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SURVIVING SOCIAL DISTANCING BEAUTIFULLY



Apr

6

2020


We may be in isolation but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to be and feel beautiful. So, whether it be the coronavirus, a hurricane or just in need to have some alone time we hope you enjoy our at home DIY beautifying activities. We are creating simple treatments with products we hope most people already have at home. Check out our 20 DIY treatments below followed by 10 tips to healthy eating for your hair and nails. Please tune in to Frank Cassi Beauty on Facebook and frankcassi.com regularly for new treatments and beauty tips.

SOOTHE YOURSELF INSIDE AND OUT WHILE BEAUTIFYING

1. DIY Lip Exfoliant

Soft, moist lips with only your finger or a toothbrush,1 teaspoon of honey or olive oil and 2 teaspoons of brown or white sugar. Make a paste out of the ingredients and gently massage with finger or toothbrush to clean lips for a minute or 2 and let sit for a few more. Then rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a soft cloth.

2. DIY Hair Mask

Natural nourishment with a mix of a small avocado,1 egg and a touch of honey and olive oil. Wet your hair and apply bottoms up till your hair and scalp are fully coated. Cover with a shower cap and blow dry your head on low for 5-10 minutes then allow it to sit on head another 15 minutes. Wash this yummy treatment out in shower.

3. DIY Nail Nourishment

Soak nails in a bowl of warmed sunflower, coconut or almond oil for 10-15 minutes. Remove hands from oil and prior to removing oil put a teaspoon of granulated white sugar in your palm and rub them together vigorously. Use this time at home to leave polish off and let your nails breathe. If you must paint them right away first remove all traces of oil from your nails with nail polish remover.

4. DIY Color Protection

Maintain your color as long as possible with less frequent washing. Limit hair washes to 1 – 3 times a week at the most. If you must wash more, condition as much as possible as hydrated hair holds color longer. Cut back on excessive heat styling and alway use heat protectant when heat styling. Moisture…Moisture…Moisture!

5. DIY Teeth Whitener

Hard to cut back on the coffee and sweets especially when stuck home but want to naturally keep your pearly whites…white! After you finish your normal teeth brushing at night, brush them with baking soda and rinse well.

6. DIY Moisturizing Face Mask

Whip up a mashed avocado with some Vitamin E oil and a little honey. If you have some cocoa powder in the house mix that in and get additional antioxidant benefits. Apply directly to your face and neck. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes then rinse off with lukewarm water.

7. DIY Body Scrub

Mix jojoba, almond, coconut or olive oil (or a delicious combo of your own) and add some essential oils as desired. Add just enough brown sugar or sea salt to ensure the mixture is not too runny or too crumbly. Throw in a little ground oatmeal or coffee grounds for an extra pop of exfoliation. Wet skin in the shower and rub mixture with hands, sponge or a loofah all over body avoiding eye area. Rinse off, pat dry and slather on your favorite body cream.

8. DIY Refreshing Face Spray

Especially when stuck indoors, a soothing spritz wakes up the skin and the soul. In a 4 ounce glass spray bottle mix 1/2 cup of rose water, cucumber water, green tea or mineral water with 1 teaspoon of witch hazel (optional) and 3-4 drops of your favorite essential oil. Shake and spray.

9. DIY Home Retreat

Unplug completely…no phones, electronics, etc. Make some ready-to-eat snacks. Organize some candles and prepared beauty treatments from SURVIVING SOCIAL DISTANCING BEAUTIFULLY list. Tell everyone ‘Do Not Disturb’ in advance for your chosen retreat time. Make yourself a bubble bath, apply some beauty treatments, light the candles and luxuriate in the tub for as long as you like. Before the water turns cold, get out and wrap yourself in the biggest bath towel you have. Then apply body lotion all over and get into some comfy clothes. Enjoy your snacks and hydrate with water or juice and you are ready to come back to reality.

10. DIY Foot Rejuvenation

Make some #7 Body Scrub and set aside. Relax your tootsies in a basin of warm water spiked with your favorite essential oils (peppermint soothes & cools, citrus energizes, lavender relaxes and Vitamin E nourishes) for 15-20 minutes. Over basin with feet slightly damp, massage in #7 Body Scrub. In rougher spots use a pumice stone. Dry with soft towel, apply the heaviest cream you have, put on some cozy socks and voila…you are done.

