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

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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

Sugar and Honey Hand Wrap

Honey and Sugar Hand Wrap

Treat your hands to a spa-like moisturizing hand wrap!

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey

 

Directions:

  • Combine olive oil and sugar; mix well until a paste forms
  • Scrub paste mixture onto hands for a few moments to exfoliate them
  • Rinse with water and pat dry
  • Carefully warm the honey in the microwave so that it is warm but comfortable to the touch (you do not want to burn yourself!)
  • Carefully apply the warm honey to hands and cover by wrapping with saran wrap (or apply a pair of latex gloves)
  • Let hands stay wrapped or inside gloves for 20-30 minutes
  • Rinse well with water

D.I.Y. Basic Cuticle Cream

Cuticle Cream DIY
A D.I.Y. recipe for a nourishing cuticle cream!
Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp. fuller’s earth (natural clay substance)
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well
  • Apply to cuticles

Tips for Applying Sunless Tanner

Sunless

The Basic Rule of Sunless Tanner (whether you’re using gels, lotions or sprays)

Never go more than 2 shades darker than your natural skin color (otherwise you’ll end up looking cheap, fake, orange and like an oompa loompa…none of which are attractive)

 

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The Proper Way to Apply Sunless Tanners

Exfoliate.  This step is very important yet a lot of people skip over it.  Exfoliating helps ensure an even and smooth application.  Exfoliating scrubs away any dry and dead skin which is important in achieving a flawless application.  Dry areas (such as elbows and knees) absorb the tanner more than other areas therefore, those dry areas end up looking darker.  You want to exfoliate everywhere but you want to exfoliate the most in those rough and dry areas.  Also, when exfoliating, don’t use an exfoliator that is very oily or greasy.  These types of exfoliators leave behind a greasy/oily residue which repels tanner.  The best exfoliating method to use in this case is plain sugar (or plain sugar mixed with a tablespoon of water).  You can apply this standing in the shower without the water running because the dry exfoliation method actually does a better job exfoliating than doing it under the running shower water.

Shave or Wax.  You should shave or wax prior to applying sunless tanner.  If you wait until after applying the sunless tanner to do either of these, you’re going to mess it up.  (And I don’t mean 5 minutes later….later in the day, later that night, etc.)  Shaving and waxing will actually lift up some of your tanner and will leave you looking uneven and/or blotchy.

Dry Yourself.  Make sure your body is completely dry before applying any sunless tanner.  Also, do not apply lotion prior to applying sunless tanner except on dry and rough areas (such as elbows and knees).

Protect your Nails.  Prior to applying sunless tanner, you should apply a little bit of Vaseline to your nails and toe nails.  If you don’t, the sunless tanner can stain nails or get around the nail beds and cuticles leaving you with dirty looking nails (which no one should ever want).  This is also important in protecting your manicure and pedicure.  If you want to avoid this all together, slap on a pair of latex gloves and you won’t need to worry about getting orange hands or nails.  (But you’ll still have to protect your toenails).

Top to Bottom.  The proper way to apply sunless tanner is from the top of your body to the bottom of your body, not bottom to top.  (You can dilute your self tanner for those rough and dry areas by mixing it with some lotion too…if you aren’t using the spray sunless tanner.)

Clean Up.  After you’ve applied your sunless tanner, take a damp washcloth and gently buff those rough and dry areas (such as the elbows and knees).  This will help them from ending up darker than other areas of your body.  It’s also very important to carefully wash your hands after applying sunless tanner.  If you don’t you will end up with orange palms and markings between your fingers.  But be very careful when washing them because if you take your hands and dive them into running water you’ll most likely end up splashing further up your arms.  It’s not a bad idea to exfoliate your hands after applying sunless tanner either….this just ensures you really got it all.

Let it Dry.  Let the sunless tanner dry completely.  Do not try to throw on clothes immediately after applying the sunless tanner or you will end up staining your clothes or messing up your tan (or both).

 

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The Quick Version

  • Exfoliate
  • Shave or wax
  • Dry yourself completely (no lotion except on dry areas such as elbows and knees)
  • Apply Vaseline to nails or slap on a pair of latex gloves
  • Apply from top to bottom (do your face separately if you are using a special facial sunless tanner)
  • Buff rough and dry spots with a damp washcloth after applying sunless tanner
  • Wash/Exfoliate hands (very carefully) after you are completely done applying sunless tanner
  • Let it dry

D.I.Y. Nail Polish

Nail Polish

Create your own shade of nail polish in just a few quick and easy steps!

Ingredients:

  • Clear nail polish
  • Eye shadow (this is a great way to use up expired eye shadow!)

Directions:

  • Gently break up the eye shadow using the end of a pen or whatever else you have around (unless you are using loose powder eye shadow in which case you don’t need to break it up)
  • Very carefully pull the crushed powder eye shadow into the bottle of clear nail polish using a funnel or a makeshift funnel of a rolled up small piece of paper
  • Put the brush back into the nail polish bottle and twist the cap on tightly
  • Shake and roll the bottle of polish between your hands for a minute or two to ensure the shadow and polish has mixed

Cornmeal and Honey Hand and Foot Scrub

cornmeal and honey

Treat your feet and your hands to this nourishing hand and foot scrub!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well
  • Apply to wet hands and feet and gently massage into skin
  • Let sit for 5 minutes
  • Rinse with water
  • Follow up with your favorite moisturizer