For centuries women all across the world have sought ways to keep their skin young, healthy and vibrant. Millions of dollars are spent on commercially developed over-the-counter products each year. Did you know that you have a virtual spa located right in your very own kitchen and pantry? It's true. And what you don't have on hand can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of most any over-the-counter skin care product.
Tour of your kitchen and pantry for the ingredients you will use for your "at-home-spa facial treatments." In your refrigerator are things like lemons, oranges, pineapple, milk, eggs and cucumbers. In the pantry are corn starch, almonds, oatmeal (not instant), avocado, olive oil, powdered milk and honey. Other ingredients you should have on hand are filtered or spring water, vinegar and tea bags. From the medicine cabinet, grab witch hazel and 100 percent pure aloe vera gel.
Some ingredients you may need to purchase, but they are readily available at any larger grocery store. Buttermilk powder, yogurt powder and lavender oil are not essential ingredients, but you might like to treat yourself once you have mastered two or three recipes. There is a whole world of natural home treatments out there waiting to be explored.
Home facials are not complicated, but they require some basic common sense and knowledge of your own skin. You don't want to over moisturize if your skin is oily, nor do you want to dry out already dry skin. Is your skin sagging? Do you have bags under your eyes? Once you know your face and skin type, you are ready to chose ingredients that will work for you. You can be creative. Learning which ingredients do what gives you the power to mix and match, allowing you to personalize your skin care.
Oranges, lemon and pineapple contain vitamin C and have enzymes to soften skin, purify pores and are natural astringents. For dry skin, use olive oil and avocado; avocado is also a great source of vitamin E. Milk cleanses and doesn't rob the skin of its natural oils. It is also good to cool sunburn when no aloe is available. Yogurt is a cleanser and bleaches the skin to diminish blemishes. For puffy eyes and wrinkles, use cucumber slices and witch hazel. Add egg whites for normal or oily skin and yolks for dry to any mask or scrub for extra conditioning.
To moisturize and tone at the same time try lemon, avocado and honey. To exfoliate and soothe, witch hazel, milk and oatmeal create a luxurious wash. This is where you get to be creative and personalize how you pamper your skin. Adding more or less of one or more ingredients allows you to adjust the consistency and texture of the mixture. To achieve a mask or scrub mix a thicker batch, for a wash or toner mix it loose.
Don't over complicate it. Mix two or three ingredients together for application first, then move onto another mixture of two or three. Break it up into steps: exfoliate, cleanse, tone, soothe and revive.
Since everything you'll be mixing is made from nature and comes right from your kitchen, there is no need to buy special bowls or utensils. It is important to make sure the bowls and utensils are clean as to ensure bacteria from other foods are not transferred to your skin.
Prepare the necessary items accordingly before mixing anything and keep them in separate containers in your work area. There are no exact rules or science to mixing ingredients, but the key is to have everything mashed, strained, poured, whipped and set out before you begin. In this way, you will be organized and make less of a mess.
A rule of thumb is to mix together any thicker items first and then slowly incorporate the liquid or more fluid items. Add dry ingredients last. An example would be combining avocado and yogurt, mixing thoroughly, then adding in a beaten egg white, saving dry oatmeal for last. You just made a cleansing moisturizer mask. As long as you follow those basic rules, you will never go wrong and your skin will love you for it. Don't be afraid to experiment to find what works best for you.
Most mixtures will last one or two days in the refrigerator, but it is a good idea to make only what you need and discard any leftovers.