I am addicted to beauty products. However, special treatments don’t always work into my budget and it seems silly to splurge on items I can easily make at home. So, save a few bucks and try making your own body products.
Here a few at home spa recipes that I use when I need a pick me up.
1. Brown Sugar Scrub
Use to exfoliate in the shower. This scrub will give you a natural glow and smooth skin.
1 C Brown Sugar
¼ C Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Honey
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 Tsp Vitamin E Oil
Combine all ingredients. Place in sealed container. Will keep for one month.
2. Oatmeal Face Mask
The soothing properties of oatmeal are well known. When combined with milk and honey, this is a special treatment for your face.
¼ C Oatmeal (Grind in blender)
½ C Milk
1 Tbsp Honey
Combine. Keep on face 15 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
3. Banana Hair Mask
This hair mask will not only leave your hair smelling great, but silky and soft as well.
¼ C Mayonnaise
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Blend until banana is completely pureed. Slather on hair. Leave for 15 minutes. Rinse completely. Wash and style as usual.
4. Beer Hair Rinse
Usually, there is nothing appealing about warm flat beer. However, the hops in beer add body and bounce to your hair. Just make sure the beer is flat and room temperature.
½ bottle flat beer
Shampoo as usual then rinse hair with flat warm beer. Rinse hair with lukewarm water.
5. Olive Oil Cuticle Treatment
Cracked cuticles are easily remedied by soaking them for up to thirty minutes in pure olive oil.
6. Steam Facials
Nothing opens up clogged pores like steam. When combined with other ingredients, the steam can add even further benefits.
Bring water to a high enough temperature to produce steam and then remove from the heat.
Pour water into a bowl. Drape a towel over your head and tent over the bowl (five minutes).
Other elements to add (after heating water) to various effects are: Lemon or mint (oily), chamomile (sensitive) or rosemary (dry).
7. Egg White Mask
Egg whites are a great astringent and perfect remedy for acne. The egg whites alone will do a wonderful job of tightening your skin, but you can also feel free to add a couple of drops of lemon juice (oily) or a tsp of honey (soothing) to shake things up.
2 eggs – separated
Whisk eggs until frothy, paint on face and let dry. Rinse with cool water.
8. Milk & Honey Bath
Treat yourself like Cleopatra and indulge in a milk and honey bath. Milk smoothes the skin, while honey moisturizes it.
2 C Milk (Powdered milk will also work, just follow package instructions)
1 C Honey
Any desired herbs (lavender, chamomile, etc.)
Heat milk 1 ½ minutes, combine honey. Draw warm bath. Add ingredients and soak.
9. Orange Halves
Nothing exfoliates and refreshes tired elbows, knees and heels like citrus. Lemon will also work well for this treatment, but I personally like the smell of the oranges better.
Cut one orange in half and rub on elbows, knees and heels until gone.
Lastly, here are a few at home eye soothers for you to try:
Cucumber slices – tried and true, cucumber slices are the best bet for puffy, tired eyes.
Chamomile tea bags – Steep tea as directed. Place warm bags over eyelids.
Cold spoons – In a pinch, cold spoons will do the trick. Place spoons in a glass of ice water for ten minutes and then place on eyes.