DIY Detox Bath Recipes

DIY Detox Bath Recipes

Baths can be a useful way to transform your bathroom at home into a sensual and enjoyable sanctum that you won’t want to get out of any time soon! A great home-made natural beauty treatment is a detox bath that is both relaxing and luxurious for your skin.

To make your own detox bath treatment, start with Epsom salt, sea salt, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and your favorite essential oil such as lavender or rose geranium for the perfect scent. Put all ingredients in your warm bath and just soak away. This detox bath is great for relieving stress as well as easing tired muscles, and always has health benefits to boot. We’ve got some great recipes below for a DIY Detox Bath, so light some candles and let’s get started.  (more…)

DIY Facial in Your Day Spa at Home

DIY Facial in Your Day Spa at Home

Having a facial in a day spa is wonderful! It’s such a treat for your skin as well as your senses. You’re lying down in a candlelit room, having beautiful creams massaged into your face, while listening to calming, soothing music and breathing in heavenly aromas. But doing this on a regular basis is expensive. Plus, you have to book in advance and get yourself to your appointment. In the busy modern world we live in, who really has the time to do this very often?

The good news is that you really can make your skin softer, smoother and more beautiful by re-creating the day spa experience at home. You can use any products that you have.  But, you can also make your own personal natural beauty treatments easily, without any chemicals, additives, or other harmful ingredients. You will also save money by creating your own natural beauty treatments as you will already have many of the ingredients in your kitchen.

So this weekend, select a day, make yourself a delicious detox water infusion (see our Detox Pages for recipes) and follow these simple steps for some serious pampering in your Day Spa at Home.

Put on a clean fluffy robe. Get towels and facecloths ready. Light some candles, burn incense or essential oils in a diffuser. Turn on some Day Spa music. A great suggestion is below:

Now you’re ready indulge in some at home skin pampering.

Cleanse

Coconut oil makes a great cleanser for all skin types.  Even oily skin will benefit from a coconut oil cleanse. It gently removes dirt, impurities, and make-up, and excess oil and will leave your skin soft and moisturized.

Dampen your skin with a splash of warm water. Use 1/2 tsp coconut oil and allow the oil to melt between your fingers if it is solid and gently massage into skin on your face neck and décolleté for a minute or two.  Remove with a facecloth dampened in warm water. Soak a cotton pad in witch-hazel and wipe gently over the skin removing any residue oil.

Exfoliate

Prepare a gentle scrub by combining 1 tsp baking soda and 1 tbsp thickened cream (or yogurt) in a bowl until they form into a thick paste. Apply your scrub to wet skin in gentle circular motions avoiding the eye area. Continue scrubbing for a few minutes. Remove scrub by washing with warm water.

Or you can perform a papaya peel. Papaya contains antioxidants and enzymes which help to slough off dead skin. Mash up some ripe papaya or wipe the inside of the skin of papaya that you have eaten, over your face, neck and décolleté before you rinse it off just, perform a steam cleaning treatment.

Steam cleaning

For a simple steam clean run a facecloth under really hot water (be careful not to let it get too hot that you burn yourself), wring out the excess water, and drape it over your face. Let the cloth sit for a few minutes. The enzymes from the papaya and the steam work together to really open the pores and clean and smooth the skin.

Clay Mask

A clay mask deep cleanses your pores and mops up impurities. It also makes your skin look beautiful and radiant. All you need is a little of any type of dry clay – like bentonite clay or fullers earth, and 1 tbsp of raw apple cider vinegar and a drop of essential oil like palma rosa, lavender or rose geranium. Mix it all together to form a paste like consistency. Apply to your face with your fingertips or a foundation brush avoiding the eye area. Let it dry on your face then rinse off (typically about 20 minutes). Remove by soaking a facecloth in warm water, apply the facecloth to the whole face to wet the clay and remove the clay very gently.

Hydrating Mask

You can use a natural, DIY face mask that leaves your skin soft and moisturized! Avocado has natural oils and nutrients in it that are just wonderful for pampering your skin.

Mash up a medium-sized ripe avocado, 2 tablespoons honey and 1/4 cup whole yogurt. Gently apply it to your face and neck. Sit back and relax for 20 minutes. Use a warm damp facecloth to remove the mask when you’re done.

