Top 5 DIY Facials

Natural DIY facial masks at home

Recession or not, there are cheaper ways to get a facial then spending hundreds of dollars in a day spa. In fact, most of the stuff you need to pamper yourself is in your kitchen right now! Try these five fun, do-it-yourself facials the next time you need to relax and unwind, without emptying your wallet.

Where To Start

A lot of facials have similar ingredients that can be used on a variety of skin types, and you probably have some in your house right now. Most of these facials won’t keep, so try to use them up in one spa day, or share with a friend.

All good at home facials start with a thorough cleansing. Make sure your skin is clear and clean of make-up, oil and any other residues. Wash your face and neck thoroughly, and don’t forget behind your ears! Spend at least a full minute just on the face washing, to give yourself a perfect palette for any of the following at-home options.

For All Skin Types

Oatmeal & Yogurt Mask:

1 tbsp oatmeal, 1 tbsp plain organic yogurt, a few drops of honey

Mix these ingredients together into a paste, and spread over face. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off. Your face will feel clean and refreshed with this most simple of masks.

To Rejuvenate Dull Skin And Exfoliate

Pumpkin Mini Peel:

Mash ½ cup fresh pumpkin with two whole eggs. If your skin is dry, add 2 teaspoons almond milk. If your skin is oily, add 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar. Leave on face for 15-20 minutes and rinse. This antioxidant packed mask will reverse minor sun damage, clear skin and refresh—basically it’s a mini peel you can do at home, for a fraction of the price!

To Tighten And Tone Acne Prone Skin

Tighten & Toning Yogurt Mask:

Combine 2 tbsp plain organic yogurt with 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice and spread over face; let dry and rinse off. The lemon juice helps fade age spots, and get rid of uneven skin tone while keeping acne at bay.

To Purify And Detox

Natural Clay Mask:

This one is a little silly, but many women swear by it. Mix two tablespoons of 100 percent all-natural clay cat litter with water, and a few drops of the essential oil of your choice (lavender will help you relax and forget there’s kitty litter in your pores). Leave on your face for 15 minutes and rinse. Diane Irons, a beauty researcher, told CBS that clay kitty litter is made of the same stuff as luxurious spa brands, but at a fraction of the price. This mask will help purify clogged pores and detox tired skin.

To Wake Up Tired Skin

Coffee & Cocoa Mask:

Mix equal amounts finely ground coffee beans with unsweetened cocoa powder. Add liquid: Two parts plain organic yogurt or a little less than two parts olive oil will work wonders. Mix into a paste, wear for 15 minutes and rinse. The caffeine in coffee and cocoa together will decrease puffiness, brighten skin and wake up a dull complexion. Plus, it smells great and is cheaper than a Starbucks mocha!

What To Do Afterwards

Remember, follow all facial masks with toner to exfoliate and tighten pores, and then moisturize to keep skin fresh and hydrated. You can add fruit to many masks for extra antioxidizing, (try rubbing juicy papaya skin on the face to brighten, or mixing water with cucumbers to refresh and tone). With these great facials on the cheap, you’ll be ready for your close-up in no time!

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