Jun 18

Summer Ready Hair and Skin~ Peppermint Foot (and Body) Scrub

Hey All!  I am wrapping up my Summer Hair and Skin series this week.  Later this week, I will post all of my favorite products for dealing with Eczema and Psoriasis as I know these and other skin issues can really flare up in the summer heat.  I know this from first hand experience with my eight year old son!  But before I get to that I want to share a remedy I made over the weekend for rough, scaly skin.  It seems our heels, especially, get dry and cracked in sandal weather and it’s not pretty!

Peppermint Foot Scrub! 

Takes only three simple ingredients that you may already have in your home.

Peppermint foot scrub ingredients

1/2 cup Coconut Oil

2-4 drops Peppermint Oil

1 cup Fine Sea Salt

Combine all ingredients with a wooden spoon, stirring until it becomes a consistent product throughout.

Peppermint Foot Scrub

And that is it!  This Peppermint Foot Scrub does not need refrigeration, but should be stored below 75 degrees and used within 6 months.

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To use, rub a generous amount onto damp skin.  Massage into skin for at least 5 minutes for best results.  Rinse and follow with a moisturizer such as, a menthol infused cream or  lotion bar.  You can use this as an all over body scrub, but don’t use on sensitive or sun-burned skin as the salt will sting and irritate.

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Jun 10

Summer Ready Hair and Skin~ Exfoliating Oatmeal Mask

After a long winter or even just a day at the beach or the pool, my skin can feel dull, tired and in need of some extra care.  A good exfoliating mask can do the trick!

Here is a super simple, very gentle exfoliating recipe:

Exfoliating Oatmeal Mask

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You need: 4-5 Tablespoons each of Oatmeal and Buttermilk

Grind the Oatmeal in a blender or food processor to make a relatively fine powder.

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Stir together the Oatmeal and Buttermilk until it makes a smooth, but not runny mixture.

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Add a few drops of Lavender or other favorite essential oil, if desired, for a little aromatherapy and stress relief. Exfoliating Oatmeal Mask 3

Gently massage into skin and find a comfortable spot to rest until the mask is completely dry, about 20 minutes or so and then rinse with water.

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Repeat this mask twice a week to smooth and even out your skin tone.  ~Kelly

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Jun 02

Summer Ready Hair and Skin~ DIY Peppermint Oil for Summer

Peppermint Oil is cool and refreshing in the hot summer months.  Peppermint is naturally cooling, deodorizing and has antiseptic properties.  A few drops in a foot bath is great for tired feet. Or dilute and rub directly onto sore feet.  Breathing in the scent energizes and recharges your mind and body, relieving stress, anxiety or headache.  Peppermint Oil can be added to lip balm to nourish and soften dry lips.

Add Peppermint Oil to your favorite lotion and shampoo.  Not only is it cooling, but adding it to shampoo can keep dandruff and an itchy scalp at bay.

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Add Peppermint Oil to fresh strawberry juice for a light and refreshing facial cleanser.  Simply smash the strawberries and strain the juice.  Add a few drops of peppermint oil.  The strawberries are also naturally exfoliating.

DIY Peppermint Oil Usage

Making your own essential oils can be an inexpensive alternative to store-bought oils.  Often times it is very simple as well!  To make your own Peppermint Oil, all you need is:

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Fresh Peppermint Leaves, Olive Oil, Glass Container

Cut several leaves of Peppermint.  The more you use, the stronger the oil will be.

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Place the whole leaves in a glass jar and with a wooden spoon or a pestle, crush the leaves as much as possible to release the oils.

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After the leaves are crushed, pour the Olive Oil over them and seal the jar.  Set the jar in direct sunlight for a week or more.  A warmer climate may not take as long, but a cooler climate could take up to a month to get the desired strength of oil.  After that time, strain the oil over a tea strainer or other fine strainer. DIY Peppermint Oil 9

There are no exact measurements. More leaves and less oil will make a stronger finished product.  Store in a cool place and use as desired.  Enjoy! ~Kelly

DIY Peppermint Oil

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May 22

Summer Ready Hair and Skin~Avocado Hair Mask

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As summer approaches, the Florida humidity is already on its way and my hair is doing its usual funky frizzy thing!  You would think with all the humidity, my hair would be healthy and hydrated…why doesn’t it work that way?

