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Eggs are not only the perfect food, but they contain key ingredients for the perfect facial mask. The egg white draws the oils out, while the egg yolk moisturizes. And it’s really simple to make.
- 1 egg
- 3-4 drops of lemon juice
Separate the egg white and yolk into different bowls. If you have oily skin add 3-4 drops of lemon juice to the egg white, this will help drain excess oil. Skip the lemon juice if you dry skin (the lemon juice will irritate your skin). Spread the egg white gently and evenly over your clean face and neck. You can use your fingertips, cotton ball, rubber spatula or a facemask brush. Just be sure to stay clear of your eyes and mouth. Then just lie down and relax for 20-25 minutes to let the mask harden up. Rinse off the egg white with cold water. Next, use a fork to gently beat the egg yolk (like you would make scrambled eggs) and spread the egg yolk all over your face and neck in the same way you did the egg white. Then lie down again for another 20-25 minutes to let the mask harden, and rinse with cold water.
Make a tasty strawberry Teeth-Whitener
- 3-6 pieces of strawberries
- Cotton swab
Puree strawberries. Brush and floss teeth as usual. Apply strawberry paste to teeth with cotton swab. Leave the strawberry paste on for 10 minutes then rinse with water. Do this once or twice a week as a natural teeth-whitener.
Use aloe to create a soothing Cucumber & Aloe Eye Gel
- 1/4 large cucumber
- 1 oz aloe vera gel
Puree the cucumber in a blender, leaving a small amount of pulp. Strain the mixture into a glass bowl until you have at least 2 ounces. Spoon in a little pulp from the strainer, add aloe vera to the cucumber puree and mix lightly. Pour into a clean, sterilized container. After cleansing face, stir mixture gently and apply with a cotton ball to under eye area. Keep 5 days in refrigerator.
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For oily skin, try an oatmeal oil-control mask.
- 1/4 cup of oatmeal
- 1 egg white
Mix the egg white with oatmeal enough to create a creamy paste. Mix thoroughly and apply to face and neck liberally. Leave the mixture for 20 minutes and wash with tepid water. Do this as often as needed.
Cellulite got you down? Use those coffee grounds from this morning’s breakfast to create an anti-cellulite scrub.
- 1/2 cup brewed coffee grounds
- 1 tsp wine (I prefer white)
- 1 tsp tincture
- 2-3 drops of ginger extract
- 2-3 drops of seaweed extract
Simply mix the ingredients together and apply the mixture to your problem areas. You also add sea salt to the mixture for a softer scrub.
Olive oil isn’t just for salads. It’s also great for your nails. Every week, use a clean finger nail polish brush to add olive oil to your nails. Coat each nail thoroughly. Allow the oil to soak in a few minutes and then wash off the excess.
Why pay $90 or more for a “salt glow” at the spa when you can exfoliate your skin at home with this easy to use recipe?
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup cooking oil
- 4-5 drops of scented essential oil (your choice)
Simply mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight container to use whenever you want. Don’t be surprised if the salt and oil separate. Just stir them back together before you use the scrub. For a firmer, less runny scrub, try two parts salt to one part oil, and then add oil to reach the consistency you want. Do not use more than 4-5 drops of scented essential oil. Too much will irritate your skin. You can mix and match scented essential as you please. Try citrus and mint, ginger and lime, apricot and almond, or whatever sounds good to you.
Here are some sweet SUGAR SCRUB tips! Simply pick your scrub, mix the ingredients together and enjoy. These scrubs last on the counter for up to 2 months (or more) and smell good enough to eat… Actually, they are good enough to eat! But don’t.
Pumpkin Pie Scrub: 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil and 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spices (or just 1/2 tsp cinnamon).
Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub: 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup almond oil, 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil and 1 tsp real vanilla extract.
Lemon Hand Scrub (for after washing dishes): 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil, 15-20 drops (or more) of lemon or orange essential oil.
Vanilla Lavender Relaxing Facial Scrub: 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup almond oil, 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil, 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract and 15 drops lavender essential oil.
Good things come from the sea.
- 5 sheets of dried seaweed
- 1 tsp aloe vera gel
- 1 tsp honey
Grind seaweed into powder – you need about 1 tbsp of seaweed powder in all. Dump the seaweed powder into a small bowl and add 1 tbsp. lukewarm water. Mix with a fork, adding up to another tbsp. of lukewarm water, as needed, to achieve a thick, paste-like consistency. Add aloe vera gel, honey, or both, to the paste. Stir until well mixed. Add more water, if needed, to achieve the desired texture. You can also skip these ingredients entirely if you so desire, although the aloe helps heal any skin irritation you may have and the honey adds to the moisturizing effect of the mask and acts as a preservative. Apply the seaweed mask to your face, leave in place for up to 20 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry. Use this mask up to twice a week as part of your regular beauty routine.
Oily skin? Try a refreshing grapefruit and parsley facial mask.
- 4 tsp very fine oatmeal
- 3 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/2 large grapefruit
Grind the oatmeal with a food processor or clean coffee or spice grinder, if necessary. Mix the oatmeal with chopped fresh parsley in a bowl. Add the juice from half of a large grapefruit and mix until you have a soft paste. Let the mixture rest 5 minutes. Spread the soft mixture over your face and let it dry for about 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Use this facial mask once a week for oily skin.
As they say: When the world turns to lemons, make whiskey sours. But you can also use lemons to refresh your face and to help remove blotches from your skin. Simply cut a lemon into sections and rub a piece all over your face. Let the juice soak into skin for about 20 minutes and then wash your face with cool water. It will be like a smooth wind blowing over your face. If you’re in a hurry, keep it on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Holy guacamole! Here’s a simple recipe for an avocado hair that’s perfect for hydrating your hair and scalp while restoring shine and softness to dull hair.
- 1 small jar of mayonnaise
- 1/2 avocado
Mix all ingredients together and smooth the paste into your scalp and hair – be sure to work it into the ends. Cover your head with a shower cap or plastic wrap to seal in body heat and leave it on for 20 minutes. Then rinse.
Mix up a banana anti-aging mask.
- 2 tbsp. heavy cream
- 1 tbsp. oat flour
- 1 tbsp. honey
Mash a small banana and add heavy cream, oat flour and honey. Apply the anti-aging mask to the face and leave it for 30 minutes. For best results, apply the mask 3 times a week.
We all have Mayonnaise in the fridge, right? Here is a quick tip for moisturizing dry hair. Apply 1/2 cup of mayonnaise to your hair, work it in really well, cover your head with plastic wrap to seal in body heat, let it set for about 15 minutes, and then rinse. A word of caution: Do not substitute with mustard.