Who needs Botox when you have bananas? That’s right: You can use a banana as an all-natural, homemade facial mask that moisturizes your skin and leaves it looking and feeling softer. Mash up a medium-sized ripe banana into a smooth paste, then gently apply it to your face and neck. Let it set for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water. Another popular mask recipe calls for 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 medium banana.
Using vinegar as a skin toner dates back to the time of Helen of Troy, and it’s just as effective today. After you wash your face, mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 2 cups water as a finishing rinse to cleanse and tighten your skin. You can also create a homemade facial mask by mixing 1/4 cup cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water. Gently apply the solution to your face and let it dry.
Here’s another way to give yourself a fancy spa facial at home. Make a mask by mixing 1/4 cup powdered milk with enough water to form a thick paste. Thoroughly coat your face with the mixture, let dry completely, then rinse with warm water. Your face will feel fresh and rejuvenated.
If you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up that will leave you feeling and looking better, give yourself an oatmeal facial. Combine 1/2 cup hot—not boiling—water and 1/3 cup oatmeal. After the water and oatmeal have settled for two or three minutes, mix in 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 small egg white. Apply a thin layer of the mask to your face, and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water. (Be sure to place a metal or plastic strainer in your sink to avoid clogging the drain with the granules.)
You don’t have to go to a spa to give your face a quick assist. To cleanse your skin and tighten the pores, slather some plain yogurt on your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes. For a revitalizing facial mask, mix 1 teaspoon plain yogurt with the juice from 1/4 slice of orange, some of the orange pulp, and 1 teaspoon aloe. Leave the mixture on your face for at least five minutes before rinsing it off.
Create a facial that both exfoliates and moisturizes by mixing the juice from 1 lemon with 1/4 cup olive oil or sweet almond oil.
Avocado Foot Softener
Mix ingredients in a small bowl until a paste forms. Apply to feet, working the gritty paste into calluses and rough spots, and up and around the toes. Rinse with warm water and dry feet thoroughly. Repeat once or twice a week.
Mix ingredients in a bowl.
Apply mixture to skin and massage in a circular motion to ensure you're removing dead skin from your face. Rinse with warm water and press skin with a warm washcloth (my favorite part of a scrub).
Apply moisturizer to cleansed, scrubbed skin.
Strawberry Hand and Foot Exfoliant
Mix together all ingredients, massage into hands and feet, rinse and pat dry.
No-Nonsense Daily Scrub
Grind up oats and almonds separately, then combine well. Place a small amount, approximately 2 teaspoons, of scrub in your hand or a small dish. Add a bit of the liquid to the scrub and combine well, letting the oats absorb the liquid. Lightly scrub your face with the mixture, moving in an upward, circular fashion. Let the scrub dry for a few minutes, then lightly rinse with warm water, or rinse off immediately.
Tailor your scrub to your skin type by adding these ingredients:
Oily skin: 2 tablespoons fine sea salt, 2 tablespoons finely ground dried peppermint, and/or 5 drops of rosemary essential oil.
Dry skin: 2 tablespoons powdered milk (try to find full-fat, if you can), 2 tablespoons. finely ground dried calendula, and/or 5 drops Roman chamomile essential oil. If you have very dry skin, you might find more benefit from using full-fat cream as the liquid you use to wet the scrub.
Combination skin: 2 tablespoons cornmeal, 2 tablespoons finely ground dried chamomile, and/or 5 drops lavender essential oil.
Rose water Lavender gel cleanser.
Rose water and lavender sooth and antibacterialise the skin. The vegetable glycerine softens the skin the aloe vera gel rehydrates the skin leaving you feeling moisturised and fresh.
60ml Rose water
60ml Vegetable glycerine
60ml Aloe vera Gel
10 drops lavender essential oil.
Mix all the ingredients into a bottle and shake well.
To use the cleanser dampen you skin with warm water and gently massage the gel onto the desired areas.
Rose, Calendula and Chamomile Milk Cleanser.
Rosehips and bring cell stimulation and collagen synthesis. Contains powerful antioxidant vitamin C. While the almond milk sooths and nourishes the skin.
250ml Almond milk
1 tbsp Dried Calendula flowers
1 Tbsp Dried Chamomile flowers
1Tbsp Dried Rosehips
Combine all the ingredients in a glass jar and steep mixture overnight in the refrigerator. Strain and rebottle. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
To use dampen your face with warm water. Soak a cotton cosmetic pad in the cleanser and gently wipe your face.
Elderflower, Calendula, Chamomile Gel Cleanser
Witch hazel is very astringent and good for drying our problem areas.
60ml Distilled which hazel
60ml Rose water
1 tsp Dried Calendula
1tsp dried Elder flowers
60ml vegetable glycerine.
Steep herbs in witch hazel and rose water in a covered glass jar for one week. Strain and pour into a clean bottle then add the glycerine and shake.
To use gently dampen skin with warm water and gently massage lotion into skin and rinse with tepid water.
Poor opening facial sauna.
2.5 litres of Water
2 Tbsp driedCalendula
2 Tbsp dried Chamomile
2 Tbsp dried Rose Petals
Bring the water and the herbs to a boil in a large covered pot. Remove from heat and allow the herbs to steep in the water for 5 minutes.
Place the pot on the table and, remove the lid, and make a towel tent over your head and the steaming pot of herbs. Stay under the tent for 10 minutes taking care not to bur your face. Finish by rinsing in warm water and applying your facial mask, toner and moisturiser.
Quick facial sauna
Following on from the last sauna instructional I realised people don’t always have time to do this. So here’s two sauna ideas for people on the go.
Pour 1 litre of boiling water over one teabag of Chamomile and one teabag of Peppermint in a large heatproof bowl. Let it steep for 2 minutes uncovered and thenmake a towl tent over your head and the herbal sauna. Stay under the sauna for 5-10mins taking care not to urn yourself. You can add your favourite essential oils to this as well for added benefits.
Aromatherapy Hot towel treatment
When you don’t have time for a facial sauna, try this quick cleansing and revitalising treatment.
Begin by washing your face as usual.
Add 2 drops of geranium essential oil to a basin of hot water.
Soak a wash cloth in the scented hot water, wring it out and apply it to your face until cold. Repeat as much as you like or time allows for.