4 Tropical Beauty Recipes to Try This Spring

Harness the power of tropical fruit and ocean water with these easy beauty recipes! Perfect for reawakening your springtime and summer beauty routine.

  BRIGHTENING PAPAYA FACE MASK

Packed with antioxidants, vitamin-C and natural fruit enzymes, the papaya is a staple ingredient in many Australians beauty routines. Rich in natural AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids), papaya helps to break down dead skin cells and even out skin tone and texture. Blended with anti-inflammatory oatmeal, yogurt and honey, this mask will help to reveal a refreshed, glowing complexion. For those with sensitive skin we recommend using this mask every two weeks.

INGREDIENTS

¼ ripe papaya (Use the rest for this skin-loving tropical smoothie recipe!)
3 heaped tbsp Greek yogurt
2 tbsp finely ground rolled oats
2 tbsp honey

METHOD

  • STEP 1

    Remove the skin and seeds of the papaya and slice the flesh into cubes.

  • STEP 2

    Using a food processor, combine all of the ingredients.

  • STEP 3

    Apply a thick layer of the mask to the face and rinse off after 30 minutes for bright, glowing skin.

      COCONUT COFFEE BODY SCRUB

    This coconut coffee scrub is a great, chemical-free way to exfoliate and revitalize tired skin. Massaging the coffee grounds into the skin helps to stimulate the circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Rich in antioxidants, the coffee grounds help to increase collagen production while their high caffeine content also help to stimulate blood cells, toning and tightening the skin. Blended with hydrating coconut oil, this scrub will leave you feeling (and smelling) amazing.

    INGREDIENTS

    1 cup of raw sugar
    ½ cup of coconut oil
    2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
    2–3 tablespoons cocoa
    2 tablespoons ground coffee

    METHOD

    • STEP 1

      Submerge a small bowl of coconut oil in boiling water to soften and allow it to cool but not solidify.

    • STEP 2

      Combine all the ingredients and store in an airtight container or mason jar.

    • STEP 3

      Use 2-3 times a week for soft, silky skin.

       LAVENDER BATH SALTS

      The benefits of bathing in Epsom salt has been known for centuries. Rich in magnesium, a mineral we are often lacking, bathing in the salts helps to flush the body of environmental pollutants, ease joint pain and reduce inflammation. Blended with either lavender or rose essential oil, this healing soak is the perfect way to unwind after a long day.

      INGREDIENTS

      1 cup Himalayan pink salt
      1/2 cup Epsom salts
      1/2 cup baking soda
      10 drops rose or lavender essential oil

      METHOD

      • STEP 1

        Combine the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.

      • STEP 2

        Store in an airtight container or mason jar to preserve the fragrance of the lavender.

      • STEP 3

        To use, add two tablespoons of the soak to a warm bath and enjoy.

          SEA SALT HAIR SPRAY

        Many hair care brands have worked to develop products that mimic the salty properties of the sea. Using a blend of sea salt, nourishing coconut oil and conditioning aloe vera, this recipe is sure to create waves, no beach necessary.

        INGREDIENTS

        1 cup warm water
        1 Tbsp sea salt
        1 tsp Epsom salt
        1 Tbsp organic coconut oil
        1 Tbsp aloe vera gel
        5 drops essential oil, optional

        METHOD

        • STEP 1

          Pour the warm water into an empty spray bottle and combine ingredients.

        • STEP 2

          Put the cap on the bottle and shake until the sea salt and Epsom salts are dissolved.

        • STEP 3

          To use, spray on damp hair and towel scrunch until dry

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Reset Your Skin Care Routine With These Spring Ready DIY Masks

These DIY face masks are perfect for transitioning your skin care routine from Winter to Spring! Using natural ingredients, you can whip these up in minutes, and customize them even further to suit your skin type. Short on time? You can head over to Brandless and shop their clean skin regimen line. Really, really short on time? Check out the benefits of cleansing grains and pre-mixed masks.

For Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin needs a little extra TLC. These three ingredients have been specially selected for their soothing and calming properties.

