Body, Hair, and Face Hacks

Who says life hacks can’t be for your body, face, and hair? I’m gonna show you how to give yourself a FULL-BODY SPA TREATMENT, or simple life hacks for the body and soul, using items you already have at home! You can do these on your own or with the girls for Ladies Night In! I don’t recommend combining all of these treatments at the same time and all in the same hour because I don’t know how mixing some of these ingredients will effect your skin, but if you don’t have much time, try doing at least a few now, and a few later. Without further ado, we’ll start with the face:

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Face: D.I.Y. Facial Masks:

Cinnamon Honey Mask: My personal favorite homemade mask is the cinnamon-honey mask for acne. This sweet mixture brightens and softens and smooths the face, lightens dark spots, soothes breakouts, reduces acne by targeting bacteria, and turns into a light exfoliator when rinsing off! Not to mention that the removal of dead skin cells and removal of surface dirt, and that oh so amazing smell when you have it on! Be sure to use *all natural* honey and cinnamon, and not the processed kind! I make a small jar of this and leave it in the counter, but for a one-time  Sprinkle about 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon onto the palm of your hand. Add a bit of honey — about 1/ 4 teaspoon — and mix into a paste. Lightly rub onto entire face except the eyes. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and rinse with warm water, scrubbing in VERY GENTLE  circular motions or leave it on overnight and rinse it in the morning.

Avocado Face Mask: This classic recipe for dry skin involves only 2 ingredients, avocados and honey which are particularly moisturizing. This mask works well on mature, wrinkled and dry skin. It’s best to use a ripe, fresh, organic avocado. Make sure to mash it up into a creamy pulp. You’ll need ½ very ripe, soft avocado and ¼ cup honey. First, you mash the avocado in a bowl, then stir in honey. Apply to skin and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse face with a cool washcloth afterwards.

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Eyes: D.I.Y. Eye Cream

Shea butter and Avocado Oil Eye Treatment: Shea butter naturally hydrates the skin and has anti-inflammatory benefits, and can help with stretch marks, scars, wrinkles, etc., and not only is avocado oil a natural source of Vitamins A, D and E, it’s easily absorbed into the skin, contains cell promoting potassium, supports elasticity in the skin, and is one of the most moisturizing fruit oils there are out there! It is a perfect oil for super dry skin, and you can even rub it on dry elbows or feet by itself or mix with shea butter for added benefits. Both avocado oil and shea butter are known for their hydrating and moisturizing properties, making it the perfect marriage of ingredients for the delicate under eye area.  Be sure to purchase all NATURAL products at a health food store in the beauty section! The Shea butter should say “100 Pure Shea Butter,” so make sure you read the back label before you purchase.  You want to make sure the only ingredient listed is “Shea butter.” Here’s how to do this treatment: Take a few drop of avocado oil and gently massage under each eye until fully absorbed. Finish by applying a thin layer of shea butter on top.  Gently massage into your skin until absorbed.

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Lips: D.I.Y. Lip Treatments

There are many different recipes for diverse pout problems, so here are a few recipes!

To exfoliate: create a mixture of brown sugar and water and rub it into the lips until they begin to feel soft.

To treat overnight: combine olive oil and honey and apply to lips before bed to wake up soft and smooth!

To cure cracked lips: cut a cucumber into slices and hold on lips, allowing the water in the cucumber to soothe and replenish cracked lips.

To alleviate burning: create a salt water mixture and create a compress for your lips. Lay with the compress on your lips for 20 minutes then dry and apply Vaseline.

 

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Nose/blackheads D.I.Y. Treatment

Okay so you probably won’t find this one in your kitchen unless someone decided to randomly put it there, but the best HOMEMADE blackhead remover I’ve ever done was by using Elmer’s Non-toxic Liquid Glue. Funny, huh? Considering putting glue on your face? Well, it works!! And I had amazing results with it, and it’s safe for your skin since it’s “non-toxic.” Here’s what you do: Take the Elmers Glue and apply a THICK coat on your nose, or a certain area on your nose. I would Suggest using a cotton swab, cotton ball, or a tissue to apply the glue on your nose without getting your fingers to messy. Let it dry for 30 minutes or until the glue is completely dry. (DON’T TOUCH THE LIQID WHILE ITS DRYING!) Then, peel off the dry glue, and your blackheads will be gently lifted out with the glue! Viola!


