Do it Yourself Skincare Recipes

1. The problem: Dry, aging skin

The fix: A decadent, antioxidant-packed cocoa mask replenishes moisture and gives skin a restored, youthful appearance. As skin ages, the moisture barrier begins to break down leading to dryness; the immunity layer of the skin weakens.

Recipe: Combine 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon yogurt, 1 tablespoon honey, and one egg white. Apply to face and let dry before rinsing. The powerful ingredients make this a multi-tasking wonder-cream: Yogurt is a form of lactic acid that hydrates as it gently exfoliates; honey is a humectant that also boosts hydration while the protein in the egg white tightens and firms skin.

2. The problem: Rough hands

The fix:  A warm milk soak to soften hard-working hands. 

Recipe: Heat 2 to 3 cups whole milk (enough to completely submerge both hands) in the microwave until it's warm. Pour into a bowl and let hands soak for five to 10 minutes, allowing the fat from the milk to hydrate, and vitamins A and E to nourish dry skin.

3. The problem: Oil
The fix:
Regulate skin's pH with apple cider's high levels of alpha-hydroxy acids and remove excess oil and buildup with ground oats. The oats contain saponins, a naturally powerful cleanser.

Recipe: Combine 3 teaspoons ground oats and 1/4 teaspoon apple cider in a bowl until a smooth paste forms. Then add 1/4 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar; stir until the mixture is even. Apply to freshly cleansed skin and let sit for five to 10 minutes, allowing ingredients to penetrate top layers of the skin. Then rub in circular motions to exfoliate and increase blood-flow. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel. 

4. The problem: Environmental damage

The fix: Detox your face with a soothing berry mask. Antioxidants in blueberries protect against free radials and repair previous damage while vitamin C from lemons brightens skin.

Recipe: Combine 1 tablespoon crushed ripe blueberries, 1 tablespoon lemon juice,lemon essential oil,1 tablespoon cucumber juice, cucumber carrier oil,2 tablespoons baking soda, and 2 tablespoons water; spread onto face. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Gently rinse with hands and warm water.

5. The problem: Dry cuticles

The fix: Turn to jojoba oil for extra nourishment. The heavy oil provides lasting moisture & strengthens tissues. Simply rub a small amount on each fingertip and swathe with plastic wrap to let it sink in before removing.  

6. The problem: Calloused feet

The fix: A simple foot soak of baking soda and water will do the trick.The baking soda treats callous because it's abrasive and helps loosen dead skin," she says. Add a ratio of 1/2 cup baking soda for every gallon of warm water in a shallow tub and stir until the powder dissolves. Sit back and relax, soaking feet for about 30 minutes. Rinse away the baking soda and pat feet dry before applying lotion and slipping on a pair of cotton socks over clean tootsies.

7. The problem: Inflamed or acne-prone skin

The fix: Cook up a soothing white tea toner with Asian-influenced ingredients.Detoxifying skin starts from the inside out, and drinking a simple mix of water with lemon will kick start the beautifying effects.

Recipe: Combine 1 teaspoon peppermint tea leaves, 4 teaspoons white tea leaves, 1/2 cup boiled distilled water, and 2 drops of lavender oil. Let steep for 10 minutes before pouring into a glass container to cool. Combine with enough aloe vera gel to fill a spray bottle. Store in refrigerator before spritzing.

8. The problem: Dry skin patches

The fix: Whip up a big batch of this Asian-inspired body smoother with a blend of textures strong enough to slough off any and all dead skin to reveal smooth, radiant legs and arms. Coconut milk is loaded with hydrating, healthy fats and the ginger decreases inflammation and detoxifies skin. The rice grains make a great natural exfoliant & the starch from the rice helps soothe damaged and irritated skin.

Recipe: Mix together 1/2 cup ground rice (grind in a blender), 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 1 1/2 tablespoon ground ginger to form a paste. Use hands to rub mixture in a circular motion all over. After a few minutes, the scrub will polish the entire body.  

9. The problem: Flaky lips

The fix: Stir together these lip-savers  for the perfect pout - scrubs aren't reserved for the face or body.

Recipe: Combine 1 teaspoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon raw honey, 2 tablespoons raw sugar and a dash of lemon juice in a small bowl. Apply mixture with a new toothbrush in a gentle circular motion. Rinse off and follow up with your favorite lip balm.

10. The problem: Wrinkles and signs of aging

The fix: Our secret recipe for ageless skin is a mask made with fresh papaya, yogurt, and other nutritious ingredients. I recommend applying your usual moisturizer after rinsing. The alpha-hydroxy acids in papaya works as a natural exfoliator; the egg whites are high in protein and help rebuild skin and tighten pores.

Recipe: Blend 1/2 of a fresh papaya (seeds removed and diced), 1 tablespoon plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon white tea (brewed and cooled), 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, and one organic egg white in a food processor (or use a fork) until it forms a paste. Apply to face and neck; relax for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.


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