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Beauty Recipes + Tips

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I'm a big fan of using ingredients in my kitchen for a beauty boost rather than spending a fortune on various scrubs, moisturizers, and beauty treatments.


Here are a few of my favorite beauty recipes and tips!




Hair Mask

This is a DIY hair mask I like to use at least once a week or every two weeks. It's great for putting moisture back into the hair, as well as helping repair damage from coloring or heat usage.

Ingredients:
1-2 egg yolks
Olive oil - roughly one/one half of a cup
Honey (optional - sometimes I skip it)

For this recipe, you can adjust the amount of ingredients you use depending on your hair length and texture. My hair is short, so I can usually get away with one or two egg yolks and a bit of olive oil. I usually eyeball it.

You want to apply this mixture to dry or slightly damp hair (I usually make sure my hair is dry, but it works either way). I like to let it sit for around 30-40 minutes to really get the benefits of the mask. Afterwards, I rinse with warm water and shampoo/condition as usual.


Face Mask

This face mask is great for tightening the skin while adding moisture simultaneously. It also helps acne-prone skin.


Ingredients:
1 egg white (can use the whites left over from the hair mask!)
About a teaspoon of lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon of honey

After mixing together the ingredients, make sure your face is completely clean and makeup-free. Apply the mixture and let it sit for about 15 minutes or until it feels tight on your face. Then rinse off with warm water! I like to do this face mask while I'm letting my hair mask sit.


Body Scrub

I've been making my own body scrubs for awhile now because it's cheap and works just as well (if not better) than the body scrubs you can buy in stores. Also, you know exactly what's going into it and don't have to worry about weird ingredients you're not familiar with!


Ingredients:
2 parts sugar (white or brown sugar works)
Lemon juice
1 part olive oil

This is great for all over the body because it exfoliates, cleanses, and moisturizes all in one! You can skip the olive oil if you feel wary about exfoliating with it in the mixture, but it feels wonderful on the skin. Just mix the ingredients together (you can adjust the measurements depending on how much you want to use all over your body) and scrub onto damp skin, then rinse. Tip: make sure that rather than exfoliating quickly, go slowly over your skin in circular motions for a good amount of time. Spending more time exfoliating is more effective than exfoliating roughly and quickly.



Beauty Tips

When I feel like my skin is getting a little dry, I like to take a warm bath with a few teaspoons of olive oil or baby oil. It really works for getting a deep moisturizing treatment on the skin. I'll usually do this after exfoliating with the body scrub.

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Also, be wary of what soaps and bubble bath you use when you take a bath. I love baths, but they can be really drying for the skin if you aren't careful with what you use. Use a gentle soap, and don't hesitate to put a few drops of oil in your bath. It makes a world of a difference. Just don't slip when you're trying to get out of the bathtub!
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If I don't care what my hair looks like the next day or if I plan on washing it in the morning, I usually apply some sort of oil to my hair to moisturize it as I sleep. I like using my Garnier Fructis Oil Treatment generously. And don't be afraid to apply it to your roots! A lot of people tend to the ends of their hair more than the roots, but if your roots don't have some healthy oils in them, you won't be promoting healthy hair growth. Do your hair a favor!
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It's also a good idea to take steps to keep heat out of your hair. I like to start in the shower - I try to avoid taking scalding hot showers, and if I do, I don't let it get on my hair. I will only use warm water to wash it and when I do the final rinse after conditioning, I always use cold water. Then I apply some serum to my hair after I step out of the shower and make sure to use a heat protectant before styling.



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