DIY Body Scrub Recipes for Smooth and Radiant Skin

diy body scrub recipes

We recently posted about why it’s so important to exfoliate your entire body (many of us only make a point to exfoliate our faces). Using a body scrub regularly can seriously improve your skin, and it also happens to be one of the easiest products to make yourself!

So we thought we’d let you take matters into your own hands and DIY it.

Common ingredients you’ll find in body scrubs include honey, sugar, salt, coffee, olive oil and other moisturizing oils, oatmeal, essential oils, and spices. You probably have a lot of these ingredients already!

The recipes below will help you get started on your own DIY body scrub collection. Remember that substitutions are totally possible, so mix and match and make it your own.

And if you’re wondering where to find a container to store these in, you can use your empty ASC scrub and mask tubs! See this post for inspiration. Since these recipes use fresh ingredients, it’s best to store them in the refrigerator.

DIY body scrub recipes

1. Oatmeal and Brown Sugar Body Scrub

There is some belief that the caffeine in coffee can help reduce the appearance of aging skin. Whether or not this is true, exfoliating can help that area and reduce the appearance of bumpiness.

If your skin is sensitive, oatmeal is a good substitute for the coffee. It is lightly exfoliating while also soothing for the skin.

The olive oil adds moisture while also helping this mixture stay together and apply easily.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup ground oatmeal or coffee grounds (the coffee is more invigorating—choose oatmeal for sensitive skin)
  • A few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Directions:

Combine ingredients and store the mixture in a dry place for up to 4 weeks. To use, wet skin first, and then apply in circular motions, gently exfoliating. Rinse. If you have extra sensitive skin, just leave out the sugar.

One thing to be aware of is that using this scrub in your shower requires some clean up afterwards!

DIY body scrub recipes

2. Two in One Banana Body Scrub

Bananas are lightly moisturizing while also helping to control oil. This makes them great for you if you have areas of your body that are prone to oily skin, such as your chest or back. Those with super sensitive skin may want to swap oatmeal for the sugar.

The other bonus of this scrub is that it smells like dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla (if you like).

Directions:

Mix ingredients to combine but avoid mixing too much, as it will thin out the recipe. Apply in the shower and allow to sit about a minute, then gently massage over skin in circular motions. Rinse.

DIY body scrub recipes

3. Invigorating Lemon Olive Oil Body Scrub

This is a great cleansing scrub for reducing your risk of oily skin. The olive oil helps to balance out the lemon, so your skin will be left clean but not dry.

We recommend adding rosemary or grapefruit essential oil to this. Both are invigorating, stimulating, and also help keep oily skin and clogged pores in check.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Zest from 2 lemons
  • A couple drops of your favorite invigorating essential oil.

Directions:

Combine olive oil and sugar first, followed by the lemon juice and rind. Finish by adding essential oil—rosemary and grapefruit are both invigorating and good for your skin.

Apply to skin in circular motions, then rinse off.

DIY body scrub recipes

4. Green Tea Salt Scrub

We can’t say enough about the benefits of green tea both internally and externally. We have infused it into many of our products, including our Anti-Aging Eye Cream.

Click here to read more about the benefits of green tea.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tsp Epsom salts
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 1 bag of green tea leaves (or a tbsp of loose leaf tea)
  • 4 tbsp your favorite moisturizing oil, such as jojoba, olive, grapeseed, or sweet almond

Directions:

Combine first three ingredients and then work in the oil. Apply as usual, using circular motions, and then rinse off.

5. Coconut Butter Scrub

This one is super moisturizing! Exfoliating allows you to really absorb the butter and oil. Your skin will feel all kinds of soft after you use this.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup shea butter or cocoa butter
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • Optional: a couple drops of your favorite essential oil
  • ½ cup sugar

Directions:

Use a double boiler to melt the shea butter or cocoa butter. Once it’s melted, whip it up with a mixer until it’s smooth and fluffy (a hand blender would also work well here). Add the olive oil and coconut oil and slowly mix into the butter. You can add some essential oils at this point if you like. Finally, mix in the brown sugar. Apply as you normally would, but you can leave this one on the skin a little longer to take advantage of the moisturizing properties before rinsing off.

