DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Hair & Face Mask + eBook Announcement!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Hair Face Mask feature via @poorandpretty

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Hair Mask via @poorandpretty

It’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Season! Can’t get your PSL fix? Why not try it out as a facial and hair mask? Pumpkin is fantastic at balancing our scalp and skin’s oil production. Plus its alpha hydroxy acids gently exfoliate without being abrasive. Combine this with the hydrating powers of honey and soy milk, and a dash of antibacterial cinnamon. This recipe is straight from my eBook, which is launching next Tuesday, October 20! Be the first to grab it — just sign up for my email list.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Hair Face Mask Ingredients via @poorandpretty

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup pumpkin puree

  • 2 tbs honey

  •  1 tsp soy milk

  •  ¼ tsp cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and transfer into an air-tight jar. Store it in the refrigerator and use within two days.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Hair Face Mask finished via @poorandpretty

Ready to use it? Here’s how you do it:

Step One: Set aside 1 tbs of the mask for your face.

Step Two: Apply the remainder of the mask to your hair. If you’ve ever used a home hair dye kit, you’ll want to apply this mixture to your hair in the same way. Separate out your hair, then work in the mixture with your hands, working from your scalp out to your ends. When you’ve covered your entire head, spend a little extra time working it into your scalp. Pull your hair back with a hair elastic or claw and cover it with a shower cap. You’re going to leave this on for about 45 minutes.

Step Three: Apply mask to face. After you wash your hands and face with your regular facial cleanser, use the tablespoon you set aside for your face. Apply in gentle upward strokes, avoiding the eye area. Leave this on for about 5 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water and follow up with your favorite astringent and moisturizer.

Step Four: After 45 minutes, hop in the shower and thoroughly rinse the pumpkin mask out of your hair. Follow up with your normal shampoo and conditioner routine.

I can’t wait to share my eBook with you!!!! 

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DIY Lemon & Honey Facial Peel

Lemon and honey facial peel via @poorandpretty

DIY Lemon and honey facial peel via @poorandpretty

I wanted to break up my road trip updates a bit with a quick & easy beauty tutorial. This isn’t your standard chemical facial peel. It won’t give your skin second-degree burns or make you look like Lucille Bluth. Lemon juice acts as a natural “peel” because it removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and refreshed, but also more exposed. As such, I don’t recommend using this right before heading to the beach. And because of the combination of lemon and baking soda, it may burn sensitive skin. Please test on a small patch of your skin before spreading it all over your face.

Lemon and honey facial peel ingredients via @poorandpretty

Ingredients/Supplies — this makes 2-3 uses:

  • juice from half a lemon
  • 2 tbs baking soda
  • ½ tbs honey
  • a glass jar (if you are storing leftovers — remember, lemon is acidic!)

Lemon and honey facial peel via @poorandpretty

1. Mix all of your ingredients together. Tip: If you mix the honey and baking soda together first, it won’t fizz as much when you add in the lemon juice.

2. Wash your face as you normally would with your chosen face wash, then pat dry.

3. Apply your lemon and honey peel liberally, and rub in gently with fingertips for about 30 seconds.

4. Let sit for up to 10 minutes.

5. Rinse off and follow with astringent or toner and your favorite moisturizer. Use moisturizer with SPF in it if you’re going to spend a lot of time in the sun after you use this peel.

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DIY Beauty: All-natural bright & fresh strawberry face mask

Strawberry & Honey Mask - finished - poorandpretty

DIY Strawberry Honey Mask poorandpretty

How about starting off the new year with a bright & fresh face? This is yet another easy mask, made with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Let’s get to it!

Strawberry & Honey Mask ingredients 1 poorandpretty

Bright & Fresh Strawberry Honey Face Mask. This should make 4-5 applications, which you can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week.

Ingredients:

  • 4 strawberries — rich in vitamins A & C, contain salicylic acid, which rids the skin of dead cells and heals & dries acne
  • 1 tbs unsweetend coconut milk — high in antioxidants, removes dirt build-up, replaces moisture in dehydrated skin
    • I highly recommend using coconut milk (you can use the rest to make these coconut cupcakes!), but you can use soy or regular milk as substitutes if you need to.
  • ½ tbs honey — antibacterial, great humectant (it rehydrates skin by drawing on moisture from the air)

Strawberry & Honey Mask - cut strawberry leaves - poorandpretty

Step One: Cut off the strawberry leaves. But don’t throw them away! You can boil the leaves and use the water as an astringent after you rinse off your mask.

Strawberry & Honey Mask - mash up strawberries 2 - poorandpretty

Step Two: Mash up the strawberries in a blender, food processor, or with a fork if you need to get some aggression out ;)

Strawberry & Honey Mask - finished - poorandpretty

Step Three: Add in the coconut milk and honey, and mix well.

