We all grab an aloe solution when we have a sunburn, and that's because it has incredible healing properties. We found a great recipe for a cooling lip gloss to keep your lips moisturized all summer long.
1 tsp. aloe vera gel (from the plant's stem)
1/2 tsp. coconut oil
1 tbsp. petroleum jelly
To Make: Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Microwave for two minutes, stir and pour into a small container to let cool.
Sunscreen is the most essential beauty ritual before stepping into the sun, so we love the idea of making our own. It being rose-scented is a serious perk!
To Make: For rosewater, steep 1 cup fresh rose petals in 1 1/2 cups of water for 10 minutes, then strain. Add 1/2 cup alcohol and cover.
Sunblock: Combine zinc oxide and sesame oil in a small bowl, mixing well. Pour into a double boiler, and heat, mixing well. Remove from heat and slowly add 1 tablespoon of rosewater, stirring continuously. Once cooled, store in the fridge for up to 10 days.
Chamomile isn't just a soothing tea. Its flowers are great for skin and hair, and can also help soothe sunburn. To get a great clarifying shampoo, kicking any residue to the curb, try the recipe below. Hint: Chamomile can also kick up your summer highlights!
1 1/2 cups water
1 handful chamomile flowers
4 tbsp. pure soap flakes
1 1/2 tbsp. glycerine
To Make: Let flowers steep in the 1 1/2 cups of water, boiling, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain, then add the soap flakes. Let stand until flakes soften, and add glycerine. Mix well, and pour into a bottle to store.
We love citrus-y scents for summertime, and there's nothing more refreshing than an orange. So grab one to eat, and one to make this great (and simple!) body scrub.
To Make: Mix juice with the cornmeal until it forms a paste. Store in an appropriate container, and use as a summery body scrub in the shower.
Lavender is one of our favorite scents, and not only is the flower super fragrant, it has abilities to soothe and relax. One of our favorite ways to use the purple flowers is in a lotion.
3/4 cup pure almond oil
1 cup pure water
2 tbsp. shaved beeswax
30 drops lavender oil
To Make: For the lavender oil, place pure oil in a glass jar and fill with lavender flowers. Put the jar on a windowsill in direct sunlight for 48 hours, and shake it every 12 hours. Strain the oil, and repeat the process as many times as necessary until desired fragrance.
To make lotion: pour oil and beeswax into a glass measuring cup, placing in a saucepan with water reaching halfway up the measuring cup. Heat until beeswax dissolves, and immediately remove. Let cool for only a minute. Add cup of water to blender, and blend on high (use an old blender if possible, as beeswax will leave a waxy residue behind) - slowly adding oil/wax mixture. It will emulsify. After adding all of your oil mixture, add the drops of oil while blending to desired consistency.
Watermelon isn't just a sweet, refreshing snack, it's great for your skin as well. Try this watermelon toner, which will tighten your skin, helping you look fresh, young and healthy.
To Make: Combine all ingredients and apply with a cotton swab as a toner. Keep refrigerated for up to a week.
Did you know you could be damaging your skin simply by eating certain foods? Click through to see what to cut out of your diet (or reduce intake, at least!) to get glowing, gorgeous skin.
Foods with a high glycemic index are linked to acne – because when you eat a lot of this kind of food, your body experiences an increase of glucose and insulin levels. A body with a low glycemic diet has 50% fewer accounts of acne.
Switch to whole grain options, instead, because they’re high in antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory.
Sugar, as much as we love it, is one of the absolute worst things for your skin. It is the most aging food that we consume, and weakens our immune system to boot! Too much of it will make your skin lackluster, and speed up your body’s production of wrinkles. This is because it damages your collagen and elastin, two things that keep your skin plump and young.
Unfortunately, studies have shown that sugar feeds cancer as well. So in general, we all ought to cut back. When it comes to your skin, too much of it in your body weakens your ability to fight bacteria. Long story short, more bacteria = more toxins = worse skin.
So choose to satisfy your sweet tooth with natural sugars like those found in fruit, instead of that candy bar!
We know, technically this is a drink rather than a food, but it's worth mentioning. Alcohol doesn’t just give you a headache the next morning, but it severely dehydrates you. This affects your skin because your body metabolizes what little water it gets before it has the chance to reach your skin.
Alcohol can also cause vasodilatation, which aggravates rosacea, and make your skin look dull. It doesn’t just damage your mental defenses when you have one too many, but also your skin’s.
A diuretic, caffeine also severely dehydrates you. Not only does that dry out your skin, but caffeine increases your production of cortisol. More cortisol than necessary accelerates the aging process, thinning your skin.
So maybe next time you’re about to watch one more episode of Game of Thrones before bed (“I’ll just grab a jumbo coffee before work…”) you’ll rethink, and decide the better route is just to get that extra shut-eye!
Fried foods aren’t just an issue for your fat intake, but they can cause oil buildup in your body.
They are also believed to possibly trap bacteria in your body and on your skin, causing you to break out more.
In general, processed foods are bad for your health as well as your skin. The further grains get from their original state, the less they retain their natural goodness. Processed foods are often loaded with sodium and sugar, also, which we know we don’t need more of!
Snack on whole grains and fresh fruit and veggies instead.
Artificial colors and sweeteners are essentially science experiments that you’re putting into your body. They have no nutritional value, and can irritate your body, especially if you’re sensitive or have allergies.
These artificial products often create inflammation and histamine reactions, and what’s worse, your body tends to store these chemicals in your tissues. It wasn’t made in nature, so your body has no chance of recognizing it. Just what you need, aspartame hanging out longer than you wanted it to!
Salt, especially iodized (processed with iodine) is terrible for your skin. It causes your tissues to swell, making you look puffy and even a little unhealthy. It can aggravate acne, so it's important to reduce your intake. Note that most of the salt you consume doesn't come from a shaker, so check the labels before buying packaged foods and snacks.
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Summer is almost here, and that means a little bit more free time (hopefully!) and leisurely days spent outdoors in the sun. Why not embrace the season by combining these two warm-weather perks into a little beauty D.I.Y. project?
We found recipes for six amazing homemade beauty products, inspired by the blooms, fruits and needs of summer. From sunblock to a cooling lip gloss, these products aren't just easy to make, they're easy on your wallet. All you have to do is hit up the supermarket or spend some time gardening, and you've got ingredients perfect for treating summer skin and hair.
Click through the gallery to see our favorite homemade beauty product recipes, inspired by Summer sun.