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5 DIY beauty hacks straight from your kitchen

5 DIY beauty hacks straight from your kitchen

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Sunny weather and salty water bring tons of fun, but they can also damage your hair and skin. Even though healthy skin comes with having a healthy mind and body, you should still take extra care of it. Not only are these 5 DIY beauty hacks great for your skin and hair, but they're also made with 100% natural and easy to find ingredients.

  1. Coffee Grounds Face & Body Scrub: Coffee is used to wake us up when we're tired. When it comes to beauty, coffee works the same way. Why not use it in your routine? Coffee contains antioxidants and it also helps to get your blood circulation flowing. This is the reason why many anti-cellulite products have caffeine in it. Enough with the chit-chat. Here's what you need:
  • fresh coffee grounds (organic, if possible)
  • a bit of coconut oil

Mix both ingredients together and scrub all over your body in the shower, and on your face with round, circular motions. Be cautious and try to exfoliate your skin for once a week at max.

  1. Oats & Avocado Face Mask: From your breakfast to your bathroom, oats have many uses. This ingredient can soften your skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The healthy fats from the avocado in this recipe will keep your skin moisturized and smooth.
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons of oats

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Put the avocado and the oats into a blender and pulse till you get a creamy consistency. Apply mixture evenly onto your face and neck and leave it there for about 15 minutes. Refrigerate avocados in the fridge before you make the face mask for best results.

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  1. Infused water for sunburns: Summer is all about lazy days at the pool, long walks on the beach, and sun-kissed skin. But when we focus too much on getting the “sunkissed” look, we get sunburns. If your skin is sensitive, the last thing you want to do is put chemicals on it! These ingredients below will help your skin to heal and hydrate in a natural way, without putting to many products on the affected area.
  • 1/2 Cool/frozen cucumber (you can also use cantaloupes)
  • ½ Liter of coconut water (you can also use regular water)
  • Mint leaves

Just put everything in a bottle with a spraying device, leave it in the fridge for a few hours, and then use it all over your body.

  1. Coconut oil as hair mask: Coconut oil has many many uses when it comes to beauty, but my favorite one is moisturizing the hair! A lot of people use about 1 tbsp of coconut oil as a day-to-day face mask, but I prefer to put it into my dry hair. First, I massage it (remember, the oil must be melted) on my scalp and comb it through to the ends of my hair, then I leave it there for about two hours. After, I wash my hair with water until the oil is rinsed out completely. It works even better if you put it on before bed and wash it out next morning. I only do this once a month, and it works fine for me!

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  1. Green tea skin toner: Green tea is a must when it comes to beauty products. Just look at all the things you can buy with green tea in it! This ingredient helps oily skin, reduces the appearance of your pores, has anti-aging effects, and even has a bit of sun protection. You can use matcha powder to maximize results. Make a strong brew, put into an airtight container and apply it on your skin with cotton when you wake up and before bed.

What are your favorite homemade DIY beauty hacks? Give one or two of these beauty recipes a try and let us know how you liked them in the comments below!

These 5 DIY beauty hacks were shared by PumpUp member @veganizingme. Check out her blog and Instagram for more health and beauty inspiration.

 

3 Homemade Skin Care Recipes for Dry Skin

3 Homemade Skin Care Recipes for Dry Skin

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Dry skin can feel uncomfortable and irritating. If you’re tired of going through bottle after bottle of expensive remedies, give the following homemade recipes for dry skin a try. They’re sure to leave you feeling healthy, radiant, and budget-savvy!

Skin care recipes for dry skin

Recipes for Dry Skin | Oatmeal Moisturizer from the PumpUp Blog

Oatmeal Moisturizer

Oatmeal can provide fantastic relief from the irritation of dry skin and eczema, and turning it from a breakfast cereal into a world-class moisturizer is surprisingly easy. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ¾ cup of coconut oil
  • ½ cup of oats
  • 5 drops of essential oil (lavender, frankincense, or thyme)
  • A small, lidded jar
  • Once you have all your ingredients ready, just follow these easy steps:
  1. Grind the oats in a food processor or coffee grinder
  2. Heat the coconut oil on the stove until it becomes completely liquified (this shouldn’t take long)
  3. Turn off the heat and mix the oats with the oil
  4. As the mixture thickens to a custard-like texture, pour it into a jar
  5. Once the cream has cooled completely, it’s ready to use! Simply apply as needed and feel the difference.

