By Divine Caroline
Many of us would love to be able to make it to the spa every weekend, but few of us have the time or money to do so. Instead, we buy masks, scrubs, and peels designed to recreate the spa experience at home. My experience with these products, however, is that they tend to pile up in my bathroom cabinets, either because I forget I have them, or because I use them once and realize their claims of spa worthiness are full of purified hot air.
A simpler way to go about recreating spa essentials is to make your own from ingredients readily accessible in most kitchen cabinets. These easy, inexpensive, and natural concoctions can be made to order. The leftovers won’t linger – they’re edible (at least the raw ingredients are), and you’ll slough, scrub, and tone everything but your wallet.
Egg Yolk Acne Buster
Who says having egg on your face is a bad thing? Yolks are high in Vitamin A, which may help the skin cells rejuvenate. I used this back when I was acne prone (…okay, maybe I still am).
Separate egg white from yolk. Spread yolk over face and allow to dry. Wash off with cool water and follow with a toner.
Toning Veggie Mask
Avocados are rich in Vitamin E, carrots high in Vitamin A, and cream feels like silk on the skin.
One avocado, mashed
One cooked carrot, mashed
1/2 cup heavy cream
One egg, beaten
3 tablespoons honey
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Spread over face and leave on ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
Oatmeal Cream Facial Mask
A soothing mask that will help moisturize and calm skin.
1/2 cup plain instant oatmeal
1/8 cup honey
One egg white
2 tablespoons cream
Crush oats with back of spoon, or give them a give whirl in a blender until they are crushed into small pieces. Mix in honey, egg white, and cream. Massage into face and allow to dry. Rinse off with a mild cleanser.
Grapefruit Ginger Body Scrub
I love the smell of invigorating grapefruit. Not only will this scrub polish your rough spots, it’ll wake you up!
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sea salt or Epsom salts
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon ground almond pieces
4 tablespoons grapefruit juice
2 teaspoons freshly ground ginger
Mix all the ingredients in a Tupperware or large stainless steel bowl. While standing in shower or bathtub, scrub backs of arms, legs, and rough spots with body polish. Rinse off with warm water.
Herbal Mint Steam Clean
When your face is hanging over a steaming bowl of water, there’s really no other choice but to relax. This is like taking tea for your face.
One chamomile tea bag
One green tea bag
Two springs of lavender
Two sprigs of mint
3 cups water
Boil water in a tea kettle. Rip open tea bags and place contents in large bowl with lavender and mint. Pour in boiling water and lean face over bowl, covering head with a towel.
Now eat all the leftovers!
For some great homemade recipes for body soaks and hair therapy, see Do-It-Yourself Spa.
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