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7 Ideas for Making Mother’s Day Special (without spending a bomb)

Mother’s Day is a perfect time to get back to basics with mum and the family and just enjoy each others company. If you’re not sure what to do for mum on the day, it doesn’t have to be anything flashy! Simply taking the time to do something special for her will mean the world.

7 Ideas for Making Mother’s Day Special

~ make the day all about her – really take time to think about what mum likes

~ make her breakfast – try something new and different to show you really care. Like this comforting Shakshuka recipe (delicious and super simple!) Tip: add rosemary. This handy little herb can help protect skin cells from damage often caused by the sun and free radicals. Rosemary contains antibacterial and antioxidant rosmarinic acid, plus several essential oils known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties.

~ spend time with her doing things she likes or just talking about things that interest her

~ make her a DIY beauty treatment – try our DIY Beauty Recipe for Anti-Wrinkle Eye Serum (instructions below). This serum is soothing, all natural and something you and mum can do together when winding down for the day.

~ watch her favourite movie with her

~ do the dishes, washing, shopping, cleaning – whatever you can to help make her day special

~ buy her a Lip Nourish 🙂

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DIY Beauty Recipe – Anti Wrinkle Eye Serum

HOW

1. Combine a teaspoon of aloe vera gel with 2 drops of jojoba oil and 2 drops of pure Vitamin E oil. Note the aloe vera will not combine perfectly with the oils.

2. Mix well.

3. Gently massage under eyes before bed and rinse in the morning

WHY

Due to aloe vera’s high water content it is a great way to hydrate, moisturise and rejuvenate the skin. Not only is jojoba intensely moisturising but it also reduces inflammation and puffiness around the eye whilst reducing the appearance of fine lines.

TIP: You can also use this as a treatment for any dry or irritated sports around the body and face.

 

Make sure mum has a lovely day xx

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Green Tea Face Mist

DIY Green Tea and Rose Face Mist

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As the Spring days get warmer and our skin restores from whipping winds and indoor heating, this is the ideal ‘pick me up’ to refresh and rejuvenate. Create your own Green Tea and Rose Face Mist made from skin-loving ingredients to pick you up and cool down you down on the go.

Green tea is a great anti-inflammatory and soother and is full of antioxidants to give you ‘the glow’. If you suffer from breakouts due to increased sweat production in the warmer months, green tea also has antibacterial properties to help calm irritated skin. It can also be used to soothe and rejuvenate sun burnt skin.

There are numerous benefits of Rosehip oil, but in short it’s a great moisturiser as it’s full of omega fatty acids to keep skin supple and repair damage and also protects against free radical damage.

As an alternative, feel free to grab a lemon and zest some skin into the recipe. As well as being ‘uplifting’ and antibacterial it’s ideal for oily skin and acne or if you suffer from scars and age spots. As lemon juice is a natural exfoliant you may like to add some too. The citric fruit acid acts as a gentle “skin peel” that removes the top layer of dead skin cells, results in a smooth complexion. I like to use a few drops of lemon oil on my skin at night before moisturising.

Green Tea Rose Face Mist

HOW TO

1. Brew a fresh pot of [preferably organic, loose leaf] green tea

2. Pour into a small cup and add 3-4 drops of organic Rosehip oil

[OPTIONAL: you can grate some fresh lemon into the mix]

3. Stir well

4. Place the mixture in the fridge to cool and transfer into a small spray bottle [doesn’t have to be fancy, a plastic one from the discount store will do!]

5. Voila! Close your eyes and spray you face 1-3 times as many times as you like during the day

Relax and Enjoy

Refrigerate up to a week to keep the spray fresh.

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • You can keep the spray in your handbag and use it at room temperature, but I personally love that cooling effect of keeping it in the fridge
  • If you like, you can add vitamin E oil as well.
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7 Ideas for Making Mother’s Day Special (without spending a bomb)

Mother’s Day is a perfect time to get back to basics with mum and the family and just enjoy each others company. If you’re not sure what to do for mum on the day, it doesn’t have to be anything flashy! Simply taking the time to do something special for her will mean the world.

7 Ideas for Making Mother’s Day Special

~ make the day all about her – really take time to think about what mum likes

~ make her breakfast – try something new and different to show you really care. Like this comforting Shakshuka recipe (delicious and super simple!) Tip: add rosemary. This handy little herb can help protect skin cells from damage often caused by the sun and free radicals. Rosemary contains antibacterial and antioxidant rosmarinic acid, plus several essential oils known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties.

