A lot of us are quite conscious about our skin and hair and often manage to take perfect care of it by using different types of essential oils. I am often looking for many homemade recipes to take care of my skin and body and lately, I have started trying the Jojoba Oil. I was previously not aware of its wonderful benefits and so never really gave it a thought but when I was shopping for a good essential oil for my skin, I stumbled across this treasure. You can easily get jojoba oil online at Amazon or directly from brands like Rouh Essentials.
After using it for a couple of months, I can clearly say that this is one of the best essential oils to take care of your hair and skin and here are a few ways in which you can do just that:
Jojoba Oil is really amazing as a moisturizer and can keep your skin feel hydrated and smooth without it feeling greasy. Due to its lightweight feature, it can be used by people who have oily skin too and works as a great moisturizer for all skin types. You can use this oil as an after-shower moisturizer instead of investing some chemically produced body lotion!
Night Face Moisturizer
If you don’t want your face to look too shiny during the day, then you can apply a few drops of jojoba oil on your face at night and keep it overnight. You can also mix this oil with your night cream and apply it before sleep. This will help in nourishing your skin and will keep your face hydrated without making your face look shiny. In some cases of regular application, this oil also helps in clearing out acne and prevents future breakouts.
You can also use this oil as a shaving cream or you can apply it before a shaving cream so that once you are shaved, your skin will feel smooth and soft to anyone who touches it. You can also skip using a shaving cream and just mix coconut oil this oil and shave your legs, you will not only get hair-free legs which are smooth and hydrated but it would be cheap for you too.
This oil is quite gentle on your skin which makes it an effective oil to get rid of the eye makeup. You just need to dab a cotton swab with a few drops of jojoba oil and then lightly wipe off the mascara and eye shadow from around your hair.
This can also be used as a lip balm to moisturize your dry and chapped lips.
You can also use Jojoba oil to get rid of your dandruff and make your hair look healthy and shiny again. Just apply a few drops of this oil to your hair cuticles or add it to your conditioner after shampooing so that it gives your hair a shiny and smooth touch. Since this oil is lightweight, you don’t have to worry about your hair looking heavy or greasy.
Are you worried about the stretch marks around your breast? Don’t worry, you are not alone in this. As your pregnancy progresses and your whole body starts expanding, your breasts become bigger and your stomach and hips expand, so when your baby is finally born you will notice that your body is covered with stretch marks. This happens because your body went from an expanding size to the normal size. You would have stretch marks on your hips, legs, stomach and even your breasts but don’t worry, you can prevent this by following a few simple steps.
- Stay hydrated
The best way to avoid stretch marks is by making sure that your skin remains hydrated at all times. Drink lots of water every day and avoid any dehydrating food or drinks. A hydrated skin will prevent the development of stretch marks and will keep your skin smooth and glowing at all times.
- Use lotions and oils
Another great way to ensure that your skin remains hydrated and devoid of any stretch marks is by applying lotions, and creams and moisturizers and oils. Massage your skin every day with a healthy dose of moisturizer or oil. In fact, you can use creams which are rich in Vitamin E or A, as they tend to improve the circulation and can prevent stretch marks by making your skin supple and hydrated. Since stretch mark occurs due to a lot of itching and dry skin, it is a great way to ensure that your skin always remains supple and smooth.
- Maintain your diet
Avoid fatty junk foods and eat only those foods which are rich in vitamins and minerals. Fatty junk foods will make you fat without providing any good nutrients and are completely useless for your body. So make sure you take food which is rich in water and nutrients so that they provide the adequate nourishment to your body and skin. Also, it is a myth that you have to eat for two people. Make sure that you have enough calories to provide energy to both your baby and you but don’t overeat stuff.
Another great way to prevent stretch marks is by exercising regularly. Exercising would help you in keeping your weight gain to a minimum and will prevent you from bloating in just a few days which is the most common reason for stretch marks. We advise you to go for jogging every morning, if you are taking your baby with you, please read jogging stroller reviews. You don’t have to perform any overly complicated exercise, just exercise normally to improve the circulation and for your skin’s elasticity.
If none of these tips work, don’t worry there are several means to get it removed. Once you are no longer pregnant and you really want to get rid of these stretch marks then you can get either the prescription creams or you can get a surgery done to remove these stretch marks. Just keep in mind that the surgery and other treatments won’t be able to completely remove it, but it would certainly fade from a red shade to a silvery white one. You can also try the laser treatment to get rid of the marks, but remember these are just post pregnancy steps.
In Antwerp great events always turn out into even greater events. First we had Laundry Day, the national holiday of Kammenstraat. Now, 10 years later, Laundry Day is a huge festival with at least 100 dance artists from all over the world. Now that took place last weekend.
This weekend we’ll see another event that is becoming bigger and bigger: what started with one Antwerp Fashion Night has now become a real Antwerp Fashion FESTIVAL!
AFF will take place on Friday and Saturday and will end with an afterparty in Magic (invitation only). Almost every store in Antwerp will participate and will stay open later. And you cannot only shop longer but also cheaper because the shops will lure you with great discounts! Noa Noa gives you 5%, BeOriginal 10% and Cos gives you even 20%! Every shop has its own planning. There will be a lot of music: in Fish&Chips you can show your own DJ-skills and Public Image invites DJs LVRZ and Haunted VIP. Many presents will be coming your way as well. What do you think about free feather extensions at Jutka & Riska? Or maybe you’re more into a free shopping bag from Zadig & Voltaire? So even when you don’t buy anything at all, you will not go home empty-handed.
Shopping is not the only thing on the programme of AFF. The AFF team has organised great fashion workshops and fun activities. For example:
° Friday from 5 pm untill 10 pm you can participate in the Instacontest. Make pictures with the Instagram app (hashtag #Antwerpfashionfestival) of everything you like during AFF.
° Feeling thirsty? Go to the pop-up champagne bar at komedieplaats!
° With the workshop Latest Fashion Trends you can discover the new trends for winter 2014.
° Blogger Elien from Dogs & Dresses organises a Bloggers Closet Sale.
So you see, there is no excuse not to come. You HAVE to go! Still not convinced? Lara, Tine and I will be there too and yes, of course we will have our cameras with us.
Be fashionable and see you then!
You may have noticed that there wasn’t much going on lately on the blog. That had a reason. Because after almost six years the other girls and I have decided to end Antwerpen Streetstyle.
I don’t think that this is quite a shocker. Because if you think about it, it is quite logical: Tine and I are going to graduate this June, Lara already stopped because she had too much schoolwork to do and our junior Dagou was actually a bit too urban for our blog (no offence, babe 😉 ).
We have thought this through very well. I already told Tine in September, before my departure to Paris, that I didn’t feel like blogging anymore for Antwerpen Streetstyle. It was our five year anniversary at that time and I really felt like we had opened every door and had taken every opportunity with the blog. There were no goals anymore. We felt it was time for something new.
Our last blogposts will be up this week in which we will explain our future (blogging) plans. So don’t panic, you still will be hearing from us 🙂.
We want to thank first of all our readers, of whom some were already following us from in the beginning. Thank you for liking our pictures and using our weekend tips. We always enjoyed helping you out to get the best out of Antwerp – be it as a tourist or a local. We also want to thank everyone who has worked for the blog in all these years: Janti, Anja, Anaïs, Karlijne, and all our guest bloggers. Also big up to all the PR people who gave us a few of the most unique experiences in our lives! Thank you all.
The AS Team
Helen Van den Poel De Clippeleire
Tine Van den Poel De Clippeleire