DIY Beauty Products for Summer

I’m not sure about everyone else, but my summer sparkle is starting to dull a little. My hair is slightly crispy and my skin a little lackluster. These are true signs that I have been playing too hard at the pool, on the beach, and in the sun, and need to take a moment to replete myself. In effort to pamper myself without a trip to the spa, I’m opening up my kitchen to see what miracle cures there are hiding among my grocery items. I am hopeful that my sense of humor will kick in as I concoct away, and I come out of this pantry-beauty-party hydrated and repaired.

To best energize my skin, I’m going for an avocado mask. Avocado oil really boosts the moisture content and collagen in the skin, so it can be used everywhere on the body – sun exposed areas will benefit the most, as they have been especially robbed of their hydration. The salt is a great exfoliant, so rub this on, and let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing it off. If someone calls you guacamole face, that’s just part of the fun.

Go Green Face Scrub

Time: Under 2 minutes

Serves: one application

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup avocado
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Blend in a food processor for 20 seconds.

I love the look of a clean and sparkling smile, but the products and services to get them can really take away from my time that I’d rather spend outside. They can be full of artificial chemicals which don’t thrill me. Strawberries contain malic acid which is a safe and easy way to remove surface stains. As a matter of fact, lots of the commercial products out there contain malic acid as teeth whiteners. Make it yourself and look forward to sparkling results. Brush with this recipe once or twice a week and you can skip the long treatments and the cost!

Strawberry Tooth Sparkler

Time: Under 2 minutes

Serves: one application

INGREDIENTS

  • One strawberry
  • ¼ teaspoon Baking soda

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mash the strawberry until it is entirely broken down and then mix in the baking soda.

 

I know beer is for drinking and eggs are for eating, but they also make an amazing deep conditioner. Make sure the beer is non-carbonated by leaving it out for at least a couple of hours before using. If you are off to the beach, toss this recipe together when you get back and apply it to your tresses as you empty the car, hose off the kids, shake out the sand and empty the cooler. If you leave it on for 20 – 30 minutes, and then wash and condition as usual, you’ll have shiny and healthy hair that shows no sign of time in the sun.

Go Deep Homemade Conditioner

Time: Under 2 minutes

Serves: One application

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 8 oz flat beer

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix the eggs and beer to smooth texture.

 

Have fun, my fellow beauty scientists. Pamper yourself with your pantry. Don’t forget to take before and after photos, and coast through the rest of the summer restored and rehydrated!

Posted on: Aug 8, 2012

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