scalp. It works well against dandruff and scalp infections.

For this special hair smoothie we need:

1 egg- if you have a lot of hair 2 eggs

2 tablespoons of spirulina powder

4-5 tablespoons of yoghurt

1 and half tablespoon of henna

1 tablespoon of castor oil ( it’s very thick so don’t use more than this)

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Instructions

First mix the yoghurt with your eggs and add your henna. Then slowly add castor oil and then mix well your spirulina powder into it and finally add your olive oil- preferably extra virgin oil and marry all your ingredients well.

Apply on your scalp and hair strands too- keep it on for 3 hours. Make sure you put a plastic bag on to lock heat. Wash it off and the result is AAhhmazing!!!! You’ll notice the results immediately. My hair was so clean it actually made that sound your teeth make when they’re squeaky-clean. The hair was well moisturised and soft but still has volume. This mask can be used as natural shampoo, so no need to wash it with a shampoo afterwards. No chemicals and we’re winning.

After your wash you can rinse it with rice water, apple cider vinegar and water rinse, camomile tea rinse or green tea rinse. Will talk about this in the near future. Till then stay tuned!

Quote of the day

For every disciplined effort there’s a multiple reward- Jim Rohn

 

Epsom salt!

Dear readers, as promised here’s some facts and my personal experiences on Epsom salt and why we should always have it at home and use it. Epsom salt is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.

Epsom salt is a miracle I’ve discovered by accident. I was just looking to get any type of dead sea salt as I’ve read it’s good for our health and skin too, but instead I found Epsom salt and boy do I love it!!! So far, no regrets and money well spent.  It has so many uses and benefits but we’re going to focus on health today.

 Here are some health benefits of the miracle salt:

·         Relaxes the nervous system

·         Cures skin problems

·         Soothes back pain and aching limbs

·         Eases muscle strain

·         Draws toxins from the body

·         It boosts magnesium levels- will talk about magnesium next time

·         Reduces pain and inflammation

How I use it?

There’s different ways of using Epsom salt:

1: On a damp skin you can start rubbing a handful of Epsom salt gently ( don’t be too harsh on the skin). Leave it until it dries which takes about 2 minutes. Your skin will look ashy so don’t be alarmed by it. Then was it off. This process easily removes dead cells helping your skin look healthier and feel softer. You will feel a little itchy until it dries, but it will go away as soon as you wash it- so be patient, it’s not burning your skin.

2:  You can make a body scrub as shown below. All you need is about 4 tablespoons of epsom salt, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a lemon/lime zest with or without the juice. Massage it on your skin gently and rinse after 2min. Your skin is going to thank you for this.

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3: You can have a bath with it or even add a bit of baking soda for extra muscle relief after a workout. Trust me, this is one of the best things I’ve ever discovered. I soak for about 30minutes and the skin does not get wrinkly at all. I take a glass of water with me to drink when I have my bath. Make sure you finish your water, you might feel dizzy if you don’t hydrate yourself when you come out. You’ll need about 2 cups of the salt for your bath. If you want to add the baking soda to it, first you need to transfer your 2 cups in a large plastic container then add boiling water and gently put about 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Be careful of the reaction as it gets fizzy. After it’s nicely mixed pour it on your bath water. You can add essential oils if you want to make your bathing experience extra special and relaxing. Lavender oil is perfect for this purpose and also if you’re having trouble sleeping at night.

4: You can soak your feet in it- the easiest way to absorb magnesium and keep your feet and body healthy. You will need about half a cup for this.

I’ve noticed that my skin gets softer and much more smoother after I use it. I’ve learned that we can absorb magnesium through our skin which most of us have deficiency of and I get so relaxed and feel very light after my bath. All the above 4 methods are effective but my favorite one is number 3. Some people also drink it but I’m not there yet.

Every time we work out, our muscles hurt; especially if we haven’t exercised in a while. But recently as soon I finish my work out I’ve been taking Epsom salt baths with baking soda and the next morning the pain is almost non- existent. No limping anymore, which means you can get back to your gym the next day if you wish to depending on how you feel. But remember not to abuse your muscles. 

 Where do I get  mine?

I bought my first bag from a health store. I paid £4.50 for one kg but I went on amazon and bought 10Kg for £15- it don’t get any cheaper than that. Enjoy!!

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Note: You should not take Epsom salt baths if you are pregnant, have exposed cuts or burns on your skin, or are severely dehydrated. People who suffer from cardiovascular disease should first consult a doctor before taking an Epsom salt bath. 

Till next time, love and peace 🙂

Quote of the day:

 Don’t underestimate your health, because without it you can’t accomplish much- Bersi