August 09, 2016
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The buzz term, superfoods, has been around for a while now and is used describe a list of nutrient-rich foods that benefit our health and well-being. Containing higher levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, they not only nourish your body, but also help shield it from cell damage and disease. Whether it’s a morning juice or spinach based salad for lunch, you’ve likely incorporated superfoods into your daily diet by now.
But have you ever thought about making them apart of your beauty regime as well? The truth is many of the products that we rub, scrub, and blot on our face and bodies are full of chemicals. Since the skin is the body’s biggest organ, we should be paying more attention to what we are putting on it. You can make the following super-food packed beauty products at home, using mostly ingredients that you already have in your kitchen.
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- Grapefruit-Avocado Oil Sugar Scrub. Between the heat, humidity, and air conditioning, your skin takes a serious beating during the summer. If you are experiencing uneven skin tone or breakouts, whip up a batch of grapefruit-avocado oil sugar scrub. It not only calms skin, but also combats dryness and wrinkles. For the full recipe and recipes for other skin saving scrubs.
Beauty benefits: Grapefruit’s antioxidants smooth skin; avocado’s antioxidants, healthy fats, and vitamin E smooth and hydrate skin; sugar exfoliates skin.
Source: Brit + Co.
- Honey Avocado Mask, When it comes to skin, you want a product that multitasks and packs a punch. Look no further than this honey avocado mask. Along with avocado and honey, it’s multi-beneficial list of ingredients include oatmeal, apple cider, and lemon.
Beauty benefits: Avocado’s vitamin E, healthy fats, and antioxidants smooth skin; the citric acid of lemon and apple cider brightens skin; honey’s antibacterial/antimicrobial properties cleanse skin; and the uncooked oatmeal exfoliates skin. Together, they work to calm, even out, and hydrate your skin. For the full recipe.
Source: Nutrition Stripped
- Honey, Banana, and Olive Oil Hair Treatment. Rejuvenate tired, lackluster locks with this honey banana hair treatment. All you need is one ripe banana and some honey. Warning: the banana/honey combination smells so good you’ll want to eat it. For step-by-step directions and other nourishing DIY hair treatments.
Beauty benefits: Vitamins and healthy fats from the banana and olive oil revive and hydrate hair.
Source: Hello Glow
- Soap-Free Shampoo. Many of the shampoos you’ll find in the store contain chemicals and additives that can actually do more harm than good like strip your hair of its natural oils. Give your hair a break with this soap-free shampoo rinse made from mustard powder, yogurt, an egg yolk, and any vegetable oil. For step-by-step directions.
Beauty benefits: It's an all-natural recipe that works on all hair types, so you'll never have to worry about stripping your hair of its natural oils.
Source: Real Simple
- Coconut Oil Honey Facial Cleanser. Whether it’s being used to make carrot coconut soup, key lime pie, or toasted coconut waffles, the culinary world just loves coconut oil. While natural beauty practitioners rave about its versatile and nourishing benefits. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll want to try this coconut honey facial cleanser, which gently washes away make up and dirt. For full recipe and step-by-step directions.
Beauty benefits: Coconut oil’s healthy fats moisturize and cleanse skin; raw honey soothes and rids skin of bacteria; baking soda exfoliates skin and draws out toxins.
Source: Beauty and the Foodie
- Berry Lip Stain. Some of Mother Nature’s most glorious colors come in the form of berries. Not only delicious and nutritious, but berries can be used to add a pop of color to your lips. All you need to create this berry lip tint are 5 raspberries, 5 blackberries, and a tablespoon of olive oil. For step-by-step directions.
Beauty benefits: The nutrient-rich berries nourish lips and the olive oil moisturizes.
Source: Free People Blog
- Thyme Face Toner. Assembling your arsenal of skin regimen products is expensive. To lessen the financial hit, you will most likely skip on buying toner. In actuality though, toner offers amazing benefits for your skin such as restoring pH levels after cleansing. This DIY toner calls for just thyme and witch hazel so its super cheap to make. Bonus: it naturally treats acne. For full recipe and step-by-step instructions.
Beauty benefits: Studies show that herbal treatments like thyme could be more effective in treating acne than prescription creams.
As you become more aware of all the impossible-to-pronounce chemicals used in your go-to beauty products, the natural, DIY options made from superfoods start sounding very appealing. Plus, they cost less and are fun to make. To learn more about all the possibilities of homemade beauty recipes, check out the following books: