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Cocktail & Beauty Recipes for National Pina Colada Day

pinacoladasJuly 10, 2014 is Piña Colada Day! You don’t need to be on a beach to enjoy this refreshing tropical pina colada recipecocktail. No matter where you are in the world, a piña colada is a great way to sit back, relax, and enjoy a little taste of the summer. Did you know that piña coladas originated in San Juan, Puerto Rico? The term, “piña colada” means “strained pineapple” in Spanish, which makes perfect sense! A traditional recipe calls for pineapple juice, light rum, and coconut cream poured over crushed ice. If you like piña coladas (“and getting caught in the rain!”) fix yourself an ice cold drink, top it with a mini umbrella, and celebrate National Piña Colada Day while giving yourself a DIY beauty treatment!

DIY pineapple body scrubDIY Body Scrub:

1/4 cup raw sugar
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 oz pineapple juice

In a microwave-safe bowl, heat up the coconut oil for 30 seconds. It will soften the solid coconut oil, making it easier to mix and will feel amazing on your feet.

Mix the coconut oil with the raw sugar. Try using a fork or a hand mixer for a very blended mix.

Finally, add the pineapple juice and blend well. Real pineapple is preferred (1 oz), just puree it first. Pineapple serves as an exfoliant because it contains enzymes that remove dead skin cells to relieve dryness in skin.

Use hands, cloth, foot brush, etc. to apply and scrub soles of feet. Wash well with warm water & pat dry. Scrub for at least 20 seconds before washing away. Scrub your feet and let the scrub rest there for a minute or two, meanwhile you get to enjoy the yummy tropical aromatherapy.

You can also use this scrub on other areas of the body that need exfoliating and softening such as hands, elbows, knees, and pretty much anything from the neck down. Do not use this scrub if you have freshly shaved or waxed skin. If you have sensitive skin, give yourself a small skin patch test. Pineapple does have Vitamin C (citric acid), which you may have sensitivity to. Also, always moisturize all areas that were exfoliated. Don’t forget to enjoy a piña colada while enjoying your smooth freshly exfoliated skin.

Other Fun Recipes:

Piña Colada Fruit Dip:pina colada dip

1 (8 oz) container whipped cream cheese
1 (7 oz) container marshmallow crème
1 (8-10 oz) can crushed pineapple
1/2 cup shredded coconut

In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese and marshmallow creme until fluffy.  Add the pineapple and coconut, mix. Serve chilled with your favorite fruits.

pina colada popsiclesPina Colada Popsicles:

Prep time: 5 min.
Cook time: 8 hours
Serves: 3-6
Author: The Pretty Bee

1 six ounce container vanilla coconut milk yogurt
1¾ cups diced pineapple
3 Tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut, plus a little extra for dipping the finished popsicles.

Method: Place all ingredients in blender, and blend on high speed until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until solid, about 6-8 hours. To remove from molds, run under warm water for a few seconds. Dip the frozen popsicles in a little more coconut before serving if desired. Makes 6 small popsicles or 3 large popsicles; molds are about 5 ounces. If you have some of the mixture leftover, it is a delicious smoothie!

pina colada strawberry cocktaileasy pina colada recipe


3 Tips for Applying Sunscreen

Some ingredients used in certain lotions can inhibit the way sunscreen ingredients deposit/spread on the skin. Based on this fact, I recommend applying sunscreen first to make sure that nothing interferes with the deposition of the active ingredient.

If you are applying a product on top of the sunscreen, it’s best to wait a little while before applying the second product. Try applying the sunscreen as the first step in your post-cleaning routine, then do the rest of your beauty routine. Finally, come back and apply your facial moisturizer. This will give the sunscreen time to soak in and minimize the change for negative interaction.

To save time and effort, you could solve your problem by using a moisturizer with sunscreen in it. That’s probably the best approach because the sunscreen active has been tested with the rest of the ingredients in the formula.


Chocolate Beauty Day

chocolate dayToday is a delicious reason to celebrate— July 7, 2014 it’s Chocolate Day!

Did you know that chocolate actually comes from trees? It’s true! This small tree is called Theobroma cacao, or the cocoa tree. Its fruit produces cocoa seeds, which in turn produces cocoa powder and chocolate. If only chocolate bars grew on trees! If you’re a chocoholic, then you have two more chocolate days to celebrate! World Chocolate Day is on September 4 and National Chocolate Day is on October 28. Today, take the time to enjoy one of the most popular desserts in the world. Whether you prefer to munch on a chocolate bar, sip on a steaming cup of hot chocolate, or smother an ice cream sundae in hot chocolate fudge, be sure to get your chocolate fix! Happy Chocolate Day!

Chocolate Beauty:

We all love to eat chocolates and seldom spare a few bites for others. It is delicious and tempting! Dark chocolate is known for its health and beauty benefits. Yes, you read it right. Dark chocolate which was considered fattening earlier has become famous for beauty treatment these days. It is applied on the skin to get rid of acne, protects the skin from sun damage and moisturizes it. Chocolate is rich in Vitamins A and E which repairs the skin cells and rejuvenates it. Delicious chocolates also have antioxidant that prevents skin damage due to free radicals.

chocolate mask

Check out some beauty benefits of chocolate.

Beauty benefits of chocolate:

Scrub: You can use chocolate powder with milk and yogurt to make a homemade scrub. It cleanses the skin, exfoliates and brightens it. Chocolate powder can either be melted before or while mixing with milk. Apply it on the wet face and neck. Scrub for 10 minutes in both clockwise and anti-clockwise directions and then leave for 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water.

Anti-aging: We all do not wish to see the fine lines forming on the face. Chocolate benefits the skin as the beauty product fights ageing. Dark chocolates have flavonoid which increases skin elasticity and fights ageing. Melt chocolate in milk and then massage on the face twice or thrice a week to prevent the formation of fine lines.

Glowing skin: Chocolate facial is very popular for this beauty benefit. The yummy chocolate helps bring fairness and improve skin complexion. You can mix cocoa powder with milk, honey and oatmeal. Apply it on the face and neck and leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with cold water to get fresh, clean and glowing skin in a few weeks.

chocolate maskDIY Chocolate Beauty Mask

This mask contains calcium, honey, & added vitamin E for a rich skin cocktail of benefits and nutrients.

Ingredients: 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1 tbp plain yogurt 1 pierced and drained vitamin E capsule

Directions: Blend and apply to your face for 10-20 minutes. Breathe deeply & inhale all that choco goodness!

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