Rejuvenating Grape Face Mask

Consider the humble grape. At this point, this little fruit – or cluster of fruits – may feel a bit… played out. After all, grapes have a habit of showing up all over the place: as raisins, jelly, jam, good puns, wine. Like apples, grapes are one of those produce items we’ve grown so used to, our eyes often skim right over them at the market, opting instead for something more exotic. But before you pass over that purple or light green cluster yet again, take another look. The simple grapes sitting before you come from a long and complicated history, with their first domestication dating as far back as 8,000 years ago. What’s more, they could be the key to gorgeous, youthful looking skin. Intrigued? Read on.

What are grapes?

Thought to have been originally cultivated in the Middle East over 8,000 years ago, grapes are botanically a berry and have been used as food and to make wine for nearly equal amounts of time. The yeast that occurs naturally on the skin of the grapes is what causes the fruit to turn alcoholic, which eventually led to the discovery of turning grapes to wine. Now, the majority of grapes worldwide are destined to be made into wine, though a small percentage is reserved for those of us who still like to eat them straight from the vine.

What are the benefits of grapes?

We’ve all heard of the heart-healthy benefits of red wine, but did you know the same benefits could be reaped by simply eating dark red grapes? Packed with antioxidant-rich polyphenols like resveratrol, grapes — specifically the skin of dark red and purple grapes — could benefit heart and skin health. The flavonoid quercetin present in the skin of dark red grapes has been found to potentially reduce LDL cholesterol and grape’s high polyphenol content has been shown to possibly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The resveratrol found in grapes could also boost brain power, helping to increase blood flow to the brain and neutralize free radicals. Grapes are also a rich source of skin-friendly alpha hydroxy acids, which boost cellular turnover and help heal damage caused by the sun, while collagen-promoting anthocyanins found in the skin of grapes could reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Takeaway: Don’t peel your grapes. One more takeaway? Rich in insoluble fiber, grapes could aid in digestion and tonify the digestive tract, helping your digestion work more efficiently.

 

 

Not only can you enjoy the magnificent cleansing properties of grapes internally, you can also whip up an amazing face mask to have your skin Autumn ready in no time! If you’ve been following me, you know that I’ve already used wine to make an incredibly, restorative face mask. This recipe uses fresh grapes instead and dare I say, I love this one even more than my red wine mask. Check it out!

Rejuvenating Grape Face Mask

Ingredients

  • Small handful dark purple grapes
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp oat flour or oatmeal
  • Optional: A few drops of grapeseed oil

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Use your fingers or a clean mask brush to apply to face, avoiding the eye area. Let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow up with your favorite oil or moisturizer.

via Wellness Encyclopedia: Benefits of Grapes + Renewing Grape Face Mask

2- Ingredient Purifying Rice Flour Face Mask + Honey Chamomile Rice Flour Scrub

I’m gonna jump right into this one. No need for me to go through all the amazing benefits of homemade beauty recipes. Just like there’s no need for me to tell you about the importance of exfoliation and moisturizing. I mean, if you’re here and you’re reading this, you’re probably already an expert in natural skin care.

Well, if you don’t mind me bragging, I fancy myself quite the natural skin care guru myself. I try not to get too excited about some of the fads that sweep across Pinterest boards, because you know, not all pins are created equal. I do get excited when I see something that I’ve been using for a long time get that good ol’ Pinterest pin of approval. So when I saw a few pins praising the skin healing properties of rice flour, I was pretty stoked.

You guys! Rice flour is my go-to for a quick, skin brightening treatment. Seriously. Imagine a face mask that could not only gently exfoliate, but could also moisturize, combat discoloration left behind by breakouts, and target fine lines, leaving your skin an amazingly bright, youthful blank canvas. That’s the dream, right? As it turns out, rice flour makes this dream a reality. So without further ado, here are a couple of easy rice flour beauty treatments that you can try out on your next spa day at home!

