Coconut Chia Lemon Face Mask

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A guest post by Lisa of Miss Alchemist

Chia seeds aren’t only great for snacking, but they also make great beauty products.  Considering their beautifying power, it was only a matter of time until these little superfoods made their way into serums and eye creams.  Chia seeds have important antioxidants including Alpha Lipoic Acid, which minimizes fine lines and pore size, and phytonutrients which help reveal smoother, more radiant skin.  With all these great qualities, you should eat your chia seeds and put them on your face!  Lately I’ve been seeing beauty products now on the market that use chia seed oil due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.  These products can be expensive so you may want to go the d.i.y. route with my coconut-chia mask.  

This mask is great since the chia seeds exfoliate and help moisturize, the coconut oil is hydrating, and the lemon juice works to remove age spots and tighten pores.  

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon solid  coconut oil,  (make sure its cold-pressed, virgin and organic)
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Combine ingredients and let stand for 20 minutes or so for the chia seeds to plump up.  If coconut oil is melted you may want to stick in the fridge for a few minutes so that it is firm and will stay on your face.  Apply to your face with a  Fan Brush or pastry brush and let sit for 2-5 minutes.  Wet hands and in a circular motion rub chia seeds into skin before wiping off with a cold wash cloth.  If the coconut oil feel is too much for your skin, follow with a toner (like my triple threat toner), otherwise pat dry.  No moisturizer needed since the coconut oil provides plenty!  Have extra? Apply to the back of your hands — they’ll be silky smooth!

 

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After Lisa spent years advancing her finance career and prioritizing everything except her health, she decided to make a change.  Putting her curiosity for learning to a new area, Lisa now spends her free time researching and creating simple, healthy recipes and easy, natural d.i.y. beauty products.  Lisa lives in Los Angeles with her miniature schnauzer, Romeo.

 

A Pre-Shave Solution To Rid Those Bumps From Shaving

 

{A Repost From The Archives}

I used to have bumps and large pores & irritation on my legs, and I just thought I had sensitive skin and was stuck with it.

Well, I was half right.  My skin IS sensitive to all the irritants I was using from my shaving cream, soap, & those fun scented & colored body lotions, but I’m NOT stuck with it.

I’m so happy with the solution I have found.   I want to avoid parabens (they mimic estrogen in the body and my cancer was fed by estrogen) and all the different harsh chemicals that are beauty products.

Parabens are a group of compounds widely used as antimicrobial preservatives in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, including underarm deodorants. Parabens are absorbed through intact skin and from the gastrointestinal tract and blood.
Measurable concentrations of six different parabens have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors (Darbre, 2004). The particular parabens were found in relative concentrations that closely parallel their use in the synthesis of cosmetic products (Rastogi, 1995). Parabens have also been found in almost all urine samples examined from a demographically diverse sample of U.S. adults (Ye, 2006a).
Parabens are estrogen mimickers, with the potency of the agonistic response being related to the chemical structure (Darbre, 2008). They can bind to the cellular estrogen receptor (Routledge, 1998). They also increase the expression of many genes that are usually regulated by estradiol and cause human breast tumor cells (MCF-7 cells) to grow and proliferate in vitro (Byford, 2002; Pugazhendhi, 2007). Nevertheless, parabens as a class do not fully mimic estradiol in the changes in cellular gene expression nor are the effects of all parabens identical (Sadler, 2009).

 

I am also on a mission to simplify my beauty routine and the cost of beauty supplies.

My answer to ALL of these issues?  Coconut Oil.  

I love coconut oil so very much.  It is a unique oil, solid when cool and liquid when room temperature or warmer.  It does not need refrigerated.

It is

~anti-inflammatory
~anti-microbial
~anti-fungal

Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid and Lauric Acid are the essential saturated fatty acids that are powerful ingredients in coconut oil. I love having an organic, natural product with such great benefits to it.  It has the slight scent of coconut, but not overpowering at all.


 

I have been using coconut oil as a pre-shave oil this summer, in place of shaving cream or soap, and I can’t tell you how great my legs feel.  Gone are any bumps or irritation.  My pores are small and my skin has a healthy glow to it.  I just love it.  

I keep my jar of organic coconut oil in the shower, and not only use it as a pre-shaving lotion, but also as a quick after- shave oil and moisturizer.  At the end of my shower, when I turn off the water, I do a quick slather of coconut oil all over my whole body.   I find it is a bit too heavy for my face, so I skip the face, but I’ve heard people rave about it as a face moisturizer.  As I dry off, my legs are amazingly soft and smooth. My skin feels silky and has a great glow.   I love skipping the step of body lotion after a shower! Rumor has it that coconut oil has an spf of 4, so it gives some natural sun protection, too!


An added benefit?  It is on my hands as I go to squeeze the water out of my hair, and I have found it acts as a great hair de-frizzer.  I can now air dry my curls and they are soft and amazing with no frizz!  There is very little oil on my hands, so this benefit does not take much coconut oil.  Bonus!

 
{See?  No bumps…and no photo editing, I promise!}
 
Between using coconut oil as a pre & post shave, occasionally using my Homemade Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub, and dry brushing before my shower, my skin is the softest and healthiest it has been in a years.


Try it and tell me what you think!