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DIY Skincare Products

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A healthy glow is something we all desire, but as we age, that school-girl radiance becomes increasingly more difficult to achieve.   Drink plenty of water, don’t overuse facial expressions, and get plenty of sleep become rules to live by once we ever-so-slowly roll over the hill.  Our skin changes as we age, and while there’s no stopping mother nature, we can certainly slow her down.  That merciless drop in estrogen that makes our skin look and feel dry, causing lines and wrinkles to look deeper and even more prominent, is our enemy.  As a result, it’s vital that we have many weapons in our skincare arsenal to fight back.  Even a few DIY products.

I enjoy experimenting with skin care.  Once I run out of a product, I research new brands until I find a new concoction I’d like to try.  But I also make skincare products at home.  I like being in charge of my own ingredients, and seeing the affect they have on my skin.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that mixing things up instead of sticking to the same old, same old makes a noticeable difference in the way my skin looks and feels. If you’re up for trying something new, here are a few of my favorite homemade skincare recipes:

Brown Sugar Scrub:   This is an easy to make exfoliant that is inexpensive and has a forever shelf life.  Just mix the ingredients to your desired consistency and spoon into a mason jar to store.  When you’re ready to use the sugar scrub, take some out, rub it onto your skin, rinse, and follow up with homemade Body Butter.  It’s that simple.  Rub, Scrub, and Shine.

Ingredients:  Brown Sugar, Coconut Oil,  Honey

 

Body Butter:   This body butter recipe is LIFE (no exaggeration) when paired with the Brown Sugar Scrub.   If used regularly, this duo makes a huge difference in dry, crepey skin.  It’s a little greasy, though, so take time to really rub it in.

In a small saucepan, melt the oils together over low heat. I used 1/3 cup each of the coconut oil  and shea butter and 2 tbsp almond oil. Carefully pour the liquid oil into a chilled bowl, mix in 20 drops of fragrance or essential oil, and allow to sit until the oil begins to harden. You can throw the bowl in the fridge if you want to speed up the process, but be careful not to let it get too hard!  You want the oil to have the consistency of butter when it’s at room temperature, not solid.  When the oil is ready, whip with a mixer for several minutes until the body butter is fluffy and the volume has increased.  Spoon into a mason jar to keep.

 

Lip Balm:   This is so much fun to make.  The shea butter is a healthy lip care solution, because it locks in moisture.  Mix flavors to formulate your own special recipe and then share with friends and family members.   “I have plenty of lip balm,” said NO female Everrrrrr.

3 TBSP Beeswax Pellets

2 TBSP Shea Butter

4  TBSP Almond Oil

10-20 drops of Flavor Oil

(To add some color, scrape out one of your almost empty tubes of lipstick and stir into the mix.)

Melt the first three ingredients slowly in the microwave, stirring often.  Then add the drops of flavor oil and pour into Chapstick Containers   while the mixture is still liquid.  (WARNING:  It solidifies fast)

When you set out to make DIY skincare products, you’ll find it’s easy to make far more than you need.  You’re already going to be creating a big mess in the kitchen, so why not make an extra mess to give out as gifts?  Buy a box of mini mason jars, purchase some fun labels, and enjoy giving them away.

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If you have a special DIY skincare product you make at home, feel free to share your recipe in the comments.

As always,

Mel

 

 

Fitness, get fit, get healthy, self care, skin care, Summer Fashion, Summer Style

Hats, Baths, & Masks

HATS:

Hats are a must have for the summer months.  Not only do they protect our faces from the sun, they protect our hair too.  UVA rays dry out and damage the outer layer of our hair, making it appear brittle.  Add in the daily humidity, and summer hair can be the worst.  If you’re not having that great of a hair day, put your hair in loose braids or pull it back into a low pony and sock a cute hat on for instant style.  If you have short hair, you’re already ready to just wear a hat and go.  Most females overthink hats, but it’s actually a simple addition.  Solid colors are easier to coordinate and straw hats go with everything.  Just have fun with it.

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My black hat sort of reminds me of Jethro from the Beverly Hillbillies, but I really like it.  haha.  It’s a bit stretchy, not too tight, and is lightweight.  I’ve paired it with a shirt I pulled off the sale rack at American Eagle for $10.00 and some cut-off jean shorts (also from American Eagle).  With black sandals, I’m ready for any outdoor event.  Here’s a link to the tops currently on Clearance at American Eagle.

BATHS:

Do you sweat?  I’m a fitness freak.  Every day I do high intensity interval training and also run a couple of miles.  In the summer, especially, I sweat a lot.  Exercising to the point of producing lots of sweat is so good for us.  It manufactures happy feelings, gives us an energy rush, reduces aches and pains, and releases toxins from our bodies.  But getting that sweat off of our bodies is equally important.  The bathtub is a perfect solution.  Not only will it cleanse your body, but it will also restore and relax your body.

After a long day outside, it’s important to pamper our skin.  Again, the sun will do some damage.  Find a good moisturizing bubble bath, light a candle, turn on some soft music, and relax.  I experiment with different kinds of bubble baths, bath bombs, and body washes.  This one from Caress really does have a buttery burnt brown sugar smell as advertised.  It. Is. Yummy.  Here’s the link … I picked it up at Target.

 

 

Masks:   

If caring for our entire body is important, our faces should be at the top of the list as the most important part of our bodies.  Caring for our faces every day needs to be a priority.  I’ve said it before, and will say it again, don’t ever go to bed with makeup on.  It will age your skin.  Cleanse your face everyday.  Exfoliate often.  Pamper it with moisturizer two times a day, morning and night.  And try to make time for a mask once a week.

 

This mask is by a company called Yes To.   I’d heard the company was started by two guys who played soccer, and was definitely curious to find out what these dudes know about skincare.  As it turns out, they apparently know a lot.  They use 95% natural ingredients in their products and make sure all are free of toxins.  This was my first time using one of their masks, and I have to say I might be hooked.  It was thick and creamy, had a nice gentle scent, went on easy, and left my skin feeling so soft.  If you aren’t married to a certain type of mask, give it a try.  Target carries this product too!

The takeaway is self care.  As women, we’re so adept at taking care of others, aren’t we?  We check off lists all day every day.  It’s part of our DNA.  I swear, when God made Eve, that woman probably opened her eyes and immediately got to work sprucing up the Garden of Eden.

Adam was like:  “Hey, God made sex, and He says it’s very good … wanna have a go at it?”

Eve:  “Ummmm, yeh, sure thing.  But first I need to figure out how I can turn a pile of palm leaves into cute throw pillows for our bed, clear away all the brush so our outdoor digs will be tidy, prune a couple of trees to give some sharp curb appeal, and gather more fruit and veggies in case the Lord stops by for dinner … plus, don’t we have babies to tend to?”

Adam:  “Well, no … we have to have the sex first.”

Can you relate?  The housekeeping and the lists will wait.  The kids will wait too.  It took me fifty years, but I’ve finally embraced the importance of putting myself first for a couple of hours a day.  Living in the moment.  I’m very type-A … if I can do it, so can you.

Exercise, take baths, experiment with different beauty products, and love yourself.  Age is just a number, but life is short.  You’re worth the extra effort!

Just my thoughts,

Melanie