Have you made your own body scrub before? Share your recipes in the comments below!

 

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10 Natural Ingredients That Help Even Out Skin Tone

even out skin tone

One of the things that bugs many of us as we age is stubborn changes in the way your skin tone looks. Even if the skin is healthy, past exposure or medications can leave marks on the skin in the form of age spots and darker patches.

natural ways to even out skin tone

This sort of discoloration can be particularly resistant to treatment, which can lead many people to desperation. Some of you may have succumbed to treatment with hydroquinone, which does lighten skin, but also increases sensitivity to sun damage, leading to more dark spots down the road, and can accelerate the look of aging.

You don’t have to live with uneven skin tone. There are some natural solutions that may help reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone.

What Causes Uneven Skin Tone?

Those dark areas on your face are caused by an increase in melanin production. Melanin is the natural pigment of your skin, and is responsible for your skin, hair, and eye color. Too much of it, however, can cause dark splotches and spots. What you see on your face is likely the result of the melanin clumping in certain spots, creating the darker areas.

Sun damage, hormones, and medications can all increase melanin production and result in darker skin.

10 Natural Solutions for the appearance of Uneven Skin Tone

1. Vitamin C

This is a great ingredient for skin for so many reasons, and one of them is to even the look of your skin tone. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant and can protect skin environmental stressors. You can find Vitamin C in many products designed for brightening, including our nourishing Citrus Stem Cell Serum.

2. Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)

Niacinamide is a biologically active form of niacin (vitamin B3) found in many root vegetables and yeast. In addition to giving you a more firm, toned look, it is also believed to help even skin tone as well.

3. Kojic Acid

Derived from fungal species, this ingredient can help brighten your look. Kojic acid is also an antioxidant, so it can help protect from environmental stressors.

4. Kiwi

Like kojic acid, kiwi fruit extract has been found to help even skin tone as well as reduce the appearance of under eye dark circles. Like most fruit extracts, kiwi is also rich in protective antioxidants.

Even Out Skin Tone

5. Sophora Root

Sophora is a genus of trees and shrubs that have showy flowers and useful roots. Long used in traditional healing, some recent studies have found that compounds isolated from sophora can help even your tone.

6. Licorice Root

Related to beans and peas, licorice root produces an extract that helps to naturally lighten your look. It contains an active compound called “glabridin.” All three of our facial oils contain this ingredient.

7. Green tea

We never seem to come to the end of the list of benefits provided by green tea. In addition to all its health-promoting antioxidants, green tea was also found to help even skin tone. Apply cooled tea bags to the dark areas of skin and leave for 15 minutes or so, or make your own mask by mixing cooled tea with a banana, a little kiwi juice, or some rice flour. We love using green tea in our products!

green tea

8. Alpha-Arbutin

Extracted from a number of plants, alpha-arbutin helps too. It may also be found in cranberries, blueberries, and pears, but one of today’s preferred sources is the bearberry or “uva ursi,” plant. We use this ingredient in our Citrus Stem Cell Serum to help reduce the appearance of dark spots.

9. Lemon juice

It’s naturally acidic, so applying it to your skin can help exfoliate and brighten skin tone. Apply the juice directly to the skin, let sit for a few minutes, and then rinse off. If you have sensitive skin, be careful, as lemon can be irritating to some people. Make your own skin lightening mask at home with a recipe from our recent post.

10. Turmeric

A newly rediscovered super spice, turmeric is native to Southern Asia and India and is commonly used in Indian cooking. Newer research has discovered that in addition to being a powerful antioxidant, it can also even out skin tone. You can make your own mask by mixing turmeric with lemon juice—or for more sensitive skins, almond oil. Leave on skin for 10 minutes or so before rinsing off.

Natural is best!

When we infuse herbs into our oils and aloe, we are not messing around. The benefits and synergistic effects of these ingredients is carefully considered.

