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Hello Glow: 150+ Easy Natural Beauty Recipes for a Fresh New You Hardcover – November 15, 2016
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Stephanie Gerber is a Nashville-based natural living blogger and founder of helloglow.co/. She’s a writer who, after the kids go to bed, likes to raid the fridge—for facemask ingredients.
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Simple At-Home Facial
MAKE THE MASK JUST FOR YOU
DRY SKIN Mash and add ½ avocado and add 1 tablespoon olive oil.
ACNE-PRONE Smash ½ banana until smooth and add 1 teaspoon turmeric.
DULL SKIN Add 1 tablespoon each fresh lemon juice and honey.
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- Milk or water
- ½ cup (140 g) organic, full-fat, plain Greek yogurt
- 1 to 2 teaspoons coconut oil
Measuring cups and spoons
All skin types
FREQUENCY OF USE
1 / Prep Remove all makeup, and make sure your hands are clean. Use a headband to pull back your hair.
2 / Exfoliate Baking soda is wonderful for exfoliation—the texture is just right for a gentle scrub. Add a small amount of milk or water to the baking soda to make a paste. Then, using your fingers, massage it into your skin with small, circular motions. Start with your jaw and move upward, working the scrub into blackhead-prone areas like the chin, forehead, and nose. (Always avoid the eye area.) Rinse with warm water, and there you have it—a super-inexpensive at-home dermabrasion!
3 / Steam A hot washcloth is the perfect way to give yourself a quick steam. Estheticians know this step is the key to opening pores, increasing circulation, and prepping skin so that masks and moisturizers can easily penetrate the pores and do their thing. For this steam, simply wet a washcloth under hot water (but not too hot—don’t burn yourself!), wring out excess water, and apply it to your face until the washcloth cools. Do this step two or three times.
4 / Apply a Mask It may sound simple (just one ingredient?!), but you can’t go wrong with a full-fat organic Greek-yogurt facial mask once a week. (Just make sure the yogurt has no added sugar, which can accelerate aging.) Let the yogurt’s lactic acid, probiotics, and fatty acids exfoliate dead skin cells, soften fine lines, and lighten age spots. Liberally apply the mask to your face and neck with clean fingers, avoiding the eye area as always. Leave the mask on for between 15 and 20 minutes, then remove gently with warm water and a washcloth.
5 / Moisturize Don’t be scared of putting oil on your skin! Gently massage a small amount of coconut oil (jojoba oil would also work) over your face and neck. It’s a great way to end the facial—and the smell makes you feel like you’re on vacation.
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I am pretty good about using essential oils, Epsom salts and more recently natural body butters; but I also get rather peeved at the rather high prices charged for small quantities and the rather hit and miss nature of natural products so I decided to give this book a go as a roadmap to get started into making more own beauty items - giving me more control on what goes into them and cost.
The book is a nice compact size yet contains over 150 recipes and is comprehensive covering face, body and hair. It begins with some rather useful basics –starting with staples to have at hand when making your own beauty items. I was really happy to discover that I have many of them and the others can be sourced really easily and inexpensively from right here on Amazon such as cocoa butter, Shea butter, apple cider vinegar. It then goes into shelf life, ingredients to avoid and a really useful guide to assembling a toolkit, building your own beauty herb garden and identifying skin types.
The first thing I really loved was the face mists and toner -I have been paying a small fortune for these from brands like Herbivore and Fig& Yarrow; and though the recipes product a potion that will only last 7-10 days, they are super quick to make, cheap and work as well if not better! I also love there are step by step guides such as a “simple at home facial”. I was also excited to see a quick and easy turmeric face mask using on 4 ingredients that I already have: yogurt, oats, turmeric, honey with little surprises thrown in such as recipes for a turmeric smoothie and easy golden milk!
There are recipes for makeup, lip balms, herbal body wraps, and scrubs, body oil including things you could make for yourself or things you can gift. The hair section is a lifesaver…as a swimmer, with an aversion to those nasty swim caps, I have dry hair which currently loves the triple threat conditioner -and it’s saving me a bundle over my usual branded argan oil mask. It features key ingredients such as coconut oil, coffee and avocado….it’s such a comprehensive book!
The guides are simple and easy to follow so it is something we are having fun doing as a family; and the pictures are stunning. Finally this is a book that uses easy to find ingredients and simple steps for those of use that are time compromised and want quick and easy ways of using natural ingredients for beauty! Love it!