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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!

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!

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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! 

Reut Golan MINDBODY
Written by
Reut Golan
Contributor
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.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.