Friday, March 30, 2012

Eco-Friendly Friday #4: Natural Beauty

Happy Friday everyone!


I cannot believe that March is almost over, this year is going by so quickly! Because it's the last Friday of March, I wanted to do my final Eco-Friendly Friday post...for now. It's definitely not something I'm going to do every single week, but don't be surprised if you see more green living posts around these parts in the future! (And if you have a topic you'd like me to address dealing with living more sustainably, definitely shoot me an email!)

Today's topic is:

Natural Beauty

A few weeks ago, I talked about the many harsh chemicals that can be found in convential cleaning products. Today, I wanted to take a look at some more eco-friendly alternatives to traditional toiletries that are better for you, the Earth, and your wallet! Once again, I'm looking to Pinterest for inspiration and wanted to share some of  my favorite DIY beauty treatments that I've come across...

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Tea Treatment for your Hair to Brighten Locks and Boost Shine
(Recipe & Info from Fitness Magazine)

What You Need
2 tea bags (chamomile, a golden mix for blondes; rooibos, a rich orange for redheads; or black tea, dark for brunettes)
2 cups water
1. Once a week -- or whenever you feel you could use a shine boost -- steep tea bags in boiling water for 10 minutes. Let the liquid cool to room temperature. (In a rush? Refrigerate it.)
2. Pour the mixture over wet, just-washed hair, rubbing it through the way you would shampoo.
3. Leave the rinse on for 10 minutes; wash and condition to seal in the silky, glossy results.

Beauty Benefit
"Tea lowers the pH of hair, closing the cuticle for extra shine, softness, and manageability," says Philip Pelusi, owner of Tela Design Studio in New York City. Tea's natural pigments can also neutralize brassiness for more flattering color.

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Citrus Facial Scrub
(Recipe & Info from Whole Living)
Whenever you use an orange, lemon, lime, or grapefruit, save the peel, which contains skin-rejuvenating essential oils. Citrus does double duty: The acid in the oil helps loosen the dead top layer of skin, and the ground-up peels slough it off.

1 tablespoon dried citrus peel, chopped and finely ground in a food processor
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon pure honey
1/4 cup vitamin E oil
2 tablespoons cornmeal

Mix the ingredients until well blended and massage on a damp face. Rinse well with warm water and finish with a splash of cold. Though the scrub's nicest when used fresh, you can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Vegetable Oil Nail Strengthener
(Recipe from the daily green)

Makes 20-30 applications

2 tsp castor oil
2 tsp salt
1 tsp wheat germ oil

> Pour all ingredients into a sealable bottle.
> Before each use shake well.
> Rub a small amount of the mixture onto your nails.
> Leave on for 3-5 minutes.
> Wipe off with a cotton pad.

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Coffee Sugar Body Scrub
(Recipe and Info from Adelyn Stone)

Coffee and Caffeine are showing up all over in beauty products due to their tightening and antioxidant effects on the skin.

Caffeine, works on skin in the three primary ways:
as a vasoconstrictor, an antioxidant, and a diuretic
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Applied topically caffeine helps to redistribute fat cells and decrease the formation of cellulite. It also acts as a vasorestrictor, tightening and shrinking blood vessels thereby helping eliminate varicose veins.

Guess what! It can make you feel more alert too,
because you associate the smell with the invigorating effects of drinking coffee.
(It's a learned response.)
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What you will need:
1 C Sugar (white, brown, cane)
5 TBSP Coffee grounds
1/4 C oil
(veggie oil, almond oil, extra virgin olive oil, baby oil…)
1 tsp Peppermint Extract
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Mix:
Mix sugar and coffee.
Add small amounts of oil to the sugar/coffee mix until everything is coated.
(You may not need the full 1/4 C, I didn’t use all of it)
Add any fragrance you like. I chose to use Peppermint and Vanilla and they blend well with the coffee aroma.
Mix well. and You’re done.
If you find it a little watery from the oil, just add more sugar and or coffee.
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This recipe can be tweaked to your liking.

A few tips:
◦ If you have sensitive skin, do not add coffee grounds and use brown sugar (as it is less abbrasive)
◦ If you would like a coarser scrub, try 1/2 C of sugar and 1/2 C of coffee grounds. 

 
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 Winter Avocado Face Mask
(Recipe and Info from Freutcake)

Avocado Mask- recipe by Barbara Close “Pure Skin Organic Beauty Basics”
Makes- 1/2 cup of mask

1/2 ripe avocado
1 whole egg
1 Tbsp Greek yogurt
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp coconut oil (optional)

Combine all ingredients in blender and process for 30 seconds. Apply immediately to clean skin. Leave on 5-10 minutes until you feel mask start to tighten and dry. Rinse with warm water. Gently dry face and apply daily face moisturizer to damp skin.

* If you want extra hydration add the 1 Tbsp coconut oil
* Never let mask fully dry on skin
* When removing use warm water and finger tips to gently loosen mask before removing with washcloth. (Although washcloth is not necessary)
* This mask should be used immediately and does not store.

These are just a few of the many diy beauty treatment recipes that I found browsing around on Pinterest. I have not personally tried out these recipes, but I definitely plan on it in the future! Being today is Friday and all, hopefully this will inspire you to pampering yourself with ingredients from the kitchen this weekend!

And finally, here's a great article from the Daily Green about being a discerning consumer when it comes to buying beauty products...just like with food, just because something says "natural" on the label doesn't necessarily mean that it's good for you or the Earth! It's important to be aware of ingredients and not get bamboozled by a marketing ploy! (Yeah, I just said bamboozled...what of it?)

That's all for me today! I'm looking forward to a weekend filled with sleeping in, snow, skiing, some Trader Joe's shopping, reading, and snuggling with Cam and Lola. Have a great weekend friends! Xoxo

2 comments:

  1. I always see posts like this for facial stuff but I get super nervous about putting things on my face. It has taken me YEARS to find the right combination of things that won't cause my face to break out so it's like - I do not want to mess with that equation, lol. But I definitely would love to try some things like creating sugar scrubs and things like that for my body.

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  2. These are all such great tips! Thanks for passing along!! And yes, we definitely need to get together again soon! Sounds like you have a good weekend planned! :)

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