Unlike most of my friends, I hate getting any type of “spa” treatments at a spa or salon: it actually stresses me out!
A couple of years ago my husband treated me to a full body chocolate wrap, facial and massage at a local (very nice and expensive, I might add) spa. When we met up later that evening he expected me to be relaxed, rejuvenated and thrilled…I did thank him (it was a really sweet thing to do) but later told him that in the future, it was something I really wouldn’t want to do again.
I liked the benefits but the whole time I was laying in the darkened room with the tranquil music playing, all I could think about was "how long is this going to take," and "I could be doing something more productive!" And even though it was a gift, I could think of a hundred other things the money he paid for it could have been spent on. So now when I want to "treat myself," I do it at home…it’s cheap, effective and I can work around the house while I’m doing a beauty treatment. (It’s hard for me to relax when I’m not busy! Pulling weeds is what relaxes me.)
Here are a few facial masks you can try at home that are cheap, don’t take a lot of time, are natural and the best thing…they work.
Mash the banana and avocado, combine with the yogurt and olive oil and mix well. Apply liberally to face and neck. Leave on for 20-30 minutes and rinse with warm water. *When I made this, it actually was enough for two applications. It kept in the fridge for two days. You could half the recipe for one application if you wanted. And I used a warm washcloth to get the remainder of the mask off.
Put all ingredients in a blender, puree until smooth. Apply to face and leave on for 20 minutes, rinse with warm water. *This also was enough for two applications and the remainder kept in the fridge for three days before I used it again. And I needed a warm washcloth to get the rest of the mask off my face. I liked this but still prefer a simple olive oil and sugar mix for exfoliating.
Peel and pit the peach. Blend together with egg white and yogurt until smooth. Pat gently on face and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water. *I did not try this because peaches are not in season yet.
Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Apply a layer to your face and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and then remove the residue with a warm washcloth.
Mix enough of the yogurt into the yeast to make a thin paste. Pat gently onto oily areas and allow to dry. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse first with warm water, then cold. Blot dry. *I didn’t try this because my skin is dry.
Brew the green tea, steep and then chill. Add cucumber slices to the tea and refrigerate until cool. Place soaked cucumber slices over eyes for 10 minutes. *Loved this! Took the puffiness out and was refreshing!
To get the most benefits when using masks-You can use whatever beauty products you use for the following or try some of my cheap and easy tips.