DIY Sunburn Relief Banana Mask

Banana Sun Burn Aid
Banana face masks will provide relief and aid for sun burnt skin. The flesh of the banana is full of antioxidants which have soothing properties. Banana face masks are also very hydrating to dry skin and leaves it softer and fresh looking.

banana sunburn recipeHow to make your mask:
Using the back of a fork, simply just mash up a banana and put it on your face–leave it on for 30 minutes & rinse off. Use your moisturizer after you pat dry your skin. If you are extremely sunburned, put on some Aloe Vera gel before your moisturizer.

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Another recipe:

DIY Banana Mask

 

Bedtime Bath Recipe

Do you struggle to wind down at night? Does it take you a while to get comfortable in bed, or to feel relaxed and ready for sleep? Are the muscles in your shoulders and back feeling tight and tense by the end of the day?

How does a nice, hot bath sound to remedy all that? Uh, yeah. My guess is it’s been a while since your last bath time, right?

A bedtime bath is by far one of the most therapeutic tools you can have in establishing healthy sleep patterns. Taking time to yourself to relax in warm, soothing water is great as it is, but if you really want to turn your bath into a sleep-boosting, stress-busting, muscle-relaxing miracle worker of a sleep remedy, this is how it’s done.

(Oh, and YES—this works for calming the kids down at night, too!)

You’ll need just two simple key ingredients: epsom salts and baking soda.

Epsom salts, made of magnesium sulphate, are an old-fashioned remedy for soothing tired, aching muscles.

Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant; it accomplishes this by moving calcium out of the muscles, and back into the bloodstream where it can be mobilized elsewhere. It’s also a critical nutrient to your body’s glucose metabolism—magnesium helps to regulate blood sugar by assisting cells in producing energy from glucose.

What does that all have to do with sleep? Well, releasing muscle tension is a key element in allowing the body to initiate the relaxation response (think, the opposite of the stress response), which is necessary for sleep. And because the metabolism-supportive benefits of magnesium help to produce cellular energy, your blood sugar can be better stabilized—this is essential for maintaining balanced hormonal levels that help you sleep.

Your body can absorb this magnesium from epsom salts quite efficiently, so epsom salt baths are an excellent way to supplement the calmative mineral. And epsom salts also serve to provide a gentle, effective detox bath. 

Sleep benefits of baking soda
Baking soda added to an epsom salt bath is another powerful sleep aid. That’s because it supplements the body with extra CO2 to be absorbed. Did you know that C02 is one of the most important chemicals in your body? It supports healthy cellular energy production—which in turn promotes healthy sleep and keeps stress hormones at bay.

Your sleep cycles are designed to maintain CO2 levels during the night. In REM sleep, breathing is shallow and inhibited, and CO2 levels rise. The naturally-restful deep sleep stages allow for a greater production of CO2, which allows for cellular repairs to take place as stem cells multiply and mitochondrial energy is supported with lots of that good CO2.

So here’s a recipe for the ultimate in bedtime relaxation:

Bath Recipe it’s to be used in a regular-sized full bath tub filled.

Ingredients
2-4 cups (or more) epsom salts
1 cup baking soda
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For aromatherapy:
Essential oils or dried herbs of your choosing. Chamomile (oil; dried) and lavender (oil;dried) are excellent sleep-promoting choices.

If you aren’t noticing a muscle-relaxing effect from the epsom salts, increase the amount until you do. Some people need as much as 4 pounds of epsom salts in their bath! As your body’s magnesium stores become replenished, you will find that you’ll need less epsom salt as time goes on. Generally, a good maintenance dose is about 2 cups of epsom salts, when used in a full bath for at least 20-40 minutes.  
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Peaceful Beauty Sleep Recipe

Before bedtime, mix up this atomizer spray and you will help the kids and yourself sleep easy tonight!  As an added bonus, your house will smell like a spa at night and when you wake up.

Bedtime Sleep Easy Atomizer Spray:

5 drops lavender
3 Tea tree
3 Eucalyptus
4 oz of purified water

Mix well in atomizer bottle and spray into the air to help soothe and calm at bedtime.  This is a great recipe especially for the kids room, too.   This will clear the air of allergies caused by airborne viruses and bacteria and at the same time provides them with a soothing and calm feeling to sleep easy.  Enjoy or should I say good night….sleep peacefully!

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About the Author:

Beauty Writer & Lifestyle Blogger April M. Monterrosa is a Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Military wife, the mama of a dachshund, a licensed Cosmetologist of 18 years, Owner of The Lil Spa Room, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor. With beauty & blogging being such passions, Shine Beautifully was born. Shine Beautifully will feature beauty tips, home remedies, quotes, poetry, recipes, personal stories, travel adventures, & an array of other topics. Don’t forget to subscribe!

DIY Cornmeal Facial Scrub

Ingredients: Cornmeal & Water

Instructions: In a bowl, mix cornmeal with equal parts of water to make a paste. Apply to facial skin in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate dead, dry skin cells. Allow to dry and rinse off with cool water. Great for combo skin. Can be used on the body as well.

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About the Author:

Beauty Writer & Lifestyle Blogger April M. Monterrosa is a Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Military wife, the mama of a dachshund, a licensed Cosmetologist of 18 years, Owner of The Lil Spa Room, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor. With beauty & blogging being such passions, Shine Beautifully was born. Shine Beautifully will feature beauty tips, home remedies, quotes, poetry, recipes, personal stories, travel adventures, & an array of other topics. Don’t forget to subscribe!

 

 

National Milk Chocolate Day & DIY Facial Mask Recipe

July 28, 2013 is National Milk Chocolate Day! Chocoholics unite—it’s National Milk Chocolate Day!How is milk chocolate different from other chocolates? It’s a mix of cocoa solid and either dry or condensed milk. While dark chocolate is traditionally used as a baking ingredient, this sweet treat is used to make chocolate candy bars, hot chocolate, and many delicious desserts.Did you know that chocolate actually has mood-enhancing benefits? That’s right—chocolate can make you happy! This is due to the fact that it contains a stimulant called theobromine and a compound called anandamide. Now that’s a reason to celebrate! Today, enjoy milk chocolate your favorite way. Happy Milk Chocolate Day!
Enjoy some chocolate goodness while you treat your skin to antioxidants!

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Here’s a DIY recipe:

Ingredients:
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp yogurt
1 tsp honey

1: Blend the cocoa powder with the honey and yogurt. Cocoa powder can be difficult to blend, so be patient with this step. Keep mixing until the mixture looks like melted chocolate.

2: Clean your face with lukewarm water. Dab dry and then apply the mask evenly all over your face except the eye and lip areas. Relax for 15 minutes and let the mask do it’s magic.

3: Wash off with lukewarm water and dab dry. Apply your favorite moisturizer. You’re done!

*Using food ingredients on your skin will provide similar benefits to when they are eaten, but there are always some minor differences. Here are the benefits that you can expect from this DIY chocolate yogurt mask:

Cocoa: Brimming with antioxidants, cocoa can help fight sun damage and provide you with anti-aging benefits. How can you refuse a chocolate without calories?

Yogurt: Because yogurt contains lactic acid, it acts as a natural exfoliant when applied onto the skin. The zinc found in yogurt can also fight pesky blemishes and may even shrink the appearance of large pores.

Honey: It has been popping up in various beauty products recently because of its ability to calm inflammation, soften dry, cracked skin and aid in skin healing and regeneration.

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Hope you enjoy!