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November 27, 2015

The Beauty Benefits of Grapeseed Oil

Move over coconut oil, a new beauty secret has us all talking this season and it’s grapeseed oil! Why? It’s good for cooking, skincare, beauty and even pain relief since it’s packed with high levels of vitamin E – a must-have for healthy skin!

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Hair growth

Massage grapeseed oil slowly through your roots to stimulate hair growth and awaken the follicle.

Serum

Apply it all over your face and neck as an evening skincare serum to deeply hydrate your skin. It’s ideal for all skin types and won’t make you break out!

Body scrub

Combine one part castor oil and two parts grapeseed oil to create a luxurious body scrub that will leave your skin looking glowing and vibrant.

Leave-in conditioner

Use it as a hair mask to repair split ends, give your hair some extra shine and make it look super-sleek and smooth. Rinse with shampoo and cold water for best results.

Sun burn

Spent a little too much time in the sun? Mix a few drops of grapeseed oil into your sunscreen for ultimate protection. It can also help to minimise the appearance of age spots after extended use.

Stretch marks

Skip the usual moisturiser in favour of natural grapeseed oil which can decrease the severity of stretch marks.

Muscle Rub

Create your own homemade muscle scrub by combining coconut oil, castor oil and grapeseed oil, and rubbing onto freshly washed skin.

Acne treatment

Apply grapeseed oil as a concentrated spot treatment for acne spots and existing scars. It helps to regulate your natural oil production and will prevent future breakouts.

Makeup remover

Just 2-3 drops of grapeseed oil onto a cotton pad will remove even waterproof mascara – without any leftover residue. The extremely concentrated formula means that a little goes a long way!

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August 10, 2015

6 Incredibly Unique Ways You Can Use Cinnamon

We can’t deny it – cinnamon is delicious. It’s a versatile spice that can be used in sweet or savoury dishes and you’d be surprised what a dash of cinnamon can do for your cooking, and your health!

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Cinnamon has some great health benefits such as a yeast fighter, a digestive aid and menstrual pain relief (bet you didn’t know that one). It’s also a cholesterol reducer and a circulation booster. Cinnamon is a very multi-talented spice. But there are other uses for cinnamon, other than being ingested for your body.

Moth repellent

Moths can be pesky little creatures and they can infest cupboards and homes. You can fill satchets with cinnamon sticks and cloves and hang them in your wardrobe or place them in your drawers to ward off moths that will eat holes into your clothes. Your cupboards will also smell lovely!

Insect bite treatment/wound healer

Making a natural mixtue of honey and cinnamon and applying it to the bite and irritated skin can take away pain and itching. The mixture disinfects the affected area and helps to heal the bite.

Air freshener

Whether it’s in potpourri form or as a burning incense, cinnamon is a great and easy way to freshen up your house and have it smelling delicious. You can use ground cinnamon or cinnamon oil to make homemade fresheners.

Acne treatment

Many acne treatments are pricey and not all of them work the way they should. You can spend money trying to find the right one, or you could mix some cinnamon powder and fresh lemon juice to help to reduce acne and blackheads instead.

Body scrubs

Paired with coffee or sugar, you can make a simple scrub that will reduce cellulite and exfoliate the skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and smooth. Who wouldn’t want to smell like cinnamon sugar? Yum!

Hair treatment/shampoo

If you like a little DIY, you can make your own hair treatment or shampoo from things you can find in your pantry and fridge. Cinnamon increases the blood circulation on your scalp, which assists in making your scalp healthy and thus makes your hair grow. Not too keen on whipping up your own shampoo? Add it to your existing shampoo and conditioner.

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May 1, 2015

6 Skincare Hacks You Didn’t Know

Ever wanted to know how to brighten your skin at home, or even reduce the colour of over-painted nails? There are a variety of skincare and beauty hacks which can be made from natural ingredients straight from your pantry, or even extracted from the garden. Below are just a few helpful tips and tricks to improve your skincare routine.

Whiten teeth 

Have you been curious about whitening any stains on your teeth, but hesitant to use harmful chemicals such as peroxide? Next time dip a cotton ball into a mixture of natural lemon juice and baking soda. Allow the solution to sit on your teeth for at least one minute, then wash off.

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Painless hair removal

A mixture of 2 tablespoons coffee grounds, and 1 tablespoon of baking soda rubbed onto the skin helps to break down hair at the root. Coffee is a gentle exfoliant which won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin. Use for at least one week to see results. Finally a natural way to remove unwanted hair without the risk of breaking out into a rash, or damaging the hair follicle!

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Minimise breakouts

Next time you have an irritating pimple breakout onto the surface of the skin, use a single peppermint leaf to relieve redness. Peppermint contains large volumes of menthol and menthone which helps to reduce inflammation. The best way to treat these breakouts is by grabbing a handful of peppermint leaves and mixing with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in the food processor. Leave on for 10 minutes then wash off.

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Remove blackheads

Don’t attempt to squeeze your blackheads the next time they pop up on your face. This could only lead to infection, since bacteria is exposed to an open area. Simply apply some toothpaste onto a clean brush and gently exfoliate the problem area. Wash face with a mild cleanser then apply moisturiser as usual.

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Under eye circles

If you suffer from visible under eye circles, there are a few different ways to relieve this symptom naturally. Cold tea bags help to reduce the harsh colour if placed onto the eyes on a regular basis. Make sure they are cold, so pop them into a refrigerator for at least 15-20 minutes before applying onto the eyes.

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Soft legs

Use a mild exfoliator once a week to remove dry skin cells, and leave your legs feeling silky soft. Combine 1.25 cups of sugar, 1/2 cup olive oil and 2 tablespoons citrus juice (lime or lemon) onto skin to remove any dry skin. Also great to use if before fake tanning.

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