Many people enjoy having a facial, but not everyone enjoys paying a spa $100 and up to get one, especially when money is tight. Many times the facials you get at a Spa are as simple as the ones we have listed, but you can do them at home for $5 or less.
Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
Natural enzymes in pumpkin help to peel away (exfoliate) dead cells, revealing smoother and brighter skin. Pumpkin facial products can cost up to $80, but this quick and easy mask can be created in your own kitchen with leftovers from parties and other celebrations. This mask is a great clarifying treatment for those with oily and combination skin types.
1/4c Pumpkin Purée
1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tsp Grated Fresh Ginger
3 Tsp Honey
Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Lightly massage onto clean, dry skin and let the mask sit for 5 -10 minutes. Rinse the skin with lukewarm water and pat the skin dry.
Matcha Green Tea Facial Mask
Matcha Green Tea Mask is appropriate for all skin types, but especially effective for those with mature and aging skin. Matcha (green tea) powder is full of powerful antioxidants and can be found online or at an Asian specialty store. As an alternative to Matcha powder, cut open a few natural green tea bags (beware of additives and flavored green teas). Silken tofu adds a silky texture while hydrating and soothing the skin. Honey and lemon exfoliate and brighten the complexion.
2 Tbsp Matcha (green tea) Powder
1/3 Cup Soft Silken Tofu
1 Tbsp Honey
Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
Use paper towels or a fine cheesecloth to squeeze excess moisture from the tofu. The resulting texture will resemble a moist feta cheese. Mix the ingredients together in a non-reactive bowl. Apply to clean, dry skin on the face, neck and décolleté areas. Leave the mask on for 10 - 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water, pat your skin dry, and apply your favorite moisturizer.
Hydrating Oatmeal Body Mask
Oatmeal is the perfect natural remedy for dry and itchy skin. This mask is a favorite for dry climates and during the winter season. It soothes and hydrates the skin.
1c prepared plain oatmeal (leftover from the breakfast pot is perfect)
1/2c whole milk (please do not substitute skim)
3 tbsp honey
After cleansing your body, restart your shower or bath water on hot and close the bathroom door to collect steam. Combine the oatmeal, whole milk and honey in a food processor and purée until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and microwave for 30 – 60 seconds, until warm, but not scorching. You may now stir in a few drops of your favorite essential oil for added aromatherapy (optional). Return to your bathroom with the heated mask. Massage the mask into your skin in the steam-filled bathroom and let it sit for up to 10 – 15 minutes. Lower the water temperature to warm, and rinse off. Lightly towel dry and immediately apply your favorite moisturizer.