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Our new hibiscus (rosella) skincare products

Hibiscus or rosella leaves are great skin purifiers and make great toners. In our quest to create moisturizing and purifying products for the face, we turned to these leaves which grow locally in Nigeria. The beauty of hibiscus or rosella leaves is that the juice can be extracted and used as either toner or lotion or the leaves can be used in making soap and other skincare products.

Hibiscus leaves toner, rosella leaves toner

When washed and boiled, the juice is dark purple and stains which is why it makes great natural colorant for skincare products.

We used the leaves in formulating our new face washes which are created with other extracts like frankincense, Rose, turmeric and much more.

Our Clarifying acne wash was made with hibiscus leaves and juice amongst other natural ingredients like witch hazel, turmeric, rose extract and frankincense to clear the skin of blemishes.

The Natural Radiance Toner is made with hibiscus juice amongst other ingredients.

We improved on our Oil Free Mist and Toner by inculcating hibiscus juice in it.

Both face creams are made from hibiscus juice amongst other ingredients.

Our products are wholly natural and contain no artificial ingredient. To buy any of these products, please visit our store.

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How to achieve brighter complexion naturally

Hi guys,

You can watch the video here:

To achieve a brighter complexion naturally, you would have to get rid of the dull complexion caused by dead skin cells which have been left deposited on your skin and other causes like exposure of the skin to harmful sun rays, poor beauty regime and lifestyle due to stress or inadequate sleep and poor nutrition. The foods we eat go a long way in improving the appearance of our skin as such, one must eat colorful and green foods like fruits and vegetables and fibers.

The first step in achieving a brighter complexion is by exfoliating your skin as exfoliation is the only way to get rid of dead skin cells so as to make room for beauty products to work.

NATURAL BRIGHTENING SCRUB RECIPE

To make a brightening scrub which you can use to exfoliate your face and body, you will need:

Dry orange peels powder and brown sugar.

HOW TO MAKE DRY ORANGE PEELS POWDER AT HOME

Get some fresh oranges and peel the skin after washing them. You can grate the peel or use a knife to remove the peel. The zest on the orange is as important as the orange peel as they both work together to brighten your complexion as well as remove acne and dark spots. I use orange because orange is a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidant; it is also mild and gentle, which removes free radicals and brightens the complexion. Once you have the orange peels, place them in a strainer or dish by the window where it gets direct sun light. Allow to dry for a day or two until completely dry. Once done, mill the dry orange peels into powder. Next, buy soft, fine brown sugar granules, which are better and kinder to the skin than the bigger granules.

BRIGHTENING SCRUB RECIPE:

For the face, you only need a quarter teaspoon of dry orange peel powder and a teaspoon of brown sugar. You can always adjust the measurements to use on more areas of the body.

It is recommended you exfoliate once or twice weekly so you can gently massage the scrub unto your face in a circular motion for about 20 seconds and rinse off with warm water.

MOISTURIZING BRIGHTENING CREAMY CLEANSER

To make a moisturizing creamy cleanser, you will need:

2 table spoon of fresh orange juice and

1 teaspoon of skimmed milk.

Skimmed milk is fat free and serves as a natural skin brightener and firms the skin as well. Combine the milk and orange juice and use cotton pad to cleanse your face. Once done, rinse your face with warm water. Do this every morning and night.

MOISTURIZING BRIGHTENING CREAMY MASK

You can also use the orange juice and milk to mask, which is recommended to be done once weekly. The recipe for the moisturizing brightening creamy mask is as follows:

2 table spoon of fresh orange juice and

1 table spoon (that is 2 teaspoons) of skimmed milk.

Apply the paste all over your face and leave on your face for twenty minutes, afterwards you rinse off with warm water.

You can expect results in a week! Because I did see the results.

I do appreciate your feedbacks so please leave a comment. Share with us your own tips and if you tried this, how did your skin feel?

cheers!

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ENE Naturals Vitamin C Brightening face & body cream

 

Vitamin C Brightening face and body cream by ENE Naturals is one hundred percent organic cream that naturally brightens dull complexion while treating acne and sun burn by the aid of its vitamin C rich sweet orange content.

This organic brightening cream is used for the following: skin brightening and even skin tone, acne treatment, sun burn treatment, dark circle treatment and fights wrinkles and the signs of aging.

Ingredients are: coconut oil, almond oil, water, orange extract, lemon oil, turmeric, jasmine oil, vitamin E, lavender oil and citric acid.

Turmeric gives the cream it’s soft green color while the lavender oil and orange extract combination gives it a yummy fragrance. This product has a good amount of water as such the texture is non-greasy, soft and light weight.

 

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Beautiful skin: can makeup alone cause breakouts?

I want beautiful skin, as such, I try to take care of my skin and my body in the best possible way because I have come to appreciate the saying that beauty is skin deep. By adopting a healthy, clean lifestyle, which is a combination of good, healthy balanced diet and lifestyle, I have seen that beautiful skin is not bleaching our skin and looking whiter or fairer – as most African – or – black women think but having a radiant skin.

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Question though is, can one have a flawless skin? I think not.

But having a beautiful, radiant skin or complexion is not unattainable either. However, standing in the way of our dream is the number one culprit – breakouts – or – acne.

