After a few weeks of warm temperatures, there's no denying it officially feels like Autumn. It's the season for pumpkin patches, long-sleeved turtlenecks, and Brach's Harvest Mix. And now that the crisp weather has arrived, we've got pumpkin on the brain. High in zinc and vitamins A and C, this gourd-like squash helps heal and protect the skin from free radicals, all while gently dissolving dead skin cells. The addition of egg helps bind this face mask together, while also nourishing and lifting the skin. To get the recipe for this homemade pumpkin face mask, read more.
It's fitting that National Oatmeal Day is celebrated in October, when your skin needs all of this grain's many skin benefits. That's right, the same oatmeal you mix with milk for breakfast has a laundry list of skin care uses, too. The most obvious treatment would be as an exfoliant, but this grain can also be used to moisturize and heal even the most sensitive skin. It's actually a popular ingredient in eczema creams and acne treatments for its anti-inflammatory characteristics, so the next time your skin erupts in seasonal flakes or dry patches, pour yourself an oatmeal bath or whip up a DIY scrub remedy. In the meantime, check out these beauty products that list oatmeal among their active ingredients.
According to the Epsom Salt Council (yes, it exists!), there are many beauty benefits to Epsom salts, aka magnesium sulfate, as it's known in the world of science. So before you dismiss that unassuming milk-carton-like box at the drugstore, here are five reasons you might want to give these soothing salts a whirl.
- As a hair volumizer: Much like sea salt sprays give hair body, Epsom salts help boost texture, too. Who knew?
- As a stress reducer: These salts aid in replenishing magnesium in the body, which can make energy levels increase. Which, in turn, can make you look better. A lift in magnesium also relieves stress, increasing serotonin levels and lowering blood pressure. It's a win all around.
- As a rejuvenating body scrub: Not only do the salts deep clean, but massaging handfuls of the crystals on premoistened skin can result in an exfoliating experience.
- As an mini facial experience: To help dry out oily skin and invigorate all other skin types, mix 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom salts with your face cleanser, and then massage for a mini facial.
- As a skin-softening mask: For normal to dry skin, whip up a three-ingredient facial mask: blend 1/4 cup grated carrot, 1/2 teaspoon Epsom salts, and 1 1/2 teaspoons mayonnaise. Spread over predampened skin, wait 10 minutes, and remove.
Depending on how gory your Halloween costume is (think: the leading ladies of True Blood and The Vampire Diaries), you might need a quick recipe for fake blood. It may not be the prettiest beauty topic around, but this is one DIY recipe that will come in handy this month. Read on to get our tried-and-true recipe for fake blood and our day-after removal tips, too.
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 5 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (or chocolate syrup)
- Red food coloring
- Warm water
The basis of your faux-blood recipe is corn syrup, which gives it that sticky, thick texture. You can dilute the syrup with warm water to get the exact consistency you want. To make sure the fake blood is opaque, add the cornstarch. Now, for the coloring. For a more natural look, stir in cocoa powder, tempering it with red food coloring. If you want the look of coagulated blood, add gelatin for a thicker texture. Ew.
Now that you've got your recipe, discover what you need to know to apply (and remove) the blood when you keep reading
In honor of Thanksgiving leftovers, we're sharing this easy DIY facial recipe from Jessica Kernochan, founder of eco beauty brand LaLicious. It contains just three ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. "I love pumpkins for its vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc," Kernochan says. "Pumpkin also regulates oil production, reduces the appearance of pore size, and protects against free-radical damage."
3 teaspoons canned organic pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon milk
Mix the ingredients together thoroughly, and brush onto freshly cleansed skin. Let dry 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water to reveal soft, glowing skin. You won't be able to look at pumpkin pie the same this year!
What if we told you there was a DIY blemish-zapping lotion that not only shrinks the pesky thing but also reduces the redness and can even kill bacteria? Well, it's true. You can actually make your own overnight treatment at home. All it takes is your favorite astringent or tea tree oil and a bottle of calamine lotion. It'll cost you less than $10 at the grocery store and will last you around six months to boot.
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While it's next to impossible to completely get rid of cellulite, there are a few things you can do to reduce its appearance. "I'm a huge fan of coffee grounds, and not just for your morning cup, but for your body as well," explains Jessica Kernochan, founder of eco beauty brand LaLicious. "The caffeine can help diminish the appearance of cellulite, and the coconut oil will hydrate and smooth your skin to perfection." In honor of Coffee Day today, why not whip up a batch of this skin-softening scrub?
1 cup coffee grounds
1/2 cup white or brown sugar
1 cup coconut oil
Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly. After you've washed your hair and body, massage the scrub on wet skin and rinse with warm water. Your skin will be soft, hydrated, and ready to be bared in your favorite warm-weather ensembles.
Your kitchen is filled to the brim with easy beauty recipes. From homemade face creams, hair masks, and makeup remover, the options are endless. We threw ourselves a DIY kitchen party of sorts, where we cooked up three beauty how-tos: a chocolate facial mask, a hair clarifier, and a two-ingredient waterproof mascara remover. See? Pampering yourself really doesn't require leaving your home. On Kirbie: Bella Dahl top
You always hear about superfoods to eat, but what about superfoods for your beauty? Well, if there was a beauty food chain, then avocado would be at the top. You can eat it to get the hydrating benefits of omega fatty acids and protective effects of antioxidants like vitamin E. But you can also get the moisturizing effects of avocado with these two do-it-all, DIY recipes for hair and skin.
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 cup yogurt
The yogurt and avocado in this mask will help hydrate hair and skin, while the honey provides the extra shine you want for your hair.
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 egg white
Lemon juice and egg white will help minimize the oil on your face, so this concoction is ideal for acne-prone skin. If you're using this recipe for a hair mask, the egg white will provide the protein to strengthen strands and the lemon juice will give you a shiny finish. If your hair is chemically treated, however, do a strand test on an inconspicuous area first to test for colorfastness.
For those of you who are suffering from a sunburn, here's a fast and easy at-home honey milk bath remedy, courtesy of esthetician Raechel Cunningham-Lowe. The bath will help control redness and irritation, taking the sting out of your burn. Fact: sunburns happen, but when armed with the right SPF know-how, along with some of our top sunscreen picks, you'll be better prepared for your next outdoor adventure. For instructions on soothing your skin naturally and easily, just read more.