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Beauty
Published Tuesday Jun 04, 2019 by Reut Golan

DIY Summer Beauty Products Your Hair + Skin Will Love

Skincare
Recipes
Beauty

Long days at the beach. Family barbecues. Weekend getaways. Summer is finally at our doorstep, and it’s safe to say we’re all ready for that warm weather wave. But when the temperature rises, our skin (and hair) can suffer.

If you’re searching for a few natural alternatives to keep your beauty routine in check (wherever your summer travels take you) here’s three DIY recipes we can’t live without. 

Coco-cumber Cooling Mist

Are beach days leaving you a little burnt out? This misty gem is the perfect cool down after a warm summer day. Remember to keep it in your fridge and use throughout the day to feel refreshed and re-energized!

Ingredients:
- ¾ cup coconut water (I prefer Obrigado!)
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
- 1/2 small cucumber, sliced and chopped finely
- 3-5 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions:
- Combine the coconut water, aloe vera, and essential oil in a small spray bottle and shake until the contents are thoroughly mixed.
- Add fresh cucumber pieces to the bottle.
- Shake, spray, and walk away. Enjoy the instant zen!

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Coco-cumber Cooling Mist

Are beach days leaving you a little burnt out? This misty gem is the perfect cool down after a warm summer day. Remember to keep it in your fridge and use throughout the day to feel refreshed and re-energized!

Ingredients:
- ¾ cup coconut water (I prefer Obrigado!)
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
- 1/2 small cucumber, sliced and chopped finely
- 3-5 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions:
- Combine the coconut water, aloe vera, and essential oil in a small spray bottle and shake until the contents are thoroughly mixed.
- Add fresh cucumber pieces to the bottle.
- Shake, spray, and walk away. Enjoy the instant zen!

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Orange Creamsicle Body Butter

Reawaken your sun-kissed skin with this citrusy, creamy delight! Apply all over your body to show your skin some *extra* lovin’ after those long sunny days.  

Ingredients:
- ½ cup shea butter
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil 
- 7 drops of orange essential oil (depending on how strong you want the scent)
- 7 drops of vanilla essential oil

Directions: 
- Add the shea butter and coconut oil into a double boiler on low heat and stir until melted. 
- Pour mixture into a small glass bowl and allow to cool until about 75% solidified. You can speed up this process by putting the bowl in the fridge for about an hour.
- Add the essential oils to the cooled cream and whip by hand or with a hand mixer until the combination is light and fluffy.
- Apply to clean skin and feel the instant, moisturizing benefits! 

Optional: 
If your skin tends to be more oily, try adding a few pinches of arrowroot powder or tapioca starch to the mixture before blending to avoid that greasy feeling!

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beauty skincare MINDBODY
Orange Creamsicle Body Butter

Reawaken your sun-kissed skin with this citrusy, creamy delight! Apply all over your body to show your skin some *extra* lovin’ after those long sunny days.  

Ingredients:
- ½ cup shea butter
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil 
- 7 drops of orange essential oil (depending on how strong you want the scent)
- 7 drops of vanilla essential oil

Directions: 
- Add the shea butter and coconut oil into a double boiler on low heat and stir until melted. 
- Pour mixture into a small glass bowl and allow to cool until about 75% solidified. You can speed up this process by putting the bowl in the fridge for about an hour.
- Add the essential oils to the cooled cream and whip by hand or with a hand mixer until the combination is light and fluffy.
- Apply to clean skin and feel the instant, moisturizing benefits! 

Optional: 
If your skin tends to be more oily, try adding a few pinches of arrowroot powder or tapioca starch to the mixture before blending to avoid that greasy feeling!

Sunny Day Leave-in Conditioning Spray

Sunshine + sea salt = split ends. No thank you! Break the dead-end cycle by throwing this must-have staple into your bag and try spraying it on your ends when they need a little pick-me-up. These three simple ingredients will leave your hair feeling soft and hydrated.

Ingredients:
1 cup distilled water
2 ounces of your favorite conditioner (I’m all about Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Conditioner)
2 ounces melted coconut oil

Directions:
Combine all the ingredients inside a recycled spray bottle and shake it up. Yep, it’s that easy! 

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Sunny Day Leave-in Conditioning Spray

Sunshine + sea salt = split ends. No thank you! Break the dead-end cycle by throwing this must-have staple into your bag and try spraying it on your ends when they need a little pick-me-up. These three simple ingredients will leave your hair feeling soft and hydrated.

Ingredients:
1 cup distilled water
2 ounces of your favorite conditioner (I’m all about Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Conditioner)
2 ounces melted coconut oil

Directions:
Combine all the ingredients inside a recycled spray bottle and shake it up. Yep, it’s that easy! 

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About the author
Reut is a student, intern, and most importantly, a dog mom. When she’s not balancing all these roles, she’s rereading Harry Potter and doodling in her sketchbook. Catch her sipping a complicated order at your local coffee shop or walking around the neighborhood with her good boy, Bondi.
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar