apricot-scrub

anonymous asked:

So about facial scrubs: I can not, for the life of me, find an exfoliator that really gets rid of all the dead skin. I exfoliate my face, and then when I'm done I rub my nose and dead skin still comes off. Can you think of anything that really gets the job done removing dead skin?

Some people are going to diss on me. But my friend had the same problem and she said the only Scrub that works for her is the St.Ives Apricot scrub

I say also try the Cup o Coffee mask from lush

St. Ives apricot scrub isn’t the only one to stay away from, apricot scrubs in general are far too abrasive. It doesn’t matter who makes it, don’t use apricot scrubs.

St. Ives actually does have some good exfoliators like their green tea one which I recommend for anyone on a budget, it even contains acne medication. Their apricot scrub is just really bad for your face don’t use an apricot scrub from anywhere ever.

Stay away from grape fruit scrubs too…honestly, any time the scrubs main ingredient or scent or whatever is something you can’t actually exfoliate with by itself I wouldn’t use it. You can exfoliate with green tea by itself, you can’t rub an apricot on your face and see results.

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I didn’t realize how misinformed I was about skincare until I started practicing a little witchcraft. I thought that apricot scrubs were good, oil was bad, and that cystic acne couldn’t be treated topically. Oh, was I wrong. About a year ago, I befriended a 30 year practicing witch who had about 14 years cosmetology experience at the time. Having just discovered Paganism myself, I constantly bugged her about both subjects. She taught me some basics and I’ve been using them ever since. They really work. And it’s a nice and easy introduction to spells if you’re looking to get into somethin’ spooky. 

First things first: Apricot scrubs are TERRIBLE. Any facial scrub that has granules you can see is going to put tiny cuts in your already irritated face and make your acne more susceptible to infection/irritation. She recommended using a mixture of coconut oil and baking soda to make a paste that will very very gently remove dead skin without causing redness. People with rosacea should avoid using any type of scrub, even though this one is very mild. Never exfoliate more than 2-3 times a week, and never ever do it two days in a row. When you’re done, make sure you put as much oil as you can in the trash can- rinsing it off in the sink will clog the drain over time. And remember- the thicker the paste, the more coarse the scrub will be. Scrub using gentle yet wide circular motions, timing yourself at about 60 seconds. 

Oil is not bad for your skin! Coconut oil has tiny molecules unlike other oils, so it can penetrate hair and skin better than other oils. Coconut oil is excellent at pulling your natural facial oils out of your pores without stripping moisture. After you use the scrub, use a warm, damp wash cloth to gently wipe away the oil and baking soda. You should always moisturize immediately after cleansing, but I’ve noticed that after using this cleanser my skin doesn’t ususally need it. Besides coconut oil, lavender oil, grapeseed oil, and sweet almond oil are also very good for acne prone skin. Tea tree oil can be diluted heavily and applied to spot treat, but do not use more than once a week in small quantities or it will make your skin itchy and red. Always always always moisturize before putting on makeup by the way!

As for the face masks! I have a face mask recipe that will reduce my pore size by like 80-90%. Seriously. If I used it once a week I’d have perfect skin, but I don’t, so even when my skin is at its worst, this mask still kicks ass. I don’t have exact measurements for everything (or anything really) so please be patient with yourself when making them. But that’s the beauty of this recipe- you can change it to fit your skin problems with a little research and a trip to the health food store. Side note: Do the mask right after you use the scrub. Otherwise it won’t work as well.

The base of the mask is this magical powder called kaolin clay. I buy it in bulk at the health food store and it’s cheap as hell. It’s just a mild clay that turns to putty then hardens in ten minutes. I probably use ¾ cup, maybe even a full cup for a mask. Just depends on how many liquids you want to include. Star out small and add as you go.

After putting a starter amount of clay into a small bowl, I set that aside and start on the liquids. I like to use tea instead of water. I make a teensy amount of hot water then pour it over green tea, rose petals, and calendula petals. Green tea is anti-inflammatory, rose balances pH, and calendula is great for skin. Try to buy organic so you’re not dousing yourself in pesticides. I set these aside to brew. The less water you use, the stronger the tincture, and the less time you need to wait. 

I only have a few essential oils, but if you do a little research, it is super easy to pick out some that are good for skin and are non-comodegenetic (won’t clog pores). I take my little bowl of clay and start adding a few drops of lavender oil, a few drops of grapeseed oil, a squirt of sweet almond, and two tiny drops of tea tree. Other options are ylang ylang (good for oily skin), chamomile (very soothing), and clary sage (for reverse aging and puffiness). I would say maybe 5 oils would be a good maximum, just because you need room for the tea. 

