Make Your Own Beauty Products

Simplifying beauty and skin care is easier than you think. With just a few simple ingredients from your kitchen, you can create products that are nearly as effective and better for the environment than their store shelf counterparts.  Keep in mind that these products are a simple alternative.  Some additives are really good for your skin such as antioxidants, essential oils and performance ingredients.

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  • Body Scrub

Many body scrubs, even the ones that claim to be sugar- or salt-based, actually contain beads made out of polyethylene, which is environmentally deplorable–not to mention the preservatives, fragrance, penetration enhancers, and sulfates that typically bulk up these products. Instead, try this recipe for an easy homemade body scrub.

 

 

Get a bowl and combine the following:

  • 1/4 cup of any oil (olive works best)
  • 1/8 cup coarse brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup salt
  • 1/8 cup essential oil (vanilla smells best)

HELPFUL TIP: If you have dry skin, a sunburn, or eczema, leave out the salt and double up the sugar and do not apply until those conditions clear up.  Do NOT use this on your face.

  • Perfume

Because fragrance is protected under trade secret laws, there is literally no way to know what is in that perfume or cologne you think of as your signature scent. But if a recent study is any indication, there are some things in there we shouldn’t be too happy about. Instead, try this recipe for a scent that is truly your own by combining essential oils that you like.  You can experiment and tweak as the seasons change:  lighter in summer and heavier in winter.

 

Get a small airtight container and add the following:

  • cedar
  • ylang ylang
  • vanilla
  • lavender
  • citrus oils
  • little bit of vodka

Do a test behind your ear of the mixture before you slather it everywhere.

 

Putting yogurt on your face can seem a little gross at first—but it can be a great skin-brightening, moisturizing mask on its own for sensitive skin. The lactic acid in the yogurt softens skin gently, and can be great for dehydrated and congested skin.

  • Combine the following
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • 1/2 cup non-instant oatmeal
  • Mix and apply
  • Leave on for 15 minutes
  • Rinse off

 

Source:  Stumbleupon Siobhan O’Connor 07/2014

 

 

 

 

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No More Excuses for Not Wearing Sunscreen!

A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that participants who did not use sunscreen daily showed 24% more skin aging that those that did.  Not only that but melanoma has been going up steadily every year since 1980.

So why aren’t you wearing sunscreen?  Here are the most common excuses:

  • Sunscreens Are Toxic.  True, some of chemical sunscreens contain some questionable ingredients such as Oxybenzone,  BUT there are always physical sunscreens which have no chemicals and contains ingredients such as Titanium Oxide which is gentle enough even for the most sensitive skin.
  • I’ll Become Vitamin Deficient.  Really!  Do you really think that you need that much Vitamin D and if you do there are many, many sources of it that don’t lead to melanoma.
  • Sunscreens Feel Sticky.  Not anymore.  The formulation of sunscreen has changed dramatically and do not contain heavy oils nor do they give you the white, chalky look!
  • Sunscreens Smell.  Physical sunscreens tend to be devoid of any smell.  Choose a sunscreen that is made for babies, or one that says its “fragrance – free”, and stay away from the ones that have fruit on the label.
  • They are Expensive.  Yes, there are expensive ones out there and I would be more selective of the sunscreen I use on my face, especially if one is prone to break outs or want anti aging ingredients in the sunscreen.  But there are plenty of good sunscreens on the market that meet all the criteria, are great for your body and have a reasonable price.

Even if you work indoors, keep in mind that you get a lot of sun exposure driving to and from work and at lunch.  Look around and you’ll be able to pick out the sun worshippers. Their skin looks dry, wrinkly, and leathery.  Is that how you really want to age?

Source:  RealSimple 06/2014

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For Those Who Think They Can Wax Themselves!

Yeah, so I just about pulled something in my neck laughing at this..I just had to share. (Facebook source)Bikini Wax Picture

My night began as any other normal weeknight. Come home, fix dinner, and play with the kids. I then had the thought that would ring painfully in my mind for the next few hours: ‘Maybe I should pull the waxing kit out of the medicine cabinet.’

So I headed to the site of my demise: the bathroom. It was one of those ‘cold wax’ kits. No melting a clump of hot wax, you just rub the strips together in your hand, they get warm and you peel them apart and press them to your leg (or wherever else) and you pull the hair right off.

No mess, no fuss.

How hard can it be?

I mean, I’m not a genius, but I am mechanically inclined enough to figure this out. (YA THINK!?!)

