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

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.

Softening Chocolate Face Mask

Softening Chocolate Facial Mask

Treat your face to this delicious chocolate facial mask!  Not only does it smell amazing but it also will do wonders for softening your skin!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 4 tbsp. cream
  • 3 tsp. cottage cheese (plain only)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 tsp. oatmeal

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients together; mix well
  • Apply to a clean face and let sit 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water

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

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

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

Thyme and Fennel Gentle Facial Cleanser

Thyme and Fennel Cleanser
Cleanse skin with this gentle and effective facial cleanser!
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 tbsp. dried thyme
  • 2 tsp. crushed fennel seeds
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
Directions:
  • Combine the thyme and fennel seeds and place in boiling water
  • Add lemon juice to the mixture and let steep for 15 minutes
  • Strain the mixture
  • Apply to face using a soft tissue or cotton ball
  • Rinse with water
*If stored in an airtight container, this mixture can last up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

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