• Spring Time Beauty Tips

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    It’s that time of the year, when you are more than ever concerned with body cleansing, detox, dieting, regenerating, and repairing… And there’s no better time to do this than this season, when nature comes back to life as the temperatures go up, and there’s an abundance of fresh ingredients to help you achieve your health goals.
    Regardless of your budget, there are countless natural ingredients that can be used in your beauty routine: herbs, fruits, veggies, fresh yogurt and honey. Look no further than your garden, farmers markets and your fridge when you start planning out your home beauty sessions.

    Here are a few tips and ideas for natural DYI beauty recipes that will help regenerate and brighten your skin from head to toe!

    1. Hand scrub for youthful hands
    Have you neglected your hands during those cold winter days? Give them a good moisturizing scrub to remove all dead skin cells and hydrate intensely to smooth out the lines. Mix one tablespoon brown sugar with half a tablespoon olive oil. Massage your hands with the mixture for 2 minutes then rinse well, dry hands and remove extra grease on a towel then apply a moisturizing cream. Olive oil regenerates, nourishes and hydrates while the sugar granules exfoliate thoroughly.

    Low budget version: use any vegetable oil at hand and any kind of granulated sugar available!

    2. Mask for dry skin
    If your skin is often dry and flaky in the cold season, and moisturizers just don’t work as well anymore, check your own kitchen for a few quick remedies. Mix 2 tablespoons of unpasteurized honey with two tablespoons of plain yogurt and one tablespoon of finely milled oats (use a coffee grinder or something similar). Apply the mix on the clean face and let it sit for 15 -20 minutes. Oatmeal soothes dry, irritated skin, honey hydrates and helps skin retain moisture while yogurt gently exfoliates with lactic acids.

    Low budget version: you can use honey alone when other ingredients are not available.

    3. Brighten your skin naturally 
    Lemon remains an amazing skin brightening ingredient which is easy to find and it’s not expensive at all. Squeeze the juice of one lemon, mix with freshly brewed, room-temperature green tea. Dab on the face with a cotton ball or pad.
    If you have dry skin, mix with a bit of honey to boost the moisturizing properties of this blend.

    Low budget version: only use the juice of half a lemon and dilute with water if it’s too strong for your skin.

    4. Hair mask for regeneration 

    First of all, if you have split ends, the sad truth is that nothing will mend them or miraculously erase the appearance of the hair, so your only solution is to trim the ends. But you can make sure your hair stays shiny, flexible and voluminous all the time. Mash half an avocado and mix well with one beaten egg and a tablespoon of olive oil. Apply to dry hair and leave on for 20-30 minutes then clean your hair as usual. All the precious oils and the fatty acids and proteins from these ingredients will help your hair regain its full body and shine. Where possible, switch to natural, sulfate-free shampoos.

    Low budget version: Use only the egg and optionally add the olive oil or a bit of honey.

    5. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate
    ….Not only your face, but your entire body. For allover body exfoliation with hydrating benefits, you can use the hand scrub recipe above or alternatively, try dry brushing. This technique is as simple as it sounds: grab a body brush with natural bristles and brush every part of your body with smooth, circular strokes (always moving towards the heart). It helps exfoliate dead skin cells thus allowing your moisturizing bath products to penetrate the skin easier. At the same time, it helps stimulate microcirculation and lymph drainage, supporting toxin removal.

    Low budget version: use a loofah instead of a body brush.

    • Hi,

      I just wanted to say thank you for posting the recipe for the facial mask. I’ve been using Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask recently (I bought it here), but find that it dries my face out a little. I’m thinking it might just be too soon to begin this kind of treatment because the air is still so dry where I live, and my skin tends to be on the dry side anyway. So, I’m going to try your recipe and see what happens. I’ll keep you posted! :)

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