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GIVE YOUR SKIN A COFFEE BREAK

February 12, 2017
If you don’t have a coffee machine at home, collect leftover coffee grounds from Café brasseries and transform them into a 100% natural exfoliator, and the skin results are amazing.

We hear lot of start-ups creating coffee scrub business, but why not creating your own homemade coconut & coffee scrub without spending lot of money. I am an ardent “spa aficionado”. In fact, my passion for this pampering treat was what inspired me to write my DIY masks post.  One of the treatments in which I indulge myself for home spa is a body scrub. There are usually several different kinds of body scrubs to choose from, but my absolute favorite is the coconut coffee body scrub.

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HOW I SOLVED MY ADULT ACNE PROBLEM

July 13, 2016

Bad skin at our age…it shouldn’t happen, right? Well, it does. We hear about adult acne very often, but can someone who has this problem get it under control? Yes, with professional skin analyzer and SkinCeuticals treatment. Here is my personal experience, how I solved my acne problem in a short time.

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As a teenager, my skin was great! I almost had no pimples, maybe sometimes before my period, but in generally my skin was radiant and clean. My friends always asked me, what I’m doing to my skin? And my answer was always, nothing but washing my face with baby soap and moisturizing with a light day cream. Some of my friends had spots, but that was normal in that age and there was always Clearasil Hide The Blemish. I thought in the fact that when I get older, my skin would be still blemish-free and beautiful, but when I got 30 it wasn’t the same!

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BEAUTY, BODY & SOUL

MY FAVORITE DIY MASKS

December 15, 2015

Forget spending time and money at the spa, when the way to a  great skin is as close as your kitchen. Pamper yourself with these simple, homemade and masks for face, body and hair 

I love pampering myself and sometimes I invest in a good full-body massage or a nice facial treatment. But when it comes to weekly skin and hair treatments, I prefer to make my own favorite homemade masks, or use a organic and natural mask to go. So why waste money on expensive creams when you can treat yourself with a great homemade facial mask with yoghurt, whole-egg and avocado from your own fridge?

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Turmeric Face Mask for Glowing Skin

Did you know that turmeric is one of the most healthy spices that makes your skin glow, heals acne, eczema, reduces inflammation, redness, dark circles, age spots and acne scars? Turmeric beauty masks have been used across Asia for centuries. In Chinese and Indian traditions, this spice is a important element of the Ayurvedic medical system, however in south Asia turmeric is used as integral part of the bride’s wedding preparations, making her look spotless and glowing on her big day. This amazing spice can benefit the body, both inside and out and promotes skin healing. Due to antioxidant it helps softening lines and wrinkles!

Here’s a recipe for a homemade turmeric facial mask:

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There are many variations for the recipe, but below you will find the basic recipe. Some add little bit of lemon juice which helps to lighten the skin, or milk instead of yoghurt. However these are the ingredients I use for my mask:

  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric (pure and organic turmeric powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut flour (chick pea flour optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of raw organic honey
  • 1 teaspoon of yoghurt (for oily skin)

Optional ingredients to add: you can add to the above mixture 1 tsp. of lemon juice (helps lighten the skin and good for oily skin) and/or a few drops of tea tree essential oil if you suffer from acne, or olive, coconut or almond oil (for dry skin).

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The preparation

Wash your face with running water and remove all makeup. Wear a T-shirt you are not too attached to, in case it gets stained.

Application of the Turmeric Face Mask

Apply the mask evenly all over your face. A spot you don’t want to miss is under the eyes, as turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce the dark circles. If you have any mask leftover, you can save it in the fridge for a few days and use it the next time. Let the mask dry on your face for about 20 minutes and then washing it off with cool water and dry your face gently. Repeat the mask over the course of a few days. You can do it every few weeks, depending on your needs and complexion.

Turmeric is a good antioxidant, and an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent. Honey is also an anti-bacterial and it moisturizes the skin well. Together, these ingredients make wonders for your skin!

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Organic Coconut Coffee Scrub

This scrub became my addiction lately. I loooove organic coconut coffee scrub by Pura Vida Body. It’s a coconut coffee scrub packed with all-natural, organic, sustainable, ingredients that makes your skin feel incredible after. It moisturizes the skin, firm and tone with an amazing blend of anti-oxidants, healthy nutrients, minerals, and nourishing natural coconut oil.