Add the tea by holding the flowers back with a spoon and pouring tiny little amounts into the clay and oil mixture, stirring frequently so that you don’t get it too thin. You want it the texture of Elmer’s glue. If a few petals get into the mask, that’s fine. Some people add loose green tea leaves to their masks straight up, so whatever’s clever. Then just smear the mask on, avoiding the eye area if you used tea tree oil, and leave it on for about 10 minutes. It will harden so if you want to drink anything you should use a straw, and the mask will flake a bit towards the end, so be aware of that. Once the ten minutes is up, just splash wet water on your face to turn it back to glue texture, then wash off with warm water. This may take a while. Then after you dry your face with a clean towel, check out your pores in the mirror! This is my favorite part because there are patches of my skin when I don’t have visible pores at all, and where I do, they are so much lighter and smaller. The essential oils must penetrate the blackheads or something, I have no idea, but it does what no Biore strips or Clean and Clear scrub have ever done before. 

Make sure you moisturize after ! I have really bad acne so I follow up with benzoyl peroxide (doctor’s orders) and a light drugstore moisturizer to keep my pores looking like this as long as possible. I recommend doing this mask once a week at least, but definitely no more that once every three days. And don’t pop pimples! Give these remedies some time and you will see a huge difference. 

One more thing: Rose water. I make my own, but it can be bought at $30 a bottle at Sephora. However, I don’t use mine that often because it’s non-organic, so unless you have the hookup on organic roses, you might want to steer clear. Basically all it is is rose tea. I get roses from my boyfriend frequently, so I hang them up to dry thoroughly and then collect the petals in a burlap bag. Once I have a grocery bag’s worth, I toss them in a pot to boil. There are lots of ways to do this online, but mine is very simple. Just bring petals to a soft boil, steep until it’s dark red, then let cool. I store mine in a massive mason jar in the refrigerator. I leave some petals in there to make it stronger, but you can strain them immediately if you like. Definitely strain them before using the water to make you life a little easier.

I use rose water as a toner between cleansing and moisturizing. It’s cool from refrigeration, which calms any puffiness, and it apparently balances pH. Another cool thing about it is it moistens your face right before you moisturize. Lotion doesn’t always add moisture to your skin, it often just retains what moisture you have. So if you moisturize damp skin, you’ll retain more moisture. Seems weird but it works.

The witchcraft comes in where you want it to. I like to put intention in the stirring; meaning I stir right if I want to embrace good vibes and positive outcomes, stir left if I have something negative on my mind that I want to banish. I think there is magic in the herbs and oils themselves so I don’t get too fancy or chant, but it is totally a thing for people to chant while making these kinds of elixirs. Tumblr is full of awesome little rituals! I just tend to keep it simple. 

So anyways this is basically everything I know about skincare, and it was all taught to me by a woman in her late thirties that looks like she’s 24. Kudos if you read this entire thing! Seacrest out.

✨GIVEAWAY✨

I want to celebrate reaching 2.5k followers here. It’s amazing, I honestly thought I’d stop gaining followers when I reached 10😂 I want to thank you guys for your love and support. I’ve seen how you have enjoyed my blog and this is just a little something I want to give you as a big thank you❤️

I’m giving away these 14 things:

•two Lush Bath Bombs
•St.Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub
•a Cucumber Cooling peel-off mask
•L'BEL Hydra Calme moisturizing refreshing eye gel
•L'BEL deep moisturizing facial lotion spf 20
•Nourish Organic pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum
•Cover FX Mattifying primer
•Too Faced Better than Sex mascara
•VS Aqua Kiss Fragrance Mist
•CyZone Invisible Mascara and Brow Gel
•VS Amber Romance fragrance mist
•Clinique Makeup Pouch
And
•The Gospel according to Coco Chanel by Karen Karbo

🖤Rules🖤

In order to enter you must:
•be following me
•like and reblog this post
•reblog 2 of my original posts (excluding this one and ask/answer posts)
•I will have to contact the winner so make sure your inbox is open😌

Yes it is international.

I’ll be choosing the winner on March 1st💖

Apricot Scrubs of ANY kind. 

Now don’t think I’m picking on St. Ives, when I googled apricot scrubs this was the only brand really popping up as they are known for this particular product. 