So I pull one of the thin strips out. Its two strips facing each other stuck together. Instead of rubbing them together, my genius kicks in so I get out the hair dryer and heat it to 1000 degrees. (‘Cold wax,’ yeah…right!)

I lay the strip across my thigh. Hold the skin around it tight and pull.

It works!

OK, so it wasn’t the best feeling, but it wasn’t too bad. I can do this! Hair removal no longer eludes me!

I am She-rah, fighter of all wayward body hair and maker of smooth skin extraordinaire.

With my next wax strip I move north after checking on the kids, I sneak back into the bathroom, for the ultimate hair fighting championship.

I drop my panties and place one foot on the toilet.

Using the same procedure, I apply the wax strip across the right side of my bikini line, covering the right half of my hoo-ha and stretching down to the inside of my butt cheek (it was a long strip) ..

I inhale deeply and brace myself…RRRRIIIPPP!!!!

I’m blind!!! Blinded from pain!!!!….OH MY GAWD!!!!!!!!!

Vision returning, I notice that I’ve only managed to pull off half the strip.

CRAP!

Another deep breath and RIPP!

Everything is spinning and spotted.

I think I may pass out…must stay conscious…must stay conscious.

Do I hear crashing drums???

Breathe, breathe…OK, back to normal.

I want to see my trophy – a wax covered strip, the one that has caused me so much pain, with my hairy pelt sticking to it. I want to revel in the glory that is my triumph over body hair. I hold up the strip!

There’s no hair on it.

Where is the hair???

WHERE IS THE WAX???

Slowly I ease my head down, foot still perched on the toilet. I see the hair. The hair that should be on the strip…it’s not! I touch. .. I am touching wax!!

I run my fingers over the most sensitive part of my body, which is now covered in cold wax and matted hair. Then I make the next BIG mistake…remember my foot is still propped upon the toilet? I know I need to do something. So I put my foot down.

Sealed shut! My butt is sealed shut. Sealed shut!

I penguin walk around the bathroom trying to figure out what to do and think to myself ‘Please don’t let me get the urge to poop. My head may pop off!’

What can I do to melt the wax?

Hot water!! Hot water melts wax!!

I’ll run the hottest water I can stand into the bathtub, get in, immerse the wax-covered bits and the wax should melt and I can gently wipe it off, right???

*WRONG!!!!!!!*

I get in the tub – the water is slightly hotter than that used to torture prisoners of war or sterilize surgical equipment – I sit.

Now, the only thing worse than having your nether regions glued together, is having them glued together and then glued to the bottom of the tub…in scalding hot water.

Which, by the way, doesn’t melt cold wax.

So, now I’m stuck to the bottom of the tub as though I had cemented myself to the porcelain!! God bless the man who had convinced me a few months ago to have a phone put in the bathroom!!!!!

I call my friend, thinking surely she has waxed before and has some secret of how to get me undone. It’s a very good conversation starter ‘So, my butt and hoo-ha are glued together to the bottom of the tub!’

There is a slight pause.

She doesn’t know any secret tricks for removal but she does try to hide her laughter from me. She wants to know exactly where the wax is located, ‘Are we talking cheeks or hole or hoo-ha?’

She’s laughing out loud by now…I can hear her. I give her the rundown and she suggests I call the number on the side of the box.

YEAH!!!!! Right!! I should be the joke of someone else’s night.

While we go through various solutions, I resort to trying to scrape the wax off with a razor. Nothing feels better than to have your girlie goodies covered in hot wax, glued shut, stuck to the tub in super hot water and then dry-shaving the sticky wax off!!

By now the brain is not working, dignity has taken a major hike and I’m pretty sure I’m going to need Post-Traumatic Stress counseling for this event.

My friend is still talking with me when I finally see my saving grace….the lotion they give you to remove the excess wax.

What do I really have to lose at this point? I rub some on and … OH MY GAWD!!!!!!! The scream probably woke the kids and scared the dickens out of my friend.

Its sooo painful, but I really don’t care.

‘IT WORKS!!

It works!!’ I get a hearty congratulation from my friend and she hangs up. I successfully remove the remainder of the wax and then notice to my grief and despair…?

THE HAIR IS STILL HERE…….ALL OF IT!

So I recklessly shave it off.

Heck, I’m numb by now.

Nothing hurts.
I could have amputated my own leg at this point.

Next week I’m going to try hair color……

Now share this one and give your friends a good laugh!

If you found this funny then you also need to read – Let Me Share My Spanx Story With You

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