Take advantage of your Labor Day staycation to catch up on those skin care regimens you may have been neglecting. There is an abundant plethora of recipes for at-home skin, hair, nail and pretty-much-any-other-part-of-your-body-you-can-think-of treatments out there — from an avocado hair mask to a beer bath to an olive oil nail soak. Yes, you read right, we said BEER BATH. (According to ModelBeautyTip.com, the vitamins and yeast in beer is good for skin.)
So if you’ve over-shopped for that weekend barbecue (check out our team’s recipes for a healthy BBQ and scope our Top 5 eco-friendly grilling tips) don’t fret. You can use a lot of your extra goodies to make your own relaxing at-home spa experience once all the guests have gone home.
Below is a sampling of some of the more interesting grooming treatments we found. The sites we’ve borrowed these recipes from have a myriad of other great ones, so be sure to check them out for the option that’s just right for you.
Avocado hair mask (from Kaboose.com)
½ ripe, peeled avocado
2 tablespoons wheat germ oil (can substitute for olive or castor oil)
Use this remedy once a week for dry and damaged hair; for normal to oily hair, twice a month is recommended.
Simple chapstick (from Maddie Ruud at HubPages.com)
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup beeswax flakes or pellets
4 large-sized vitamin E capsules
4 ¼-oz. chapstick tubes
Bay Rum aftershave (from Spa Index)
½ cup vodka
2 tablespoons Jamaican rum
2 dried bay leaves
¼ teaspoons whole allspice
1 cinnamon stick
Zest from a small orange
Finger Food manicure (from Fitness Magazine)
5 grapes (red ones have more antioxidants)
1 tablespoon sugar
Firming coffee body scrub (from Spa Magazine)
1½ cups cane sugar
¼ cup ground coffee beans
¼ cup shredded coconut
¾ cup macadamia nut oil or olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
3 to 5 drops essential oil of choice
Not up to whipping up anything else this weekend? We totally understand. Be sure to get plenty of sleep to help keep your skin looking healthy (check out our Top 5 tips on getting your beauty sleep and see what our Fitness Sweatidor has to say on why it’s important to make sleep part of your fitness regimen); keep your diet full of foods that’ll help boost that complexion; and if you’re feeling up to it, Feng Shui your home to make it the relaxing oasis you deserve with tips from our House Honcho.
Tell us: How did you take care of you this holiday weekend?