Have you been cutting back on some of your favorite luxuries, like trips to the salon or picking up your favorite beauty products at the store? If so, have no fear because some of the most vitamin and nutrient packed beauty remedies can be made right in your own kitchen. Here are a few fabulous recipes from stylists at LA-based salon The Parlour on 3rd. You’ll be whipping up your own at home masks and conditioners in no time. But with ingredients like avocado and honey, you might find yourself taking a taste while you treat yourself to glowing skin and hair.
Eyelash Conditioner Recipe: Mascara tends to dry out your eyelashes and can lead to brittle, damaged, and broken hair, says The Parlour’s eyelash extension expert, Calma Yom. Natural oils can help lubricate and condition eyelashes. Simply mix a 50/50 blend of sweet oil and apricot kernel oil. Coat your lashes lightly with a lash wand and leave overnight. Wash off in the morning before applying mascara. Use as a weekly lash conditioning treatment.
- Start with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Olive oil is extremely moisturizing and rich in fatty acids, says The Parlour’s Master Stylist Josh Rosebrook. You can also try grapeseed oil, a potent source of vitamins C, D and E and fatty acids, which repair damaged skin.
- Add 1 tablespoon of sea salt. Sea salt is an extremely effective, natural exfoliant and sloughs off dead skin cells on the epidermis.
- Add 1 teaspoon of oatmeal. Oatmeal also gently removes dead skin cells, while softening and nourishing dry skin.
- Finally, add 1 teaspoon of raw honey. Raw honey is packed with enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Honey supports cell rejuvenation and also absorbs and retains moisture to give sensitive skin a healthy glow.
- Leave the exfoliant on your face for 10 to 15 minutes, allowing the nutrients to penetrate and the skin to soften.
(More at home skin care recipes after the jump.)
Nourishing Facial Mask:
- Mix 3 tablespoons of ground chia seeds and half of an organic avocado. Chia seeds are packed with omega 3 fatty acids, the highest of any natural source, including Flax Seeds and are very high in minerals, says Master Stylist Josh Rosebrook. And avocados are packed with vitamin E, which is a powerhouse antioxidant for the skin, regenerating cells and jump starting collagen production – a process critical for anti-aging of the skin.
- Mix the ground Chia seeds and avocados together and apply mask.
- Leave on for 10 to 45 minutes and rinse with tepid water. Your skin will be nourished and detoxed and will feel soft and smooth.
Simple Facial Hydrating Mask: Combine organic aloe vera gel and raw honey. The raw honey will retain the moisture in the skin, while nourishing it with enzymes and minerals. Aloe vera gel is extremely powerful as an anti-inflammatory agent. High in fatty acids and minerals, aloe also heals scarring, evens out skin tone and protects the skin from environmental damage and dust. Apply this mask for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.