Category Archives: Natural Beauty

Water Only Hair Washing: Update 1

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Blech, so my scalp condition has really brought me to the brink of insanity and it’s annnnnoooying.

My mom keeps telling me to go see a dermatologist, but I just can’t deal with putting more stuff on my scalp and I tried the Psoriasin shampoo, which was..meh…like it kinda helped, but I’d have to wash my hair everday. :/

Then I finally sorta kinda found something that works. On top of only washing my hair with just water, I’ve found that massaging argan oil on my scalp helps with loosening up my psoriasis scales and makes it easier for me to scrape them off. I gotta tell you, I actually love scraping my flakes off. I know, I know, it’s so gross, but there’s something so cathartic about just seeing them fall on my desk like it’s a beautiful snowy night.

My scales are found mostly around my hairline and then some random spots here and there. I wish I was brave enough to shave my head so that it’d be easier to deal with, but no no. I’m too fond of my hair.

Anyways, so I’ll massage argan oil into my scalp the night before I do a water-only wash. The great thing about argan oil is that it doesn’t make your hair super greasy, as long as you don’t use an insane amount of it! It’s expensive, so I have to use it sparingly, but it’s the ambrosia of beauty products!

The next morning, I’ll scritch my scalp in the shower and then wait for it to dry out. I’ll see flakes and all, so then I scritch some more and comb comb comb until the flakes have minimized. I do this routine about every 3-4 days. Ever since I introduced more exercise into my daily routine, I have to wash my hair more often, otherwise I’m just gonna be stinking up the whole place. 😛

I think I can live with this routine for now. It’s better than having to slather medicinal stuff that’s gonna kill my hair.

Anyone out there with scalp psoriasis that has a routine that works? Do share below!

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Water Only Hair Washing

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Rinse Only Method/Water-Only Method

What is water-only hair washing?

It is the process of only rinsing your hair with water. Instead of eliminating the natural oils from your hair through commercial products, you are essentially using water to work with the natural oils instead of against it.

Why should you do it?

People have many different reasons for wanting to go more natural. Some do it for the environment, some do it to save money, and there are those like me, who suffer from skin conditions that give us a hard time adjusting to commercial products.

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DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Toner

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DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Toner

This super duper simple and cheap potion can do wonders for your skin! It’s one of the things I use for my water-only face washing routine and it helps my jawline acne, which has become one of the most frustrating forms of acne I’ve ever come across.

Seriously, the front of my face is fine, but when you look closely at my jawline, particularly the right side, all you’ll see are very painful zits.

This DIY ACV toner can help improve your overall complexion by balancing and restoring your skin’s natural pH. It certainly did mine!

So here’s the scientific stuff I was able to dig up: our skin is naturally acidic but when our levels are in balance, our skin will be between oily and dry.

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Water-Only Face Washing (Update 1)

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Hey all again!

So I just spent a fabulous weekend in Montreal. Actually jk, Montreal was fabulous. I wasn’t.

It wasn’t hot but I realized (again!) that if I’m going to be packing only skirts and dresses for the weekend, I should invest in some bike shorts because my thighs were on chafing mode all weekend and it’s not graceful walking with your legs spread apart in a pretty dress.

AND pack comfy shoes. I knew I should’ve packed comfy shoes, but the other side of me was all, “NOOOOO…your flats are good enough bler bler bler.” It probably wouldn’t have been so bad if my thighs weren’t chafing but still. 😛

Anyways, main point of this update! As you all know by now, I only wash my face with water, use a diluted ACV toner, and put minimal moisturizer on the driest points of my face (nose, sometimes forehead…). So it’s still a great routine BUT I learned something very important during this trip that is really common sense, but wasn’t so common for me as I was on vacation mode and lazy.

Don’t be lazy like me…

You MUST MUST wash off every trace of makeup. I found a DIY recipe for makeup remover wipes for those lazy days and will be trying that soon, but URGHH. I’m paying for it now. After slumping into my hotel bed without even washing my face, I woke up with zits on my face and it is not pretty!

I’m still recuperating but it’s not as bad. There’s no scarring and no scary pus oozing out of my pores, but still. Wash your makeup off. Don’t be a lazy sloth like me.

All my acne is concentrated on my jawline, so if you were to look at me straight on, it doesn’t seem so bad, but I know they’re there…they’re always watching. O.O

Anyways, that’s it! Nothing too dramatic but just thought I’d share. When I was still washing my face with soap, I could sort of get away with not washing my face at night, but I know leaving makeup on for a long time regardless of your face washing routine is bad.

Montreal

Oh and I’ll be posting about my Montreal trip soon! I’m doing my best to get back into work mode but I haven’t had a worry-free vacation in SO long, I forget how much non-stop schooling and work burned me out. 😦

Happy Canada Day!

I’m at work all day, so you all have to enjoy it for me. 🙂

Cheers!

DIY Dry Shampoo For Light/Dark Hair

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Hey guys!

So today I’ll be sharing with you my DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe. It’s not even a recipe because it’s that easy, but it makes it sound fancy.

Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is essential to my hair routine because I don’t wash my hair everyday. When I first started out, my scalp would produce so much oil that I relied on dry shampoo a lot. My money and scalp health went down the drain when I first started using the store-bought dry shampoo.

So here’s my recipe for DIY Natural Dry Shampoo:

What you’ll need:

  • Spice flask
  • Cornstarch
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder (only for darker-haired peeps!)
  • Funnel

Depending how dark your hair is, the ratio of cornstarch to unsweetened cocoa powder may vary. The darker your hair is, the more cocoa powder you should use. Otherwise you’ll end up with grey looking roots. If you’ve got light/blonde hair, you’ll only really need to use cornstarch.

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Water-Only Body Washing

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Water-Only Body Washing

Hey all again! For those of who are just stumbling upon this post, this is Part II of the Water-Only Series! Riding on from Part 1: Water Only Face Washing, I started a new experiment with just washing my body only water.

Sounds gross, I know. You’re probably thinking I smell and well…just stink if I only shower with water. Well, let me tell ya. It sorta kinda works and sorta doesn’t. One thing I learned from this experiment is that water-only body washing works with a really healthy lifestyle!

I found that consuming red meats tends to make me a little stinkier. I can’t give up red meat, not ever. So while water-only body washing is regrettably a no-no for me, it might work better for those who aren’t big meat eaters!

Why Am I Doing This Again?

My skin’s super sensitive. I’ve tried about every commercial product that claims it’s good for sensitive skin and while it works for a while, I just go back to being all itchy, red and not pretty. At first I thought it was just my lack of moisturizing but no amount of moisturizer could save me from the itchiness that prevails.

So I’ve scoured the internet for solutions and some people have found relief in only washing themselves with water! So I figure, let’s go! I’d rather risk being stinky than itchy all over.

The miracle?

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Water-Only Face Washing

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 Water-Only Face Washing

Why you should go water-only face washing

I found that this method worked for me because of my super sensitive skin. I’ve read success stories with all different types of skin: normal, oily, combination, but apart from reducing the frequency of flare ups and blemishes, the main reason I went for this face washing method was simple: I’m lazy and want to do my part on living the healthiest life possible.

This includes not putting chemicals on my face that are sure to flare up my skin and spending the least amount of effort in my beauty routine.

The backstory

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