Food isn’t just healthy to eat, it’s also great for your skin, hair, and face!
You may have heard that stress kills, and how important it is for your health and wellness to find the time to CHILL out. Easier said than done. It may be close to impossible to set that time aside for yourself while balancing all of life’s demands. Try skipping the pricey salons this week, and lock yourself in the bathroom with beer, coffee, avocado, oatmeal, and cucumber. These are just some of the numerous ingredients you can whip up into a detoxing or refreshing mask for your body. Schedule some time aside for you and ONLY you, even if it’s a quick 10 minutes. Your body is desperately in need of a rest so even just a few minutes of down time will help you recharge and will help improve your overall functioning throughout the rest of the week. Plus, stress has been shown to cause fat buildup, specifically around the waist and women are more prone to this. Use these essential recipes to multitask; take your needed break, and relax all at the same time. Read on to get some must-have recipes to brighten, energize, and moisturize!
Cucumber- Lightens skin (great for dark circles under the eyes), reduces water retention aka swelling and puffiness, firms and tightens open pores, cools and rejuvenates, moisturizes, and they are high in Vitamin E, potassium, and antioxidants, so cucumbers will reduce fine lines and wrinkles and have anti-aging properties.
Slice off two pieces of cucumber and lay down. Place the two pieces over your closed eyes and breathe deeply for about 5 to 10 minutes. You will feel the cooling effect right away! You can slice the remaining cucumber and add it to a glass of ice water with lemon slices too for a refreshing and detoxing drink.
Egg Whites – Great for oily skin and hair, since egg whites tighten pores that secrete too much oil. Egg whites have been used for numerous beauty treatments, dating back to ancient Egypt and China. Egg whites help remove facial hair, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, lifts skin, reduces oil excretions on face and scalp, shrinks pores, fights and prevents acne and scars, brings shine to dull hair, reduces under eye puffiness, helps heal skin rashes and rosacea, and lastly helps fight against blackheads. When used in your hair, egg whites help strengthen weak strands and the yolks help condition. Eggs also reduce frizz and promote hair growth.
For your skin, simply crack 1 egg into a bowl, being careful not to break the egg yolk. Spoon out the yolk and place aside for breakfast. With a fork, whisk the egg white until fluffy. With a fan makeup brush or your fingers, apply a thin layer of egg whites to your face, avoiding your eyes, lips, and nostrils. Place small pieces of tissue onto your face then apply another layer of egg white over each piece of tissue so the tissue sticks and dries. Make sure the pieces of tissue overlap with each other, so once it dries you can peel it off easily as one entire mask. After 15 – 20 minutes, carefully peel off your mask. Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry. Repeat 1 or 2 times per week.
For your hair, whip together 1-2 eggs depending on the length of your hair. You will benefit from using both the egg white and yolk, but if you are looking to only strengthen damaged hair or help thinning hair, use the whites. If you want to deep condition, use the yolks. After shampooing, run egg mixture through your strands and wrap your hair in a cotton t-shirt. (a towel will cause breakage) Leave on for about 15 minutes then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
*If you are allergic to eggs, DO NOT use them on your body! Also, when using the face mask, be careful not to consume any of the raw egg and in your hair, do not leave the eggs in your hair for more than 20 minutes. If left in too long, the protein in the egg can start breaking down your hair, causing more damage. A little time goes a long way! *
Beer – the malt and hops isn’t only tasty at your next BBQ, it’s also full of protein that helps strengthen the cuticles of your hair. Beer is also known to add incredible shine and volume to thin hair. Beer can also rid your hair of buildup as it clarifies.
After you shampoo and condition your hair, crack open a cold one, or warm the beer if you don’t want it cold, and saturate your hair. After just a few minutes, rinse your hair well. If you HATE the smell, you can cut the beer by diluting it with water and a spoonful of apple cider vinegar. Use this technique only once or twice a month; overuse can cause your hair to dry out.
Honey – full of antioxidants and antibacterial properties, honey will heal and benefit your body greatly whether you rub it on your skin or spoon it into your tea. Honey is known to heal and prevent acne and scars, slows down the aging process, clarifies skin because it opens pores to unclog them, improves skin’s complexation, and it moisturizes and soothes.
For your skin, simply rub a thin layer of raw honey onto your face in a circular motion. Leave for about 30 minutes then rinse with warm water to reveal your new radiant and glowing face!
Avocado – One of the most popular foods used as facial masks, avocados are full of vitamins and healthy fats that will do wonders for your body if you eat them or rub them on your skin or in your hair. Avocado can reduce the damaging effects of UVA and UVB radiation, it moisturizes, helps protect your skin again damage from the environment, prevents free radical damage that causes aging, is high in vitamin c and helps promote the production of elastin and collagen, as well as fights redness and improves your overall skin tone.
Simply cut open an avocado, reserve half for your next meal, then spoon out the soft fruit from the half you plan on using. With a fork, mash the avocado until smooth then apply to face. Leave on for about 15 -20 minutes then wash off with warm water.
For your hair, blend (in a blender only) half an avocado with half a banana and 3 tbsps. of olive oil. (You must use a blender with the banana otherwise the chunks will get stuck in your hair!) After shampooing, apply mask to wet strands, not your roots, and braid hair. Wrap in plastic wrap for 30 minutes then rinse thoroughly. Follow with condition if desired. Take notice of your super-moist locks that are no longer damaged or frizzy!
These are just some of the many foods you can use for face, hair and skin beauty. Other foods you can use are coffee grinds, yogurt, aloe Vera, lemon juice, oatmeal, baking soda, and apple cider vinegar.
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