Today I’m divulging a few of my favourite beauty hacks. You’re more than welcome to share the info if you feel it would help you or someone you know. Stay tuned to the end and leave a comment on your favourite one I mentioned, and share your own fav too!
The beautiful Shamiela Dout has introduced me to this Bentonite Clay +Activated Charcoal Facial Mask and I must say, I am super glad she did as it leaves your skin feeling soft as a babys bottom.
What you’ll need: – All ingredients can be bought at Dis-chem
- Bentonite Clay (R36,95 for 200g)
- Activated Charcoal (R22,95 for 100g). You get the powder and capsules, buy the powder. Mix these 2 ingredients in a plastic or glass jar big enough to store 300g, this cuts down on having to mix every time, also the charcoal can get very messy
- Rose Water (R34,95 for 250ml)
- Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (R19,95 for 500ml)…make sure it the cloudy one with the pulp in (pulp is also known as mother), please please be careful with the ACV as it can burn sensitive skin, you could leave it out altogether and just use 1 tsp Rose Water
VERY IMPORTANT only use glass or plastic utensils. Metal will basically render this mask useless as it interferes with the bentonite clay
- 1 tsp Bentonite Clay +Activated Charcoal mix
- 3/4 Tsp Rose
- 1/4 Tsp Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
I apply the mask with my fingers, taking care to avoid the eye area. Depending on how thickly you applied it, it takes about 20-30 minutes to dry completely into a stiff mask. I rinse it off with cool water, there will still be a residue left behind even if you don’t see it so use a toner or micellar water to wipe it away before applying serums and creams. VOILA! Quick and easy hey? And all this for R115! sometimes Dis-chem has 3 for 2 sales so keep a look out and you might even pay less
I once made the mistake of rinsing it off in the shower. Black mess everywhere! Needless to say, I was not impressed with myself that day. The first time I used this mask, my face started turning red after rinsing it off. No burning sensation, just a warm feeling. I quickly asked Shamiela if it’s normal and she said yes, it’s the clay that extracted underlying impurities. After a few minutes, the redness faded away. My second time was much better as I didn’t have that reaction afterwards. Don’t feel like having that black mess everywhere to clean up afterwards? Use the clay and mix with a little rose water and apple cider vinegar. Works just as great, plus the ACV helps to lighten pigmentation marks.
When I got the rose water initially, it was because Shamiela said it’s great as a toner. I certainly agree. I poured it in a bottle with a spray nozzle as it’s much easier to use that way. I spray some on a cosmetic pad and just wipe my entire face and neck before I moisturise. I never knew the importance of using toner until I started using this. My skin looks and feels amazing. Feeling a bit hot and your makeup is starting to show it? Spray some on your face for an instant perk-me-up! An added bonus is that it clears up acne too. My daughter was very happy as she discovered this and shared her bottle with her friend. You could see a visible difference in a matter of days.
I’m starting to believe that rose water is a miracle in a bottle. Why I say so is that it’s become one of my staple items I use daily. As you all know, Cape Town has some heavy water restrictions currently in place and we all try to do our bit to conserve this precious resource. One of my contributions is that I only wash my hair twice a week now. Bear in mind that I work out at least five times a week, which leaves me and my hair a sweaty mess. So how do I keep my locks looking and smelling decent the rest of the days that I’m not washing it? I liberally spray rose water on my hair, brush it through and tie it in a bun, then take my hairdryer and blast it with hot air for a few minutes. When I loosen the bun, my hair is in soft waves. So if you’re in a pinch and don’t have dry shampoo, use this trick. Your hair will smell great, but won’t be greasy at all. Another pleasant side effect is no itchy scalp or dandruff! Rose water is very underrated, yet so versatile and effective.
As much as I like to spend money on my skincare items, I also like to save where I can. I make my own lip scrub using a bit of honey and treacle sugar.
DIY Body Scrub:
I use a mixture of honey, treacle and normal brown sugar. This is my once a week treat which not only smells fantastic, but it makes my skin feel amazingly soft. I don’t specifically buy these items for the scrub. I generally have it in my kitchen cupboard, so I make use of what I already have, instead of spending extra money on a readymade one in a store. You can play around with the recipe.
Thanks for reading, lovelies. Please don’t forget to leave a comment. I’m looking forward to learn about your beauty hacks. Sharing is caring 🙂
Until next time