Eco chic beauty tips

October 19, 2009

I am excited to introduce Valorie Ruiz.  Valorie has written a guest post for us with some great tips on how to create some homemade beauty products.  I hope you will enjoy her post as much as I did.  Valorie will likely post more from time to time here so you can look forward to her tips on saving money and living green.

On Val's blog she describes herself this way: My name is Valorie, I'm a single mom to a beautiful little love bug named Kiora! I'm an attachment parenting, christian practicin', cloth diaperin', go eco chic kinda mom! Truth be told I love every minute of it. I go to school full time and love to sew!

Mommyval-2 When most people meet me they don’t get the impression that I’m eco friendly, or green as many say. I have always been one to wear a lot of makeup, use a lot of face or hair products and when I went down a natural road much of my look didn’t change. I still wear foundation, I still paint my nails, and I still wear a lot of shimmery colors. I can tell you that what is now going into my skin is better, truth be told I can’t even say it’s a billion times better because that doesn’t begin to cover it. According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics my old face wash was rating a 10 out of 10 for toxicity.

So for those of you who want to still look chic in mommy hood why not go for more of an Eco Chic? I am going to show you some of the easiest ways to get gorgeous hair, nails, and skin right from the comfort of your own home. You will use only fresh ingredients, ones you can actually pronounce!
Every woman wisher for gorgeous shiny healthy hair, I know I do. To get this gorgeous hair, the kind from the Herbal Essence commercials… Take one medium sized avocado, peel it and mash it up! Mix 2 Tablespoons of Honey with it in a bowl. Massage it into your hair and leave it on for about 20-30 minutes. Then wash your hair like normal. This will give you a super sexy shine and a semi sweet scent! Try saying that ten times! I know I did.

On the day I found out I was pregnant I swear my feet swelled and stayed that way. Swelling can do so much harm on those poor little toesies, and with all the running around after baby has been born all of us wish for a nice pedicure. Then you find out everything they use is beyond toxic. So take a few of my next tips for a day at the spa, in your home. For a nice foot soak mix 7 cups of warm water, 2 cups warm milk, and 1/2 cup of honey. Make sure to rinse well and pat dry. If you’re like me and prefer a scrub then here is what I recommend. Take a warm Epsom salt bath, when you are done have your hubby bring you some Epsom salt mixed with a bit of baby oil (to make it pasty). Rub this all over those deserving feet especially around the cuticle area! Rinse off and pat dry! This is just as good as the spa experience, no need to fret about a baby sitter! Top off with some cute Piggy Paint and your good to go!

A cleansing and healing face mask involves 2 ingredients just about every mommy has, Oatmeal and Onions. I know sounds odd, but it’s actually really good for your skin. The onion has healing properties to help heal old acne scars and the oatmeal clears clogged pores! For this you want to boil an ounce of mineral water and pour over 3 tablespoons of oatmeal add a pureed onion (substitute a banana if onion is too weird) while the oatmeal is still warm apply to your face. If the face mask is not thick enough add some honey!

Going green doesn’t have to be the way it was long ago, where everyone thought eco friendly meant NON beauty friendly. We are still allowed to have beauty products! Hooray! Just think of it as Eco Chic!

Here are the recipes again for easy access:

Hair Mask
1- medium avocado peeled and mashed
1- Tablespoon of Honey added to the avocado
Place in hair, keep in for 20-30min, rinse and wash.
Foot Soak
7 cups warm water
2 cups warm milk
½ cup of honey
Foot scrub
Epsom salt and baby oil until the consistency is pasty.
Face Mask
1 oz Boiled mineral water over
3 Tablespoons of oatmeal mixed with
1 onion pureed or 1 banana mashed
Add honey if mask is too thin.
Makes 8 masks.
To hear more of my Green, family, beauty friendly tips head over to Truth Be Told, my regular blog!

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