Castor Oil for Wrinkles

castor oil wrinkle creamCastor oil is one of those amazing oils that truly is a gift from the gods. If your skin needs a quick pick-me-up castor oil will do the trick. Apply the oil around the eyes before bed (careful not to get into the eyes) and massage in. By morning you should notice a big difference. Castor oil is also known to thicken eyelashes and eyebrows which is a nice bonus.

A few notes of caution when using castor oil. Don’t apply this every day, maybe just once or twice a week will do the trick. If you use this too frequently, the skin under your eyes will start to look puffy… not a desirable effect. Castor oil may also cause breakouts if you use it on areas of the skin prone to that, so use sparingly and just where needed.

Vitamin C Mask

vitamin c maskIngredients:
2 Tbsp. Vitamin C Powder
1 Tbsp. Warm Water

 

 

 

Mix the vitamin C powder with warm (not hot) water and apply to face and neck. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse off. Do not get into eyes. I like to use this mask once a week to keep my skin firm. You can also use this on other areas that need a lift and jump in the shower to rinse it all off after 5 minutes or so.

Tip: If your powder has not completely dissolved in the warm water after a half hour or so, do NOT use the crystals as a scrub. Doing so will take off too much skin and leave you with scabs. I learned this the hard way and it took about a week for my face to heal. Warm water will help the vitamin C to dissolve, but don’t use hot water as the vitamin C is heat sensitive.

Warning:  Don’t use this mask if you are using Retinol or any similar treatments.

Coffee Scrub

coffee scrub recipeIngredients:
1/2 cup coffee grounds
1 tbsp. sea salt
Water
Coconut oil (opt.)

 

 

Mix the coffee grounds and sea salt together. Add water (or oil) tablespoon by tablespoon until you reach the desired consistency. This scrub works great for both your face and any areas that need exfoliation. As an added bonus, this is also a great scrub for reducing cellulite.

Because there are no preservatives in this scrub, I would recommend only making enough of it as necessary for one use.

How to Open a Pomegranate

how to open a pomegranateAfter starting the blood type diet, we had to take a look at some of the fruits that we eat. This forced us to try a few things that were out of our comfort zone, including pomegranates. We love pomegranates now.

Let me share with you how to open a pomegranate properly.

Score through the skin on the stem end, about 1″ down from the top, but don’t cut all the way through the fruit. Lift the skin off and pull off the white membrane. Score perpendicularly down the sides from there separating the fruit into several segments and shake the seeds into a bowl. No need to beat the fruit with a spoon, no need for water. Just quick and easy. Enjoy! :)