Eye Treatment

You can use the time while you have your hydrating mask on to get your eyes in shape and get rid of those puffy bags. One of the greatest weapons against dark circles is Chamomile tea. Soak cotton pads in a little cold chamomile tea and apply to dark circles. Allow the liquid to dry. The anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile will soothe and calm your tired eyes and help tighten skin while reducing redness. Lay back with your eyes closed for about 15 minutes. You can also use cotton pads soaked in witch-hazel or rose water or slices of cucumber. These natural ingredients are naturally cooling to the body and help to reduce redness and puffiness.

Facial Serum & Massage

Facial serums are great for adding some much-needed moisture in the skin, as well as for applying regularly to usual problem areas such as directly on frown and smile lines, around the eyes, or when your skin just needs a little extra care. The best facial serums are completely natural and made from ingredients that can be understood and pronounced, meaning no chemicals or other harmful ingredients should be in your facial serum.

Mix 1 oz apricot kernel, avocado or almond oil,  5 drops lavender oil, 5 drops geranium oil, 2 drops chamomile or sandalwood oil in a glass amber bottle and shake well before use. Massage well into cleansed skin using upward motions following the directions in the image above. For the leftovers, the oil blends will keep for a number of weeks. In summer it is best to keep them in the refrigerator.

Finish off with your favorite moisturizer to seal in the oils and you have now completed your DIY facial.

Relax

Listen to music, read a book or watch an uplifting movie. This is your time to treat yourself, to recharge your batteries and soak in the benefits of the wonderful natural beauty treatments that you have given yourself. Remember to schedule in some pampering on a regular basis to recharge your batteries as well as pamper your skin.

How to Make Your Own Natural Face and Body Scrub

How to Make Your Own Natural Face and Body Scrub

Making your skin care products to use at home is also a great way to ensure that you are using all natural ingredients in your beauty treatments. Making your own natural skin care treatments is super easy, and the most affordable way to look after your skin so that it looks its best.

Giving yourself a face and body a scrub is one of the best treatments you can use to improve the appearance of skin. Exfoliating dead skin cells regularly helps to reveal glowing and younger looking skin. For really radiant looking skin you should exfoliate at least once a week.  Your skin will become beautifully soft and super smooth. We have 5 of the best DIY recipes for a natural face or body scrub below, for you to try.

Honey, Almond & Matcha Scrub

  • 2 Tbsp ground almonds
  • Add 1 tsp matcha
  • 2 tsp coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp honey

Honey, Oat & Apple Cider Vinegar Scrub

  • 1/2 cup ground oats
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground almonds

Baking Soda & Cream Scrub

  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp thickened cream (or yogurt)

Yogurt, Orange & Walnut Scrub

  • 1 cup dried orange peel (ground coarsely)
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt and
  • 1/4 cup very finely grounded walnuts

Brown Sugar & Orange Scrub

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 drop vitamin E oil
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions for Use

Combine all ingredients in a bowl until they form into a thick paste. After cleansing apply your scrub to wet skin in gentle circular motions avoiding the eye area for the face, or in large circular motions for the body. Continue scrubbing for a few minutes. Remove scrub by washing with warm water.

Store any leftovers in an airtight jar in the fridge and use within 1 week.

You can experiment with essential oils like lavender, rose geranium or patchouli to get the fragrance you want, just add one drop. Natural vanilla extract is also delicious in a scrub. You can also substitute olive oil for sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil or even coconut oil (you will have to bring it to room temperature if it is solid). The great thing about making your own natural beauty treatments is that you can tailor them to suit your skin and also to your own preferences.

You can make your own personal natural beauty treatments at home easily, without any chemicals, additives, or other harmful ingredients. You will also save money by creating your own natural beauty treatments as you will already have many of the ingredients in your kitchen.

How to have a DIY Day Spa at Home

How to have a DIY Day Spa at Home

It is so important to your health and well-being that you look after yourself. We live such hectic lives these days, it is vital that we take some time out to hit the pause button and relax. One of the best ways to relax and unwind is to have a spa day. You do not have to pay for expensive spa treatments to get the benefits and the results that a day spa has to offer. You can have your own spa time right at home and get amazing results and feel just as pampered. Follow these simple steps below to have your own DIY Day Spa at Home.

Set the Scene


Turn on some spa music. You can easily find some great spa music on Spotify or YouTube like the above.  Light lots of beautiful candles. You can choose beautifully colored and fragranced candles or put tea light candles in the room where you will be performing your treatments and also in the room you will be relaxing.

Start at the Top!