~ spend time with her doing things she likes or just talking about things that interest her

~ make her a DIY beauty treatment – try our DIY Beauty Recipe for Anti-Wrinkle Eye Serum (instructions below). This serum is soothing, all natural and something you and mum can do together when winding down for the day.

~ watch her favourite movie with her

~ do the dishes, washing, shopping, cleaning – whatever you can to help make her day special

~ buy her a Lip Nourish 🙂

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DIY Beauty Recipe – Anti Wrinkle Eye Serum

HOW

1. Combine a teaspoon of aloe vera gel with 2 drops of jojoba oil and 2 drops of pure Vitamin E oil. Note the aloe vera will not combine perfectly with the oils.

2. Mix well.

3. Gently massage under eyes before bed and rinse in the morning

WHY

Due to aloe vera’s high water content it is a great way to hydrate, moisturise and rejuvenate the skin. Not only is jojoba intensely moisturising but it also reduces inflammation and puffiness around the eye whilst reducing the appearance of fine lines.

TIP: You can also use this as a treatment for any dry or irritated sports around the body and face.

 

Make sure mum has a lovely day xx

Cindy Sign Off Yellow

Green Tea Face Mist

DIY Green Tea and Rose Face Mist

[BEAUTY]

As the Spring days get warmer and our skin restores from whipping winds and indoor heating, this is the ideal ‘pick me up’ to refresh and rejuvenate. Create your own Green Tea and Rose Face Mist made from skin-loving ingredients to pick you up and cool down you down on the go.

Green tea is a great anti-inflammatory and soother and is full of antioxidants to give you ‘the glow’. If you suffer from breakouts due to increased sweat production in the warmer months, green tea also has antibacterial properties to help calm irritated skin. It can also be used to soothe and rejuvenate sun burnt skin.

There are numerous benefits of Rosehip oil, but in short it’s a great moisturiser as it’s full of omega fatty acids to keep skin supple and repair damage and also protects against free radical damage.

As an alternative, feel free to grab a lemon and zest some skin into the recipe. As well as being ‘uplifting’ and antibacterial it’s ideal for oily skin and acne or if you suffer from scars and age spots. As lemon juice is a natural exfoliant you may like to add some too. The citric fruit acid acts as a gentle “skin peel” that removes the top layer of dead skin cells, results in a smooth complexion. I like to use a few drops of lemon oil on my skin at night before moisturising.

Green Tea Rose Face Mist

HOW TO

1. Brew a fresh pot of [preferably organic, loose leaf] green tea

2. Pour into a small cup and add 3-4 drops of organic Rosehip oil

[OPTIONAL: you can grate some fresh lemon into the mix]

3. Stir well

4. Place the mixture in the fridge to cool and transfer into a small spray bottle [doesn’t have to be fancy, a plastic one from the discount store will do!]

5. Voila! Close your eyes and spray you face 1-3 times as many times as you like during the day

Relax and Enjoy

Refrigerate up to a week to keep the spray fresh.

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • You can keep the spray in your handbag and use it at room temperature, but I personally love that cooling effect of keeping it in the fridge
  • If you like, you can add vitamin E oil as well.
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Natural Remedies for Dry Lips – DIY Lip Scrub

Say goodbye to parched lips for good! If you want smooth, hydrated lips all year round, the natural way, follow these handy tips and our special chapped lips DIY lip scrub. 

LIP LESSONS 101

The lips have it rough, quite literally. That’s because they’re virtually naked in comparison to other areas of the face and body and are therefore more prone to dryness. While you face features a thick, protective layer of skin, the lips often need an extra helping hand to remain smooth and moist. They have no oil or sweat glands, and they’re constantly exposed to irritants: the saliva, our food and drinks, environmental pollutants, the weather, the list goes on and on!

Our lips need just as much care as the rest of our skin, if not more, so keep reading to find out how to fight off some of the most common lip problems. 

Let us explain in a bit more depth…

Lips have a layer of skin (stratum corneum) that is exceptionally thin and transparent, barely covering the vulnerable mucous membrane underneath.

When lips are moist on the surface from your saliva, they attract moisture from deep within the skin which evaporates into the dry air. Adding to this, when you lick your lips, the digestive enzymes in saliva break down the skin, causing the corners to crack, so it is not just the outside elements that cause painful chapping. In fact, water loss on the lips is three to ten times higher than other parts of the face or body!

