November 25, 2009

12 DIY Beauty Recipes

the simplest sugar scrub

You might have time over the holiday weekend to take some time for yourself. Furthermore, you might need to. As wonderful as family holidays are, they can also drain your energy, and lots of rich food and booze can take their toll on your system. Take some time out to whip up one of these DIY beauty recipes and you’ll be sitting pretty. Happy holiday!

Detoxifying Bath Salts
¾ cup Epsom salts
¼ cup baking soda
4 drops of grapefruit essential oil (or scent of your choice)

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. One at a time, add drops of essential oil, stirring after each addition. Add salts to warm bath water.

Wake Me Up Scrub
from Body + Soul
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
15 drops peppermint essential oil
½ cup used coffee grounds from a freshly brewed pot

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and thoroughly blend. Transfer the scrub to a wide mouthed jar, and store in a cool place until ready to use. The scrub will keep for one to two weeks, longer if refrigerated.

Almond Orange Scrub
from Self
1 handful almonds
1 orange peel
1 cup grapeseed or olive oil

Blitz all ingredients in a blender or food processor for an antioxidant rich scrub.

Sweet and Spicy Sugar Scrub
adapted from Care2
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white granulated sugar
¾ cup almond, hazelnut, or coconut oil
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
2 teaspoons nutmeg

In a medium-sized bowl, combine all ingredient. Using a whisk, blend ingredients thoroughly, making sure to break up any lumps of brown sugar or spice.

Oatmeal Yogurt Mask For All Skin Types
1 tablespoon oatmeal, finely ground
1 tablespoon plain yogurt
a few drops of honey

Add the yogurt to the oatmeal in a small bowl and mix together. Warm a few drop of honey. To do this, warm a spoon under hot water for a minute, then add a few drops of honey to the spoon. Stir the honey into the yogurt and oatmeal mixture. Apply the mask to face. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with several splashes of warm water.

Green Papaya Brightening Mask For All Skin Types
from Body + Soul

½ cup unripe papaya, diced
1 teaspoon plain yogurt
1 teaspoon honey

Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Apply to clean skin and leave on 10 minutes. Rinse off using cool water and pat dry. Finish by applying a gentle moisturizer.

Avocado Mask for Dry Skin
½ avocado
¼ cup honey

Mash the avocado in a bowl, then stir in honey. Apply to skin and leave for 10 minutes, then rinse.

Banana Mask for Oily Skin
1 banana, preferably ripe (you can keep ripe bananas in the freezer. Let it thaw before using)
1 tbsp honey
an orange or a lemon

Mix the banana and honey together in a bowl. Add a few drops of juice from an orange or a lemon. Apply to face for 15 minutes, then rinse.

Classic Eye De-Puffer
2 chamomile tea bags or 2 slices cucumber

Make a cup of tea for you and a friend. Remove tea bags and place in refrigerator until chilled. Place cool tea bags on closed eyes for 10 minutes. Or put cucumber slices in fridge until chilled and place over closed eyes for 10 minutes.

Old-Fashioned Bubble Bath
from Real Simple
½ cup mild liquid hand or body soap
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
1 egg white

Mix ingredients together in a bowl and the entire mixture under running bath water as you draw your bath. Honey is a natural humectant, and the egg white helps create stronger, longer-lasting bubbles. For extra-dry skin, adda tablespoon of light oil, such as almond or light sesame.

Foaming Vanilla-Honey Bath
from Real Simple
1 cup light oil (almond, sunflower, or canola)
½ cup honey
½ cup mild liquid hand or body soap
1 tablespoon vanilla extract.

Mix ingredients together in a glass jar. To use, shake gently to remix and pour ¼ cup under running bath water.

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  • Alicia Kachmar: Ooooh perfect! I was just wondering the other day how you make bubble bath from simple ingredients. Some cute bottles and these would make great holiday presents.8 years ago

  • Karen: Thanks for posting these great beauty recipes. I love body scrubs, so I am sure to try those first, although a good facial mask might be in order too. Hmmm, so many choices to pamper! Have a happy holiday weekend!8 years ago

  • alliemarien: i love stuff like this. it just proves you don’t need any fancy bath and beauty products to have a spa day (or night) at home.8 years ago

  • Vanessa: I’m really interested in trying some of these… although there is also a part of me a little scared to put avocado, honey, banana, sugar, etc all over my face. I know there are probably scarier things in the soap I use… I guess it’s just because I haven’t done anything like this.. yet 🙂8 years ago

  • Maria: That old-fashioned bubble bath sounds divine. The idea of adding an egg white makes it something my grandma might have used.8 years ago

  • anne: What fun ideas! Love to whip one these up this weekend.8 years ago

  • Jessica: I only use all-natural skincare products (Karen, after reading what was in my soap I ditched it forever!), so I´m always on the lookout for new ideas.Thanks for the recipes!8 years ago

  • love,gidget: this is so great! thanks for sharing!!8 years ago

  • Kristin: I just made an oatmeal, honey, yogurt and blueberry mask and my face felt wonderful. Thought I just made it up, but I guess I’m not so crafty afterall. Can’t wait to try the olive oil treatment.8 years ago

  • It’s very crafty indeed and sounds wonderful for your skin, not to mention a tasty breakfast!8 years ago

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