One thing us ladies love to do to show ourselves some TLC is have a facial done. However, not many of us have it in our budgets to visit the spa to get it done. Not only that, but sometimes, many of the facials or chemical peels available in some spas can be full of irritants that may bother our skin. So why not make your own facial solution with some items you already have at home? Not only will you save a lot of money, but you can make the process into a fun evening with your girlfriends, your kids, or even your hubby if he’s up to it.
Mixing your own facials at home is nothing to be scared of; you definitely don’t need any formal training. Here are some household items that you can use to make some great facials that will have you feeling refreshed and revitalized.
We all know honey is a great natural sweetener, perfect in tea and poured over waffles. But honey is one of the best things you can put on your skin. If you want to make a honey mask at home, be sure to search for the most pure honey. It may be a little bit more expensive, but nothing close to what you would spend at a spa. I always recommend getting a Manuka Honey, since it is pure and filled with great benefits for your skin.
All you need to do is take a teaspoon of honey and spread it over a clean face. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, and rinse with water. How simple is that?
One of the perks of honey is it’s a natural “humectant,” which means that it takes in the moisture around you and absorbs it deep into the skin. If you like this mask, consider looking into all of the other wonderful things it can do for your skin. It truly is a superfood!
You drink coffee to help wake you up and prepare you for the day; what’s to say it can’t help wake up your skin? The great thing about using coffee for a homemade mask is that you’ll see results right away, but using it consistently will strengthen your skin in the long term. The antioxidants in coffee will remove any toxins, while building a barrier on your face to protect from free radicals, which are agents that can lead to skin cancer. You can make a simple mask using only used coffee grounds.
Once you’ve finished your cup, take the used grounds and apply them to your face. If you continue to rub the coffee in, you’ll notice the dead skin cells fall away. Rinse, and then you’re done!
Another option for a coffee mask includes adding an egg white into the mix. Spread those ingredients together on your face and let it dry completely. Wash it off with warm water, and you’ll notice a brighter and softer complexion right away.
Apple cider vinegar has been used on the skin by women for hundreds of years. This type of vinegar, because of its unique process, features so many vitamins, healthy acids, and minerals that are guaranteed to improve the look and health of your skin. The acid contained in apple cider vinegar will help restore the pH balance in your face, leading to beautiful skin that looks nourished. Add equal parts water and apple cider vinegar and use it as a toner.
If you’re looking for a mask that can help get rid of blemishes, add some Roobis tea (easy to find in a grocery store) and rub it into your skin. Again, let it dry so your skin takes in all of the wonderful aspects of the vinegar. Wash it off, and admire your gorgeous new complexion!
Another mask to fight blemishes and improve the look of your skin has a few more ingredients to add, but you will find these in your home. Take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, and combine it with two teaspoons of cool green tea, five teaspoons of sugar in the raw, and a teaspoon of honey. Use a cotton pad to spread it on your face in soft, circular motions to remove any dirt or dead skin cells. Let it sit for about ten minutes, and then rinse it with water.
Lastly, we often see scenes in the movies of young girls sitting by the pool with cucumbers on their eyes. They may look silly, but cucumber does wonders for tired eyes! The reason that sitting cucumbers on your closed eyes works so well is because there are ingredients that actually lighten the skin very slightly, making dark circles disappear. There are also acids in cucumber that can reduce puffiness because when on the eyes, the acids interact with the water retention that causes that puffy look after a long night.
I hope you find some of these homemade masks helpful. Take some time out of your long day and treat yourself to one of these simple creations. You deserve it!