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 facial mask and I must say, I am super glad she did as it leaves your skin feeling soft as a baby’s bottom. I mix a teaspoon each of the Bentonite Clay and Activated Charcoal, both bought from Dis-Chem for under R60 in total. I mix this with a little rose water and voila! Quick and easy hey? Just a word of caution though: only use glass or plastic utensils. 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. I once did 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. For my DIY body scrub, I use a mixture of honey, treacle and normal brown sugar, fine cinnamon, coconut oil and vanilla essence. 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. I just add the vanilla essence and fine cinnamon for the fragrance. Sometimes I even add some decadent chocolate spread to the mix.
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Until next time