11/18/11: ReFresh Beauty Tips from the Pantry

Exfoliator & Facial Mask from the pantry

I love a facial as much as the next person, but sometimes I just want to skip the frilly pampering and go right to the glowing results. Here are a few recipes that I frequently use to exfoliate and soothe my face whenever I feel like I need to brighten things up a bit. The best part is that you probably have all the ingredients in your refrigerator and it can be done in less than 30 minutes!

Natural Homemade Exfoliator
1tbsp baking soda
1tbsp water
Make a paste 

Directions: Using your fingertips, gently work the paste into the skin using circular motions. 
Please remember to be VERY gentle.  You want to lightly remove the dead skin cells that are dulling your complexion, you do not want to cause any irritation by being overly enthusiastic.  Those with younger skin should only exfoliate 1x per week, while those with more mature skin would benefit from a scrub 2-3x’s per week.

Facial Mask (I prefer to use only organic fruit, oils and honey)
½ avocado mashed
1tbsp honey

Directions: Mix ingredients and apply evenly over your face, leaving on for 15-20 minutes.  Rinse off with warm water. If you find your skin is slightly sticky from the honey, you may want to wash your face with a gentle cleanser then pat dry. Because my skin is dry and I live in the sun, this mask has been a lifesaver for my face.

It is easy to create your own natural exfoliators and masks that are chemical free, all natural and significantly less expensive. Play around with finely ground oatmeal, rice powder, strawberries, bananas, etc and see what works best for you and your skin. Don’t be afraid to experiment, your skin will love you for it!

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