Forget paying big bucks at a spa, or slathering on overpriced “mystery cream” that contains who knows what. Make your own fresh, organic, and effective spa, skincare, hair-maintenance, and cosmetics recipes at home with these beautiful, tried-and-tested tutorials, brought to you by the popular DIY beauty and wellness website helloglow.co.
Stephanie Gerber, founder and editor of Hello Glow, believes the journey to well-being can —and should!—be simple and beautiful, natural and stylish. Which is why her site is the trusted destination for organic wellness, nutrition, and skincare ideas. From masks of all flavors and for all skin types, to soothing bath oils and invigorating scrubs, and from treats for your tresses to beauty-boosting DIY cosmetics, Hello Glow has you covered.
Featuring a collection of favorite recipes from her site and all-new ideas that Stephanie has cooked up from scratch, Hello Glow readers will discover:
For the Face - more than 50 recipes to put your best face forward Brightening Geranium Moisturizer Cranberry Lip Gloss+Cheek Stain Balancing Rosemary-Thyme Toner Acai Berry + Honey Mask All-Natural Customizable Beetroot Blush Silky Avocado Eye Cream Rich Mocha Mud Mask
For the Body - an indulgent collection of soaps, perfumes, bath mixes, and more Revitalizing Herbal Detox Body Wrap Cellulite-Smoothing Kiwi Scrub Zinc-Coconut Sunscreen Cozy Vanilla-Chai Body Oil Perfect-for-Your-Purse Solid Perfume Mustard-Ginger Bath Bomb Mint-Mojito Foot Scrub
For the Hair - have a good hair day with these shampoos, masks, scalp scrubs and sprays! Rosemary-Nettle Rinse Rich Coconut-Pumpkin Mask Customizable Dry Shampoo Ginger Hot-Oil Treatment Rose-Water Anti-Frizz Spray Nourishing Peach Scalp Scrub Color-Enhancing Hair Masks
Start your journey to a healthier life and look with this all-inclusive guide to natural beauty!
DRY SKIN Mash and add ½ avocado and add 1 tablespoon olive oil.
ACNE-PRONE Smash ½ banana until smooth and add 1 teaspoon turmeric.
DULL SKIN Add 1 tablespoon each fresh lemon juice and honey.
1 tablespoon baking soda
Milk or water
½ cup (140 g) organic, full-fat, plain Greek yogurt
1 to 2 teaspoons coconut oil
TOOLS Measuring cups and spoons Washcloth
RECOMMENDED FOR All skin types
FREQUENCY OF USE Weekly
1 / Prep Remove all makeup, and make sure your hands are clean. Use a headband to pull back your hair.
2 / Exfoliate Baking soda is wonderful for exfoliation—the texture is just right for a gentle scrub. Add a small amount of milk or water to the baking soda to make a paste. Then, using your fingers, massage it into your skin with small, circular motions. Start with your jaw and move upward, working the scrub into blackhead-prone areas like the chin, forehead, and nose. (Always avoid the eye area.) Rinse with warm water, and there you have it—a super-inexpensive at-home dermabrasion!
3 / Steam A hot washcloth is the perfect way to give yourself a quick steam. Estheticians know this step is the key to opening pores, increasing circulation, and prepping skin so that masks and moisturizers can easily penetrate the pores and do their thing. For this steam, simply wet a washcloth under hot water (but not too hot—don’t burn yourself!), wring out excess water, and apply it to your face until the washcloth cools. Do this step two or three times.
4 / Apply a Mask It may sound simple (just one ingredient?!), but you can’t go wrong with a full-fat organic Greek-yogurt facial mask once a week. (Just make sure the yogurt has no added sugar, which can accelerate aging.) Let the yogurt’s lactic acid, probiotics, and fatty acids exfoliate dead skin cells, soften fine lines, and lighten age spots. Liberally apply the mask to your face and neck with clean fingers, avoiding the eye area as always. Leave the mask on for between 15 and 20 minutes, then remove gently with warm water and a washcloth.
5 / Moisturize Don’t be scared of putting oil on your skin! Gently massage a small amount of coconut oil (jojoba oil would also work) over your face and neck. It’s a great way to end the facial—and the smell makes you feel like you’re on vacation.
Stephanie Gerber is a writer, mother of three, and the natural living expert behind the popular beauty and wellness sites, Hello Glow and Hello Veggie. Find her (and more great ideas from expert estheticians, dieticians, and more) at helloglow.co and in her two best-selling books, Hello Glow and Essential Glow.