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Beauty
Published Tuesday Apr 02, 2019 by Erica Fowler

Make Your Skin Glow With These DIY Face Scrubs + Masks

Beauty
Skincare

Taking care of your skin means much more than just washing your face a couple of times a day. What we consume in our diets makes all the difference—drinking enough water, eating healthy fats, consuming vitamin C, and amino acids can have a huge effect on the health of our skin. 

I always say; why pay for store-bought face masks or scrubs when you can make them at home? Whether you have oily, dry or sensitive skin, it’s simple to add a little natural glow to your skincare routine with these two easy, homemade recipes! 

 
Coconut Sugar Scrub

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Every few weeks, my skin loves a good exfoliation. I use two simple ingredients that can be found in almost any kitchen: coconut oil and sugar! Packed with vitamin E and saturated fats that are amazing at repairing your skin and keeping the moisture in, you can use this combination on your face—and your body. 

Ingredients:
- 5 tablespoons of organic sugar

- 5 tablespoons of coconut oil


Optional:
- Dried rose petals

- Your favorite essential oil—mine is frankincense! 

 
Directions:
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. 

- Softly apply to skin in circular motions to exfoliate and moisturize. 

- Rinse your face with warm water and enjoy that fresh moisturized feeling!

- If you have scrub leftover, store in a sealed glass container for future use.


 

Aztec Clay Mask

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Does your skincare stash include a clay mask? If not, you’re missing out! Not only does clay naturally purify your skin, but it works on all skin types and lasts forever so you can use it more than just a one-and-done sheet mask. While my go-to mask is one you can find at any health food store, I like to add my own spin to it—and utilize my coconut bowl and spoon for mixing so everything is metal-free!  

Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons of healing clay 

- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar 

- 1 tablespoon of water 



​​​​​​​Directions:
- In a non-metal bowl, mix equal parts clay with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and water. If it is still thick and has powder clumps in it add a bit more water or if its too runny add a bit more clay.

- Combine until mask has a creamy consistency and spread ½ to ¼ inch layer on to your clean face.

- For sensitive skin, let the mask dry for 5 to 10 minutes. For normal skin, let dry for 15 to 20 minutes.

- Remove clay mask by washing your face with warm water. Apply for favorite face moisturizer and enjoy your smooth skin!

- If you have extra, trying using the clay farther down your neck, or even on your underarms for a refreshing detox!

Erica Fowler
Written by
Erica Fowler
Contributor | Holistic Nutritionist
About the author
With a heart-filled passion for holistic living and people, Erica spends most her time in Southern California along the salty coast when she’s not traveling. Focused on helping her clients find a natural balance, Erica encourages them to thrive through delicious, simple recipes and healthy habits.
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Beauty
Published Thursday Oct 08, 2020 by Sara Lesher

Gratuity Guide: How to Tip a Hair Stylist (and Show You Care)

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Tipping. While it can be a taboo topic that no one really wants to talk about publicly, the fact is, it’s a very important one that shouldn’t (and can’t) be avoided. This is all too true, especially now, when it comes to beauty services. Even before, “all of this” happened, there appeared to be some ambiguity about exactly how much to tip, when, what’s a respectable amount, and why. Now that we’ve tried our best at #homebeauty, it’s time to head back to the salons, spas, and other boutique beauty businesses (if you haven’t already). We’re here to guide you through gratuity in the new normal and why tipping a little extra to show your stylists and service providers you care during this tough time is the right thing to do.  

To make sure we get you all the right answers, we asked around about it (so you don’t have to). Turns out, our Instagram followers had a lot to say about how to tip your stylists and show them some extra love right now. 

Here’s what you think: 


You’ve already been tipping more 

79% of you said you’ve been tipping more for beauty services recently. We’re all so grateful for our stylists—with split ends, grown-out roots, out-of-control brows, and terrible home-cut bangs to prove it. And now that many of us can return to our salons and spas, we’re appreciating the ones who help us feel beautiful even more right now. 


But, how much more? 

We got a range of responses to this question. Some said they tip 5% more than they previously did, and many said 25%-35% total! Not only are these stylists actual artists, but they’re providing services we just can’t do ourselves. On top of that, many had to close their doors for several months, many were displaced as their salons shut down for good, and all of them are trying their best to get back to a sense of normalcy and do what they do best—help us look and feel beautiful. So, take this as a guide. Tip what you can but remember how much these wonderful people do for us.

New services are not top priority (yet) 

When it comes to trying new services, 69% of you gave it a big fat NO, while 31% remain intrigued. It makes sense that many would stick to their go-tos right now, as salons are just starting to reopen in some areas or may not be open yet at all.  

Depending on where you live and your overall health, you might be sticking with the bare minimum for now. But if your city has put in place safe reopening guidelines and measures, and you feel ready to head back out there, you can do so safely at a Mindbody salon. And you may be interested in trying out some new services right now as a way to show your local salons some extra support. If that’s you, browse beauty on the Mindbody app—and filter your categories to find out what’s out there.

Why retail therapy is important

Another way you can support your stylists right now? Shopping. It’s the safest way to show them some love without actually going in for a treatment. Many salons offer pre-payment on the Mindbody app and curbside pickup or a plethora of shipping methods, so you can keep contact to a minimum as much as possible. Plus, they have some pretty great stuff. If you need to invest in a good shampoo—especially because you haven’t gotten your hair done in months—so why not buy it from your stylist?  According to our poll, it’s a pretty even split. 55% of you haven’t bought any products yet, while the other 45% have been shopping away. If you’re part of that 55, consider checking out your salon’s product offerings (you might see something you like)

Anything else? 

Finally, we asked you all open-endedly how else you’re supporting your stylists right now. We got a lot of great answers. There was a lot of overlap, but we thought you might like to see some of the ones that stood out. So, if we didn’t cover it all so far, we’re about to—because you all are awesome and you did it for us. Here are some of the great ideas you had: 
    •    “Paying in advance!” 

    •    “Being more diligent about scheduling appointments versus letting my hair grow out” 

    •    “Referring friends!” 

    •    “Being flexible” (this is a good one—check out the 5 things your stylist wants you to know before you book) 

    •    “Scheduling my next cut before I leave!” 

    •    “Sharing their photos on Instagram and telling friends!” 

 

So, if you’re a stylist reading this, thank you. We all want to continue showing you support during this time and beyond. And if you’re a regular person like me who really needs her highlights done, just schedule the damn appointment already (if you feel comfortable) or buy some purple shampoo from your favorite salon.

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).