DIY Spa Secrets

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DIY Spa Secrets

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DIY Spa Secrets

Polish skin with papaya
It isn't just a popular summer fruit: Papaya offers enzymes that gently slough skin. To reap the benefits, mash up half a papaya and apply it as a face mask for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Slough dry, rough skin with sesame seeds
We love them on rolls, in sushi and in hummus. And as a beauty booster, crushed sesame seeds are rich in hydrating fatty acids. The hard outer parts of the seed scrub away rough skin and the oils soften it. Mix 2 teaspoons of sesame seeds with 2 tablespoons of olive oil (or your favorite shower gel) and use as a body wash. 

Rev up your hair's radiance with baking soda
It's no secret that baking soda has seemingly a million uses around the house—from absorbing bad odors in your fridge to cleaning pots and pans. But it can also gently cleanse hair. Try combining 1 tablespoon of baking soda with a dose of shampoo, then lather up as usual.

Deep condition with olive oil
It serves as a healthy cooking tool that benefits your heart —and in beauty, olive oil is beneficial too, especially for hair. Apply olive oil as a deep conditioner on clean, towel-dried locks. To help it penetrate, don a shower cap and wrap a damp microwave-heated terry towel around it. After 20 minutes, shampoo out.

Find a whole new use for that avocado pit
It may sound a bit odd, but when you finish eating your next avocado, save the round pit and use it as a foot roller (it really works!). Rolling your soles over the pit gives you the benefits of a reflexology treatment because it massages key stress-relief points.

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