Thursday, November 14, 2013

Skinny Tips: Coconut Hair Mask DIY

Anyone else noticing these erratic weather changes? Out here in LA, it’s been hot one minute, cold the next. Changes in the weather can mean dry skin, redness, and dry hair! Now that it’s cooling down significantly, your hair might start to dry out a bit.  So when we came across this simple, easy, and inexpensive Coconut Hair Mask DIY we just had to pass it along! Join us in keeping our locks silky smooth through every weather change without breaking the bank!
coconut hair mask diy

 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 teaspoon honey (organic, if available)

Plastic squeeze bottle

shower cap or plastic grocery bag

 

Instructions:

In a small microwave safe bowl, combine coconut oil and honey. Microwave for 30-45 seconds, until coconut oil is liquid and mixture is warm. Stir together until well incorporated (there will still be some separation between the honey and oil). If desired, pour coconut oil mixture into a plastic squeeze bottle.

 

Over a sink, massage oil mixture into hair, starting at the ends and working up towards the scalp. After hair is evenly coated, wrap hair on top of your head and secure with a clip or hair tie, then cover with shower cap or plastic grocery bag. Let the mask sit on your hair for 10-15 minutes.

 

Thoroughly rinse out oil and shampoo as usual, taking extra care to wash out all remaining oil.

 

Source: The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Skinny Tips: Strawberry Solutions

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Strawberries are not only deliciously juicy, but they are also wonderful for your skin and hair! Strawberries are full of alpha-hydroxy acids, which helps us slough off dead cells so that new, youthful skin is revealed. These wonderful berries can be used topically to help treat burns and other skin irritations due to their astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, strawberries were used by ancient Egyptians to treat acne. They are rich in salicylic acid; an ingredient found in many commercial acne creams, thus making them a great natural alternative to add into your skincare routine. Strawberries also help to tone the skin, lighten any pigmentation problems, and keep the skin smooth and supple!

 

Basically, stawberries are amazing!  Which is why we were so excited when we stumbled across these three DIY beauty tips involving strawberries.  So, the next time you have a few overripe strawberries in your refrigerator; don’t throw them away! Instead, use them in one (or all) of these at-home beauty tricks…

 

STRAWBERRY SUGAR SCRUB

Place 2/3 cup of sugar in a bowl and using a fork, thoroughly mix in 1 large strawberry. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil.

 

Massage the strawberry scrub into any dry areas, leave for 1 or 2 minutes and rinse.

 

FOR THOSE TIRED EYES

Just place a few strawberry slices under your eyes and relax for 10 minutes.  It will soothe tired eyes!

 

STRAWBERRY HAIR MASK

You can even give your hair extra shine with a strawberry hair conditioning mask.

 

Simply mash up 6 to 8 strawberries and a tablespoon of mayonnaise together in a bowl.

 

Shampoo your hair as usual. After rinsing, work the strawberry mask through and cover it with a plastic wrap and top it with a warm towel. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse well.

 

Source: Holistic Beauty

 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Exfoliant Moisturizing Mask

With so many products on the market, advertising a lot of the same things, it can be overwhelming to commit to just ONE cleanser, ONE serum, or ONE mask. That’s why we love making amazing products out of the comfort of our own home. We love a mask that exfoliates while it moisturizes and at the same time (being inexpensive and easy to make doesn’t hurt either!) Check out this DIY Exfoliant Moisturizing Mask that you can make tonight at home. Just follow the simple instructions using ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now!  Go ahead and give it a try and watch your skin glow…

 

diy exfoliant mask avocado lemon

 

Ingredients:

¼ of an avocado (mashed with fork)
1 slice of lemon (squeezed juice)
½ tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of honey
3 to 5 drops of your favorite SkinOwl Argan Infusion Oil (optional)

 

Directions:

Use fork or spoon to mix ingredients in a bowl. So simple!
Before you apply, take a warm wet towel and hold over your washed face for 2-3 minutes. This will open up your pores.
Use your fingers or a synthetic foundation brush to apply. The mask may drip, so be sure to have a shirt that you can wash.

 

Relax for 10-15 minutes. Wash well with warm water. Apply moisturizer.

 

Source: The Chalkboard

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Green-Papaya Brightening Mask

With summer coming our way, we couldn’t help but work on our glow a few months before the season hits. This brightening mask exfoliates and stimulates circulation to the face, resulting in a warm, rosy glow. Sounds good to us!

Here’s why it works: Unripe papaya contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids and high levels of papain, an enzyme that helps dissolve dead skin cells. Yogurt adds lactic acid (another alpha-hydroxy) and gives the mask a creamy texture, and honey helps skin retain moisture. When left on, the mask should tingle slightly; if you have sensitive skin or prefer a gentler exfoliation, use ripe papaya, which has less papain in it.

papaya skin brightening mask

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup unripe papaya, diced
1 teaspoon plain yogurt
1 teaspoon honey

 

Instructions:

Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Apply to clean skin using fingers; leave on for 8 to 10 minutes. Rinse off using cool water and pat dry. Finish by applying a gentle moisturizer.

 

Source: Martha Stewart

 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Oatmeal Mask

Oatmeal has so many natural benefits!  It has been known to clear clogged pores AND act as a serious anti-inflammatory.   Onions also have a lot of natural healing power, like reducing acne scars.  So we couldn’t resist sharing this DIY Mask because it has both of these powerful natural elements in it, PLUS it is easy and inexpensive to make which is always a major bonus!  Check it out…

 

diy oatmeal mask

 

Yield: Approximately 8 applications

 

Ingredients:

1 ounce purified mineral water
3 tablespoons plain organic oatmeal
1 medium onion, peeled

 
Instructions:
Boil water and pour over oatmeal, letting steep for five minutes.
Finely grind onion in a food processor, making a smooth puree. Add to the oatmeal while still warm.
If the mask is not thick enough, add some honey or green clay until the mask is thick enough to sit comfortably on your face.

 

The solution will stay fresh for one week in the refrigerator.

 

Source: The Daily Green

Monday, April 8, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Nourishing Hair Mask

Our whole body can reap the benefits of protein, even our hair!  A protein-rich mask helps to strengthen hair.  Which is why we couldn’t resist sharing this super simple DIY hair mask that you can make with items that you probably have sitting around your kitchen right now! A great remedy for dry hair or product build up!
nourishing hair mask yogurt

Ingredients:

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 egg

 

Instructions:

In a medium-sized bowl, thoroughly combine all ingredients.  Apply the mixture to a clean scalp. Leave the mask on for about 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.

 

Source:  Whole Living

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Cucumber Mint Facial Mask Recipe

What’s in a Cucumber? A lot!

 

Cucumbers naturally stay 20 degrees cooler than their environment (hence the term “cool as a cucumber.”) It helps to draw heat out of the skin and has a calming effect. When blended with mint and aloe, this mask becomes a perfect post-sun treat for any skin condition (especially sensitive.) It’s a cinch to make at home and is gentle enough for “junior” spa-lovers to enjoy as well. We recommend applying this mask all the way down the decollete!

 

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Cucumber Mint Mask

¼ cup cucumber, shredded with skin

¼ cup minced fresh mint leaves

½ cup aloe (the real deal, not the fluorescent green stuff)

4 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops chamomile essential oil

  1. Place all ingredients into blender or food processor and blend until reaching a smooth consitency.
  2. Remove cucumber mint puree and place in a small bowl.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  4. Apply mask to clean, damp skin and leave on for at least 15-20 minutes.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with cool water and apply serum or moisturizer of choice.

Recipe Source: Bien-etre