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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Super Simple DIY Beauty Tips...

Now I don't know about you guys, but I LOVE a good "DIY" tip! These beauty tips/advice were great and thought I'd share with you guys! 

Winter is still about a month away but, that cold, dry weather has already rolled in and that can be harsh on you from head to toe!  Not only does dry skin look unhealthy, it can be really uncomfortable too. Many lotions on the market are said to heal your dry skin but they contain lots of "mystery" ingredients such as hidden animal ingredients. So, instead of spending your hard earned money on mystery products, why not try and make your own? 

As you know, Health and Beauty is very important and can be quite costly at times depending on the product, especially when trying to build a regimen. The benefits of making your own beauty products are: You're not only saving a heap of money but you also have complete control over the ingredients, meaning you know exactly what you’re putting onto your skin and what's getting absorbed into your pores.  Looks like you have a win-win here...saving money and knowing that the ingredients your body's absorbing are 100% safe!! So, why not take advantage of these great "DIY" inexpensive beauty tips!

Let's start off with DIY Skin Care:

  1. For smooth skin, crush four uncoated aspirins and mix 1 cup distilled water and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar. Use this 2-3 times a day for incredibly smooth skin and as an alternative to washing your face in the morning.
  2. Once a week, use a natural honey face mask for softer skin and cleansed pores. Honey is a natural anti-bacterial and the best type to use is a raw honey, which usually has a sugary texture and doesn't drip like processed honey. You can find raw honey at Whole Foods.
  3. If you have sensitive acne-prone skin, stay away from rich spicy foods, which only irritate and inflame your system which will cause a nasty reaction...a break out.
  4. Sleep-Staying up too late or not getting enough sleep is basically going to war with your skin, causing it to look dull, tired, and likely leading to breakouts.
  5. Homemade Sugar Scrub- A sugar scrub is perfect to exfoliate and adds moisture to those dry knees and elbows, and it’s easy as pie to whip up your very own custom scented scrub! Just combine two parts sugar with one part olive or coconut oil along with 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils combination. For winter, you might go with soothing scents like lavender, vanilla etc. Another great DIY body scrub is a simple mixture of pure olive oil with 1/2 parts sea salt as an in shower body scrub. This DIY scrub totally eliminates the need for lotion and is excellent for the winter months.
  6. 100% Olive Oil- No, olive oil isn't just for  your salads, but it’s also a great moisturizer for winter skin. To moisturize your skin, put a few drops of olive oil on when you get out of the shower and massage it in. To give an extra moisture boost to dry hands and feet, put gloves and socks on after you rub in the oil to help your skin absorb it.
  7. Tomato Face Scrub- Exfoliate your face and give it a healthy glow with an all natural tomato scrub! This is one of the simplest beauty recipes ever: slice a tomato in half, cover in sugar or salt, then use the piece of tomato as a scrubber to gently exfoliate your face.
  8. Pumpkin Foot Scrub- Pumpkins are just about in season, so this is the perfect time of year to treat your feet with a pumpkin food scrub! Organic Authority has a recipe that combines cooked pumpkin, brown sugar, coffee beans, olive oil, and lemon to make a moisturizing and invigorating scrub to soothe your winter tootsies. Smells awesome too!
  9. Soft Winter Hands- For many of us, our hands cant bear the cold, harsh weather. You can revitalize dry hands with a simple winter mixture that even helps if you suffer from eczema during these chilly months. A rich combination of Shea butter, avocado oil, and vitamin E, this mixture is sure to heal your hands this winter!

Next is DIY Hair Care:

  1. For All Hair Types- A raw egg isn't just for eating! The yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing, while the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils. To Use: For normal hair, use the entire egg to condition hair; use egg whites only to treat oily hair; use egg yolks only to moisturize dry, brittle hair. Use 1/2 cup of whichever egg mixture is appropriate for you and apply to clean, damp hair. If there isn’t enough egg to coat scalp and hair, use more as needed. Leave on for 20 minutes, rinse with cool water (to prevent egg from “cooking”) and shampoo hair. Whole egg and yolks-only treatments can be applied once a month; whites-only treatment can be applied every two weeks.
  2. For Dull Hair- Styling products (as well as air pollution) can leave a film that both pulls out moisture and dulls shine—but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage. To Use: Massage 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt into damp hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by cool water, then shampoo hair as you normally would. Treatment can be applied every other week. 
  3. For Itchy Scalp-To fight flakes, brought on by poor diet, stress and climate, among other factors—try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture in your hair. The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp of any loose, dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the newly exposed skin on your head. To Use: Mix 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp water, and massage into damp scalp. Let mixture sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every other week. 
  4. For Limp or Fine Hair- To add body to hair, reach for an unlikely beauty beverage: beer! The fermented drink contains generous supplies of yeast, which works to plump those tired tresses. To Use: Mix 1/2 cup flat beer (pour beer into a container and let it sit out for a couple of hours to deplete carbonation) with 1 tsp light oil (sunflower or canola) and a raw egg. Apply to clean, damp hair, let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Or add flat beer only to a spray bottle and spritz onto dry hair. When the liquid evaporates, the remaining protein residue (from the wheat, malt or hops) continues to strengthen and structure hair. Treatments can be applied every other week.
  5. For Dry or Heat Damaged Hair- So many different factors can contribute to heat damage. Whether it be hard water, sun overexposure, your trusty flat iron etc. —nature's sweetener can help: Honey! Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and locks in moisture. To Use: Massage approximately 1/2 cup honey into clean, damp hair, let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. You can also add 1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil to loosen the honey for easier application. For extremely damaged hair, try mixing honey with 1 to 2 Tbsp of a protein-rich ingredient, like avocado or egg yolk, which will help replenish the keratin protein bonds that heat rays attack. Treatment can be applied once a month.
  6. For Oily Hair- Used properly, cornmeal or cornstarch is an inexpensive way to remove oil and grease. To Use: Pour 1 Tbsp cornmeal or cornstarch into an empty salt or pepper shaker and sprinkle onto dry hair and scalp until you’ve used it all. After 10 minutes, use a paddle hairbrush to completely brush it out. Treatment can be applied every other day.
  7. For Frizzy Hair- Home beauty experts swear by avocado—and not just to repair damaged hair. Its oils (which are light and moist like our own natural skin secretions) and proteins boast the best combination of nutrients for smoothing and weighing down unruly hair. To Use: Mash up half an avocado and massage into clean, damp hair. Let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with water. Amp up moisturizing by combining mashed avocado with 1 to 2 Tbsp of a hydrating ingredient, like sour cream, egg yolks or mayonnaise. Another way to avoid frizz is to wash your hair with cool water. Cool water helps to seal the hair follicles. Treatment can be applied every two weeks.

Hope you found these Health and Beauty tips helpful. With winter quickly approaching, I'll definitely be doing these tips! What about you?

Until next time and as always...Thanks for checking out my blog: TwithTally!

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