I used to use these apricot scrubs - if you don’t know what they are they are essentially exfoliates that are made of apricot pits. 

Why do I not use these any longer?

Simple: if you have very dry skin that tends to get very flakey any harsh exfoliation is horrible for your skin. 

In fact, I tend to steer clear of any exfoliators because anything that exfoliates tends to agitate dry skin and cause more flakeyness/dryness.

I want to be able to use these products, trust me but it’s my recommendation from personal experience that if you have dry skin do not over exfoliate or use harsh exfoliators like apricot scrubs. 

If you want to exfoliate you can do that lightly with things like a sugar based scrub instead - fine grains and light exfoliator  

Disclaimer: This is not my image and I am not suggesting that this product is bad but that this can agitate particular skin types. 

♥ self care tips ♥

I was just recently thinking of some things I do to take care of myself so I thought I’d share with everyone:

  • Wash your face, seriously, use a gentle cleanser or a rough scrub, whatever makes you feel better, I like st. ives apricot scrub because that stuff is heavenly, just don’t use it too much or it’ll dry out your skin
  • Change into clean clothes, wearing the same clothes for days or just staying in pajamas isn’t going to help, wash those clothes and put on all fresh clothes
  • Keep your lights on and blinds open, sitting in the dark will really only help if you’ve got a bad headache and are sensitive to it, brighten up your space and it may brighten you up, I recommend string lights because they aren’t harsh and they create a tranquil environment  
  • Light a candle, pick your favorite smell and light it up, my new favorite is “vintage lace” from target, it’s relaxing and a nice smell may cheer you up, but please maintain fire safety because a fire will not cheer you up
  • Make something or doodle, keep your mind active, I personally like origami or writing, but just do something to keep your hands moving, shifting your focus to something else will help
  • Play a game, I personally like playing animal crossing because it’s a low-key calming game, but you can find loads of calming games online if you look for them, again with keeping your mind active
  • Express your feelings, whether it’s texting a friend or writing them down for only yourself, getting them out will help you, an remember all of your feelings are completely valid and don’t be afraid to reach out for help
  • Treat yo’ self, get a popsicle or some ice cream or whatever the heck you enjoy, though something healthy may be better in the long run so maybe make a smoothie or have some cold fruit, but you do you, friend

I could probably list a bunch of other things, but here’s some of the basics. Take care of yourselves, lovelies ♥♥♥

anonymous asked:

Hi love. This is really embarrassing but I don't know what else to do. I have dark inner thighs and dark skin near my genitalia.. I hate it. I also have acne and acne scars there as well. I put medicine like epiduo acne medicine but nothing works. I also use coconut oil for the dark thighs but literally nothing works. Do you have any tips?

No worries girl
Try using aloe vera gel (the clear one) on those areas, and also right after you shower use baby oil gel (the one with aloe)
For the acne you can exfoliate your thighs with St.Ives. Blemish control Apricot scrub or Lush’s Dark Angels

My Candy Cane Skincare Idea

Ok I was trying to sleep but it’s not happening cause of all the ice cream I ate. So basically I’m taking cues from companies such as Bath and Body Works and St. Ives Apricot Scrub and want to sell crushed up shards of candy canes packaged nicely in mason jars. They’d range from huge abrasive candy cane shards for more tough skin to really fine almost sugar like consistency for sensitive skin. Obviously this will be a huge hit come the holidays but I really want to market the exfoliating properties not only of the sharpness but the peppermint oil that’s a key ingredient in most traditional candy canes.

things to Stop Using On Your Face now

  • lemons, even “diluted lemon juice”
  • baking soda
  • st ives apricot scrub
  • actually any physical scrub even if it’s “gentle jojoba beads”, no physical exfoliation
  • biore pore strips or anything that claims to eliminate the sebaceous filaments on your nose
  • foam-based cleansers
  • vaseline/aquaphor

anonymous asked:

fave beauty products?

i don’t really use a lot of products, honestly. but anyways for my face i use st ives apricot scrub like three times a week (which thank you for reminding me, because i need to get some more). then i use garnier face moisturizer (twice daily), the pink gel one (because i live in the middle of a desert.) also i started using pond’s b3 cream

i don’t really wear any make up, just a few lip stains from elf and some blush but i forgot the brand? also sometimes i wear mascara because i have no lashes, but it’s just a drugstore brand and it sucks. and that’s it. im just too lazy to do make up, i want to, but its just not gonna happen

p.s. i bought liquid foundation and finishing powder (black radiance) but i think im allergic to it….yikes….i’m just crying because i bought 100$ worth of make up and i don’t use it…somebody punch me

p.p.s. i bolded everything so you don’t have to read everything because its like a novel…..

