Ruth Swissa likes to call this the elixir of youth. Hibiscus is nature’s anti-aging gift to you. It contains a natural source of alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) which is the leading compound found in anti-aging products. You can utilize this flower by mixing it with other skincare products, such as milk, honey, turmeric, or rose water. Simply blend the ingredients and watch hibiscus work its magic. Bot only does it improve your complexion by tightening your skin, but it has other benefits such as reducing dark circles / eye-bags and reducing suntan.
Lavender is amongst one of the flower MVPs. It is the it-boy in the flower squad. Not only is it great for skincare, but the list goes on from hair-care to headache remedies. Lavender has antiseptic and antifungal properties which helps reduce scarring and speeds up the healing process. The conventional use of lavender comes in the form of Lavender essential oil — with this you can treat skin problems such as acne, eczema, wrinkles, heal burns, insect bites, chapped lips, and even as a toner.
This magical bloom is the jackpot in the skin-care industry.
Unlike most skincare remedies, the Rose is a solution for all skin types. It can be used to cure chronic oily skin, tone normal / dry skin, soothe irritated / inflamed skin, and prevent wrinkles with its hydration properties. Utilizing the power of this flower can be as easy as throwing a handful of petals in your bath.
It’s okay to be romantic — your skin deserves it.
Maybe not the alcoholic component to Blood Marys, but tomato juice is beverage loaded with beauty benefits! Tomatoes contain lycopene which help prevent UVA and UVB damage. It’s basically your all-natural sunscreen; although the protection is only (SPF) 5, it still is something. Say goodbye to early wrinkles !
We’ve all heard of coconut water and it’s benefits, but if you’re a risk-taker and are interested in the swanky lifestyle, I highly recommend Coconut Kefir. This is the opulent counterpart to coconut water, and is made through the process of fermentation. While fermenting the coconut water, beneficial bacteria are introduced into the beverage. Just one shot of coconut kefir will enrich your essence with 15 billion CFU probiotics (which is 3x more than Activa yogurt, or any commercial yogurt for that matter). These beauty-bouncing bacteria help keep your skin clear by basically residing where pathogenic microbes (the cause of your zits) would be residing.
Just to top everything off, Coconut Kefir is naturally sweet — boom, your set. Beat out those sugar cravings and rejuvenate your body with magic coconut juice.
Ruth Recommended Dosage: Drink coconut kefir in the morning on an empty stomach so the beauty-breeding bacteria can penetrate your stomach first thing, unconcentrated.
Daily Skin Tip: Papaya! It’s definitely been in your facial scrub compound, but actually eating papaya has benefits of its own. This fruit is infused with vitamin C, which is turned into vitamin C serum for your cleansers. (Papaya contains two days worth of vitamin C!)
This vitamin C will not only brighten your skin, but tighten it as well giving you a rejuvenated complexion. Papaya also contains the digestive enzyme [papain] which not only regulates your digestive tract, but helps reduce skin redness (it combats inflammation).
Times have changed and pouty duck-lips have become beyond passé. However, there is a natural way to plumpen your pout with an at-home / diy procedure. The two required materials are a toothbrush (preferably straight bristled) and petroleum jelly.
Step by step:
Apply some petroleum jelly to the toothbrush
Rub the toothbrush onto your lips in a circular motion
(be cautious not to rub too hard, you don’t want to tear your skin)
Leave some of the petroleum jelly on your lips once your finished rubbing in order to rehydrate
One of the pros to exfoliating your lips is a temporary plumper complexion. The action of massaging your lip tissue promotes the flow of blood and creates a more ample and pillowy appearance.
Another pro is that it gets rid of dead skin — exfoliating renews your skin by promoting generation of new skin (due to the scrapping of the old, dead skin).
Additionally, exfoliating will also get rid of makeup residue.
Any excess lip-stain will be discarded along with dead skin.
1. Don’t wax underneath your brow
Waxing can limit regrowth and thin out your eyebrows. If you have stubborn hairs in the area, try threading, so you won’t run the risk of someone who is inexperienced waxing off too large an area in one go!
2. Don’t pluck or wax above your eyebrow
This can cause your eyebrows to either be too thin or to slant downwards, neither of which will accentuate your face shape!
3. Find a pencil that is the right color for your skin tone and hair color
If you have dark hair, look for a pencil 1-2 shades lighter than your hair color. If you have light hair, try a shade darker. You should also consider whether you have warm or cool tones in your skin! If you have warm reddish tones to your skin, always go with an ashy colored pencil to combat redness.
4. Learn your shape
Hold a pencil up to one side of the bridge of your nose. Your eyebrow should start at this line. The arch should begin above the outer edge of your iris. The tip, or outside of your eyebrow, should follow the curve of your eye and taper gradually from the arch.
5. Brush up
This is a great tip to follow to avoid making your eyebrows too thick or too thin. If you have over plucked your eyebrows, or feel they are a little thin, try brushing the hairs upwards before using brow pencil. This will give the appearance of thicker brows, and give a better line to follow with a pencil when filling your brows in. If your eyebrows are too thick, brush the hairs upwards before plucking to ensure you only pluck the hairs below.
6. Follow the natural angle of the hairs
This sounds obvious, but quite often your eyebrow hair does not all angle the same way. Usually, the hair near the bridge of your nose will angle upwards, while the hair on the center of your brow will angle outwards towards the side of your face. Follow these lines in a hair stroke pattern with your eyebrow pencil for a much more natural looking brow.
7. Set your eyebrow pencil or powder with finishing powder or brow gel (optional)
While eyebrow makeup is usually not waterproof, setting your makeup will at least stop the everyday oils and moisture from your skin affecting your beautifully made up brows!