Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Inspired Beauty Treatments



Valentine's Day is coming to a close and chances are that you are going to have some red roses and strawberries lying around for some time afterward.  So before you let those flowers die their eventual death or find strawberries going bad in your fridge, why not recycle them and pamper yourself in the process? Here are three homemade beauty treatments that will have you asking for roses and strawberries all year long:

Strawberries and Cream Face Mask

Mash 4 strawberries with a fork and mix with heavy cream and a dollop of honey.  Heavy cream provides great hydration for dry skin, but you can substitute with sour cream (for normal skin) or plain greek yogurt (for sensitive, acne-prone skin). Generously apply the mixture to the face while avoiding the eye area, and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing clean.  The natural salicylic acid, vitamin C, and alpha hydroxy acids in the strawberries make this a great mask for clearing up your skin and lightening hyperpigmentation, but they can also be substituted with red raspberries if you have a strawberry allergy.  Note: You can store any leftover face mask in the fridge for up to a week!

Coconut and Rose Hair Oil

Begin by adding a cup of fresh red rose petals to a pot and cover with about an inch of water. Cover the pot and gradually simmer on low heat until the rose petals lose their color (approximately 15 minutes).  Once complete, melt 1/2 a cup of coconut oil in a separate pot, then add 2 tablespoons of the rose water and 1/2 a cup of fresh red rose petals (about one rose worth). Bring the mixture to a low boil, and let it simmer for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat, and let it cool before straining through a coffee filter.  Apply the oil to dry hair and your scalp, letting it sit for 20 minutes - I recommend wrapping your hair in a gentle towel or using a shower cap - before shampooing out.  Note: Be sure to use organic or hand-picked roses to avoid applying a warm bath of pesticides to your hair!

Strawberry Sugar Body Scrub

Mash 7 to 10 strawberries with a fork and combine with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, and as much granulated sugar needed to create a gritty mixture.  Apply to your entire body using small circular motions, and rinse off in the shower.  The oils will help moisturize while the strawberries exfoliate, and the sugar will help shed dead skin cells.  You'll be left with unbelievably soft and glowing skin afterward.  As a person that suffers from moderate to severe eczema, this is a personal favorite!  Note: This is a sticky and messy one, so you should probably stand in the shower the entire time you're applying the scrub!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Valentine's Day, and let me know if you try any of these treatments (and how they turned out) in a comment below!

Watch YouTube beauty guru, Allthatglitters21, make each recipe here.  Also be sure to check out her blogs Dreaming in Blush and I Heart You Coffee for more beauty and lifestyle fun.

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