Do it yourself facials. Skincare projects to do at home using basic kitchen ingredients.
Winter is a great time to get a professional facial by your favorite esthetician. The benefit of going to the salon or spa for a treatment is that you can talk through your skin issues with an expert and tailor your treatments together. Plus it’s wonderful to support a small business owner!
However since many of us are on a stay at home order, services like a soothing facial mask by your favorite esthetician may not be available. So we need to get a little creative with our skincare and pamper ourselves at home.
Hormone fluctuations, maskne, stress and anxiety all play out on your skin and fortunately there are solutions that don't require much time to practice a little self care while also creating a fun little skin care activity as you shelter at home.
Look no further than your kitchen pantry and refrigerator for whipping up face masks at home.
Here’s a sampling of ingredients to use and their benefits:
Cucumbers - cooling, soothing and healing.
Avocados - rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E and oil, and are great for restoring moisture.
Honey - hydrating, toning and tightening.
Papaya - contains papain, a protein-digesting enzyme that dissolves dead skin cells.
Egg whites - tighten and tone skin.
Yogurt - contains natural lactic acid, helps exfoliate skin and softens skin.
Olive oil - contains antioxidants that fight free-radical damage, squalene which is extremely hydrating, and has been used for centuries to moisturize and condition hair, eyebrows and eyelashes, as well as the skin.
Herbs, teas and spices - including turmeric, cinnamon and green tea added in different combinations add a variety of effects.
Coffee grounds - used gently in moderation to create facial scrubs.
It’s fairly easy to do, just blend ingredients together to form a paste and apply to skin. We recommend you do a skin patch test first to make sure your skin likes it before you proceed. Leave on skin for 10-15 minutes depending on your skin’s sensitivity.
Here’s a handful of easy, two ingredient recipes to try out and whip up a facial mask in the comfort of your kitchen:
For glowing skin:
2 tbsp yogurt + 2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp coconut oil + 1/4 tsp Turmeric
To clear maskne:
2 tbsp honey + 1/4 tsp cinnamon
To clear skin:
2 tbsp honey + 1 tbsp lemon juice
To clear blackheads:
1 tbsp egg white + 1 tsp lemon juice
To brighten and exfoliate:
2 tbsp honey + 2 tbsp coffee grounds
To brighten and firm:
2 tbsp coconut milk + 1 tbsp tomato juice
Wash off with a gentle face soap and finish with a few splashes of cool water.
Follow up your DIY at home facial mask with a good moisturizer and a broad spectrum, mineral sunscreen because skin needs UV protection year round. Believe it, UV rays do penetrate and project several feet through the windows in our homes and car windows. Winter is when your skin is fragile due to the weather and more vulnerable to damage so don't shelve your sun protection routine.
The entire process should take 20-30 minutes max, and the fun is in customizing your own facial mask. Have a favorite recipe for making an at home facial mask? Please share in the comments!
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