Lips also have minimal to no sebaceous glands and zero sweat glands.  These physiological facts combined with climate changes all contribute to making dry lips a recurring, persistent problem. Have you ever wondered why lips can turn blue in the winter? It’s because in extremely cold weather, blood vessels in the lips become poorly oxygenated, making the lips change colour as a result.

WHAT TO AVOID DOING

Avoid repetitively licking the lips in a futile attempt to restore moisture. Even though it may make them feel better, it is actually making matters worse! Your tongue transfers saliva from your mouth to your lips which actually eats away and destroys the thin layer of skin covering the lips which leads to soreness and chapping. Try drinking water instead or applying a nourishing balm.

Avoid being constantly out in the sun which can also have a really debilitating effect on the pout as the harsh UV rays can be quite ageing and lip-shrinking. Natural sunscreen ingredients or a layer of Lip Nourish will go a long way toward keeping your lips looking and feeling beautiful.

Avoid using matte lipsticks or long-wearing lip stains as these can cause some damage. Try to also avoid using lip plumpers that contain harmful irritants like menthol and mint oils.

Avoid any lip products that contain fragrances and synthetic colours as these can wreak absolute havoc on the sensitive, thin layer of the lips.

Avoid marketing spin! There are some brands out there which are a chemical cocktail for disaster, and despite claiming to soothe the lips, they actually contain ingredients have no benefit for the lips and end up compounding the problem. Most often they are poorly formulated and lack beneficial oils, emollients, and repairing ingredients, therefore your lips will remain dry.

ARE YOU EATING FOR HEALTHY LIPS?

While a good lip balm can help, so can your diet. The key to preventing chapped lips is eating more of the good stuff! Different vitamins and minerals found in food ca be helpful to your skin by rejuvenating and restoring its healthy glow. Some nutrients serve as antioxidants, which reduce the effect of free radicals on your lip cells.

In particular, the Omega-3 fats in walnuts and fish help regulate cell turnover to keep the lips moist and beautiful.

Avocados are also one of the most important moisturising nutrients you can have to improve the appearance of your skin and lips. That’s because avocado lipids are luscious, they contain lots of skin-healthy polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats and because of these luscious lipids, avocados house lots of important beauty-fying nutrients and phytochemicals.

Plenty of water is also important, as the lips are often the first place you’ll see signs of dehydration.

THE CURES FOR CHAPPED LIPS

The very best thing you can do to treat and prevent chapped lips, aside from maintaining a balanced and healthy diet and not licking your lips constantly, is to slather your lips in a hydrating and nourishing lip balm, like Lip Nourish.

When chapping is severe or if you notice flaking along with a dry feeling, using a gently lip scrub (which we’ll get to soon!) prior to applying any other products can work wonders. The scrub quickly removes dead, dry, flaky skin and leaves a smooth surface for lip balm application. If you haven’t done this before, prepared to be surprised at the results!

Right before you go to bed, you might also want to apply a swipe of crème-soft Lip Nourish to your lips. You’ll no doubt awake with the most hydrated set of smackers going around!

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KNOW YOUR INGREDIENTS

Use products that contain healthy ingredients which will keep your lips moist and reinforce their delicate protective barrier.

Just like the skin on the rest of your face, the lips benefit from cell-communicating and skin-identical ingredients, and antioxidants. That’s why it’s important to ensure your lip products are 100% all-natural and include nutrient-rich ingredients like avocado oil, cocoa butter and nourishing citrus and almond oils. What better way to guarantee the purity of what’s going on your skin and into your body than with healthy, natural products that don’t pose any dangers to your health?!

DO IT YOURSELF

Everybody’s lips deserve a spa day — a lip facial, if you will! So to help you ease your poor, peeling, flaking pout, we’ve assembled together this super delicious chapped lips home remedy lip scrub that you can do a few times a week to gently remove dead skin cells and moisturises the lips all at once.

Follow with your favourite lip nourish natural lipstick (we recommend the Pink Juniper for a feminine touch or Chai Shimmer for a nude look) and they will look, and taste, good enough to eat!

The coconut oil in this recipe works to nourish the lips while honey locks in moisture and has anti-inflammatory properties to improve the look and texture of your kissers. Avocado oil contains antioxidants called polyphenols which fight free radicals that cause cell damage. This multi-tasking oil is also a good source of vitamin K and potassium which is essential for fluid balance in the lips.

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DIRECTIONS

1. Combine 1 tsp of coconut oil (at room temperature) and 1 tsp of avocado oil with 1 tsp runny honey

2. Stir in approximately 1 or 2 tsps of  brown or raw sugar. TIP: If the mixture is too runny, simply add more sugar, or if it is too dry add a little more coconut oil.

4. Gently massage the scrub onto clean lips.

5. Rinse with warm water and pat dry

6. Follow with your favourite lip nourish lipstick & pucker up!

TIPS AND TRICKS

Discard any leftovers as the sugar will soon dissolve and will be ineffective in exfoliating the lips.

Be gentle! Your lips are sensitive.

Do not use if the skin on your lips is broken or scabbed.

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5 Top Natural Beauty Tips for Autumn

Top 5 Natural Beauty Tips for Autumn

The temperatures become cooler, the days are shorter, the morning air is crisp and it’s time to start thinking about woolly jumpers and hats. Autumn is officially here, bringing with it a harvest of yummy foods and exciting Autumn beauty trends. But after months of sun, sand and sea exposure, Autumn also summons the need for some serious TLC.

Our 5 top Autumn beauty skin, hair and health tips will keep you in glowing condition top to toe through the change in seasons with a range of post-summer beauty rituals, natural foods and remedies to prepare your skin from the inside out and outside in.

1. Exfoliate often!

Autumn is the perfect time to focus on repairing and caring for your skin and health, especially if you’ve spent time at the beach in previous months. To save your skin from becoming dull, lacklustre and dehydrated during the colder months, up your exfoliation to twice a week. The exfoliation process increases cell turnover rate and promotes more radiant skin by removing dead skin cells that can prevent the absorption of any moisturisers or serums.

For the body, we recommend Dry Body Brushing regularly, which works to invigorate your lymphatic system and rid the skin of lumps and bumps. By starting to ‘dry brush’ you’ll not only exfoliate and boost your circulation and refine your skin tone, but also create more energy in the body and a feeling of general wellbeing. Check out this handy tutorial on how to dry body brush the skin.

When it comes to the face, try one of our favourite at-home pantry beauty recipes – Honey & Oats Deep Cleansing Mask, which is extremely cleansing, healing and softening to the skin, not to mention smells and tastes delicious! You’ll have a youthful glow this season in no time.

2. Swap coffee and sugary drinks for herbal tea

As tricky as it is to give up your morning coffee, herbal tea will do all kinds of wonder this Autumn, especially when it comes to your skin. Caffeine in coffee and some caffeine rich teas dehydrates the skin, which can ultimately leads to ageing and a dull skin tone.

Similarly, the high level of sugar in drinks like hot chocolate and lemonade can also be damaging to your skin, causing blemishes and break outs. In older women, sugar consumption can lead to the production of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), proteins that become glycated causing skin ageing, wrinkles and lines, so avoid as best as possible.

For the perfect substitute try this warming Chai Tea recipe, which is packed with antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron and theobromine, the kinds of chai spices that prevent free radical damage that can lead to premature ageing. There isn’t anything better than a warm cup of herbal tea to ward away cold weather blues, don’t you think?

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3. Increase hydration

As the season changes and the temperature plummets, it’s important to keep hydration at the top of your skincare regime. The skin repairs itself at night, and during this process, loses a huge proportion of its moisture. Throw heating into the mix, and we have ourselves a recipe for extreme dehydration.

Aim to use skin-loving nutrient rich hydrating balms that encourage and contain vital ingredients like Vitamin C, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. You might also want to layer your balms with serums to supercharge the thirst-quenching benefits or pop on an overnight mask for radiant skin by morning.

If your complexion has lost its glow, try this DIY Banana and Avocado Face Mask to nourish, plump and boost radiance or if you’ve experienced sun damage from a long, hot summer, then give this DIY Mask for Summer Spots a whirl.

Always opt for products that do not contain pore blocking ingredients such as mineral oil, drying alcohol, fragrance and preservatives that prevent your skin from breathing naturally.

And don’t forget your hands – as the skin on your hands doesn’t produce as much natural oil as the rest of your body, it’s much more prone to dryness, especially in colder weather. Pamper your hands with a deeply hydrating rescue remedy enriched with natural ingredients like Jojoba oil and soothing Marshmallow root.

Likewise, sun and sea can leave hair dry and damaged. Use the cooler months to nurture it back to health with powerhouse ingredients like coconut oil and argan oil for gorgeous, softer-than-ever tresses that remain hydrated and healthy.

4. Use natural lip care

It’s no secret that the chill in the air can be taxing on the lips, drying them out and leaving them a little worse for wear. Luckily, there’s a few key ways to keep them in tip top shape this season.

Firstly, the number one rule for keeping lips luscious is to not lick them to moisten them. Saliva is full of enzymes designed to aid digestion, not hydrate lips, so stay mindful to avoid lip licking.

Next, minimise the amount of salty and spicy foods you’re consuming which can trigger inflammation.

Thirdly, avoid products containing synthetic flavours and fragrances. Although it’s tempting to reach for a tub of petroleum jelly to protect chapped lips from the chill, it’s not as helpful as you think. As a by-product from the oil industry, petroleum jelly is not compatible with our skin and applying on your lips is like wrapping your skin in cling film, preventing it from breathing and potentially making the area even more sore and chapped.

Give your lips an even better edge against the elements with a super hydrating and nourishing lip balm like our Lip Nourish, which is made with avocado and citrus oils and natural emollients to keep your lips soft, smooth, hydrated and protected. For everyday wear, try Nude Cinnamon or Chai Shimmer, or even our best-selling Rose Lime. The unique melting texture of each crème-smooth balm will allow the lips to feel hydrated with a wash of sheer, delicious colour that will take you from day to night.

A handy tip is to coat your lips with Lip Nourish at night to awake with a soft, nourished lips by morning.

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5. Eat for beauty

You can make a big difference to your skin by making some small changes to your diet when the new season arrives. In particular, consuming clean, fresh food will give you the best beauty benefits.

Sweet potatoes, pumpkins, beetroot, apples, and pumpkin seeds are all in season during Autumn, and contain Vitamins A and C not to mention a plethora of healthy nutrients and antioxidants to reduce inflammation, slow down the ageing process and aid in the creation of new skin cells.

Don’t forget the fatty acids. Research shows people deficient in essential fatty acids often have dry lips and skin. So, it makes sense to boost your EFA intake in Autumn. Nuts, seeds, avocados and oily fish can help resolve parched skin, and embracing lipsticks containing EFA-rich avocado (Vitamin E), walnut and flaxseed oils (linoleic acid) have been scientifically proven to heal and hydrate.

If you’re not already taking an organic natural food booster, Autumn is a great time to begin. These not only gives your immune system a much needed pre-winter boost, but also works wonders to hydrate, smooth and protect your skin.





10 DIY Beauty Recipes




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DIY beauty tips to nourish yourself this Valentine’s Day

February is the ideal time to invest in nourishing yourself…inside and out. To make it easy, and fun, we’ve gathered our top 5 DIY beauty tips to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day, especially for summer whipped lips or winter weary skin.

  1. Nourish your lips

Say goodbye to parched lips for good! If you want smooth, kissable lips all year round (the natural way!), these handy tips and our very special chapped lips home remedy luscious lip scrub will keep your pout in tip top form!

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  1. Get your skin glowing – the fast and easy way

I’m of the belief that we all deserve deliciously glowing skin that exudes pure vitality and radiance, but achieving complexion nirvana is not always an easy feat. Thankfully all you need is a bit of a boost, some healthy balance and the right nourishing practices to master a flawless canvas and heal your skin from the inside out.

  1. Supercharged Food Earth Mask & Scrub

Supercharged Food, Earth Mask & Scrub is a unique combination of the highest grade Diatomaceous Earth from the USA and Volcamin from the iconic outback town of Lightning Ridge in Australia. It works as both a face mask and an oh-so-gentle yet effective exfoliating scrub and provides superb results to leave the skin instantly nourished, feeling softer, smoother and looking more radiant.

  1. DIY Refreshing Green Tea Face Mist

With the days still hot and humid, sometimes you need that little ‘pick me up’ to refresh and rejuvenate. Try our DIY green tea face mist made from skin-loving ingredients to cool down you down on the go.

  1. Deep conditioning hair mask

With the heavenly combination of coconut oil, banana and honey, you can get healthy, luscious locks with our DIY Nourishing Hair Mask that takes just minutes to make.

Enjoy nourishing yourself inside and out.

 

Follow these DIY natural beauty tips with your favourite lip nourish 100% natural lipstick made from food. Try our bestseller Tea Rose for a universally flattering sheer shade or Chai Shimmer for a nude look – they will look, and taste, good enough to eat!

 

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DIY face mask for salty summer skin

DIY Face Mask for Salty, Summer Skin

A full day of sun, sand and sea water, though incredibly nourishing for the soul, can be taxing on your skin and hair. Feed your dry skin with our moisturising, antioxidant packed pomegranate, yoghurt and honey face mask and follow with your favourite luk beautifood clean eating recipe to glow from the inside out.

Pomegranate is packed full of rich antioxidants which protect collagen thereby slows down the appearance of fine lines caused by sun exposure. They also contain ellagic acid which helps to prevent wrinkles.

Pomegranate combined with yoghurt is also incredibly soothing for those with dry, irritated skin – perfect if you’ve been in the sun and surf all day. Combined with the cleansing, moisturising properties of honey, this mask will have your skin looking radiant, soft and hydrated by dinner time, particularly if you have some organic rosehip oil on hand to add to follow after you’ve rinsed the mask off.

HOW TO

1. Combine 2 tablespoons of organic unflavoured yoghurt with 1 teaspoon of honey

2. Add 1 teaspoon of home made or store bought organic pomegranate juice and stir well

[TIP: for extra aroma and antioxidants you can add zest of a lime]

3. Stir well

4. Apply to face and leave for 10-15 minutes

5. Rinse face with warm water and pat dry. Follow with some organic rose hip oil or your favourite natural moisturiser

Relax and Enjoy

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 1-2 days

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DIY Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

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With the heavenly combination of coconut oil, banana and honey, you can get healthy, luscious locks with our DIY Nourishing Hair Mask that takes just minutes to make.

Coconut oil has been getting a great wrap for hair care recently and with good reason. It promotes scalp health by fighting against problems such as dandruff, it moisturises dry, brittle hair whilst adding shine and softness AND also prevents hair breakage and split ends.

Honey and banana work amazingly together as they can improve the health of the hair follicles and the scalp at the same time. They are both great for dry, itchy or ‘flaky’ hair and with regular use, can smooth frizz and calm an itchy scalp. Honey is also a humectant, which means that it helps to retain moisture, making it a naturally great conditioner and moisturiser to soften and smooth hair.

HOW TO

1. Puree one small banana  [you can use a blender, food processor or even just a fork]

2. Add half a cup of organic coconut oil (you may need to melt it first as it is a solid at 25C) and a tablespoon of raw, luscious runny honey

3. Mix well

4. Apply the mixture to the ends of your hair [You can apply the mask to your whole head including the roots, especially if you have dandruff or an irritated scalp, but for those with thin or naturally oily hair, we recommend to just use it on the ends]

5. Leave in for 20 minutes [or longer if your hair really needs the love]

6. Rinse your hair with warm water and towel dry [TIP: For extra shine and silkiness we recommend using a couple drops of organic argon oil through your hair to finish]

Relax and Enjoy

Best to use fresh or give to a friend to use asap as the banana will go that squeamish brown shade.

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • For those of you with extra dry skin, this can even double up as face mask! [However for those of you with sensitive skin like mine, leave out the coconut oil as is quite a ‘heavy duty’ oil to use on your face]

 

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10 DIY Beauty Recipes for Beautiful, Healthy Glowing Skin

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Easy DIY Beauty Recipes for beautiful, healthy glowing skin

At lük beautifood we are all about providing you with a simple recipe for natural beauty.

We help you to create a healthy glow to feed your inner confidence and give you that illuminated, fresh faced look.

We know that what we ‘feed our skin today, walks and talks tomorrow’ so why not feed your skin with the freshest, most nutritionally dense ingredients available to you?

Using clean, readily available skin foods found in your pantry, we teach you how you can nourish yourself from the inside out and the outside in so you look and feel your best.

START YOUR JOURNEY by pampering yourself with these simple, homemade body and skin recipes and create an ‘at home spa’. Each recipe has been carefully created to nourish your body using skin-loving ingredients straight from your kitchen and garden.

You will get these 10 DIY Beauty Recipes:

  1. Green Goddess Intense Moisture Mask
  2. Sweet Almond Cleanser
  3. Luscious Lip Scrub
  4. Papaya Exfoliator
  5. Vanilla Hand Treatment
  6. Anti-Redness Face Mask
  7. Anti-Wrinkle Eye Serum
  8. Brown Sugar Body Scrub
  9. Detoxifying Bath Soak
  10. Hydrating Hair Mask

Click Here to Download

Enjoy x

Cindy

DIY Beauty Recipes for Glowing skin

Transform your skin in 3 ingredients or less.

Naturally nourish and feed your skin from the outside in with these simple, DIY beauty recipes for an effortless natural GLOWA glow that comes from radiant, clear skin combined the happiness that comes from a little relaxation and pampering, is just one of our ingredients in the luk recipe to being a natural beauty.

Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs 60% of what you put on it.  The amazing team at the Environmental Working Group have research supporting that the average woman uses 12 personal care products per day, containing about 168 ingredients…that’s a lot of potentially toxic stuff  being absorbed by your body. But there is a healthier (and less expensive!) alternative – nature offers complex and powerful ingredients whose benefits cannot be replicated in the laboratory and just like the food you eat, they need to be clean, whole and unprocessed to  work effectively.

Many of your everyday pantry basics pack serious glow power, mix a few together and you’ve made yourself a little DIY skin luxe – with no toxic chemicals, busy car parks, or massive price tags.

Here are 7 of our easiest, most effective DIY beauty recipes using the beauty foods we know you’ve always got on hand. Grab a cup of herbal tea and your bestie and make your bathroom into a mini spa getaway and nourish your body and soul.

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Green tea is a great anti-inflammatory while aloe vera juice is incredibly soothing to irritated skin. If you are prone to breakouts and/or oily skin green tea and lemon also have antibacterial properties to help calm, soothe and reduce excess oil.

How to |
  1. Brew a fresh pot of [preferably organic, loose leaf] green tea or use matcha (green tea powder)
  2. Strain and pour into a cup and wait to cool
  3. Add a small squeeze of fresh lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice and stir
  4. Place the mixture in the fridge to cool and transfer into a small spray bottle [doesn’t have to be fancy, a plastic one from the discount store will do!]
  5. Spray on face to face, being careful to avoid eyes and any broken skin.

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2. MILK AND HONEY CLEANSING MASK  – all skin types

Ground oats [or oatmeal] provide gentle exfoliation and are extremely cleansing, healing and softening to the skin. They are also full of Vitamin B to regenerate skin cells for a fresh faced complexion, while milk’s [as well as yoghurt and buttermilk] natural lactic acid helps remove dead skin cells and its inherent fat content (4%) soothes dry, irritated skin.

How to |
  1. Soak 1/2 a cup of oatmeal in milk overnight (use skim milk for oily skin and full fat for dry)
  2. Add a teaspoon of organic raw honey to the mix
  3. Stir well
  4. Gently massage the paste onto your skin using circular movements to gentle exfoliate then leave for 10-20minutes
  5. Wet a face towel with warm water and use to gently remove the cleanser
  6. Rinse your face with cool water to close the pores and pat dry
Tips:
  • You can add some essential oils such as lavender to make it more fragrant
  • You can also substitute milk for yoghurt

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3. SKIN LIGHTENING TREATMENT
– for mature, sun damaged or acne prone skin

Apple cider vinegar helps to inhibit the production of melanin, the pigment in the skin that creates dark spots and helps them to appear lighter over time. It’s also a great natural option for those who suffer from breaks outs as it is a natural source of Alpha Hydroxy Acids [a mild acid used in many face creams] which helps to remove dead skin cells and balance the PH levels of the skin. Lemons are also a fantastic natural skin lightener as they are packed full of  antioxidants which are proven to reduce the amount of melanin that is produced when applied to your skin and used regularly. Apple cider vinegar can trigger irritation for those with sensitive skin so we recommend doing a patch test first.

How to |
  1. Combine 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother) with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  2. Stir well
  3. Dab onto areas of pigmentation, age spots or acne scars before bed and rinse in the morning
Tips:
  • Patch test first to ensure you do not react with the apple cider vinegar
  • Obviously lemon can sting so avoid any areas of the skin that maybe broken, scabbed or raw

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4. ANTIOXIDANT REPAIR MASK
– for mature, dull or dry skin

Pomegranate is packed full of rich antioxidants which protect collagen thereby slowing down the appearance of fine lines caused by sun exposure. They also contain ellagic acid, which helps to prevent wrinkles. Pomegranate combined with yoghurt is also incredibly soothing for those with dry, irritated skin.

