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Yogurt Mask

Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone! One thing I have recently discovered and am very thankful for is the yogurt face mask.

Now, I have very sensitive skin and not many things can go on my face. There have been many days where I’m a swollen, red mess thanks to allergies and the wrong moisturizer or cream. Even DIY face masks and other natural remedies only seem to make everything swell up. I learned the hard way not to put any raw fruit on my face (no banana and oats, no strawberries to exfoliate), and the aloe vera does not go near my lips ever.

I love natural solutions, though, so I’ve kept trying. Trust me, I can recognize that little tingle that tells me my face is about to explode in less than 5 seconds. And it has finally paid off.

Plain Yogurt. On your face. It’ll dry and you rinse it off. It’s that simple.

They say you can mix in a puree of fruit if you want, but I know my face so I left that out. And please, please, please, remember to get PLAIN yogurt. With as little sugar as possible=unsweetened. No yogurt with extra anything, no flavors, no processed anything, just plain. And try and get organic because that is better for your skin.

Benefits? Well we already know that yogurt is a great dish to help with the digestive system, it has calcium and healthy live bacteria. So if you buy a large container of plain yogurt you can eat some while you put it on your face! Here are a few benefits I experienced, plus extra ones I found when I looked up yogurt masks up online:

  • Fights and heals acne
    • Zinc found in yogurt helps regulate oil production in the sebaceous glands thereby preventing oily skin and frequent acne breakouts
    • It also calms the skin, reducing redness and swelling
  • Moisturizes
    • The anti-oxidants provided by calcium in yogurt help prevent and also heal dry scaly skin (works great with eczema)
    • One cup of yogurt contains 30.5% riboflavin which is a beneficial vitamin for skin that is glowing and hydrated
  • Tightens pores
    • Zinc in yogurt has been found to have mild anti-astringent properties that help tighten tissues
  • Reduces wrinkles
    • Lactic acid in yogurt is very beneficial in helping steer away wrinkles and reducing any already existing wrinkles

Other things you can do to help your face: drink lots of water, eat healthy foods (veggies) and exercise. With all the food we’ve eaten and will eat over the next few days, give your face a break with a yogurt mask–your body will thank you.

Consorting with Canadians

Here are some pictures from my trip to Canada! Keep in mind that I was only there for a weekend, so I didn’t get to see any moose. I know, it’s sad. But I had a great time with my family and a delicious Thanksgiving.

Coffee in Canada is more expensive than in the states. How is that possible?
It was a BEAUTIFUL day for biking!
Cool geometric shoes deserve a hipster picture.
Thanksgiving goodies
Obviously I had to have some Kinder Eggs since they’re illegal in the States. I definitely did not bring them home with me….

So how was your Canadian Thanksgiving weekend? Do anything out of the ordinary or were you just glad to miss school/work on Monday (American Columbus Day)?

I know not everyone has been to Canada, so what’s your favorite Canadian stereotype? Mine is definitely that it snows all the time and Canadians live in igloos, lol. Let me know what you think in the comments!

The Land of Moose, Syrup and Sweaters!

Fall break is upon us and I’ll be spending it in Canada for Thanksgiving! I didn’t really know why Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving since they didn’t really interact with Native Americans the same way English colonists did so I looked it up.

As a liturgical festival, Thanksgiving corresponds to the English and continental European Harvest festival, with churches decorated with cornucopia, pumpkins, corn, wheat sheaves, and other harvest bounty, English and European harvest hymns sung on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, and scriptural selections drawn from biblical stories relating to the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot. –Wikipedia

So there will be a big dinner and family will come together and it’ll be a great time! I’ll be sure to post some pictures once the festivities are over so you can appreciate the Canadian tradition of Thanksgiving. Until then, enjoy your weekend and remember to give thanks for what you have every day of the year.

Stop by the comments and let me know what you’re thankful for!