Tag Archive | complexion

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 […]

Yogurt: Beauty in a cup

I love the taste of yogurt.  I usually enjoy a cup of it for breakfast at least three times every week.  Yogurt is chock full of vitamins, proteins and calcium which are all great for your bones, hair and nails. But even if you can’t get into the taste of yogurt, you can still take advantage of its benefits.  Yogurt is not only good for your body, it’s also good for your skin, face and hair.  Got dry skin or an itchy scalp?  Are you looking for an inexpensive way to brighten and exfoliate your complexion? Believe it or not, yogurt may be the beauty treatment you are looking for.

For your hands:  Heat up 1 tbsp. of honey or coconut oil in the microwave and add it to 1 cup of plain yogurt.  Soak your hands in the warm mixture for at least 15 minutes for smooth and supple skin.

For your feet:  Combine 1 cup of plain yogurt with 1 and a half tbsp. of brown sugar.  This is a great exfoliator for rough, dry heels and skin.

For your face:   Spread plain yogurt onto your face to tighten pores and cleanse your skin before rinsing with lukewarm water after 10 minutes.

For your scalp:  Do you suffer from dandruff and an itchy scalp?  Simply bring a container of plain yogurt into the shower and rub it into your wet hair and scalp and let sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing.

Who knew yogurt had so many great uses?!

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

Get clear, beautiful skin once and for all! (What to look for in an aesthetician )

When I was a teenager, I had HORRIBLE skin.  My face was riddled with acne and scars.  I jumped from dermatologist to dermatologist to find that one person who could give me clear, beautiful skin.  However, it wasn’t until I was able to afford regular facials and skin treatments did my skin started to drastically improve.  Finding that perfect aesthetician wasn’t an easy fete either.  When I moved to the Washington, DC area years ago, I finally found the best person who was able to suit me and my needs. Now, I have people asking ME what I am doing to make my skin look so great.  So, I want to share with you some of the key things that led me to this wonderful resource, ONE of the secrets in my arsenal.  Oh BTW, her name is Germaine Williams, at the Red Bloom Spa in Bethesda, Maryland!  

Knowledge-Does your aesthetician have a working knowledge of products, procedures and skin conditions?  More importantly, does he or she know what specific things will work for your unique skin type?  What works for one does not work for all.

Cleanliness-Is their spa/work station clean and organized?  Also, does he or she take time and care in their personal appearance and cleanliness?

Professionalism-Is he or she punctual and professional?  Are you kept waiting even though you are on time for your appointments?

Great Chemistry-To me, this is very important Do you genuinely like this person?  Could you see yourself going out to lunch or grab a cup of coffee with this individual?  You don’t have to be best friends but you should at least feel comfortable to carry on a decent conversation with your aesthetician.  It really makes a difference!  What do you look for in an aesthetician?

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella