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Spa-At-Home: Homemade Facials & Face Mask Recipes
Facial masks should be an integral part of every woman's beauty regime. Not only do they replenish our skin, but they force us, in an unobtrusive way, to take time for ourselves and relax; after all, it's impossible to get much of anything done with a layer of creamy goodness slathered over your face, and cucumbers over your eyes.
But why get dressed up and go out to a salon, when you can get the same benefits, and remain comfortable in your own space? The answer is: there is no reason. Below I've included recipes for my favorite at-home face masks. Each provides unique benefits, but all are quick and easy to blend up at home, with ingredients you use every day. Hey, you can even make yourself a smoothie while you're at it.
Nourish: Banana-Avacado Mask
- 1/2 over-ripe banana
- 1/2 over-ripe avacado
- 2 Tbsp unflavored full-fat yogurt
- 1 tsp olive oil
Mash banana and avacado, combine with other ingredients, and mix well. Apply liberally to face and neck. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Exfoliate: Tomato-Lemon Mask
- 1 over-ripe tomato
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp instant oatmeal
Put all ingredients in blender, puree until smooth. Apply to face, let soak 20 minutes, rinse with warm water.
Tighten: Peach Mask
- 1 ripe peach
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp unflavored full-fat yogurt
Peel and pit the peach. Blend together with egg white and yogurt until smooth. Pat gently onto face. Leave on 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Smooth: Honey-Almond Mask
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 tsp almond oil
- 1 Tbsp yogurt
Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Apply layer to face, leave on 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, gently wipe residue with a damp cloth.
Refresh: Cucumber-Parsley Mask
- 1 Tbsp unflavored full-fat yogurt
- 1 Tbsp chopped cucumber
- 1 Tbsp fresh parsley
Puree cucumber and parsley until smooth. Add yogurt and mix well. Apply mixture to skin, let sit 15-20 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Reduce Oil: Yeast-Yogurt Mask
- 1 tsp brewer's yeast
- 2 Tbsp unflavored full-fat yogurt
Mix enough yogurt into the yeast to make a thin paste. Pat gently onto oily areas and allow to dry. Leave on no longer than 20 minutes. Rinse first with warm water, then cold. Blot dry.
Moisturize: Chocolate Mask
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp heavy cream
- 1 tsp cottage cheese
- 4 tsp honey
- 1 tsp oatmeal
Mix all ingredients in blender. Smooth onto face. Let sit 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Note: Make sure to follow all masks with an oil-free moisturizer. Each person has individual allergies and tolerances, so make sure to test mixture on a section of your arm or leg to make sure you do not have an adverse reactions to the ingredients before applying to entire face.
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