Step Four: Apply to your face with your fingertips, carefully avoiding your eyes. Let sit for 15-20 minutes, until dry. Enjoy the Fruit Rollup scent.

Step Five: Rinse thoroughly, massaging the strawberry mixture over your skin gently as you rinse. This gives your face a little extra exfoliation.

Follow up with an astringent and your favorite moisturizer. Enjoy your deliciously-scented, super smooth skin!

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Winter skincare tips & top picks

Remember my Summer Skincare Tips post? I thought I’d do another for winter. I know it isn’t officially winter yet, but since we saw our first snow fall earlier this week, I’m thinking it’s close enough. Truthfully, many of the tips I shared in my summer post are relevant for winter skincare, but given how dry the air is, it’s even more important to stay hydrated and moisturized. Here are my favorite ways to do so…

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1. Drink lots of water or coconut water. Some people aren’t big on the taste of coconut water, but if you can get past that, it really is an amazing hydrator — some say it hydrates even better than water because it’s choc full of electrolytes. It’s also rich in potassium. Try adding it to smoothies if you don’t like the taste.

2. We’re all tempted to take hot baths or showers in the winter to stay warm, but this can actually dry out your skin. So if you do take a bath, try to keep it warm rather than hot and add some milk and honey to your bathwater. As celebrity esthetician Catherine Ianelli says in her milk and honey bath soak recipe, “milk makes the skin soft, is rich in AHA’s (alpha hyroxy acids), which promote exfoliation, and gives the skin a glowing complexion.”

3. Just as it’s important to exfoliate your face, it’s crucial to exfoliate your body, too, especially in the winter. My homemade vanilla coconut sugar scrub is my go-to body scrub. The sugar gets rid of dry, flaky skin and the coconut oil swoops in to moisturize. I’m also partial to my Jar of Frosting, a whipped soap body scrub made with jojoba beads to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize.

4. My Coco Body Balm packs a super-moisturizing punch because it’s made from cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. Liquid lotions tend to contain chemical preservatives, whereas my Coco Body Balm is entirely natural, and therefore entirely good to your skin. I use it on particularly dry patches of skin like my elbows, knees, heels, and slather it on my hands before I go to bed.

5. Whether or not you’re prone to dry skin, it’s better to use a natural bar soap for your face in the winter. Not just any bar soap, of course, you’ll want one specifically formulated for the sensitive skin on our face. Why? Because natural facial bar soaps are made with skin-loving oils that provide your skin with more moisture rather than removing it. Most liquid face washes contain surfactants (also in household cleaning products!) which strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving your face too dry. I like this oatmeal & lavender facial cleansing bar from Blissoma.

6. Hopefully, if you’ve followed all of the above steps, your skin will be well-moisturized, but if you need a little extra help, you’ll want to keep a face serum handy. Facial serums can be pricey, but they are packed with rejuvenating oils, so you only need a few drops for your whole face. The best serums — like this Organic Face Serum from Antho — contain Rosehip and Argan oils, loaded with powerful antioxidants and natural essential vitamins.

What do you do to keep your skin soft in the winter?

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links which may generate a revenue for Poor & Pretty when a purchase is made. You can read more about my affiliate link policies here.

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DIY Beauty: Green tea exfoliating mask

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Happy Labor Day! Let’s take a minute to appreciate our skin today, which works so hard to keep us pretty. ;)

Green Tea Mask Ingredients_LO

This is a mask you can easily whip up in seconds. At the core of it is one green tea bag (dry, not steeped!) and one tablespoon of baking soda. Rip open the tea bags and mix with the baking soda, then store this mixture in an airtight container. When you’re ready to use the mask, take one teaspoon of the dry mixture and combine with one teaspoon of the following, depending on your skin type:

  • water – for oily skin
  • milk – for normal/combination skin
  • olive oil – for dry skin
  • honey – for all skin types; raw honey is a great humectant (it rehydrates skin by drawing on moisture from the air).

I like to think of this as a “choose your own adventure” mask. Remember those books? I always seemed to choose poorly. Lucky, you can’t do that with this mask because no matter which liquid you choose to mix in, your skin is still going to be exfoliated. Win!

Green Tea Mask_LO

To use:

  1. Wash your face with your favorite cleanser.
  2. Mix up the mask according to your skin type above.
  3. Spread the mixture on your face with your fingertips and gently rub into the skin for 30-60 seconds.
  4. Leave on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse off.
  5. Follow up with your favorite toner (have you tried mine?) and moisturizer.
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