|How do you deep condition your hair? What are some "recipes" to use? Is there any difference in deep conditioning different types of hair (mine is very thin). thanks in advance!|
Deep conditioning is really simple, and there are many ways to do it yourself and create at-home recipes with tons of benefits.
All you have to do is apply the conditioner to your hair until it completely saturates all of your strands. Now clip it up, and wait the proper amount of time (anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour). Some you can rinse right out, others you may need to use shampoo to fully remove any oil residue.
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When it comes to making your own, I recommend using one or mixing 2-4 various ingredients that will help smooth, hydrate, and add shine. Here is a list of household products that I like to mix and match to create different treatments:
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Egg whites
- Tea tree oil
Heat up and mix one or a few of these items together until the combination is liquidy and easy to apply (let it cool a bit before putting it on). Then leave on as long as you want!
All of these ingredients will nourish and soften your hair, but some have added benefits for people with certain issues. For instance if you have brittle hair, using ingredients with protein (like egg, avocado, etc) will help build up your hair’s strength. If your hair really lacks shine, choose oils or oily products (mayonnaise, coconut oil). Tea tree oil helps relieve itchy scalp and dandruff. Coconut oil is the best at restoring moisture, because the molecules are small enough to really penetrate the hair shaft.
Because you have thin hair, the only precaution I may advise is to not apply the conditioner too close to your scalp (unless you suffer from a dry scalp, then rub that stuff in good!) because they can be difficult to wash out (I’d shampoo and rinse twice).
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Let’s Talk About - A Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Skin (pH Balance)
Ever wonder why people eating salads always look so happy? Maybe because they know it’s giving them clear skin! Let me tell you my thoughts; it could save your complexion.
If you have acne or hyperpigmentation, you’ll KNOW how difficult it is to get rid of and prevent. That’s simply because the cause is deeper than the surface of your skin. Hormones, and the acidic/alkaline value in your skin (or pH balance) play a major part in the health of your skin, as well as the rest of your body. Even though your body’s chemistry seems like something that you can’t touch, the truth is you can alter your hormones, in a good way, to keep yourself and your skin happy.
One key ingredient in your overall health and the clarity of your skin is your DIET. I remember when I was a young teenager and I bought ProActiv, thinking that it would finally clear up my skin - ProActiv came with a packet of information about acne, and it actually said that food DIDN’T affect breakouts… even then, I knew that was wrong. I’ve long been a junk-food-o-holic, and I’ve always seen the link between what I put in my mouth and what happened to my skin.
So let’s get into it… how does the food you eat alter your hormones/pH balance?
If you remember from Chemistry class (joke - I don’t remember anything from Chemistry class), pH scales the level of alkaline and acid. Here, have a diagram:
Too much acid in the body causes inflammation, and can leave your body vulnerable to bacterial invasions (AKA poor health). Most notably, when your body is mostly acidic, you will see very poor skin reactions… acne, oiliness, hyper pigmentation, and the like. That being said, having too much alkaline could cause similar issues… dry, irritated skin, and breakouts once again. The key is to have a more balanced pH.
*Let it be noted that when discussing this, we are not taking into account the actual pH of the food itself, but how the food affects the pH of your body & skin.
To keep a more balanced pH, and thus clearer skin, you must remove some of the acidic foods from your diet and incorporate in more alkaline foods. Here is a helpful (but not whole) list:
- Almond Milk
- Black Beans
- Corn Syrup
- Hard Liquor
- Soft Drinks
- Drugs, Medicinal
- Drugs, Psychedelic
- Sea Veggies
- Spinach, green
- Sweet Potatoes
- Wheat Grass
- Wild Greens
- Dates, dried
- Figs, dried
- Fresh Fruit Juices
Makes sense, doesn’t it? Note that all animal proteins, caffeine, and processed foods are acidic, and almost all vegetables are alkaline. But eating all veggies isn’t going to give your skin a healthy balance… you need a bit of acidic foods, and a bit of alkaline foods. Think of the food pyramid! You need a dose of each food group every day to maintain a balance in your body.
(This is the food pyramid I knew when I was growing up… they’ve changed it to something weird looking, but I think this makes more sense.)
Another important thing to think about are the hormones that are actually in your food. This might sound like vegan hype, but it is true that in most dairy and meat products, there are extra hormones that can affect our bodies. Of course animals produce their own hormones, but many are fed extra hormones to make them produce or grow more. This can sometimes be said of vegetables as well! To avoid this, choose organic products, or food that advertises that it is hormone-free. (You’ll also be helping your local community business, as most organic produce, etc. is sold locally). Also remember to ALWAYS rinse off your produce before you consume it… see how herbacides, etc. is listed under acid-forming?
Still can’t figure out what’s up with your skin? Try keeping a food diary… it sounds silly, but it will help 100%. Monitor your daily intake of food and beverages, and also keep track of your skin’s daily condition. Soon you will begin to see a pattern between the foods that you eat, and how often you eat them, and the clarity of your skin. Knowing which foods trigger your breakouts can help you learn what to avoid. Physically writing this down everyday is easiest for me, but you can also get Food Journal apps on your smartphone!
There are more factors, apart from your diet, that could affect your skin’s pH balance & body’s hormones… stress, lack of sleep, and sun damage to your skin. Choosing some healthy lifestyle changes could correct this… and make you happier overall!
- Try meditating, or just sitting in silence and breathing deeply for a few minutes every day. Clearing your mind can not only relax your body, but can also help you think more positively throughout the day.
