Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Homemade Beauty Recipes with Olive Oil

Use Olive oil on your skin and hair! Olive oil is an anti-aging, antioxidant-rich oil that you wont want to stop using!!

Olive oil will...

•Give your skin a radiant youthful glow
•Help maintain elasticity of skin
•Heal dry, brittle nails and soften cuticles
•Condition your hair and add shine!

Skin Care... (Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil)!

You can make simple skin care recipes right in your own kitchen. Try these beauty recipes... you wont believe what a difference they make.

Use it on your face: Create a moisturizing facial mask with olive oil, honey, and an egg yolk. Beat all of the ingredients together until well blended and apply it to your face (It will get messy)... then relax! Leave on for 15 minutes; rinse with warm water.

You can also use it straight from the bottle on your face. Do this after you wash your face in the evening before bed. Make sure you massage it in well and go to bed. When you wake up in the morning, your skin will be incredibly soft and radiant!!

For Dry Skin on your body: Gently massage a small amount of olive oil on extra dry areas such as elbows or heels.

For your hands: Here is a sugar scrub for rough, dry hands. Combine two tablespoons of oil with two tablespoons of granulated sugar. Rub on hands until sugar begins to dissolve. Rinse with warm water. And then apply lotion. You will have the silkiest baby smooth hands.

For your feet: Apply a liberal amount of oil to feet at bedtime. Cover with cotton socks. You will wake up with very soft feet in the morning!

For your nails: Warm a small dish of olive oil (not too hot) with a tablespoon of lemon juice. Soak nails for 5- 10 minutes. This softens cuticles while it strengthens nails.

For your bath: For a moisturizing soak, add about ¼ cup olive oil and several drops of essential oil to your bathwater. Lavender oil will help you relax before going to bed. (Careful - the tub will be slippery!)

For your hair: For a simple oil treatment, warm several tablespoons of olive oil (again, not hot). Rub into scalp and hair. Cover with a shower cap or small plastic bag. Leave on for 20-30 minutes.

For extra conditioning, mix an egg yolk with the olive oil... but do not warm. This is great for dry hair and split ends. It may even heal dandruff. Shampoo twice after this treatment or you'll smell like raw egg!

For your lips: A great way to get rid of chapped lips is to use straight olive oil. Dab on lips... especially helpful at bedtime.

If your lips are really dry and flaky. Try this lip scrub

Dry lips honey scrub

1 tsp of olive oil
1 tsp of honey
2 tsp of white granulated sugar
A dash of lemon juice

Mix them together and make a sugary paste. Then use your finger or a to gently rub the mixture back and forth on your lips.

Olive oil sugar scrub

Best for: all skin types
Benefits: smooths rough skin

2 tbsp light olive oil (not extra-virgin, which can get sticky) or grapeseed oil
2 tbsp granulated sugar

Rub this emollient mixture into hands and feet, focusing on any hardened, calloused areas. Rinse under warm running water and pat dry. Voila! Fabulously silky-smooth skin.

To receive the full benefit of olive oil, don't limit it to external care. People from the Mediterranean culture... eat it! Incorporate this healthy oil regularly into your diet. You’ll enhance your health while improving the appearance of your skin.

Olive oil is high in antioxidants, including vitamin E. Antioxidants are nutritional powerhouses that protect against age-accelerating free radicals.

For more great beauty recipes you can make in your own kitchen go to the skincare resource center.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Helpful Beauty Tips!

Here are some great tips on staying healthy and beautiful!

1. Get plenty of sleep!

Sleep is essential in staying healthy and young looking. I personally get 8 hours a day. If you can get anywhere between 7- 8 hours then you have had plenty!

2. Don't smoke.

Smoking depletes all of the color out of your face and it causes wrinkles and it smells bad. Should I go on? Quitting is not an easy task. If you need help quitting then you should try some methods that I recommend Here.

3. Eat healthy foods as much as you can.

I know there are alot of temptations out there, but eating healthy foods has so many great benefits.

  • Berries have antioxidants that help you fight off disease.

  • Vegetables have lots of fiber in them that can detoxify your body.

Experiment with healthy food. You would be surprised at how many healthy foods are very tasty if you just try them. Eat a healthy diet all week and on the weekends treat yourself to a little something special like ice cream or popcorn or pizza!!! That way you can still have your favorite junk food, but in moderation.

When you eat healthy your organs function better and you will feel better and you will be in a better mood. Your whole day can be alot less stressful if you eat healthier foods.

4. Speaking of stress... De - stress your life.

If you are a busy person and you are stressed out all of the time. You can age very quickly! Studies are finding that stress can lead to cancer. To find out how to De-stress the Natural Way .Take time off once and a while. Relax. Treat yourself and your body to a day at the spa. If you can't afford the spa then do what I do.

I call it "Day of Beauty"

I buy all of my little home spa goodies on ebay or the drug store ( and stock up on the following items:

  • 1 packet of a mask (single use, usually a $1)

  • 1 packet of a hair treatment (single use, usually a $1)

  • Put together a pedicure kit (Avon makes great pedicure products) and do a mini pedicure on yourself.

  • A big bottle of lotion that smells good (The Body Shop), and slather it all over!

You can add more things, but this is usually a nice combo. Take time to do these things and you will feel like you have just been to the spa. Oh! and I cannot forget the most important thing! Light that scented candle!

5. Exercise!

I know! I don't like to do it either, but we must if we want to stay looking young and gorgeous! Pick something that you enjoy doing. I like to be outside with nature, so I go for walks on a regular basis. I walk at lunch at the office. You would be surprised how good it is for you.

It has so many health benefits I could write a book about it. Anyway, if walking isn't your thing then find something you like, bike riding or hiking, swimming, tennis or dancing etc. I found out that if you do something you like to do rather than doing exercise as a chore then it is much more enjoyable.

6. Drink lots of water!

Don't pass this one up because it has so many benefits. Not only does it make your skin look radiant but, it detoxifies your body! And, can aid in weight loss!!