i know we’ve seen this alot on here, but seriously stop using apricot scrubs. all those scrubs, and blackhead strips.

ive been using them since i was 13. and i stopped using them less than a month ago and started washing my face with gentle cleaners and finishing with aloe gel, and all of a sudden the strange “bruising” i credited to my skin just “being ugly” all these years has cleared away. 

my skin’s color and texture have suddenly cleared up and gotten even . 

so it was that shit bruising me all these years and i kept buying it thinking it would eventually help!

what a fucking ripoff!

My real skincare routine because I got a couple of asks about that now and taken precisely 0 of them seriously- wash with a cleanser every night no matter what I don’t buy any expensive skincare products everything I have comes from Walgreens I don’t stick to one cleanser I just get whatever I get. my favorite one was a foaming cleanser the brand was just called Simple I think & right now I’m going through a bottle of clean and clear I THINK idk it’s yellow and it’s good too. both are like no more than like $5 prob. Then I exfoliate some nights just kinda like when I feel like I need to again Once or twice a week is brobably a good estimate and I use………..(don’t think it don’t say it) st Ives apricot scrub. I do it cause I like the pain. Anyways for masks I also use literally the Walgreens brand I think it’s called Studio 35 Beauty and I’ve used the normal one and the peppermint one and the peppermint one is better and that’s just also on a whenever the heck I can basis. Then I use a moisturizer & thats it. Bada boom bada bing. And also I try to just wash & moisturize in the morning too but I don’t always remember to do that

FINALS WEEK UPCOMING!!!! Motivation spell! 🔥🔥🔥🔥⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️

••••STEP ONE- Cleansing bath

MATERIALS
Two different kinds of plants/fruit:
-Sage, Pine, Mugwort, etc.
-Grapefruit, Apricot, Mango, etc
Tealights, white candles
> Personally, I used Mango bubble bath, and put Sage and Pine in it. I also used Apricot Scrub.

DIRECTIONS
Take a cleansing bath. Incorporate your herbs and fruits as you wish - by way of bubble bath, essential oil, etc.
Wash, shave, shampoo, etc. as you normally would. Make yourself feel clean.
Then, as the bath is draining, talk about what you are getting rid of. “Drain me of my lack of motivation! Get rid of the thoughts that I can’t do it. Rid me of my fear and anxiety. Make procrastination look less tempting….”

•••• STEP TWO- Spell/Altar

MATERIALS
Minerals of oranges and yellows
Yellow candle to write on and use oil on.
Cinnamon
Lemongrass oil
Basil
Wearable gold/mineral that is bright
Optional: My reiki candle, as pictured
Optional: Other minerals with runes on them that are motivating
Optional: Gold glitter

Set up altar as you want. Put jewelry near the candle. Write MOTIVATION!! FOCUS!! On the candle. Consecrate it with lemongrass oil and light it. Talk about your intentions. “Build me up to be the focused person I can be! Bring me persistency, awareness, and tenacity. Enable me to finish my projects. Unlock my potential, make me powerful…”

Contemplate. Wear jewelry, carry a mineral. Wear yellow or orange.

Long spell, but very empowering!

My skin routine 🌸

Daily Mornings 🌤
I use the brand simple facial wash. I wash my face with cold water to keep my pores closed preventing them from getting clogged easy. After I wash my face and rinse with cold water, I use a completely separate rag that I use for my face only! Then I tone with apple cider vinegar and apply ponds cream as a moisturizer

Monday-Saturday Nights 🌙
First I usually have to take off my eye make-up using baby oil.
Then I use my simple facial wash, rinse with cold water, dry with my separate rag, tone with Apple cider vinegar, and moisturize with ponds cream and tea tree oil. I apply Vaseline to my eyelashes to help them stay strong and grow and to my lips to keep them soft and moisturized throughout the night

Sunday’s are like my pamper days. I usually wash my hair on Sunday’s, shave etc.
Sunday nights 🌛
1) wash with simple facial wash
2) rinse with cold water
3) use st. Ives apricot scrub to exfoliate
4) rinse with cold water
5) dry with separate rag
6) tone with Apple cider vinegar
7) apply ponds cream, tea tree oil, and apply Vaseline
I also drinks lots of water. I go on water diets two weeks out of every month.