Homemade Beauty Recipes With A Festive Flair

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While the chilly days of winter allow us to bundle up in our favorite coats and snuggliest separates, the drop in temperature also comes with a set of not-so-chic accessories—dry skin, lifeless locks and the dreaded chapped lips (ugh). Here, we give you the tools to fight back against the havoc the cold wreaks on your body with a few festive recipes using fixings found in the kitchen. Packed with the yummiest of ingredients including cocoa, pumpkin and cinnamon sugar, these DIY beauty projects promise to leave your best assets in tip-top shape. (Be warned: The process of making these may cause a craving for holiday treats. Go ahead, indulge. We won’t tell.)

3 DIY Recipes Good Enough To Eat

Cinnamon-Sugar Lip Scrub

What you'll need:

1. Extra-virgin coconut oil 2. Brown-sugar crystals 3. Ground cinnamon

Step 1

Begin by scooping the brown sugar into the coconut oil. Make sure your brown sugar to coconut oil ratio is 1:1, otherwise the sugar crystals will dissolve too quickly, defeating the pout-polishing concoction's purpose.

Step 2

After mixing the brown-sugar crystals and coconut oil, add 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of cinnamon depending on the amount of lip scrub you'd like to make and your personal preference.

Step 3

Enjoy! Apply this delectable (and edible) lip scrub to dry lips using your fingers to polish and exfoliate in a circular motion. When done, either wipe off with a washcloth or leave on for extra hydration. You can also package the potion in tiny containers to use as holiday gifts.

Pumpkin Face Mask

What you'll need:

1. 1/2 cup fresh pumpkin pulp 2. 1 teaspoon honey 3. 2 eggs 4. 2 teaspoons almond milk 5. 2 teaspoons unsweetened cranberry juice (optional)

Step 1

Using a fork, scrape out the pulp of a pumpkin into a bowl. Next, add 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of almond milk. If you have oily skin, add 2 teaspoons of unsweetened cranberry juice to the mixture.

Step 2

Beat the mixture with a fork until it turns into a thin paste. For best results, paint onto your face with a clean foundation brush or the back of a spoon. Let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes or until completely dry. Pumpkin is packed with vitamins which hydrate skin and minimizes pores while simultaneously fighting acne. This DIY mask is your secret weapon this holiday season and beyond.

Cocoa-Infused Thickening Hair Mask

What you'll need:

1. 1/4 cup plain yogurt 2. 1/4 cup mayonnaise 3. 1 egg white 4. 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 5. 2 tablespoons honey (for brunettes only)

Step 1

Gather your ingredients and start by placing the egg white into a mixing bowl.

Step 2

Next, add the plain yogurt, honey, mayonnaise and unsweetened cocoa powder to the mixing bowl. Stir until completely blended.

Step 3

Once everything is completely mixed, apply to damp hair and cover with a shower cap. Let sit for 30 minutes and rinse out. Warning: Blondes do not have more fun when using this recipe since the cocoa powder is known to stain. Recommended for deep blondes and brunettes only, this heavenly mask is guaranteed to plump fine hair. Tip for brunettes: Use your leftover cocoa powder as dry shampoo or root concealer—trust us, it works!