KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid. I don’t really like the last “S” but I do like the acronym, so I’ve made an exception.
It’s a phrase I keep in mind in all aspects of life: work, cooking, decorating, etc. I’m all about buying less and using a little creativity to save money and keep things natural. I’ve especially been using it with regard for beauty products lately. Click links below for details on the recipes and to copy them to your own cookbook.
Body Scrub – Grab a bowl and combine any oil you like, brown sugar, fine sea salt, and an essential oil you love. Vanilla seems to me the can’t-beat option for smell, but go with your favorite. And if you have dry skin, a sunburn, or eczema, leave out the salt and double up the sugar.
Face Exfoliator – In the palm of your hand, combine a tablespoon of raw, unfiltered honey with a half a tablespoon of baking soda, mix it together, and apply to damp skin. The honey is antibacterial while also soothing dry skin, and the baking soda is gently exfoliating without tearing or irritating your face.
Moisturizing Mask – Combine yogurt with raw, unfiltered honey. Leave it in for 15 minutes, and rinse. The lactic acid in the yogurt softens skin gently, and can be great for dehydrated and congested skin.
Every Day Face Wash and Makeup Remover – Using warm water, wet face and washcloth. Add a 1-3 drops of Jojoba oil to washcloth and use to clean face. Oils on your face might seem like a bad idea, but if you use a skin-compatible oil like jojoba, it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts. In fact, some people find the opposite happens!
Warming Mustard Bath – Mustard’s abilities to stimulate sweat glands and increase circulation in the body draw out impurities and toxins. These baths have been used for centuries, equally employed by the ancient Greeks and Romans, as well as by Native Americans and practitioners of ayurvedic medicine.
After all, the skin is the bodies largest organ. Why would we want to lather something all over it that we wouldn’t be willing to eat or drink?