So you want to give your skin the gift of amazing skincare, but don't quite have all the products for all the steps in your beauty regime? No worries, a quick trip to the kitchen will yield you some fantastic skincare! Try these recipes for specific skin types and see the difference some TLC can make in your gorgeous glow!
Try this cleanser from The Spa Dr for it's anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties:
Chamomile Oat Cleanser
1/4 cup organic oat flour, or organic oats processed into flour (use gluten free if possible)
1 organic chamomile tea bag
3/4 cup hot distilled water
If needed use food processor to grind oats into a flour.
Steep tea in hot water for 3 - 5 minutes
Stir tea and oats together to make a paste. Wet face with warm water and then gently massage the cleanser over your face, avoiding eye area. Rinse with water, refrigerate leftovers and use within 2 days
Here is an exfoliant from SioBeauty using the lactic acid in milk to remove dead skin cells, and the oatmeal soothes and softens skin while cinnamon detoxifies and fights free radical damage:
Milk and Oatmeal Lactic Acid Exfoliating Mask
1 T oatmeal flour or oats finely ground
2 T organic milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Mix ingredients till smooth, massage onto face and let sit for 15 - 20 minutes. When rinsing off, exfoliate further by rubbing in a circular motion.
Try this toner from The Spa Dr if you have sensitive or inflamed skin. The apple cider vinegar helps brighten and tone:
Brightening Rice Water Toner
1/2 cup cooked organic brown rice
1/2 cup warm distilled water
3 T apple cider vinegar (optional)
In small bowl, combine rice with enough water to cover it. Stir and set aside for 10 minutes or until water turns cloudy. Strain rice, saving water and add apple cider vinegar to rice water and allow to cool. Pat on face with fingertips or spritz on. Refrigerate unused portion up to 3 days.
This mask from Naomi Whittel is excellent for acne prone skin. It removes excess oils while reducing inflammation. The yogurt and raw honey help rebalance the skin's microbiome:
Mask for Acne Prone Skin
1 T bentonite clay
1 T of rosemary and thyme tea or 1 drop BOTH rosemary and thyme essential oils
1 T yogurt
1 T raw honey
4 drops lavender essential oil
1 drop tea tree oil
How to make rosemary and thyme tea. Steep 1/4 tsp dried rosemary and 1/4 tsp dried thyme in 1/4 cup of water for 4 minutes. Feel free to use what is left in another cup of tea or just drink it for a quick shot of extra polyphenols.
In small bowl combine all ingredients until thoroughly combined. Apply evenly on face and leave on for 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Makes up to 4 applications, store in fridge up to 4 days.
Here is a great hydrating mask, the aloe deeply hydrates while the cucumber infuses nutrients and soothes inflamed skin. Honey balances the microbiome and naturally nourishes the skin and helps it hold the hydration:
Cucumber Aloe Honey Hydration Mask
1/2 cucumber sliced and mashed
2 T aloe vera gel
1 T raw honey
Blend cucumber if needed. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix till thoroughly combined. Massage onto skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
So no excuses to give your skin that extra boost it needs. Check out how to do a mini facial at home, and give some of these recipes a try. Let me know how they work for you!
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