Treat yourself to some at-home spa tips that will
leave you and your wallet happy.
BY ERIN JONES, FW Writer
Not many people would think to look in their own kitchen for ingredients to make their own at home face mask or hand treatments. But some of the best kept beauty secrets are sitting in your cupboard or refrigerator. We here at FW believe that all women (and men!) deserve to be pampered, even if your wallet doesn’t allow it! So, here are some spa treatment recipes that you can do at home to tide you over until you can finally afford that much needed spa getaway.
Sensitive Skin Cucumber Mask
This mask is perfect for sensitive skin. Chill it in your fridge before use to make it especially soothing.
1 tablespoon brewer’s yeast
1 tablespoon finely ground oatmeal
1 whole cucumber
2 tablespoons plain yogurt or sour cream
1 teaspoon honey
Mix together the yeast and oats in a small bowl and set aside. Peel the cucumber and place it in a small food processor and process until only liquid remains. Add the yogurt and honey and process further to mix.
Add the brewer’s yeast and oats to the cucumber/honey mixture and process to mix fully. To use, apply to clean face and neck skin and leave on for anywhere from 15 minutes to a half hour. Rinse well and follow with toner and moisturizer.
Avocado Hand And Foot Treatment
Mix together 1/4 to 1/2 mashed fresh avocado, 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of rice bran, and 10 drops of oil of evening primrose.
Gently massage this treatment onto your hands and feet, and leave in place for 20 minutes. Rinse.
This natural treatment will revive your dry, wrinkled and rough hands, feet, elbows and knees. The avocado and egg nourish the skin with proteins and oils; the rice bran exfoliates dead skin cells; the oil of evening primrose contains precious gamma linolenic acids, essential for healthy hair, skin and nails.
Consider purchasing a small jar of Oil of Evening Primrose capsules from your health food store. Open one, and voila…you have the ingredient for this recipe.
Beer Hair Rinse
1 oz distilled or clean catch rain water
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
7 drops lemon essential oil
1 ounce beer (stale works fine)
5 drops rosemary essential oil
5 drops calendula essential oil (optional, but
recommended for blondes)
Mix all ingredients together. Use as a final rinse, rinse well. Beer adds protein to make hair shiny and make it feel thicker.
All recipes are courtesy of www.spaindex.com