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DIY Natural Skin Savers for Summer

The great outdoors can be tough on our skin, but these DIY skin savers can help! Tamika Fletcher with Natural Resources Salon shows you how to mix up your own natural skincare and haircare concoctions, including sunscreen bars, natural bronzers and foot scrubs.

By making your own summer skin beauty concoctions, you can save money, and gain the added benefit of using all natural ingredients. Tamika is all about natural ingredients. She shares a few DIY recipes that will help your skin and hair this summer.

Natural Hair Highlighter

You'll need:

  • 1 cup Chamomile tea
  • 1/4 cup vodka or vinegar
  • 1/2 fresh lemon juice
Directions: Mix ingredients in an 8 oz spray bottle. Then spray on hair for several days to get natural highlights.

Sunscreen Bar

You'll need:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 cup)
  • 1 cup beeswax (can add an extra ounce or two if you want a thicker consistency, which leaves less lotion on the skin when used)
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) of zinc oxide (available online or in many stores on the diaper aisle, just make sure it is pure zinc oxide)
  • Optional: Vitamin E oil to preserve. (I added 1 tsp vitamin E oil for this recipe made with 1 cup of each ingredient)
  • Optional: A few drops of vanilla or essential oil for scent (do not use citrus oils!)
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a pyrex and melt in the microwave. Pour into cake molds and place in the refrigerator to cool.

Secret to Smooth Heels

You'll need:

  • 1 cup milk
  • Sugar or salt (either will work)
  • Baby oil, sweet almond oil or coconut oil
  • Pumice stone
  • Stridex, found in the acne section of any drugstore
  • Thick moisturizer
  • Socks
Directions: Soak feet for 5-10 minutes in a warm foot bath made with 1 cup milk and 5 cups warm water. Create a homemade foot scrub by putting 4 tablespoons salt or sugar in 1/2 cup oil. Baby oil, sweet almond oil or coconut oil or even vegetable oil works well. Massage the homemade foot scrub in a circular motion into bottoms of feet. Scrub bottoms of feet with the pumice stone. Rinse and dry feet. Before you go to bed that night, try this tip: Rub a Stridex pad over dry areas of feet. Stridex, a product found in the acne section of any drugstore, contains 2 percent salicylic acid so it's a great exfoliant for the feet. Apply moisturizer thickly on feet (do not wash off Stridex). A super-rich moisturizer like cocoa butter, works best. Cover with socks.

Monoi Skin Bronzing Oil

This is a rare oil that originated in the French Polynesia Tahiti. It's a base of coconut oil, but it's blended with Tahitian Tihari flowers, and that's where the oil comes from. It's special because the oil has been manufactured the same way for over 1,000 years. This can be used as a chemical free bronzer and moisturizer for the summer using Monoi.

Directions: Just use the oil as you would use any other tanning oil.

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