Friday, 15 August 2014

All Natural DIY Skin and Hair Care Recipes...Prepare to Glow!!!


If you love your skin, you are very aware of the ridiculous pricing of skincare products as well as the increased focus on products that are all natural and free of harsh chemicals.

We have such a wealth of products available these days targeting each skin or hair concern, it’s quite confusing, which product works and which one doesn’t and how many products are you going to use?. We pay a fortune trying out products in hopes that we would get the results promised eventually. When you find that wonder product, you stick to it and hope it doesn’t discontinue.

This is why I would always take a family or friends word on the results of a product over any marketing ploy or packaging ingenuity….I want something that works like it says it does, if not better!

So I decided to do this post with my health and budget conscious readers in mind…which is pretty much all of us these days, and I wanted to make good on a promise in an older post to deliver DIY beauty recipes that are tried, tested with great results and best of all, no chance of being discontinued. I will also include posts on products that many of you swear by, so be sure to drops your suggestions in my mailbox, it would be greatly appreciated! waseema561@yahoo.com


So here goes….we will be looking at creating your very own:

Face Masks
Face and body exfoliators or Body scrubs
Bath Oils
Bath Salts
Hair treatments

None of them contain alcohol, how awesome is that?? Ingredients good enough to eatJ

Face Masks:

Single application only.

For : removing blackheads, deep cleansing clogged pores, and tightening loose skin (anti-ageing)

Peel off mask

Mix:
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp gelatin
2 tbsp milk
Heat on low for 1 minute.
Keep stirring to make a smooth paste. Let it cool.
Apply on the face and let it dry, around 5-10 minutes. After drying, peel off gently with fingertips. Rinse off with cool water.










For : Exfoliating or sloughing off dead skin cells and brightening your complexion, all skin types

Yoghurt and Honey Face Mask

Mix:
1 tblspoon honey
1 tblspoon yoghurt
pinch nutmeg
pinch cinnamon 

Apply and leave on for 5mins, then rinse off.

For: Nourished, hydrated, soft skin and to combat free radicals, recommended for normal skin types

Chocolate Face Mask

Mix:
1/3 cup cocoa (packed with antioxidants)
3 tablespoons of heavy cream
2 tsp. cottage cheese
¼ cup honey (a natural humectant)
3 tsp. oatmeal powder (whole oats are ok too)

Apply and leave on for 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water.









For: Oily skin, cools skin and combats oiliness, reduces blemishes

Cooling Face Mask

Puree:
1/2 cucumber
1 egg white
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried mint flakes

Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Apply and leave on 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.


In case you were wondering, Health Benefits of:

Dark Cocoa Powder: high level of antioxidants that promote cell repair,
helps firm & prevent wrinkles, high vitamin & mineral content, increased hydration, decreased skin roughness, increased defense of UV damage
Plain Yogurt: contains lactic acid that dissolves dead skin cells, natural antibiotic that kills bacteria, zinc which aids in clearing zits
Salt: shrinks pores, helps exfoliate dead skin cells
Coconut Oil: vit E & K, polyphenols are anti-aging and fatty acids



Body Exfoliator/ Scrubs:



Massage body scrub onto dry skin before you shower using circular motions working from feet upto heart and then hands upto heart and rinse off only, and donot wash off, for maximum moisturisation from the oils. 

These are so hydrating, you can skip the lotions after you shower. Recipe Amounts are for more than 1 application, so store it any air tight container or glass jar to preserve its qualities. You can also swop base oils for your favourite type such as almond, olive, grape seed, coconut or jojoba.

Why should you be using a body scrub? To get rid of dead skin cells, and encourage healthy skin renewal and to really experience the benefits of the products you use on your skin such as oils and lotions, instead of it just sitting on the uppermost layer or epidermal layer of your skin.
Results? Smoother, moisturized and softer skin…I am speaking from experience, I love body scrubs, been using them since high school and they make your skin feel amazing.

For: soft smooth lips or to combat chapped, peeling, dry lips (donot use if your lips are sore, bruised or cut)

Citrus Lip Scrub 

Mix:
2 tsp sugar with few drops vitamin E oil
Add 2 tsp coconut oil
Few drops fresh orange juice including pulp
Massage lips with the scrub gently and then remove with damp cloth

Apply your favourite lip balm or my favourites cuticura ointment or plain old Vaseline (no, it does not make your lips dark!)


