All Posts By

Allison Walls

Style & Beauty

Milk of Magnesia For Oily Skin

Oily-Skin

If your skin is shiny, thick, dull, and prone to pimples and other blemishes then you may have oily skin. Yes, oily skin… YIKES! If you think you’re the only one who suffers from oily skin, think again. Millions of people are going through the same thing and its because of their:

  • Diet
  • Heredity
  • Hormone levels
  • Birth control pills
  • Humid weather

Having oily skin can be a true pain in the butt. From walking around with a shiny forehead or nose, to having your makeup being completely dissolved by the oil. However, the best way to deal with oily skin is to know how to treat it.

If you have oily skin, DO:

  • Use warm water to wash your face
  • Use an oil-free moisturizer daily
  • Use pure soap (no artificial additives)
  • Use products specifically for oily skin
  • Drink plenty of water

If you have oily skin, DON’T:

  • Use harsh products that severely dry out your skin (this causes your glands to work overtime to form more oil)
  • Over-wash your face. 2-3 times a day is good (too much washing will dry out your skin and cause more oil to be produced)
  • Eat pork, fried, or processed foods
  • Try a new product without reading the label. Especially as and when it comes to makeup, because not all makeup is created equal and will tend to absorb quickly into oily skin.

Having oily skin just means that your skin is imbalanced and produces more oil than it should. And hey, there is good news! Did you know that people with oily skin age slower than people with normal skin? Lucky you :) However, while you continue to age gracefully, here’s an item that help with your oily issues in the meantime, milk of magnesia.

Milk of magnesia is more commonly used as a laxative, but it can also help to control your extra shine. Milk of magnesia works similar to a clay mask, by drawing excess oil from the skin and actually more gentle than most clay masks. It also helps to kill bacteria on the skin and since milk of magnesia contains zinc, it helps wounds heal.

MILK OF MAGNESIA IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE WITH DRY SKIN

Milk of Magnesia Mask

  • Milk of Magnesia (liquid, non-flavored)

Before opening the milk of magnesia, shake well. Pour milk of magnesia into the cap that comes with the bottle and use clean finger tips to apply a thin coat on face. Don’t rub in. You will notice the milk of magnesia dry to a white, chalky texture and this is normal. Allow mask to sit for 10-15 minutes and wash with warm water.

EXTRA TIP: Milk of magnesia can also be used a primer. After moisturizing, apply a very thin layer of milk of magnesia to the skin and allow to dry. Then continue to with normal makeup routine. Milk of magnesia is definitely cheaper and more effective than high-end primers.

jessicasimienlogo-resize

Style & Beauty

Vitamin E Oil Perfect For Curing Dry Skin

vitamin-e-oil-mask
Suffering from dry skin?
Well here’s a natural product that costs less and is more effective than popular brands that offer broken promises with no results, Vitamin E oil. Vitamin E oil is an antioxidant that helps your skin heal and provides moisture for dry skin. Use of Vitamin E Oil allows skin to retain its natural oil moisture and makes dry and dull skin look younger and fresher. Vitamin E oil also helps dry skin by improving skin elasticity and prevents the skin from environmental damage. Aside from providing numerous benefits for dry skin, Vitamin E oil can:
  • Protect your skin from UV rays and prevent sun spots
  • Prevent wrinkles
  • Lighten blemishes

Vitamin E oil is effective in healing scars and blemishes because it blocks free radicals underneath the skin. Free radicals stop your skin from healing from blemishes and scars, while use of Vitamin E oil allows the skin to heal and eventually removes dark spots and blemishes.

Vitamin E Oil Mask

  • 2 tbsp Vitamin E Oil
  • 1 mashed banana

Mix Vitamin E oil and mashed banana together in a bowl. Apply mixture to a clean face and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Remove with warm water.

EXTRA TIP: You can apply a thin layer of Vitamin E oil to the face before going to bed at night and wash in the morning to reveal softer, younger looking skin.

jessicasimienlogo-resize

Style & Beauty

Do You Have Acne And Frequent Breakouts? Get Rid Of Them With A Tomato & Honey Mask

Tomato-Mask-For-Oily-Skin2

Tomatoes are great on salads and sandwiches and are even better for your skin. Tomatoes contain Vitamin C and Vitamin A which are used to brighten skin and because tomatoes are high in lycopene, they are a natural sun screen. Studies have shown that those who have a diet high in tomatoes have increased skin protection and less damage from ultraviolet rays.