First things first lets get your face really clean. Use a clean towel to wrap your hair or pull it back with a pony tail holder. You will want to have prepared this luxurious face scrub before you get started.  ½ cup honey, ½ cup brown sugar and 1tbsp olive oil and a drop of your favorite essential oil. Palma rosa is lovely or you could try Lavender or Patchouli. All these ingredients mixed together makes a great facial scrub. Dampen face than apply scrub. This is a gentle exfolient that will remove dead skin and leave your face glowing.

Use a circular motion to gently scrub away the dead skin cell. Rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry.

The Eyes Have It!

Now to get your eyes in shape and get rid of those puffy bags. You can use some cucumber slices that have been chilled. Simply place the cut slices on your eyes and lay back with your eyes closed for about 15 minutes. You can also use green tea bags that have been steeped for about 2 minutes and then chilled, in place of the cucumbers.

Clay Detox Mask

Once your face is scrubbed and your eyes are less puffy it is time to use this healing detox mask. All you need is a ¼ of any type of dry clay – like bentonite clay or fullers earth, and 1 tbsp of raw apple cider vinegar and a drop of frankincense essential oil. Mix it all together and avoid the eye area when you apply. Let it dry on your face than rinse off (typically about 20 minutes).

Your Hands and Your Feet

You can easily take care of your hands and feet to get that baby smooth feel by using a Paraffin bath that is easily purchased at any beauty supply store (the initial cost will pay for itself by month two of your day spa at home).

Use a Body Brush

You are now in the home stretch of your day spa activities. Use a body brush that has been sprinkled with a few drops of essential oil like Rosemary to stimulate or Juniper for cellulite and scrub your body good. Follow the directions in the image above for best results. You can use a sugar scrub while you are at it made from ½ brown sugar and 2 tbsp mineral oil or melted coconut oil. Now step into the shower and massage your skin with your scrub for several minutes, then rinse off. Finish off by alternating the water in the shower from warm to cool. This really helps to tone and firm your skin.

Dry off by patting your skin, step into a fluffy robe and relax. Read a book, watch a movie, listen to your favorite music – whatever makes you feel good.  You will feel like you spent the day at the spa and feel like a million bucks!

DIY Facial Oil Serums

DIY Facial Oil Serums

Facial serums are great for adding some much-needed moisture in the skin, as well as for applying regularly to usual problem areas such as directly on frown and smile lines, around the eyes, or when your skin just needs a little extra care. The best facial serums are completely natural and made from ingredients that can be understood and pronounced, meaning no chemicals or other harmful ingredients should be in your facial serum. Facial serums can be made from many different types of essential oils such as sandalwood,  lavender or geranium added to a carrier oil or base oil. It truly is your choice what type of oil works best on your skin, since each of our skin make ups is different.

Add a few drops of one essential oil into a glass bottle with a dropper containing a base oil such as sweet almond, jojoba or rose hip oil. Feel free to add a few drops of another essential oil. It is your choice and your customized facial serum, so create it according to your specific skincare needs and desires or you can try some of the following recipes:

Serum for oily skin 

  • 1 oz light vegetable oil such as safflower or grape seed oil
  • 5 drops ylang ylang oil
  • 5 drops geranium oil
  • 2 drops clary sage oil

Serum for dry skin

  • 1 oz apricot kernel, avocado or almond oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • 5 drops geranium oil
  • 2 drops chamomile or sandalwood oil

Mix all the ingredients in a glass amber bottle and shake well before use. Massage well into cleansed skin using upward motions. The oil blends will keep for a number of weeks. In summer it is best to keep them in the refrigerator.

The Benefits of Facial Massage

Applying your facial oil or serum is the perfect opportunity to give you skin an anti-aging massage.

After cleansing, apply a light layer of oil to your face and neck. You can use one of the serum recipes above or a light oil such as rose hip, argan or jojoba oil. Refer to the arrows in the image above for the directions you should follow for the facial massage.

Use the pads of your fingers or the palms of your hands and start smoothing the oil upwards over your neck and across your jaw. Repeat this about 10 to 15 times. Then perform  sweeping motions along your jawline and upwards towards your temples. Repeat about 10 to 15 times. Next, gently use your finger tips to smooth the area around the eyes and nose, repeating these motions for about a minute. And finally, with slightly firmer pressure, smooth the forehead with upward strokes using the pads of your fingers or the palms of your hands. Focus on this area for about a minute.

