As the weather starts to turn colder, many of us face the problem of dry skin. But did you know it’s also a result of imbalances in your diet? Thanks to Kimberly Snyder, C.N. and her newest book, Radical Beauty (which she co-authored with Deepak Chopra!), we have some helpful advice to help keep your skin moisturized and glowing all season long – from the inside and out!
Radical Beauty: How to Transform Yourself from the Inside Out
- When it comes to your diet, make sure you aren’t totally avoiding fats! Include easily digested beauty fats such a avocados, coconut oil and chia seeds in your diet. Avocados are a rich source of nourishing beauty fats, vitamins and lecithin to nourish dry skin!
- Hydration is a MUST! Drink plenty of room temperature water to keep your body hydrated. Another option is eating lots of sweet, juicy fruits which help hydrate your skin from the inside. Externally, you should avoid very hot showers and limit the time you spend in hot baths as this can dry out your skin as well.
- For your skincare routine, add an extra boost of moisture. Try incorporating a face mask on a regular basis like the Radical Beauty Skin Texture Smoothing Mask (recipe and instructions below) to see your skin become smoother with diminished age spots! It contains coconut yogurt which is a great source of amino acids and probiotics, carrot is high in skin-brightening beta-carotene and antioxidants, lecithin to nourish dry skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth and avocados.
Coconut Dream Plain YogurtY.S. Eco Bee Farms Raw HoneyHamilton Beach 10-Cup Food Processor
DIY Skin Texture Smoothing Mask
½ cup coconut yogurt (now commonly found at local health markets)
1 avocado, peeled and pitted
3 tablespoons, raw organic honey
1 organic carrot
In a food processor or blender, combine the ingredients and process until you reach a smooth consistency. Spread over your face and neck and relax for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing.
Pumpkin season is here again!! Today is officially the first day of fall and that means it is time for all things pumpkin – in our foods, coffee drinks AND our beauty products. You can celebrate the first day of the new season by making your own DIY pumpkin foot scrub from celebrity nail artist and owner of As U Wish Nail Salon, Skyy Hadley.
“Pumpkins are more than just for carving on Halloween,” Skyy notes. “They’re rich in vitamins and nutrients and can do wonders for your feet!” They contain “various enzymes that help nourish and brighten the skin, and just by adding raw sugar you have a perfect foot scrub,” she said.
Ready to dive in and get your feet ready for fall? Just mix up a batch. (And if you’re really nice you can make some for your friends too. They’ll love you for it!
DIY Pumpkin Foot Scrub
1 can pureed pumpkin
1 cup plain yogurt
½ cup raw sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon olive oil
Mix pureed pumpkin in a bowl. Stir in a yogurt, honey, sugar and olive oil. Wash your feet in warm water, and while your feet are moist, apply the scrub using your hands in a circular motion. Massage the mask onto your feet for 10 minutes on each foot and remove with warm water and a washcloth.
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Tired of heading to the salon every time you want to add some POP to your locks? Or are you over your same-ol’ same-ol’ hair color and ready to try something new? If so, you can learn to liven up your hair at home with DIY DYE: Bright and Funky Temporary Hair Coloring You Do at Home.
Here is the official word on this book:
Want an accent streak of fire-engine red? How about forest-green tips? Or maybe you’re daring enough to transform your locks into a rainbow of bright colors? It’s all up to you!
With DIY Dye and some imagination, you can easily personalize your hair with any color and style imaginable. This comprehensive guide offers step-by-step instructions on every aspect of at-home hair coloring including:
• Picking the right dye
• Concocting original hues
• Adding highlights
• Getting an ombre in any color
Whether you’re looking to add color for a day, week, month or longer, DIY Dye shows you how to fashion the look you want using affordable options like coloring kits, chalks, henna, food coloring and even Kool-Aid packets.
If your hair turns out looking as great as this book does, you’ll be extremely happy. The book is filled with colorful, detailed pictures giving you step-by-step help. It tells you the products you’ll need to get started and how to apply them for just the look you want.
And there are some awesome little “extras” thrown in like how to make homemade hairspray and how to use natural products like lemon juice, chamomile and cinnamon to help tint your hair.
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Yams get their bright orange color from beta-carotene, an antioxidant that converts to Vitamin A in the body and helps to produce new skin cells. Mixed with honey, Vitamin C and cranberry juice, this DIY Yam Facial Mask will reveal your most beautiful, glowing complexion. Your skin will love you for it! Thanks to Cecilia Wong Skincare for sharing.
DIY Yam Facial Mask
1 tsp. raw or local honey
1/2 cup cooked yam
dash vitamin C powder
splash of raw cranberry juice
Mix all ingredients together.
Apply to face for 15 minutes.
Rinse with tepid water.
Follow with moisturizer.