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The next time you're cooking with olive oil, you may want to consider saving some for your skin.
With Earth Day just around the corner, some of us may be thinking about how to be a little greener with our beauty routine. We've all heard of food-based masks and hair treatments, but oils and baking soda, for example, can easily be used to make everything from deodorant to homemade shampoo.
"You could spend a lot of money, and most women use dozens of products everyday. If you make your own, you have complete control over your ingredients," says Adria Vasil, author of "Ecoholic Body."
If you're not looking to change your beauty shelf right away, she recommends sticking with the "spa experience."
"You don't have to be Martha Stewart... I'm not. Whisk an egg with yogurt and honey for a mask. Put on soothing music and relax... each recipe [takes] about 30 seconds [to make]," she says.
Vasil does, however, recommend we pay more attention to our skin during hotter months. "This time of year, our skin gets exposed to UV rays and air pollution. Give your skin a break at night or on the weekends," she says.
Check out some of Vasil's DIY beauty tricks below.
RECIPE: Grate a bar of any basic all-natural soap (pure veggie glycerine bars grate in 10 seconds flat) and mix it into a pot of near-boiling water (1.5 L). Remove from heat, stir and let it sit a day. Mix in organic essential oils of your choice.
RECIPE: Melt (not boil) one teaspoon of grated beeswax in a double boiler. Add one teaspoon of quality oil (jojoba, safflower, etc.) and one teaspoon of fair trade shea butter. Add in a few drops of organic essential oil or natural vanilla extract.
RECIPE: Heat up olive oil in a pan and add in a few drops of vitamin E or honey.
RECIPE: Grate two tablespoons of beeswax in a double boiler with three tablespoons of jojoba oil. Once the mixture is melted, remove from heat and stir in 45 drops of certified-organic essential oils that you desire. Pour the hot beeswax into containers and let it cool. The finished product will be a solid perfume so rub a few strokes on your wrist and neck.
RECIPE: Crack an organic egg (with vitamins A, D, K and E), separating out the yolk into a bowl. Drizzle in a little skin-plumping honey, whisk it, apply and let dry for 10 to 15 minutes before removing with a damp cloth.
RECIPE: Mix half a teaspoon of baking soda in 1/3 of warm water. Add in a few drops of organic mint oil.
RECIPE: Mix two tablespoons (30 ml) of baking soda in two cups of warm water. Looking for conditioner? Try mixing two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with two cups of water.
RECIPE: Try straight-up baking soda on your pits. You can also mix the powder with some water.
RECIPE: Aloe makes a great scar preventer if you have ongoing skin issues like acne. It can also be used as a light moisturizer.
RECIPE: Use a bottle of straight jojoba oil, olive oil and grapeseed oil as shaving oil.