If performed daily, facial massage is wonderful ritual for lifting and firming, encouraging blood circulation to the face and neck, helping your complexion appear more youthful and radiant. The oil will nourish and moisturize helping to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles. And the action of massaging in the directions indicated in the image above, encourages lymphatic drainage helping to remove toxins and reducing puffiness around the eyes.

Giving yourself a daily facial massage is a simple yet effective ritual you can perform to pamper your skin.  It  is also so relaxing, helping to ease stress and tension. It only takes a few minutes but the benefits are just beautiful!

Three DIY Facial Cleanser Recipes

Three DIY Facial Cleanser Recipes

For those who are on a Detox or who want to reduce their exposure to potentially harmful chemicals that may be present in some skin care products, you can make your own. The great benefit is that it is an affordable way to pamper your skin with real live nutrients. Making your own natural beauty cleanser is super easy. For example, mayonnaise is a great facial cleanser that you can use straight out of the refrigerator.

We’ve got three different recipes for DIY cleansers below for you to try. Because you are making a cleanser yourself, you can customize each recipe according to your own desires and needs.

Natural Foaming Cleanser

This is a simple recipe with only 3 different ingredients, and, each ingredient is completely natural, inexpensive, and very beneficial for your skin as a whole.

The first step is to mix together tea tree oil, about 5-10 drops, add about ¼ cup of Dr. Bronner’s organic liquid Castile soap, and about a cup of spring water, and that is it. You mix all ingredients together and then put the mixture into a foaming pump dispenser.

This cleanser is amazing because it actually foams up, so it feels great to use. And of course, since you are making your own cleanser, you can alter it accordingly by adding lavender oil, sandalwood, or even vitamin E oil for added anti-oxidant benefits.

Raw Honey Cleanser

Raw honey is so effective for cleansing the skin. Make sure you buy raw honey as it has all the “goodies” in it. The wonderful nutrients and enzymes deeply hydrate your skin and help to keep it looking and feeling younger. This is a great morning cleanser but if you want to use it in the evening ensure that you have removed all make up first. Olive oil is an effective but gentle eye make-up remover. Pull your hair back into a pony tail and follow the instructions below:

  1. Cover your face with a warm damp face cloth to dampen your skin.
  2. Place 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of raw honey into one hand and apply the honey to your face with your other hand in small circular motions, massaging well. Mix with a little water if you prefer, to get a more liquid-like consistency. For best results, leave the honey on the your face for about a minute.
  3. Remove the honey with a warm damp face cloth.
  4. Tone and moisturize as usual.

Honey makes an amazing face mask. After applying and massaging the honey into your skin, leave it on for 15 – 20 minutes. Remove the honey the same way as above.

Note – some people may have an allergy to bee products. Do not use this recipes if you have this allergy.

Oil Cleanser

One of the best ways to deeply cleanse your face and to remove all traces of dirt, oil and make-up is to use the oil cleansing method. Olive is oil wonderful for removing eye make-up and can be used alone as a facial cleanser. There are also some amazing blends that can be prepared for your particular skin type. Castor  oil is an excellent oil to use in a oil cleanser blend due to its drawing properties. It penetrates deeply into pores lifting out dirt and all traces of make-up. Here are some suggestions for some luxurious oil cleansing blends suited to different skin types.

Dry skin

Combine 1 part castor oil to 3 parts olive, avocado, or apricot kernel oil in an amber glass bottle or jar.

Oily skin

Combine 3 parts castor oil to 1 part olive,  grape seed, or jojoba oil in an amber glass bottle or jar.

Instructions

  1. Fill your basin with hot water and add a drop of your favorite essential oil. Sweet orange oil is lovely and has youthful-skin promoting properties. Ylang ylang is another beautiful oil for the skin and due to it’s sedative properties is perfect to use before bedtime.
  2. Plunge a face cloth into the hot water and place over your face for a few seconds. Remove the face cloth and pour a quarter-sized amount of oil into the palm of your hand.
  3. Apply the oil over your face and gently massage for amount 2 – 5 minutes. Use firm circular massage strokes but be gentle around the eyes.
  4. Wet your face cloth in the hot water and wring out excess water. Gently wipe the oil off your face. Repeat a few times until your skin feels clean and soft.

You may find that you don’t need to apply moisturizer but those with very dry skin will benefit by apply night cream after the oil cleanse (if the oil cleanse if performed at night).

Have fun experimenting! These recipes are easy to make and easy on the budget as well. Stay tuned for more recipes, tips and information on wellness.

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