So how can we restore moisture to our hair naturally…??  Avocados contain fatty acids and vitamins that can moisturize and add shine to hair.  Buttermilk can smooth the hair and moisturize the scalp.  So what a better combination to regenerate and revive our hair than an Avocado and Buttermilk Hair Mask?! 

Avocado Hair Mask Ingredients

You need: 

1 whole Avocado

1-2 Tablespoons Buttermilk

Simply mix and mash the two together until you have a smooth, creamy mixture.  Apply the mixture to your hair and rub into your scalp. Then cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap.  Let sit on your hair for at least 30 minutes.

Avacado + Buttermilk Hair Mask

I had a hilarious time trying to pictures of the back of my own head!  Now, I could have asked my husband to help me, but he already thinks I am completely bonkers for putting “guacamole” in my hair, ha!  Well, he’ll be singing a different tune once he sees my hair shine, right?!  :-)

Avocado Hair Mask Collage After 30 or more minutes, wash and condition as usual and finish with a cool rinse.  I use Shaklee’s Prosante line as it naturally balances hair’s pH and restores moisture to dry, damaged hair.

Prosante Natural pH balance

For the greatest results, repeat the Avocado and Buttermilk hair mask two times or more per week to keep pumping that moisture into your hair.  You could also mix the avocado with coconut oil or olive oil instead of the buttermilk to change it up a bit. Have fun!   ~Kelly

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May 19

Summer Ready Hair and Skin! (series) Plus, Cucumber Skin Refresher

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Yay!  It’s that time of year again…Lots of sunshine, hiking, biking, walking, swimming, trips to the beach, picnics; all-in-all lots of time outside!!  However, along with that can come…frizzy, dry hair and blotchy, itchy skin!  Here are some simple ways to beat the heat…as far as skin and hair are concerned anyway:

~First and foremost, drink LOTS of water. Our entire body suffers without the proper amount of water. We lack energy and develop headaches.  Water hydrates, rejuvenates and energizes every part of our body.

~ Sleep!  Our bodies need time to repair and recoup.  Without proper sleep, our hair and skin become dull and lackluster.  Not to mention our ability to concentrate or focus.  Our bodies need sleep, it’s just as important as the vitamins and nutrients we feed our body!

~Speaking of feeding our bodies…we truly are what we eat.  If we eat unhealthy junk food, we will be unhealthy and feel like junk.  Take care of yourself if you want to be your best both physically and mentally!

~Exercise everyday or several times per week!  Not only is it good for our muscle tone, when we sweat we are actually ridding our bodies of toxins that we are constantly exposed to.

~Moisturize daily, especially right after you bathe.  While your skin is still slightly damp, seal in that moisture with your favorite natural moisturizer.

I try to use all-natural products as much as possible.  The chemicals that are in lotions, soaps, make-up, deodorant, hairspray and the dozens of other hygiene products we use everyday can really build up in our systems.  These chemicals can be stored in the fatty tissues of our body.  Parabens, preservatives, fragrances…our bodies cannot work fast enough to rid ourselves of all these toxins, which leads to all sorts of side-effects and even diseases.  The less we use, the better chance at health we will have.

This series will use natural products such as, essential oils and base oils; fresh fruits and vegetables as ways to cleanse, moisturize and treat our hair and skin as summer approaches!

Let’s begin this series with a refreshing way to hydrate our skin...Cucumber Skin Refresher!

Cucumber Skin Refresher

You will need:

1 Medium to large cucumber peeled and chopped

1-2 Tablespoons purified water

Blend cucumber and water until liquified.  Run mixture through strainer. Store liquid in a glass bottle or jar in the refrigerator for up to a week or so.  Apply to skin with a cotton ball once or twice a day to refresh and hydrate skin.  Follow with your favorite natural moisturizer.

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Cucumber Skin Refresher Strain

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Save a couple of cucumber slices to rejuvenate your tired eyes!  My son thought this was so funny…

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More to come! What are your favorite hair and skin tips for summer?

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