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For the farm girl who has little time for self-care but is determined to make it a priority, DIY skin care is the ultimate solution. You can use herbs that you grow yourself, customize low-cost recipes to meet your needs, and make enough to last for weeks at a time.

Your skin is the largest organ you have, and it’s important to keep it healthy by not slathering it with unnecessary ingredients. This is especially important when it comes to your face, which has delicate skin and yet is also subject to a lot of wear and tear. Luckily, your face’s new best friend may be growing right in your garden.

Chamomile, that pretty and unassuming little flower, grows quite abundantly when properly cared for. This herb is a known calmative, and it’s just as calming when you apply it to your skin. Setting aside some flowers from your garden will allow you to make two simple products that both soothe and heal the face.

Lavender and Chamomile Face Scrub

This gentle facial scrub works well on all skin types. It exfoliates away dead skin cells and grime while also calming any irritation or redness. You only need a bit of this scrub at a time, but feel free to make extra batches for later. Customize it with the essential oil of your choice if lavender’s not your thing.

You need:

  • A round jar or pot
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp chamomile flower powder
  • Lavender essential oil

Use dried chamomile flowers to blend into a rough powder. You only need a teaspoon of powder for this recipe, but you can make extra to use for other things — like the tea for the recipe below!

Combine with the baking soda. Add lavender essential oil to your preferred strength, starting with one or two drops.

This mask can be combined with coconut or jojoba oil to make a more moisturizing scrub, or it can be applied solo to a wet face. Rinse thoroughly after use.

Aloe Vera and Chamomile Facial Spray

This soothing facial spray somehow manages to be both calming and refreshing. Rose hip oil provides a ton of vitamins and minerals and reduces signs of aging, while chamomile and aloe vera are natural anti-inflammatories. Chamomile also tones and reduces puffiness.

You need:

  • A spray bottle
  • Chamomile tea
  • Rose hip oil
  • Aloe vera

First, brew a small pot of chamomile tea to high strength — brewing it for about an hour is preferable.

If you have aloe vera growing, you can use a leaf from your own plant. Simply cut one large leaf and remove a small slice. Scoop out the gel and use as-is. If you don’t have a plant of your own, look for aloe vera leaves at a local health food store.

Fill the spray bottle about halfway to three-quarters full of chamomile tea. Add a few drops of rose hip oil. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with aloe vera and shake.

Use this spray after washing your face at night and throughout the day for a refreshing pick-me-up.

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Beauty Trends You Need To Try In 2018

by Erin Weaver

New year, new you, right? Well, kind of. Most of us enter the new year with lofty aspirations for our lives – we’re going to get fitter. We’re going to stay on top of admin this year. We’ll end the year healthier, cooler, and totally self-actualized. In reality, most of us won’t live up to all these expectations. It’s difficult to revolutionize your life, but you can start small by revolutionizing your look. A host of sleek, expressive looks are set to dominate the beauty world in 2018, so get on top of them.

Clean And Natural

2017 was big and bold with heavily shaped brows, over-lined lips, and smoky hues. 2018 is going to retaliate with a return to sleeker, more natural makeup looks. Think Glossier’s barely defined brows, Fenty Beauty’s natural bronzed glow, and the return to dewier, lighter coverage foundations.

J-Beauty

Everyone got obsessed with Korean skincare (or “K-beauty”) in 2017, but 2018 will usher in a flood of Japanese beauty styles and products. J-beauty emphasizes sleek lines and understated beauty, so it will fit well with the more natural styles that are set to take over in the year ahead.

Standard Formula Lipsticks

We’ve seen every style of liquid lipstick possible by now, but 2018 is going to see the return of standard bullet-cased lipsticks like our mothers used to wear. Matte is on the way out too, with dewy, glossy looks coming back.

Bright Eyes

Forget about your warm terracotta nudes – 2018 will bring back Eighties-style neons on our eyelids to make a real splash. It looks like canary yellow and electric blue will be back on our eyes before we know it, so break out your bright eyeshadows again and get creative.

Clumpy Lashes

It feels like the beauty world has spent twenty years trying to banish clumpy eyelashes, and yet here we are in 2018 with designers giving us thick, clumpy, Twiggy-style eyelashes all over again. Slap on a few extra coats of mascara and call it a day.

Brow Liner

We’ll be looking at cute trends like under-brow liner this year too. The technique is simple – just take a bright color or a glitter eyeliner and use it to carefully trace the lower line of your eyebrow. This look is simple but impactful, so it’s perfect for parties and big nights out.

Gold Flecks

Gold came back big time at the tail-end of 2017 and it will continue to dominate beauty looks through 2018. Whether it’s gold flecks on the eyes, gold-toned highlighters, or the addition of a gold-bronze glow to the cheeks, get ready to look like a million dollars in the coming months.

These 2018 beauty trends are set to be hard-hitters, so don’t sleep on them. Get inventive and change up your look this year. Who knows – maybe a new look really will lead to a new you?


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