Tag Archives: Natural Body Scrubs

Lightening Age Spots

9 Mar

This question came in to us from one of our lovely Mother of the Brides. She was concerned with a few age spots on her hands and shoulder area and asked us for a few tips on possibly covering and/or lightening them to reduce their appearance and presence in her daughters Bridal photos.

Here are a few quick and easy at-home tips you can try out, that for many help to reduce the tones and lighten age spots:

To lighten age spots and sun-damaged skin you can mix the juice of 1 lemon, 1 lime,  approx. 2 tablespoons of honey and around 2 ounces of plain yogurt.

Gently massage mixture on to each spot.  Or you can coat the area and leave sit for about 30 minutes, then wash it off. Use at least once or twice a week. Gradually most individuals will see an improvement as these items have a natural bleaching effect to them.

Another option is that of  a onion juice and apple cider vinegar mixture. Castor oil has also shown to improve the appearance of age spots.

Good luck!

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Streaky Tan?

8 Mar

So you wanted that sun kissed glow, but your self-tan didn’t turn out that way?

If you find yourself a little blotchy or streaky after applying a coat of self tanner or returning from a spray tan application, here are some quick fixes…

Baking soda:

Put some baking soda on a wash cloth or loofah, and gentle buff away the stripes using a circular motion.

Lemon:

Lemons or lemon juice also works well for ridding yourself of blotchy patches and/or streaks left from self tanners. You can also add a little sugar with it to create an exfoliate scrub.

Witch hazel:

Witch hazel can also remove self tanner by helping to lighten the skin up a bit.  Pour some onto a cotton ball and dab or rub the cotton ball onto the area(s) needed. Witch hazel is very inexpensive and can be purchased at any drugstore!

Remember, streaky-ness  is primarily caused by uneven application and dry or rough areas on the body… So be sure to exfoliate all areas well where you plan to add that glow!

Cellulite – The Enemy

27 Nov

Sadly, there is no “cure” for cellulite BUT you can reduce the appearance of it on your body!

Still one of my all time favorite options and cost saving techniques I recommend to clients is the classic use of Coffee Grinds. With so many different uses for the skin, cellulite treatment and more, I thought I’d write a little something about it as cellulite reducing is still one of our highest ranked areas of questions from our beauty clients.

Cellulite is associated with the number and thickness of bands of connective tissue in the deeper layers of the skin. Also influenced by of course our family and genetic make up but also more general things like our foods we eat, our age/hormones and exercise habits.

With so many factors to weigh in on it’s nice to be able to do what we can to provide at least a temporary cellulite remedy for ourselves! The use of coffee grinds for cellulite reduction is as good as any other and its cost effective… even models and celebrities use coffee grinds for cellulite treatments.

The most important thing to realize and understand is that it’s not a cure, cellulite does not just disappear over night and to use any body treatment methods with realistic expectations of its results.

While in the shower, you can rub coffee grounds on troubled cellulite spots for a few minutes every day or just a few times a week. Coffee is a stimulant and helps breaks down fat deposits when rubbed on those areas…

You can also rub fresh un-brewed coffee grounds all over your most apparent areas on the body then wrap in saran wrap. This is an old-school beauty pageant trick that had been used for many years!

Find a warm place to sit for around 30 minutes and try to stay as warm as possible. Put on sweat suit, sit in a sauna, or stay in the bathroom with the door closed to keep the heat in. Run the shower as hot as possible to steam up the bathroom, etc.  This is great for areas like the tummy, legs,  arms and hip areas.

Other helpful wedding day uses of your left over Coffee grinds is that you can use your left over grinds to make Homemade Body Scrub for smoother skin!

Basics:

Approx.  a cup of fresh coffee grinds – approx. 1/2 cup of  brown sugar, a tablespoon of Vanilla Extract and a little bit of oil (Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil…all work out the same and smell nice too)

Mix together and put into a little container. If the mixture looks a little crumbly and/or dry, add a little more oil to make it  into a more paste/mask style consistency. Using a Body puff or your hand, rub all over the body in shower then rinse away. This mixture will typically keep for a few weeks or even longer since oil is a natural preservative, this will prevent the coffee from molding.

Sounds silly, but people have been using these methods for many years now, even high end salons for beauty treatments combine many of these methods and ingredients!

So give it a try, what do you have to lose right? 🙂

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