Scrub ingredients:

  • organic coffee arabica seed powder (coffee)
  • 100% organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • sea salt
  • organic sucrose (brown sugar)

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Argan Avocado Oil Hair Mask

If your hair feels dry, frizzy, skip the unnecessary expensive hair oils you buy in any stores, because you can make your own soothing remedy with foods from your kitchen. Avocado oil (or olive oil) and avocados help moisturize your hair and restore its lustrous shine. When your mane needs deep conditioning, whip oil and avocado together with other natural ingredients to make a hydrating hair mask. Eggs are quite powerful ingredient for hair, and a mixture of avocado and argan oil makes your hair shine like a diamond. For the homemade hair masks, many people use only egg yolks but if you’re unsure which part of the egg you should be using; egg whites or egg yolk for your hair and scalp, they’re both beneficial depending on what you want to cure.

Egg whites & yolks can help your hair with:

  • Hair Loss
  • Hair Growth
  • Hair Thickness
  • Dandruff

Egg yolks contain vitamin A, B, D & E while most of an eggs protein is found in the white along with some bacteria-eating enzymes.

Mask ingrediens:

  • Argan oil (if you don’t have argan, you can use virgin olive oil instead)
  • Two whole eggs (because my hair is long. If you have short hair use only one egg)
  • Half of avocado

The same fats and oils in avocado that make them good for your body, also makes it a great option for helping to repair dry, brittle or damaged hair. Argan oil is also extremely hydrating, and it helps protect your hair from damage and an awesome thing if you use a lot of heat on your hair usually.

What is Argan oil?

Argan oil sometimes known as moroccan oil is a product of the Moroccan argan tree. It is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree to be used as a moisturizer, conditioner and softener for skin and hair. Often dubbed ‘liquid gold’ for its amazing qualities, it contains large amounts of beneficial nutrients including vitamin E and fatty acids, which have many positive effects when applied correctly. It’s proven results are the reason people are using argan oil for hair and all areas of the body.

This mask is is extremely beneficial for hair and scalp, it promotes healthy hair growth as it contains antioxidants, which help boost cells and encourage them to produce healthy hair – it has even been used for hair regrowth.

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BODY & SOUL, FOOD

MATCHA GREEN TEA SMOOTHIE BOWL

February 22, 2015

It’s healthy, vegan, easy and tastes like banana and mango ice cream. This green bowl will detox your body, energize and make you mindset for the spring

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Yes, there is a new category on DisiCouture.com, namely a ‘food category’. Time to time I post homemade food on Instagram, and people kept asking me to share recipes. Finally here is my first heathy breakfast recipe, because last week I have started the Ringana 30 day Dtox challenge (see the Instagram photo), including Ringana pack Antiox, caps Dtox and Matcha Tea. Before telling you more about Ringana products, I will start this program sharing my favorite energizing Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl for lean, clean and green energy, plus it’s like eating banana and mango ice cream for breakfast. It’s super nourishing, detoxing, naturally sweet and very refreshing.

There are lots of green smoothie recipes, but I always love to put extra power food in it, so Matcha Green Tea is my absolute favorite, that naturally fuels the body with an extra boost of pure energy.

My favorite Ringana Matcha Tea, is 100% organic Japanese tea beverage. A cancer-fighter, a fat-burner, and much more, matcha leaves other green teas far behind. One of the most unexpected benefits matcha drinkers experience is a boost of energy through the day. Already nearly calorie free, matcha is a great addition to a weight loss program by tackling the problem from both sides. It boosts metabolism and burns fat. One recent study even suggested that matcha may help burn calories by four times. At the same time, matcha does not put any stress on the body. It doesn’t raise blood pressure or heart rate, making it a safe alternative to questionable quick fixes or pharmaceuticals ridden with side effects.

Amongst its many benefits, matcha…

  • Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
  • Boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • Detoxifies effectively and naturally
  • Calms and relaxes
  • Enhances mood and aids in concentration
  • Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  • Fights against viruses and bacteria
  • Is rich in fiber
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
  • Does not raise insulin level

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For this energizing bowl I choose the following ingredients (scroll down to see the recipe):

  • two huge handfuls of spinach (sometimes kale)
  • frozen bananas
  • unsweetened almond milk
  • some other type of fruit (berries/mango/pineapple)
  • ground flaxseed and/or maca powder
  • matcha powder

Among matcha, I add ground flaxseed that contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids: “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans: which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  • Fiber: flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

Also I add maca powder (optional) for:

  • Regulating hormone balance
  • Reducing stress
  • Improving circulation
  • Strong teeth and bones
  • Enhancing mental focus and clarity
  • Increasing energy
  • Increasing stamina
  • Hair growth
  • Good skin

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INGREDIENTS

2 handfuls of spinach
2 frozen bananas
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 tablespoon ground flaxseed (optional)
1/2 teaspoon matcha powder
1/2 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
1/2 cup unsweetened (vanilla) almond milk
add your favorite toppings

INSTRUCTIONS

In a food processor or high speed blender, blend all the ingredients until smooth and creamy, adding more almond milk as needed. Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings! Et voilà enjoy your super healthy breakfast!

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