  • 2 tablespoon of ground rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon of organic natural yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey

Mix these ingredients into a paste, apply to clean skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off, using warm water with gentle circular motions. Pat dry.

Ingredient break down:

  • Rolled oats – Soothing and anti-inflammatory, oats contain saponins which gently exfoliate and cleanse your skin.
  • Yogurt – The AHAs found in yogurt provide gentle exfoliation to the top layer of the skin without causing redness.
  • Honey – Superfood for your skin! Honey has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and healing properties and provides moisture.

for dry skin

Packed with antioxidants and healthy fats, this face mask will help moisturize and nourish dry skin.

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon of organic natural yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Mash both the avocado and banana together, then add the rest of your ingredients to form a paste. Leave to set for 10 minutes then use warm water when it’s time to wash it off, and lightly pat dry.

Ingredient break down:

  • Avocado – Packed with antioxidants, brightening vitamin C and moisturizing fatty acids to help maintain moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin
  • Banana – Contains amino acids to help maintain skin elasticity
  • Yogurt – AHAs get rid of dead skin cells
  • Honey – Is a natural humectant, meaning it helps to hydrate your skin by locking in moisture

for acne prone skin

  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Juice of ½ Lemon
  • ½ teaspoon of green tea powder (such as matcha)

Mix all ingredients until fully blended together and apply to clean, damp skin. The naturally antibacterial properties of the honey mixed with the anti-inflammatory cinnamon and green tea powder can help calm acne breakouts.

Ingredient break down:

  • Cinnamon – Antimicrobial properties help to prevent bacteria build-up
  • Honey – Antibacterial and moisturizing (as you can tell, honey is a stable in many natural face masks).
  • Lemon – Full of vitamin C, brightens and tightens skin.
  • Green Tea – Filled with antioxidants to help protect your skin from free radicals

Just Add Water DIY Face Masks

These pre-made DIY face masks are the perfect no-hassle addition to your spa days at home!

I’ll be the first to admit that DIY beauty treatments can get a little bit complicated. Measuring spoons, glass bowls, and a ton of ingredients…I swear, sometimes my kitchen looks like a meth lab. So I was super excited to stumble upon Juice Generation and BeeCause, two companies that totally take the guess work out of clean beauty recipes. How convenient is it that these face masks come fully mixed and ready to go?!

Juice Generation Beauty Blends Face Masks

Apply a little with a face brush and drink the rest! These beauty blends work from the inside out and the outside in.

  • Papaya Avocado Papaya and lemon naturally slough away dulling dead skin cells for a brighter complexion; while avocado deeply moisturizes.
  • Watermelon Hibiscus Antioxidant-heavy hibiscus acts as an anti-inflammatory to combat stressed skin, while replenishing watermelon and soothing rosewater deliver a radiant complexion. Each sip is floral and slightly sweet.
  • Aloe Greens Your skin will drink in the calming blend of aloe vera, nopal cactus and cucumber, while the combination of pear, spinach, and avocado provides a hit of free radical-fighting antioxidants.

BeeCause Face Masks

These come pre-mixed so you don’t even have to add water!

  • Banana & Oatmeal This smoothing mask hydrates and moisturizes dehydrated skin with nutrient filled bananas. Zinc filled whole oats and oat powder gently removes dirt and oils while effectively reducing inflammation and acne-causing bacteria.
  • Green Tea & Seaweed Made with green clay, seaweed, green tea, and tea tree oil, this absorbing mask helps to remove excess oil and dirt.
  • Honey & Blueberry This ultra conditioning and antioxidant-rich formula is filled with real blueberries and raw honey. The combination of Argan nut oil helps to fully hydrate and nourish the skin, a necessity in preventing aging skin.

Also available at Thrive Market

Ayurvedic Beauty Routine Essentials

Rasasara Skinfood is the one skin care line that has all your Ayurvedic beauty routine essentials covered!

Rasasara Skinfood has taken the guess work out of creating your dosha specific Ayurvedic beauty routine. This product line is 100% natural, cruelty free, and vegan. Every product is tailored to  specifically address the skin care concerns associated with each of the three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Rasasara unlocks the power of establishing the healing practice of beauty rituals specific to your dosha. Take their quick skin type test to get you started. If you already know your dosha and you’re ready to dive right in, check out these amazing starter kits.

