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6 Fabulous & Simple Summer DIY Beauty Treatments


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There’s nothing more relaxing than a day at the spa, especially during summertime when our skin and bodies take a hefty beating from the elements. Between sunburns, sweat, and steamy weather, who wouldn’t want to spend an hour or two cooling down and getting pampered? Unfortunately, however, trips to the spa aren’t always affordable or accessible for us college girls.

That fancy schmancy facial may sound enticing, but you don’t need to break the bank to treat yourself! Check out these easy, all-natural DIY beauty treatments that you can do at home for little to no money.

Disclaimer: As always, we recommend doing a patch test on an inconspicuous area before applying anything new to your skin or hair! This is important to ensure that you won’t have a reaction to the ingredients.

Citrus Salt Scrub

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As we all know, sunless tanning is incredibly popular in summer, and if you’re going to do it, you should do it right! Exfoliating before you slather on that faux-tan lotion is always a must in order to avoid streaks and an uneven tan. So whether you’re gearing up to try a self-tanner or just want silky smooth skin, try this citrus salt scrub:

Start off by mixing 1 cup of sea salt and 1/4 cup of olive oil or coconut oil. Then, add 1/2 tsp of lemon juice and mix well. Be sure to store in an airtight container!

Oatmeal Cleanser for All Skin Types

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Oatmeal and yogurt have major soothing properties and are both super gentle on the skin. Try out this oatmeal cleanser in place of your regular cleanser when you have sunburn or just want soft, rejuvenated skin:

In a small bowl, mix 1 tbsp of plain oatmeal with 1 tbsp of plain yogurt. Feel free to add a few drops of honey or your favorite essential oil to the mix. (I love lavender oil!) Mix all the ingredients together and apply to your face in a circular motion, like you would your normal cleanser, and rinse off with warm water.

Avocado Mask for Dry Skin

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Making sure to drink lots of water is crucial to staying healthy and hydrated, but you can do your face an extra favor by using this moisturizing avocado mask.

First, mash 1/2 of a ripe avocado and combine with 1/4 cup of honey. Mix well and apply mask to a clean face. Let sit for 10 minutes. For an extra boost,  add 1 egg to the mix. The protein in it helps rebuild natural collagen to keep your skin youthful and supple.

Strawberry Mask for Acne-Prone Skin

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While acne is never fun to deal with, it can be especially difficult in the summer when our skin is producing more oil than usual. It also doesn’t help that summer beauty is centered around a fresh, almost makeup-free look. But no fear — this strawberry mask is great for fighting breakouts and soothing your skin.

Take 1/4 cup of fresh strawberries and mash them together with 1/4 cup of plain yogurt. Spread on your face and wash after 10 minutes. Strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid, a common acne treatment, and yogurt is great for calming irritated skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

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With all the swimming and sunbathing happening in the summer, it’s no surprise that icky stuff like oil, dead skin cells, and product build up can settle on our scalps, making hair greasy and dull.

If you can’t afford a pricey clarifying shampoo or hair treatment, apply apple cider vinegar after your regular shampoo to restore shine and clear away buildup. (We’ve talked about the benefits of apple cider vinegar before, so check out that article for even more uses for the rest of the bottle!)

Rose Water Foot Bath

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Open toe and backless shoe season is in full swing, making dry, cracked feet extremely undesirable. Help exfoliate, refresh, and soothe your feet with this rose water foot bath.

Get a large bowl or small tub and combine, but don’t mix, 1/2 cup of sea salt and 2 tbsp of rose water. Then, cut up 3 stems of mint and mash into the other ingredients. Add 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and mix well. Once everything is mixed, fill up your bowl or tub with warm water and soak feet for 20-30 minutes.

Even More At-Home Beauty Recipes

Tried these and want some more? You’re in luck! Here at CF, we love DIY beauty and have amassed tons of tutorials you’ll want to check out. Here are a few more posts with tons more beauty recipe ideas:

What do you think?

Do you want to try any of these DIY beauty treatments? Have you ever had a spa night at home and what treatments did you do? How do you pamper yourself? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Posted on on July 24, 2012 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , ,

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24 Responses to “6 Fabulous & Simple Summer DIY Beauty Treatments”

  1. 1
    July 24th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Interesting recipes!~ I use a honey and olive oil face mask every other week, but I think I’ll try out that oatmeal and yogurt one!
    Thanks ^_^

  2. 2
    July 24th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I would like to try out the strawberry mask…. Nice DIY’s!

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    July 24th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I didn’t know strawberry was good for treating acne and that a rose water foot bath soothes feet. Acne and dry feet are the most annoying problems for me in the summer.
    Thanks for writing this post!

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    July 24th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I like the whole apple cider hair rinse thing, I have so much build up on my scalp :(

  5. 5
    July 24th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    So um. I may have sun burned my lips. Any remedies for that? They’re all cracked and dry and no amount of ‘chap seems to help :(

  6. 6
    July 24th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    My sister swears by that strawberry mask. I really want to try the strawberry mask and avocado mask, but every time I have the ingredients, eating them trumps smearing them on my face. My fav DIY mask is honey and aspirin (yes it sounds weird haha). Aspirin helps with inflammation from acne and makes a gentle scrub.

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    July 24th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Corney you could use olive oil for your lips, it will protect them from sunburn and from cracking, but you’ll have to apply constantly. You can also use 100% coacoa butter, i buy mine from Walgreens it comes in a yellow stick its from Cococare :)

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    July 24th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Cortney– I agree with Gracie, try a little bit of olive oil right before you go to bed. During the day, make sure to apply lip balm with SPF to protect your lips during the day.

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    July 24th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    @Cortney: Okay, this will sound ridiculous, and don’t ask me how I learned this, but I swear it works. Lansinoh nipple cream (it’s the stuff that nursing moms use) is the best chapped/cracked/irritated lip-saver ever. Just dab on a little bit at night and you’ll wake up with insanely soft and soothed lips.

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    July 24th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    You can actually just take a handful of oatmeal, moisten it with warm water, and use it as a plain scrub if you don’t have yogurt :) It’s great!
    I want to try the strawberry one but it’s gonna take control to not eat it…

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    July 24th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    The avocado mask and rose bath look great! Must try.

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    July 24th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Gracie, Marissa and Shannon – thanks for all your tips! I’m hesitant to try nipple cream (still laughing over that one), so for now I’ll try olive oil. Thanks so much!

  13. 13
    August 7th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Lovely suggestions here! Natural remedies are always best in my opinion, these options look like the perfect way to detox!

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    April 14th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I’ve only tried the vinegar rinse but it’s great! It serves as a clarifying shampoo, leaves hair light, shiny and stops smelling after a little while. If the smell upsets you, it goes away much faster if you rinse your hair before getting out of the shower

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    May 14th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks so much for the great info! Linked to you on our site, our readers LOVE this type of thing!

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