Homemade spa facial masks

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 spa. When we met up later that evening he expected me to be relaxed, rejuvenated and thrilled…I did thank him, 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 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.

Nourishing Banana-Avocado Mask

1/2 over-ripe banana
1/2 over-ripe avocado
2 tablespoons unflavored full-fat yogurt
1 teaspoon olive oil

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 halve the recipe for one application if you wanted. And I used a warm washcloth to get the remainder of the mask off.

Exfoliating Tomato-Lemon Mask

1 over-ripe tomato
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp instant oatmeal

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 I kept the remainder 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.

Tightening Peach Mask

1 over-ripe peach
1 egg white
2 tablespoons unflavored full-fat yogurt
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.
Smoothing Honey-Almond Mask -
1 tablespoon honey 1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon almond oil
1 tablespoon unflavored full-fat yogurt

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.

Oil Reducing Yeast-Yogurt Mask

1 teaspoon Brewer’s Yeast
2 tablespoons unflavored full-fat yogurt

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.

For puffy eyes…

1 green tea bag
cucumber slices

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!

The Keys to A Successful Mask

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.

  • Cleanse your skin (I love using olive oil for this)
  • Exfoliate (I put a thin layer of olive oil on my face and then gently rub sugar all over it and rinse…LOVE this!)
  • Steam (A safe, easy and effective way to do this is to simply run hot water over a washcloth, squeeze out the water and lay the washcloth over your face until it’s cool.)
  • Mask (Use whichever mask bet suits your needs.)
  • Moisturize (With your moisturizer of choice.)

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