 

VATA (dry/mature): Vata types feel the cold, have fine, delicate skin, tiny pores, tan easily & are cool to touch. Imbalanced Vata skin becomes dry, flaky or rough & prone to fine lines, especially on the forehead & around the eyes.

BALANCE VATA skin with the warming, softening & moisture rich ingredients found in the Rasasara Vata range, which is especially suited to mature and dry skin.

Included in the Starter Kit:

Vata Hydrating Mist
Vata Face Nourishing Oil
Vata Herbal Face Exfoliant
Vata Face Cleansing Bar

PITTA (sensitive/combination): the skin is sensitive, imbalanced and feels the heat. Note their warm glowing cheeks, are often lightly freckled or dotted with beauty marks & burn easily. Imbalanced pitta skin is prone to conditions such as redness, acne, rosacea, an oily t-zone & broken capillaries.

BALANCE PITTA with cooling, calming ingredients found in Rasasara’s Pitta range.

Included in the Starter Kit:

Pitta Hydrating Mist
Pitta Face Nourishing Oil
Pitta Herbal Face Exfoliant / Mask
Pitta Face Cleansing Bar

KAPHA (oily/congested): Kapha skin type is classically pale OR rich olive skin which looks smooth, soft & lustrous. Imbalanced Kapha skin can appear sluggish, may feel damp or a little oily & be prone to blackheads or congestion.
BALANCE KAPHA skin with the application of stimulating & detoxifying ingredients found in Rasasara’s Kapha range.

Included in the Starter Kit:

Kapha Hydrating Aromatic Mist
Kapha Face Nourishing Oil
Kapha Herbal Face Exfoliant / Mask
Kapha Face Cleansing Bar

Tridoshic  (suitable for all skin types):

Hack Your Skin Care Routine With These 3 Adaptogenic Beauty Product Lines

Adaptogens have been making the rounds in beauty and wellness circles for some time now. Think of them as a botanical arsenal in the battle for restoring your body’s natural balance. Used for centuries in herbal medicine, adaptogens encompass a wide range of herbs and natural substances that are said to have a normalizing effect on the body. Notice the recent spike in kombucha elixirs at your local store? Yeah. That’s part of the trend. So with all this talk of adaptogens, it was only a matter of time before I dipped my face in some adaptogenic potion, because, you know, that’s how I roll. I’ve made some pretty dope homemade skin care recipes featuring adaptogens like matcha and maca, but still…

Sometimes that lazy diva on my shoulder whispers in my ear that she just wants to be pampered without all the fuss of homemade recipes, and without compromising on any of the healing benefits of natural skin care. Finally, the beauty industry has answered the prayers of the lazy diva in all of us by tapping into ancient wisdom and offering up easy to use products that are both natural and effective. I’m seriously crushing on so many products right now, mixing and matching as I go along. The funny thing is that even though I’m dabbing a little of this and a little of that, my sensitive skin is drinking it all up and healing itself. Yay, adaptogens! Here are some of the products I’ve been mental over this week!

Allies of Skin

This product line, with it’s unique blend of adaptogens, helps the healing process along. The products are gentle enough for daily use and treat everything from acne to wrinkles to loss of skin elasticity to sun damage. Best product is by far the Allies of Skin 1A Overnight Mask…um, clear skin while I sleep?! Yes, please!

Snow Fox

Originally designed for hypersensitive skin, the Snow Fox line is organic, plant-based, and suitable for all skin types.Their cooling masks are amazing and they even have a travel kit ready for your next adventure.

Edible Beauty

This line has something for everyone. Whether you suffer from dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, sensitive skin, or ageing skin, Edible Beauty has a range of pure, botanical ingredients to address your concerns. The packaging is amazing and goes super well with this DIY I made a while back. The kit pictured above contains some of the best products I have EVER used! An Australian company, they’ve finally started shipping to the US and Canada.