Lemon Juice Challenge

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For the longest time I have heard about and used lemon juice in my skincare routine. But for whatever reason I stopped using it the way I used to. I know about all of the amazing benefits, so I have decided to start a challenge to get me back in the habit of using it again.

For those of you who are using lemon juice for the first time for skin care, here are a few things to be aware of:

  1. The juice of a lemon ( citric acid ) can irritate the skin. Persons with sensitive skin should try diluting lemon juice with water before using, try a patch test by rubbing a bit of your diluted solution on the inside part of your wrist. If there is a reaction or it is irritating, try diluting it some more.
  2. Lemon juice gradually and naturally lightens your skin, so if you are not looking for that effect limit the amount of times you use lemon juice.
  3. Using lemon juice before sun exposure is strongly discouraged. Sun exposure could cause blistering or irritation. Using it before bed is recommended.
  4. Citric acid (lemon juice) may not be the strongest acid, but it is still an acid, hence it will burn and it can be extremely drying to the skin. ALWAYS use a moisturizer after using lemon juice and unless diluted it is not recommended for everyone to use everyday. A few times a week is sufficient, but you know your skin better than I do, so you have to be the judge of how often you use it.

Those were just a few things I wanted to mention before I explain the challenge. So here it is.

Lemon Juice Challenge

Here is what I plan to do for this challenge:

  • Drink a glass of warm water with 3 tbsp of lemon juice in the morning before breakfast everyday
  • Once a week exfoliate my skin with a mix of brown sugar and lemon juice (enough for whatever area I am using it on)
  • Apply diluted lemon juice to my skin before bed 3 times a week. Mix lemon juice and water, dab a cotton ball into the mixture and apply to face. Don’t forget your neck, it is an extension of your face and it needs attention to.

That’s it! Simple right? The challenge will be for 30 days. I expect that my skin will have a fresh, beautiful glow and that my skin tone will be more even.

I hope you all will enjoy the skin care and health benefits of the challenge. Join me, tell me what you think, give me suggestions. I would love to hear from you!

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Posted by on October 6, 2011 in Skin Care


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I think it is safe to say that we all want to have beautifully radiant skin all year round. I personally love when I am able to achieve this through naturally means. It’s both great on my wallet and my body.

So here are five things that I have been doing, that work for me. Try it, comment or add to the list. Enjoy!

1)      Exfoliate once per week

  • This is really simple, just take some brown sugar and add a bit of olive oil and lemon juice to form a paste. Apply it to your face in slow, circular motions and rinse with cool water. There, you are done!

2)      Remove your makeup before going to bed

  • Ladies, I know sometimes after coming home from a night on the town, you really don’t feel like going through the whole regimen. So here is a quick, natural way to cleanse and moisturize at the same time.
  • Put some olive oil all over your face and neck (including your eyes), wet a face cloth in warm water, squeeze out the water and rub your face in circular motions. As you are wiping off the olive with the cloth the makeup and dirt are coming off too and you are moisturizing. Dry your face and go to bed.

3)      Take your vitamins in the morning

  • If you take vitamins and supplements (especially vitamin C), take them with your breakfast. Vitamin C releases over time, this will give your face a fresh, healthy glow throughout the day.

4)      Vitamin E as a night cream

  • Break a vitamin E capsule and massage it into your face and neck (including eyes). Rub it in as much as you can. Go to bed. When you wake up in the morning your skin will look amazing. Vitamin E repairs and moisturizes skin, and night is a great time to repair your skin.

5)      Use a satin or silk pillowcase

  • Cotton pillowcases absorb moisture (which can dry out your skin and hair) and dirt which can be re deposited on your skin and hair while you sleep.

So there you go those are my five tips for clearer, radiant skin. Of course there are many other tips, so comment let me know what you think.

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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Skin Care


How to make homemade deep conditioner

So in my ” How to wash kinky/curly hair” post I mentioned a homemade deep conditioner. I use this biweekly to moisturize my hair. I usual leave it on for at least one hour, but you can leave it on longer if you want to.

You will need a container to put your mixture in  and the following ingredients:


extra virgin olive oil

avocado oil

tea tree essential oil

aloe vera gel

your favorite conditioner

It’s really easy, your favorite conditioner should fill 50% of you container, the EVOO and the avocado oil should fill up 30% of the container and the other 20% should be the aloe vera gel mixed with 3-5 drops of tea tree essential oil. Tell me if you like it!

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Posted by on September 17, 2011 in Hair Care



How to wash kinky/curly hair?

So I have kinky/curly hair (which I love btw) and over the years I have tried many different ways to wash it without taking out chunks of it when I’m combing it out. Today I’m going to show you the method that I currently use.


Section your hair into 4 sections. If you have hair that is shoulder length or short, part each of the 4 sections into 2. Leaving you with 8 sections all together.Spritz each section with a bit of water to de-tangle.


Apply homemade deep conditioner to each section, comb through and twist.


Put a shower cap on and let it soak in for at least 30 minutes. You can leave it on longer if your hair is feeling really dry.


DO NOT RINSE OUT DEEP CONDITIONER AND DO NOT PULL OUT TWISTS, apply shampoo to your roots and wash with your usual fingertip circular motions. Shampoo twice if needed. Rinse out shampoo completely.


Pull out one twist at a time and apply conditioner to the shaft of the hair and the ends and comb through. Remember to retwist the twist you pulled out after you apply conditioner and comb through. Rinse out conditioner.


Pat dry. DO NOT RUB. Moisturize and seal each twist, oil your scalp and style!

Voila!! You have washed your hair. It feels weird at first, but once you get used to it, you will see the difference.

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Posted by on September 17, 2011 in Hair Care



Welcome Everyone!


My name is Sarah and I am the creator of The Essence of Skin.There are many reasons why I decided to create this blog, but the main reason is that I would love to share my tricks, tips and natural remedies that I have used on myself and my family. I would like The Essence of Skin to be a place where everyone can learn and share their experiences on what works and what doesn’t. Since this blog is not all about me, I would love to hear from you. So don’t be shy, ask me questions, let me know what you would like to read about.

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Posted by on September 16, 2011 in Uncategorized