10 skin fixes from the fridge
Honey and Greek yogurt are beauty cure-alls, acting as both exfoliators and moisturizers. This creamy mask leaves skin super-soft (but not at all oily).
- 2 tbsp organic Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp organic honey
- 1 tsp sweet almond oil
Combine all ingredients into a paste. Apply a generous layer to face and leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
This mask works double-duty— Epsom salt extracts dirt and oil from pores, while papaya and yogurt calm cleaned skin.
- Flesh of 4 papaya
- 2 tbsp plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts
- 1 peppermint tea bag
In a bowl, mash papaya with a fork; blend in yogurt and set aside. Dissolve Epsom salts in a large pot of water, then drop in tea bag. Bring to a boil; remove from heat. Sit with face over pot for 3 minutes, head covered with a towel (like a tent) to seal in steam. Spread papaya mask over face. Leave on 10 minutes; rinse.
Treat the tender skin around your eyes with care and you'll look like you always get your beauty sleep.
- 1 1/2 tsp jojoba oil
- 1 1/2 tsp pure shea butter
- 1 cup water
- 2 chamomile tea bags
- 2 green tea bags
In a bowl, mix jojoba oil and shea butter; set aside. Microwave water for one minute, then steep tea bags for a few seconds. Squeeze out; place a chamomile bag on each upper eyelid and a green tea bag under each eye. Relax for ten minutes. Toss bags and gently dab jojoba balm around the eyes.
Not only does this scrub create a prettier pout, but it gently perfumes lips, leaving them as sweet as they are soft.
- 1 1/2 tsp honey
- 1 1/2 tsp sugar
- Juice of 1/4 lemon
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Contents of 1 vitamin E capsule
- 1 drop lemon essential oil
In a bowl, mix honey, sugar and lemon juice. Rub over lips with finger in a circular motion to exfoliate; rinse. Combine remaining ingredients in another bowl. Dab on lips. Extras keep in the fridge for a week.
Love a lip stain? Get perfect last-all-day color with this two-step treatment.
- 1/2 cup petroleum jelly
- 1 scoop or 2 packets Natural Cherry Pomegranate Crystal Light
- Small jar
Mix petroleum jelly and Crystal Light in a bowl, adding 1 tsp water a few drops at a time, until gloss turns berry red. Use a spatula to smooth formula into jar.
The best way to get ready for warmer weather? Slough off dead winter skin with a scrub that smells like the islands. (Pina colada not included).
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil
- 10 drops essential rose and/or sandalwood oil
In a glass bowl add essential oil(s) to the sugar and stir thoroughly. Add hydrating coconut oil gradually, stirring continuously. Stop when the scrub reaches the consistency of moist sand.
Caffeine tightens loose skin, so this scrub acts as an instant-slimmer.
- 1/4 raw sugar
- 1/4 cup ground coffee
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp sea salt
Blend all ingredients and place in an air-tight container. Massage all over body in an upward motion before rinsing off. Can be stored for up two months.
This spicy blend might remind you of Christmas but it's ideal for any season. Ginger and cinnamon help to fight illness, while turmeric reduces inflammation.
- 1/4 cup nutmeg
- 1/4 cup tumeric
- 1/4 cup ginger
- 1/4 cup rice powder
- 1/4 cup cinnamon
- 1/4 cup clove
Mix together all spices, slowly adding a drop of water at a time until the spices form a paste. Spread a thin layer over your skin and let dry for 15 minutes. Rinse off in the shower and follow with moisturizer.
Once you've exfoliated, make sure to hydrate your skin. This easy recipe produces an intensely moisturizing cream that won't feel overly greasy.
- 1/2 cup shea butter
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
Mix shea butter and avocado oil in a pan over low heat, stirring until melted. Pour into a small sealable container. Add as much lavender as you like. Refrigerate until creamy. Slather all over apres-shower.
Peppermint will leave your tootsies feeling tingly, cool, and shockingly awake (i.e. don't use this treatment before bed!).
- 4 strawberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 8 drops peppermint essential oil
In a bowl, puree or mash berries (which help exfoliate thanks to salicylic acid), then add sugar and olive and vegetable oils. Mix until well blended. Add peppermint oil 2 drops at a time until scrub smells minty. Spoon into jar, then stash in the fridge or use immediately.
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