It can seem like the only way to even out your skin tone is by using harsh, chemical ingredients, but nature truly does provide solutions! We’re just here to bottle it up for you.

Have you tried these ingredients to brighten or used Annmarie’s Citrus Stem Cell Serum? Please share your experiences.

 

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We’re Hiring A Full-Time Creative Digital Video Producer and Editor

This creative problem solver will manage all elements of our video pre-production, production and post-production process, including planning, scheduling and editing.

Videos will be used for multiple platforms like Facebook (Facebook Live), Google, YouTube, blog, etc. Some will be content in nature and others more directly advertisements.

We’re looking for someone who can easily grasp our brand concept and create compelling, professional content for our audience.

This position will work directly with our marketing manager, graphic designer and social media leads.

While a bachelor’s degree is preferred, a minimum of two years of professional experience in radio, television, film, sound or new media in a corporate environment is acceptable.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Create and develop multimedia (audio/video) content for customer stories, internal company announcement videos, external promotional social videos, product marketing videos, recruiting videos, corporate training and other enterprise-wide projects
  • Script, storyboard, budget, allocate resources, set deadlines and select optimal forms of media for projects
  • Record and edit video and sound projects, including selecting program format for final output, capturing/importing media, organizing raw media, editing footage and sound files, creating and inserting static and motion graphics, titling, adding music/voice-over/sfx, media management and archiving project media
  • Work independently, as well as part of a team to establish project deliverables
  • Collaborate closely with the team to facilitate the creation of multimedia content
  • Plan video shoots; scout, select and reserve shoot locations, if necessary
  • Develop production schedules
  • Reserve and rent equipment, if necessary
  • Manage video library
  • Evaluate analytics
  • Ability to maintain brand voice and aesthetic

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum 2 years agency and/or editorial experience
  • Minimum 2 years producing/shooting video
  • Familiar with high quality audio/lighting/editing techniques and software
  • Understands how to connect with social audiences and drive eCommerce through great video content.
  • Experience with food, fitness, health and wellness-related content or videos (experience creating food, fitness, health and wellness content for brands strongly preferred)
  • A proven ability to create engaging original content online with a focus on key performance/success indicator: ROI, CTR, views, clicks, etc.
  • A passion for advertising with the ability to concept, pitch, and champion ideas for brands
  • Knowledgeable about best practices in creating effective sales videos
  • An interest in and deep knowledge of the social web, including experience producing work for a variety of apps and social networks
  • The ability to work as part of a team under tight deadlines
  • A competitive drive – you enjoy winning and really going for it
  • Ability to work in small teams, as well as go off on your own
  • No ego, please — must take criticism in stride

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Please take a free typing test at one of these places:
    http://www.learn2type.com/typingtest/typingtest.cfm
    http://www.typingtest.com/
    (Must type faster than 35 words per minute)
    If you pass, please make sure you share your WPM with your resume.
  2. Then, record a video cover letter of yourself telling us why you think you’re a good fit for this job. Please also include your past experience or interest in skin care or the health industry. Upload the video to a video website like YouTube.com and copy the direct link.
  3. Email us at apply@annmariegianni.com with the link, your resume, WPM, and portfolio.

Thanks, We look forward to meeting you!

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Dull, Dry, Ashy Skin? Try These 10 Foods to Boost Radiance and Glow

ashy skin

As you pass your 30s, and maybe even your 40s, 50s, and beyond, you may notice an upsetting change in your skin—it looks dull.

Remember that youthful glow you had years ago? You see it again when you look at younger people around you. They don’t have to work at it—their skin just looks dewy and fresh.

Unfortunately, as we age, we lose some of the elements that help us hold onto that youthful radiance. Though a regular, nourishing skin care routine is critical for keeping your skin looking its best, what you eat can also make a difference.

10 Foods That May Make a Noticeable Difference for Ashy Skin

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and is just as affected by your diet and exercise program as the rest of your body. So the best advice for restoring that glow is to eat a healthy diet. There are, however, certain foods that are likely to show a more noticeable difference in your skin than others. Here are 10 to try:

ashy skin1. Almonds

They’re full of essential fatty acids, which help hydrate and plump skin, and they also are rich sources of vitamin E, which brightens the look of skin. Pumpkin seeds are another good option in this category.

