Let It Glow: Beauty Recipes for the Holidays

Somewhere between cooking a Thanksgiving feast and wrapping last-minute gifts for your brother’s wife’s parents, you start feeling run down. Before you let the hustle and bustle of the holidays start literally wearing on your face, take some time to care for yourself. All you need is a few festive ingredients, such as organic pumpkin (no, really) and peppermint tea. You’ll probably stock up on these holiday flavors anyway, so save yourself another trip to the store and use what’s on hand. Start with these simple DIY beauty creations, and your skin will be glowing like the lights on your house (trust us, that’s a good thing).

DIY beauty

Cocoa-Mint Exfoliating Scrub 2 peppermint tea bags
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
4 Tbsp pure Moroccan argan oil
¼ cup sea salt
2 Tbsp hot water

Directions: Steep 1 tea bag in the hot water. Open the other tea bag to remove the contents and mix with salt and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Now add sweet almond oil and steeped peppermint tea to the dry mixture. Stir until well blended. Massage scrub into damp skin, rinse thoroughly and gently pat dry.

cocoa scrub

Pumpkin Pie-Oh-My Face Mask 1 cup organic pumpkin puree
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground nutmeg

Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Apply to clean skin. Leave on for 10-15 minutes then rinse off.

pumpkin mask

Honey, Pucker-Up Lip Scrub 1 part brown sugar to 2 parts organic virgin coconut oil
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup coconut oil

You can adjust the recipe depending on how much you want to keep on hand. If mixing a large batch, use a sealable glass container you can store in a cool, dry place to keep extra scrub extra fresh.
Directions: Mix desired amount of brown sugar with coconut oil in a small bowl. Gently rub scrub in a circular motion on and around lips. Rinse off brown sugar granules with water, leaving some oil residue to keep lips moisturized and glossy. 

Kiss My Cheek Natural Bronzer 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp powdered sugar

Directions: In a small, sealable container or recycled makeup compact, combine cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Add more cocoa powder for a darker bronzer; add more powdered sugar if you want a lighter glow. Apply to cheeks with a clean blush brush. Keep mixture away from water to prolong your edible, chemical-free, sun-kissed shimmer.

Guest blog by: Liz Lotts
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