By Laurel House, Planet Green
It seems that we’re often attempting to mimic nature when paying big bucks for beautifying treatments. You spend wads of cash trying to get a “natural” spray tan glow. You dedicate hours out of your day at the local hair salon trying to transform your locks from dull and mousy to sun-kissed and highlighted. Since Mother Nature has proven herself to be the most direct (and least expensive) route to beauty, why do we continue to try and outdo her with chemically concocted copy-cats that pale in comparison?
While your bronze glow and natural highlights may be signs of a fun-filled summer, overdoing it is easy and if you don’t dedicate some time to reverse the damage you could be in for some long-term problems. And, believe me, they aren’t pretty. But instead of rushing out to buy some new expensive skincare concoction or heading out to your hair stylist for a deep chemically-conditioning treatment, turn to nature to undo summer damage.
To save your skin long term, it’s your ongoing year-round duty to slather on the sunscreen and avoid letting that beloved sizzle penetrate your skin to the point of burn. But, on the off chance that you miss a spot, or forget to apply the defensive lotion all together, be sure to stop the heat from doing further damage as fast as possible. There are lots of skin saving solutions that you can find at your local beauty supply source, or try this easy tip from Diane Hanson of Delluva Vinotherapy Day Spa, New York’s first and only wine-based skincare spa in New York.
Sunburn Soothe Do-It-Yourself
WHAT: Frozen Grapes
HOW TO MAKE IT AND USE IT: Wash a handful of red grapes. Please them in the freezer. Wait several hours until they freeze. Mash the frozen grapes up and apply as a masque to the sun burnt area. Leave on for 5-10 minutes, allowing the cool, resveratrol-rich grapes to suck the heat out of your skin while simultaneously helping to fight sun-damage triggered pre-mature aging.
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Sun and salt water are natural hair enemies. Chlorinated water is even worse. A day in the sun, salt and chlorine can make your hair dry and damaged. Because the summer heat begs our inner sun worshiper/water baby to come out and play, you’ve got to be on the defensive to heal your once-healthy locks from nature’s tempting elements. Philip B is the botanical hairstylist to the “stars” with a product line based on the at-home hair recipes that his celebrity clientele loves him for. Your tresses might not be as high maintenance, but Philip B has created an easy do-it-yourself so that yours too can shine like a star.
Dry Hair Do-It-Yourself
WHAT: Chocolate-Pumpkin Conditioning Hair Milk
This twice a week conditioning treatment is literally good enough to eat (but try not to)! To restore moisture and shine, add volume and bounce, and increase the “touchability” of your hair, follow this recipe.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons chopped pumpkin
2 tablespoons of coconut milk
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon chocolate extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
HOW TO MAKE IT AND USE IT: In a small saucepan, heat vegetable oil and coconut oils until slightly warm, mixing together. Remove from heat and cool. Add remaining ingredients to oils and mix in a blender until you achieve a uniform consistency. Massage mixture through hair and comb through carefully. Leave on for 5-20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Massage vigorously to remove all of the mixture. Cover and refrigerate the remaining mixture. Discard after 5 days.
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Summer is the season for bare feet and hot sand. But after months of frolicking, are you showing off unsightly calluses that you will now attempt to slip into stilettos? It’s time to tidy up your feet by tending to those rough patches. Shizuka Bernstein, owner of SHIZUKA Spa says that the best way to get rid of ugly calluses and make your feet smooth and smelling sweet, is to whip up a simple concoction using ingredients from your refrigerator or farmer’s market. Here’s Shizuka’s homemade callus crusher:
Callus Crusher Do-It-Yourself
WHAT: Crystallized Honey Exfoliating Foot Scrub
INGREDIENTS: equal parts olive oil, crystallized honey, rice bran, dark syrup.
HOW TO MAKE IT AND USE IT: Combine olive oil (softens and works as an anti-inflammatory), crystallized honey (exfoliates, helps feet retains moisture), rice bran (moisturizes, balances sebum), dark syrup (moisturizes, brightens, cleanses). Stir until ingredients are combined. Cleanse your feet with water. Apply the soothing mix to your feet and scrub it in for 5 minutes. Wash off the sticky concoction and your feet will be callous free!
Both sun and salt are known to sap water out of skin. Stop shedding dry flecks in your tracks and do an at-home face remedy that Isabel Anton, owner of Advanced Skincare Day Spa, has sworn by since her Russian grandma concocted it! But don’t just take our word for it, models like Karolina Kurkova depend on this skin-saving treatment too.
Dry Skin Do-It-Yourself
WHAT: Bubby’s Blueberry Fresh Enzyme Dry Skin Peel
3 tablespoons blueberries (organic is better)
1 lemon (use the juice and grate its skin)
1/4 teaspoon sour cream
1/2 teaspoon molasses
HOW TO MAKE IT AND USE IT: Apply the mixture on the skin and gently massage it in (massaging as opposed to merely rubbing increases circulation and amps up the effects). Leave it on for 8 minutes. Rinse off with warm water followed by a splash of cool water.
Yes, it’s hot out. And, yes, a little natural glisten on your skin is sexy— but not when that glisten is actually oil pooling from your pores. Oily skin looks heavy and congested, often caused from poor circulation. Facial exercises can help supply your cells with fresh, healthy blood, re-upping the health of your skin by increasing circulation and therefore reducing oil production. To get the circulation going, you could go to an expensive facialist who will massage and manipulate your skin cells to exercised perfection or you can do it yourself. Carole Maggio, owner of Carole Maggio Day Spa in Redondo Beach, California, has a great full face facercise to try at home.
WHAT: Facial Exercises
HOW: Open your mouth wide into the shape of a long O. Place one index finger on each cheek and apply light pressure. While maintaining your wide open O, try to do a big smile, turning the sides of your lips up (your top lip will be turned up to reveal your teeth). Release your smile but keep your open O. Repeat 30 times. Do this exercise once daily.