Hydrating and Nourishing D.I.Y. Egg White Facial Mask

Hydrating and Nourishing Egg White Face Mask

All of the vitamins and healthy fats in this 3 ingredient face mask are just what you need to combat dry skin.  Your skin will be left looking and feeling soft, smooth and healthy.

 

What you need:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 tsp. greek yogurt (plain)

What you do:

  • Mash the avocado in a bowl until you get a creamy and lump-free paste-like consistency
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix well until you have a creamy paste
  • Apply the mixture to a clean face and let it sit for 15 minutes
  • Rinse the mixture off with warm water and follow up with a moisturizer

 

Recipe adapted from (original recipe at): HealthMunsta

Picture from: WallStreetInsanity

Healthy Smoothie for Glowing Skin

Glowing Skin Smoothie

Give your skin a healthy and natural glow with this green smoothie that is packed with lots of minerals and vitamins!

 

What you need:

  • 1 c. kale
  • 1 c. spinach
  • 1 pear
  • 1 orange
  • 1 banana
  • 1 c. seedless grapes
  • 1 c. ice
  • 1 c. coconut water
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds

What you do:

  • Remove the core and seeds from the pear and peel and pit the orange; add them to your blender
  • Add the remaining ingredients to your blender and blend all until smooth
  • Enjoy your smoothie immediately

 

Recipe adapted from (original recipe from): Womenio

Picture from: OrganicAuthority

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

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

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

The Lowdown on Sunscreens

Lowdown on Sunscreens

Summertime is here!  That means plenty of picnics, pool parties, trips to the beach, and outdoor activities!  It’s important to remember that despite all the fun in the sun that you’re having you still need to take care of your skin and be smart by protecting it from the sun by using a sunscreen each and every time you venture outside.

There are countless different sunscreens available to purchase each with different options so if you are wondering which one is right for you it’s best to first know the basics:

Just like we all have our own preferences when it comes to the types of makeup we like and what it does to our skin, sunscreen is no different.  What works on one persons skin may cause breakouts on another person and so on and so on.  Below is a breakdown of the types of sunscreen you should look for depending on your specific skin type as well as examples of sunscreens that are most suitable for you.

 

Dry Skin

  • Creams/lotions with extra hydrating ingredients (aloe and glycerin)
  • Steer clear of spray or gel sunscreens that contain aloe (they’ll just dry out your skin that much more)

Try

Murad Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 15

L’Oreal Dermo-Expertise Futur-E SPF 15

 

Oily Skin

  • Oil-free sunscreen
  • Non-comedogenic sunscreen (won’t clog pores)
  • Water or gel based sunscreens are most commonly oil-free

Try

Ocean Potion Anti-Aging Sunblock SPF 50

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 45

 

Acne Prone Skin

  • Light and/or oil-free lotions
  • Sunscreens that contain the chemicals avobenzone and oxybenzone
  • Non-comedogenic sunscreen (won’t clog pores)
  • Fragrance free sunscreen

Try

Hawaiian Tropic Oil Free Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50

Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30

 

Sensitive Skin

  • Paba free sunscreen (this is very common)
  • Oil-free sunscreen
  • Fragrance free sunscreen
  • Chemical free sunscreen
  • Hypoallergenic sunscreen
  • Mineral based sunscreen

Try

Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion for Face

Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion SPF 60

 

Active/Outdoor Skin (for those that spend a lot of time being active outdoors; sports/swimming)

  • Water-resistant or waterproof sunscreen
  • Highest SPF sunscreen available

Try

Coppertone Sport Sunblock Spray SPF 30

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock with Helioplex SPF 70

Tips for Applying Sunless Tanner

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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