Beauty

Care tips for summer

Hurray! Summer is fast approaching here in Zimbabwe. I am super excited. Summer time is glow time and we have to make sure that whilst we dress up, our bodies are kept clean and our skin is protected from the harsh African sun. I decided to give out a few important tips that are a must to remember!

1. Keep your armpits clean shaven

Yes, yes and yes! Get rid of your armpit hair please. There is nothing that puts anyone off more than sweaty, hairy armpits. Sweat clings on to the hairs and the odour is trapped so nomatter how much you scrub you'll still get stinky armpits from all that sweating in the scorching heat. You can wax, use hair remover or a shaving stick. To avoid razor bumps I suggest you use a home made lemon and sugar wax, it also prevents darkening of the armpits (double yeay!). I got the recipe here.

2. Get rid of sweat

After getting rid of armpit hair, make use of a good anti-perspirant to keep your armpits dry and to avoid sweat stains on your clothes. Not sexy! My favorite is the Garnier Mineral Antiperspirant Roll-on (Even), it also gets rid of dark underarms. It's available in our local OK supermarket for about $2.50 I think. Another cheap remedy for sweat is baking soda paste.

Baking soda paste:
Mix water and baking soda into a consistent paste. You can add an essential oil of your choice (optional). Apply the paste for 25minutes before washing it off.

You can also use talcum powder for other areas that get sweaty like the inner thighs, below the boobs, in between the butt cheeks, in between the toes or anywhere else you find sweat problematic. I prefer Johnson's baby powder (sue me, haha) it's lightly fragranced and doesn't leave my skin feeling too dried out.

3. Make use of sunscreen

To be honest I hate sunscreen. I hate it. It's laborious and some brands feel sticky gosh! But, it's really helped me to avoid getting a really bad tan. I had very light bra strap marks and really dark sun burnt patches on my back which was quite embarrassing because it was very noticeable. I now make sure I never leave the house without sunscreen because it took a lot of work for me to get an even skin tone again. I also try to avoid hanging in the sun longer than necessary. Yes of course my DIY people, you can also make your own organic sunscreen 😉

DIY Sunscreen:
Mix 60ml coconut oil/avocado oil with 20 drops carrot seed oil and 10 drops lavender oil. This sunscreen has an SPF of about 40.

Coconut oil>SPF2-8
Avocado oil>SPF4-15
Carrot seed oil>SPF38-40

4. Hydration

I can not stress enough the importance of keeping yourself well hydrated in summer. It's not just for health reasons but also for beautiful skin and hair. I mean it. Our bodies lose so much water 💦 in summer especially if you're an active person and we have to ensure our bodies are well replenished. Drinking water is definitely not easy for most people including me so I try by all means to tweak it up a bit. I add a slice of lemon to it, you can also add strawberries, mint leaves, ginger or cucumber depending on your preference. Try drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day.

I hope I gave you some very useful tips for summer. If you have any you'd like to add on please feel free to share with me in the comments. I can't wait to get sunkissed!

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Hair

ROSEWATER FOR HAIR

A spray bottle with a DIY concoction is a must have for every naturalista. From aloe juice to guava water, there are so many endless possibilities. My usual go-to mix is olive oil, glycerine and water. It works well for my hair but I felt it wasn’t good enough for my son’s and my niece’s hair. I wanted something that was well moisturizing and that would make their hair manageable. I began my search for the perfect mix and that’s how I stumbled upon the rosewater idea on Pinterest.
I always knew that you could use rosewater as a toner for your beauty regimen or a moisturising face mist before going to bed. I knew how revitalizing it is for skin so I was truly eager to see what it could do for hair. I really wanted to give it a try and the fact that I could make my own rosewater at home made this experiment even more interesting. I couldn’t wait to try it out. 
Method:

I took two roses, separated the petals and washed them before boiling them in half a cup of water. Once I brought the pot to boil, I let it simmer till the roses had turned from red to white. I allowed the water to cool before I strained it into my spritz bottle.

