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Monday, February 17, 2014

3 Homemade Beauty Treatments: Valentine's Day Recycle!


Valentine's Day may be over, but that doesn't mean the fun has to be! If you have a spare rose lying around, or maybe some extra strawberries from a chocolate covered strawberry experiment, then these at-home beauty treatments will be perfect for you! These treatments don't have to be used only around Valentine's Day either... if you get some strawberries in the future and want to learn how to make them into fun beauty treatments, just come back to this post!

Beauty Treatment #1:
"Strawberries and Cream Face Mask"
Combine 4 Strawberries, mashed up with a fork, with 1 tablespoon of heavy cream and a dollop of honey. The heavy cream is great for dry skin, but if you have normal skin you can substitute sour cream instead, and acne-prone skin should go for plain greek yogurt. Mix it up and apply to your skin for 10-15 minutes, avoiding your eye area. If you have a strawberry allergy raspberries can be substituted for the strawberries. 

This mask works well because strawberries have natural Salicylic Acid, Vitamin C, and Alpha Hydroxy Acids that can help clear up your skin and lighten hyperpigmentation. Heavy cream is super nourishing so if you have dry skin like me it is incredible, and both sour cream and greek yogurt are filled with lactic acid, which will help gently exfoliate your skin and help clear it up. Honey is amazing in any skincare treatment; it's a natural humectant which means it is incredible at retaining moisture and helping naturally heal your skin. Plus, it's anti-microbial which means it can also help clear up any acne or irritation. Raw honey is definitely better, but the packaged stuff will still be moisturizing and will work in a pinch. 

Beauty Treatment #2:
"Coconut and Rose Hail Oil"
Melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil in a pot, and then add in 2 tablespoons of rose water and 1/2 cup of fresh rose petals (this is about half a rose worth of petals). Bring it to a low boil, and then continue cooking for 3 more minutes. Remove from the heat and let it cool before straining it through a coffee filter. Apply the oil to your scalp and hair, and then wrap it up in a towel for 20 minutes or so before shampooing out. I used my wrapadoo for this step because it's softer and more gentle than my regular towels. I adore my wrapadoo, and have used it for several months now, but I just realized after posting this video that I have been wearing it backwards all this time! There are instructions on the site on how to properly wear it, and it's unique from other hair wraps because you don't flip your head; you just put it on like a hoodie. Which probably explains why I have been wearing it wrong all this time… it goes against your natural instinct of how to wear it, but apparently it's much better for your hair this way. 

Rose water can be found at health food stores, but if you can't find any or don't have any on hand you can quickly whip up your own for this recipe. To make rose water you just need to put 1 cup of rose petals into a pot, cover with about 1 inch of water, and let it simmer on a low heat until the petals lose their color. This took me about 15 minutes. The low heat is important here... if the heat is too hot you will lose some of the properties of the rose water, so make sure to let it simmer. 

The hair oil works because both coconut oil and rose water have nourishing and healing properties that are both gentle and affective. Coconut oil is notoriously good for your hair and scalp, but the benefits of rose water are less well-known. Rose water helps promote hair growth, revitalizes the scalp by enabling smooth blood flow, helps prevent inflammation, strengthens the root hairs, and acts as a lightweight conditioner. On top of this it helps maintain the skins natural ph balance, which in turn will make everything more balanced, and you definitely want that - especially on your scalp where you are likely using harsh shampoos several times a week. 

Please use organic or hand picked roses - if you buy them from a giant supermarket chances are they will be covered in pesticides! 

Beauty Treatment #3:
"Strawberry Sugar Body Scrub"

Combine 7-10 strawberries, mashed up with a fork, with a teaspoon of olive oil, a teaspoon of vegetable oil, and as much granulated sugar as needed to make the mixture gritty. Apply this to your entire body in circular motions, and then rinse off. I would apply this in your shower as it is very messy and sticky, but it works really well! Your skin will be so soft afterwards.

I hope you guys enjoyed this video, and if you try any of the treatments let me know in a comment! 

xx,
Elle

29 comments:

  1. I loved this video Elle! I really want to try all three of the treatments, but I think I'll do the strawberry mask one first!
    -Sisi
    Modern Beauty Girl

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  2. I really want to try this! It's the perfect way to use strawberries that might have gotten too mushy!

    Love you Elle!

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  3. Awesome DIY ideas :) I'm definitely going to make the body scrub!

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  4. Great recipes and great video! I have tried the strawberry body scrub (well the similar version of it) and would also love to try the coconut and rose hair oil! Actually, I would love to try more rose water based recipes! :)


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  5. Amazing recipes! I wanna try out the face mask, it sounds great.

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  6. Thank you for sharing! I really wanna try all these treatments! My favorite probably would be the strawberry mask! <3

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  7. perfect
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  9. Sound like really great DIY treatments!

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  10. Only just read this and now I really want to go and buy strawberries and cream...but to eat not to put on my face! Haha that probably isn't what you're aiming for!
    Just wanted to add that I adore your blog, you're like a little piece of LA :) sitting in London at my desk now (oops probably should do some work right) and your blog lets me see what it's like in a completely different place...it's cool! Cate xoxo
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  11. All of these ideas are such cute! Thanks Elle!

    xoxo
    Camille
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  12. cute ideas! I'll have to give these a try!

    xx
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  13. I love these so much! I'll need to give these a whirl!
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  16. definitely gonna try Strawberry Sugar Body Scrub!

    x,
    Dinda Nayaredhanty
    THE HIDDEN MOON.

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  20. Elle, I have been watching your videos for years now.. AND I LOVE THEM!
    but, i would love to see more of your health and fitness videos, to see what you do :)
    also more organizing and how to keep a house clean since i just moved out of home a month ago :) cxx

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  21. I loved these ideas, def something I would like to try!
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  23. Love the idea of homemade beauty treatments. :) Need to try them.

    xo Stephanie
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