Soothing Tropical Coconut Eye Cream

Tropical Coconut Eye Cream

Treat the delicate area under your eyes to this soothing tropical scented eye cream!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. cocoa butter
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil

 

Directions:

  • If the cocoa butter is not already grated, go ahead and grate it
  • Combine all ingredients in a microwave bowl and heat until melted
  • Carefully removed the melted mixture from the microwave and stir well
  • Transfer the mixture from the bowl to a container for storage
  • Let cool completely before using
  • Apply under eyes at night

Soothing Lettuce Cleanser

Lettuce Cleanser

Treat irritated skin to a soothing and gentle lettuce cleanser!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head lettuce
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp. benzoin

 

Directions:

  • Place the water in a saucepan and add the lettuce
  • Bring the water to a boil; once boiling reduce heat to a simmer
  • Let simmer for 1 hour
  • Remove from heat and let cool
  • Once cool, carefully strain the mixture and add the benzoin; mix well
  • Transfer the mixture to a container for storage
  • Apply to skin and use as you would a cleanser
  • Rinse with water

Yummy Orange Citrus and Sugar Lip Scrub

 Citrus Orange Lip Scrub

Treat your lips to a sweet citrusy scrub that sure to polish dry and chapped lips!

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 tsp. sugar
  • 4 drops vitamin E oil
  • 3 tsp. coconut oil
  • Couple drops of orange juice

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well
  • Apply mixture to lips and gently massage for a few moments
  • Wipe the mixture off and rinse with water
  • Follow up with your favorite lip balm

The Lowdown on Sunscreens

Lowdown on Sunscreens

Summertime is here!  That means plenty of picnics, pool parties, trips to the beach, and outdoor activities!  It’s important to remember that despite all the fun in the sun that you’re having you still need to take care of your skin and be smart by protecting it from the sun by using a sunscreen each and every time you venture outside.

There are countless different sunscreens available to purchase each with different options so if you are wondering which one is right for you it’s best to first know the basics:

Just like we all have our own preferences when it comes to the types of makeup we like and what it does to our skin, sunscreen is no different.  What works on one persons skin may cause breakouts on another person and so on and so on.  Below is a breakdown of the types of sunscreen you should look for depending on your specific skin type as well as examples of sunscreens that are most suitable for you.

 

Dry Skin

  • Creams/lotions with extra hydrating ingredients (aloe and glycerin)
  • Steer clear of spray or gel sunscreens that contain aloe (they’ll just dry out your skin that much more)

Try

Murad Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 15

L’Oreal Dermo-Expertise Futur-E SPF 15

 

Oily Skin

  • Oil-free sunscreen
  • Non-comedogenic sunscreen (won’t clog pores)
  • Water or gel based sunscreens are most commonly oil-free

Try

Ocean Potion Anti-Aging Sunblock SPF 50

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 45

 

Acne Prone Skin

  • Light and/or oil-free lotions
  • Sunscreens that contain the chemicals avobenzone and oxybenzone
  • Non-comedogenic sunscreen (won’t clog pores)
  • Fragrance free sunscreen

Try

Hawaiian Tropic Oil Free Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50

Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30

 

Sensitive Skin

  • Paba free sunscreen (this is very common)
  • Oil-free sunscreen
  • Fragrance free sunscreen
  • Chemical free sunscreen
  • Hypoallergenic sunscreen
  • Mineral based sunscreen

Try

Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion for Face

Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion SPF 60

 

Active/Outdoor Skin (for those that spend a lot of time being active outdoors; sports/swimming)

  • Water-resistant or waterproof sunscreen
  • Highest SPF sunscreen available

Try

Coppertone Sport Sunblock Spray SPF 30

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock with Helioplex SPF 70

Relaxing Pumpkin Pedicure Foot Wrap

Pumpkin Foot Wrap

Treat your feet to this delicious pumpkin foot wrap!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. honey

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well
  • Apply mixture to clean feet
  • Wrap feet with saran wrap
  • Let sit for 30 minutes (sit back and relax since you won’t be able to walk around)
  • Rinse with water

D.I.Y. Makeup Brush Cleaner

Brush Cleaner2

Gently clean dirt and makeup from makeup brushes with this gentle and easy brush cleaning recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup vinegar

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl; mix well
  • Dip the end of your makeup brushes in the mixture
  • Massage the bristles; loosening up makeup and dirt
  • Rinse makeup brushes under running water
  • Let brushes air dry after reshaping any misshapen brush heads
  • Discard mixture after use

Grapefruit Facial Mask

Grapefruit Face Mask

Leave your skin looking and feeling healthy and glowing after using this face mask!

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp. grapefruit juice
  • 2 tsp. carrot juice
  • 3 tbsp. plain yogurt

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well
  • Apply to a clean face (avoid the eye area)
  • Let sit for 15 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water