D.I.Y. Strawberry, Cream and Honey Facial Mask for Extra Dry Skin

Strawberries, Honey and Cream Mask for Dry Skin

For those who are suffering with extremely dry and/or flaky skin (thank you, Winter) this recipe is a must try!  The three simple ingredients in this recipe are all great at nourishing and hydrating skin on their own and the combination of the three is sure to combat dry and flaky skin. (And on that note, this recipe, the ingredients and that picture really make me crave strawberry shortcake right now…..)

What you need:

  • 6 ripe strawberries
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. heavy cream

What you do:

  • Cut the green tops off of the strawberries and cut the strawberries in half.  Place the berries in a bowl and mash them using a fork until you have a pulp-like consistency
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix well until a creamy paste forms
  • Apply the mixture to a clean face and let it sit for 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse with cool water and follow up with a moisturizer

Comments:

  • This mask can be a little drippy so make sure you wear an old shirt and put a towel down where you’re applying the mask

 

Recipe adapted from (and original recipe at): SheSaidBeauty

Picture from: MyRecipes

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.

 

 

 

DIY Relaxing Milk & Peppermint Bath

DIY Relaxing Milk and Peppermint Bath

Now that the holidays are coming to a close why not take some time and treat yourself to a de-stressing bath with milk and peppermint!  This easy recipe requires only two ingredients and will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!

What You Need:

  • 2 cups dry powder milk
  • 4 bags peppermint tea (dry tea bags…not used)

What You Do:

  • Start by turning on the water in your bathtub and getting it to a temperature that you like.  Once you’ve got the perfect temperature, close the drain and start letting the tub fill with water.
  • Once the tub has reached about 1/2 of the way full, add the dry milk powder to the water and gently mix it around with your hands.  (You don’t have to go overboard trying to mix it because the pressure from the running water will help it to mix with the water as well.)
  • Once the water level is where you would like it to be, turn the water off and add your tea bags.  Let them steep in the water and milk mixture for a few moments and then go ahead and remove them from the tub.
  • Now you are ready to relax and soak!  After taking a bath in this mixture you should be left with skin that feels nourished and soft as well as feeling completely relaxed and refreshed.

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

Relaxing Foot Soak for Achy Feet

Achy Foot Soak
Soothe and relax achy and tired feet with this foot soak!
Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of Aloe Vera
  • 1 tsp. wheat germ oil
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Directions:
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl of warm water; mix well
  • Let feet soak for 15-20 minutes
  • Follow up with your favorite moisturizer
*You can also combine all ingredients and use the mixture as a foot rub as well rather than a soak

Relaxing Rosemary Foot Scrub

 Rosemary Foot Scrub

Scrub away dry skin and leave your feet looking and feeling smoother!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 7 drops rosemary essential oil (you can add more/less depending on what you like)

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients (except the essential oil); mix well
  • Add the essential oil to the mixture; mix well
  • Apply to feet and gently massage into skin for a few moments
  • Rinse with water