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5 DIY Beauty Recipes for Healthy Skin and Hair

Courtesy Peggy Kotsopoulos

While a sun-kissed glow, bronzed body and beachy hair are "in,” what we go through to achieve this can wreak havoc on our skin and hair. Sometimes, too much fun in the sun can leave your skin feeling burned and your tresses feeling like hay. Here are my go-to DIY beauty remedies to have you looking fresh:

1. Summer Soother Mask
If you love the sun, this face mask is a must. It contains all the goodness to sooth and protect your skin while giving you a gorgeous glow. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which helps to protect against UV damage. Plus, the vitamin A is anti-inflammatory and helps fight off acne-causing bacteria, should you be prone to acne due to blocked, sweaty pores.

Kiwis are high in vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant, that firms and tones skin, protects skin cells and slows down the appearance of aging typically caused by too much sun. Bananas help to revitalize dehydrated skin, while the avocado's rich vitamin E content helps to lock in moisture, prevent free-radical damage and reduce the effects of sun exposure, which helps to prevent skin cancer.

* 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
* 1 banana
* 1/4 avocado
* 1 kiwi

Add ingredients to a blender and blend. Let it sit on your face for 10 to 20 minutes, and then wash with lukewarm water.

2. Bliss-Trip Toner
Free-radical damage caused by too much sun exposure can result in red, blotchy and inflamed skin. To even out skin tone, fade those sunspots and sooth, try this toner.

Chamomile tea soothes your skin by reducing inflammation and irritation. Lavender helps to reduce redness and swelling, and it also has anti-inflammatory and painkilling properties to soothe soreness from a burn! Whether you have dry skin, redness or puffiness, the anti-inflammatory, emollient-rich rose water is just the answer. Mix a quarter-cup of water with three drops of rose oil, or muddle rose petals with pure water. That's right: It's like a mojito, but way better for your skin.

1/4 cup of chamomile tea
1/4 cup of rosewater
* 2 drops of lavender oil

Mix ingredients and apply to your face with a cotton pad using upward, outward strokes.

3. Redness-Reducer Mask
If you were looking to get that sun-kissed glow, but look more like a sun-kissed tomato instead, this mask will calm and cool your skin. Oats are rich in selenium, which helps to repair skin-cell damage and slow down the aging process. Selenium also helps protect against sunburn and skin cancer. The coconut hydrates the skin and helps to reduce inflammation, and the avocado also provides deep moisture, prevents wrinkles and protects against sun damage.

Thanks to its silica content, cucumber increases collagen production while toning and firming the skin. Plus, it helps to hydrate, cool and soothe heated, inflamed skin.

* 1/2 cup of oats
* 1 avocado
* 1/4 cucumber
* 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Add ingredients to a blender and blend. Let it sit on your face for 10 to 20 minutes, and then wash with lukewarm water.

4. Tropical Breeze Body Scrub
Now this is a scrub that will have you smelling like a tropical vacation before you even leave your home! Sun exposure can dry out and dehydrate skin, and dehydrated skin can exacerbate the appearance of cellulite.

This scrub will hydrate and smooth out skin and can even minimize the appearance of cellulite! The pineapple and papaya contain the papain enzyme (which helps to smooth the skin) and vitamin C (which strengthens the connective tissues): Those tissues are the only things standing between the fat and your skin, so it helps give them a workout.

Matcha green tea is loaded in antioxidants and contains caffeine. Caffeine is a natural anti-inflammatory that temporarily reduces the appearance of dimples by smoothing out the skin. It also helps tighten skin, breaks down fatty deposits and reduces water retention by sucking excess fluid out of cells.

* 1/2 cup of pineapple, peeled and cubed
* 1/2 cup of papaya, peeled and cubed
* 1/2 cup of matcha green tea powder

Add all ingredients to blender and blend. Massage the mixture onto cellulite-prone areas in circular motions in the direction of your heart, and then wash off.

5. High-Gloss Beachy Hair Treatment  
Beachy waves are all the craze. But while we'd love to walk out of the ocean and have our hair magically turn into soft, flowing, perfectly natural waves, the reality is that salt (or chlorine) combined with sun exposure can seriously dry out your hair, making it feel more like hay.

This hair treatment will deeply condition your hair and prevent breakage. The avocado and almond oil are high in fats and vitamin E, which strengthens and moisturizes hair. They also provide a healthy dose of B vitamins to nourish the scalp and prevent flaking. Banana provides moisture and deep conditioning, while the potassium strengthens hair. The lactic acid in Greek yogurt cleanses by stripping through dirt and buildup, helping the hairs' natural sheen shine through.

* 1 avocado
* 3 tablespoons of almond oil
* 1 banana
* 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt 

In a bowl, mash all ingredients together, then massage into clean, damp hair and let sit for 15 minutes before washing out.

Readers -- What are your favorite DIY beauty recipes? Will you try any of the recipes mentioned above? Do the chemicals in beauty products concern you? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Peggy Kotsopoulos is a registered holistic nutritionist, health educator and author of the best-selling book, Kitchen Cures. Her mission is to help people achieve long-term health and vitality from what they eat. Peggy is the host of the TV show Peggy K's Kitchen Cures on Z Living network. She travels across North America inspiring others to live their most vibrant life with her frequent media appearances and lectures.

For more about Peggy, visit her website and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram.

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