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Teeth D.I.Y. Treatment

For a whiter, brighter smile, most people online swear by the “homemade toothpaste” recipe, which contains 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda, 2 teaspoons Hydrogen Peroxide, and 1 teaspoon Peppermint extract (optional for flavor). You’ll need a PLASTIC container to store the toothpaste in. (The mix will erode anything with paint on it). Put the baking soda and peroxide in the container. Add the extract. Stir the ingredients together. It will make a smooth, slightly liquid paste. To use, dip your toothbrush in the paste and brush your teeth like usual. You can also run your toothbrush under the water before dipping it in the paste. After you brush your teeth with the paste, brush your teeth and tongue with just water to get all the baking soda off everything. Make sure to rinse your mouth out really well to get rid of all the baking soda bits. Then light up the world with those pearly whites!!!

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Hair D.I.Y. Treatments

For hair to grow longer: Many people swear by the Olive Oil treatments. Heat 2-4 tablespoons of olive oil, and apply it all over your head. Tilt your head upside down for 4 minutes, and then leave it in for 2 hours (cover with a scarf or T-shirt). When the 2 hours are up, wash your hair with shampoo (try not to use conditioner) and let your hair air/towel dry. do this once a day for a week. The girl who invented this method said her hair grew a couple inches that first few weeks!

For dry or damaged hair: I’ve heard a lot about people using honey for dry hair. Honey works as a natural humectant, which locks in moisture. Massage approximately 1/2 cup honey into clean, damp hair, let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. You can also add 1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil to loosen the honey for easier application. For extremely sun-damaged hair, trying mixing honey with 1 to 2 Tbsp of a protein-rich ingredient, like avocado or egg yolk, which will help replenish the keratin protein bonds that UV rays attack. Treatment can be applied once a month.

For oily hair: Instead of paying big bucks for that fancy dry shampoo, you can make your own at home! Pour 1 Tbsp cornmeal or cornstarch into an empty salt or pepper shaker and sprinkle onto dry hair and scalp until you’ve used it all. After 10 minutes, use a paddle hairbrush to completely brush it out. Treatment can be applied every other day.

To relax or tame frizzy hair: This method of hair relaxing has actually been used by women throughout Asia for centuries.  It is all natural and should leave your hair softer and silkier than before.  All you have to do is mix the juice of a lime with about half a cup of coconut milk. (“You put de’ lime in de’ coconut” song ! LOL) Let the solution sit for a few hours until a foam forms on top of the bowl.  Scoop off that foam and apply it to your hair.  Let it for a few hours and then wash your hair.  This also works as a natural relaxer for hair!

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Stomach/torso D.I.Y. Body Wraps

One of our bloggers and supermodels, Karri Lauritzen, suggested a new type of body wrap that you can do from home, using makeup remover and plastic wrap! A popular makeup remover called Albolene was originally created to cleanse facial pores and moisturize the skin. Well it also has another benefit! It can unclog pores on the surface of other problematic areas such as legs, thighs, stomach, arms, and more, and rid the body of excess water weight and toxins on the surface of the skin. This occurs when used as a body wrap. Take a generous amount of Albolene and rub it into the problem area, wrap the area with plastic wrap, then continue on with your normal daily activities! Go for a walk, take a nap, or hit the gym for an hour while you sweat away the excess water on the surface of your skin! The covered area will sweat and the skin will appear slimmer, smoother, firmer, and softer when you remove the plastic wrap! You can leave the Albolene covered area wrapped for one to eight hours. Greater results occur when used during a workout. Albolene is super cheap (like $5 to $10) and can be found at almost any drug store in the makeup remover section. YouTube videos will demonstrate how to do this and will show you the amazing unbelievable results!

Here’s another one if you don’t have makeup remover: All you need is lotion (it’s best if it contains something from the ocean: seaweed, kelp, mud, but any works), plastic wrap, and a long wrapping bandage! You can lose up to 5 inches overnight with this wrap! Here’s what you do: Apply a thick layer of lotion to the area you want to target. {Don’t rub it in completely!} You can do it on your stomach, your thighs, your upper arms, wherever your “trouble spots” are. Cover with plastic wrap {not too tight where you can’t move that area}. Then secure the wrap with the bandage. Yes you will look like a mummy, but once you take it off, the results are stunning! Sleep on this overnight or leave on for 4-5 hours. Remove everything and shower, then gloat to all your friends about your new slim figure!!!

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Nails D.I.Y. Treatment

I realized after eating a lot of oranges and grapefruit that I always had long, strong, beautiful nails, as opposed to the times we didn’t have any, and my nails would crack, split and break! So I personally recommend this one. All you need is a citrus fruit. It can be an orange, a grapefruit, a lemon, or lime. First, cut the fruit in half. Put one half in the fridge for later (of you may eat it if you want). Make sure there are no cuts or hangnails in your fingers first, because this will probably sting a little. Next, stick your fingertips from one hand into the fruit (full nails should be inside the fruit) and let them soak for 10-15 minutes. You can also squeeze the fruit’s juice into a bowl and soak your fingers in that; either way works fine. You can do this while your favorite TV show is on, or while reading a magazine, etc. After 15 minutes, rinse hand and repeat with the other hand. When finished, place the fruit in a Ziploc baggie and put in fridge for later use (you can do this every other day for long, strong nails). Be sure to label the used fruit so no one thinks it’s edible!

