Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday

Hi my friends, and welcome to Tuesday!

It's not "quite" as bad as Monday, but it's not HALF as great as Friday. :)

Oh well, at least you will get some fun little tutorials to check out today and hopefully try.

Being a woman, I love to be pampered, but WOW, some of the spa treatments are out of sight. There are moments when splurging is EXACtly the thing to do. However, those moments are few and far between in my house. Unfortunately money does not grow on trees. (If you know of a place where this exists, *please* let me know and I will gladly go and rake)

I've learned to be creative when it comes to this type of stuff. Like, "hmmm, what can I use in my pantry and fridge to make me look and feel fabulous?" You'd be surprised at the wonderful treatments you can make by just using everyday items at home. Going all natural is also excellent for your skin since so many of the fruits and oils are loaded with vitamins.

Today, I'm going to share some great recipes to get you revved up and feeling and looking your best. Do you have any tips or ideas? What do you do at home? Which one of these treatments can you see yourself using?

Let's clean our faces, shall we?

1)Gentle Honey Cleanser

This cleanser is simple and effective. The soap gently cleans, the glycerin prevents drying and the honey not only softens the skin, but its antimicrobial properties can help ward off breakouts. A touch of honey is all you need for healthy, glowing skin.

Combine 1/4 cup honey

1 tablespoon liquid soap*

1/2 cup glycerin in a small bowl until fully blended

Pour into a clean plastic bottle. Pour onto clean face sponge or soft cloth and gently rub onto face, wash away with warm water and pat face dry. Enjoy fresh radiant skin.

*Any mild liquid soap will work, even Baby Shampoo, but do avoid dish washing soaps. They are harsh and contain detergents.

2) Blueberry Toner

Make this mask the day you plan to use it, and do not store.

3 tablespoons steamed, crushed blueberries

1/2 C. sour cream or plain yogurt

Puree ingredients in a blender at low speed until well mixed and fluffy. Apply to face and neck. Let penetrate for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with tepid water. If you find the mask is too runny after blending, you should refrigerate for one hour or until of the consistency you desire.

Note: Blueberries are loaded with anti-oxidants that remove impurities. So you should eat them too!

Vitamin E Cream
2 tsp. plain yogurt

1/2 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. lemon juice

3 capsules vitamin E (equivalent of 300 units)

Combine yogurt, honey and lemon juice. Open the vitamin E capsules and fold contents into the mix. Gently massage into skin; Leave on skin for 15 minutes. Shelf life: 3-4 days.

Note: Yogurt is effective at cleansing and disinfecting pores, preventing acne, moisturizing skin and revitalizing its texture.

Now off to Hair:

1) Rosemary Honey Olive Oil Hair Conditioner

This nourishing conditioner blends two ingredients from nature -- honey for shine and olive oil for moisture -- and is enhanced with essential oil of rosemary to stimulate hair growth.

1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup warmed olive oil (2 tablespoons for normal to oily hair)
4 drops essential oil of rosemary
1 teaspoon of xanthan gum (available in health food stores)

Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour into a clean plastic bottle with a snug-fitting cap.

To use, apply a small amount to your slightly dampened hair. Massage your scalp and work the conditioner through your hair until it is completely and evenly distributed. Next, cover your hair with a warm towel (your microwave or dryer can heat it up) or shower cap; leave the conditioner in place on to nourish and condition for 30 minutes. Remove the towel or shower cap; shampoo lightly and rinse with cool water. Dry as normal and enjoy shinier, softer and healthier hair the natural way.

And don't forget your feet and hands:

Courtesy of my lovely friend Charisse Padilla ♥

2 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar (raw organic sugar is best from Trader Joe's or places like that)

Honey is a natural humectant that attracts and retains moisture. Olive oil provides moisturizing benefits to dry skin. The sloughing action of sugar removes dead skin cells to reveal fresh skin. Lemon juice acts as a natural toner and bleaching agent to help lighten dark spots on the skin.

Note: Scrub your feet and hands (or all over) to get that silky skin feel.

Sigh* Don't you feel so pampered? I could get use to this kind of treatment. :)

I hope you enjoyed these tutorials and please let me know if you tried one!
Happy Pampering

1 comment:

  1. I'm definitely going to try the hand and foot scrub one! My mom is coming to visit this week, so this may be the perfect thing for us to do...sit around and pamper ourselves on the cheap:) Thanks for the fun tutorials!!