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Lemon Beauty Recipes

Lemons are a refreshing way to spice up your beauty routine this summer. Not only are they great detoxifiers and toners for your skin, but they also offer great benefits for your nails, hands and feet.

DETOXIFY

Start your morning off right with as piping hot cup of hot water, lemon juice and honey. It’s a great way to rid your body of unwanted toxins from the day before.

ACNE FADING LEMON YOGURT MASK

1. 2 tablespoons honey.  Any organic brand.

2. 4 teaspoons lemon juice.  Freshly squeezed is best, but you can use bottled juice.

3. 3 teaspoons plain Greek yogurt

4. 1 egg white

The citric acid in lemons has natural lightening and exfoliating properties that help fade remaining acne marks. The egg white helps boost your skin’s ability to protect itself, and honey serves as an antibacterial agent and humectant that soothes and hydrates skin. In no particular order, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk them until the consistency thickens. Apply a tablespoon or two of the mask onto your clean, dry skin (enough to coat your face) and let it set for 15 minutes. Gently wash the mask off with warm water and pat dry. This recipe yields eight applications.

LEMON SUGAR HAND AND FOOT SCRUB

1. 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Raw or brown sugar with larger granules works too.

2. 2 tablespoons almond oil. You can also substitute apricot, olive, or jojoba oil.

3. Juice of half a lemon.

4. OPTIONAL: 3 drops lavender, mint, or rosemary essential oil.

This easy-to-make scrub is perfect for tired hands, feet, elbows, and even knees. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and immediately massage the mixture onto hands or feet. You can add a few drops of lavender, mint, or rosemary oil to invigorate and refresh. Rinse off with warm water, then slather on your favorite lotion for extra moisture.

MELLOW YELLOW NAIL RINSE

1 ripe lemon, cut in half

Small plastic ziplock bag

Prolonged sun exposure and long wearing nail polish can turn your nails yellow over time. To brighten your nails and reduce yellowing, first cut a ripe lemon in half. Squish the tips of your fingers into one half of the lemon and massage it on your fingers for two minutes. Store the lemons in a plastic ziplock bag and repeat this technique on every nail for five to seven days (try it on your toes, too!). After a week, you’ll notice whiter, cleaner nails.

So the next time you reach for that pitcher of ice cold lemonade this summer, make sure you save the lemons for later!

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

Courtesy of BeautyLish

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An Alternative to Acetone

Every two weeks I head to my local nail salon for my routine mani/pedi.  I love the hottest trends in colors for the spring and summer months.  But, because I use gel nail polish, I have to sit with my nails soaked in acetone during my pedicure in order to remove my old polish.  I can’t help but to wonder what this regular exposure to acetone is doing to my nails…as well as to my health. Acetone is very drying to your nails and cuticles.  Also, acetone can irritate your eyes and your skin.  So…I did a little research and found some natural alternatives to acetone.

Priti Natual Soy Nail Polish Remover:  This remover does not contain acetone, petroleum, or carcinogens – it is soy and corn based, containing ingredients from organic farm crops. Ingredients include: Natural Soybean Esters, Biodegradable Dibasic Esters, and Organic Lemongrass Essential Oil -which means it will not dry out your nails or cuticles.  This is save for to use with all brands of nail polish.

Priti NYC Natural Soy Polish Remover - Click to enlarge

2.  Eco-Easy Nail Polish Remover:  This is biodegradable, vegan, contains no synthetic or petrochemicals and removes even the toughest nail polish.  Ingredients include:  Ethyl lactate – from sugar betts, Glycerin, Water, Mentha spicata-spearmint leaft, Rosmarinus verbenone- rosemary.   Use this the same as you would any other nail polish remover.

Peacekeeper Cause-Metics Nail Polish Remover - 4 oz - Liquid

3.  Suncoat Natural Nail Polish Remover:  This alternative is also natural, biodegradable, non-carcinogenic and non-toxic.  Ingredients include:  ethyl lactate (from corn fermentation), methyl soyate (from soya oil), vegetable glycerin, D-limonene (from orange).  This can be used with water-based nail polish as well as the conventional kinds.

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Have you tried any of these acetone alternatives?  If so, I’d love to read your reviews.

Pamper Wisely.

The BusyBella

Honey for Acne-Prone Skin

Did you know that honey has natural anti-bacterial properties?  Honey is a traditional topical treatment for infected wounds. It can be effective on antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.  The other bonus is that honey also attracts moisture, which keeps your skin from drying out.  With a little bit of honey as well some other natural ingredients, you can make your own acne fighting treatment in the comfort of your own home.  Here is what you need:

  • Honey
  • Water at room temperature
  • Mild Liquid Facial Soap

Combine ¼ cup of honey with ½ cup of tepid water and 2 tablespoons of mild liquid soap. Pour the mixture into an easy-to-use container with a spout. Use nightly in place of your normal facial cleanser, rinsing thoroughly with warm water.  You should see an improvement in your skin within a few days. This mixture will keep for up to two weeks if stored in a closet, away from your bathroom or other sources of moisture.