2. Blueberries

We love blueberry seed oil in our skin care formulas, but you can also benefit by eating the fruit. Not only will you benefit from the anti-aging antioxidants, but you’ll enjoy vitamin A and C.

3. Arugula

A dark, leafy green, this is an excellent source of vitamin A. Other foods that are rich sources of vitamin A and the related ingredient, retinol, include apricots, yogurt, eggs, tuna, and beef liver.

kiwi4. Kiwi

This juicy little fruit is a leading source of vitamin C, which is known to tighten and firm the appearance of your skin.

5. Brazil Nuts

These are one of the few foods that are rich in selenium that also can firm and tighten your look.

6. Dark chocolate

Indulge without guilt, as dark chocolate (the higher the cocoa content the better) contains flavonoids that help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

ashy skin7. Crab

Particularly if you have oily skin, add this food to your diet more often. After all, nothing ruins a healthy glow more than clogged pores. Crab is a great source of zinc. Other foods high in zinc include oysters, beef, lamb, wheat germ, spinach, and pumpkin seeds.

8. Radishes

Considered one of the most beautifying foods, radishes contain sulfur, silicon, and vitamin C. Best of all, eating radishes can have a brightening effect, and can help lighten the look of your skin.

9. Green tea

This natural wonder helps restore a youthful bounce to skin. Armed with super antioxidants, it protects from environmental stressors.

10. Oranges

They are a great source of vitamin C, but are also known for their toning capabilities. We use orange oil in our products for these reasons and for its ability to balance skin oils, but having more inside you is likely to help you see even more benefits.

Have you found foods that help your skin look fresh? Please share your experience in the comments!

 

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Unpacking Today’s Trendiest Spice: A Closer Look at Turmeric (Plus, A Recipe)

turmeric recipe

Curcuma longa, turmeric in English and haridra in Sanskrit (meaning the special bond with the divine Lord) has been honored for centuries as both a medicine and food, and has recently surged in popularity within the alternative health and holistic nutrition communities in the West.

How it grows

The turmeric plant grows to about three feet in height and produces both a flower and a rhizome, a horizontal stem that grows underground. India has been growing it since ancient times and is currently the largest producer together with other countries like China, Pakistan, Jamaica, Peru, Thailand and Taiwan.

Health Benefits

This is thanks to “curcumin”, a compound found in turmeric which is a healing substance known to have the following health benefits:

•     Promotes skin health
•     Regulates blood sugar
•     Reduces internal inflammation
•     Balances cholesterol
•     Boosts brain function
•     Enhances detoxification

A rich history

Turmeric may be the latest superfood but it has been embedded in Indian culture for thousands of years and it still plays a prominent role in the country’s cuisines, Ayurvedic medicines, and in many Hindu traditional rituals. There is no other spice so diverse in its use.

Because of its yellow-orange coloring, turmeric was associated with the Sun in Hindu mythology and recognized as sacred and auspicious. It is the color of the solar plexus chakra, which is considered the energy center of the body relating to the metabolic and digestive systems.

The spice has even been used in Indian textiles: The robes of the Hindu monks, for example, were traditionally colored with a natural yellow dye made from turmeric.

easy everyday uses

turmeric recipe

Almost all Indian dishes have turmeric but did you know that it’s been used to add yellow into American cheese, prepared mustard, butter, yellow cake mix, pickles, popcorn and other products?

These days, turmeric’s claim to fame is Golden Milk. But I love using the spice in so many other dishes:

  • Add a pinch to your salad dressing
  • Create a refreshing turmeric-honey lemonade
  • Boost your bone broth with a hint of turmeric
  • The golden milk can enrich your breakfast oatmeal
  • Add a pinch to green juices and smoothies
  • Spice up your grains
  • Roasted vegetables can get a splash of color
  • Marinades take to the spice well, too!

Used in ritual

Some Indian wedding traditions have several rituals that honor the spice. There’s one in which a string is dyed yellow with turmeric paste and the groom ties this around the bride’s neck. The necklace is called a Mangal Sutra and indicates that the woman is married. The necklace is also made in silver and gold for the married woman to wear it always.

The Haldi Ceremony

My favorite ritual showcasing this spice is a pre-wedding celebration called the Haldi ceremony. In different regions and communities it is also known by other names – Gaye Halud, Tel Baan, Halad Chadawat , Manjha and Pithi.

The Haldi ceremony is typically held the day before or on the morning of the wedding. Close family and friends gather at the homes of both the groom and bride respectively.

turmeric recipe

Uptan Paste

A simple, special paste called Uptan or Ubtan is made using turmeric powder, sandalwood powder, Bengal Gram flour and rosewater. Sometimes milk or yogurt is used – the recipe is often adapted by individual family members or local communities.

The gathered family and friends apply the paste on the bride-to-be and groom’s face, neck, hands, arms, legs and feet. The bride and groom also smear a tiny bit of paste on their unmarried friends and siblings.

Just like the throwing of the bouquet, it is said that whoever gets touched by this sacred paste will soon find their own beloved partners.

The reason behind the ceremony

There are several important reasons for this particular ceremony:

  • The turmeric application helps to ward off evil spirits and protect the bride and groom from any bad omens that might harm them as a couple. This is also why the bride and groom are usually not allowed to leave their home until the actual  wedding ceremony.
  • The yellow color is considered very auspicious and sacred as the Sun energy signifies purification of the heart and body. For the bride, it serves as a reminder of the goddess within her. There is a symbolic cleansing of the past when the paste is washed off. This marks the beginning of a new life together as a couple.
  • Ancient texts (and even modern studies) state that this golden spice has powerful antioxidant, anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties that help cleanse the body. The application of the turmeric paste helps in removing the dead skin cells and revealing the youthful and rejuvenated skin. Think of it like a spa day before the grand celebration.
  • The active compound curcumin is known to act as a natural remedy for anxiety and headaches. This helps to soothe the bride and groom’s nerves and to relax before the big day.
  • Turmeric is a symbol of blessing for the couple to, as Spock would say, “live long and prosper.” According to Hindu customs, all the married ladies of the house apply the paste to the bride and the groom and bless them with a long and strong relationship, good health and many children. The ritual is accompanied by music, singing, dancing and of course, lots of good food.

Here is a simple uptan recipe—

The Uptan:

turmeric recipe

This recipe will make a generous amount for the bride or groom.

Ingredients

•     ⅓ cup  sandalwood powder
•     ⅓ cup turmeric powder
•     1 cup Gram flour ( known as besan at the South asian market)
•     1 ½  cups or more rosewater

Directions

Mix all the ingredients together until it forms a smooth paste (you may want to add a bit more or less rosewater, depending on how the paste forms). The paste can be made 1-2 hours before use. Keep it covered so that it does not dry up (and if it does, just add a bit more rosewater). Once applied to the body make sure you wash off within 15-20 minutes, otherwise your skin will stain!

turmeric recipe

A word of caution:

The spice will impart its yellow color to every dish that you add it to (not to mention your hands and body). Follow my grandma’s rule: add just enough to see it but not taste it!

Do you use turmeric in your cooking? What are some other unique ways you use the spice? Please share in the comments!

 

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10 Solutions for Rough, Dry, Overworked Hands—Male or Female!

Do you have rough, cracked, dry hands? Think you can’t do anything about it? Think again!

Even if you’re working construction every day, or have your hands constantly in water, you can take steps to help protect and soothe your hands, so that you can feel equally comfortable at work or headed out to a nice restaurant for dinner.

What Causes Hands to Crack and Bleed?

We all know that our hands suffer when we expose them to bad weather, lots of water, dirt, chemicals, and the sun, but why is this, exactly?

Up against the elements

The most common cause of dry, cracked skin is a compromised outer layer. Skin is made to hold onto moisture and to naturally rejuvenate itself, but exposure to the sun, cold air, wind, dirt, chemicals, and more, can gradually damage this layer, so that skin can no longer hold onto moisture.

Damaged skin is also more vulnerable to environmental pollutants and UV radiation, which can accelerate dryness and aging.

avoid these

The following factors can all contribute to a damaged, compromised outer layer in skin:

Dry air: Air such as that which occurs in dry climates and during the cold, winter months, saps moisture out of the skin.

Water: People who consistently have to wash their hands or immerse their hands in water experience a loss of moisture, as the water steals the skin’s natural moisturizing oils away.

Chemicals: People who work with chemicals on a daily basis, or who regularly use chemical-based household cleaners, often have severely chapped hands. These chemicals rob the skin of its own moisture, and damage the outer layer, leaving skin vulnerable to all kinds of problems.

Soap: Old-fashioned soap bars are drying to the skin. Many of today’s commercial cleansers and hand soaps also disrupt skin’s normal integrity, which slows the natural process of skin repair and creates dryness and cracking.

Other factors, such as medical skin conditions, allergens, and certain medications, can also contribute to dry, cracking skin.

10 Ways to Rejuvenate Overworked Skin

If your hands are suffering, try these tips to make them more comfortable.

1. Avoid soap if you can

Avoid formulas with synthetic fragrances, preservatives, and sulfates, as these are all drying. Foaming and antibacterial types are also likely to strip your skin of its own natural fats and oils. Choose moisturizing cleansers instead, and be sure you rinse thoroughly.

2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

After each and every wash, moisturize your hands. Carry moisturizer with you. Try our Coconut Body Oil or our Radiant Skin Silk—both absorb easily and soothe the skin.

3. Avoid hot-air dryers

There are becoming more and more popular because they save money and the environment, but they can easily dry-out your hands. Pat-dry with some toilet paper or simply shake dry, then put on your lotion!

4. Wear gloves

You may already do this, but sometimes we forget. The best treatment is always prevention, so whether you’re out on the job, gardening, or simply washing the dishes, gloves will help protect your hands from damage. Avoid vinyl ones, however, as they can make skin even more dry. Use cotton and leather.

5. Exfoliate

We have learned to exfoliate our faces, but we often neglect our hands. Yet the skin on the hands—especially on the back of them­—is thin, fragile, and even more susceptible to damage than some areas of the face. If you’re severely dry and calloused, try a pumice stone after bathing. You can also put about 1-2 tablespoons of sugar in your hands, add in some olive oil, and rub both the front and back of your hands to loosen up that dry, dull skin. Use 1-4 times a week, depending on your skin’s needs, and always apply a moisturizing lotion immediately afterwards.

6. Wear gloves to bed

Damaged hands need serious moisturizing, so it’s time to deep-treat overnight. Apply a super thick moisturizer like our Coconut Honey Mask, some jojoba oil, or vitamin E, then go soak in the bath or the sauna, or better yet, put on some cotton gloves or wool socks and go to bed.

You can also try placing Ziploc bags around your hands with rubber bands around your wrists to lock in the moisture. Rinse off in the morning.

7. Use a humidifier

Particularly in the winter and in dry climates, a humidifier can be a lifesaver when it comes to your skin. The most important place to have one is in your bedroom, so you can take advantage of it while you sleep.

8. Invest in some pure aloe

This natural substance is a miracle worker when it comes to providing moisture.

9. Bathe in oats

Cooked or raw oats are great for chapped hands. Add it to your bathwater, or mix it up with some warm olive or jojoba oil in a basin and soak your hands in it for 10-15 minutes.

10. Pure coconut oil

This stuff is magic for skin because of its unique combination of fatty acids. Apply it directly onto skin and wear gloves for the best results.

Do you have other solutions for dry, chapped hands? Please share them with us.

