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Tips For Cleaning Brushes

Tips for cleaning brushesSpring is almost here and what better time to clean your beauty tools? Last weekend, I cleaned every hair, make up, and toothbrush in my house. While I try to clean my make up brushes at least once a month, for some reason, my hair brushes are often forgotten. They get pretty dirty with repeated use, especially if you’re using styling products. By cleaning your brushes regularly, you are going to remove gunk, oil, product buildup, and even dead skin. You can buy expensive brush cleansers, but I like to use simple household items to make my tools clean again.

Toothbrush

tips for cleaning brushes

Some germs go down the drain, but far too many remain on our toothbrushes. Soak your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash. Rinse thoroughly before using again.

Makeup Brushes

Mix one part olive with one part dish soap. The olive oil will help condition and moisturize the bristles. Swirl the bristles around to break down any makeup residue.

tips for cleaning brushes

Rinse only the bristles.

Tips for cleaning brushes

Lay brush flat to dry.

This mixture also works great for cleaning beauty sponges.

Hair Brushes

tips for cleaning brushes

Back in the days, this was my grandmother’s method. Use a comb to remove hair. In a container, combine 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp shampoo and 1 cup of warm  water. Submerge the hair brush and soak for at least 30 minutes. Rinse with water.

Doesn’t it feel good to use a gunk-free, clean brush on your skin and hair?

 

How often do you clean your brushes? Do you have any tips and tricks you’d care to share?

 

Coconut Cream Yogurt

Coconut Yogurt

Yogurt is amazing for gut health. I eat it almost every day. Because I love anything and everything coconut flavored so much, I decided to make coconut cream yogurt. I am not vegan, nor am I allergic to milk – I just choose to limit my dairy intake.

I only used two ingredients to make this delicious yogurt.

2 cans of coconut milk

4  Probiotics (must contain one of these strains – Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streprococcus thermophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis or Lactobacillus acidophilus)

Coconut yogurt

Coconut cream yogurt is so easy to make.

If you want thick, greek-style yogurt, refrigerate the can of coconut milk overnight. This makes it much easier to scoop out the coconut cream and will make the yogurt thick. If you don’t like your yogurt thick, add some or all the coconut water that’s within the can. Play around, find what works for you and go with it.

Coconut Yogurt

Since my probiotics are not capsules but mini tablets, I went ahead and crushed them. In the end it’s all the same. Pour the coconut creme/milk into a glass jar. Add the probiotics and stir well. Close the jar and place it in the oven with the oven light on. Let the yogurt sit in the oven for 24 hours.

After you take it out of the oven, place the coconut cream yogurt in the fridge for a few hours.

Coconut Yogurt

The end result is a thick, creamy yogurt – a dairy-free probiotic culture.

Coconut creme yogurt

Add honey and/or vanilla and you’ll get just the right balance of tanginess and sweetness.  Flavor it anyway you want. I like to eat mine with a homemade berry compote.

Have you tried making coconut yogurt?

 

Have You Tried Oil Cleansing?

Oil Cleansing

Have you tried the oil cleansing method (OCM)? It’s a gentle, yet super effective way of cleansing your skin.  Right around Christmas, I started using this method and I haven’t used any other cleansers or moisturizers since. I wanted to use something as natural as possible with the fewest natural ingredients I could find. Oil cleansing will not only remove makeup and cleanse your skin, it will also help balance oil secretion, reduce inflammation and increase skin hydration.

Benefits of the oil cleansing method

1. Oil Cleanses Oil

Water based cleansers don’t do a good job removing any excess sebum or clogs from your skin. Oil does.

2. Best Makeup Remover

This method removes make up better than any expensive makeup remover.

3. No Chemicals

Oils don’t dry out your skin, which is very important especially if you have dry or acne prone skin. Harsh, chemical based cleansers remove the necessary oils and dry out your skin, forcing your skin to produce even more oil. The oil won’t strip your skin of  its natural oils.

4. Incredibly cheap

A bottle of organic extra virgin olive oil, sunflower oil, or avocado oil is around $4 at Aldi. One bottle goes a long way for the oil cleansing method.

5. Relaxing and Luxurious

Oil cleansing feels like a spa experience in your own home.

 

When I started  the OCM, I limited it to twice a week. The gradual transition gave my skin the chance to adjust without freaking out. Now I do it every night. So far, I’ve only used extra virgin olive oil. It’s something I always have in my pantry. Olive oil has been here since ancient times and it is super rich in Vitamin E and oleic acid, both of which are skin saving nutrients. Other great oils are avocado oil, sesame oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and hempseed oil.

The oils that you use are ‘good’ oils that help drive out ‘bad’ oils stuck in your pores. The oils also break down dirt and pollution deep within the pores and on the surface while dissolving dead cells.

How does oil cleansing  work?

Step #1: Apply some oil to dry skin. Never use it on wet skin – it’s not going to work. Massage it into your skin for a couple of minutes.

Step #2: Run a clean washcloth under warm water . Wring it out and drape over your face. Allow the steam to help loosen the oil. I usually oil cleanse in the shower because the steam of the shower really helps loosen up the oil.

Step #3: Wipe away all the oil and makeup. Your face will feel very clean.

Step #4: Rinse off with cool water.

Step #5: If your skin still feels dry, don’t hesitate to apply more oil. I apply two or three drops of Rosehip Seed oil.  But you can use any oil you like. It can even be same oil you used for cleansing. But if your skin is oily naturally, you can skip this step.rosehip oil

The oil cleansing method works beautifully for my 48-year-old skin.  The feel of my skin after cleansing is like none other. Give the oil cleansing method a go.  I think you’ll love it as much as I do.

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