Home-made beauty tips do not replace high-tech anti-wrinkle serums, but are a way to feel and look good without spending hundreds of dollars. Some home-beauty tips are just quick fixes to help anyone look great. Fans of natural beauty will find that using home-made products lessens your exposure to some of the chemicals contained in store-bought cosmetics products.
Use items you have in the home to make quick facial beauty treatments to brighten up your day. Use honey as a quick face mask for troubled skin. Honey’s soothing and anti-bacterial properties make it a good treatment for sensitive or blemish-prone skin. Use cucumber slices, straight from the fridge, to decongest and de-puff tired eyes. The cooling and hydrating effects of cucumber make eyes feel lifted and look brighter. A cooled solution of pure chamomile tea soothes irritated skin.
Making your own oil cleanser or pre-facial treatment is as easy as mixing a few drops of essential oil into your favorite base oil. Choose from olive, jojoba or almond oil for a smooth cleanse that is easy to wash off. Refreshing essential oils include tangerine, tea-tree and lavender. Massage the cleanser into skin and then remove with a hot cloth. Add a pinch of oatmeal for a gentle exfoliating effect. Combine soothing and moisturizing ingredients such as mashed banana, avocado, live yogurt, grated cucumber and honey to make a hydrating face mask that will smooth and plump skin in minutes.
Pressure Point Massage
Learning facial massages that you can do at home provides a great way to relax, as well as invigorating your skin. Devotees of facial massage also believe that this stimulates facial muscles, leading to a more youthful and rested appearance. You can give yourself a quick pressure point treatment using the above facial aromatherapy massage oil. Smooth your forehead in strips from the brows to the hairline, press your fingertips softly around the eye sockets and gently massage the temples. Use all your fingers to apply pressure to the cheekbones, gently massaging your face outwards. Massage the whole of your ears using your thumb and forefinger.
Spa facial treatments are designed for relaxation as well as to treat your skin. Create a relaxing spa feel when indulging in your own home treatments, so you get the full benefits and enjoyment. Light candles or incense, drink a soothing cup of herbal tea and do your treatment in a quiet, clean space.
According to Daniele Ryman in “Aromatherapy,” the correct ratio of essential oil to base oil for facial products is up to 1 drop of essential oil in 5 ml of carrier oil. Essential oils are therapeutic but extremely potent, so never use these undiluted on the skin.
Be careful of mixing up complicated facial treatments if you have sensitive skin, and for home-preparations just stick to a few ingredients that you know you are not allergic to. When doing home-facials, do not forget to use product on the neck and décolleté areas, as would happen if you were having a professional facial. Avoid the eye area with all home beauty treatments.