Archive: DIY Beauty

Summer Skin Secrets: How to look good naturally

These days, many people rely on facelifts to get rid of lines and wrinkles or microdermabrasion to perfect their complexion. Both surgical and non-surgical treatments are widely available, but there are other ways to get a radiant glow – naturally.

Make your own facemask
With so many lotions and potions lining the shelves it can be easy to spend a fortune on expensive beauty products. This can leave you short of pocket, however, so why not whip up your own organic facemasks instead and invite your friends round for a pamper session? There are many recipes you can try, but the mashed banana and oat variety will soften and exfoliate your skin at the same time.

Raid your kitchen cupboards
If you’re looking for a long-lasting moisturiser than will nourish and condition your skin, olive oil is ideal. It’s used throughout the world to combat spots, stretch marks and frown lines, so raid your kitchen cupboards and see what you can find. If you don’t have any oil, butter is a great alternative for dry or flaky skin but you might have to warm it up slightly before applying. Combine it with sugar, salt of baking powder for a natural exfoliating product and you’ll feel great it no time!

Use tea to combat puffiness
Most of us enjoy a hot brew in the morning, but did you know tea is also good for your eyes? That’s right, refrigerated tea bags are thought to cool and soothe the skin and are believed to get rid of any puffiness you may be experiencing. The tannin in black tea is said to drain excess fluid while the anti-inflammatory properties of camomile can leave you fresh faced, so it’s worth experimenting if you have the time. Hate tea? Then a few slices of cucumber can work just as well.

Stay out of the sun
With summer rapidly approaching, many people will head outside in the hope of getting a tan. Sure, a bit of colour can be attractive, but it’s essential to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays. You don’t want to end up with lines, wrinkles or even skin cancer when you’re older so whack on some cream with a high SPF factor and cover up when possible. If you want to improve your pale complexion without putting yourself at risk, simply mix loose mineral powder with organic sun cream and rub it over your face.

As the warm spell gets nearer, many people will opt for liposuction or a breast enlargement to improve the chest area, but you’ll have the secrets to look good naturally.

Easy DIY Beauty Gifts from Self Magazine!

Gifts by you = more love, less spending!
How long is your ‘nice’ list this year? We bet you’re all for showing your friends and family how much you love them around the holidays, but who really has the money for that? Specially for the beauty product junkie on your list, simply whip up these at-home treatments for fruity lip-gloss, candy cane bath salts and more. Grab a bowl and mix ‘em together with basic ingredients that are most likely in your home right now.

Check out these great DIY recipes and more great holiday ideas at www.self.com 

 

SELF Magazine DIY Holiday Beauty

Pom Lip Gloss
We seriously had to resist eating this fruity gloss, and the crimson tint lasts longer than some store-bought stains. The perfect gift for cubemates.

• 1/2 cup petroleum jelly
• 1 scoop or 2 packets Natural Cherry Pomegranate Crystal Light
• 3 or 4 small jars or tins with lids

Mix petroleum jelly and Crystal Light in a bowl, adding 1 tsp water a few drops at a time, until gloss turns berry red. Use a spatula to smooth the formula into jars.

 

Candy Cane Bath Salts
Win over his mom with this sweet calorie-free treat.• 2 cups Epsom salts
• 1 cup sea salt
• 4 or 5 drops peppermint essential oil
• 4 or 5 drops red food coloring
• 1 apothecary jarIn a bowl, combine salts and oil. Spoon out half into another bowl; stir in food coloring until salt turns red. (Don’t worry, it won’t dye skin or tub.) Scoop a layer of white salt into jar. Smooth along the diagonal, then repeat with red salt until jar is full and looks like a candy cane. Tie on a scoop—you’ll use about 1/4 cup per bath—with a ribbon, if desired.

Peppermint Foot Scrub
For the stiletto addict on your list. Both salicylic acid (in the berries) and sugar exfoliate; oils soften; peppermint stimulates—like caffeine for feet!

• 4 strawberries
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 2 tbsp vegetable oil
• 8 drops peppermint essential oil
• 1 decorative jar

Make this the night before gifting it—it’s perishable after 2 weeks because of the fresh fruit. In a bowl, puree or mash berries, then add sugar and olive and vegetable oils. Mix until well blended. Add peppermint oil 2 drops at a time until scrub smells minty. Spoon into jar, then stash in the fridge. Write the expiration date on a card.

