Wednesday, August 29, 2012

pamper yourself: 8 ingredients that feed your skin l dailybuzz moms 9x9

recently, i was over at the burt's bees website and i discovered this list of 8 natural ingredients that feed your skin. so, i hit up pinterest for some great ideas for body scrubs and masks that included all of these ingredients, then whipped them up and had a spa night with myself.

burtsbees
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8 natural ingredients that feed your skin
  • lemon
  • pomegranate 
  • peppermint
  • aloe
  • almonds
  • sunflower
  • coconut
  • honey

be sure to click the photo above to read about the benefits of each of these ingredients.



lemon sugar scrub
inspired by this original recipe


lemon sugar body scrub

originally this recipe called for salt but i felt like it should be a sweet scrub, kinda like lemonade. lemon is one of my favorite scents and i loved slathering this yummy smelling scrub on the rough patches, like my knees and elbows.

ingredients

5 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lemon

mix the sugar and the olive oil together, making sure the sugar is well coated. next, cut a lemon in half and squeeze over sugar and oil, then blend together.



peppermint salt scrub
inspired by this original recipe

this is a great scrub for feet. it makes feet feel soft and the peppermint makes them smell great. before you hit the sack at night, use this scrub, then apply your favorite lotion (or body butter: see below!) and some socks. your feet will wake up feeling great.


peppermint salt scrub

for this recipe, i traded out the sugar for epsom salt instead, for the course-ness of the salt that is perfect for rough dry feet.


ingredients

1/2 cup epsom salt
coconut oil
peppermint essential oil

in a bowl, mix the salt with the coconut oil until it is a slightly wet, but grainy mixture. add a few drops of the peppermint essential oil.



sunflower body scrub
inspired by this original recipe


sunflower body scrub

my favorite thing to do with this scrub is rub it on my hands and face.  it is a very pasty formula that makes it great for sensitive areas of the body. it is probably one of my favorites out of all these recipes that i have tried. the recipe doesn't call for essential oils, but i would imagine a citrus scent would make a wonderful addition.

ingredients

1/2 cup epsom salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup sunflower oil

mix all three ingredients together until it is a pasty scrub. i prefer not to use actual powdered sugar, but instead put my sugar in the food processor and blend until it is a powder.



honey coconut body mask
inspired by this original recipe

this recipe makes a great moisturizer for the body. i actually used this on my face and my skin was super soft afterwards.

honey cocunut body mask

ingredients

4 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons raw honey

mix together and apply. the oil will separate for the honey so it must be stirred each time prior to use. 

i find that the best way to apply this is with a wooden stick such as a popsicle stick or tongue depressor. the original recipe calls for essential oils, but i did not add it to this because i don't like to put those types of oils on my face. i have very sensitive skin and the two main ingredients do their job.  



avocado facial mask
inspired by this original recipe 

avocado face mask

ingredients 

1/2 cup almond or soy milk
2 tablespoons steel cut oats
2 tablespoons avocado
1/2 cup almonds

mix all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

i loved this mask because it has a cooling feeling that doesn't dry out my face. i also has a very pleasant scent that makes you want to eat... almost!

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here are three recipes i was unable to recreate at the time, mostly due to resources. pomegranates are usually in season during late fall and winter and i honestly couldn't find anything more than a tiny pomegranate tree, at my local farmer's market, that wasn't ready for picking. i also just discovered that the local farmer's market also sells aloe plants for a pretty reasonable price, so check your local farmer's market as well.





be sure to let me know if you try any of these products, especially the last 3. i would love to know how well they worked for you or any changes you would consider.


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