When work starts piling up, it’s easy to fall into the pit of stress & self-neglect. Here are some DIY holistic beauty tips that’ll make you look & feel fabulous.
Friends, let’s face the facts. It’s super easy to get caught up in the ‘busy-ness’ of life, whether it be from work, school, or just life in general. As good as it is to be busy, it’s important to live a balanced life. By balanced, I mean not overly stressed. If you’re reading this and are thinking to yourself (or out loud), “Oh my gosh, I’m so stressed with life. What do I do?” I’ve got an answer for you. Breathe.
During the daily struggles of life, it’s easy to forget to breathe and just remember the good in life. Also, personally speaking, whenever I become overwhelmingly busy, I tend to neglect myself! Friends, let’s pause from our busy schedules and take a moment to rest. What’s one of my favorite ways to relax and treat myself? Bubble baths and facial masks! Sometimes we all need to take a little time to pamper ourselves so that we can be rejuvenated and refreshed. That way we can keep on working at life with our best selves possible!
Now for all of you who are major number crunchers and are stressing out just thinking about spending money with spa trips and expensive facial masks, take another deep breath and relax because I’m not going to be talking about any of those. In fact, I’m taking a more holistic and DIY approach to ‘me’ time! Here are some of my favorite DIY holistic beauty tips that help me relax and refresh!
1. Breathe in Essential Oils
This is a tip that I learned from my Mom and my Aunt Tess! It’s amazing how relaxing breathing in essential oils can be. If you think about it, scents easily provoke thoughts and memories—so it’s no wonder that the scent of essential oils can be so calming. Fun fact: “Essential oil aromas stimulate the part of the brain that affects emotion.” Interesting, right? So it’s no wonder that the smell of cookies can bring on memories of baking homemade cookies with your grandparents or the smell of firewood reminds you of camping in middle school!
Growing up, my mom and aunt would always reach for peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus oils whenever they smelled something that wasn’t particularly fantastic. Though they didn’t necessarily use the oils for relaxation or medicinal purposes, apparently these three oils have a lot of health benefits and perks that can help you relax!
For example, peppermint oil is great for keeping you alert and awake. If you have a headache from lack of sleep, peppermint oil is a great thing to reach for because breathing in the oil and even massaging it on your temples or the back of your neck can help relieve your headache. Though, if you’re going to be putting essential oils on your skin, be sure to use a carrier oil like coconut, jojoba, or even olive oil so the raw essential oil doesn’t irritate your skin!
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Lavender oil, which is one of my favorite relaxation scents, is a fresh scent that actually helps to induce sleep and relieve stress. If you’ve ever had a massage at a spa, you may have noticed that it often smells like lavender. That’s because they use a mix of oils, one of those being lavender oil, to help create a relaxing environment. To get a spa-like experience at home, why not drop a few lavender oil drops in the next hot bath you take? The steam and the scent of lavender will be sure to relax you and put your mind at ease.
Now, eucalyptus oil is a common scent that you have probably smelled before. If you’ve ever used Vicks VapoRub, then you may be familiar with the minty, menthol-like scent of eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus is a very popular oil used for aromatherapy purposes because it has a very cooling and refreshing scent. “Normally, people suffering from certain conditions and disorders are slightly sluggish. Eucalyptus oil, a stimulant, removes exhaustion and mental sluggishness and rejuvenates the spirits of the sick. It can also be effective in the treatment of stress and mental disorders.”
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2. Take a Hot Bubble Bath
I’m a huge fan of bubble baths! There’s just something about having a 30 minute soak in a hot bath with sweet smells and a good book that is just so relaxing. According to Holistic Hot Sauce, “The bubble bath is long revered as the ultimate self-care ritual… The steaming water alone is enough to change the energy inside your body and mind, but something about those bubbles – it turns a simple cleansing activity into something so much more luxurious and special.”
Lately, I’ve been a huge fan of philosophy’s shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath scents. The scent I’m currently loving is cranberry! Just a little hint for all you readers, if you have Nordstrom Rack in your area, you can find these little gems at a discounted price. Hooray for saving! You can also sometimes find them at places like Sephora. If you're interested in a more holistic beauty route for your bubble bath, consider mixing Castile Liquid Soap, vegetable glycerin, and your favorite essential oils into your running bath. For some fun holistic beauty recipes for bubble bath, check out Natural Holistic Health. Once you have your bath water running and your bubble bath added, grab your favorite book, light a candle, throw in some flower petals, and breathe easy!
3. DIY Facial Mask
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Who doesn’t love a good facial? I sure do! Although facials at high end spas or dermatologists' offices can be super pricey, there are plenty of great facial DIYs that anyone can try. I remember in high school when my cousins and I first started getting our first bouts of random acne breakouts, my mom and aunt would make us put on facial masks of honey and cinnamon or honey and turmeric to help reduce our acne. I remember my aunt would always say, “The secret to good skin is simply in the kitchen!” Such a true statement! I was never a huge fan of the honey and turmeric facial masks; however, I would highly recommend the honey and cinnamon one!
If you've never tried a honey and cinnamon facial mask, you should definitely get on that! Here’s why. If you have acne, both honey and cinnamon are great for reducing inflammation:
- Acne is caused by oil and dead skin cells, which clog hair follicles and cause bacteria to grow. (Yuck!) Honey helps treat acne because it “is a natural antibacterial agent made up of sugar and water.” Unlike most acne treatments, honey provides the skin natural nourishment and moisture. So all in all, honey is a ‘win-win’ for the skin because it naturally treats and moisturizes!
- Furthermore, Livestrong says that “like honey, cinnamon has anti-microbial properties and can halt the growth of bacteria and fungi. According to MedlinePlus, cinnamon’s beneficial properties come from the chemical cinnamaldehyde found in the plant that may have antibacterial and antifungal properties.”
To make my own DIY facial mask, I usually just mix cinnamon and honey until I get a nice paste-like consistency. If you’d like more precise measurements, I’d suggest mixing 2-3 tbsp. of honey with 1 tbsp. of cinnamon. Even if you don’t have acne, this mask is great for exfoliation and giving your skin a nice glow. Honey does contain sugar, so you probably don’t want to use this make every day, but it’s great for special occasions or up to 2-3 times a week.
If you're looking for a facial mask that’ll give your skin more moisture, or have sensitive skin, you can always go down the avocado mask route or a make a nice mix of olive oil or coconut oil and honey! If you have oily skin, you can always use a mask with equal parts bentonite clay and activated charcoal. Add a couple drops of water until you make a paste and voila! Now you and all your friends of different skin types have a mask you can each use!
Well, there you go friends! That concludes today’s post! I hope you enjoyed these DIY holistic beauty tips. Like my Aunt Tess always says, “Everything you need for beauty can be found in the kitchen!” Have fun with these DIYs!
Did you love these DIY holistic beauty ideas? If so, please let us know in the comments below. If you have a mom and aunt who love holistic beauty recipes like I do, be sure to share this post with them. Sharing is caring! Thanks for reading. ‘Til next time!
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