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Cocoa Butter Moisturizer  

This easy little recipe only has three components, but it’s sure to make you feel like a million bucks. To make this handy moisturizer, stop by your local co-op or farmer’s market and pick up the following natural all-natural ingredients:

  • 1 block of cocoa butter
  • 1 jar of coconut oil
  • 1 bottle of almond oil

You’ll need approximately ½ cup of cocoa butter, ½ cup of coconut oil, and ¼ cup of almond oil, so measure out your ingredients and then complete these simple steps:

  1. Place your ingredients in a heat-proof bowl
  2. Set the bowl on the stove over a pot of simmering water
  3. Stir until completely melted
  4. Place the bowl in the fridge or freezer until the mixture solidifies
  5. Using a mixer, whip the mixture until it becomes light and fluffy
  6. Store in an airtight container

Now that your homemade body butter is ready to use, give it a try. If you like the results but would prefer a more scented variety, try adding an essential oil such as lavender to your next jar.

Recipes for dry skin : grapefruit moisturizer

 

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Red Grapefruit Lotion  

If it’s sun, sea, and sand that are drying your skin out, try this great summery lotion. It’s all-natural, easy to make, and it smells great. You’ll need:

  • ½ cup of coconut oil (coconut oil is the common denominator in all the best home skin care recipes, so try and keep some on hand)
  • 2 tablespoons of shea butter
  • 2 drops of almond essential oil
  • 1 grapefruit (zest grapefruit before beginning)
  • 2 teaspoons of tapioca starch

Once your grapefruit is zested and you have all your ingredients measured and ready, simply implement the following steps:

  1. Place ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  2. Whip ingredients with a high-powered mixer on medium setting for approximately 30 seconds
  3. Turn mixer onto high and whip for approximately 4 more minutes
  4. Once mixture is light and fluffy, add tapioca starch and mix for 30 more seconds
  5. Transfer mixture into a airtight jar

This moisturizer can only be stored at room temperature for about a month, so don’t be afraid to apply generously!

While homemade recipes for dry skin are great you experience moderate to mild irrtation, if you have a more intense skin problem you may want to combine natural treatments with an over-the-counter remedy. If the above recipes don’t work perfectly for you, don’t be afraid to experiment. Inventing your own moisturizing butters is fun, easy, and great for your skin. As you get better at creating your remedies, you can even give them as birthday, mother’s day, and Christmas gifts.

About the author

Gwen Lewis is a writer and makeup artist based in Southern California. Because of her passion for beauty and health, she hopes to help others not just look great but feel great, whether through makeup or her writing. In her free time, she enjoy shopping and pick-up soccer games with her friends.

Can yoga be used for skin care?

This is a post by PumpUp member Marinka Essel. Follow her on PumpUp @rinkae and on Instagram (rinkae_)

Although yoga is known for helping people to improve their flexibility, strength, and confidence,  there is more to it. Yoga’s benefits can effectively improve the health of your skin. How is this possible?

Yoga relieves stress.

A lot of people end up getting a pimple or two when they are stressing out. By practicing yoga you slow down your breath and this way you are able to have a calmer mind not just during your practice but also in your daily life.

Improved oxygen flow

Yoga practice helps you to breath deeper and through the entire body. Deep breathing can help you to utilize your full lung capacity. Increased oxygen update will help your body to expel toxins from your bloodstream and organs through exhalation.  

Better Circulation

Certain poses increase blood flow throughout your entire body. Moves like forward folds and inversions are especially good for increased blood flow to your face.

In the two videos in this blog, you can multitask by reaping the benefits of yoga and skin care while also making time for yourself. You can get through these videos even without the face mask and still get the benefits for your skin as the poses are focused on helping you to have a glowing skin.

About Marinka Essel

I am a 22 year old girl from Helsinki, Finland and I would like to introduce yoga for people as a great workout routine that gets you to know your body.  I wish to attract different types of people to highlight the fact that yoga can be an everyday hobby.

Follow Marinka on PumpUp @rinkae and on Instagram @rinkae_. Check out her blog and YouTube channel.