Hey there Y&L readers 🙂 Happy Friday! Today we wanted to share some summer beauty recipes featuring a warm weather ingredient—avocados! Avocadoes are great for moisturizing and soothing skin and hair that’s been dried out from a day at the beach or pool! So this weekend treat yourself to one of these at-home spa remedies.
Avocado Face Mask
1/2 a very ripe avocado
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
Peel the avocado and mash it well.
Add the honey and coconut oil and stir to combine.
Apply to a clean dry face, avoiding your eyes, and leave on for about 10-15 minutes.
After your mask had time to work it’s magic, take a warm wet wash cloth and wipe your face clean.
Avocado Hair Mask Recipe:
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp honey
1/2 an avocado
Whisk together the egg yolk, extra-virgin olive oil, and honey together in a small bowl.
Mash in 1/2 of an avocado with a fork.
While you’re in the shower, apply the paste first to the ends of your hair and then all over your hair.
Let it soak into your strands for 15 to 20 minutes, rinse it out, shampoo, and then rinse
How do you keep your strands and skin happy during summer activities?
Hello there lovelies! Last week we shared some top picks for primer, and today we wanted to share a review of one of our favorite and budget friendly loose powders—Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Natural Origin Loose Powder! Yes we know it’s been out for a long time, but it’s always good to bring back the oldies (but goodies). Loose powder is clutch for setting your makeup and keeping oil at bay during the summer. But many powders contain nasty ingredients, so choose wisely. We love this powder for it’s natural ingredients, affordability, coverage, and mattifying look. The translucent light is perfect for fair skin tones, giving your skin a matte look while hiding redness and imperfections. It does a decent job of keeping oil at bay, but depending on your skin’s oil levels you probably will need an afternoon touch up. You get a ton of product for just $10.50 on Amazon, or $13.95 in most stores. This one bottle will last you all year—no joke. The brush leaves something to be desired. It’s pretty coarse, but that is a common complaint amongst most reviewers. The little mirror is more useful for checking your eye makeup or covering a pimple versus applying your foundation. If you want a safe (EWG rating of only 2) and effective loose powder pick this stuff up (use your own brush) and you will not be disappointed! Have you tried this loose powder? What did you think?
Summer weather and long days call for long lasting makeup. One of the keys to keeping oil and shine at bay and your makeup in place is using a primer underneath your foundation. Today we wanted to share some of our top picks for natural makeup primers.
Earth Angels Minerals Original Butter Cream Skin Balancer – This mineral powder is vegan and gluten free, and helps to correct imperfections, redness, and dark circles. It works great to balance out skin or as a shadow primer. Available on Etsy from Earth Angel Minerals in a 20g sifter jar for $17.99.
Butter Cream Skin Balancer & Eyelid Primer from Earth Angel Minerals – $17.99 on Etsy.
Fixit 100% All Natural, Vegan Eye Primer and Mixing Medium by Addictive Cosmetics – $6.99 on Etsy.
Vegan Foundation Primer – We love The All Natural Face, and this primer is no exception. Using natural and safe ingredients it smooths and balances your skin out for the perfect application every time! Available fro $11.99 on Etsy.
Foundation Primer from The All Natural Face – $11.99 on Etsy.
It’s that time of year when you are dying to get a tan and hit the beach. But don’t even think about going out without sunscreen. I don’t know if you remember back to earlier this year but a few of our stylists sat down for an interview… and both of them stressed how important it is to wear sunscreen. Yes you want glowing skin… but no, we don’t think you want dry wrinkly skin or skin cancer for that matter! You can still get a tan while wearing protection, you’ll just save your face years of aging 🙂
When picking a sunscreen it’s important to read the ingredients and try to choose something safer and more natural. If you are avoiding skin cancer why would you want to expose yourself to other chemicals that can hurt you … seems to defeat the purpose to us! So we’ve got a few of our favorite natural and safe sun protection for your face and body!
Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Facial Sunscreen SPF 20 – This is a great sunscreen for your face! It’s hypoallergenic, fragrance free, and won’t clog your pores! It has a nice subtle vanilla smell to it too! Normally priced around $10.99/tube, you can snag two tubes for $15.75 on Amazon (yay Amazon!). When you are looking for a facial sunscreen always get at least SPF 15, and you won’t really need more than SPF 30.
Natural Very Emollient Sunscreen Facial Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 20 – $15.75 for a 2-pack on Amazon.
California Baby Super Sensitive Lotion, Image by Jacqualyn Blizzard.
Happy Friday everybody! We hope your Valentines’ Day was a blast, and if it wasn’t take comfort in this soothing moisturizer. California Baby makes amazing organic, non-toxic, and earth-safe goodies for little ones. But did you know, many of their products work wonders for adults! We are always in search of great facial moisturizers that work for sensitive skin and are non-comedogenic. And with California Baby’s Super Sensitive Everyday Lotion we have found a winner.
This lotion is a great facial moisturizer. It’s fragrance free and non-comedogenic and full of great ingredients like calendula and rosemary! We’ve tested it out on our sensitive skin and so far so good. It’s a nice light moisturizer that gives your skin a smooth and soft feel. So far no breakouts either. A 6.5 fl oz. bottle will only set you back about $15. You can find it at Whole Foods, Target, online, and many natural food stores. Look for our review of their calendula cream coming soon as a more decadent facial moisturizer!
Whew… it’s Thursday already? This week went by so quickly… which isn’t a bad thing! Today we’ve got a recipe to share from the amazing book, Organic Body Care Recipes by Stepahnie Tourles. If you’ve struggled with acne, or even if you just get the occasional breakout this recipe may be just the cure you’ve been searching for. A word of caution though, acne is a tricky beast. We tend to OVER-treat our skin. In general less is more, and the same holds true for skin care. So try to use fewer creams, fewer washes, fewer scrubs, containing fewer ingredients. It’s important to be gentle to your skin. The hardest part of treating acne is finding the patience to wait. It just takes time, months even, for your skin to rid itself of all the built up bacteria and regenerate.
Okay, enough lecture 😉 onto the spot treatment. This recipe is great for “active” breakouts because it helps to fight subsurface acneic bacteria, reducing redness and eliminating toxins in your skin. It’s also fantastic to use on ingrown hairs around your bikini line! You can apply up to 2 times/day and the recipe is good to store for up to 6 months.
4 drops tea tree oil
2 drops clove essential oil
2 drops German chamomile essential oil
2 drops green myrtle essential oil
2 tsp. hazelnut or apricot kernel base oil (try to choose organic when possible)
1 tsp almond base oil (again, go for organic if you can)
1 dark glass storage bottle with a dropper (you can find these at many health food stores like Whole Foods)
Make sure the glass bottle is cleaned and dry.
Add the essential oils drop by drop into the glass bottle.
Add the base oils (use a funnel if that helps)
Put the lid back on the bottle then shake the formula in your hand vigorously for 2 minutes. This thoroughly mixes the ingredients and warms the mixture to body temperature.
This step requires some patience… set the bottle in a dark spot (like a medicine cabinet or drawer) and let it sit for 24 hours to let the oils really blend.
To use: clean your skin, and apply any astringent or toner that is part of your routine. Then drop 1-2 drops of the blemish banner into your palm, dip a cotton swab into the oil and dab onto each breakout. You could also drop 1 drop on the cotton swab itself and then apply.
Again this recipe works well for treating acne, ingrown hairs, and even bug bites! So give it a try and let us know what you think! Have a beautiful weekend 🙂
Sometimes your skin needs a little refreshing, but abrasive scrubs can just be too much. Today we’ve got a recipe for a mask or smoother that provides very gentle exfoliation and leaves your skin so soft and smooth! The best part is you can mix up the dry ingredients and store them in a jar for an easy mask/smoother anytime!
1/2 cup ground oatmeal (you can grind oats in a food processor or coffee grinder)
1/2 cup powdered milk
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Put the ingredients in a glass jar or storage container of your choice. It should keep for at least 6 months stored this way.
To create a scrub or mask add 2 tsp. of scrub mixture with 1 to 2 tsp water until a paste is formed.
