DIY Spa Secrets


Hydrate skin with honey

It's known as nature's candy. But when consumed, honey has the added health benefit of being a protective antioxidant. It's also a natural moisturizer that has been touted for centuries in Europe as a soothing balm for dry skin. You can reap the golden stuff's rewards with honey-infused lotions and body washes.

Use chamomile to lighten naturally blond hair

Sure, it makes a calming tea, but chamomile is also one of the top ingredients used in hair care for brightening blond locks. The next time you brew a cup, save the bag until the next time you wash your hair. After shampooing, rewet the tea bag and squeeze it through damp hair, wait a few minutes, then rinse and condition as usual. Your natural highlights will look super shiny.

Soften lines with wine

Studies have shown that wine is rich in flavonoids. Applied to skin, these strong antioxidants may help combat signs of aging and maintain skin's natural radiance. Add a few tablespoons of red or white wine or grape-seed extract to your bathtub to help soften skin all over.

Soothe skin with yogurt

We all know yogurt as a low-calorie snack that's packed with calcium, vitamin D and live bacteria cultures that can help calm a troubled tummy. But yogurt also has the power to help irritated skin. Milk fats are very soothing and cold yogurt feels good on contact. Choose full fat over low fat (for more moisturizing power) and smooth onto bare skin. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Enjoy chocolate's skin benefits

For most children and adults, chocolate is the ultimate comfort food. This naturally antioxidant-rich food is a calming and soothing treat for your skin, too. Try sprinkling cocoa powder into your bubble bath.

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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