Beauty Secret #4: Honey is the CURE for Those Nasty Blackheads


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Image from the amazing blog Crunchy Betty.

For the first time since I was 12, my skin is starting to clear up from acne! Hallelujah! However, this clearer skin has brought an increase in those dreaded blackheads. We all know popping blackheads is wrong and a horrible habit to get into, but I could not just stare at all those blackheads and do nothing about it!

First, what exactly are blackheads? As Dr. Oz explains in this really strange segment on his show [they pop the most disgusting and gigantic fake blackheads as a demonstration] blackheads are caused by bacteria and oil getting in your pores – just like a pimple. On one hand pimples’ heads are closed which makes them swell up and get red, while blackheads have an open head which allows air to get in the pore and then appear black! Fucking disgusting! Don’t you want to pop them even more now? Well my friend, I found the cure for you — HONEY. I scoured the internet looking for a cheap and natural remedy for these blackheads and hit the jackpot on Crunch Betty with a article titled 5 Natural Ways to Remove Blackheads.

Crunchy Betty’s Honey Pat-Down

Ingredients:

  1. Honey
  2. Clean and dry face

Directions:

  1. Wash your face and allow your skin to completely dry — this includes your hands. Dry is essential for this to work properly because if your skin is moist it will just spread the honey all over your face rather than get the stickiness you want.
  2. Put a small amount of honey on your fingers and start quickly patting your face where you have blackheads. The honey will stick to your pores and pull out the blackheads like those blackhead strips. From personal trial and error, it seems skin on skin is the only thing that works. I tried toilet paper [the paper stuck to my face] and wax strips [the honey wasn’t sticky enough to grab onto the wax strips].
  3. You may need to wash your hands between areas because you will start to see little blackhead chunks on your fingers. I have even done it with the palm of my hands and back of my hands.
  4. After your feel you have yanked all the blackheads out of your pores, wash your face again.
  5. Your skin will look a little bit red from the sticky honey. This will fade but your face will feel so soft and clean – like you just had a facial!

Honey is so great for your skin. The Huffington Post shares in their article 9 Super Sweet Facts About Honey,

Honey’s anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties draw out impurities from the skin, thus targeting breakouts, reducing redness and calming inflammation.

This means that if there is honey left in your pores it will not quickly turn into another blackhead or an angry pimple.

Enjoy getting rid of your blackheads! It has now become a nightly ritual for me after I wash my face and I can admit it feels so awesome to know I am fighting those blackheads with something delicious. No need to buy expensive pore strips or washes, honey does the trick better than any of them [trust me, I have tried them all].

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love, Sarah

Beauty Secret #3 – Don’t Brush Your Curly Hair with Lorde


I am a curly haired girl. I battle with this often and envy my straight haired friends. Then every so often, I am reminded of how beautiful curly hair is and the flexible [and a bit wild] personality required to rock the curls. The person to remind me of the wild nature of curls is the new alternative/pop sensation Lorde. She made me fall in love with my curls again. I just downloaded her album and I love the beats, lyrics, and her voice.

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Lorde image from The EveryGirl

Ok, back to the topic of curly hair. I have been styling my hair curly for my whole life and I have a few routines that work. One of them is to NEVER brush your hair outside of the shower. To explain:

Only brush your curly hair when your hair is wet, with conditioner in, while in the shower.

 

When you get out of the shower place your hair in a towel and don’t mess with your curls again. Don’t separate them, don’t brush them, don’t touch them too much. Let them do their thing! This is where the flexibility comes into play, and you must let your hair be wild – like you. When they dry you can sweep them to the side like Lorde. Here is proof that it works!

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That’s me! Rocking my natural curls.

For your listening pleasure – also some curl eye candy.

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love, Sarah

Beauty Secret #2 – Leave Tweezers in your Car


Ok, this already sounds like a gross post … and it is! When I hit the age of 25 something started happening. I started finding weird little dark hairs on my chin and above my lip. I guess this is a pretty normal, and terrible, part of aging according to this article in Oprah Magazine.

Now, onto to my beauty secret. I know how it is: You are at home, in your bathroom, doing that girl thing where you pluck hairs, obsess about black heads, and analyze all potential wrinkles. You think, “OK, this is as good as I can get it right now. Off to work!” You are on your way to work in your car singing along to Lady Gaga.  You get to a stop light and take these few moment to check your make-up in the car mirror. You see all these small little dark hairs that weren’t there before. Dammit to hell! If you follow my advice and have tweezers hidden in your glove compartment, you can use the natural light provided and feel confident your face is smooth and hair free.  Natural light helps highlight the hairs that your indoor lights just can’t.

When the guy in the car next to you looks over, you be all:

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Beauty Secret #1 – Luxy Hair Video Tutorials


This is the first of my beauty secret segments! I wanted to share with you my favorite hair tutorials on the internet: Luxy Hair Tutorials.  I have been doing my hair with the Luxy girls for about 6 months now and I am obsessed. I do not naturally know how to style hair or do up-dos, often throwing my unruly curly hair up into a bun with defiance. If any of you have curly hair, you know there are days when it looks just amazing, and days when you look like a poodle. When I first discovered Luxy Hair it often took me an hour to recreate an updo, but with practice I have begun to understand how to do hair! IT IS A MIRACLE! 

These videos are done with great care and have a production value I envy.  The Luxy sisters have a hair extension company and use the tutorials to promote their brand. I have no opinion on the hair extensions, but I love their videos.  To show you I really do use their videos, take a look at one hairstyle I tried to create. It doesn’t have the volume the Luxy tutorial does, but I wore the Retro Side Pony Tail to a wedding. I am pretty proud of my craftsmanship. This is my first picture of me on the blog (and you get a cute sneak peak at my Scottie)!

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Retro Side Pony Tail with help from Luxy Hair Tutorials

love, Sarah