Exfoliating D.I.Y. Strawberry Sugar Body Scrub

Exfoliating Strawberry Body Scrub

Another day, another strawberry d.i.y. recipe (I told you guys I was on a strawberry kick lately.)  This recipe is for a full body sugar scrub that will leave your skin looking healthy and glowing with soft skin.  Strawberries have a lot of beneficial nutrients within them that can do wonders for your body.  Here’s a few examples:

  • Vitamin C which acts as a protector to skin and also works to prevent acne and pimples from popping up
  • Salicylic Acid which works to destroy free radicals and prevent premature aging as well as lightning and fading acne scars and blemishes
  • Ellagic Acid which is an antioxidant that heals damaged skin and provides skin with a youthful glow
  • Folate which works to regenerate cells as well as produce new ones

So, a couple of minutes to whip up this recipe and then treat your body and your skin to the benefits of strawberries!

What you need:

  • 4 ripe strawberries
  • 3 tbsp. oil (olive or coconut)
  • 1/2 c. sugar

What you do:

  • Cut the greens off the tops of the strawberries.  In a bowl, gently mash the strawberries with a fork until they form a pulp like paste
  • Add the sugar to the mashed strawberries and mix well; then add the oil last
  • Mix all ingredients until well blended and a paste like consistency forms (if your mixture is too runny/moist, add some more sugar.  If your mixture seems too gritty/dry add a little more oil)
  • In the shower or tub, apply the mixture to your body and gently massage into skin for a few minutes.  Then rinse well with warm water.
  • Follow up with your favorite lotion

Comments:

  • Use caution in the shower or tub when using this scrub (or any).  The oils in this scrub can cause the floors to become very slippery and slick which can be dangerous.  It’s best to put a rubber bath mat or towel down and use caution as well.
  • Be sure to thoroughly rinse all remains of the scrub out of your shower and tub when finished to avoid any stains/marks from the strawberries

 

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D.I.Y. Exfoliating Strawberry Lip Scrub

Strawberry lip scrub

OK, since I’ve posted a strawberry foot scrub and a strawberry smoothie recipe earlier today I figured why not post another strawberry recipe?  (Besides, I really like strawberries and seem to be on a strawberry kick lately.)  So, here’s a recipe for a super easy to make strawberry lip scrub recipe.  It’s quick and easy to make and does a great job at exfoliating your lips, ridding them of dryness and leaving them looking healthy and moisturized.

What you need:

  • 1 small ripe strawberry
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. oil (olive, almond or coconut)

What you do:

  • Cut the green top off of the strawberry and cut the strawberry in half and place in a small bowl.  Mash the strawberry using a fork until it is a pulp-like consistency.
  • Add the sugar and then the oil to the mixture and mix until a gritty paste forms.  (If the mixture is too moist/runny, add some more sugar to it)
  • Apply the mixture to your lips and gently massage for a few moments (pursing your lips together and rubbing works well too)
  • Rinse mixture off with a washcloth and some warm water.  Follow up with a moisturizing lip balm/chapstick.

Comments:

  • If you have extra mixture leftover, you can store it in a airtight jar but only for a day or two because the strawberry will spoil…this is a mixture better used immediately and made in small batches.

Skin Healing & Moisturizing Strawberry & Cucumber Smoothie Recipe

Strawberry Cucumber Smoothie

In the spirit of spring and beauty here’s a recipe for a delicious smoothie packed with antioxidants that will quench and moisturize your skin while fighting signs of aging and repairing skin damage.  All the ingredients in this smoothie pack a punch when it comes to beauty and health benefits.

Here are just a couple of examples of what some of these ingredients will provide you with:

  • Coconut Water: helps to heal dry/itchy skin as well as age spots and wrinkles
  • Cucumbers: Improves hair, skin and nails and gives skin a youthful and glowing complexion.  Excellent source of Vitamins A, C and K
  • Strawberries: Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory with lots of Vitamin C.  Improves complexion and fights signs of aging

So, sit back and relax (maybe while doing a relaxing d.i.y. beauty recipe) with this delicious smoothie while it moisturizes and heals your skin!

What you need:

  • 2 c. coconut water
  • 1 c. coconut milk
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 2 c. spinach
  • 2 c. strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 tbsp. chia seeds

What you do:

  • Cut up the cucumber so that it is in smaller pieces that fit into a blender
  • Add the cucumber and all other ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth
  • Enjoy immediately

Comments:

  • If your not using frozen strawberries, you may need to add a couple of ice cubes for a cooler smoothie

 

Recipe adapted from (and original recipe) found at: http://www.womenio.com/3031/15-specific-smoothies-for-naturally-beautiful-skin

Relaxing & Exfoliating DIY Strawberry Foot Scrub

Relaxing & Exfoliating Strawberry Foot Scrub

Flip flop season is right around corner (it may even already be here depending on where you live) and there’s nothing worse then slipping on a pair only to see that your feet aren’t ready for them.  (You know what I mean, dry and rough skin on your heels and toes that looks anything but good.)  So, why not get your feet flip flop ready with this easy to make do-it-yourself foot scrub?

This recipe requires only a couple of ingredients and is super easy to make and leaves your feet looking and feeling relaxed and healthy. The epsom salt works to soften skin and relax feet while the strawberries work to exfoliate and slough away dry and dead skin.  After this scrub….you’ll be flip flop ready!

