Bionic Homemade: Recover from summer beauty recipes

by JoyceyCouture on September 13, 2010 · 9 comments

Welcome to another installment of Bionic Beauty Homemade with Joycey Couture!

1 cup freshly ground dirt
4 cups chlorinated water
3 cups salt water
3 tbsp sunscreen

Add a dash of sweat and you’re set… for one harsh summer. Now of course we all know summer is coming to an end, but the heat is still raging in the majority of the USA.  Why not protect your skin and hair, and rejuvenate them for a beautiful fall!

Here are a few do-it-yourself beauty treatments that I’ve found and tested to help you do just this.  And like always, the ingredients are inexpensive and all-natural!

Bionic Beauty founder Jami, and co-editor Joyce, enjoy a summer vacation and share DIY homemade beauty recipes

For the Mug

  • Looking for a face mask designed for most skin types? Try this one~ Combine 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon of virgin olive oil.  Just leave the mixture on your face for 10 minutes and rinse it off.
  • For oily or acne-prone skin~ Try a mask that will help soothe the skin.  Take 1 ripe banana and blend it with 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.  Leave on for 15 minutes.
  • If you have dry skin~ Mix half of a mashed avocado with 1/4 cup of honey for a mask that will add tons of moisture to your face.  Leave on for 10 minutes.
  • Fruit based facial toners~ Sliced strawberries, grapes and cucumbers act as natural toners to tighten skin and shrink pores.  Yum!  Just rub the slices over your skin after cleansing.  Got oily skin?  Use sliced lemons to reduce shine.


For the Locks

  • To whip up a simple deep conditioner for hair~ Blend 1/4 cup of plain yogurt, 1/4 cup mayo and the whites from one egg.  Cover your hair with the mixture (using a comb to make sure it’s evenly distributed) and leave in for 30 minutes.  Then rinse!  This is a perfect solution for dry, damaged, overly beached hair.
  • Clarify and get rid of product build-up~ Mix a small amount of baking soda in with your shampoo.  This will clarify your hair, making it more manageable over time. Hint: Add the baking soda into your palm, then squeeze a dollop of shampoo on top. And like Nenette from LifeCandy.net pointed out in the comments section a few weeks back, baking soda makes a great cleanser if you go with the no-shampoo routine!
  • Want to lighten up your hair but don’t have the money for highlights? Who does!?  Dilute 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice with 1/4 cup of water.  Spritz through your hair, and don’t forget your sunscreen!  Are red tones more your style?  Do the same thing, but use apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice.

As you can see from the photograph above, Jami (aka ‘Bionic Beauty’) and I spent some great vacation time outdoors, but we also spent time testing and retesting these various recipes! I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of the “Bionic Homemade” beauty recipes and how they are working for you.

Stay Bionic,

Joycey Couture - contributing author of the Bionic Beauty blog

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Musetica September 13, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I have to try those recipe, they sound …yummy! if they work , too, which i am sure they do, then they are some great alternatives to the commercial ones that are so much pricier. Thank you!
Love you pic :) ? Are you guys sisters?

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2 Bionic Beauty September 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Hi Musetica, Let Joyce and I know how the recipes work for you and feel free to share any that you come up with yourself! You can email me directly, or use the Contact Form, or post it in a comment here if you wish.

… And yes, the secret is out… Joyce and I are sisters. :) Good eye on that! Most people never realize. I think we are finally starting to look more alike as we’ve “grown up”.
Cheers,
Jami

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3 Tashi September 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Oooh, I love these! I’m definitely going to try the apple cider vinegar and water idea for highlights.

I’ve previously tried the lemon juice and water recipe, which went fine. I put it all over my hair, but didn’t use enough water. But my hair didn’t seem to suffer.

I’ve used baking soda, with Cetaphil cleanser on my face, which worked ok. But I started using brown sugar (before cleansing, and sometimes during, also when choosing to use soap), as the baking soda kept bothering me a bit (too drying, but nothing major). The brown sugar works best for *me*. I’ve tried umpteen exfoliating facial scrubs, but pretty much everything makes me sick. At least with brown sugar mixed/used in conjunction with something cleansing, if I accidentally ingest it, I’ll just get sweeeeter. ;-) It also doesn’t seem as drying or irritating as other things, like a walnut-apricot scrub.

Fab picture! :-D

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4 Bionic Beauty September 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Tashi, I’ve tried a gazillion exfoliating scrubs too. My favorite purchased-brand (i.e. not homemade) is YBF’s Refine. LOVE IT! But it’s pricey, but oh-so-magnificent. Hopefully we can hold another giveaway for some of their stuff soon. YBF is absolutely awesome and they (Darrell and Kimberley) are absolutely amazing to us Bionic Beauties!

I used to use *that* Apricot Walnut scrub from the drugstore… here’s my disasterous review of it: http://bionic-beauty.com/product-review-st-ives-apricot-scrub/
It literally caused sores in my eyebrows and I lost total sections of hair from my eyebrows. Ouchy, icky, and pretty darn ugly. So I used it up on my feet. LOL!

And thanks for the compliments on the photograph. That’s Joyce & I (of course, duh) at with Helton Falls in the background. It’s located up in the Georgia mountains. We took the picture together during our summer vacation this year. Woo hoo!
Jami

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5 Tashi September 16, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Yeah, *that* scrub. I really tried to like it, since it was so cheap, but it was too rough, and made me sick.

I wish I could afford trying YBF, but maybe I’ll be lucky enough to do so, in the not so distant future. I’ve heard such awesome things about the products and the folks who run the company, I’d feel quite comfortable giving them a shot. It’s not been all that long since I won that Pucci fragrance (which I’m very grateful for, thanks!!), so maybe I should give someone else a chance. :-) You know, give myself a 6-month waiting period until I try to win something more, like what some radio stations ask of callers.

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6 Bionic Beauty September 17, 2010 at 11:37 am

I’ll be mailing that Pucci fragrance to you, by the way, as soon as I get home. It’s first on my to-do list. :)

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7 Tashi September 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Ah, Miss Bionic, it’s all good. Thanks! I wasn’t calling you out on it. In fact, I was trying to be vague, so as *not* to admit it hasn’t arrived. I totally understand. Rest assured, I’m sooo not upset. :-D “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”, as they say. You just concentrate on getting better, getting home, and working your way down on the priorities list. Besides, maybe I’ll receive the fragrance in time to wear as start my new job — once I *get* a new job. :-) No prob, Jami! Take care!

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8 Bionic Beauty September 19, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Oh I know you weren’t fussing. :) You rock too much for that! And I really, truly appreciate you being so understanding!!!

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9 Tashi September 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Hey, if it helps you expedite the process faster, I wouldn’t mind it if you had Wilmer Valderaama or Kiefer Sutherland deliver it to my doorstep. ;-) *sigh!* Hee-hee….

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