DIY: Whole Foods Face Masks

While everyone knows how important whole foods are for our health, not many realize the benefits that whole foods can have for your skin. Think of it this way, why should you spend extra money to put harsh chemicals and other unknowns on your skin when you can achieve the same results with produce from the local market? Here are some of my favorite foods for your skin:

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Honey is a humectant, which promotes the skin to absorb moisture and lock it in. It also is highly antibacterial which can be beneficial for acne-prone skin.

Oatmeal is fantastic to soothe irritated skin and to reduce inflammation. A mix of flavonoids, phenols and avenanthramides act as natural anti-inflammatories. It is best to use oats ground up or in a flour form.

Cocoa is rich in antioxidants which help to protect your skin against free radicals. It also contains caffeine which is great in helping to firm the skin.

Turmeric has antiseptic, astringent, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. When used in a face mask, it works to help fight wrinkles and smooth the skin. It has also been shown to help fade acne scars. Just be sure to dilute with other ingredients as it can stain the skin when used alone.

Avocado and Avocado Oil are rich in healthy fats. They are easily absorbed while moisturizing and helping with skin regeneration. These particularly help dry, sensitive or sun damaged skin.

Green Tea is high in antioxidants and has been shown to help reduce inflammation, soothe damaged skin and calm irritated skin. Tea leaves or brewed tea can be used for rinses or in DIY face masks.

Greek Yogurt is another great moisturizer and soother due to its protein, calcium and probiotic properties. It also works as a chemical exfoliant due to the lactic acid. Mixed with other ingredients, it can be used in a hydrating mask to promote glowing skin.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil not only moisturizes the skin but also cleanses it. It helps to remove makeup and pull out dirt and impurities from the pores. It has also been found to help prevent cell damage due to the sun’s radiation.

All of these ingredients are amazing on their own, but they are even better when combined. Mix two or three of these together to create the perfect face mask. Apply to clean skin and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat your skin dry.

By making your own masks at home, you know exactly what is in them. Even better, each time you make a new mask, you can tailor it to your skin’s needs at the time. No more spending money on large amounts of chemicals or standing in the beauty isle confused by the hundreds of different products. There are so many wonderful foods for you skin, these are just a few of my favorite.

What kind of masks are you planning on making?

Xoxo Sammie


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DIY: Smoothie Face Mask

One of the best parts about summer has to be all the fresh fruit. While we can always find apples and oranges, during the summer I love indulging in apricots, cherries and mango. One of my favorite breakfasts during the summer is fruit smoothies. It a quick and yummy way to give your body a lot of the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. So, I figured why not make a smoothie face mask?

 What you need:

1/3 Banana- has many different good skin ingredients. Potassium hydrates the skin, B-vitamins protect against free radicals, Vitamin-A heals scaring and Zinc fights acne.

¼ Ripe Mango- has high amounts of Vitamin-A and Vitamin-C. Vitamin-C has been shown to help boost collagen product as well as protecting against UV induced damage from free radicals.

1 Aloe Vera leaf- soothes and moisturizes skin without clogging pores. It also has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

 First, you will want to peel the skin off the aloe and add it to the bowl. I like to rage the skin and rub the excess on my face to make sure I’m using all of the plant. Then, all you need to do is take a fork and mash all the ingredients together or you can use a blender. You can double the recipe to accommodate multiple people or you can put any leftover mixture into the fridge for 2-3 days to use later. I would recommend keeping any left overs in an airtight container. Cleanse your face and apply the mask in an even, thick layer. I would recommend laying down after applying so that it does not slide off of your face. Let the mask sit for 15-20 minutes. Then just rinse with cool water and pat dry.

You can leave your skin as is, but I do use a moisturizer since I am taking isotretinoin. I love this mask! It leaves my skin feeling so soft and hydrated. It also gives me such a pretty glow. I like making a double batch and using it twice a week.

I really enjoy being able to use good, natural whole foods to benefit my skin. What are your favorite summer fruits?

Xoxo Sammie

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DIY: Rose Gold Elixir

With social media, it is so easy to fall into the trap of over hyped products. Scrolling through Instagram, I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen using the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir. It seemed like every other picture was an influencer putting this on their lips and ending with flawless results. I managed to avoid the temptation because it was not sold in the US. However, as soon as it became available on Sephora, I shelled out the $54 for this magical serum.

Now, I’ve been using this for over a month. Do I like it? I do! Is it worth $54? I wasn’t convinced. After looking at the ingredients, I thought I’d be able to make a version myself for a fraction of the cost.

What you need:

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Rose Hip Oil

Orange Peel Essential Oil

Lemongrass Essential Oil

The receipts is so simple! I just use 1 tbsp of Pumpkin seed oil, 1 tbsp rose Hip oil, 6 drops orange peel and 6 drops lemon grass essential oils. Then, just pour mixture into a dark bottle and you are ready to use!

