Believe it or not, your kitchen is full of ingredients that are as good for your skin and hair as they are for your stomach. And in the middle of winter, when harsh winds, pressure changes and cold, dry air wreak their havoc, these all-natural goods will do wonders for your body and your soul. This weekend, cozy up in your bathrobe and appropriately-named Relax slip-ons by BZees, light some candles, and try out the beauty recipes below, all of which promise to nourish you from the inside out, naturally.
Clockwise from top left: Agave, coconut oil, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, eucalyptus, lemon, sea salt and oats.
1. Enhance your skin’s radiance and eradicate dark under-eye circles with a green-tea infused oil mask.
Heat a cup of oil with a handful of loose green tea leaves, strain through a sifter or cheese cloth, and brush onto bare clean skin for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and voila! Soft, glowing, evenly-colored skin. BONUS: Brush on your scalp before bedtime for an overnight hair-growth energizer.
2. Oats are famous for their skin-softening qualities.
Mix a cup of dried milk with half a cup of oats and a dash of baking soda to create a super-soothing bath booster. Just add to hot bath water and soak for 15-20 minutes! Don’t stay in too long; hot water is notoriously drying, especially in the winter! BONUS: Add a few drops of essential lavender oil to wind down after a long day.
3. Sledding, skiing and other cold-weather sports may cause sore muscles, but not for long.
Heat a cup of shea butter until very soft, then stir in 2 tablespoons each of cayenne pepper and ginger powder. Scent with a squeeze of fresh lemon or peppermint oil, and cool. Rub into your skin wherever you feel achy; the combination of cayenne and ginger will warm your muscles and beat the pain. Store extra balm in a glass jar, and refrigerate until next use.
4. Chapped lips are the worst, but a cinnamon-sugar scrub will make them smooth as silk.
Just mix equal parts granular sugar and brown sugar with a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and enough coconut oil to bind it all together. Rub a tiny bit into your lips whenever they feel dry and flaky. Try not to eat the balm (but if you do, we don’t blame you)!
5.We always knew carrots are good for our eyes, but they’re also great for skin, too!
Pulverize a couple vitamin-packed carrots in a food processor, add a dash each of agave syrup and olive oil and a squeeze of lemon, and apply to your face. Vitamin A tones oily, congested skin, while the oil gently moisturizes, and the lemon adds a glow. BONUS: Toss in granular sugar and brown sugar to make this mask a scrub!
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