Archive | November, 2014

Brighten up the body and face with these two yummy treatments!

16 Nov

Oh, the joys of winter skin. If you are like me, this time of year brings out the worst in my skin. Those of us who usually run dry anyways start getting extra dry, ashy even. And, there’s really nothing attractive about dry, ashy skin.
Enter my love for experimenting with all natural products. I decided to take the usual ingredient of brown sugar and wanted to mix it in with something to make a body scrub. I opted for sunflower oil because that’s what I had in the cabinet. The result was a smooth, silky and amazingly scented scrub that left my skin soft and hydrated.

Sweet Sugar Scrub – The ingredients were simple: 1/4 sunflower oil and 4 tablespoons of organic brown sugar. Mix the two together and then massage onto the skin. Leave it on for at least five minutes. This scrub is gentle enough to use on the face, neck hands or feet as well. Remove with a warm towel.

For a little more of that Fall Flavor, try this mask instead for the face. Due to the Malic Acid in the apples, it leaves your face with a healthy glow!

Candy Apple Mask – 3 raw, peeled red apples, 3 tablespoons of sugar
Heat the peeled apples in a microwave for about 4-6 minutes. Cool, and then puree in a blender with the sugar. Spread the mixture onto a cleansed face using a fan brush or your hands and leave on for about 5 minutes.

If you try either of these treatments, I would love to hear about it!

Some winter love for dry eyes and puffiness with a homemade eye treatment!

14 Nov

Winter always brings out seasonal allergies and overly dry skin in some of my clients. In addition, we all tend to overindulge in all that the holidays has to offer. Between the sweets, food, stress and alcohol consumption during holiday parties it’s no wonder we all look a little ragged. If you are looking for a quick, easy and inexpensive way to relax, ease those itchy allergy eyes and puffy circles look no further. Using some cucumber slices and lavender essential oil, this is probably the easiest and most effective of the treatments I have offered.

Cucumber and Lavender Eye Treatment
1/4 freshly cut cucumber, chilled
1 drop Doterra Lavender essential oil

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Slice the cucumber thinly, and place it in a small bowl of fresh spring water. Place in the refrigerator for at least ten minutes. You can add ice cubes to chill it faster if you desire. Add a drop of Lavender essential oil and let the bowl sit on the counter a few minutes until the scent is infused into the mixture. Place the slices on the closed eyelids to reduce puffiness or to relieve eyes that are red and itchy from seasonal allergies for approximately five to ten minutes or until the cucumbers are no longer cold.

To make this experience more “spa like” – put on some relaxing music. Maybe something along the lines of Carla Bruni’s “Le Ciel dans une chambre,” “Yellow” by Jem, or “Duet” from Rachel Yamagata. Timing wise, you could probably listen to all three and be transported into a state of beauty bliss.

I hope this amazing little tip helps you through this rough skin patch, also known as winter time.

Stay Beautiful!