The official start of winter may still be a few weeks away — but when it rains in Lala land, you know “Winter is Coming.” And while there are things we truly love about winter (think cozy sweaters, gingerbread lattes, and time spent with loved ones) winter can be brutal on your skin! This season, keep your skin, hair, and lips soft, supple, and moisturized with these fab DIY beauty treatments for winter months! The best part? You’ll save so much on your skincare, you can splurge on holiday gifts!
Orange Coconut Whipped Body Butter
It’s no secret that citrus is nature’s miracle for fighting winter colds, but did you know it’s also great for beauty products? Not only can the light and happy scent bring light to an otherwise gloomy winter, citrus combats cholesterol, fights cancer, and reduces the risk of disease. This season whip together these simple all natural ingredients, and leave your skin soft and snuggly for evenings by the fire!
Recipe Via http://helloglow.co
- ½ cup coconut oil (make sure it is somewhat solidified)
- 1½ tablespoons shea butter
- 2 drops sweet almond oil
- 25 drops orange essential oil
- Medium-sized glass bowl
- Electric hand mixer
- Rubber spatula
- Glass container with a lid
- Place the coconut oil, shea butter, and sweet almond oil in a medium-sized bowl.
- Use a hand mixture to beat the ingredients for a few minutes to combine them. Add the essential oil and continue to mix for 5-7 minutes, or until the mixture becomes fluffy. Use the rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl, as needed.
- Transfer the body butter to a glass container with a lid. If you live in a warm environment, you may want to refrigerate the body butter so it doesn’t melt.
- Use sparingly.
Pumpkin Foot Scrub
Our sweet little feet are often forgotten when it comes to beauty treatments, but nothing is as important or deserving (especially during winter months!) The health of your feet can affect your overall health. This Pumpkin foot scrub is awesome because the natural enzymes in pumpkin and the tiny granules in brown sugar will exfoliate your skin, while almond oil softens, hydrates and strengthens the nails and cuticles. The icing on the cake? The caffeine in the coffee gets the blood circulating to your feet, and the lemon works as a natural preservative. Get ready for some fancy feet!
Recipe via http://www.organicauthority.com
1/4 cup cooked pureed pumpkin
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground coffee beans
Lemon juice squeezed from 1/2 lemon
Mix up all the above ingredients in a big bowl.
Now, scrub your feet away to your heart’s content. Pay special attention to the heels. Rinse off with warm water, and pat dry.
Cocoa Honey Lip Balm
With mistletoe season just around the corner, there’s just no excuse for chappy lips! If the lack of humidity in the air during winter months is causing redness or dryness, take a few minutes to create this awesome (and delicious) cocoa honey lip balm. With only four simple ingredients, and easy to follow recipe, this completely vegetarian and all natural remedy will keep your lips soft, smoochable, and winter resistant!
Recipe Via http://vibrantwellnessjournal.com
3 Tablespoons chopped (edible) cocoa butter
2 Tablespoons finely chopped beeswax
1-2 teaspoons coconut oil
20+ drops vanilla essential oil
Have empty lip balm containers, small glass jars or lip balm pots available and cleaned before starting. Add cacao butter and beeswax into a small glass bowl. Place over a pot of boiling water and melt until liquified.
Add the coconut oil and the vanilla essential oil, stir to combine.
Immediately pour the liquid into your pots, tubes, or jars. Set in the fridge for about 10 minutes to set, and then remove. Please note that it will remain stable at warm, but not very hot, temperatures. Makes about 2 ounces lip balm.
Grapefruit Facial Scrub
While you can cover and protect much of your skin during cold months, your face is the one part that gets full exposure – and it can really take a toll. Dry skin got your down? A refreshing winter face scrub can be just the thing to help slough away dead skin cells, leaving you with smooth, supple skin. Grapefruit is loaded with both vitamin C and citric acid which help reduce flakiness and breakouts, and it smells oh, so, good! So ready, set, scrub!
Recipe via ttp://www.organicauthority.com
- 1/2 of a pink grapefruit, peeled
- 1 cup brown sugar
- water or grapefruit juice, as needed
Toss the grapefruit and sugar into your blender or food processor, and blend until smooth. If you’re having trouble getting things moving in the blender, add the water or grapefruit juice – 1 tablespoon at a time – until things are blending up nicely.
Deep Hair Conditioner
Being a Californian means access to the best stuff on earth – yes, we’re talking avocados! But Avocados aren’t just for summer salads! This season, take the frizz out of your do and soothe your itchy scalp with this avocado deep hair conditioner that is sure to bring your locks back to life!
Avocado Deep Hair Conditioner
Recipe via http://homeremedyshop.com
- 1 fully ripened avocado
- 2-3 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- ¼ cup aloe vera juice
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Mix honey, lemon juice, and avocado. Blend them thoroughly in a hand blender to make a fine paste. Blend for a minute or until you achieve the desired consistency.
Next, add aloe vera juice into the blender. If the consistency of the conditioner is too thick to be used in your hair, add more aloe vera juice to liquefy it.
Finally, add the coconut oil and mix well to form a smooth paste that can be applied easily onto scalp.
After shampooing your hair as usual, apply the avocado deep hair conditioning treatment onto your scalp and leave in for 5 minutes to get it infused into your hair, well. Rinse off as usual.
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