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Make-Your-Own Products for Summer Beauty Bummers

Cracked Heel Repair

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Forget spending $30 on a trendy foot peel—or even on a pedi—with this foot-softening remedy. Just soak your heels in equal parts hydrogen peroxide and hot water for about 35 minutes before scrubbing with a pumice and finishing off with a coating of lotion. (Try these 7 Sole-Saving Products for Pretty Feet.)

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Anti-Frizz Serum

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For everything we love about summer, we consider frizz one of our rare beauty arch nemeses. To combat the impossible-to-tame strands that pop up on almost everyone's heads (ours included), try this recipe, which has fatty acid-rich castor oil to help smooth the hair's cuticle.

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Makeup Setting Spray

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Keep things in place—even as the temperatures soar (and the sweat starts)—with this three-ingredient spritz. Glycerin acts as a humectant, helping the skin retain its moisture—and the makeup applied—for hours on end, while rose water helps tone and calm.

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After-Sun Soothing Lotion

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Make a big batch of this cream now and you're golden until Labor Day—literally and otherwise. It's chock-full of skin-soothing hydrators like coconut oil, shea butter, and aloe vera, the latter of which helps reduce any burn-induced inflammation. (Use this treatment along with our Sunburn Relief Tips to Soothe Scorched Skin.)

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Lavender Coconut Aloe Vera Shaving Cream

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Packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients like calming lavender essential oil and reparative coconut oil, this all-natural lotion for your legs, underarms—anywhere, really—is perfect for sunburnt, parched, or flaky summer skin that requires your razor's attention.

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Salt-Water Wave Spray

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Only look like you spent the day attempting a half-pipe or frolicking in the ocean after misting this easy-to-make spray over your entire mane. After applying, gently scrunch strands for a chill, surfer-girl style.

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Wash-Off Bronzer

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Prefer to play it safe and stay out of the sun? Get your glow on with this coffee-infused recipe that lends the most natural touch of color to a variety of skin tones. Warning: Making this recipe has resulted in multiple (and successfully filled) Starbucks cravings. (Find The Best Self-Tanner to Suit Your Fit Lifestyle for a gorgeous, just-left-the-beach glow.)

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Cuticle Cream

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It's a such a bummer when you get a fresh mani for a summer weekend to only have ragged hangnails and cuticles within hours of your appointment. (Can you tell we're speaking from experience here?) This portable salve helps keep your cuticles hydrated and protected from sea, salt, and sand.

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Frozen Eucalyptus Towels

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Cool off after a workout or even just a steamy shower with one of these refreshing DIY towels. Make a bunch at once, and you're set for a few weeks' worth of refreshment for sweaty summer workouts.

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Slimming Body Wrap

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While the results aren't permanent, this last-minute quick fix is worth a try before stepping out on a Saturday night in a cut-out dress. Lose what users have reported as inches in under an hour thanks to a stimulating mix of caffeine from coffee, detoxifying Epsom salts, and heat-inducing plastic. You'll feel lighter—and definitely tighter—after giving this body wrap a whirl. (Want more at-home beauty? Check out these 20 DIY Beauty Products to Get Pampered on Less.)

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