Hello real world, hello acne. I’ve shared my acne story on the blog before. It wasn’t until after high school and into college that I every experienced any real acne. Now? It’s even worse! Wether it’s changing hormones, new real-world stressed or environmental factors, I’ve been in a battle the past few months to revamp my acne-fighting routine to fit my new skin situation. After sifting through some terrible products and mediocre purchases, I finally landed on the five best acne products for my skin (AKA the diamonds in the rough).
*When trying out new products of any kind, I recommend switching over one at a time so you can better gauge which products are actually giving you results. If you try five new products at the same time, then find yourself having better skin, you may be attributing all of your new products to your recent success, wasting money and not giving credit where credit is due.
So, after a long process, here’s what’s worked best for me:
Good afternoon! I’m wishing everyone here in the USA a happy late Memorial Day because my Monday post went up early, so I wasn’t in the Memorial Day spirit yet at the time. I hope everyone enjoyed their long holiday weekend and spent it with their friends and family, remembering those who have served our country. I didn’t have any big plans; my mom and I went to visit my brother. We had lunch and went to a farmers market. All in all, it was a pretty great weekend.
I’m bad at accessorizing. It’s not because I don’t like accessorizing or I don’t know how. I simply do not have enough jewelry. I like to limit shopping and live on a tight budget (because, you know, college), so whenever I go shopping, I focus on the things I think are most important- like clothes. As a result, my jewelry box always seems to be a bit on the empty side.
Hey guys! Today I am happy to introduce a very special guest blogger, Nimi Popat from Hair Care Square. I’m super excited to have Nimi on the blog today while I am busy starting finals and going to job interviews. No fear, I’ll be posting a video on my YouTube channel this Friday featuring my favorite office/interview looks, and I will be back on the blog next week.
This is my first post for Ali in Bloom, and I am very excited to write for you all. Since you guys don’t know me, I am Nimi Popat, and I am a beauty blogger and a big time hair care freak. I am usually experimenting with various hair care products and masks. One secret ingredient I have to share today with you guys that I am crazy about is lemons.
Yes, you heard right. Lemons form a big part of my hair care routine; they are really rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants. Being a girl who cares for her skin, hair and body way too much, I am absolutely in love with lemons.
Lemons can be used for hair care in a lot of ways and for almost everything- getting rid of dandruff or growing your hair, adding that extra volume, straightening, removing product build up, revitalizing your dirty strands, or even bleaching your hair. It does it all.
DIY Lemon Mask for Hair Growth
If you have always wanted to have hair like Rapunzel, you need to try this cool DIY trick. This is a bit slow in results but totally worth it.
Lemon juice – 3 tsp
Olive oil – 3 tsp
Method: Take 3 teaspoons of lemon juice and mix it with 3 teaspoons of olive oil. Apply this and let it stay overnight. Wash it off the next day.
DIY Lemon Mask for Lightening Your Hair Color
Have you had an experience where your hair color has gone horribly wrong and you have to face the world with it? Well not anymore. Try this mask, and it will help lighten your hair color. It doesn’t always have to be used for correction either; I use it for adding highlights to my hair.
Lemon juice – 1 cup
Water – 1 cup
Honey – 1 tsp
Method: Dilute 1 cup of lemon juice in 1 cup of water. Add honey and mix well. Now pour this into a spray bottle and spray it onto your hair. Leave it on for 2 hours and go for a walk in the sunlight. You will see beautiful, lightened hair.
DIY Lemon Mask for Dandruff
If you have an itchy, flaky scalp, this is the best mask for you. You will see excellent results the very first time you apply it.
Yogurt – 4 tsp
Lemon juice – 2 tsp
Method: Take 4 teaspoons of yogurt (unsweetened and plain) and add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Mix well and apply to your hair, concentrating on your scalp. Leave it on for 2 hours. Then wash it off with water, followed by mild shampoo and conditioner.
DIY Lemon Mask to Remove Build Up and Detoxify Your Hair and Scalp
If you use a lot of hair products or use too much heat on your hair for styling, then you should detox at least once a month.
Lemon juice – 2 tsp
Baking soda – 2 tsp
Method: Take both the ingredients in equal quantity and mix well. Apply it on your hair and concentrate more on your scalp. Leave in for 15 mins; then rinse with water.
DIY Lemon Mask for Split Ends
If you have a problem with split ends from straighten or curling your hair and you don’t want to continually trim your ends, you have an alternative. Try this, and you will see improved ends.
Lemon juice – 2 tsp
Coconut oil – 4 tsp
Method: Take lemon juice and mix it with coconut oil. Rub the mixture on your ends daily for a month and see the results.
All of these masks are amazing remedies that really work, but the key is patience. It may take couple of applications to get the desired results.
Since these masks contains lemons, you may experience a little burning sensation when applied to your scalp, but that is completely normal. Make sure to wash off the mask if the sensation gets too strong, however. Everyone has different sensitivity levels.