Step out of the beauty aisle and into the kitchen. Some of the best formulas to treat tired runners’ feet and overworked hair can be whipped up at home. We interviewed five beauty experts to find their favorite DIY treatments. These simple, all-natural recipes rely on fresh ingredients and essential oils (no hard-to-pronounce chemical compounds allowed). After all, when it comes to beauty, Mother Nature knows best.
As director of the Spa at Rowes Wharf in the Boston Harbor Hotel, Wells and her staff make many of their own scrubs. You can whip up their recipes at home without the spa price tag.
3 cups sugar
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 Tbsp. almond oil
1 Tbsp. glycerin liquid (or all-natural liquid soap)
2 Tbsp. aloe vera
1 tsp. lavender oil
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Scoop out a handful and use in the shower or bath, massaging in a circular motion to exfoliate body and feet.
Why it works: Sugar gently exfoliates as the natural oils moisturize skin. Glycerin cleanses, aloe vera soothes and lavender oil calms the skin and senses.