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup epsom salts
  • 8 ripe strawberries
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil (or coconut oil)

What you do:

  • Cut the green tops off of the strawberries and cut them into halves or quarters and place them in a bowl.  Mash the strawberries using a fork until they form into a chunky pulp/paste.
  • If your epsom salts consists of a lot of bigger chunks, you’ll want to crush these up (this can be done by placing the salts in a ziploc bag and carefully crushing them on a hard surface using a hammer or rolling pin or any other crush-worthy object you have on hand.)  After crushing the salts (if needed) add them to the bowl with the mashed up strawberries.
  • Add the oil last and mix all until a chunky pulp/paste forms and all ingredients are mixed together.
  • The easiest place to apply this is over the tub or sink.  If applying elsewhere, I would suggest putting a towel down first to catch any drips.
  • Apply the mixture to your feet and gently massage into your skin for a few moments.  Let the mixture sit on your feet for a few minutes so that the mixture has a chance to “sink in” and soften skin and relax your feet.
  • Rinse the mixture with warm water and dry your feet.  Follow up with your favorite lotion.

Comments:

  • Make sure you clean up the area you applied the mixture in immediately after using it so you are not left with red marks from the strawberry juice.

 

 

 

Berry Beauty Smoothie for Beautiful Skin

Berry Beauty Smoothie

This delicious smoothie is packed full of Vitamin C and other antioxidants…all which do wonders for beauty and body!

What you need:

  • ¼ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ¼ cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ¼ cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ¼ cup kale (or spinach)
  • 1 cup coconut water (or water)

 What to do:

  • Place all ingredients in a blender
  • Process until smooth
  • Enjoy immediately

Comments:

  • If using fresh berries, you may want  to add a couple of ice cubes for a cooler smoothie
  • For those of you who aren’t a big fan of “greens” you can substitute spinach in place of kale because it offers a blander/more subtle taste yet still offers a lot of great benefits
  • The original recipe calls for water, I substitute water with coconut water because of the many health/beauty benefits it offers

 

Recipe adapted from (and original recipe) found at: http://www.youbeauty.com/nutrition/galleries/smoothie-recipes#11

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Extra Strength Alpha Beta Face Peel

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peels

Ok, so it’s been a little too long since I’ve taken the time to do some beauty product reviews.  (I’m not really sure why it’s taken me so long either because I certainly haven’t stopped using beauty products….at all!)  Regardless, here comes one and hopefully more to follow in the near future.

I have always wanted to have a chemical peel done but can never actually bring myself to have one done because I don’t want to deal with the downtime of having a red, flaky, peeling face for a couple of days afterwards and the thought of them kind of freaks me out…just a little.  My skin can be very temperamental…I have periods where it’s great and periods where it’s anything but great.  I also tend to have acne spots that last long after the pimple is gone (I guess it’s an annoying and pesky way of reminding me of what used to be there.)  So, when I stumbled upon these little facial wipes I was definitely tempted to try them being that they aren’t as invasive as an actual chemical peel and have no downtime.

These wipes are available in two different strengths, regular and extra strength.  I dove right into the extra strength wipes and didn’t even try the regular strength ones because I was dead-set on getting results and thought that the extra strength ones stood a better chance at giving me my desired results.  If you have sensitive skin, I would highly suggest starting out with the regular strength wipes first.

Another great thing about these wipes is that they are available in different quantities which is great for someone who is just looking to try them out.  These treatment wipes are available in the following quantities: 5, 30 or 60.  Packs of 5 retail for $15.00, packs of 30 retail for $82.00 and packs of 60 retail for $145.00.  (For my first time using them, I obviously went for the 5 pack.) They also have them available in a package deal called the “14 Day Challenge with Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution” which retails for $45.00. (This is also a great deal, which I’ve also purchased….more than once.)

We’ll start with the 5 pack, which is what I tried first.  Each treatment consists of two conjoined pouches which each contain a wipe (so two wipes per treatment).  Wipe 1 is to be used first (but I’m sure that is obvious to everyone) on a clean face.  You simply rub your skin in circular motions until the wipe is no longer moist.  Then you wait two minutes before using wipe 2.  After the two minutes are up, use wipe 2 the same way that you used wipe 1.   That’s it.  It’s quick and easy but I will say that I did (and still do) notice a burning sensation when using wipe 1 so be aware of that and don’t be surprised if you notice it too.

I noticed a subtle glow to my skin immediately after using these but really noticed it after using them for a couple of days consecutively.  I noticed an even better glow after trying the 14 day challenge treatment with the brightening solution.  The 14 day challenge works the exact same way as the 5 pack of pads does except there are enough treatment packs for 14 days and there is the brightening serum.  The brightening serum is applied after you use both wipes and I think that this serum is really beneficial and just gives your skin that much more of a healthy glow.

I will say though that I would not do this treatment after doing a face mask of any kind prior (speaking from experience.)  It could have been something in the face mask I did prior to using this treatment or my face could have just been feeling sensitive but it was not a pleasant experience!  The burning sensation was a lot worse than ever before and my face was left looking patchy and red….so don’t follow in my footsteps there!

Overall, I like this product and like the results.  My skin always looks like it has a nice natural glow after doing these treatments and it also helps reduce my acne spots in a significant way.  (I notice the most dramatic results and lighter/faded acne spots after using these for multiple consecutive days.)

What I like:

  • Gives skin a natural glow
  • Reduces and fades acne spots
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Noticeable results….quickly

What I don’t like:

  • Burning sensation
  • Results seem to fade if this isn’t used on a regular basis