Vanilla-Clove Body-Oil Spray
Turn single pals into man magnets with this prezzie: Vanilla stirs up feelings of intimacy, experts say. And the oil makes skin silky.

• 1/2 cup walnut, almond or jojoba oil
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 5 drops clove oil
• 1 small spray bottle

It doesn’t get easier than this: Pour ingredients into a spray bottle, shake and you’re ready to mist.

 

Recipes developed by Erika Katz, author of Bonding Over Beauty

Fun Thanksgiving DIY Beauty Recipes by Erica Katz.

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, there’s no doubt that we all love to indulge in our favorite foods and enjoy our time off with the ones we love. All of you food lovers out there can agree that one of the greatest perks of this holiday is the overwhelming amount of leftovers in your fridge that will keep you full for weeks to come! Even then, you may still find yourself with more food than you can handle. So what to do with it all? Time to beautify!

Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of Bonding over Beauty, has created some fun & easy DIY recipes that will turn your holiday extras into an at-home spa day for you and your loved ones!

Pumpkin Facial Mask
This recipe is full of exfoliating enzymes that will brighten your skin, giving you a healthy, refreshed glow. Pumpkin is also rich in vitamin A, which can help heal skin and repair damaged tissue. The antioxidant properties of the vitamin A will also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

❑ 2 tsp canned pureed pumpkin
❑ 1/2 tsp honey
❑ 1/4 tsp heavy
whipping cream

To Make: Mix all ingredients together and apply to face. Leave on for 10
minutes then rinse thoroughly. You’ll love the results!

Clementine Hand Scrub
Skin often gets dry and brittle from the cold winter so I make a gentle orange hand scrub. Oranges are rich in vitamin C and Alpha Hydroxy acids and help to remove the dead skin. The honey and olive oil help moisturize the skin. The baking soda acts as a gentle exfoliant.

❑ 1 tbs clementine juice
❑ 1 tbs honey
❑ 1 tbs sugar
❑ 1 tbs olive oil

To make: Mix together all ingredients.
and then gently wash your hands with the
scrub. You won’t believe the difference!

Cranberry Mask
Cranberry juice helps detoxify the skin and is particularly useful for those who are acne-prone or suffer from psoriasis or have oily skin. In addition cranberries help reduce skin inflammation, redness, and itchy, irritated skin.

❑ 1 cup fresh cranberries
❑ 1 cup seedless red grapes
❑ 2 teaspoons grapefruit juice
❑ 1 envelope unflavored gelatin

To Make: Mix ingredients until it becomes a paste. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes to let the mixture thicken. Remove from the fridge and let sit for about 10 minutes.

Banana Cream Pie Mask
With all that leftover pie, why not use it to soften your skin? Fight against dry skin and cold winter air with this cool facial mask.

❑ 1 mashed banana
❑ flour
❑ 3 tbs. heavy cream
❑ 1.5 tbs. dark honey
❑ 1.5 tbs. white flour

To make: Mix all the ingredients and put
into a pretty jar. Apply to face and love the results!


How To Winterize Your Beauty Routine.

Hope you had a lovely weekend! Cold winter weather can have damaging and negative effects on skin, making it important to “winterize” your regular beauty routine to avoid dry, chapped, flaky skin. Author, blogger and “DIY” beauty expert Erika Katz (author of Bonding Over Beauty -more information on Erika below) would like to share with you her favorite beauty tips for gorgeous winter weather skin. Here they are, below!

  • Exfoliate skin once per week with an exfoliating sugar scrub. Click here to see how to make it. For dry hands, rub a rich moisturizer all over (Erika recommends Shea Butter creams) then wrap your hands in a warm wet wash cloth. The heat will help hands retain the moisture. You can also wear gloves. This is great when you are watching TV.
  • Before bed, use a rich night cream with an oil base. In the winter we need creams with oil not water. Water freezes on the skin and does not give it the proper moisture. Each day after the shower before skin is dry, rub baby oil all over your body to seal in moisture.
  • For feet, rub moisturizer on dry feet, then put on warm sock. You can warm your socks in the dryer or microwave.
  • For chapped lips, brush lips with a toothbrush to remove dead skin. Then, rub lips with vitamin e oil. If you have A&D ointment left over from the baby, which is actually great for chapped lips too.