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Bathing Beauty

By Samantha Boden
Posted On Oct 12, 2016
Bathing Beauty

These easy-to-follow, budget-friendly, chemical-free recipes will help you cook up a fresh, sexy pre- and post-sun glow.

Photo by Paris Dupree

Sugar Shock

When cooked, these common ingredients form a sticky paste that’s similar to salon wax and able to grip unwanted hair in a single swipe. “Removing hair from the root is never pain-free, but ensuring that the wax is cooled, and holding skin tight before pulling, will help minimize the pain,” says Alexis Wolfer, founder of the Beauty Bean. The benefits of this sweet DIY body wax are endless. “It’s all-natural, so you don’t need to worry about chemicals on your skin. Plus, you’ll save quite a bit of money.”

Grocery list

1 cup white cane sugar

1 cup honey

2 tbsp lemon juice

corn starch

popsicle sticks

cotton fabric cut into strips

What to do: 

Over medium heat, combine the first three ingredients in a small pot and stir constantly until mixture boils. Reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. (It should be a dark amber color.) Once cool, apply a thin layer of cornstarch to clean, dry skin. Then, using a popsicle stick, apply a thin layer of the sugary wax in the direction of your hair growth. Cover with a thin sheet of cotton fabric and rub in the direction of the hair growth. Pulling skin tight, pull off cotton in the opposite direction of hair growth. Rinse off any remaining wax. If the mixture gets too hard, return to heat and add water to thin it out.

Yes I Tan

This DHA-free self-tanner is great if you want a subtle change and quick fix for areas such as the arms and legs. “The benefit of this homemade self-tanner is that you can control how much extra cocoa powder to add if you want to go darker and build the color layer for a few days straight,” says Jamie Ahn, owner and creative director of Townhouse Spa and Acqua Beauty Bar in New York City. For best results, skin must be well exfoliated with no trace of oil. It is also important to shave prior to the application—never after. “If you make a mistake, you can easily remove with a heavy duty body scrub.”

Grocery list

¼ cup plain body lotion
(preferably unscented)

¼ cup 100 percent cocoa powder

What to do: 

Blend the cocoa powder until it’s dissolved in the lotion. Add more powder for a deeper, darker effect, should you prefer a bronze glow.

Lotion in Motion

This recipe is great for repairing damaged skin. Aloe vera is known for its healing properties, and this plant’s juice sinks into skin tissue almost immediately. “Rose oil is great for circulation, which helps to heal the tissue faster,” says Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skin Care Collection. Many store-bought moisturizers disappear into the skin once they’re applied. “I like home remedies because they actually help you recover from skin conditions—or too much sun—and can make the skin look better right away,” Vargas says.

Grocery list

3 tbsp aloe vera juice

1 tbsp aloe vera gel

2 drops rose oil

What to do:

Blend ingredients together in a small bowl or mug. Apply with cotton ball to damaged area or all over the face.