Oddly effective at-home grooming treatments
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)
- In a small bowl, mash the avocado until it’s smooth. Add the egg and oil and blend well.
- Massage the mixture into dry hair, starting from the ends up. Once done, cover head with a shower cap or small plastic bag. Leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and shampoo out.
Note: You can increase the conditioning benefits by wrapping a warm, moist towel around your head while you wait.
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
- Place all ingredients in heat-safe measuring cup or bowl and place in double boiler, or medium saucepan of water over low heat.
- Allow hot water to melt ingredients, but prevent from boiling.
- When all solids have melted, remove from heat and stir until well combined.
- Pour into chapstick tubes or lip balm jars and allow to cool completely, uncovered, before sealing or using.
Note: Essential oils can be added for scent and soothing properties. No more than 4 drops maximum is recommended.
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
- Mix together all the ingredients and place into a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid.
- Place the jar in a dark, cool place for two weeks.
- After two weeks, strain liquid through several layers of cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Discard solids.
- To use, splash on the face after shaving.
Finger Food manicure (from Fitness Magazine)
5 grapes (red ones have more antioxidants)
1 tablespoon sugar
- Slice grapes in half widthwise.
- Dip the fleshy side into the sugar and use it to massage the skin around each nail (one halved grape per finger) for about 30 seconds each.
- Brush away excess sugar with a soft towel and rub a dot of grapeseed oil or hand cream onto hands and cuticles.
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
- Mix sugar, ground coffee beans, coconut and oil in a bowl until fully combined. Add honey followed by the essential oil.
- Transfer the mixture to a plastic container with a lid. (The scrub will keep for one to two weeks sealed at room temperature.)
- Rub a generous scoop of the scrub over your arms, legs, stomach, chest and butt, scrubbing medium to hard depending on your sensitivity. (Skin should be moist when applying the scrub.)
- Rinse off in the shower under warm to hot water, ensuring the sugar crystals disintegrate completely. Pat dry to allow the oils to soak into your skin.
Note: Those with very sensitive skin may wish to use pure cane sugar because it is less abrasive than raw.
(Check out more health benefits of caffeine from our Health Heroine.)
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?