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[BEAUTY] DIY Rosemary Lavender Sugar Face Scrub

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Last week we talked about a daily skincare routine, for men or women, that can benefit our skin during any season.  Today I am here to touch on a step you can add to your weekly routine, between cleansing and toning. It is perfect for normal to dry skin types, yet anyone can benefit and below I will let you know how. The only skin type that should feel weary is acneic, but we will talk more in detail about that later down the line.

My favorite skin care products are the ones that you can create at home. They are cost efficient, usually quick to whip up, and although it may take longer, they can definitely treat your skin problems as well. In a nutshell, this scrub is great for exfoliation that won’t strip too many natural oils from your facial skin yet will still penetrate those pores that need a little deeper attention.

If all of this sounds like what you are looking for, or even if you decide you want to alter it to create your own scrub, continuing reading below to learn the recipe and benefits of this easy to create DIY sugar scrub!

Before going into the details of how to make this exfoliating Lavender scrub, let’s talk about what each individual ingredient is doing for your skin.



Fine White (organic) Sugar 

I know what you are thinking, how could sugar, especially white sugar, be beneficial? Isn’t that something we are all supposed to run from? Well, if we are talking about nutrition, sure, run away, run far away! Yet, we aren’t we are talking about your skin and that is a completely different story.

Sugar is a natural humectant. If you don’t know what a humectant is, don’t worry, I didn’t either until I started school for Estiology, and that’s why I am here, at your disposal, to expand your knowledge about your own skin. Anyways, being a humectant is my favorite feature of sugar. It is what seals in the moisture and hydrates your skin. Meaning, it works hand in hand to lock in those nourishing ingredients you will find in the vitamin E, lavender, and coconut oil included in the recipe.Image result for white organic sugar

Another benefit of the sugar is pretty obvious, it’s an amazing exfoliator, but you probably already assumed that one. Being that it is a fine sugar (and hopefully organic. Hint, hint.) it will not be too harsh on your facial skin as opposed to a larger grain sized sugar like brown or sugar cane which can tare your skin up. Please make note of that when choosing what to use in what kind of products and only use larger grains for less sensitive areas like your hands or feet.

Moving on…


Lavender Oil

Acne scarring be gone! Thanks to the lavender oil in this scrub, it will help diminish hyperpigmentation caused by acne scars and even heal broken skin. Lavender not only accelerates healing but also fights bacteria and has anti-inflammatory properties. Along with those benefits, you will also find it naturally detoxes your skin, cleaning out your pores and penetrating past the surface to help bring out any underlying dead skin and dirt.

(Another tip, when purchasing essential oils, make sure they are 100% pure and therapeutic grade.)

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Coconut Oil

First of all, I will be honest, the opinion on coconut oil and it’s compatibility with facial skin varies. Since the oil is comedogenic, which means it can clog your pores, some stray from using it. If you do have extremely clogged pores or highly oily skin, maybe this scrub is not for you. Yet, even if your skin is congested you could try it out to see how you like it. As long as you are cleansing before and making sure to wash it all off completely, you should be good to go!

As someone who has dealt with cystic acne before, I found that adding coconut oil to my skin routine helped clear up major breakouts. I added this oil to my scrub because not only will it moisturize, but it is also antibacterial, so it helps add a protective barrier against the funk our skin comes in contact with on a daily basis.

(If the thought of using coconut oil scares you off, substitute it will grapeseed or almond oil.)


Vitamin E Oil

Although this scrub is perfect for most skin types, anyone who has again concerns will love it! With the addition of Vitamin E oil, this scrub provides a defense against free radicals due to the oils antioxidant properties. Fine lines, wrinkles, and scarring will all diminish after adding this ingredient to your life, whether it’s by this scrub or just topical application.


Now that we have gone over what is inside this awesome moisturizing face scrub, check out the recipe below and get to scrubbing!!!


Rosemary Lavender Sugar Scrub

1/2 cup of sugar (fine, white, organic)

1/2 cup oil (coconut, almond, grapeseed)

1/2 tsp vitamin E oil

8-10 drops of lavender oil

1 pinch of dried rosemary (optional: I thought it was pretty)

If you guys try this scrub out or alter it to make your own recipe, comment below and let me know how it works out!!!

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[BEAUTY] Switch Up Your Makeup For The Summer

Hot summer days aren’t a girl’s best friend when it comes to doing our makeup. We sweat, we sweat, and oh yeah, we sweat! I mean that is just a natural thing, but when we just beat our face and we are tryna snag a cutie in Puerto Rico, running makeup isn’t the look we are going for.

With the weather heating up like it is and the sun beating down, it’s best to start our summer regimen a few weeks early and get a head start on switching up our makeup a little bit.

First and foremost, the change towards new makeup doesn’t have to be a hard one. The top things to keep in mind are switching from powder to creams, adding in some waterproof products, and always keeping some blotting papers nearby, but let’s read on and learn of some other small changes you can make to improve you summer makeup look.


Prep With Primer

When it comes to keeping your makeup in place, it all starts with a primer. For some beauty connoisseurs, primers are already part of an everyday routine, but now that the heat is turned up, it’s time for everyone to add that extra step. The good thing is that there is a primer for everyone. Smashbox is on the pricier side, but they offer a wide range that caters to varying skin types from acne prone to dry. If you aren’t too convinced and want a cheaper option, you can always swing by Ulta and grab some NYX. They also offer some good color correcting options.

Switch To Waterproof

Nothing is worse than doing your makeup and forgetting about a waterproof mascara or liner. It’s just habit to continue with your normal routine until you come up from the water looking like you’ve been crying. Switching to a new mascara won’t break the bank either, just an easy $8 can get you a new one. You could even grab a waterproofing top coat from NYX for $7and keep your favorite mascara!

Grab A New Foundation

Have you noticed your foundation looking a little lighter? I bet, you’re glowing, melanin poppin’, and that’s the telltale sign of needing a new shade. Less is more during the summer so the best choice is something pigmented. Full coverage is still an option during summer, you just don’t want to use so much that it streaks or rubs off on everything you touch.

Ditch The Powder Blush

I know it’s hard to lose your favorite go-to blushes but think of it as only a breakup. You can save blush for up to 2 years generally and can always pull out your faithful shade again come fall. Instead of using the powder, which can cause your makeup to look cakey come summer, opt for a cream blush instead.

Set Your Makeup

There are so many different ways to set your makeup, I could write an entirely new article on that itself. Powders, sprays, primers are all good options to set your makeup and can be used interchangeably depending on what look you are going for. Some sprays are matte, some dewy and primers are always good to take away shine and smooth out your look. Powders are good, especially during summer, because they can take away the shiny look your liquid cause if worn alone. The choice is yours, but regardless setting your makeup is a key to remember.


As far as makeup goes, those are the main products to keep in mind next time you hit up Sephora. You should also continue to stay moisturized, add SPF products or sunscreen, and keep some oil blotting papers nearby for emergencies.


To learn more about moisture in the summer, make sure to read my last article. Let me know your summer beauty ideas in the comments!

















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