Archive | March, 2014

At home Microdermabrasion with ingredients from your pantry

18 Mar

In my previous life I used to have the odd diamond microdermabrasion session with my local beautician. I loved how my skin (although a little beet red) felt so soft & smooth after. It was one of my little luxuries……….little did I know I could be achieveing the same results at home for literally cents.

When I first tried this, I thought there is no way it can work as good as a professional microdermabrasion session but I have skin that says otherwise.

I stumbled upon this by accident as I had quite a few ghastly blackheads on my nose that did not want to go away, I tried honey treatments, scrubs, clay masks, you name it & none of them moved those stubborn blackheads, that was until I tried this treatment & scrubbed them all away, so I now have silky smooth skin again.

I now have the ultimate luxury of having an at-home microdermabrasion once a week. And the best thing about this other than the fact that it is super cheap compared to the real deal is that you can customise it to  suit your skin.

In summer when my skin is oily & threatening to break out on me – I use the apple cider vinegar when its winter & my skin is a little dryer I choose to use jojoba or olive oil instead. So I still get the sloughing off of the dead skin but without the drying factor.

micro

So what two pantry ingredients do all of this for your skin – bicarb soda & apple cider vinegar.

At Home Microdermabrasion a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 heaped teaspoons bicarb soda
  • 1 teaspoon Apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg’s Organic)

Now for the hard part!. Mix your bicarb & vinegar together to make a paste. Wet your face & gently apply your mix in gentle circle motions, rubbing your face. Go gently as you can always do it again & you don’t want to scrub your skin off.

Rinse off with water & then apply your favourite serum or moisturiser as your skin will be ready to suck up all the goodies.

Feel free to mix this routine up, I like to do it once per week & vary using vinegar or oil depending on what I think will benefit my skin best at that time.

PS – Don’t tell your beautician, it’ll be our little secret 🙂

Mama-going-natural-signature

Decadent “Healthier” Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownie

4 Mar

peanut-butter-&-chocolate-brownies

This Brownie is so decadent, you won’t believe its healthy.

It is my new “favourite” naughty treat, one of these & a cup of peppermint tea & I am in heaven. Especially if my little one is asleep & I am curled up on the sofa watching trashy tv!! There you go  – thats my dirty little secret for today – its true kids after you go to bed Mama does have a party 🙂

I don’t know why but I am addicted to all things peanut butter & chocolate, they are the perfect marriage of ingredients, the saltiness of the peanut butter & the sweetness of the chocolate brownie, just elevates these brownies to the level of divine.

And while they are not necessarily healthy, they are definelty a healtheir treat. Un-like your store brought varieties that contain a host of nasties & non-food substances.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 125gm butter
  • 200gm sugar free cacao chips or sugar free chocolate chips
  • 2/3 c coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 c spelt
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c walnuts
  • 1 c sugar free cacao chips or sugar free chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees. Grease & line the base of a 19cm square pan.

Melt the butter, 200gms choc chips & coconut sugar in a saucepan on the stove top, once they have melted together leave the pan to cool for 10 minutes. Once your chocolate mixture is cool add in your eggs, vanilla extract & spelt, stir through to combine well. Add in the cup of choc chips & walnuts. Pour into the pan & smooth out the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes. The longer you cook it for the more cakey it will become, the less you cook it the more dense & fudgey it will be.

choc-in-bowl

 

So what are you waiting for put those kids to bed, break out the saucepans & get your chocolate happy on 🙂
Mama-going-natural-signature

%d bloggers like this: