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COCONUT COFFEE ANTI-CELLULITE SCRUB

This DIY body scrub is a natural (and cheap!) remedy for cellulite and soft, smooth skin. The coffee grinds and sugar act as natural exfoliants, the coconut oil replenishes moisture back into the skin, and the caffeine stimulates blood flow to minimize the appearance of dimples.

Caffeine is used in most cellulite solutions to boost blood flow to smooth and tighten skin, and while it only provides short term results like every other topical cellulite remedy, it actually does make a noticeable difference right away!

But that’s all just icing on the cake, because the real deal with this natural body scrub is that it smellsintoxicating. Coffee and coconuts? Don’t think it can get any more delicious.

Coconut Coffee Anti-Cellulite Scrub
INGREDIENTS
1 cup coffee grinds, used or unused
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
1/4 cup sugar

DIRECTIONS:
In a bowl, mix all ingredients until the the texture becomes pasty and scrub-like. If necessary, add more of any ingredient until you reach desired consistency. Transfer to an air-tight jar or container, and enjoy!

PS- If you get some cute packaging going, this scrub makes a great DIY gift!

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HOMEMADE COCONUT MILK SHAMPOO

I have been wanting to make my own homemade shampoo for SUCH a long time! I have searched far and wide! So here is my version of…..Homemade Coconut Milk Shampoo!

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  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1 tsp vitamin E, olive or almond oil
  • 10 to 20 drops your choice of essential oils (I used lavender).

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Combine all ingredients in a shampoo bottle or jar and shake well to mix. (I bought the squeeze bottles above at the dollar store.) You can keep it in the shower for up to one month…just shake before use.

Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo. (I used a little more, but my hair is pretty long right now!)

I loved pretty much everything about this shampoo. It smelled good…it lathered up nicely (which I feel strongly about)…and after washing, rinsing and drying…my hair felt soft and smooth. No fly-aways.

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15 DIY Hair Care Tips

No matter what type of hair you have, you’ll find that you can achieve thick, healthy, shiny hair by following a few simple but clever DIY hair care tips. Some of these DIY hair care tips will even save you money, and they make a wonderful addition to your daily beauty routine.

Keep reading to find out what’s on our list of the 15 best DIY hair care tips, tricks, and treatment recipes!

1. Preserve moisture — Heat can be very damaging to the hair, whenever possible let your hair dry on its own. When using the dryer try using a low heat setting especially if you will be using another hot tool like a flat iron.

2. Dry shampoo — In a hurry and just don’t have time to shampoo your hair? Sprinkle a little baby powder onto your scalp leave for a minute or two then brush thoroughly. This eliminates oil and makes the hair look clean. This is one of my favorite DIY hair care tips!

3. Beer rinse — Open a can or bottle of beer and let it set for a couple of hours until it becomes flat. Shampoo hair as usual and remove excess water with a towel. Pour beer on to your hair and leave for a minute or two then rinse, condition with your usual conditioner. Many people have seen benefits of fuller thicker hair through the use of this DIY hair care tip.

4. Volume and fullness — Drying your hair with your head flipped over can add tons of volume and fullness to your style.

5. Satin pillowcases — A satin pillowcase has a much smoother surface than cotton pillowcase thus creating less friction on the hair eliminating excess breakage.

6. Cool rinse — Doing your final rinse in cool water closes the hair shaft tight, this makes the hair appear shinier.

7. Gray hair care — Apple cider vinegar works great to removing yellow out of gray hair. Apply full strength vinegar on clean damp hair leave on for 15 minutes , rinse shampoo and condition. This process can be repeated once a week. Also, don’t miss our list of 25 uses for apple cider vinegar!

8. Olive oil and egg yolk mask — Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 2 egg yolks then dilute with a ½ cup of water. Thoroughly massage into the scalp and hair letting it set for approximately 20 minutes. Shampoo or rinse out. Eggs are super rich in proteins and fatty acids that softens and adds shine to the hair. Olive oil strengthens and softens making it ideal for dry damaged hair.

9. Cure itchy scalp — An application of lemon juice and olive oil is a perfect solution for a flaky and itchy scalp. The acidity in lemon juice works to get rid of those unwanted flakes, while the olive oil is moisturizing the scalp. Use a mixture of 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and 3 tablespoons of water. Massage into the scalp and cover with a shower cap or wrap in a towel and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes then shampoo.

10. Fight frizzy hair — Avocado is known to have a combination of proteins and oils that works to smooth and calm down curly and unruly hair. Mash an avocado and apply to clean damp hair let sit for 20 minutes then thoroughly rinse. You can be creative by adding other ingredients such as mayonnaise or egg yolks for deeper conditioning.

11. Combat green hair — Does your pretty blonde hair now have a green glow? The green is caused by the chlorine in the swimming pool. To neutralize the green try pouring a cup of tomato onto the hair and allowing it to sit for a few minutes then shampoo.

12. Chlorine protection — The best defense for chlorine is to wet your hair with fresh water before jumping into the pool, wet hair will not absorb as many impurities as dry hair. Rinse your again immediately after swimming.

13. Clarifying treatment — Hair can become lifeless and flat due to a buildup of product or natural impurities. There are many products on the market that can be purchased to remove this build up. A method that works just as well and much less expensive is the application of baking soda. One option is to mix ¼ to ½ cup baking soda with water to form a paste, apply to damp hair let set for several minutes then rinse. Another option is to add baking soda to shampoo approximately equal parts. Follow with a conditioning treatment. This should be repeated once a week.

14. Egg yolks treatment — Egg yolks are loaded with vitamins and nutrients that are beneficial for the hair. This homemade hair care tip improves the condition of the hair while the protein in the egg adds strength preventing breakage. You can apply beaten yolks to dry hair alone or add ingredients such as olive oil or honey. Leave on the hair for 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse well with cool water and shampoo.

15. Coconut oil — Coconut oil is becoming known as one of the best overall treatments for your hair. While many oils and conditioners treat only the surface of the hair, coconut oil completely penetrates into the hair shaft to repair your damaged hair. It is known to make hair appear thicker and seal in moisture making the hair stronger and shinier.

I hope you enjoyed this fun list of DIY hair care tips! Do you have any quick tips for achieving beautiful hair? If so, please leave a comment, we would love to hear it!

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13 Terrible Skin Habits You Need To Quit Immediately

You always have the best of intentions with your skin care routine. Each day, you drink water, you cleanse, and you prime. You are doing a lot of things very, very right. Unfortunately, even with a dozen great habits – chances are there’s some really terrible ones sticking around for the ride.

Avoid clogged pores during a workout:
It’s a typical problem, we run to the gym without enough time to take off makeup. Working out with makeup on can cause a buildup of excess oil and a higher risk of clogged pores. Certain kinds of makeup contain oils that are more likely to clog pores along the forehead, nose and chin area. “Sweating opens up pores and when there’s a layer of makeup on top of it, combined with dirt and bacteria, it can lead to breakouts categorized as acne cosmetica,” says Dr. David Bank, a dermatologist and author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman’s Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age and Founder & Director of The Center For Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mt. Kisco, New York. Either go to the gym with a clean face or remove makeup prior to working out to reduce chances of clogged pores.

Avoid picking scars:
People tend to pick away at them, thinking they will disappear but unfortunately the scar still remains, they are just picking away at the scab underneath. “For smaller scars caused by shaving nicks or deep scratches that are less than six months old, use an at-home silicone cream to help flatten and remove redness. The cream should be applied twice a day for two months in order to get the best results. For more substantial and older scars, the best recommendation is to have at least four sessions of vascular laser treatments or a Fraxel laser treatment to help reduce the scar itself and restore the skin to its natural color,” says Dr. Bank.

Forgetting your neck and chest:
The skin on your neck and chest is just as important as your face, and equally as delicate. “Any anti-aging product you use on your face should also be used on your neck and chest!” says  plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Rucker.

Diet:
You are what you eat! You’d be surprised how much impact dairy has on the skin. Inflammation-causing dairy can wreak havoc on cystic acne sufferers.”Your best bet: Un-sweetend Almond milk. My personal favorites: Silk Un-sweeted Almond Milk or West Soy’s Un-sweetend Organic Vanilla Soy Milk,” says  Jolie Martin, corrective skincare expert.

Picking pimples
There are many reasons for not picking pimples. It can lead to scarring of the face and if aggressive enough, you will end up with pock marks or hyperpigmentation (dark spots) on your face. “At the very least you will scab your face which is more difficult to hide with makeup than the original blemish,” says Gabriela Santana-Blackburn, Executive Director of Esthetics and Teacher Training at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture. All that pressure on a pimple that is not ready to be extracted can lead to a rupture below the skin surface, which in turn will lead to more breakouts. This can turn into a vicious circle that will lead to your skin never being clear of the problem. You are better off leaving this to professionals who know how to extract properly without the adverse effects.

Over-exfoliating:
Exfoliation is a wonderful thing for your skin but too much of a good thing is definitely bad. Over-exfoliating can lead to irritated and flaking skin. This makes putting on makeup a nightmare and can also lead to sensitivity issue. “Sometimes our guests can’t get the facial they need or want because their skin is simply too sensitized and everything burns. We have to soothe the skin and get them to stop exfoliating so that we can do more,” says Santana-Blackburn. Exfoliating at home is best done no more than a couple of times a week using a scrub (with smooth beads and not rough ground shells) or a gentle enzyme or acid peel.

Watch the blow-drier:
Extreme heat from the blow-drier can leave you with broken capillaries, which can become permanently broken over time, says Dr. Rucker.

Sleeping in makeup:
No matter how tired we are after a long day at work or going out with friends, it is really important to take the time to care for your skin at night. If you have an acne/ oily skin, it is imperative to wash away all that excess oil that your skin produced during the day – not to mention all the makeup that was applied and worn during the day which can lead to clogged pores. You also want to wash away all of the pollutants that skin is exposed to during the day – this is especially important to maintaining youthful skin.

Resting your chin on your hand:
Over time, this can lead to sagging, fine lines and wrinkles. Practice good posture and avoid the chin rest.

Rubbing your eyes:
Rubbing your eyes can lead to fine lines around the eye area. “Remove eye makeup by pressing gently on the eye with a cotton pad soaked in eye makeup remover. Avoid rubbing itchy, tired eyes and instead use eye drops to alleviate the dryness,” says  Beverly Hills Aesthetician, Gina Mari.

The surrounding eye area has the thinnest skin on the face, and it’s the first to show the signs of aging. Pulling on the skin while putting in contacts, applying eyeliner, or rubbing aggressively to remove stubborn eye makeup can unnecessarily create wear and tear on the collagen and elasticity fibers within the skin. “This can cause visible lines and wrinkles prematurely, so be sure to handle this delicate area with care. Also, always apply eye cream with the ring finger (it’s the weakest) and use a gentle patting motion to avoid rubbing and tugging,” says celebrity esthetician  Renee Rouleau.

Sleeping on your face:
This habit can cause unwanted fine lines and wrinkles so always try to fall asleep on your back to avoid unsightly lines that could have been prevented.

Smoking, chewing gum and sipping from a straw:
We all know smoking takes a toll on skin, but many people don’t realize how much. Smoking is the most common cause of wrinkles around the mouth, often called smoker’s lines. Drinking from a straw can create similar lines if the motion is repeated enough. “Chewing gum can also cause wrinkles to form around the mouth, as well as create other issues in the mouth structure. Breaking these habits will help prevent premature lines and other signs of aging!” says dermatologist Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Licking and nibbling on your lips:
Dry lips are uncomfortable, but licking your lips is not the best solution. Saliva dries, taking any natural moisture with it, says Dr. Schlessinger. The result is dry, cracked and chapped skin.

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