Let the mixture stand and thicken for 1 minute.
Apply with your fingers and massage into your face and throat. If you are using it as a scrub rinse with water, if you are using it as a mask let it sit and dry for 20 to 30 minutes.
A fun variation would be adding ground dried lavender or chamomile tea leaves for an extra soothing experience! Have you used an oatmeal mask before?
We’ve all heard it before: what you eat plays a big role in the way you look AND how you feel. Most people’s New Years resolutions involve eating healthier and exercising. And if this is part of your goal for 2013, you’ll be happy to know your skin and hair will also see great results! We suggest adding some of these foods to your diet to achieve a slimmer waist line and beautiful skin. And better yet, we’ve paired each up with a recipe for some green DIY skin care!
Almonds – these seeds (no they are not nuts) are full of Vitamin E, which are helpful in blocking harsh UV rays from the sun! The key is to not overdo it on the seeds/nuts, about 20 almonds a day is the perfect snack.
Leafy Greens – Kale, spinach, or collard greens are a great way to pack in some extra nutrients without packing on the calories. These green veggies are high in water (great for smoothing wrinkles) and nutrients (for restoring and protecting your body’s cells), and have been shown to reduce cancer risks in some people.
Flax Seeds – High in Omega-3 fatty-acids, flax seeds are well equipped to erase spots and fine lines on your face. They are great for irritated skin! We suggest sprinkling some ground flax seeds (you must grind them to get their nutritional benefit) on your oatmeal, cereal, or in a smoothie.
Today we’ve got the perfect DIY spa recipe (adapted from Green Beauty Recipes) that delivers the TLC your hands deserve. This would be great if you work a lot with you hands or if winter weather has them dry. If you are doing an at home spa day or manicure why not try this mask after shaping your nails and trimming cuticles? All you need are 4 simple ingredients for softer, happier hands 🙂
2 tbsp fine sugar or salt
1 tbsp honey or agave
1 raw egg yolk OR 1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp full-fat cream (you could use soy if you are only using vegan products)
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir.
Apply a generous layer of the mask to your hands and massage it into your fingertips. Or if you are lucky get someone to do it for you.
Put on some gloves or plastic bags and let the mask sit for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes you can rinse off the mask with warm water.
*** You can only store this mixture in your fridge for a week if you use olive oil instead of an egg.
If you are looking for some fun ways to change up this mask consider adding your favorite essential oils. Lavender works great for relaxing, but citrus essential oils would be perfect in a salt mask.
How do you keep your hands looking healthy during the winter?
Perhaps one of your resolutions for 2013 was to better about moisturizing? Or perhaps this winter weather has your skin dry and irritated? This recipe for Firming Eye Oil was adapted from Julie Gabriel’s book Green Beauty Recipes. The ingredients are pretty easy to pick up at a Whole Foods, Natural Grocery Store, or order online. Whenever you are applying an eye cream or oil be sure to pat the moisturizer into your delicate skin around your eye. RESIST THE URGE TO RUB AND PULL! That damages the sensitive skin around your eyes and works to undo what this beautiful oil is made for. We like applying this oil after we are all washed up and ready for bed. The oil may be a little too much for under makeup in the AM.
2 tbsp. sweet almond oil
2 tbsp. evening primrose oil
1 tsp. rosehip oil
20 drops black currant oil (you can find this in the supplement section in capsules. Just break open the capsules and add to your mixture.)
1 ml vitamin E
1 2 or 3 oz very clean glass bottle with dropper applicator (we love the blue bottles that Whole Foods carries sometimes!)
1 small funnel
Make sure the bottle is very clean to prevent anything weird from growing in your oil.
Pour all the ingredients into your glass bottle (here is where the funnel might come in handy). Put the lid on it and shake it to mix thoroughly.
We recommend shaking it before each use.
To apply simply shake, then use the dropper to get some oil. Drop a few drops on your finger and pat onto clean skin. Remember pat the moisturizer in, don’t rub!
This firming eye oil will keep for about a year if stored in a cool, clean place. What do you usually do to take care of your delicate eye area?