A few notes: there are two ingredients that I did not include. There are no scientific studies showing proven results of gold in skin care, so I decided to skip for cost. I also did not include vitamin e oil because it is debateable on the benefits it has for the skin. Finally, you will need to make sure you keep the serum in a dark bottle. This helps to protect the integrity of the oils. This recipe should last for at least 3 months due to the fact it does not contain any water.

Good skin care is a great investment. However, a lot of things you can make for a fraction of the cost in store. This serum is hydrating and always leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished. What is your favorite skin care item?

Xoxo Sammie

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DIY Dry Scalp Treatment

I have had problems with dry scalp on and off for years. Lucky for me, it can usually be remedied by using a hydrating shampoo or something like Head and Shoulders. Unfortunately for my husband, that hasn’t been the case.

It seems like no matter what he tries, he can’t get rid of his dry flakey scalp. It’s gotten to the point where people really notice. We have tried switching shampoos, using prescriptions and exfoliation. Unfortunately, nothing has helped long term.

So, he finally agreed to test out my diy dry scalp hair mask. It incorporates a mix of olive and coconut oil to hydrate as well as honey and a few essential oil.

What you need to make enough for two:

1/4 cup Coconut oil

1/4 cup Olive oil

2 tbsp 100% honey

Essential Oils I used:

6 drops tea tree 

6 drops Rosemary

4 drops Lavender

4 drops Peppermint

Check out my essential oils guide 

This dry scalp treatment is super easy to make. Just add everything into a bowl and melt together. You can use a microwave, but for best results I suggest using or creating a double boiler. Just fill a small pot with water and heat on stove. Then grab a glass bowl that can sit on top of and slightly inside the pot. 

Add honey to bowl and stir occasionally. Once melted, add in the oils. I melt the honey first because it has a higher melting point. Once everything has melted together, remove the bowl from the pot and set on counter to cool.

While the oil cools, it’s the perfect time to exfoliate your scalp. I like to take a brush and run it through my hair from scalp to tips. Like exfoliating your face, this helps to loosen and remove dead skin to prep your scalp for the moisturizing treatment.

Once the oil has cooled enough to not burn but is still warm, it is time to apply. I make sure to apply with my head over a bath tub or sink to catch any drips.

Basically, I just pour the dry scalp treatment on and massage it in. If you have longer hair, you will want to section your hair and pour the oil on bit by bit so as to cover your full head.

Now, just wrap you hair in a moist towel or shower cap and sit down and relax. I personally love to throw on a sheet mask and watch an episode of something on Netflix. Let the treatment sit for 30-45 minutes. 

When the time is up, rinse off in a warm shower. I like to soak my hair, lightly massage in the oil for a minute before using a moisturizing shampoo to wash away any residue.

Not only does this moisturize my scalp, but is leaves my hair so soft and shiny. As for my husband? He loves it! So far, his hair looks amazing! No more large white flakes or itchy scalp. He is definitely impressed.

What would you like to see next week? Let me know in the comments below.

Xoxo Sammie


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DIY Coconut Shaving Cream

When the weekend comes, it’s time for my husband and I to just relax. We love going out and exploring all that is going on in our college town. However, this weekend that was not the case. He is so busy preparing to defend his PHD thesis and I had mountains of work to do. So when I went to take a shower on Saturday and realized I had no more shaving cream, I was frazzled. I didn’t want to put on clothes and run to the store, so instead I wrapped myself in a towel and headed to the kitchen.
Lucky for me, I always have a large container of coconut oil. If you remember my post from last Monday, I was able to whip some up and add sugar to create a scrub. That got me thinking, couldn’t that be used to create a shaving cream as well? The answer is yes. The best part is it took only 5 minutes to makes.

What you need:
Coconut Oil


Essential Oil (optional)

The process is the same as the Whipped Sugar Scrub.

I put about 1 cup of coconut oil with 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil into my bowl. I decided to use eucalyptus because it is soothing and sometimes my legs can be rather sensitive.

Then, you just mix it on medium to high speed for about 5 minutes. I mixed this one longer than the sugar scrub because I wanted it to be extra whipped and creamy.

And that’s it! So quick, simple and inexpensive! And let me tell you, my skin loves it. I thought the Whipped Sugar Scrub helped my arms and legs, but this is even better! I swear my skin has never been softer. 

I only have two quick notes. First, you will want a wash cloth to clean your razor off on to get the best shave. Second, I would not use this on your face because coconut oil has a comedogenic rating of 4. This means it is likely to make a lot of people breakout. While this oil is great for some people, be aware it came make some breakout. That is why I don’t use it on my face. For my body it seems to be fine.

Will you be giving this DIY shaving cream a try?

Hope you had a great weekend!

Xoxo Sammie

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