11. DIY Hand Treatment

Over sink or basin, pour olive oil mixed with a little honey into palm of hand and massage into each hand, all fingers and both wrists for a few minutes. Apply #7 DIY Body Scrub to hands then wrap them in towels lightly soaked in warm water. Once towels have cooled rinse hands. Finish with hand or body cream concentrating on your cuticles. If you have a cuticle pusher use that otherwise use end of damp towel to push back cuticles. Trim, file and paint or go natural and let your nails breathe.

12. DIY Stress Relievers

Too much stress certainly can age us, so give these stress reducers a try. 

  • Light a candle, turn off lights and concentrate on the flame.
  • Focus on what you are grateful for and write it down.
  • Meditate and practice mindfulness.
  • Crank up the music and dance by yourself.
  • Get moving: walk, exercise, stretch
  • Clean, organize and cook….do something productive.
  • Breathe deeply and focus on your breath.
  • Soak in a warm, scented bubble bath.
  • Treat yourself to any of our beauty treatments.

13. DIY Bubble Bath

A bubble bath is good for the soul, the psyche, the nervous system and this one is good for your skin too. Mix the following in a container (olive oil bottles work great).

  • 4 cups water
  • Coconut oil, glycerin or almond oil(or a combo of choice)
  • 1 egg white to create lasting bubbles
  • 5-6 drops of your favorite essential oils (or a yummy mix)

Honey vanilla moisturizes
Lavender calms
Rose reduces anxiety
Lemon elevates mood
Sandalwood improves focus
Peppermint boosts energy

Run warm water in tub. Add your bubble bath under faucet, Light some candles, lower lights, play soft music. Step in and zone out. When done dry off, moisturize your body and wrap yourself in a comfy robe to maintain the beautiful effects of the bath.

14. DIY Soothing Eye Treatment

Puffy 
Blend 1/2 cucumber with 1 oz rose water and use cotton to apply to eyes

Irritated
Steep a couple chamomile tea bags, cool and place on eyes

Wrinkled
Separate 2 egg whites from yolks. Beat white and add 4-5 drops Vitamin E oil to whites. Apply with fingers to under eyes for 10 minutes.

Dark Circles
Saturate cotton rounds in strong coffee, refrigerate and apply to eye skin.

Dry/Irritated
Dap olive oil on damp skin with cotton ball

15. DIY Nail Whitening


A nail whitening pencil from Target, Amazon or most drug stores applied under the tips of the nails works wonders to create a natural French manicure look. The following create a natural clean look for your nails too. Be sure to lather hands with cream when done with treatment.

  • Blend some fresh squeezed lemon juice with baking soda then scrub on your nails with a toothbrush.
  • Using a toothbrush, brush your nails with whitening toothpaste preferably with baking soda.
  • Mix a little baking soda with hydrogen peroxide and allow mixture to coat nails for 5-10 minutes then rinse with warm water.

16. DIY Face Moisturizer

Can’t go to the store? Can’t wait for delivery? Definitely can’t do without moisturizing your face! No worries…slowly melt 1/2 cup shea butter in a double boiler, remove when soft and add 1 tablespoon jojoba, almond or avocado oil. Based on your fave scents add a couple drops of essential oils (lavender, chamomile, vanilla, geranium, sandalwood). If you have aloe vera gel, add a bit of that and blend till creamy. Store in a glass jar in a cool location.

17. DIY Bath Salts

A hot bath is heaven when feeling stressed or just about anytime but a hot bath with yummy smelling bath salts is heaven on earth. Just combine 1 cup epsom salts with 4 cups sea salt and 1/2 cup baking soda. Add 4-5 drops of your favorite essential oils and 1 tablespoon of almond, jojoba or coconut oil and store in container. A few drops of food coloring adds a nice touch. Add to warm running water and luxuriate.

18. DIY Sound Healing

Beautify your exterior by beautifying your inner world with vibrational sounds. Music is known to reduce blood pressure, decrease tension and lower heart rate. Give yourself about a half hour, a quiet space, a comfy spot to sit and soft lighting (scented candles add to the experience). What are you in the mood for? Keep your fave tunes in organized playlists so pending the mood you are ready go. Relax, energize or just ‘tune’ out.

19. DIY Massage

Are your sore muscles aching for a massage but can’t leave the house? Try these!

Hands Hurt
Use one hand to stretch back fingers on other hand. Spread fingers as wide apart as possible. Make a fist and slowly unfurl over and over again.

Feet Ache
Use a ball, frozen water bottle or can and roll heel to toes back and forth.

Back Sore
Place a tennis ball or ball of equal size on floor and lay on it with ball between shoulder blades. Roll around sideways and up and down to massage all areas.

