DIY Natural Beauty Recipes
“NOTHING MAKES A WOMAN MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN THE BELIEF THAT SHE IS BEAUTIFUL.”
Sophia Loren hit the nail on the head with this one. Quality thoughts, water, sleep, breath, movement and food are the basis for natural beauty tips – and food is as beneficial on the outside of the body as it is on the inside. The kitchen is home to many a natural beauty product, providing economical, timely and fine smelling ingredients right at your finger tips.
Seeing as our skin is our largest organ and absorbs everything we put on it, making your beauty products all natural, and where possible organic, makes sense in more ways than one.
Externally, the skin is getting all the goodness it needs without the funky chemicals found in a lot of beauty products. Internally, no added synthetic substances means the liver has less of a load to deal with. This in turn frees the liver up to focus on more important tasks such as detoxification and recycling our bodys natural hormones. When the liver has things under control, our body’s secondary route of detoxification, the skin, is left bright and clear. Using natural beauty products for the health of the skin works from the inside out and the outside in. It’s a win-win.
Here are a few of my favourite natural beauty recipes that involve minimal ingredients and minimal time but deliver maximum results.
Avocado & Honey Face Mask
1/2 ripe avocado – Avocado’s are natures moisturisers, on the inside and the outside.
1-2 teaspoon of good quality raw Manuka honey – One of natures antibacterial powerhouses
Cleanse and wash face and remove any make up (coconut oil is an excellent make-up remover, especially gentle around the eyes).
Mix the honey and the avocado thoroughly in a bowl
Apply to face straight away to minimise oxidation
Relax for 20 minutes, draw a bath (add in some epsom salts for some mineral uptake or your favourite essential oil) have a cup of herbal tea, curl up with a good book, talk to the dog, take a selfie……
I may look like Shrek now but once this facemask is removed, you can call me Princess Fiona
Use a face wash and warm water to remove the mask and reveal moisturised soft clear skin.
Coconut Oil and Coffee Body Scrub
1/2 cup good quality organic Coconut Oil – Antibacterial, moisturising and an excellent source of Vitamin E
1 cup ground organic coffee – Natural exfoliant and the caffeine is a temporary skin tightener which can be beneficial for cellulite*
*Optional Add In’s – A teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 10 or so drops of grapefruit essential oil (beneficial for the lymphatic system providing additional help for cellulite), or use raw sugar and sea salt for extra exfoliating action.
Melt coconut oil if necessary and allow to cool but not solidify
Mix coconut oil and coffee and any other chosen ingredients together in a bowl
Store in an airtight container, mason jar, or freeze into cubes
Use 1-2 times per week to exfoliate and leave your skin feeling seriously smooth.
Extra Tip: Ditch shaving cream or soap and use coconut oil to shave with. It is easy, quick and leaves your skin incredibly soft.
50g Base Cream. If your looking for a reliable base cream get in touch
10-20 drops of your chosen essential oil*
Mix 10 drops of essential oil for a face moisturiser, or 20 drops of essential oil for a body moisturiser (or a combination of different oils that equal 10-20 drops) with the base cream
Store in an airtight container or mason jar
Use as often as desired
*The beneficial effects of aromatherapy oils to lift, calm, energise, balance and soothe both body and mind are numerous and bountiful. If your looking to learn more about how essential oils can help you get in touch.