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Cindy Crushes Programming: DIY Body Scrubs and Face Masks

Today, my co-worker Ariel Nelson joins me to talk about a program we hosted together. I had planned a body scrub program for adult and teens when Ariel came and asked if she could combine her facemask program with my body scrub program. I was really excited because Ariel is very knowledgeable about home beauty care products! She makes her own all the time. We both love to use Pinterest to find recipes! It was also nice to have two people running this program. We each did our own recipes in groups of ten and had the patrons switch stations.

Supplies:

  • Containers for scrub and facemask to go in
  • Magic Bullet
  • Mixing bowls and spoons (make sure to get the right size)
  • Mint Cucumber Scrub
  • Cucumber
  • White Sugar
  • Coconut Oil
  • Peppermint
  • Oats
  • Plain Milk
  • Rose Water
  • Plain Yogurt
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9 Homemade Body Scrubs

Cindy’s Cucumber Mint Body Scrub

Here are the directions:

You can find the original directions borrowed from Creations by Kara: https://www.creationsbykara.com/cucumber-mint-sugar-scrub/

Ingredients:

  • 4 Cucumber Slices
  • 3/4 Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
  • 4 drops of Peppermint

Steps:

1.           Use the Magic Bullet to puree the 4 cucumbers slices

2.           Pour in mixing bowl

3.           Add 3/4 of a cup white sugar and mix

4.           Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and mix

5.           Add four drops of peppermint and mix.

6.           Poor into the plastic bag and it is ready to take home.

7.           Please refrigerate until use because of the cucumbers.

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7 DIY Face Mask Recipes

Areil’s DIY Oatmeal Face Mask

Ingredients:

  •  3 teaspoons oats (slightly blended)
  • 1 teaspoon of plain milk (warmed slightly)
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  •  1 teaspoon plain yogurt

Instructions:

1. Mix oats with slightly warmed milk until the mixture forms a thick paste.

2. Add in rose water and yogurt to the mixture and stir until all the ingredients are uniform.

*As an alternative to using plain milk and plain yogurt, you can use 1-2 teaspoon(s) of raw honey instead: Mix oats, rosewater and honey together to form a paste*

Application:

1. Apply face mask to clean, slightly damp face and neck area

2. Leave facemask on for 15-30 minutes

3. Rinse facemask off with warm water

*Store your facemask in the fridge for up to 1 week if you plan to use it multiple times.

PRO TIPS FOR HEALTHY SKIN

1. Happy, healthy skin starts from the inside out. Make sure you are staying hydrated by drinking AT LEAST four 8-ounce glasses of water and follow a healthy, balanced diet.

2. Prior to face mask application, make sure that skin is cleansed thoroughly and wash your hands before applying mask.

3. The most hygienic way to apply a facemask is with an applicator: a bristle brush or a brush with a silicone wand.

4. After applying your facemask and cleansing your skin, moisturize your skin with a moisturizer formulated to your skin type.

Final Thoughts:  We thought this program went really well. All the patrons were really happy and were excited to use their new skin care products.  This is a more costly project but you can always look for sales and find cheaper recipes. This project would be less expensive for patrons to recreate at home.

More Programming Fun with Spa Themed Activities:

Cindy Crushes Programming: DIY Lip Scrubs

In today’s episode of Cindy Crushes Programming, YA Librarian Cindy Shutts walks us through making your own lip scrubs. This would be a great addition to an overall DIY Spa Day program and there are a lot of great Spa day nonfiction books out there to pair with this program.

This is a craft I have done twice before. It is always fun. I like to change out recipes for the lip scrub to keep it fresh!  I used recipes I found on Pinterest. These are the articles I used this time: https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/diy-lip-scrub/#gref and https://www.collegefashion.net/beauty-and-hair/diy-beauty-brown-sugar-and-vanilla-lip-scrub/ .  

Supplies:

Mint Lip Scrub

 Step One: Mix one tablespoon of olive oil and two tablespoons of white sugar together. I like to do this in the container instead of a mixing bowl. That way we do not waste any supplies moving it to a container.  I use popsicle sticks to stir it. They are easy to obtain and to use. 

Step Two: Add 8-10 drops of peppermint. I always add less to begin with because the peppermint has very strong scent.

Step Three: Add ½ teaspoon of grapeseed oil.

Step Four. Stir and apply to lips. You use your fingers to scrub so make sure your hands are washed before using.

Cinnamon Lip Scrub

Step One: Mix ½ tablespoon honey and ½ tablespoon olive oil. I honestly just give the honey a small squeeze and that usually works since it is so sticky.

Step two: add ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder.

Step Three: Mix all the ingredients together.

Step Four. Stir and apply to lips. You use your fingers to scrub so make sure your hands are washed before using.

Brown Sugar and Vanilla Lip Scrub

Step One: Add one small squeeze of honey to one tablespoon of brown sugar.

Step Two: Slowly add one more tablespoon of brown sugar. Be sure to mix after each spoonful is added. 

Step Three: Add ¼ tablespoon of vanilla. Mix with other ingredients.

Step Four. Stir and apply to lips. You use your fingers to scrub so make sure your hands are washed before using.

Final Thoughts: I should have bought two packages of brown sugar and white sugar because it would have allowed the patrons to make the scrub faster. I modified the recipes because in the first one I had too much liquid. So I took out one tablespoon of olive oil. The best part of lip scrub is that if the recipe does not work, you can always add more sugar or cinnamon powder to make sure it does work.