Thursday, May 9, 2013

Homemade Face Mask and Scrub Recipes

Looking for some inexpensive mother's day gift ideas?  Or just some easy, at-home ways to relax?  Try these!

Avocado Facial mask
Avocados make a moisturizing mask that's nourishing for dry or sun-exposed skin.

-1 avocado, peeled and seeded
-2 tsp. sweet almond oil or virgin olive oil

1.  Mash avocado and add oil.
2.  Apply mixture to face and leave on 15 to 20 minutes.
3.  Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with towel.

Salt Glow
Salt scrubs are among my favorite home spa treatments. This one leaves your skin soft and glowing.

-1/4 cup coarse salt (sea salt or kosher salt)
-2 Tbsp. virgin olive oil
-3-4 Tbsp. lemon juice

1.  Mix salt and oil.
2.  Add lemon juice.
3.  Massage into skin while you shower.
4.  Rinse, pat dry and apply a natural moisturizer.

Gentle Oatmeal Mask
This is a good face mask for oily skin. The recipe makes enough for one treatment and should be applied as soon as it's mixed.

- 1 Tbsp. honey (runny)
- 1 egg yolk
- 4 Tbsp. fine oatmeal

1.  Mix honey and egg yolk together in a small bowl.
2.  Slowly stir in enough oatmeal to make a soft paste.
3.  Smooth mask across face and neck and keep on for 15 minutes.
4.  Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry with towel.

Eye Brighteners
Place a slice of cucumber over each eye. Lie back and relax for 15 minutes while cucumber tones and soothes skin around the eyes. 

Take two tea bags and make tea. Gently squeeze out the brewed tea bag and let cool. Place one slightly damp bag over each eye. Chamomile is good for tired eyes, while Indian tea (such as Darjeeling), an astringent, will firm the skin.

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