Desert cures for softer skin and hair!

From Aus­tralia to New Mex­ico, the world’s deserts are home to nour­ish­ing plants that hold the secrets to softer skin and hair! The agave plant’s sugar helps it sur­vive desert con­di­tions, and it works in a sim­i­lar way to at­tract mois­ture to dry hair,” say

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1Mois­tur­ize your with aloe!

com­plex­ion “Aloe plants are de­signed to en­dure dry desert en­vi­ron­ments, which is why they’re ex­cel­lent at hy­drat­ing skin with­out clog­ging pores,” says Naomi Whit­tel, au­thor of Glow15. She pairs gel from the suc­cu­lent with ton­ing egg white and an­tiox­i­dant-rich av­o­cado for a hy­drat­ing mask. ✤ Try it! Whisk 1 egg white un­til frothy. Add 2 Tbs. pure aloe vera gel and 2 Tbs. mashed av­o­cado. Smooth on clean skin. Re­lax 20 min­utes; rinse.

2Smooth with jo­joba!

The south­west­ern jo­joba plant con­tains squa­lene, a com­pound sim­i­lar to the oils in our skin that di­min­ish with age, Whit­tel says. Whipped into body but­ter, jo­joba soft­ens fast! ✤ Try it! Melt 2 oz. jo­joba oil, 2 oz. av­o­cado oil and 4 oz. shea but­ter in dou­ble boiler. Let cool; re­frig­er­ate 1 hour. Whip in mixer; trans­fer to lid­ded jar. Ap­ply to skin. Keeps 1 month, re­frig­er­ated.

Calm ir­ri­tated skin with dates!

Dates are more than just de­li­cious: The fruit of the desert palm tree has B vi­ta­mins, which strengthen skin’s nat­u­ral mois­ture bar­rier and shield against ir­ri­ta­tion. Pair dates with hy­drat­ing honey, yo­gurt and co­conut oil to lock in mois­ture! Try it! Blend 2 pit­ted dates, 2 Tbs. honey, 2 Tbs. yo­gurt and 2 Tbs. co­conut oil in food pro­ces­sor. Smooth over clean, dry skin. Re­lax 20 min­utes; rinse.

Hy­drate skin all day with cac­tus wa­ter!

Mix­ing an­tiox­i­dant-rich cac­tus wa­ter with sooth­ing cu­cum­ber juice and cir­cu­la­tion-boost­ing green tea re­freshes skin in­stantly. ✤ Try it! Blend 1/2 peeled cu­cum­ber un­til smooth. Strain into spray bot­tle; mix in 1 oz. brewed green tea and 4 oz. cac­tus wa­ter (at Ama­zon.com). Mist over face. Keeps 5 days, re­frig­er­ated.

✽ 5Re­pair cu­ti­cles with tea tree oil!

Sourced from Aus­tralia’s arid Out­back, tea tree oil is a po­tent an­tibac­te­rial that heals cracked cu­ti­cles, says Whit­tel— and adding mois­tur­iz­ing co­conut oil and vi­ta­min E helps re­pair brit­tle nails.

Try it! Com­bine 4 drops tea tree oil, 1 Tbs. jo­joba oil, 1 Tbs. melted co­conut oil and 5 drops vi­ta­min E oil in lid­ded jar. Mas­sage into cu­ti­cles and nails daily. Keeps 1 month.

6Re­hy­drate

dry hair with agave!

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