Fresh Fruit Facial – Strawberries

Tested out a new DIY fresh fruit facial for a friend teaching an aromatherapy class!  I feel more pressure when I am sharing a recipe – and honestly, (sometimes working with fresh fruit can take a little work to get the right consistency), but this one worked.  Phewwww….

This fruit facial recipe is a great way to exfoliate and soothe your skin! Yogurt has natural anti-bacterial properties, and I use a thick, rich yogurt to blend with natural fruit acids.

Strawberry + Yogurt Facial:

  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 4-5 strawberries
  • 3-4 drops lemon essential oil

Yogurt – natural source of lactic acid, to smooth and exfoliate skin.

Grapeseed Oil – rich source of anti-oxidants

Strawberries – natural source of salicylic acid

Lemon essential oil– anti-bacterial and astringent

Blend all ingredients together until smooth.  I use a Magic Bullet, which does a great job blending, but any small blender will do.  Apply the fruit and yogurt facial to a freshly cleansed face, and leave on for 10 minutes.  You may feel a slight tingling from the fruit acids at work on your skin!  Cleanse thoroughly with a warm washcloth and apply sunscreen.

fresh aloe – amazing skin treatment

For my “mature” skin, there’s nothing like a fresh aloe treatment.  Whenever my skin looks inflamed or a little irritated, I apply a thin coat of fresh aloe in the evening before bed.  When I wake up, my skin feels cleaner, tighter and less inflamed!

Here are some reasons to give it a try:

  1. chemical-free!
  2. inexpensive
  3. easy to use
  4. great results

Amazing natural skin treatment

Pineapple/Papaya Enzyme Mask

DIY Pineapple/Papaya Enzyme Mask

This easy-to-blend mask has just a few simple ingredients.  I love using pineapple and papaya, which are both natural sources of enzymes.  This recipe is ideal for gentle exfoliation of dead skin cells and to give you a beautiful, natural glow!

  • 1/2 cup organic pineapple
  • 1/2 cup papaya
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • squeeze of fresh lime

Cleanse face with a warm washcloth. Apply this gentle enzyme mask and leave on skin for about 15-20 minutes.  Rinse to reveal soft, smooth skin!

 

Can’t get enough – natural salt baths ♥

Natural Salt Baths

When talking about the benefits of salts baths we’re always surprised by how many beauties aren’t taking salt baths on a regular basis. Does taking time to relax in a warm tub seem too decadent? Too sinful?
We think of mineral-rich salt baths as much more than a luxury! We use them as a part of our regimen to relax, de-stress, soothe sore muscles and condition our skin.The high mineral content (calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and more) helps us relax and makes a warm bath feel like a guilty pleasure, even when it’s not.
Reasons to consider a warm salt bath:
*Less calories than chocolate
*Less sugar than a glass of wine
*Less expensive than a massagePink Himalayan and Dead Sea salts are on sale at http://www.makeminebodycare.com this month. Any two salts $40, regularly $50.  Online only.

Banana + Papaya DIY Facial

Green Beauty Facial of the Week!

Banana + Papaya DIY Facial

3 simple ingredients=1 great DIY facial :) Gently exfoliate and moisturize with banana, papaya and yogurt. Papaya contains natural exfoliating enzymes and is great for skin any time of year.  All you need is 1 banana, 1/2 cup papaya, and 4 oz greek yogurt.

I love papaya in my winter DIY facial masks when my skin gets stubbornly dry to get rid of dead skin cells. It helps with my sun damage and age spots too. Both banana and yogurt are naturally moisturizing.  Give it a try!

Avocado and Kiwi Facial

My favorite winter skincare tip?  Exfoliate!  Even my Italian skin gets very dry in the winter, and the naturally-nourishing beauty oils I use are much more effective after I exfoliate dead skin cells.

Avocado + Kiwi + Blue Green Algae Face Mask

DIY fruit facials are a regular part of my green beauty routine.  Many different combinations are useful, but here’s one I am loving right now:

  • 1 kiwi
  • 2 tbsp ripe avocado
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp blue green algae
  • tiny squeeze of lemon juice (if your skin is sensitive or very dry, leave this out!)

