2 DIY Avocado Summer Spa Recipes

Aguacate / Avocado

Aguacate / Avocado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a very ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Peel the avocado and mash it well.
  2. Add the honey and coconut oil and stir to combine.
  3. Apply to a clean dry face, avoiding your eyes, and leave on for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. 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:
Ingredients:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 an avocado

Directions:

  1. Whisk together the egg yolk, extra-virgin olive oil, and honey together in a small bowl.
  2. Mash in 1/2 of an avocado with a fork.
  3. While you’re in the shower, apply the paste first to the ends of your hair and then all over your hair.
  4. 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?
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Show Your Locks Some Love With This DIY Deep Conditioner!

Image from Hybrid Rasta Mama.

Today we’ve got a simple recipe that will recharge your hair’s moisture all year long: from the cold winter months all the way to the hot and sunny summer days. This treatment is also crucial if you regularly dry, straighten, or color your hair. All three things strip hair of it’s natural oils leading to split ends and straw like strands (yuck). To replenish moisture and shine try this DIY deep conditioner 1-2 times a week, and we are sure you’ll see results.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. raw, cold-pressed coconut oil
  • Small glass bowl
  • Spoon for mixing

Directions:

  1. In a microwave safe glass bowl, heat and melt the coconut oil in 30 second increments.
  2. Add the olive oil to the bowl and stir to combine. Make sure it’s not too hot to touch by feeling the bowl.
  3. Then use your hands to apply the oil mixture to your hair, focusing on the ends and leaving your scalp alone. Comb through the oil to make sure it’s evenly distributed.
  4. Put your hair into a braid, or a top knot, or cover with a shower cap and let it sit for at least 3-4 hours. If you really want to condition your hair apply this right before bed and rinse out in the morning.
  5. After 3-4 hours you can shampoo and condition as normal. Repeat 1-2 times a week for optimal results.

How do you get your hair into tip-top shape?

 

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How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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Maybe some new quality makeup brushes are topping your Christmas list, or maybe you already made the investment in some great tools. Either way brush care and cleaning is essential for keeping both your tools and your skin looking good. Brushes and applicators accumulate dirt, oil, and bacteria with use, and eventually that stuff starts to take a toll on your skin—clogged pores, irritation, and breakouts!

Fear not! We have a simple and safe way for you to keep your brushes clean and free of bacteria. You’ll just need to assemble a few simple ingredients:

  • Baby Shampoo – We like California Baby or Aveeno Organic Baby Shampoo. Castile soap would also work here.
  • Water
  • Olive Oil or Almond Oil
  • Clean sponge or towel

There are 4 basic steps:

  1. Wet the bristles under the faucet with luke-warm water (the bristles should be pointing downwards to prevent water from getting in the metal band or down the handle.
  2. Squirt some shampoo or castile soap onto your clean fingers and apply it to the bristles of the brush creating a nice lather. You could also use the sponge or towel here if you prefer (which helps to show that the brush is actually clean when it stops giving off color). Rinse the bristles and repeat until the water runs clear.
  3. Squeeze out the excess water and lay your brushes on a towel to dry.
  4. Let your brushes dry COMPLETELY before using. Never stand the brushes with the bristles up to dry. This lets water get into the handle and can cause bristles to fall out (oh no!).

You may be wondering what the oil is for. If you have very dirty brushes with caked on makeup, like a liner brush, then you want to use the oil before the soap to loosen dried makeup. How often should you clean your brushes?

  • Foundation , Finish Powder & Blush Brushes – Once per week
  • Eyeshadow & Concealer Brushes – 2 to 3 times per week
  • Eyeliner Brushes – Ideally after each use, especially if you use a sealant or waterproof liner.

We know it’s a pain, but keeping your brushes clean is so important for maintaining healthy skin. At least try to give all your brushes a clean one day a week. Do you practice good brush hygiene? How often do you clean your brushes?

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Must Have Products For Naturally Smooth & Soft Legs!

https://i1.wp.com/img2.etsystatic.com/000/0/6412600/il_570xN.275973994.jpgLast week we shared our favorite shaving products for the dudes. This week is all about the ladies. The needs are a little different, and we’ve got some great recommendations for healthy, smooth, and soft skin without harmful products!

First things first, the razor. In the past the ladies of Y&L have tested out every drug-store razor ever made. We loved the Schick Intuition with it’s conditioning head, but alas it is both pricey and full of not friendly chemicals. We suggest opting for a razor that is easily recycled, and even made of recycled materials. We like Preserve’s Triple Blade Razor—it is made from 100% recycled materials, and is completely recyclable when you are done with it. The only drawback to this razor is that it doesn’t have much in the way of a conditioning strip, and it definitely doesn’t have bells or whistles.