Neck Hurts
Sitting straight clasp hands behind neck with thumbs pointing down. With thumbs make small circles from behind ears to top of vertebrae over and over again behind neck.

Head Aches
Lie on back with legs bent. With tennis ball in each hand rest your head on both hands so balls are on either side of skull. Rotate head side to side and up and down over balls.

20. DIY Hair Moisturizer

Just sitting around the house anyway….might as well put your hair to work. Show your mane event some love with any of the following product combos. Mix them up and coat your locks and apply. Leave on while isolating for about 20 minutes then rinse out and voila….softer hair.

Shea Butter & Aloe Vera
Coconut Oil & Honey
Avocado Oil & Raw Egg
Raw Egg & Olive Oil
Lemon Juice, Yogurt & Raw Egg
Banana & Almond Oil
Jojoba Oil & Coconut Water & Aloe vera
Shea Butter & Coconut Milk and Lavender Oil

SOOTHE YOURSELF INSIDE AND OUT WHILE EATING BEAUTIFULLY

We hope you enjoyed our previous 20 DIY beauty treatments. More time at home usually includes more eating than usual so here are ways to make the calories work for your hair, nails and overall health. Whether it be the coronavirus, a hurricane or just in need to have some alone time we hope you will try our 10 delicious and healthy-for-you recipes.

21.    Yummy Yogurt

Eating yogurt regularly is good for healthy, strong hair and nails. Packed with protein and calcium, yogurt also boasts vitamins and probiotics good for your bones, gut and immune system. Layer low-fat yogurt with any of the following sweet, savory or salty additions.

Sweet:          Crushed blueberries, honey & fresh grated ginger

                     Shredded carrots, chopped dates, maple syrup & cinnamon

                     Chopped apple, golden raisins, cinnamon & lemon

Savory:       Chopped cucumber, halved black olives & dried oregano

                     Chopped tomato, chickpeas, chives & dried basil

                     Sliced cucumber, sliced radish & toasted sesame

Salty:            Crumbled feta cheese, chopped black olives & chopped scallions

                     Wilted spinach leaves, shaved parmesan, peas & fresh pepper

                     Chopped goat cheese, sliced onions, softened kale & red pepper flakes

22.    EggsCetera Snacks

The incredible edible hard boiled egg is great for all sorts of healthy snacks and boasts two nutrients good for hair growth – protein and biotin. Additionally, the zinc and selenium in eggs are good for overall hair health. At only 70 calories for a whole egg you can’t beat the value. Hard boiled eggs keep in the fridge a week after cooked so make a dozen and try these recipes.

To perfectly hard boil egg:  Place eggs in pot then cover with cold water. Bring to rolling boil over high heat. Remove from heat, cover then let sit 15 minutes. Then drain eggs and place in ice water prior to peeling. When ready to eat, peel and chop eggs and add the following combos.

  • Peas, chopped celery, shredded cheddar and pimientos
  • Canned tuna, minced olives, chopped tomatoes & olive oil
  • Mashed avocado, a touch of yellow mustard, salt, pepper & garlic powder
  • Corn, chopped cucumber, crumbled feta cheese stuffed in lettuce cups
  • Chopped pickles, bacon, olives, tomatoes with a dab of mayo, hummus or yogurt

23.    Popeye’s Fave Snack

Popeye ate spinach for big muscles. You should for thick, shiny and lustrous hair.

Spinach provides the very important iron your system needs to speed up the flow of nutrients and oxygen to your scalp and hair roots keeping your locks strong and healthy. Spinach also provides the added benefit of hairs’ much needed magnesium, potassium, folate, Vitamins A & C and calcium.

Spinach Chips
Mix a few drops of olive oil with a couple of cups of fresh spinach leaves being sure to only lightly coat leaves. Sprinkle with salt and Italian herb seasoning. Cook 5 – 10 minutes on baking sheet at 325 degrees.

Spinach Salad
It’s the toppings that make a spinach salad so yummy. So choose from the following to add to freshly washed crisp spinach leaves mixed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper.

  • Crumbled cooked bacon & blue cheese
  • Shaved parmesan cheese, diced apples & pecans
  • Dried cranberries, feta cheese & chopped walnuts
  • Chopped black olives, goat cheese & cherry tomatoes

24.    Salmon, Fish for the Hair

Full of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, Vitamin D and Vitamin B12, salmon is the fish to eat for a healthy scalp and shiny hair. Try to eat salmon a couple of times a week for its’ amazing abilities to lubricate your scalp, reduce the dryness of your strands and limit inflammation. Of course salmon is delish broiled, grilled, baked or fried but these little smoked salmon appetizers make snacking on both fun and yummy.

