My sister moved to Portland from NYC almost a year ago. She was recruited for her dream job at Adidas, which thankfully makes her only a 2-hour flight from LA. As we’ve gotten older, my sister Katherine has become my best friend, my backbone, my cheerleader, and inspiration. I’ve watched her ambitious spirit achieve everything she has today, and she’s done it all with poise, grace and a positive attitude for whatever comes her way.
After dealing with an illness in the family, and a stressful couple of weeks of work, I welcomed her arrival with open arms. We did our SoulCycle class, brainstormed on creative ideas, indulged in the most decadent meals, and watched the worst Lifetime movies (one of our most favorite past times). Then we decided to bond over a few beers.
I’ve been hearing a lot of interesting things about beer and beauty and wanted to try this with Katherine in town. Beer contains vitamin B, hops, saccharides and yeast, which help dissolve dead cells and brightens up your skin. It also has a low pH, so for your hair, it can tighten your follicles, remove grease, provide volume and enhance shine. The yeast in beer is also a good source of protein, selenium, potassium, iron, zinc, and magnesium.
Sound too good to be true? We tested it out for ourselves in two brilliantly easy-to-use recipes.
Beer and Strawberry Face Scrub
Few drops of beer to make a paste
Mash the strawberries with a fork and add the beer until it makes a paste. Rub the paste over all of your face in a circular motion, and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse the mixture off, and follow up with a toner and moisturizer.
1 ½ cup of beer
1 cup of shampoo
Heat 1 ½ cup of beer in a saucepan and leave it to cool to room temperature. Mix it with 1 cup of mild shampoo. Then use it to wash your hair.
The overall result?
We both felt immediately rejuvenated and I felt like my skin looked brighter. Katherine didn’t have the same effect although she felt very refreshed. A few minutes later both of our skin seemed a bit dry so the follow-up with toner and moisturizer is a must. As for our beer shampoo– we already have thick Asian hair but we definitely felt an extra bounce that lasted the next few days. Plus we get the bragging rights of saying we washed our hair in beer—which to me was pretty sss-wheat.
Have you had fun with beer? We’d love to know. Please post your comments below. ; )