How to |
  1. Combine 2 tablespoons of organic unflavoured yoghurt with 1 teaspoon of runny honey
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of home made or store bought pomegranate juice and stir well
  3. TIP: for extra moisturising benefits add 2-3 drips of rosehip oil
  4. Stir well
  5. Apply to face and leave for 10-20 minutes
  6. Rinse face with warm water and pat dry.

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5. OIL CLEANSER  – all skin types

Sweet almond oil not only intensely nourishes the skin, but acts as an extremely gentle and effective makeup remover- even for stubborn eye make up! Combine with the moisturising properties of jojoba oil and honey this is the perfect, quick and easy cleanser

How to |
  1. Combine 3 drops of sweet almond oil with 3 drops of jojoba oil and add ½ teaspoon of runny honey
  2. Mix well
  3. Massage on to damp face
  4. Remove with a warm, wet cloth and pat dry

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6. CITRUS BODY SCRUB  – all skin types

Mandarins are rich vitamin C to keep skin smooth and plump plus they smell just fabulous when combined with antioxidants rich cinnamon. You can use oranges instead of Mandarins.

How to |
  1. Combine ½ a cup of panela or brown sugar with roughly 2 tablespoons of chosen oil (we used olive oil)
  2. Squeeze the juice of mandarin into mixture and stir
  3. Finely grate some zest off the mandarin – add as desired
  4. Stir in a pinch of cinnamon
  5. Check consistency: you want the sugar to be ‘wet’ but not too sloppy & check the aroma is zingy, sweet and uplifting. YUM
  6. Pour into a container** to keep in the shower
  7. Whilst showering, scrub all over your body and rinse with warm water.
Tips:
  • Panela sugar is evaporated organic cane sugar juice. It still retains its nutrients and its finer crystal are softer, more delicate on your skin.
  • ** We love glass for its purity and look but be careful with it in the shower.

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7. REPAIR AND CARE HAIR MASK  
– dry, damaged and colour treated hair

The intense moisturising properties of coconut oil and Argan oil combined with egg yolks for shine and lustre, is the easiest and most effective treatment for dry, damaged, colour treated and split ends.

How to |
  1. Combine 2 tablespoons of organic cold pressed coconut oil (you may need more depending on length of hair) with 3-4 drops of argan oil
  2. Whip an egg yolk (2 if you have long hair) and add to mixture
  3. Stir well
  4. Apply mask to ends of hair and leave for up to an hour
  5. Rinse with warm water and follow with regular shampoo and conditioner routine

And of course the number one beauty recipe is our gorgeous lip nourish made from delicious beauty foods to moisturise lips and give the perfect hint of colour for any look.

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DIY Deep Cleansing Mask

DIY Deep Cleansing Mask with oats & honey

Revitalise and clear your skin with lük’s DIY deep cleansing mask. This super quick [and cheap!]  mask is made up of oats, milk and honey and will rid the skin of pore clogging debris and leave your skin soft, soothed, moisturised and glowing.

Ground oats [or oatmeal] provide gentle exfoliation and are extremely cleansing, healing and softening to the skin. They are also full of Vitamin B to regenerate skin cells for a fresh faced complexion.

Milk’s [as well as yoghurt and buttermilk] natural lactic acid helps remove dead skin cells and its inherent fat (4%)  soothes dry, irritated skin.

Honey will help to open up the pores whilst moisturising the skin and giving it a hit of beauty nutrients for a glowing complexion.

HOW TO

1. Soak 1/2 a cup of oatmeal [almond meal can also be used] in milk suited to your skin type overnight

2. Add a teaspoon of organic raw honey to the mix

3. Stir well

4. Gently massage the paste into your skin using circular movements and leave for 5-10 minutes

5. Wet a face towel with warm water and use to gently remove the cleanser

6. Rinse your face with cool water to close the pores

7. Pat your face dry with a clean towel and follow with your favourite natural moisturiser.

Relax and Enjoy

Click here to find more of our DIY spa recipes to nourish your skin, hair and body.

Aimee-Lili x

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Discard leftovers after 1-2 days
  • You can add some essential oils such as lavender to make the cleansing mask more fragrant
  • You can also substitute milk for yoghurt

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Why not finish off your fresh, healthy glow with a sheer colour luk Lip Nourish in nude?

Chai Shimmer

Sheer natural lipstick made from clean active foods complete your healthy fresh faced look.