Smoked Salmon on toast points is great with:       

  • Fromage Blanc, Chopped Pickles & Minced Chives
  • Cheese, Chopped Red Onion & Capers
  • Mashed Avocado, Chopped Egg & Minced Chives
  • Cream Cheese, Cucumber Slices & Horseradish
  • Butter, Scrambled Eggs & Parsley
  • Cottage Cheese, Sliced Red Onion & Chopped Shallots
  • Goat Cheese, Chopped Tarragon, Crushed Fennel Seeds & Lemon

25.    Pucker Up for Good Hair



Super high in Vitamin C, the collagen building vitamin that helps your hair grow, lemons not only spice up your food and beverages they clean your scalp unclogging hair follicles. A couple of bursts a day from a lemon will also help your body absorb iron strengthening your hair shaft.

Of course you can cook with lemon from making sauces, dressings and toppings to baked goods and yummy drinks. Lemons bring out the taste in just about anything.

Not in the mood to cook to get your lemon fix for the day? Just add a couple of squirts to your water, tea, salad dressing and almost any recipe sweet, salty or savory.

26.    Crunch Your Way to Healthy Hair

A super snack, cashews are packed with zinc, iron, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Selenium and Iron all good for your hair, skin and nails. The copper in cashew nut oil aids in producing melanin, a critical skin and hair pigment providing rich color and smooth texture. A handful of cashews is easy munching but if you want to make it more interesting try some of these easy recipes. In a pinch throw them in salads, Chinese cooking and noodles.

Honey Roasted Cashews
Preheat oven to 350, Line baking sheet with foil, Combine 2.5 tablespoons honey with 1 tablespoon unsalted butter and microwave 30 seconds, Combine 4 cups cashews with honey mixture and spread on baking sheet, Bake 5 minutes, Remove from oven and stir up nuts, Reheat another 3-5 minutes, Remove from oven and immediately push into a mound, Sprinkle granulated sugar over nuts. Add salt.

Cashew Cream Cheese
Soften cashews by soaking overnight in water.  Drain and blend with lemon juice, splash of water and salt.

Cashew Salsa
Roast a handful of cashews, chop them up and add them to your favorite salsa.

27.    Treat Your Hair, Your Tummy and Your Soul

Dark Chocolate in your tummy or applied to your hair promotes shine and growth. Filled with copper, iron and zinc, dark chocolate promotes cell growth and increased blood flow to the scalp making for healthier hair and just tastes so yummy. Mixed with some honey and yogurt and left on hair for about an hour then rinsed with cold water makes for great shine.

No need for recipes here as dark chocolate is perfect just as it is.

28.    Beans, Beans, Beans the More You Eat…..the Healthier Your Hair!

Boasting Biotin, Zinc, Magnesium, Sulfur, Folic Acid and Vitamin B6, the glorious little bean helps with hair growth. Try to eat daily or go for 3 cups a week if possible. Canned or fresh, hot or cold and just about any kind they pack a big punch when incorporated into your diet.

For a quick dose of this healthy legume open a can of black, pinto, white, kidney beans or a mix and add to your favorite salads, soups, stews, dips, salsas, chili, tacos and nachos.

29.    Not Hungry? Put These Foods On Your Hair!

  • Olive Oil: Add Moisture
  • Avocado: Add Shine
  • Coconut Oil: Treat Split Ends
  • Cornstarch: Remove Grease
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Remove Product Buildup
  • Champagne: Highlight Your Highlights
  • Ketchup: Brighten Blondes
  • Teas: Boost Brunettes
  • Mayonnaise: Soften Your Locks
  • Yoghurt: Help Grow

30.    Nail Health…Overall Health

Not many of us think too much about the health of our nails. With regular manis and pedis they look good but may not be healthy. But it’s not just looks that matter as weak brittle nails may mean basic health issues. So, eat these foods for your nails and your health.

  • Fish: Salmon
  • Fruits: Blueberries, strawberries & bananas
  • Vegetables: Spinach, broccoli & kale/Carrots, tomatoes & bell peppers
  • Lean Meats: Chicken, turkey & beef
  • Nuts/Seeds: Almonds & sunflower seeds
  • Beans: Lima beans
  • Grains: Brown rice & oatmeal


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