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DIY Aloe Vera Gel

Summer is right around the corner, which means that sunburn season is on its way!  Sometimes sunburns are hard to avoid even when you apply the proper amount of sunscreen. …

Summer is right around the corner, which means that sunburn season is on its way!  Sometimes sunburns are hard to avoid even when you apply the proper amount of sunscreen.  Running to the store to grab aloe that contains dyes and other chemicals can be annoying, especially if you have sensitive skin.  Luckily, making your own aloe vera gel the all-natural way is simple and cheap!  It’s time to make your own sunburn fighting gel!Chelsea Crockett- aloe vera gel

All you need is an aloe plant and powdered vitamin C.  Start by cutting off an outer leaf.  These are usually the most mature and contain the most aloe (HINT: 1 or 2 large leaves can make almost a cup of aloe gel.  Don’t cut off too many leaves!).  Once you’ve cut each leaf off at the base, set them upright in a cup for 10 minutes to let the yellow resin drain out.  This can be irritating to the skin!  Once the leaf is fully drained, use a vegetable peeler to remove the green part of the plant.  This will leave you with a clear, soft gel that can be scooped out with a spoon.  Scoop out as much gel as you can and place it in a jar.

Vitamin C is a natural preserver, so adding 500mg to every ¼ cup of aloe will keep your gel fresh for up to 2 months.  If you’re planning on using your aloe right away, then you can skip this step!  End by mixing the gel and placing it in the refrigerator.  Happy sunburn relief!

Chelsea

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Where Do Our Favorite Beauty Products Come From?

Each morning we shower, apply lotions and hair products, put on our makeup, and spritz on some perfume before running out the door.  We do all of this without evening…

Each morning we shower, apply lotions and hair products, put on our makeup, and spritz on some perfume before running out the door.  We do all of this without evening thinking about it!  So where do these products even come from?  Are they safe for us?  I broke down a few of my favorites to see what was really in them.  Keep on reading to find out some surprising facts!

  • When a perfume bottle describes its scent as floral or fruity, it’s most likely synthetic. All it takes to create a bottle of sweet smelling perfume is perfume oil, alcohol, and water. If the scent is too strong, coconut oil is sometimes added to the mixture to make it less potent.
  • Aloe is generally about as natural as it gets! It’s easy to make your own and has far less ingredients than bottles bought in stores. Dye and preservatives are added to aloe vera gel in order to give it its green color and stay fresh longer.
  • Lipstick is actually a scary product to be using around your mouth. Along with wax and lip dye, many brands, even high-end ones, tested positive for lead. Check out the list of ingredients before purchasing!Chelsea Crockett- lipstick
  • Self-tanners are a great way to get tan without hitting the tanning bed. Self-tanners contain DHA, the ingredient used to darken your skin. This used to be a concern for dermatologists, but it is now accepted and approved by many! Hey, it’s safer than a cancer-causing bed!

It’s crazy how something so “natural” can have so many added ingredients!  Always read up on your products!

XOXO,

Chelsea

 

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Beauty Hacks

Have you ever been in a rush and realized you ran out of the one beauty product you needed?  Well don’t worry!  Luckily, there are a handful of beauty hacks…

Have you ever been in a rush and realized you ran out of the one beauty product you needed?  Well don’t worry!  Luckily, there are a handful of beauty hacks that you can use to substitute almost any product; and all of them can be found lying around your house!  Check it out!

  • Doing your nails can be a hassle, especially when you run of out nail polish remover.  Although it may smell strong, you can use your perfume to remove the polish.  Spray the perfume on a cotton ball and it’ll do the trick!
  • Have you ever run out of primer?  No problem!  Put a thin layer of aloe vera gel on your skin as a substitute.  The aloe will reduce pores and smooth over skin.  It will also help your makeup stay on longer.
  • Bronzer is a girl’s best friend, but only when you use it in the right amounts!  If you ever run out, try cocoa powder.  Use this in small amounts, for it may be darkerChelsea Crockett- cocoa powder bronzer than you’d like.
  • Are you feeling stinky, but realize you are out of deodorant?  Simply mix together baking soda with water and dab it on under your arms.  It’ll eliminate the smells!
  • Out of eyeliner?  Using an angled brush, lightly dab the brush onto your mascara brush and then use that as your eyeliner.

When life gives you problems, beauty problems that is, remember there’s always a way to fix it!

XOXO,

Chels

 

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