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Summer Beauty Secrets

Posted by on Thu, June 30th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

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With Summer in full swing, it’s important to look and feel your best so you’re ready to take on the sun each day.  CollegeFashion.net has compiled a list of some inexpensive and all-natural do-it-yourself beauty treatments that can keep you looking your best all Summer long.

For the Face

It is recommended to use a face mask once a week to revitalize your skin.  However, it is important that you are using a mask that is right for your skin type.

For oily or acne-prone skin, use a mask that will help soothe the skin. Take one ripe banana and blend it with 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Leave on for 15 minutes.

If you have dry skin, mix half of a mashed avocado with 1/4 cup of honey for a moisturizing face mask. Leave it on for 10 minutes.

To tighten your skin and shrink your pores, take sliced strawberries, grapes, and cucumbers, and rub the slices over a freshly washed face.  If your skin is oily, use sliced lemons to help reduce shininess.

For a simple exfoliator, blend 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 1/2 cup of sugar. This is a perfect scrub for the face, because it gets rid of dead skin cells and re-hydrates the skin at the same time. You should use this 1 to 3 times a week depending on how sensitive your skin is.

For the Body

“Have some milk in your fridge that’s about to expire? Add it to a bath along with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil. Milk is a natural moisturizer that can do wonders for your skin and the olive oil will make skin super soft.”

To exfoliate your body, try a salt scrub.  Combine 1 cup of salt with 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil. Add a few drops of your favorite scented essential oil or get creative by adding the zest of an orange or lemon for a fresh and citrus-infused smell.

With the Summer heat comes the dreaded sunburn.  Take a quart of cool water and add a tablespoon of baking soda.  Use a washcloth and apply it to the affected areas.  You can also help prevent peeling by applying vinegar to your skin.

For the Hair

For an easy and natural conditioner, blend 1/4 cup of plain yogurt, 1/4 cup of mayonnaise and the whites from one egg. Cover your hair with the mixture (run a wide tooth comb through your hair to make sure it’s evenly dispersed) and leave in for 30 minutes before rinsing it out. This will reverse dry and damaged hair.

To get rid of the product build-up on your roots, mix a small amount of baking soda with your shampoo.  This will clarify your hair and can make it more manageable over time.

Want to lighten your hair for the summer, but don’t want to spend a fortune at the salon?  Dilute 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice with 1/4 cup of water. Put the mixture in your hair and let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour. If you can, sit outside in the sun to help lighten the hair.  For a redder tone, use apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice.

And now you’re ready to take on the Summer!

Do you have a DIY beauty tip?

~TSGal

Beauty from Scratch

Posted by on Thu, May 19th, 2011 at 10:00 am
When it comes to my skin, I only like to use healthy and natural products.  I found a great website, GOOD, that teaches you how to make your own beauty products from scratch.  I loved these ideas because it not only makes the products affordable, you actually know every ingredient that you are putting on ... Read More »