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Hand D.I.Y. Treatments:

Sugar Scrub with Honey Hand Wrap: Soothe itchy, dry, winter-chapped hands with these richly emollient hand wrap. For this recipe you’ll need: 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/8 cup honey. Mix olive oil and sugar to form a paste. Massage over hands to lightly exfoliate; then rinse with warm water. Warm honey in microwave and apply to hands (be careful — don’t let it get too hot!). Wrap hands with plastic wrap, and relax for 30 minutes. Unwrap hands and rinse with light soap. Enjoy your now soft, radiant, moist hands!

Homemade Lemon Sugar *Hand* Scrub: I have to say I love this mix and use it all the time. Begin my mixing 2 1/2 Cups of Sugar with 1 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add in 4 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice {or scented essential oils to your liking}. This mixture will make enough to fill a 12oz. Mason Jar {and you’ll have just enough left over to clean your hands afterwards too} Mix really well until a gritty paste forms and spoon into a glass container. {make sure your container has a lid that seals} After sitting for awhile you may need to mix prior to using as the sugar may settle. A tiny bit is all you need and it leaves your skin extra soft and smooth.

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Foot Treatment: 

For beautifully soft feet, rub your thickest, creamiest lotion into and onto your feet before bed, and cover with long cozy socks. When you wake up in the morning, your feet will be soft, moisturized and beautifully ash free! (ash is that white stuff that forms on darker skin that is very dry) You can also do this during the day while leaving on the lotion and socks for an hour. Longer times yield best results.

 

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Entire body: (D.I.Y. scrubs) Sugar scrubs are my favorite body exfoliator! You can use these two homemade recipes in the shower to exfoliate, repair, and hydrate dry skin, and also put them in decorated mason jars as homemade gifts for friends and family! And not to mention they smell INCREDIBLE afterwards!

Homemade Brown Sugar Scrub: For this recipe you will need 1 cup Dark Brown Sugar, 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, can substitute Sweetened Almond Oil or Vegetable Oil, 1 teaspoon Vitamin E (cut open Vitamin E liquid gel caps), 1 teaspoon of your favorite essential oil (optional), and 1 tablespoon honey (optional for dry skin). In a medium mixing bowl, combine oil, vitamin E and vanilla. Add the brown sugar and mix well. To Use: In the shower, apply Brown Sugar Body Scrub into skin and rinse.  Can be used daily. Note: Please be aware that oils can make the shower and bath surfaces very slippery.
Homemade Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub: You want to begin by mixing 2 Cups of Brown Sugar and 1 Cup of Granulated Sugar together until there are no lumps. Add in 1 Cup of Sunflower Oil and 1 Tablespoon of Pure Vanilla Extract. {I like to use Sunflower Oil for this body scrub because it does not carry the strong scent that Olive Oil does} Mix together well and scoop into a sealable glass container.

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Entire body: (D.I.Y. Soaks) These soak recipes are sure to clear your mind, relax your body and send your spirits away on a stress-free vacay! Don’t forget to fold a dry, clean towel next to your bathtub and light some of your favorite candles and play some soft spa music for best results!

Milk and Honey Bath Soak Recipe: This one is nice because milk and honey are known to soften the skin, exfoliate, and moisturize. The key is to use full-fat milk (or powdered milk) and pure honey. Full-fat milk will not only exfoliate the skin, but it will also moisturize. Pour 1-2 cups of milk (or 1/2 c. full-fat powdered milk) and 1/2 c. honey under running, warm water. Swish around to mix, and hop in. Close your eyes and imagine 5 beautiful servant men fanning you with palm leaves. Repeat as necessary. *For full effect, brush your skin lightly and in circular motions with a dry brush or a washcloth before getting in the bathtub to exfoliate and remove dead skin.

Epsom Salt Soak Recipe: I recently learned that epsom salts have many benefits when soaking in it: They allow the body to soak up the magnesium in the salts; it relaxes and soothes sore, aching or tired  muscles, detoxifies the system, heals bruises, reduces swelling, and puts you in a calm, relaxed mood. Add 1-1/2 to 2 cups epsom salt to your running bathwater. If desired, before adding the salt to your bath, drop in 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil to the epsom salts. Stir well, and then add to the bathwater.

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