So, here is the crust of our topic for today: can makeup alone cause breakouts on our skin? And the answer – not really- and this is because a host of things are responsible for all the problems we face with our skin. For a start, let’s talk about the effect of makeup on our skin.

Makeup and breakouts:

When makeup or cosmetics products begin to cause breakouts on your skin, then you are experiencing acne cosmetica. Usually, certain ingredients found in cosmetic products may cause such acne but the chief cause of breakouts or acne are oil-based or oily cosmetics which pounds on excessive oil that clog our skin, prevents our skin from “breathing” and leading to breakouts.

What role do you play?

While oil based cosmetics products may be culprit number one, you come next as an “accessory” in the sense that many ladies do not cleanse their skin enough. Due to the stressful nature of modern society, many ladies do not bathe before bedtime and even when they cleanse, they usually use makeup remover wipes which do not deep cleanse. Another thing aiding breakouts are the makeup tools you use like makeup brushes and sponges which go weeks and months without washing. If you can afford it, use disposables, if not wash regularly.

Solutions to acne cosmetica:

> Only buy oil free makeup products.
> Only buy products labelled “hypoallergenic” meaning it has been tested to prevent allergy; “noncomedogenic” meaning it won’t clog pores and “nonacnegenic” meaning it won’t cause acne.
> Avoid products made with wheat germ oil or algae extract.
> Cleanse and tone your face and neck twice daily even if you cannot bathe before bedtime.
> Wash your makeup tools regularly, like on weekends when you are at home.

Sometimes, you may not be sure what exactly is causing the breakouts, so please keep a journal of cosmetics you use, when you changed them, when you changed supplier and what reactions you noticed afterwards. Reason being that cosmetics alone cannot cause breakouts.

OTHER CAUSES OF BREAKOUTS

Inactivity: Perhaps, you do not exercise, or live an active lifestyle; unfortunately, your skin suffers because exercise improves blood flow, which in turn, releases more oxygen to the skin and cleanses impurities from the blood through sweat.

Stress and insufficient sleep
When you sleep, your skin repairs itself and rejuvenates; so stress and its attendant factors cause hormonal imbalance which causes your skin to breakout while insufficient sleep makes it impossible for your skin to repair itself, as such, you breakout.

Alcohol and Smoking: These make good culprits in causing breakouts or acne as it prevents the flow of oxygen which is meant to rid the skin of impurities.

Did you know that things like:
Drugs, hormonal imbalance, hair products like hair sprays and hair creams or gels; including weather change, sugar and dairy products can cause acne?
Yes, if your intake of sugar and dairy becomes too high for your blood, your body revolts.

Picky fingers: Yes, many ladies just will not leave their faces alone! Stop picking at your face because your nails are not as clean as you think. You are simply transferring germs with your nails!

Best Solutions to acne or breakouts:

1. Please, remember to follow the solution provided above in our solution to acne cosmetica.
2. Take foods rich in Vitamin C as it contains antioxidants that get rid of free radicals.
3. Lifestyle must change for the positive.
4. Go easy on makeup. You really do not need foundation during the day. You need to allow your skin to breathe.
5. If you are acne prone, please do not allow your hair to touch your face so you might want to adopt side swept hair styles that full on fringes or styles that touch your face.
6. Lastly, buy products based on recommendation from an expert that treat targeted condition and your skin type. Do not use products for the wrong skin type.

NATURE’S CURE

I have a regimen that works for me. I love my skin and go without foundation for the most part, so I am happy to share my nature’s cure with you.

Personal rule: when I breakout, I go off cosmetics products and go all out natural. So, here is my nature’s beauty regimen:

1. Exfoliation: Oats: take a handful of raw oats, add a tablespoon of honey to use as facial scrub daily.
2. Cleanse with tomato juice. Cut a slice of tomato and apply directly to your skin after washing it.
3. Tone: As toner, use cucumber juice or green tea extract for the face and neck. Use cotton wool soaked in cucumber juice or green tea to clean your face.

At the weekend, make a mask of pure honey or egg white.

Monthly detox:
It is recommended that you detoxify your system monthly and you do not need any excessive detoxifying shakes or drinks.

HOW TO MAKE DETOX DRINK

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A. Brew green tea in a cup. Allow to cool.
B. Squeeze a tablespoon lemon juice into tea.
C. Add a tablespoon garlic juice or teaspoon garlic paste to the mix.
Drink for a week. Garlic is nature’s antibiotics and purifies our system inside out. It opens up our pores as well.

My very healthy spinach juice
Greens are great sources of vitamins B,C,D which promotes exfoliation, firmness, tone and elasticity as well as antioxidants that maintains healthy skin. On monthly basis, I also drink spinach juice.

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Smoothies and your skin:
Smoothies are great sources of antioxidants and other necessary nutrients great for the skin.

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In conclusion, your lifestyle affects your skin as much as cosmetics. So, take time to nurture and nourish your skin.

Other relevant sources:

http://www.skincarephysicians.com/acnenet/faq.html

http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/beauty/skin-and-makeup/makeup-affect-your-skin.htm

Is Your Makeup Causing Acne? Everything you Need to Know about Acne Cosmetica

Cheers!