Homemade face mask with bentonite clay – deep cleansing and detoxing!

Homemade face mask with bentonite clay - deep cleansing and detoxing!Another part of my January Challenge is that I want to get better at taking care of my skin. I have a lot of expensive serums, moisturizers etc. but I am horrible at actually taking the time to properly care for my skin. It has to end now though, I am getting older and it is very slowly start to show on my face, I am still in my twenties so it is probably only really noticeable to myself, but I really want to get into a good skincare routine before it is too late. And yes, I am completely vain when it comes to these things, I am terrified of growing older and for the signs of aging to start setting in. Leading a healthy lifestyle and taking good care of my skin will hopefully mean that I will age well or at least be in good health, which is of course the most important thing.

One of the things that I want to get better at is to use face masks once or twice a week. I especially love to experiment with homemade face mask as they are super easy to make, you can completely customize them and they are a lot cheaper than the store-bought ones. One of my favorites are this deep cleansing one made with bentonite clay based on a recipe by Wellness Mama.

Benotonite clay has so many amazing benefits and I cannot recommend it enough – it helps draw out toxins, it heals and regenerates skin tissue, it helps prevent breakouts and blackheads as it unclogs and shrink pores, it is an amazing natural exfoliator, which means that it can help reduce the appearance of scars + help even out your skin tone – and last, but not least, it leaves your face soft and glowing! Sounds pretty amazing right?! Definitely a must try! ❤︎

Find more of my homemade beauty recipes right here!

Homemade face mask with bentonite clay - deep cleansing and detoxing! Homemade face mask with bentonite clay - deep cleansing and detoxing!
Ingredients:
1 teaspoon bentonite clay*
1 teaspoon raw honey
A couple drops of almond or jojoba oil
1/2 teaspoon chamomile flowers, preferably powdered (simply blend it)
Warm water to mix – about 1 teaspoon

*it is important that you do not let the clay come in contact with metal as it will reduce the effectiveness. I used a wooden spoon and a ceramic bowl.

Based on this lovely recipe by Wellness Mama

Homemade face mask with bentonite clay - deep cleansing and detoxing! Homemade face mask with bentonite clay - deep cleansing and detoxing! Directions:
Simply mix everything well until it forms a thick paste, add water one teaspoon at a time until it have reached your preferred thickness – experiment with it, personally I prefer to keep it quite thick and only add one teaspoon. Apply the paste to your face and leave it on until it has hardened, this usually takes 10-15 minutes. Wash the mask off with hot water (I like to use a cloth as well), pat your skin dry and add your favorite moisturizer ❤︎

Note: It is completely normal that your face is pink for 10-15 minutes afterwards as the clay increases blood flow to your face.

Homemade face mask with bentonite clay - deep cleansing and detoxing! Homemade face mask with bentonite clay - deep cleansing and detoxing!

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Homemade raspberry lip scrub – perfect for dry and chapped winter lips!

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Hi lovelies! I am just stopping by to share a final (and beyond easy) idea for a homemade gift, I know it is super last minute, but this homemade lip scrub takes less than 5 minutes to make and it can be made with ingredients that most of you have in you cupboards. The scrub is perfect for dry and chapped winter lips and it is so yummy as well – haha yes you can even eat it if you’d like ;) The sugar gently exfoliates and the honey softens and moisturizes – it is such a simple, but perfect combo of natural ingredients.

You can find more ideas for homemade gifts right here + make sure to participate in my 4th and final Christmas giveaway right here!

fil-22-12-2016-18-29-00fil-22-12-2016-18-30-30Ingredients – yields 1 small jar:
5 tablespoons sugar
1/4 – 1/2 tablespoon raspberry dust*
2 tablespoons honey

*you can use a store-bought kind or simply blend dried or freeze-dried raspberries. It can easily be subbed for other berry powders or be entirely left out. If left out, you can add a little bit of food coloring instead to make it more festive.

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Directions:
Simply mix everything together – I usually add the honey a little a time until I reach the perfect texture, it should be a very thick mixture or else it won’t work as well as a scrub. Pour into an airtight jar and it is ready to be used – or gifted! Enjoy ❤︎

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Super easy homemade refreshing and hydrating face mist

Super easy homemade refreshing and hydrating face mist
I love using face mist during the day, it is refreshing and hydrating for my skin and it is great to freshen up my makeup if I have used a little too much powder. I have made a lot of different ones, but this one with rose water and witch hazel is my favorite. I have added a selection of oils and other goodies as well for extra benefits, but most of them can easily be subbed with something similar or be left out.

I think I am going to make a couple of these and give as homemade christmas gifts as well, I love giving a mix of homemade and store-bought gifts – it makes it so much more personal! ❤︎

Make sure to check out my recipes for the best natural homemade lip scrub and my homemade lash and brow serum that is all natural and inexpensive!

Super easy homemade refreshing and hydrating face mist
Ingredients:
1/2 deciliter rose water
1/2 deciliter unscented witch hazel
1 teaspoon pure pure aloe vera gel
1 tablespoon jojoba oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
1 deciliter distilled water

1 spray bottle – I used this one

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Super easy homemade refreshing and hydrating face mist
Directions:
Simply add all the ingredients to a bottle and it is ready to be used – easy peasy right? Make sure to shake it before using. Enjoy!

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Homemade lash and brow serum – natural and inexpensive!

Homemade lash and brow serum - natural and inexpensive!I have been so excited to share this recipe for homemade lash and brow serum with you guys! It is beyond easy to make and so much cheaper than the store-bought ones! Okay if you do not already have these ingredients on hand like I did, then it won’t be that inexpensive at first, but you will be able to make large amounts of serum and other skincare products with the oils, so in terms of quantity it is still super inexpensive compared to the pricy store-bought serums that only contains very small amounts.

My brows and lashes are really in need of a little boost, as blessed as I have been with the hair on my head, my brows and lashes have always been a bit sad looking – I feel like my lashes are just getting worse and worse! I have been looking into different brands of lash/brow serums, but they are all super expensive, so I thought I would try making my own instead. I have done a bunch of research and found the very best oils to promote hair growth and prevent hairloss and combined them into my very own serum. I have only used it for two weeks, but absolutely love this serum and I feel like I am already seeing results (haha maybe I am imagining things?!), I will post a before and after photo when I have used it a little longer.

Make sure to check out my recipe for the best homemade lip scrub as well.

Homemade lash and brow serum - natural and inexpensive!
Ingredients:
2 teaspoons castor oil
1 teaspoon almond oil
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

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Homemade lash and brow serum - natural and inexpensive!
Directions:
Simply add everything to a a little glass bottle and shake well. Apply once a day at nighttime before going to bed, I usually use a cotton bud or an eyelash or brow wand.

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The best natural homemade lip scrub

The best natural homemade lip scrub

I have always had problems with my lips being super dry, chapped and sore, it has even often gotten to the point where they were bleeding and so painful that it was driving me absolutely crazy! As you can imagine I have pretty much tried everything to make it better, but most products does absolutely nothing good for my lips and some even makes them worse! After searching for years for something that would actually work I have finally found two wonder products that really makes a huge difference for me (I need to use them regularly or my lips goes cray cray again though) and since I am probably not the only one with this problem I though I would share the products with you :) The first one I have actually already shared in this post, it is this lip conditioner from MAC and I am absolutely obsessed with it, it is the only lip balm that truly works for me! I know it is very individual what works for each person, but maybe this will work for you as well :)

The second little “miracle” product that has helped my dry, chapped lips are my homemade lip scrub, it so easy and cheap to make and it works wonders! I use it twice a week by simply rubbing it on my lips for about 30 seconds – 1 minute and then I leave it on my lips for the same time before wiping it off and adding the lip balm.

Recipe:
1 part honey
1 part coconut sugar
A couple drops of almond oil pr. tablespoon of honey/coconut sugar
A little pure vanilla powder – optional*

Simply mix everything together and store it in an airtight container. The lip scrub should keep 2-3 weeks. To make sure it stays somewhat bacteria free I prefer to use a little wooden spatula instead of my fingers to get the product out of the jar :)

*I like to add the vanilla because I absolutely love both the scent and flavor, but it can easily be left out and does not make the lip scrub more/less effective.

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