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Summer is just around the corner so this means Margarita season will soon begin! Well for me – Margaritas are enjoyed all year round since it’s my favorite drink. So then what’s better than having my favorite drink? Using it as a body scrub of course. Smoother skin and zero calories!

Limes are a natural antiseptic, this means they are great for cleaning and healing the skin. The natural occurring acids in limes also help rid your skin of dead skin cells. Limes are also loaded with vitamin c, which brightens and clarifies your skin.

Margarita Body Scrub

  • 1 cup sugar or sea salt (I like my Margaritas with salt on the rim!)
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • A few drops of lemon oil

Combine all the ingredients and apply in a circular motion.

Most skincare companies offer some sort of tool that cleanses your face. For example, the Neautrogena wave sonic and the Clarisonic, both clean your pores while making wrinkles and lines less noticeable. If you like those, then you will enjoy this all natural recipe because it works in the same way, but instead you get to use a tomato! I got this recipe from watching the Dr. Oz Show. I’m a fan of the show, he usually features good tips on weight loss and anti aging secrets.

Tomato Sugar Face Scrub

  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar

Cut tomato in half and dip it in the sugar. Next, rub your face with the tomato in a circular motion. Leave it on for ten minutes and then rinse.

Why it works: Tomatoes have lycopene in them, that’s what gives it its deep red color. Lycopene is an antioxidant that helps protects your skin from dangerous UV sun rays and it also prevents wrinkles by maintaining your skin’s elasticity. Sugar is also great for your skin because it’s a natural humectant. Humectants help retain moisture, so the sugar helps pull moisture into your skin and keep it there.

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Strawberries can do wonders for our skin. They are packed with antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E. These antioxidants help fight free radicals which bombard us almost everyday. Vitamin A-C-E is the trifecta of skincare ingredients. Vitamin A helps build collagen, vitamin C helps clarify you skin and evens out skin tone, and finally vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. Strawberries also have anti-inflammatory properties that may help with redness and breakouts.

Homemade Strawberry Face Scrub

  • 2-3 ripe or over-ripe strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or a dollop of cold cream (Ponds or Olay)

Mash the strawberries with a fork. Mix the mashed strawberries with the sugar and olive oil. If you don’t like to use oil on your face, you can swap it out for any basic cold cream or face cream you may have.

Apply scrub to face in a circular motion. Leave on for 1-3 minutes and rinse off. Finish off with your moisturizer of choice.

The strawberry seeds and sugar work hard to scrub away dull skin to reveal bright youthful looking skin.  The sugar helps retain your skin’s moisture and the olive oil also acts as an antioxidant and moisturizes your skin.

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Hair masks are the best prescription for dry hair. Natural hair masks work the best because they don’t contain alcohol or sulfates. Most of those chemicals can actually strip the natural oils from your hair.

Supercharged Avocado Banana Hair Mask

  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Add-ins to choose from:

  • 1 Tbsp Vitamin A Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Vitamin E Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Keratin Extract Oil

Mash or blend the avocado and banana together. Add in the olive oil and your choice of  add-in oils. Mix until creamy and apply to your hair. Leave in for at least 20 minutes and then wash out with a gentle sulfate-free shampoo.

You can find these oils in Whole Foods or at the pharmacy. You can also order them online. I get mine from a Brazilian products store, the small vials are found in the beauty aisle or near the register. I sometimes add a little bit of all the oils.

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It has been said that Cleopatra was the ultimate beauty girl. In Ancient Egypt, cosmetics and beauty products were considered medicine and they were highly used. The Egyptians lined their eyes with kohl to ward off eye infections, not just because it was pretty!

Cleo enjoyed taking milk baths. Milk can do wonders for your skin because it contains Lactic Acid. Lactic Acid works by removing dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and hydrated. This is the same chemical that can be found in Amlactin, a lotion made for extra dry skin and that helps sooth Keratosis Pilaris (KP).
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So next time add some milk to your bath water. You can pour in as much as you’d like and once you’re done soaking, rinse off in the shower. I would suggest taking advantage of left over milk that has just passed the sell by date. Chances are it is still pretty good.

Quick Tip: Most of us will not drink milk that has passed the used by date, even by one day (me). An easy way to check for freshness is to pour some of the milk in a spoon and put the spoon over your oven burner. If the milk boils it is still fresh, if it curdles (like cottage cheese) it is sour. You can also put some in a small bowl and microwave it.
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