Once you’ve selected a razor, it’s time to swap out that fake shave gel in a can for some quality shave cream or soap. I know shaving soap doesn’t sound as luxurious as shaving gel or cream, but that’s because you’ve never used a real SHAVING soap. A https://i1.wp.com/img0.etsystatic.com/005/0/6723703/il_570xN.369043464_fogf.jpggreat shaving soap will have ingredients like Kaolin or Bentonite Clay that helps the razor glide smoothly across your legs, preventing unsightly razor burn. Women’s shave soap generally has more moisturizers added. In particular we are coveting the totally organic Women’s Shave Soap from Akava (available here on Etsy), made with primarily fair trade oils and moisturizers. The scent is fresh, and the price is right at $4 a bar. If you feel like splurging the Pomegranate Shave Soap from Smith Family Soap Works would make a nice gift to yourself or a friend :). This soap smells yummy and is $12/jar of soap on Etsy. This soap uses olive oil to give a great lather and prevent razor burn.

After you lather up and shave, it’s time to moisturize! https://i0.wp.com/img2.etsystatic.com/000/0/5192324/il_570xN.192776470.jpgWith cool and dry winter weather we like to double up our moisturizing efforts. We start first by applying a body oil before toweling off. You can check out our recipe to make your own here, or if you prefer to purchase your moisturizing oil we love the Shea Butter Body Oil from Brown Butter Beauty! It is a little pricey at $15/ 8 fl. oz on Etsy, but you can splurge once in a while. After moisturizing with body oil, lightly towel off excess moisture and apply your favorite lotion. Lately we’ve been using EO’s Coconut & Vanilla & Tangerine Body Lotion (available at Whole Foods or other natural food stores) for a lighter weight moisturizer. If you need serious heavy duty moisture try Everyday Shea Super Hydrating Lotion in Coconut (also available at Whole Foods or other natural food stores!

One of the great things about all these products is that they are free of harmful substances. There is a debate about the use of fragrance and essential oils. If you are pregnant, it is best to avoid using essential oils, but otherwise you are good to go! Oh and did we mention that those handmade soaps and the Preserve razor are great ways to be a conscious consumer—support small businesses and big businesses with green practices!

On days that you don’t shave try using our DIY sugar scrub recipe to keep skin soft and refreshed. But it’s not ideal to scrub right after shaving. This can lead to irritated and broken skin—OUCH! Collecting up these products would make a sweet body care basket for any natural beauty!

What shaving and moisturizing products to you use to keep your legs soft and smooth? Would you consider using a shave bar instead of gel?

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DIY Makeup Remover Round 2!

Photo From Bohemian Kate

So we shared a recipe for DIY cold cream a while back, a product that we love to use for gently removing our eye makeup. Today though we have an alternative to cold cream that will remove eyeliner and mascara—without the borax! It is super affordable and extremely easy. The great thing about this makeup remover is it will not leave your skin greasy or oily, and it won’t sting. You can even dip a clean cotton swab in it and use the swab to touch up stray mascara or eyeliner!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp witch hazel – 100% pure witch hazel not the kind that is mixed with alcohol. T.N. Dickinson’s Pure Witch Hazel will do the trick!
  • 2 tbsp oil of your choice – olive oil works well here and is very affordable. Opt for organic when possible.
  • 2 tbsp distilled water – it is crucial that the water is distilled to prevent the makeup remover from spoiling.

Directions:

  1. Add all the ingredients to the airtight container of your choice. Reusing an old bottle is a great alternative or you could pick up a pretty glass bottle.
  2.  Shake well before using.
  3. Apply the makeup remover on eyes with clean fingers, a reusable makeup removing pad, or moisten cotton ball and swipe over eyes.

This recipe makes about 1/3 cup of makeup remover and will remain fresh for at least 6 months if you use distilled water. To make your makeup remover last longer be sure to never put dirty fingers or cloth into the bottle. Let us know what you think of this recipe, and if you have any suggestions please share!

DIY: Hydrating Avocado Hair Mask

Aguacate / Avocado

Aguacate / Avocado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did your days in the summer sun and swimming in the pool give your hair a beating? Or do cooler and drier fall days reek havoc on your tresses? If so we have a recipe for a natural DIY hydrating hair mask for you to try out today. It is sure to have your hair feeling balanced, soft, and happier! Oh and it’s all natural and made from easy to find and affordable ingredients—win, win, win!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tbsp of wheatgerm oil or olive oil
  • A few drops of essential oils, such as lavender, rose, or sweet orange

Directions:

  1. Mash up all the ingredients in a bowl or a blender.
  2. Shampoo, comb out any tangles, and towel dry your hair.
  3. Apply the mask to your hair (including your scalp if you’d like).
  4. Cover it up with a shower cap and wrap it up in saran wrap. Allow the mask to sit for at least 15 minutes (but feel free to let it sit longer).
  5. Rinse out the mask in the shower, be sure to use a drain catch to keep banana and avocado from clogging the drain.
  6. Enjoy your happy hydrated hair!

Do you have any recipes for homemade hair treatments you’d like to share with our readers?

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