Monday, January 18, 2010
Pamper Yourself (and save money) With Home Made Beauty Treatments
Away Lines, Away!
Create a full-body exfoliant by pulverizing a handful of almonds, one orange peel and a cup of grapeseed oil in a blender. This antioxidant-rich cocktail blocks wrinkle-causing, collagen-degrading free radicals while fine granules slough flakes, leaving skin soft and supple. (from Self )
Soften Skin With a Wake Me Up Scrub
A skin-softening body scrub made from coffee grounds and aromatic plant essences is a traditional treatment that's used in Thai and Balinese spas. It is a wonderful way to start your day: makes you feel invigorated while softens your skin wonderfully!
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup pure turbinado sugar
15 drops peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita)
1/2 cup used coffee grounds from a freshly brewed pot
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and thoroughly blend. Transfer the scrub to a wide mouthed jar, and store in a cool place until ready to use. The scrub will keep for one to two weeks, longer if refrigerated.
( from Whole Living )
Avocado Mask for Dry Skin
¼ cup honey
Mash the avocado in a bowl, then stir in honey. Apply to skin and leave for 10 minutes, then rinse.
Old-Fashioned Bubble Bath
A truly pampering bubble bath that is perfect if your skin is a bit on the dry side.
½ cup mild liquid hand or body soap,
1 tablespoon sugar or honey,
1 egg white.
Combine and mix ingredients in a clean bowl. Pour the entire mixture under the running water as you draw your bath. Honey is a natural humectant, which will attract and retain moisture in your skin. The egg white helps create stronger, longer-lasting bubbles, for a nice, fluffy bath. For extra-dry skin, consider adding a tablespoon of light oil, such as almond or light sesame. ( from Real Simple )
Pamper Your Hair With Eggs
Eggs' high protein content helps improve hair's resilience and luster.
2 tablespoons coconut oil (rich in moisturizing fats), and
2 tablespoons sesame oil.
Whisk together and apply the mixture to dry hair. Wrap a hot, moist towel around your head. Relax for five to 10 minutes. Without wetting hair first, work in a handful of shampoo, and then rinse and condition your hair. (from Body and Soul )