For: Smoother, nourished skin


Vanilla Almond Body Scrub

Mix:
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup white granulated sugar
about 1 cup almond oil (depending on consistency wanted)
vanilla essence
mix till smooth
transfer to a glass jar for storage



For: Softer and smoother skin, gives skin a boost

Citrus Body Scrub

Mix:
2cups Epsom salt
1 cup olive oil
orange and lemon zest for fragrance and colour,
or use citrus essential oil


For: Moisturised, smoother skin infused with antioxidants

Luxury Chocolate Body Scrub

Mix:
1 cup brown sugar
1-2 tsp cocoa powder
1 cup olive oil

Peppermint Foot scrub

For: Energises and softens tired feet

Mix:
1 cup granulated sugar
slowly pour in warmed coconut oil to reach desired consistency
add few drops of peppermint essential oil or extract


Bath and Body Oils:
To make a bath oil containing essential oils, you will require a base or carrier oil such as Sunflower, castor, coconut, almond or olive oils and strict use on essential oils as they are stimulating (low dosage).


Quick reference guide on essential oils:

10 Best Essential Bath Oils

Bergamot for depression
Chamomile for insomnia or itchy skin
Frankincense for sedative, calming and mood upliftment
Geranium for relaxing yet uplifting and energising
Jasmine for apathy, stress or fatigue
Lavender positive, soothing and relaxing
Neroli for hypnotic with antidepressant properties
Patchouli for energising and invigorating
Rose for mood upliftment, romantic
Sandalwood sensual and mellowing a good aphrodisiac


For: warmth and to combat feelings of dreariness

Get Happy Bath Oil:

Mix:

4 tblspns of Almond oil (or your choice of carrier oil) combined with:
10 drops Sandalwood
5 drops Jasmine
5 drops Rose
5 drops Bergamot

Fragrant Rose Bath oil

For: hydrated, nourished and softly fragranced skin, no essential oils included

Warm 1 cup coconut oil
Add Rose water until softly scented (1tblspoon rose water or less)
Fresh rose petals
Use in shower or bath

For: stimulates blood circulation and fresh hydrated skin

Peppermint Body Oil

Mix:
½ cup coconut oil,
½ cup jojoba oil,
½ cup grape seed oil,
few drops peppermint essential oil


For: soothing aching muscles and calming the mind

Lavender Bath Salts

Mix:
2 cups Epsom salt
1 cup sea salt
lavender essential oil
dried lavender sprinkled



Hair Masks:


For: Repaired, Rejuvenated and Soft Hair

Ultimate DIY Damage Repair Hair Mask:

Mix:
1 Egg (protein & moisture)
1 Avocado (moisture full of nutrients)
3 tblspn Olive oil (shine & strength)
1 tblspn Honey (natural humectant which attracts and locks in moisture)

Apply for 15 mins from scalp to hair ends massaging well…then rinse off. Once or twice a week.

For: Hair Growth

The raved about Mustard Hair Mask:

Mix:
2 tblspn dry mustard powder
2 tblspn hot water
1 egg yolk (beaten)
2 tsp Castor oil
2 tsp sugar

Apply from roots to tips, cover with a shower cap and leave on for 15 mins or until you tire of the heat. Do twice a week.

For: Shiny, Healthier looking hair

Banana-riffic Hair Mask


Mix:
1/2 banana
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp olive oil
1 egg
1 tbsp mayo
pinch cinnamon
1tsp lemon juice.

 Apply and leave on for 20 minutes!








For Nourished deeply hydrated and soft locks

Avo and Mayo Sublime Hair Mask

Mix:
 1/2 ripe avocado
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp each of coconut oil, olive oil and honey
4 tbsp water

Work the mask into your scalp to soothe dryness, then massage it in from roots to ends to maximize all-over shine.

Did you know? That shampoos are basically detergents to get grit of your hair but they also strip your hair of all natural oils, which are good for you.

Hair Wash:
Mix:
1 tsp  of baking soda or bicarbonate of soda
with water to make a paste and use this to wash your hair.

Don’t overdo the bicarb, 1 tablespoon per 1 cup of water if you want to store it is more than enough,(try 4cups water with 4 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda in a glass bottle and use a little like shampoo to wash your hair). It will keep your locks squeaky clean.

Hair Rinse:
For a hair treat, you can try rinsing the above off with

Mix:
1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to
1 cup water
to promote shine and strength


Consider making these diy recipes as gifts for family and friends, packaging them uniquely and creatively or using them at the next bridal shower or a ladies spa night....whatever you do, try them out and be consistent to experience the best results;)

Enjoy!!!



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