2-Ingredient Purifying Rice Flour Face Mask

Ingredients

  • 1/4c rice flour
  • 1/4c water

Directions

  • just mix together your rice flour and water until you have a smooth paste
  • spread the mixture over your face in a thin layer
  • leave it on for about 15 minutes, or until it feels noticeably dry
  • rinse off with warm water and a soft washcloth using circular motions

Honey Chamomile Rice Flour Scrub

Image: HelloGlow

ingredients

  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp dried chamomile
  • 1/4c rice flour
  • 3-5 drops tea tree essential oil (optional)
  • 1-2  tbsp water

Directions

  • combine all ingredients and mix until you have a paste
  • apply to skin and spread it around in circular motions to gently scrub away dead skin
  • rinse off with warm water

4 Miraculous Overnight Face Masks + A New Super Indulgent Beauty Secret

Lazy girl beauty tips are really the best beauty tips. I love homemade beauty recipes, but truth be told I love-love the homemade recipes that use just 2 ingredients. No muss, no fuss. Who doesn’t crave a simple, effortless beauty routine that literally works miracles while you sleep. Nature has provided us with all we need to make that a reality. These 2-ingredient masks will have you waking up to a brand new you! Beauty sleep, y’all!!!

Lemon + Almond Oil Astringent

If dark circles are your issue this lemon + almond oil astringent is gonna be your new best friend. Just mix a few drops of lemon juice with a little bit of almond oil. Apply this mixture underneath your eyes before you go to bed and wake up to a visible difference.

Tomato + Honey

Vitamins and minerals galore! Tomatoes are the star of the show in this face mask. If you’ve struggled with large pores or acne or if you just want to rescue a dull complexion, you should give this a go. Chop up a slice of tomato and mash it up with a little bit of honey to form a paste. Apply this to your face before bed and wash it off in the morning. You may want to lay a towel over your pillow to prevent your bed linens from getting stained.

 

Oats + Honey

To give dry skin the boot, try this mask. This one is one of my all time favorites! It’s perfect for all skin types and is a go to combo for sensitive skin. Mix equal parts oats and honey into a thick paste. Apply evenly to your face before bed, massaging in circular motions. Wash it off in the morning to reveal skin that is soft and dewy to the touch! Again, you may want to lay a towel over your bed linens.

Coconut Oil + Tea Tree Oil

These oils combined are the holy grail of antiseptic blemish control! If your skin can tolerate coconut oil as a moisturizer (steer clear if you’re prone to acne and clogged pores), try mixing in a few drops of tea tree oil into a spoonful of coconut oil forming a semi-clear serum. Apply this all over your face and neck before bed and rinse off in the morning.

Super Indulgent Beauty Secret

Now for the part where we all start living the dream: how about your new beauty secret is eating chocolate!!! Thanks to the geniuses over at Sakara Life (yep, the same Sakara Life that does organic meal delivery) we can now nom nom on delicious dark chocolate on our way to beautiful skin. Beautiful skin from the outside in!

As Sakara Life co-founders Danielle Dubois and Whitney Tingle explain, “You can moisturize the top layer of skin with creams and serums, but the phytoceramides in Beauty Chocolates replenish the cell barrier and stimulate collagen from within, helping to seal in moisture, plump and smooth wrinkles, and boost your glow!” All that goodness is packaged in a delightful little chocolate that you can enjoy as a midnight snack. Best part is these babies are clinically proven to give you results in two weeks. Snack on chocolate for two weeks. Seriously?! Yes, please! My advice: whip up one of these simple overnight masks, pop a chocolate, and slip into the most extraordinary beauty rest of your life.

Blueberry Beauty—Spa Days at Home

I watched Willy Wonka over the weekend. Not that newer Tim Burton mess. Nah. I watched the classic, y’all. The Willy Wonka with Gene Wilder and the incredibly macabre songs. Yep. That’s the one. I just love those strangely sinister children’s stories a la Edward Gorey.  Anyway, I’d just gotten to the part in Willy Wonka when Violet Beauregard turns into a blueberry and I got all déjà vu all over again. I love blueberries, and when I was a kid, my mother used to say that if I wasn’t careful I’d turn into one. Ha!

