Home Brewed Beer Beauty Tips

I am a poor excuse of an Irish girl.  I tend to let each St. Patty’s Day come and go without much ado.  It’s not that I don’t adore my heritage, I do.  I am just not one for beer, corned beef or blinding shades of green so my options for festivities are limited.  But a few days ago when I was trying out a few of my sister’s beauty recipes, I had a lightbulb of an idea. I have heard of brews being touted as the secret ingredient in many a beer beauty tips.  So why not host a Girls’ Night In Spa Night featuring a certain Irish beverage of choice in homemade masks and scrubs?  It turns out that beer makes a calming, soothing cleanser and moisturizer for skin and hair.  It contains protein which is good for strengthening hair and has a low pH that helps tighten the hair cuticles and make hair shine.  Hops found in beer are a natural astringent.  And the alcohol found in beer removes dirt and grease from hair.  So pop open a brewski and instead of letting it bloat your belly and cause you to make regrettable decisions, use it to make you all smooth and perky. Genius, right?

For your face

Brewers yeast facial mask:  This mask is perfect for oily skin.  Brewer’s Yeast (the yeast used to make beer) is rich in B complex vitamins, which have been shown to improve blood circulation accelerate the healing of blemishes.  To use:

  • Take 1tsp. Brewer’s Yeast
  • Add enough natural yogurt to make a thin mixture.
  • Pat onto the face in all oily areas.
  • Allow it to dry on the skin.
  • After 15-20 minutes rinse with luke warm water.

Strawberry and Beer Mask:  This mask specializes on blackheads, but it also leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized.  To use:

  • Puree 2-3 strawberries.
  • Mix in 1/2 tsp beer.
  • Apply the paste to face.
  • After 20-25 minutes rinse with luke warm water.

Beer, egg white and almond extract mask:  This mask revives tired skin and gives you a lovely glow.  To use:

  • Beat 1 egg white.
  • Mix in 1/4 tsp beer and a few drops of almond extract.
  • Apply to face and allow to dry.
  • After 15-20 minutes rinse with luke warm water.

For your hair

Beer hair rinse:  This rinse is great for ridding hair of product residue and excess oil.  To use gather:

  • 1 oz distilled water
  • 1 oz beer
  • 2 t apple cider vinegar
  • 7 drops lemon essential oil (or your favorite scent)
  • Combine all ingredients and apply to hair after shampooing.
  • Rinse well.

Beer and chamomile conditioner:  This concoction will leave you with silky, shiny well conditioned tresses.  To use:

  • After shampooing, rinse hair with boiled and cooled beer and leave it in for about 1 minute.
  • Be sure to completely rinse beer away.
  • Follow with a rinse of chamomile tea, steeped and cooled to remove any lingering beer odor.
  • Rinse well.

Beer and honey hair mask:  This mask will give limp hair massive volume and fullness.  To use:

  • Mash one banana, creating a thick consistency.
  • Mix in one egg and blend until smooth (hand mixer could be helpful).
  • Add 1/2 cup of flat beer, then a tablespoon of honey and blend.
  • Apply to scalp, roots and all the way to your ends.
  • Let your mask sit for a few hours, and then shampoo out.

For your feet

Beer foot soak:  The yeast in beer softens your feet and the alcohol acts as a natural antiseptic.  To use:

  • Fill a bowl or basin with enough warm water to cover your ankles, then add a half bottle of your favorite beer and stir.
  • Soak your feet for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • When you remove your feet from the mixture, dry off and cover with lotion.

 

 

 

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