Rosewater spritz:

  • 1/2 cup rosewater
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons glycerine
  • 2 tablespoons of a light oil of your choice e.g coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil (I prefer olive oil)

The spritz can be used daily to moisturise your hair and scalp. You can even use it whilst your hair is in protective styling. I am using it on my niece who currently has African threading as her PS. For my son I use the rosewater spritz as his liquid when I do the LOC method. I usually keep his hair in two strand twists but lately I have been lazy so I have to keep his free hair moisturized all the time to prevent breakage. Their hair is now well moisturized and easy to comb. It also appears much healthier. My niece always used to have a flakey scalp but that seems to be a thing of the past now.
The Benefits of rosewater:

  • Revitalizes dry & brittle hair
  • It reduces build up on the scalp 
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce dandruff
  • It’s stimulating properties increase blood circulation and improve hair growth
  • It replenishes lost moisture 
  • It leaves hair smooth, shiny and healthy
  • It refreshes your scalp and adds a light fragrance 
  • Makes hair more manageable

I have noticed such great change that I am even tempted to switch my usual concoction for the rosewater as well. Try it out, it could turn out to be one of the best things you’ve ever tried! You can also play around with the measurements till you find what’s more suitable for your hair.

Beauty

Best remedy for dry skin in winter😊

I was always a fan of creams in winter before I knew about the benefits of natural oils ofcourse. I never thought extra virgin olive oil would be good for my skin and not just to sauté my veggies😂.

 

My all time favourite cream was vaseline even tone cream oh my it kept my skin feeling so moisturised never thought there was something better. Thanks to Facebook I joined a beauty group and there I was told of a miracle mixture. It was during my june holidays, I was back in Zim and when I saw the number of people that used this oil mixture and the amazing testimonials I decided to give it a try too.  I am all for research and I looked it up and it seemed it was actually a craze in South Africa. A lot of bloggers talked about it and seems like I was the only one in the dark. But thankfully I stumbled upon this formula and decided to give it a try.

Okay lets get to it, I am dead sure you’re losing patience now and want me to share the secret ingredients so here we go. The mixture comprised of;

●100ml Coconut oil(Extra Virgin)

●100ml Bramley’s Tissue Oil (Most recommend their Magnolia range but trust me it’s all the same so you can try the Lavender or the Cocoa butter both of which I tried and loved)

●75ml Castor Oil (I recommend 100ml because castor oil works wonders for stubborn stretchmarks and the more you add the better)

●50ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil

●50ml Glycerine

The coconut oil and olive oil are very good skin moisturisers. I gurantee you healthy and glowing skin. Tissue oil repairs damaged skin gets rid of scar, stretch marks and dark spots. The castor oil is also good for stretch marks so I love the combination woth the tissue because the mixture is like a double measure to make sure you get results. Glycerine is a known humecant so it draws in moisture and retains it. The fact that this mixture is made up of oils makes it better because the oil acts as a barrier on your skin against the harsh winter weather.

 

The oil is so good for my skin that I even use it in summer but if you dont want to be like Riri and “shine bright like a diamond” then I suggest in summer you don’t use it during the day and apply it after your evening bath or shower. Lately I have been using it as a combination with the ingrams tissue oil cream. I haven’t really seen much of a difference from when I just used the oil by itself besides more moisture but I’ll keep on for now and see how it goes. You can get the oils in dischem and clicks. The tissue oil is available in all PEP stores( South Africa) and Powersales( in zimbabwe). If you are also like me and love to try out new things then you can mix the oils with the ingrams tissue oil cream maybe skin will love the combo. Below is a picture of my knees 6 months after I started using the oils.

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Yes, it took 6months for me to notice the change. You have to be very very patient like with any other product. Over nightfixes do not exist or if they do, they are way good to be true😉.

I am considering adding more to this mix maybe shea butter or baobab oil but that’s a story for another day. If you have any good oils to recommend feel free to do so in the comments. If you have had any good or bad experiences with the oils also feel free to comment and share how they were for you. I want to keep this as interactive as possible because I am still learning as well so would be nice pick your brains too😊