Friday, March 23, 2012

A Body Scrub and A Hair Mask to Create a More Beautiful You!

My daughter Allison is a beautiful young woman as well as one who appreciates natural beauty.  Through the years I have experimented with many types of scrubs, wraps, lotions and potions to improve the function of the skin.  She has always appreciated the salt scrubs, sugar scrubs as well as the lotions I've made through the years. With her birthday coming up I would have loved to made a whole batch for her - trust me she uses more than anyone I've ever met - but when it came to my time, helping her move trumped!  Since I'm still on the road, I found a FANTASTIC sugar scrub that requires no special equipment!  


Remember that your skin is your largest organ and a very important organ of elimination, keeping it healthy is essential!  Yesterday's post on a mask was a terrific way to keep it healthy while today's sugar scrub is a way to exfoliate and provide a moisture barrier to keep your skin hydrated.  The coconut oil in this scrub also protects your skin with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral components!  


After looking over my posts for the week I felt there was a little gap in the beauty routines, so today's post also includes a super simple, very effective and inexpensive way to treat your crowning glory - a wonderful moisturizing hair mask!  


So in honor of Allison's birthday tomorrow, here's a way to join her in a whole body celebration using Real Food!  Isn't it nice to know you can actually pronounce the ingredients?





I don't know about you, but I love a good sugar scrub!
My hands are so dry from all the things I do during the day, 
and sugar scrubs have always helped them feel and be soft.  
In the past I have bought them, and the last jar I had was pure luxury.
It was a June Jacobs Lemon Sugar Scrub that was a gift from the hubs and I loved it!
But for $60 a container, I just couldn't re-buy it!  

So I thought, why can't I make my own? 
I can.
I did.

This sugar scrub is pure heaven!  
No chemicals, no fragrances, nothing that isn't natural.
Just sugar and pure coconut oil!

It smells incredible.  And yes, I did taste it, it tastes amazing too!  ;)

Here's How-To:  
Granulated sugar (just the plain ol' stuff you already have in the pantry)
Pure Unrefined Coconut Oil (I used Nutiva - it is organic, unrefined, pure)
  • Just use a 2:1 ratio of Sugar to Coconut Oil (I used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup coconut oil)
  • In a bowl mix the two together completely.
  • Put into a container for use.
  • Just rub your hands and/or feet with the scrub, rinse and dry.  They will feel soft as a baby's bum!
Tip!  
  • Sugar scrubs are best for exfoliating hands and feet.  I would never use this on my face.
  • Pure coconut oil is solid at room temperature.
  • Unrefined coconut oil smells out-of-this world amazing!
  • I found the coconut oil in the organic foods aisle at the grocery store. (For the Canadian readers, I bought mine at SuperStore.)


Be fabulous!




You can find Jo-Anna at http://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/2011/08/coconut-sugar-scrub.html




Hope you love it!  Now on to the hair mask! 


Once again, this is a simple 3 ingredient recipe.  Hair masks are especially important if you live in a dry climate, color your hair or have grey hair.  The cuticle on the hair shaft can become "ruffled" and create a dry, frizzy appearance.  This mask hydrates the cuticle, leaving it sleek and smooth.


Super Smoother Hair Mask
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 tablespoons mashed avocado
In a small bowl thoroughly mix egg yolk, avocado and olive oil.  
Apply evenly to clean, dry hair beginning with the ends and working toward the scalp.  Cover with a plastic shower cap for 30-45 minutes before washing thoroughly.  


Enjoy your day of beauty!  It's only 1 more day until Allison's big birthday and she would love for us to join her in looking and feeling our best!

Dr. P

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