Here is a good honey mask to try:

  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon Juice
  • Oatmeal
Mix 4 tbsp. of honey with cinnamon, lemon juice and oatmeal. Leave the mixture on for 20 to 30 minutes and then remove with warm water.  Use consistently at least once or twice weekly for optimal results.
Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

A Brighter Complexion in Four Days

Everyone wants a bright and glowing complexion. It’s a sign of youth and beauty.  Make-up can help….but who wants to pile on a ton of make-up if you don’t have to?  You can spend hundreds of dollars on microdermabrasion and glycolic peels.  Or…you can make minor adjustments to your skin care routine. 1.  Watch what […]

Who Do YOU Trust?

When it comes to shopping online, who do you trust? Do you put stock in what people are saying on consumer review boards? Or, are you the type who has to strike out on your own and try things for yourself? A recent study suggests more and more people tend to the “follow the leader” on online shopping sites and consumer review boards. According to IVillage and SheSpeaks, the “interaction between women through online community Web sites, forums and message boards have a ‘dramatic’ influence on driving product preference,loyalty and purchase”, says Mediapost. Take a look at the study’s key findings:

1.  Online coupons (68%), store coupons (66%), consumer reviews on shopping sites (61%) and recommendations from friends (59%) are top influencers.

2.  Sixty percent also say that online coupons are more influential on their purchases now more than a year ago and 51% say consumer reviews on websites are more influential.

3.  Reading consumer reviews about products makes women more likely to look for a product in the store (77%), more favorable about the product while shopping (74%), more likely to choose the brand/product over others (70%) and more likely to purchase the product in the store (67%).

So, when it comes to buying beauty products and services, do you find online reviews helpful or hurtful? Please share…I’d love to hear your experiences!

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

TLC for Winter Skin (Part Two)

If you are like me, you surround yourself with heat in the winter time.  It can never be to warm in my house and my showers can never be too hot.  But the downside is my skin suffers for it.  Dry, winter skin is always a problem for everyone this time of year.  But the good thing is there are some simple homemade remedies that can smooth the winter dryness away.  Here is part 2 of TLC for winter skin, just for your body.

Take warm, or lukewarm baths and showers.  This may not seem very inviting but hot water zaps your body of all its moisture and natural oils.

Take a warm, (not hot) soothing both with some moisturizing ingredients. Simply blend some baking soda, oatmeal, and vanilla extract in to a paste and mix it in a tub of warm water. Soak in the tub for as long as you like and say goodbye to dry skin. Smooth on some sesame oil or olive oil to seal in the moisture.  You can add a little lavender or rosemary oil for a nice, floral scent.  Grapeseed oil is also very effective for dry skin.

Another thing, make sure you moisturize IMMEDIATELY after stepping out of your shower or bath.  Don’t rub your skin with towel in order to get dry.  Blot instead,then apply your moisturizing lotion or oil on damp skin.

Make sure you drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.

Fill a pot with water water and put it on a slow boil on your stove. This will raise the humidity in your house.

Do you have any other ideas that have worked for you?

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

The Real Price of Pampering

I admit that I am somewhat of a product junkie.  I love to buy the latest and greatest hair, skin and facial products on the market.  I am not as bad as I used to be…but I still have a long way to go.  🙂  I once read an article that stated the average woman will spend at least $13,000 in their lifetime on cosmetics and other beauty products. I am not surprised to hear that…especially given the high prices many of us are willing to pay for those fancy cremes and potions.  But are some of those products really worth the price tag?

During one of my visits to my dermatologist, she commented on how great my skin looked.  She asked if I was using one of the moisturizers she had been prescribing (which happened to cost almost $100).  Because I was being cheap that month, I was actually using an over the counter product from the drugstore that cost less than $15! She was amazed and said keep on using it since it was working so well.  There are some things I think you should not skimp on such as natural sulfate-free shampoos/conditioners and cosmetics/products with other natural, concentrated ingredients. I try to keep artificial ingredients, fillers and perfumes down to a minimum.  But, there are some things you can skip out on to save a few extra bucks.

Wrinkle Cremes Peptide cremes are all you need.  You can find these in your favorite Loreal and Oil of Olay Regenerist over the counter products.  You can buy some of them for less than 20 bucks.  Be on the look out for coupons online or in your junk mail circulars.

Eyelash/Eyebrow Growth Serums:  Prescription remedies like Latisse can be very costly.  Why not try a similar over the counter product like Rapid Lash or Prep + Prime Future Length Lash Serum from M.A.C. Cosmetics?  Or you can go the really inexpensive route with plain ole olive or castor oil.

Professional Teeth Whitening:  Over the counter whitening strips work just as well and cost a lot less than what your dentist will charge you.  Baking Soda is a great alternative too…even better on your pocketbook.  Sip your coffee and tea from a straw to keep your teeth whiter even longer!

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella