A couple of weeks ago, I introduced you to my new favorite line of skincare, Flynn & King! Getting to know the creators behind the line has been such a pleasure, and last week I had the opportunity to visit the studio of Corina and Summer in Brooklyn! These two gals are some of the nicest (and most inspiring!) people I’ve met. I learned so much about natural skincare from them in the short hour I was there — I was absolutely blown away. We spent some time making a couple of their favorite natural beauty recipes, and the best part is that almost all of the ingredients probably already exist in your kitchen! Check out the tutorials from them below:
…Here at Flynn & King, we try to make our beauty recipes with little more than what you probably have in your kitchen right now. We want easy, but effective solutions for us busy people on the go! We made a LOTION BAR, YOGURT MASK and a GRAPEFRUIT EXFOLIATOR:
First, we created an amazingly easy DIY LOTION BAR. The recipe is 4:1 coconut oil to beeswax. We use organic for both ingredients. It’s best to try for organic whenever possible. You weigh out the proportions of coconut oil and beeswax and melt them in a double boiler. (Boil water in a pot and place the ingredients in a large enough container to cover the entire top of the pot. ) You want to be careful not to get any water into the recipe to avoid any bacteria growth. Wait until both the oil and the beeswax have melted and pour into any mold you’d like. Next you can add whichever essential oils you’d like, but we like the natural scent of the coconut oil, so we left it unscented. We used a silicone mold like one that you can buy at any baking shop, but even a soft ice cube tray will do! Either set aside and let harden for 24 hours, or if you’re impatient like us, place in the freezer and it should harden in about an hour.
The coconut oil will hydrate and soften the skin and the beeswax will help hold the moisture inside your skin and create a barrier to help protect the skin against the elements.
Now you have an all-natural, very inexpensive lotion bar that’s great for daily use on your face and body, or to give to friends as awesome gifts!
YOGURT FACE MASK
Next, we made a very easy, but super effective YOGURT MASK.
A thick, plain Greek yogurt, (full fat is best.)
A small cucumber
A few sprigs of mint, leaves only.
Finely chop about half of a small cucumber (with skin) by hand or in a food processor, repeat with the mint leaves. Once finely chopped, add the cucumber and mint to 2-3 tbsp of yogurt. Mix thoroughly and apply to your face. You’ll probably want to do this mask lying down, with a towel underneath you, because it can get messy if it drips. You should massage your face with the mask for a few seconds and then leave on for as long as you’d like, at least 10 minutes. The lactic acid in the yogurt will help to dissolve any dry skin flakes and leave your skin feeling super soft and hydrated. The cucumber and mint have a soothing, calming effect on the skin, and can help to reduce puffiness and redness. This is a great mask to do if you overdid it the night before at a party. This recipe will make 2 masks, so get your boyfriend, girlfriend or bestie to have a mini-spa day at home with you!
Use warm water or a warm towel to get the yogurt mask off.
Lastly, we made a really fun exfoliator, using half of a large pink grapefruit.
A large pink grapefruit
Organic coffee grounds
Raw cane sugar
Manuka honey powder (optional)
2 large plates
Take two large plates and pour a thin coating of about 2 tsp of coffee grounds on one plate and the same amount of raw cane sugar on the other. We added manuka honey powder to the cane sugar, but if you can’t find any, the cane sugar on its own is totally fine! Cut the grapefruit in half and drizzle a small amount of olive oil onto the flesh of the grapefruit.
Squeeze the grapefruit a little to release some juice and then dip the halved grapefruit into first the coffee grounds and then the sugar and honey mixture. You’ll most likely want to use this in the shower or standing over a towel. Scrub your body with the grapefruit, reapplying more coffee and sugar if necessary. You will get an amazing body exfoliation, just in time for bathing suit season! This scrub is especially great for your upper thighs, because the caffeine in the coffee will help make cellulite less noticeable and will help to smooth any razor bumps or irritation from shaving. The cane sugar and manuka honey powder act as a humectant to help hold moisture into the skin and provide some excellent scrubby action. The grapefruit juice has antibacterial and cleansing properties to leave your skin clean and fresh, not to mention that it smells amazing!
Rinse with warm water and see how great your body looks just from using what you already have in your kitchen! Finish with your Lotion Bar and you’re good to go!
Head on over to the Flynn & King website to check out their special Mother’s Day promo — if you spend $150 on an order for Mom, they’ll send you a complimentary travel kit for yourself! Also, there’s an ongoing promo where any orders over $125 qualify for free shipping!
Happy shopping, and a big thank you to Corina and Summer for having me over!!
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