Enjoy and at home spa night with these 5 Easy DIY Recipes!
With summer coming to a close rehydrating has been on my mind more than ever. I just feel the difference. If you feel the same take advantage of these 5 d.i.y recipes that can be done at home. They will leave you feeling nourished and refreshed from the inside out.
Recipe no.1: Honey + Lemon Sugar Scrub
This combination is great for brightening the skin while replenishing the moisture lost over the summer months.
What You'll Need:
1/3 cup sugar,
1/8 cup honey,
1/2 small lemon
Add all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until the sugar is completely saturated in the lemon and honey. Apply to face using circular motions for 2-3 minutes. You want to slough off any dead skin, but be gentle and mindful not to overdo it. When your done, use your favorite cleanser to rinse off the remaining scrub. This recipe is for the face, simply scale the recipe by adjusting the quantities.
If you've made to much you can store this mixture in the refrigerator for up to a week. Seal the bowl, or transfer the mixture to a bowl with a secure lid.
Recipe no.2: Matcha Green Tea + Honey Mask
Matcha contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which will further improve your skin tone by promoting elasticity while honey adds and seals in additional moisture.
What You''ll Need
1 teaspoon Matcha Green Tea Powder
1 teaspoon raw honey
Combine the Matcha and honey in a bowl, then stir. Mix the ingredients until they reach a paste like consistency. Add more Matcha or honey as need. Apply the mask to your face using a brush or your fingers. Wear for approximately 15 minutes before removing the mask with a wash cloth.
Rinse the excess off with your favorite cleanser.
Recipe no.3: Hair Mask: Avocado and Castor Oil
Avocado is full of vitamins and monounsaturated fats, which work to heal dry strands from the inside out. When combined with Black Castor the pair penetrate the hair shaft leaving your hair incredibly moisturized. Both of them are soothing to the scalp, healing dandruff, and unblocking hair follicles.
What You''ll Need
1/2 of an avocado
1/4 cup of Black Castor Oil
Slice your avocado in half by placing it on its side and running your knife vertically down the center line. Repeat this on the other side. Remove the seed of the avocado. Using a spoon, scoop out the contents of one side of the avocado and place it into a bowl. Then pour the Black Castor oil onto the avocado. Use your spoon to mix. Finally section off your hair into manageable sections and apply the mixture from the ends moving upward along the hair shaft.
*If you have thick hair or long hair you will have to scale this recipe to suit your needs. I usually eyeball it making a ton for my daughter and myself. Then I store it in the fridge.
Recipe no.4: Strawberry- Cucumber Infused or Sparkling Water
This recipe is care of the food network. As I mentioned, I'm also on a very passive mission with restoration in mind. Old habits are so hard to shake, so the trainer in me is always thinking about getting the most out of my time. Strawberry and cucumber are one of the most hydrating fruits and vegetables out there. Put it all together and you get the added benefits of each while rehydrating throughout the night and day.
What You''ll Need
1/2 thinly sliced cucumber
8 ounces sliced strawberries
2-4 hours for sparkling water
2 days max. for infused water
Place 8 ounces stemmed and thinly sliced strawberries and 1/2 thinly sliced English cucumber in a pitcher. For still infused water, add 2 quarts of water. For sparkling water, add 1 quart of seltzer during prep and a second quart just before serving. Refrigerate 2 to 4 hours to allow the ingredients to infuse. Stir well and strain, discarding the solids. For serving, add fresh strawberries and cucumber slices for garnish and plenty of ice. The infused water will keep refrigerated for up to 2 days.
Recipe no.5: The Savior| Homemade Electrolyte Drink
* Pro Tip: Add 1/8 to 1/4 tsp Himalayan/real sea salt to an 8 oz serving of the infused water to create a homemade electrolyte drink. I sip on these all of the time, especially if I've been irresponsible ;)
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