This mask left my skin feeling felt tight and smooth…like I had just had a professional exfoliating treatment.  The kiwi has more vitamin C than an orange!  Vitamin C plays an important role in collagen production, and the natural fruit acids help me exfoliate. Avocados are a great source of Vitamin A, and Avocado.com says that avocado DIY facemasks not only moisturize but also have a deep cleansing effect, working to remove impurities and dead skin cells.

I used the pestle to crush the blue green algae supplements, which I added because it’s high in proteins and fatty acids to assist with skin cell turnover and repair. This mask is still wonderful without this ingredient but you should be able to find it where you buy your vitamins.

NOTE:  I found this mask extremely effective!  I immediately felt the tingling (exfoliating fruit acids at work) so I only left it on for @5-7 minutes. After I removed the mask with a warm washcloth, my skin was so soft and smooth – and yes, I had areas of redness (redness is not a negative for me, but a sign of success :) however, you may disagree so work with the ingredients to find your own exfoliation comfort level). I applied a thin layer of fresh aloe after my skin was dry.

 

Cranberry Yogurt DIY Facial

Cranberry Yogurt DIY Facial

Find recipe below!

Cranberry Yogurt DIY Facial

DIY Facial Ingredients - Yogurt with antioxidants

Antioxidant and Probiotic Facial

Today I made a DIY yogurt facial mask with Greek yogurt (a great source of skin-healthy zinc) plus two super-powered antioxidants: cranberry and pomegranate.

Here’s why I love this facial recipe:

Greek yogurt  – a great base for facials n the winter, when you need gentle exfoliation. Yogurt is packed with probiotics and is a great moisturizer for dry skin.

Cranberries – a good source of vitamin C and a natural anti-inflammatory.

Pomegranates – contain a super antioxidant called punicic acid, which helps the skin defend itself from free radicals, which can cause premature aging.

To make the mask, I juiced 1/2 cup each of cranberries and pomegranate seeds before adding them to the yogurt. After mixing the blend, Emily and I applied the mask and left it on for @25 minutes.  (Cleanse skin thoroughly with a warm washcloth first).

This masks leaves my skin soft and make my pores seem less noticeable. It’s an easy mask to make – give it a try!

Check out my slide show below to see the ingredients and how the mask looks on my model, Emily:

Cranberry Yogurt DIY Facial.

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Pumpkin Juice & diy Pumpkin Facial

What to do when you are housebound at Halloween?  Well, if you’re stranded but not truly impacted by a hurricane, here is a skin-sensational way to fill a few hours.

I’ve got a few pumpkins sitting around… not a fan of pumpkin pie etc., but I know pumpkins are a great source of beta-carotene, vitamins C, E and zinc – all very important components of any skin care regimen.

I started my pumpkin skin care regimen by juicing a pumpkin. I was a little scared of how it would taste, but I added some fresh cinnamon – yummm….and it was an easy way to add beta-carotene, vitamins C, B1, B2, B6, and E, potassium and magnesium to my diet!  All of those nutrients are important to the health of your skin. 

Then, I took the pumpkin pulp leftover from juicing and made a diy pumpkin facial mask packed powerful antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids – a great way to exfoliate and moisturize.

Yes, this facial is a bit time-consuming.  However…I am amazed every time I use this pumpkin facial mask recipe.

The exfoliating fruit acid enzymes in fresh pumpkin exfoliate dead skin cells and leave your skin glowing.

I add raw, organic manuka honey to my recipe – raw honey is antibacterial and a natural humectant (promotes the retention of moisture).

If you skin is very oily, you can add a tiny bit of lemon juice to the recipe.  Lemon juice is a natural astringent.

DIY Pumpkin Facial

1/4 cup fresh pumpkin

1 tbsp manuka honey (or any raw, organic honey)

1 tbsp milk

1 tsp sesame oil

1/2 tsp fresh aloe

Directions

Blend all ingredients together.  I used my Vita-mix to get a nice baby food consistency.  Apply pumpkin mask to face and neck. Avoid delicate areas of eyes and mouth.

Leave on for 15 -20 minutes.

Rinse and pat dry.

Leftover mask can be stored for a week in fridge. If you are pressed for time or pumpkins are out of season, you can use organic canned pumpkin in the recipe. Let me know if you give this diy pumpkin facial mask a try :)