Here are some super simple homemade beauty products that are perfect for the summer heat! Try them out for yourself and let me know what you think! 🙂
Cooling Cucumber Face Mask:
1 whole cucumber
1/4 cup water
3-4 tbsp chia seeds
Place the whole cucumber into a blender with the water and blend on high until a green, watery gel forms. Pour into a bowl or mason jar and stir in the chia seeds.
Let it sit for 10 minutes in the fridge, or until the mixture becomes thick and gelatinous. Scoop out the cucumber gel and apply to your face like any other face mask, avoiding the eye and mouth area. Let it sit on your face for as long as you like and then rinse off with water.
Any leftovers can get stored in the fridge for up to 3 days!
If the face mask seems to be too watery after sitting in the fridge for a while just add another tbsp of chia seeds in order to thicken it up more!
When applying the mask to your face it may still be drippy and not want to stay on and so I suggest laying down while you apply it or lay down and have someone else apply it for you. Then just close your eyes and relax as the cucumber cools you down!
This face mask is perfect for cooling, hydrating, and revitalizing the skin! The cucumber helps to relieve swelling (especially around the eyes) while also providing beneficial nutrients to the skin such as vitamin A and E (which are crucial for a glowing complexion!)
Chia seeds on the other hand are known for their anti-aging properties! They have been shown to have potent antioxidant activity and high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which protect the skin from free radical damage as well as decrease inflammation and red, irritated skin.
These beneficial properties of chia seeds were shown to stand true in a 2010 study where a group of patients, who were either severely diabetic or had renal disease, were given a topical chia seed treatment for 8 weeks.
Diabetes and renal disease patients commonly acquire skin conditions ranging from pruritus (unbearable itchiness) to lichen simplex chronicus (formation of thick, scaly skin due to excessive itching). So in this study they were testing to see if chia seed oil would help these patients recover from their skin conditions.
After 8 weeks all of the participants saw improvements in their skin hydration, overall itchiness and presence of scarring! The study also had a group of healthy “control” individuals and even though they didn’t have a skin condition they also showed improvements in skin hydration and barrier function. Click here to see the patients before and after photos and check out the study for yourself!
Together this combo is sure to soothe your sun-kissed skin and leave you feeling pampered and refreshed!
Citrus Summer Body Mist:
1/4 cup witch hazel
1/4 cup water
5 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops grapefruit essential oil
5 drops tangerine essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
Mix all of the ingredients together in a small spray bottle (I have found nice ones at Target and even the Dollar Tree! But most of the time I will just reuse an old spray bottle that I already have laying around.) Any spray bottle will work, however the ones with a finer mist tend to work better for a body spray. Make sure you shake well before every use.
This body mist is so sweet and citrusy that you won’t be able to get enough of it! Spraying some of this on will not only make you smell delicious, it will also help keep your mind alert and active!
Citrus oils stimulate the nervous system and provide and uplifting, energizing affect. So you can use this body mist whether you are going out with friends or just in need of some good ol’ aromatherapy!
Natural Hair Lightening Spray:
2 cups chamomile tea
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup coconut oil
2-3 tsp cinnamon
This spray works wonders for creating natural highlights without causing too much damage! Steep the chamomile tea for at least 5 minutes and then allow to cool. Squeeze some lemons (3 small/2 medium) to get fresh juice and then mix it in with the tea. Melt the coconut oil and then stir that into the mixture. Sprinkle in the cinnamon and mix well.
(Using the cinnamon isn’t totally necessary and can clog some spray bottles, so you can skip adding this if you’d like! It just smells amazing when combined with the chamomile and it does aid in hair lightening, but not nearly as much as the lemon or tea.)
Apply to already wet hair in desired areas and then allow for hair to dry completely in the sun. Re-apply as often as you’d like! Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to a week!
This simple blend will be sure to lighten up your hair without hurting it! The chamomile tea, lemon juice, and cinnamon all work together to lift pigment from your hair while the coconut oil holds in moisture and prevents the lemon juice from drying out your hair too much.
Heat from the sun causes the outer cuticle of a hair shaft to open up and expose the melanin within, some of the pigment is then lifted by the lemon juice, etc. and washed away once you rinse.
Blonde and red hair tones are due to the presence of a type of melanin called phaeomelanin, where darker hair tones ranging from brown to black are caused by eumelanin. Depending on what kind of melanin your hair has it can lighten differently. Black hair tends to be impossible to lighten with this mixture, but brown, blonde, and red work well!
Chamomile works especially well on darker hair tones and lemon juice tends to work better with blonde hair, so you can adjust the recipe according to your particular hair tone!
Results are best if repeated over the course of a few weeks! (Don’t do too often because the acidity of the lemon juice can damage hair over time.)
Natural After-Sun Lotion:
1/2 cup aloe vera gel
1/4 cup shea butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1-2 tsp tea tree oil
3 drops peppermint essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
I like to use fresh aloe vera for this recipe but you can always sub with store bought aloe, just make sure it is pure aloe vera! (You can buy fresh aloe leaves at most health food stores or farmers markets or better yet you can buy a whole aloe plant from a nursery or your local Home Depot!)
If you are using fresh aloe slice off the outer skin and only use the clear gel that is inside. Place the gel in a blender and prepare the shea butter and coconut oil by slowly melting them over the stove top, stirring often. Let the melted oils cool a little so they aren’t super hot to mix with the aloe!
Once they’re cooled but still melted add them into the blender with the aloe gel. Blend until smooth. Add in the tea tree, peppermint, and lavender and blend until evenly distributed. Pour the mixture into an old lotion bottle or a mason jar and allow to cool more.
After about an hour or so the mixture with have a creamy lotion texture with a super amazing cooling effect! (For an even creamier lotion texture you can combine all the ingredients with an electric mixer instead of a blender!) Apply wherever you want and rub it in. It’s feels amazing to put on cold out of the fridge, especially after a long day in the sun! Keep in the fridge for up to a week!
Herbal Bug Spray:
1/2 cup witch hazel
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp vegetable glycerin
20 drops citronella essential oil
20 drops lemongrass essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
Combine all of the ingredients together in a mason jar or seal-able container and shake well. Pour into an empty spray bottle and voila! Seems almost too good to be true, but this super easy, natural bug repellent works amazing at keeping away mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and spiders!
Spray on your body and clothes as often as you like to keep the bugs away while you are enjoying your summer outdoors!
Both citronella and lemongrass essential oils have been shown to be extremely effective at repelling insects because most of them can’t stand the smell!
A study done specifically on mosquitoes found that a combination of these oils proved to provide protection for up to 3 hours! (Click here to check it out!) Deet did repel mosquitoes for a longer period of time than the essential oil blend, but Deet has also been shown to be relatively toxic where as these essential oils are not.
For more info on Deet click here! Try this homemade version instead, it’s effective while still being safe! (And in my opinion it smells WAY better than any of the conventional bug sprays out there!)