Stir It Up: 7 DIY Beauty Products

  • Beauty on a Budget

    Have you ever thought about making your own beauty products? You can! So many items at home can provide amazing results. Here are a few personal favorites, and some recipes from friends. Happy mixing! Photo Credit: Mjorge
    DIY Hair Conditioner
  • DIY Hair Conditioner

    This recipe is great for hair that takes a beating from excessive styling or swimming in chlorinated pools. Combine one egg, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/4th peeled cucumber in a blender. For extra moisturizing power, add a tablespoon of mayo or avocado. Coat freshly shampooed hair with the mixture, leave on for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse. Photo Credit: Kate Sumbler
    DIY Hand & Foot Scrub
  • DIY Hand & Foot Scrub

    This hand and foot scrub is great to try in the tub. Mix eight to 10 strawberries, two tablespoons of apricot, or olive oil, in a blender. Mix in one teaspoon of coarse salt by hand, then massage the mixture onto hands and feet, leave on for a few minutes and rinse. The strawberries are natural exfoliants, so when combined with the salt grains and oils, you'll get a thorough scrubbing and moisturizing treatment. Photo Credit: necrocake
    DIY Facial Moisturizer
  • DIY Facial Moisturizer

    Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder, Inc., is recognized worldwide as a leading authority on the spa industry, the evolving spa consumer, and spa-related health, wellness, beauty, fitness and lifestyle trends. Here is her recipe for luminous, soft skin: Mash half a banana, then stir in two tablespoons of yogurt and one tablespoon of honey. Smooth evenly over your face, and then relax for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Photo Credit: tanakawho
    DIY Juicy Sugar Body Scrub
  • DIY Juicy Sugar Body Scrub

    Santiago, sunless tanning expert and founder of Sundara Airbrush Tanning in NYC loves this yummy concoction. Combine 1/2 cup raw sugar, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup frozen raspberries or strawberries and a squirt of lemon juice in a blender. Apply to dry skin in circular motions all over the body, then rinse off with warm water in the shower. The scrub is perfect for use before spray tans and self-tanner application, but use it whenever you want gentle exfoliation. Photo Credit: Pink Stock
    DIY Ginger-Mint Summer Scrub
  • DIY Ginger-Mint Summer Scrub

    Brett Freedman, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Vanitymark cosmetics, offers up the following two delicious scrubs. You'll need 1/4 can of cold ginger ale, two tablespoons of baking soda and two used mint tea bags. Combine ginger ale, baking soda, and one steeped mint tea bag (squeeze out the liquid) and mix together to form a thin paste. Massage over cleansed face to exfoliate and invigorate. Rinse with cool water. The baking soda and ginger ale make a great fizzy skin polisher. Squeeze the second mint tea bag into your hands and smooth over your entire face to tighten and calm your skin. Photo Credit: beccapie
    DIY Lemon Lip Exfoliator
  • DIY Lemon Lip Exfoliator

    Here is Freeman's second concoction. Mix together half a teaspoon of mayonnaise, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice until smooth. Gently scrub on lips with a spare toothbrush in a circular motion. The lemon juice will actually act as a mild peel for your lips and this scrub will slough off dead skin naturally. Photo Credit: not so good photography
    DIY Epsom Salt Scrubs
  • DIY Epsom Salt Scrubs

    The Epsom Salt Council offers two clever uses for standard Epsom Salt. Microdermabrasion Facial: Mix 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom Salt into your favorite cleansing cream for a deep-pore cleansing. Massage on skin. Rinse with cool water. Pat dry. Homemade bath crystals: Mix two cups of Epsom Salt with a few drops of fragrance to create a custom bath crystal. Add a few drops of food coloring or 1/2 teaspoon of glycerin if you like. Store in an air-tight container. Photo Credit: Creative Tools
    DIY Salon-Ready Rinse
  • DIY Salon-Ready Rinse

    Nicole Descoteaux, a star stylist at NYC’s Butterfly Studio Salon, loves this recipe for clients with hairspray buildup. Shampoo the hair, then create a paste with a little bit of baking soda and water, just enough to make a thick paste. Work the paste into the hair, comb through and leave on for five minutes. Rinse and condition for optimum results. Photo Credit: Quinn.Anaya
    DIY In Your Kitchen: Basic Ingredients
  • DIY In Your Kitchen: Basic Ingredients

    Have fun experimenting with your own treatments at home. Here's a primer on the beauty ingredients already in your kitchen: Papaya, or pineapple puree, baking soda, milk powder: These exfoliants are great for face cleansers and masks. Oatmeal, Brewer's Yeast, clay powders (available at health food stores): These items absorb oil, so they're great for face treatments. Yogurt and cucumber: Cool and softening, these are great for bath soaks, and body and face treatments. Banana, avocado, mayonnaise, butter: These ingredients moisturize, so they can be used in hair and skin treatments. Ginger: It invigorates and warms, so it's great for massages. Honey – Honey's antibacterial and cleansing properties make it great for face scrubs and masks. Coffee Grounds (use within 20 minutes after brewing to avoid oxidation): Reduce morning puffiness, exfoliate and invigorate with coffee. Fresh Thyme: Refresh your face and body with thyme. Strawberry: Cleanse and exfoliate the face with this fruit. Dried lavender: This relaxing flower is also antibacterial, making it perfect for bath and body treatments. Kiwi, lemon and orange: These fruits disinfect and are packed with Vitamin C, an antioxidant. They're great for the face and lemon exfoliates. Photo Credit: Mjorge
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