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Life Happens: The best beauty comes from your kitchen
Stop wasting your time with beauty products that carry false promises
Published 2/7/2012
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I own more hair products, facemasks, lotions and potions that any one I know. I have tried everything and anything for healthy hair and skin. After years of retiring new deep conditioning hair masks or microdermabrasion scrubs that fail to fulfill what their label promises, I have found a solution. Many of the products we use at home in our everyday lives easily double as beauty products. I am going to give you a few of my favorite recipes for do-it-yourself cosmetic regimens.

 1)   Microcermbrasion face mask

     Materials:

  •  Baking soda
  • Salt, preferably fine grain sea salt (but any will do)
  • Water

 

Mix about two tablespoons of baking soda with two teaspoons of salt in a small bowl. Slowly add water until the mixture becomes a thick paste.

Wash your face and take off all your make-up, leave left over water on your face for easier application of the mask.

Apply a small handful of the mask all over your face and slowly massage skin in a circular motion for a few minutes. Wash the mask off completely, dry, and moisturize your face.

This recipe can be tailored to you liking and made in as big of a batch as you would like. Personally, I make a lot and keep the rest in the fridge for future use. 

Microdermabrasion treatments are meant to slough excess skin off your face or body. This mask will do just that and leave your face baby soft. You can also use this mask on your legs, arms or wherever else that needs exfoliation.

 

2)   Citrus body scrub

 Materials:

  •  1 cup sea salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (almond or coconut oil works too!)

First mix the salt and sugar together in a bowl. Slowly add the oil into the mixture being careful not to add too much, you should use just enough to bring everything to a paste consistency.

Next add the zest and juice. Also be careful with the juice, it is very acidic so adding too much will dissolve the sugar and salt and you will be left with a watery mess.

You can substitute orange or grapefruit juice and zest in this recipe. As well as sweet ingredients like vanilla extract instead of lemon juice.

Use this scrub inside the shower to get soft, exfoliated, and yummy smelling skin! The exfoliating salt and sugar will do extra work on dry, rough areas like feet and elbows.

Store your left over mask in an airtight container in your shower or bathroom.  

 

3)   2 part avocado hair mask

Materials:

  •  1 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (trust me here)
  • ¼ cup sour cream (I’m serious, trust me)
  • 1 egg
  • I cup apple cider vinegar and 1 cup water mixed together

 

Some of these ingredients seem quite unconventional, I know. But the fat content in mayonnaise will make your hair soft and manageable while the protein and dairy cultures in sour cream will restore stripped out properties into chemically treated or heat damaged hair.

First, mash up the avocado with a fork. Add in the mayo, honey, and sour cream; mix until combined. Crack the egg into the mixture and again mix until combined.

Wet your hair (for easier application) and apply the mask all over your head. Don’t forget underneath where all those pesky baby hairs are. Let this sit for 15-20 minutes while you watch TV, Facebook stalk, or just get ready for washing it out in the shower.

Hop into the shower, rinse it out, and wash your hair as you normally would. It is important that you wash it all out, your shampoo should help with this job.

After all your mask and shampoo have been washed out grab your vinegar mixture and pour it evenly over your hair, this isn’t an exact science but you will want to get it over as much of your hair as possible. I know it smells bad but trust me it is worth it.

I have always had very dry, curly hair and no matter how expensive my conditioner is I have always struggled with natural dryness on top of chemical and heat damage.

My grandmother always told me that I should try apple cider vinegar; she used it all a child when things similar to conditioner today weren’t very accessible. I never believed her until I tried it much later and it really does make your hair baby soft and shiny.

Let the vinegar sit on your hair for about three minutes the rinse it out. Using conditioner or not after this step is up to you. I normally don’t have to and I have pretty dry hair. The mask and vinegar seem to do the trick to keep my hair soft.

Because this recipe contains raw egg just toss the rest of the mask if you have any left. This recipe can be cut in half if you have thin or short hair.

I hope these recipes benefit you as much as they do me.

Good luck doing-it-yourself! 

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