My favorite beauty treatments are those that I can create myself with ingredients from my own kitchen. Creating my own beauty treatments makes me feel good about what I am putting on my skin because I know exactly where the ingredients came from and I know that they won't harm my skin.This morning my sister greeted me at her door with bright, glowing, soft skin sans makeup. And since my sister is a walking beauty encyclopedia, I had to know what got her skin looking so amazing. Turns out it was her own concoction of coffee grounds, honey and lemon. The coffee grounds exfoliates the skin, functions as an anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants. The honey is a really great moisturizer and leaves skin feeling soft and supple. The lemon brightens skin and minimizes the look of pores while getting rid of oil. I applied the exfoliating mask to my skin and left it on for fifteen minutes. When I was ready to remove the mask, I applied a bit of water to my face and gently massaged my skin in a circular motion to exfoliate with the coffee grounds, then rinsed my face. The mask rinses away easily and cleanly. My face immediately felt softer and smoother and it looked great. It was clearer and brighter and best of all the mask took about two minutes to make and all of the ingredients can be found in the kitchen. Have you tried making a DIY mask at home? I'd love to hear your recipe! Subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! for more beauty reviews! Watch our reviews on YouTube. Got a Kindle? We’re on Kindle too! *Disclosure
I've been longing for a juicer for a really long time and finally got one. Now I know a ton of people who have visions of daily juice-fests, they envision the vast varieties of fruits and veggie juice they'll produce on a daily basis...then a month goes by and the juicer ends up in the back of some kitchen cabinet only to see the light of day the next time its owners are struck by another health kick.
I knew I would not be one of those people and so far I have not been. I juice just about everyday and store jugs of juice for the days when I get too busy to whip out my new best friend, Jack Lalanne. The only issue I've encountered so far with juicing has been what to do with the pulp of the fruits and veggies I am juicing.
I always feel like I am wasting good stuff that I should be finding some use for. My very helpful boyfriend tried to use the pulp of a few juiced veggies to make a veggie patty, but I could barely look at his attempt at a veggie patty without gagging-- eating it was not an option. His attempts at veggie patty making did, however, give me a great idea.
Fruit enzyme facial masks and peels are EVERYWHERE these days, I've used a few and loved the results so why not make my very own facial mask with the leftover fruit pulp from juicing?
My first DIY fruit enzyme facial mask was a combination of pineapple and strawberry pulp from my juice of the same combination. I have to admit when I first laid eyes on the pulp I was a bit grossed out...it did not look very appealing, it did smell great though.
Just 30 seconds after applying the mask I felt a bit of a tingling sensation, this lasted only for about a minute. I left the mask on for ten minutes then rinsed and was I in for a pleasant surprise. My skin actually looked brighter and felt smoother.
The mask can get a bit messy so it's best to not walk around too much after applying it unless you want pieces of pineapple and strawberry pulp all over your floor. I definitely plan on trying a few more DIY facial masks in the near future.
Have you created DIY facial masks from your juicer? Share your recipes with me so that I can give them a try!
Guest post from The Spa at Ravella located at Ravella at Lake Las Vegas:
Cooler weather can lead to dry, flaky skin. Here are two tips from The Spa at Ravella, one for a spa visit and one for at home, to help keep skin soft and supple until warmer weather returns!
Next time you splurge on a spa treatment, The Spa at Ravella recommends choosing a facial treatment that uses serums or enzymes. You can talk to a spa professional when booking a treatment and discuss further with your skin therapist once you arrive.
Serums provide a powerful dose of nutrients and bioactive ingredients that penetrate deep into the layers of your skin much farther than moisturizers can, and work intensely to bring oil and hydration into balance, strengthen your skin, increase visible firmness and give a youthful glow.
Enzymes help slough away dead skin cells and encourage cellular growth, leaving the skin feeling great and looking dewy and bright. For similar results at home, The Spa at Ravella suggests creating a pumpkin enzyme mask; just mix left over pumpkin pulp with an egg, apply to face and let sit for 6 - 8 minutes. Tingling is normal, but if feels strong less time may be needed.
Pumpkin is a strong exfoliant that brings the blood to the surface of the skin creating a detoxifying effect. The lecithin from the egg yolk will tighten the skin while the enzymes in the blend will stimulate cellular growth, allowing skin to look its best.
We'd love to hear if you try it!
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