Wednesday, March 7, 2012

DIY pick me ups!

I love treating myself to some quality spa time, but even more than that i love finding a budget friendly alternative to looking and feeling as great as i would after a trip to the spa. So today i am going to share with three of my top DIY alternatives.

OLIVE OIL/SUGAR SCRUB - for all skin types

For me exfoliating is apart of my everyday. And i have been using this simple formula for years with great success.

1.mix together olive oil and granulated sugar. (the finer the better) Just enough to do your face, i never really make exact measurements. You just want to be able to make a grainy paste i suppose.
2.Rub this over your whole face (avoiding eye area), in circular motions. Concentrating on corners of the nose, chin and forehead, anywhere that is feeling dry or looking dull could use some extra attention.
3.Wash off with warm water, and not only is your face clean, but it is also super smooth and soft. 

I  find that i don't need to moisturize after this treatment as i use it before sleep. If your skin is very dry then you could definitely use a moisturizer on top. My skin is in the normal to dry range. If you have oily skin, you may want to wash this off a second time, just to make sure any residual oil is removed but do it with water only, even oily skin will benefit from some moisture.  I have found that oils don't clog pores like one would think. Its more the oils found in heavier creams that cause problems on oily skin. Most times i use olive oil on clients it soaks in and revels beautiful supple glowing skin without looking or feeling like it has a film of oil on top. So go ahead and try this one!

BAKING SODA SCRUB - best suited for normal to oily skin types

1.mix 3 parts baking soda with one part water, or your regular gentle cleanser. 
2.Rub onto face in circular motions
4.Rinse off

This is great for minimizing the appearance of pores and for giving the skin a deep clean. This isn't something i would do daily, but certainly one a week would be a great addition to ones beauty routine. Not drying, and leaves the skin soft and smooth. This concept has been around for generations.


2 tsp. almond oil

1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. beeswax pellets
1 vitamin E capsule

1.Combine almond oil, honey, beeswax, and fluid from vitamin E capsule in double boiler or small pan. Stir over low heat until beeswax melts.
2.Pour into a small container and allow to cool.
3.When balm solidifies, rub onto lips as often as desired.

Optional extra, adding a drop of essence for a scent and flavor is a fun option.

well let me know if you try these out and what you think, also feel free to share with me your own tips and tricks!

Be blessed,
joanna xo

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