5 Natural Beauty Recipes and Tips
The occasional cocktail may be good for the soul, but the natural ingredients in your favorite drinks can also work wonders in these beauty recipes for gorgeous hair, skin and more.
CHOCOLATE MARTINI MASK
Sarah Zeron, owner of Salon Chocolat in Carson City, Nevada, says unprocessed cocoa powder is antioxident-packed. "It improves blood flow, helps tighten skin and aids moisture retention," she says.
How to make it: Stir together 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 cup honey (or brown sugar), 3 tablespoons oatmeal powder (grind whole oats in a blender) and 2 tablespoons soy milk. Apply to a clean face, leave on for 20 minutes, then wipe with a warm towel. (Do a patch test if you have sensitive skin.)
PINA COLADA HAND & FOOT TREATMENT
This frothy, island-inspired cream from Camala Casco at Changes Salon & Day Spa in Walnut Creek, California, keeps hands and feet smooth. "The fatty acids in coconut relieve and moisturize dry skin, and pineapple is an anti-inflammatory that boosts the coconut's healing power," she says.
How to make it: In a blender, combine 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup pineapple juice. (For an exfoliator, add 2 tablespoons dry polenta after blending.) Massage into hands and feet, then slip on cotton socks or gloves.
SANGRIA SHINE HAIR TREATMENT
Too many days at the beach can strip hair of its shine. Philip Pelusi, creator of Tela Beauty Organics, concocted these three all-natural soaks to boost color and sheen.
How to make it: Stir together the ingredients, then pour through the hair. Apply your favorite conditioner and cover with a shower cap for 15 minutes; rinse thoroughly.
Redheads: Combine 1 3/4 cups orange juice, 1/4 cup carrot juice and 1 teaspoon honey.
Blondes: Combine 1 3/4 cooled white tea and 1/4 cup apple juice.
Brunettes: Combine 2 cups pomegranate juice and a splash grape juice.