 

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10 Unexpected Uses for Your Skin Care Products

alternative uses for beauty products

Here at the Annmarie Skin Care back bar, we’re pretty rebellious. Okay, maybe that’s not the right adjective. Experimental? That might give you the wrong impression. Innovative. That’s more like it.

alternative uses for beauty products

We’ve found a lot of ways to use our products, besides those for which they were originally intended. We swear it’s not just because we want everything in our medicine cabinet to match. When you’ve got products that are chemical-free and oh so herb-infused, it makes sense to want to use them all the time, right?

Everyone loves life hacks, and you may find yourself in a spot when they could come in really useful. Or, you may find that you enjoy our products for more than just one thing. Talk about making good use of your investment. These products are truly all-purpose!

1. Dry Shampooalternative uses for beauty products

Baby powder was always my go-to for dry shampoo, that is until I began reading about the dangers of using talcum powder. The Purifying Mud Mask is a totally natural, clean, and safe alternative!

Made with Moroccan Rhassoul Clay and Rose Clay, this mask is designed to draw impurities out of your skin—so why not hair, too? The clay absorbs excess oils, making it the perfect solution for those skip-the-shower type of mornings.

2. Toothpaste

Have you ever stumbled into your bathroom in the morning only to find that your toothpaste is empty? That’s what led to the discovery of our favorite back up toothpaste: Rosemary Peppermint Body Wash. That’s right! Rosemary Oil is one of nature’s most gentle and effective cleansing oils. The familiar minty scent also works as a nice breath freshener before you embark on your day.

3. Cuticle Care

A commonly neglected area of the body, cuticles can get dry as can be when unattended to. You can perk them up by rubbing some Coconut Honey Mask on them. Gently scrub your nail beds, then let it soak in for 10-15 minutes.

You could even do your whole hands and then put them in gloves to get the most of this moisturizer. Wash off with warm water and touch somebody’s face ASAP.

4. Baby Care

The Aloe Herb Cleanser has been Annmarie’s all-in-one cleanser choice for her kiddos. It gets their hair, hands, feet and bum all get nice and clean, without leaving their skin dry! I don’t know if there’s some kind of softest baby championship somewhere, but we won’t judge you if you sign your little one up.

5. Massage Oilalternative uses for beauty products

The Coconut Body Oil is amazing for giving (and receiving!) massages. The lavender essential oil will lull you into therapeutic bliss. And if massage time gets R-rated… this oil is safe to use all over your body.

6. Lip Balm

Looking for a lip moisturizer that’s literally good enough to eat? The Coconut Honey Mask can be spread on the lips to give you some shine and relief from chapping, flaking, and dryness. If you can avoid the temptation to lick your lips, you might be a robot.

7. Hair Care

We’ve often been asked when and if we will come out with hair care products. Well, right now we’re all about skin, BUT the Radiant Skin Silk Body Lotion and the Coconut Body Oil can both be used to tame your mane. You’ll find your hair less frizzy and more shapeable!

8. The Ultimate Foot-Care Routine

If it’s a decadent couple of hours you seek, start by scrubbing your feet with the Coconut Honey Mask, then put on some clean socks to let the moisture soak in. Relax for a couple of hours while your feet soften. Next, fill your bathtub or a basin with warm water and a few pumps of the Coconut Body Oil. Soaking your feet in this tub of joy will not only leave them smelling very non-feet like, but also help keep them clean.

9. Perfume

If you’ve long been searching for your signature scent, you might find it in our Neroli Toning Mist. Most perfumes on the market contain harmful chemicals that might smell good, but aren’t good for you. The Neroli Toning Mist has a calming, floral scent can be spritzed on the body for a delicious, chemical-free perfume.

10. Eye Make Up Removeralternative uses for beauty products

Squirt a bit of Aloe-Herb Cleanser on a cotton ball and gently swipe it across each eye a few times. You’ve just created yourself some make up remover! You can also try this with the Coconut Body Oil.

The Annmarie Skin Care team hopes you enjoy our tricks of the trade. We certainly enjoyed smearing coconut honey goodness on our lips and calling it research!

Tell us in the comments how you use your favorite Annmarie Gianni product—we’d love to know!

 

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