- Simple exercise, like yoga, pilates, or a daily workout DVD, can boost your heart rate as well as your mood, and encourage healthy blood flow (which is key for a glowing complexion!
- Wear sunscreen of at least SPF 15 every day to prevent overexposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays… when your skin is damaged, you cause it’s pH to become imbalanced.
Of course I am no scientist, but it is upsetting to see people with skin conditions that make them self-conscious that they simply can’t get rid of. There are only so many topical methods that you can try, and it gets frustrating when nothing seems to help. I hope this methodology helps some of you to understand your skin a bit better - and in this case, we learn that beauty truly is more than skin-deep.
The Benefits of Watermelon: Three Different All-Natural Face Masks Perfect for Healthy Summer Skin!
There are many benefits of eating watermelon, as it is one of the most underrated superfoods out there! Watermelon is very useful for removig blemishes on the skin. Rich in Vitamins A, B and C, it helps keep the skin fresh, radiant and hydrated. The acids in the fruit act as exfoliants as well. Watermelon seed oil is also beneficial for your body - the precence of Omega-6 and -9 Fatty Acids helps the skin immensely. This oil has a very good apsorption level which dissolves sebum buildup, which could clog pores.
Cleansing Watermelon Mask
- 2 Cups of watermelon (seeds removed)
- Clean bowl
Add two cups of watermelon into a clean bowl and use a fork to mash the flesh. While lying down, apply the pulp to clean skin and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rub the pulp in circular motions to gently cleanse your skin thoroughly. Watermelon’s natural fruit acids will also help exfoliate. Rinse the mask off with cool water and follow up with your normal skincare routine
Moisturizing Watermelon Mask
- 1/2 Cup of watermelon (seeds removed)
- 1/4 Cup of papaya
- 1/2 Cup of banana
- 2 Teaspoons of whole milk
- Clean bowl
In a clean bowl, use a fork to mash all the ingredients together into a paste. You can use a blender but be sure not to overmix and have the mask become too runny. If the mixture is too thick, add a little bit more milk to dilute it and if it’s too thin, add a bit more banana. On a clean face, apply a thin layer of the mask over your face for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse it off with cool water and follow up with your normal skin care routine.
Glowing Watermelon Mask
- 1 Cup of watermelon (seeds removed)
- 1/2 of a ripe banana
- 1/2 cup of plain yogurt
- Clean bowl
In a clean bowl, use a fork to mash all the ingredients together into a paste. You can use a blender but be sure not to overmix and have the mask become too runny. If the mixture is too thick, add some water to dilute the mask and if too thin, add a bit more yogurt. Pour the mask into a clean container and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour prior to use. On a clean face, apply a thin layer of the mask and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse it off with cool water and follow up with your normal skin care routine
*As with anything, make sure you patch test first to make sure you do not have skin reactions.*
So make sure you pick up two ripe melons (;]) - one for your skin, and one to eat as a summer treat! Enjoy all the benefits and stay cool.
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Best source for skin glow is using home remedies for skin glow with consistency and persistence then results shall be seen in a short while.
A glow on the skin communicates a healthy you from inside and outside. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetable and drink 2-3 liters of plain water in a day to keep the body fit from inside. Furthermore for the outside skin well being, use the face packs made from these 6 foods for glowing skin.
- Cucumber - It is the skin’s “best friend”. It replaces the dull skin with striking glowing skin. Grate one cucumber and squeeze out its juice. Dab this freshly prepared cucumber juice on the face and neck with a cotton ball. And put the left behind grated cucumber on the eyes. Re-apply the juice on the skin 2-3 times in the span of 20 minutes. Later wash the skin water. Use it everyday for that wonderful glow on the face.
- Egg Yolk - The yellow part of the egg called as egg yolk is excellent for akin glow. To one egg yolk mix ½ olive oil and 4-5 drops of lemon. Apply it on the skin. Keep it for 15 minutes and rinse it off. In case the pack dries up prior to the set time of 15 minutes then also wash it off. Egg packs must be cleaned immediately once it dries up else it stretches the skin and might lead to fine wrinkles. Hence ensure to wash the face as soon as the pack dries. It is best for dry skin and normal skin.
- Avocado - It is a nutrient-rich fruit. It leaves the skin well nourished and moisturized. Take one fully ripped avocado and mash it thoroughly. To this add ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice. Mix well. Smear this paste on face and neck. Hold it for 10 minutes, then after rinse it off. With regular use the face shall start glowing face.
- Banana - This fruit when mixed with honey gives instant glow. Take one tablespoon well mashed fully ripped banana and ½ teaspoon honey. Mix both together and apply it on the face. Then after 15 minutes clean skin with lukewarm water. This can be sued once in two days for best results.
- Coconut Milk - Freshly prepared coconut milk does wonder for the skin. In 2 tablespoon concentrated coconut milk add 1 teaspoon sandalwood powder. Mix both well. Using a flat brush apply the mixture on the face. Allow it to dry and after 15 minutes sponge down the pack from the skin. This pack suits all the skin tones.
- Orange - It is a good source of ingredients that assist for getting the skin glow. Take out the juice of half orange. To this add 2 teaspoon of curd and mix well. Apply the mixture on the face and leave it as it is. In the course of 20 minutes orange juice and curd shall penetrate deep inside the skin layers and fulfill all skin nutrient requirements. Later rinse the applied pack and pat dry the skin. Glow shall come on the skin with regular use of the pack.
Make the skin happy with these 6 foods for glowing skin because the natural skin glow comes on a happy skin. You would agree to this!
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