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  • Health Nut: Natural Ways To Upkeep Your Treatments

    Cintia Dicker was photographed by Stewart Shining in Lisbon, Portugal for Sports Illustrated. Swimsuit by Latarte by Lisa Cabrinha.

    Ever wanted to try one of those “Do It Yourself” home rejuvenation techniques, but didn’t quite get around to it? It may be too time consuming, you may do it wrong, or it will just make a mess, right? Right, we have thought that too! We went on a hunt to find easy breezy ways to upkeep those wonderful treatments you get—hopefully with us—and want to share them with you, lovers! These top 5 natural ways are quick…and are most likely right in your kitchen. Go ahead, give yourself some quality upkeep:

    Grapes: Create a paste by mashing up a handful of the fruit and adding 2 tablespoons of white flour. Then apply the mask to your face and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off. This is an easy treatment to make that photo-facial last. “It wakes up the appearance of tired and fatigued skin to give you an amazing glow,” says Shalini Vadhera, author of Passport to Beauty!

    Milk: Channel Cleopatra, since her beauty secret was taking milk baths to soften her skin and remove dead cells. Here’s how to do it: Vadhera recommends adding 2 cups of powdered milk to your bath. “It will make your skin look absolutely gorgeous and feel so smooth, silky and soft.”

    Yarrow Extract: What’s that, you ask? It’s used by Australian Aboriginal women to prevent stretch marks, thanks to its moisturizing and hydrating properties. Aussie make-up artist states, “Yarrow root is also an anti-inflammatory, which soothes the skin.” We feel that it’s great to do this in between your face/body contouring sessions!

    Cherries & Pomegranates: Mash those cherries up! then add pomegranate seeds and apply as a mask to the skin for about 6 minutes. Shannon Gallogly, lead aesthetician for French beauty brands Decleor and Carita states, “This mask will help brighten skin with natural enzymes while firming at the same time.” All you have to do then is remove the mix with a damp warm towel and the circulation boost sets off!

    Cranberry Juice: Want natural highlights? Sure you do! Try mixing ¼ cup pure juice (not cocktail blends) with ¼ cup water and doing a final rinse with it in the shower. “If you’re going to be in the sun, the cranberry juice brings out the rich hues in your hair,” Vadhera says. This mainly works better for brunettes—if you’re a blonde, try lemon juice instead—you’ll avoid ending up with pink hair!

    *VIA Woman’s Day!*

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