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Homemade Beauty Treatments

Everyday ingredients from your kitchen can be used to make natural skin care treatments. Get a few DIY skin care recipes.

Chef and lifestyle expert Yolanda Banks has a few recipes that are as good for you on the inside as they are on the outside.

Java Almond Scrub

  • 2 cups ground Coffee
  • 1/2 cup Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 1/2 cup Turbinado Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 3 Tbs. Almond Oil
Combine all ingredients in an airtight container or jar; mix well. Scrub will keep in a cool, dry place for about a month. To use: Rub scrub in a circular motion over entire body, starting from feet to head. This helps to increase lymphatic drainage.

Over the last five years, caffeine has made an appearance in numerous skin care lines. Caffeine dehydrates fat cells by energizing them, which in turn causes the sodium/potassium component of the cells to vacate. Consequently, water disappears as well. Caffeine tightens and firms the skin, therefore reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Coffee contains natural oils which soften the skin while exfoliating it. Himalayan Pink Salt has over 80 essential and trace minerals including calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron and copper. Himalayan Pink Salt helps to re-mineralize, remineralize, and draw toxins out of the skin. It also balances moisture content, relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and may heal skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Since olive oil has many beneficial antioxidant properties, it protects the skin from harmful free radicals and helps to reduce the signs of aging. Olive oil is high in Vitamin E, which makes it incredibly moisturizing and nourishing. Almond oil is extremely moisturizing and nourishing; it soothes skin irritation, acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, and delays the aging process.

Sencha Mask

  • 3 tsp. Green Tea Powder
  • 2 tsp. Honey
  • 2 tsp. Water
  • 2 Egg Whites
Combine all ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth. Place in an airtight jar. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week. To use: Cleanse the skin with a mild cleanser; dry. Spread a thin layer of the cold mask all over face and neck. Allow mask to sit for 15 minutes; rinse well with warm water.

Green Tea contains signifcant amounts of polyphenols and antioxidants which repair damaged skin and fight free radicals. It contains tannic acid which helps to reduce swelling, thereby shrinking pimples. Green Tea is an amazing detoxifier for the skin. Honey's natural antioxidant properties help to reduce free radicals. Because of its anti-microbial properties, honey helps to rid the skin of impurities. It is very hydrating so it rejuvenates and refreshes dry skin. Egg whites are known to tighten and lift the skin. Masks made with egg whites will lift the top layer of dead skin cells, making skin smoother. Egg whites also help to reduce pores and help minimize breakouts.

Ginger Grapefruit Elixir

  • 1/2 cup Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 1 tsp. Fresh Ginger, finely grated
  • 1 Tbs. Honey
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Transfer the mixture to a small glass or plastic spray bottle. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week. To use: Shake and spray entire face two or three times with Elixir (or make a martini with the leftovers. Put the remaining Elixir into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake hard and serve up!).

Grapefruit is full of antioxidants and Vitamin C, which fight free radicals and reduce skin damage. It stimulates collagen production and detoxifies the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Vodka is a natural astringent, which removes oil, dirt, and toxins from the skin, leaving a healthy glow. It firms the skin and tightens pores. Ginger is an antioxidant, so it fights against free radicals that cause premature aging and skin damage. Ginger increases skin's radiance, decreases inflammation, and stimulates circulation. Honey's natural antioxidant properties help to reduce free radicals. Because of its anti-microbial properties, honey helps to rid the skin of impurities. It is very hydrating so it rejuvenates and refreshes dry skin.

For more information:
Yolanda Banks
www.freshisfabulous.net
Special thanks to Central Market: www.centralmarket.com

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