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Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall DIY Skincare Recipes

Throughout history, women have been making their own handmade skincare products and pampering themselves from head to toe. Whether it's something simple like an oatmeal honey masque on a Saturday night in, or more involved such as a lip balm or face cream, crafting homemade recipes are not new. What's also not new though, is women who are so busy that they forget to take time for themselves in the way of a skincare ritual.
Did you know that pampering your skin can actually release important chemicals in your brain that help to relieve stress, anger, and unhappiness? These feel-good chemicals (endorphins) are the brain's natural pain-killer and can be 3 times more potent than morphine! You should take a few minutes at least a few times each week to do something special with your skin, and changing it up helps to keep it all fresh, fun, and exciting.

Here are some fresh ideas for skincare pampering that are in tune with the the seasonal change (autumn-inspired):

Honey Vanilla Face Cleanser
 Honey is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial making it perfect for using on the skin. Vanilla is comforting, warming, and using fresh vanilla beans give the added benefit of a gentle exfoliation.
1 Bottle Face Petals Cleanser
Vanilla Bean or Vanilla Extract

1. To keep this cleanser fresh and easily emulsified, keep a small bowl (with lid if possible) in your bathroom near your cleanser.
2. Add 2 Tablespoons of Honey and 1 scrape of your Vanilla Bean or a Teaspoon of Vanilla extract together and mix.
3. Pump a few squirts of the Face Petals Cleanser into your small bowl and add a few drops of your honey vanilla mixture.
4. Stir to incorporate.
5. Apply a tablespoon of this mixture to the face at the same time.
6. Massage into your skin and then rinse.
(Keep this fresh mixture by your sink with a lid on the bowl for a few days. When you need more just mix up another batch.)

Coco-Avo Eye Makeup Remover
Fresh avocados are filled with vitamins and nutritive oils. Using this as an eyemakeup remover keeps the area around the eyes soft and supple.
1 Avocado, pitted
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
Juice from 1/2 lemon
a few drops of Eyebright Overnight Serum

1. Mix all of your ingredients together in small bowl with lid.
2. Wipe a tablespoon of your mixture over the eye area, and follow with wiping mixture away with cotton pad or cotton ball.
Can be stored in the fridge (this is really nice when chilled) for a few days. Leftovers can also be used in a masque.

Aloe & Avocado Healthy Hair Masque
If you've spent your summer in the pool or out in the sun, this masque is wonderful for helping to revive dry or damaged hair with simple ingredients. Avocados are amazing for restoring dry hair back to health.
1 Avocado (pitted)
1 Tablespoon fresh Aloe
1/4 C. Masque (you can use a basic clay or one of our fine masques, Berries & Roots makes an amazing hair masque)
1/4 C. Coconut Water

1. After mixing up your masque mixture (1 part masque powder to 1 part liquid) add a mashed avocado and your fresh aloe vera and incorporate into the mixture.
2. Apply masque to entire hair shaft and leave in for 10 minutes. Rinse and shampoo as usual. 

Don't forget to add in some relaxing music, or enjoy spending time with friends while pampering each other. Kids love these ideas too! (I have 3 little girls, trust me!)

Have you done anything special to pamper your skin, hair, or body lately? Does this post make you want to?

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