Many are not too fond of tomatoes and for those of you that aren’t, you can put the tomatoes on your face instead of in your mouth! Using tomatoes as a face mask, gives you the following benefits:

  • Used as an astringent for those that have oily skin
  • Fight breakouts
  • Tighten pores
  • Help clear acne
  • Reduce blackheads

Tomato Honey Mask

  • 1 tomato
  • 2 tbsp of honey (raw/organic)
  • 1 blender (optional)

Cut tomato into small squares. Smash tomato into a paste or grate tomatoes in blender on low.

Tomato2

Tomato3

Combine tomato paste and 2 tbsp of honey in bowl and mix. Use fingers to apply paste to face, avoiding eyes. Allow paste to sit on face for 30 minutes and wash with warm water.

jessicasimienlogo-resize

Style & Beauty

You May Have The Best Acne Spot Remover In Your FRIDGE!

black-woman-acne-skin
The only thing worse than pimples and zits are the ugly marks they leave behind. We found a solution that could be sitting right in your fridge – lemons!
Lemons are natural sources of Vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids. Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of new tissues and alpha hydroxy acids improve the appearance of acne scars. Because of the Vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids that lemons contain, lemons can be used as a exfoliant to remove dead skin and promote new skin growth. If consumed orally, lemon juice can assist in flushing out toxins, which also leads to clearer skin.
Here are some ways to use lemons to help with your problem areas:
  • Use a cotton ball to dab lemon juice on problem areas. Let sit for 10-15 minutes then wash with warm water.
  • Cut lemon into slices and rub over problem areas. Allow lemon juice to sit for 10-15 minutes, then wash with warm water.
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice into your water and drink throughout the day.

lemon

Below you will find instruction on a honey/lemon mask. To find out about the benefits of honey, be sure to read this.
Honey/Lemon Mask
2 tbsp of lemon juice
2 tbsp of honey (organic)
To get a good amount of juice from your lemon, its always good to massage the lemons in your hand until it softens. First, wash your face to remove any dirt and makeup. Then slice the lemon in half and squeeze 2 tbsp of lemon juice into a bowl. Add in 2 tbsp of honey and stir until lemon juice is mixed in thoroughly with honey. Apply mixture to face avoiding your eyes. Allow mixture to sit for 10 minutes and then wash with warm water.
You can thank us later!
jessicasimienlogo-resize
Style & Beauty

Eat Up! Best Foods For Your Face

foodface
Have you ever heard the saying, “You are what you eat”? Well its true!
The types of foods that you consume can have a positive or negative effect on your skin. Below you will find some of the top food items to include in your daily meals to give you better looking skin:
almonds
Almonds are full of Vitamin E and helps as a defense agent against sun damage.
canned-tuna

Canned tuna is full of selenium. Selenium helps to keep your skin smooth and tight.

carrots

Carrots are full of Vitamin A and help with clearing up breakouts and reduces the development of skin cancer cells.

darkchocolate
Dark chocolate contains flavonols which are antioxidants. These antioxidants reduce roughness in the skin and provides protection against the sun.
Where's the beef?
eggs
Eggs and lean red meat contain iron and are effective in reducing dark circles under your eyes and adding color to pale skin.
Flax-seeds
Flaxseeds contain omega-3 fatty acids that help to erase spots and fine lines.
green-tea
Green tea releases catechen, which helps in combating cancer and reverses the effects of sun damage. Green tea is more beneficial as and when consumed hot.
kidney-beans
Kidney beans are high in zinc and help to rid your face of blemishes.
Calypso mango
Mangoes, papaya, and apricots contain carotenoids and improve the color of your skin. Especially for those who have a washed out look, these fruits can help give your skin a rosy glow.

soy-milk

Soy milk contains minerals and protiens that even out skin tone and reduce hyperpigmentation.

spinach
Spinach contains folate and helps to protect against skin cancer.
sweet potato
Sweet potatoes contain Vitamin C and help to smooth wrinkles.
tomato
Tomatoes are full of lycopene which helps to protect your skin against sun damage. Tomatoes are most beneficial when they are heated, like in tomato soup or using a can of cooked tomatoes with your meal.
walnut
Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids and help to improve the elasticity of the skin. Walnuts also include copper which boots the production of collagen.
water
Water flushes out toxins. So the more water you drink, the better your skin looks.
Whole-wheat
Whole wheat contains selenium and make you look younger longer.

Be sure to add some of the foods above to your diet for fresher and younger looking skin!

 

jessicasimienlogo-resize