Hydrating and Acne Fighting Mango Smoothie

Hydrating and Acne Fighting Mango Smoothie

This smoothie has many beneficial ingredients in it that will do wonders for your body, both inside and out.  It also has a sweet and tropical flavor to it (thanks to the mango) that makes drinking it enjoyable as well as beneficial.  This smoothie works to improve the health of your skin as well as to prevent acne breakouts and is suitable for any and all skin types.

Don’t let the fish oil ingredient turn you away, the other ingredients mask any flavor of it and fish oil provides your body with A LOT of benefits.  Fish oil can improve the look and health of your skin and aids in reducing redness or blotchy patches on your skin.  The benefits don’t stop there either.   Fish oil can strengthen hair and leave it looking healthier and shinier and also aids in reducing dandruff and dry scalps.  (I can speak from experience that fish oil really does do wonders for your hair.  I started taking fish oil gummy vitamins a couple of months ago and noticed my hair growing faster and looking much shinier and healthier.)  So, if it can provide you with better skin and hair, why not add a splash of it into your smoothie?

What you need:

  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1/2 c. yogurt (plain only)
  • 1/2 c. mango (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp. fish oil
  • 1/2 c. orange juice
  • 1 mint leaf

What you do:

  • If your using a fresh mango, cut the mango into chunks and place in a blender
  • Add all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth
  • Transfer to a glass and enjoy immediately

Comments:

  • Depending on whether or not you use fresh or frozen mango, you may need to add a couple extra ice cubes to your blender for a cooler smoother
  • You can always add more mint leaves to the mixture if you want a mintier taste (I tend to like to add a couple more and always enjoy the taste of fresh mint)

 

Recipe adapted from (and original recipe found at): Womenio

Picture from:  BestRecipes

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

Avocado and Egg Hand and Foot Treatment

Avocado and Egg Hand and Foot Treatment
Treat dry hands and feet to this moisturizing treatment!
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. rice bran
Directions:
  • Combine all ingredients; mix well to form a creamy paste
  • Massage mixture onto feet and hands
  • Let sit for 20 minutes
  • Rinse with water

Cranberry Hair Rinse for Shine

Cranberry Hair Rinse

Add lots of shine to hair with this tart cranberry hair rinse (perfect for RED hair)!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pureed carrot
  • 1/2 cup mashed cranberries
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice

 

Directions:

  • Puree the carrots in a blender and mash the cranberries using a fork
  • Combine the mashed cranberries and pureed carrots; mix well
  • Add the lemon juice to the mixture; mix well
  • Apply to dry hair
  • Let sit for 10 minutes
  • Rinse with water

 

*It’s always a good idea to try this on a small section of hair prior to applying to all your hair incase of a reaction and to make sure the color isn’t affected or changed

D.I.Y. Anti-Frizz Hair Serum

Frizz

Combat frizz during the summer heat (and any time of the year) with this anti-frizz serum recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. camellia oil
  • 1/2 oz. castor oil
  • 1/2 oz. unrefined avocado oil
  • 26 drops essential oil (whichever scent you prefer)

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well
  • Transfer mixture to a bottle or jar for storage
  • Apply a small amount on dry or damp hair

*Shake well before each use

D.I.Y. Hair Removal Wax

Wax

Save yourself some money and a trip to the salon with this d.i.y. wax recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 juice from lemon

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl; heat for 30 seconds on the lowest setting
  • Stir the mixture; return to microwave for another 30 seconds on the lowest setting
  • (stir during heating times and you can heat in smaller time increments as well…make sure the wax doesn’t boil)
  • Remove mixture from the microwave and let cool slightly until it is cool enough for you to use (be very careful when handling the mixture and when checking the temperature) The consistency should be like honey and it will take a little while to cool to the point that it is safe to use
  • Use an old t-shirt to cut up into strips of fabric or something that is similar to use as wax strips
  • Apply a thin layer of the wax mixture to a desired area (in the direction that the hair grows) and apply the fabric wax strip overtop of it
  • Gently apply pressure to the wax strip to ensure it sticks to the wax
  • Gently pull skin taut and lift up a corner of the wax strip and give it a quick pull (in the opposite direction that the hair grows) to remove the wax (and the hair)
  • Clean up of any residue can be done with soap and water

*Mixture can be stored in a container in the fridge and reheated when ready to use again

D.I.Y. Aloe Vera Hair Detangler

Aloe Vera

Gently detangle hair with this detangling hair recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. distilled water
  • 1 tsp. aloe vera gel
  • 2 drops glycerin
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 12 drops grapefruit seed extract

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well
  • Transfer mixture into a spray bottle or jar for storage
  • Apply to wet/damp hair

*Shake well before each use