I guess I proved Mommy wrong because I’ve been eating, drinking, and most recently smearing blueberries all over my skin and I still haven’t suffered Violet’s fate. Seriously, blueberries are the incredible, edible, antioxidant rock star of DIY beauty. Internal and external, that tiny purple giant is a beauty powerhouse. There are so many ways to enjoy the benefits of blueberries that I couldn’t settle on just one, so I decided to share a few ways to reap their rewards with you.

For Snacking

Blueberries are an excellent source of fiber, they’re low in cholesterol, saturated fat, and sodium. They’re also jam packed with vitamins. So if you find yourself a little peckish between meals, grab a cup of blueberries and nom nom away. One cup of blueberries is an energy boosting and filling snack at just 84 calories!

For Breakfast

One of my favorite breakfasts is this super simple blueberry banana smoothie. Just blend together 3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup plain or vanilla whole fat yogurt, 1/4 cup orange juice, and 1/2 of a medium sized banana. Add a little ice to the blender to make it extra frothy.

For Beauty

Harnessing the antioxidant power of blueberries and coupling it with the antibacterial power of honey, this face mask is easy to whip up and the results amazing. In a blender, mix about 1 cup of blueberries, 2 tbsp raw honey, and 2 tbsp raw sugar. Apply this mixture to your clean skin and allow it to work magic for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Eat, drink, and bathe in blueberries, y’all! I promise you won’t turn violet.

Homemade Beauty Recipes Using Silken Tofu

I have been a vegetarian since I was a kid, nearly 25 years now, and I can honestly say that I have made probably hundreds, maybe even thousands of different tofu recipes. I’ve fried tofu and made the most delicious sandwiches, like this glorious vegetarian version of Bánh mì. I’ve put tofu in smoothies to make them creamier and to add that extra kick of nutrients. I’ve even made desserts like chocolate pudding using tofu as the main ingredient. Seriously, I’m no stranger to the versatility and nutritional value of tofu. But for all my years of tofu consumption, I have never thought to make a beauty recipe using this staple ingredient. Surprising, since as you know, I have a penchant for smearing food on my face. I’m really kicking myself for waiting so long to try this.

Let’s just go through some of the basics, shall we? Tofu boasts a seriously impressive report card when it comes to nutritional value. It’s an excellent source of protein and all 8 amino acids. It contains iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, and Vitamin B. Um, can you already feel that goodness melting into your skin? I’ve made a few quick tofu masks to get you started. The possibilities are endless but here is the basic formula I use:  silken tofu+ exfoliant + liquid + add in. Depending on your particular skin concerns, you can skip the exfoliant, you can double up on the liquid, or you can leave out the add in. Seriously, the combinations are totally up to you!

Silken Tofu Beauty Recipes

Basic Ingredients

There are no steadfast rules when it comes to the amount of each ingredient you use. I usually just eyeball it, but my closest guess is that I’m using about 3-6 tablespoons of silken tofu, with about 1-2 teaspoons each of my exfoliant and my liquid. I top it off with no more than a couple of drops of essential oil, or a pinch of fresh herbs and spices. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

Silken Tofu

This is the softest tofu of the bunch. Just make sure that there are no added preservatives and you’re good to go.

Exfoliant

I’m in love with ground oats. My skin is a bit on the sensitive side and ground oats manage to exfoliate without stripping and irritating my skin. Other exfoliant options include coffee grounds, baking soda, sugar, salt, and ground rice

Liquid

To add a little moisturizer into the mix, the liquid you use can be anything from honey to olive oil, to coconut milk. Whatever floats your boat and targets your specific skin care needs. I like to use a little bit of yogurt and a little bit of honey as my liquid, a good combination for acne prone and sensitive skin.

Add-In

This is the fun part! You can go crazy here with essential oils, fresh herbs and spices, and even chocolate.

Directions

  • in a blender, add all of your ingredients and blend until smooth
  • apply to your skin and leave it on for about 15 minutes
  • wash it off with lukewarm water

Possible combinations

Tofu + Ground Oats + Yogurt + Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Tofu + Coffee Grounds + Milk + Chocolate Powder

Tofu + Ground Oats + Honey + Cinnamon

Tofu + Honey + Olive Oil

I am so excited about this recipe! I never have to waste another half eaten container of silken tofu again! I absolutely love the way this mask feels. I promise you will too!