Pamper Yourself for Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for many restaurants and florists and is second only to Christmas in retail sales.
Although some may argue that it is just another commercialized holiday, it does have roots dating back centuries. Ancient Greeks and Romans celebrated a day in honor of mother’s of pagan gods. Early Christians in England celebrated a day to honor Mary, Mother of Christ.
By religious order, the holiday was set to include all mothers and was called Mothering Sunday. At that time many of the poor peasant servants of the rich were from a distance away. They were given the day off to return home and visit with their mothers.
Today a version of Mother’s Day is celebrated worldwide. In the United States, Mother’s Day roots can be traced to Civil War activists to promote the rise of women against war, a mother’s day of peace.
Mom’s often put themselves last on a daily basis. Those cute new shoes can wait-the kids need winter coats. She will leave the last piece of pie on the plate for someone else.
This Mom’s Day try giving yourself a dose of self-love to boost your self-image. Kids pick up on the nuances of self-confidence and well being. With your role modeling, they will learn to be confident, self-reliant adults. After all, if one can’t take good care of themselves first it may be harder to take of care loved ones. Sending this message to kids is not selfishness but rather preparing them to be confident and assertive adults.
DIY Hair Conditioners, Facial Masks, and Skin Softeners
Do it yourself, or DIY cosmetics have been popular recently. Not only are they more economical, we know exactly what’s in them. Food science developments and research have helped us identify natural products that tend to benefit skin and hair, even teeth and nails for health and beauty.
Try these DIY beauty tricks or one of the new products containing natural ingredients. There is no need to scramble for essential oil, glycerin or any harder to find ingredients. These DIY hair conditioners, facial masks, and skin softeners use products that you already have in your kitchen cabinet. Turn your bathroom into a spa for Mom’s Day and pamper yourself from head to toe.
Light some candles, have soft music and a relaxing cup of tea.
DIY Hair Conditioners
Olive oil infuses the scalp with moisture and can help with dry scalp. Locks will be stronger and shinier and scalp healthier.
Rosemary has been indicated as a stimulant for hair follicles helping to prevent hair loss. It conditions the scalp, acting as a natural conditioner to prevent dryness. Used over a long period of time rosemary will darken graying hair.
Try this: whip an egg with 1/2 cup of water. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1/4 cup dried rosemary.
Or buy this: Avalon organic shampoo and conditioner.
Avocado is rich in fatty acids that are essential for good health in our diet. Applied topically avocado strengthens and fortifies the hair shaft.
Try This: mix a ripe, mashed avocado with 2 TBS olive oil for a conditioner that will give shinier and stronger hair.
Or try Naked Naturals products will Shea butter and avocado
DIY Facial Scrub and Mask
Strawberries are very good for the skin, giving benefits from inside (eating them) and out (applied topically). They are loaded with vitamin C to help fight free radicals and promote strong tissue in the skin for a youthful look. The salicylic acid gets rid of dead skin cells making strawberries an excellent exfoliate.
Watch the tutorial to make an easy strawberry exfoliating scrub using mashed strawberries, sugar, honey and an egg for oily skin.
Or try a strawberry-rhubarb scrub by Eminence.
DIY Chocolate Facial Mask
Chocolate contains antioxidants that can prevent or repair damage to the skin from free radicals. Like strawberries, these antioxidant benefits can be applied directly to the skin. Chocolate facials are quite popular and there are several different recipes. The basic ingredients are cocoa powder, cream or curds and honey. Having the ability to retain water, honey has long been used in skin care products for cleansing and softening. Add oatmeal if desired for a soothing scrub. Oatmeal, with anti-inflammatory properties, is also good for any sort of rash or sunburn.
Suzanne McMinn at Chickens in the Road had the great idea to use cream cheese as the binding ingredient for chocolate facial masks. The cream cheese will give a smoother product that is easier to apply. Curds, or cottage cheese has a lumpy consistency that may be “yucky” to use and cream may be a bit runny. I opt for the cream cheese!
Try this basic recipe for chocolate facial mask:
- 1/3 cup powdered cocoa
- 3 TBS cream cheese
- 1/4 cup honey
Or try Freeman’s Feeling Beautiful chocolate-strawberry facial mask:
DIY Bath Salts and Soaks
Do – it – yourself bath salts and soaks are incredibly easy and inexpensive. All you need to do is take a trip to the kitchen and bathroom, and your herb garden if you have one. Bath salts can be created using Epsom salts, baking soda and any crushed and dried herb. You can even break open herbal tea bags to use. Put all ingredients into a food processor or blender and voila! you have great smelling, soothing bath salts.
Basic recipe for bath salts:
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 3/4 cup ground-up herbs
Using milk as a bath soak provides the skin with plenty of the antioxidant vitamin A, protecting the skin from both acne and aging. Powdered milk combined with common kitchen ingredients like baking soda are easy and economical bath soaks that soothe.
Try these easy bath soaks with powdered milk as a base:
1. Add one cup boiling water to 1/2 cup powdered milk, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1/4 cup honey.
2. Add one cup boiling water to 1/2 cup powdered milk, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup crushed herbs (fresh, dried or from an open tea bag).
3. Add one cup boiling water to 1/2 cup powdered milk, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup ground oatmeal and 2 TBS cinnamon. (Use old fashioned oats not instant and grind in a blender along with the baking soda).
Or consider a great Canus goat milk bath product or Calgon Ageless Nourishing Milk Bath for stress relief!
Doing Your Own Manicure and Pedicure
The key to good at-home manicures and pedicures is having the right tools. Kristin Logan, MSN blogger, and beauty writer explains in 8 simple slides the basic supplies for a manicure at home from nail polish remover to a fast dry top coat spray. A pedicure is a little more work that a manicure. It’s fun to get a professional pedicure, and not really expensive. They are good Mom’s Day gift choices!
For giving your own manicure and pedicure, skip down to the toes and do those first. Save the manicure for last. You don’t want to use those great looking nails right away! Begin by prepping hands and feet with a sugar scrub made with 2 Tbs. of sugar and a few drops of almond oil. Most grocery stores carry almond oil in the aisle where the other oils are. If not, check the health food store for almond oil. You can use olive oil in the sugar scrub as well. Follow with a refreshing foot soak. Add slices of fresh lemon and rosemary to warm water in a foot basin. Remove any nail polish from the toenails. Soak for at least 20 minutes. The lemon juice will help lighten the yellowing we get on the nails from nail polish build up. Then follow these steps to finish your pedicure.
- Trim nails with a strong toenail clipper
- Trim cuticles with cuticle scissors
- Apply baby or olive oil to the cuticles
- Apply a soothing, moisturizing foot balm
- Apply polish in a flirty color
Celebrate Mom’s Day
A few makeup tricks and a cute outfit will have you looking and feeling your best. So polish your badge and shine on your day! You deserve it! Everyone will admire you even more. And even if just for today, go ahead and have that last piece of pie.
Makeup Tips for a Natural Glow
- use makeup to accentuate positive features
- use concealer or camouflage cream to cover dark spots and blemishes
- use fingers instead of a sponge to apply foundation. The heat from fingers helps it blend better
- Look for makeup with light diffusing micro crystals
- Highlight top of cheek bones and brows with an illuminating powder
- Apply bronzer with a brush to temples, chin and jaw lines
- Apply a peachy or pink blush to the apples of the cheeks
- Mix cinnamon in Vaseline and apply before lipstick, or just as a gloss.(Cinnamon brings blood to the surface and plumps up fine lines and lips)
- Follow the video tutorial for creating Smokey Eyes!