Do It Yourself Pedicure
Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets (thank you Martha and the Vandellas – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdvITn5cAVc ). But how you gonna dance in the street with those feet?
We naturally beautiful women pay so much attention to our face and our hair and our skin (at least I hope you do!), even to our hands and our fingernails. But those feet way down there at the bottom of your body – THEY NEED CARE TOO!
You don’t have to go to a fancy salon to get an expensive pedicure - although for a great girlfriend gathering, book a couple of those posh pedicure thrones and grab a bottle of champagne!
DIY PEDICURE — You can give yourself a pampering pedicure at home. Just follow these simple steps for natural beauty for your feet:
1. Fill a great big bowl with warm water and take off all of the old polish. Tea Tree Oil will get rid of bacteria (about a teaspoon) mixed with a capful of deep cleansing witch hazel. Add these to a half cup of Epsom salts or Dead Sea Salts (to rejuvenate), and one drop of peppermint or three of rosemary oil (aromatherapy is great for rejuvenating your whole body). Soak your feet for five to 10 minutes.
2. Exfoliate (see E is for Exfoliation) and get rid of that dry, dead skin (especially for those of you who live in the desert!). Massage each foot for a minute or two with a small amount of your homemade sugar or salt scrub. Make sure you get the whole foot, every toe right to your pinkies! Use tiny circular strokes and get it all off, then rinse your feet with clean warm water.
3. Next get rid of those nasty calluses by using a wet pumice stone and a little gentle soap. With a back-and-forth motion, lightly scrape your heels, your toes and the bottoms of your feet.
4. Trim your nails. Then massage your feet with your favorite homemade moisturizer or some wonderful Shea butter mixed with coconut oil.
5. Separate your toes with toe separators or roll up a paper towel and weave it through your toes and apply a clear base coat that contains some nail nourishment like Vitamin E. Then polish your toenails with some of those wild and racy summer colors just made for sandals. Starting right above the cuticle, brush the bristles down the center of the nail towards the tip of your toe. Then brush the color on each side and across the edge of your nail. Once you’ve finished all of your toes, go back and do a second coat. Use a clear topcoat finish to seal in the color and prevent chipping.
Wild Summer Toes
Exfoliate for Natural Health and Natural Beauty
The largest organ of the body is the skin and it is out there all the time getting assaulted by every kind of pollution and contamination swirling around in the air. As a naturally beautiful woman concerned with her natural health and natural beauty, you want to be sure to take care of your precious skin.
Old dead skin makes you look old and on your way to death – dear me! It pays to get rid of that top layer of dirt every once in a while by gently exfoliating with some natural homemade scrubs.
A very simple scrub can be made with about ½ cup of raw or brown sugar and some grapeseed or sweet almond oil mixed in to make a gritty paste. Mix this all together and spread it over your face and body, using circular motions to gently exfoliate. The grit of the sugar will get in and unclog your pores and remove dirt and prevent blemishes. Rinse everything off in a warm shower, taking care with the sugary slush on a slippery floor! If you do this body exfoliation once or twice a month, your skin will be fresh and dirt free and radiate luxurious natural health!
For variety you can use another sweetener – honey mixed with some oatmeal and a bit of apple cider vinegar (seeV is for Vinegar = ACV for Natural Health). Form a smooth paste, adding honey as needed. You can add a drop of rosemary or basil essential oil for an exhilarating pick me up. Follow the instructions above for a total body scrub.
Avocado is a delicious addition to your exfoliation mixture that will moisturize and nourish your skin. To any of the scrubs, you can add some essential oils for extra vitality and scent – cinnamon and ginger for a spicy mix, or lavender or rose for fabulous femininity.
When you’re looking for a great gift for your girlfriends or your grandmothers, put any of these blends into a clean glass jar and wrap it all up with a bow. Excellent for Every Occasion!
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Dry Skin - Not for Natural Beauty!
Dry, scaly skin is not something we naturally beautiful woman want on any part of our bodies. It will just make you look and feel old and tired and less than a natural beauty. But there’s help right there in your kitchen!
First we’ll use a little bit of that natural organic honey to exfoliate and get rid of the flaky old skin! Take two tablespoons of honey and add it to a half a tablespoon of sugar. Combine these and apply it to your face using upward circular motions (always to prevent wrinkles). Massage for 3-5 minutes, being careful to avoid the eyes. Rinse with warm water, pat dry and get ready for a moisturizing, replenishing homemade facial mask.
Moisturize, moisturize and moisturize – every day, every night. Use a homemade cream with Vitamin E which acts as a preservative for the cream and for your skin!
YOGURT HONEY FACIAL MASK
2 tsp. plain yogurt
1/2 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
3 capsules vitamin E (equivalent of 300 units)
Mix yogurt, honey and lemon juice. Open up vitamin E capsules and combine the liquid with the other ingredients. Gently massage like before with circular strokes. Leave on skin for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Apply your favorite natural moisturizer.
Keeping your skin clean with a gentle cleanser will give you a youthful look. Make sure you ALWAYS remove your makeup before you go to bed, no matter how late or how exhausted you are. If not your pores will get clogged and it will make you look old.
Avoid too much exposure to the sun because it is no good for your whole body, but it is especially harmful and aging to your face and your neck.
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Homemade Bath Salts for Your Natural Health and Natural Beauty
Now that I’ve convinced you how wonderful baths can be for your natural health and your natural beauty, I’m here to tell you that the very best way to enjoy the luxurious benefits of the bath is to soak in some homemade bath salts.
They’re easy! They’re cheap! They make fabulous gifts!
You can take some essential oils, like lavender for stress or rosemary for rejuvenation, and just add them to the bath water while it’s running. Start out with only about 5 drops. You can always add more, but you can’t get them out once they’re in. For a really invigorating bath, add only one drop of peppermint essential oil. For a romantic bath, add about two drops of pure rose oil.
For a really relaxing bath, combine 1 C. of Epsom salts with 4 cups pf sea salt (or use just Epsom salts if you want to be frugal) and mix the salt up with 1 cup baking soda. Mix 1 cup of the salty dry mixture with 3/4 of a teaspoon of bergamot or grapefruit essential oil. Add it to the rest of the dry mixture and mix it up thoroughly. If you’d like some extra smell and color, you can add 3/4 cup dried or citrus rinds or rose or calendula petals.
Here’s a great bath salt recipe from our friends at Spa Index (http://www.spaindex.com/)
CHAMOMILE MILK BATH
A skin-softening treat for dry, winter skin
4 cups dry powdered milk
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup dried chamomile or 5 chamomile tea bags
Steep chamomile in water for 20 minutes. Strain liquid. Mix liquid with powdered milk and add to running bath water.
Bath Bliss By You Naturally Beautiful Woman!
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