February 24, 2009

At Home Spa

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 6:29 am by Dory

Since partying has never been my thing, it would make no sense to have a wild bachelorette party. So it was definitely perfect planning to have my bachelorette party be a bit of adventure and a bit relaxation. We will start the fun by doing a high ropes course, and then we’ll head back to my house and have an at-home spa, complete with manicures, facials and chick flicks.

In order to have a very personalized (and cheap) experience, we are having home-made facials. Here are the recipes I have found:

Soothing Yogurt Face Mask (All Skin Types)

  • Mix 1 tbsp natural yogurt (room temperature) and 1 tsp runny honey (from microwave)
  • Apply to face, let stand for 15 minutes
  • Wash face with steaming washcloth
  • For Dry Skin: extra tsp. honey
  • For Oily Skin: few drops of fresh lime juice

Natural Skin Brightener from India (All Skin Types)

  • Mix tbsp turmeric powder and 1 cup plain yogurt
  • Leave on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse off

Homemade Cat Litter Mask (All Skin Types)

  • Mix a couple tbsps of 100% natural clay litter and a few drops of essential oil
  • Leave on for 15 minutes
  • Wash off

Rose Face Mask (Combination Skin)

  • Soak 6 fresh rose petals, then crush in a bowl
  • Add 2 tbsps of rosewater, 1 tbsp natural yogurt (room temperature), 1 tbsp runny honey (from microwave)
  • Mix and apply to skin
  • Leave on for 10 minutes
  • Wash off

Avocado Face Mask (Dry Skin)

  • Mash 1/2 avocado
  • Stir in 1/4 cup honey
  • Apply to skin, leave for 10 minutes
  • Rinse with cool water

Natural Exfoliation

  • Mix brown sugar and olive oil
  • When turns to a paste, massage onto skin
  • For Chapped Lips: add honey

Or you can go through this full beauty treatment, from the Washington Post:

Cleanse:

  • Mix 1-2 tbsp whole milk and several drops of olive oil (Milk removes dirt and makeup, Olive oil is exceptional moisturizer)
  • Warm the cleanser by working between palms
  • Massage mixture into skin with circular movements (to stimulate circulation)
  • Remove with warm water, splashing upwards

Exfoliate:

  • Mix 1/2 cup dry oatmeal, 3 tbsp almond oil, 1 tbsp finely ground sea salt (or cornmeal for more sensitive skin) and 1/4 tsp fresh mint with warm water to form a paste
  • Dampen skin and use gentle circular movements to apply paste
  • Avoid eye area
  • Rinse
  • Repeat only 1-2 times a month
  • Don’t exfoliate if skin is irritated or broken out

Tone:

  • Mix 1 part witch hazel with 2 parts rose or orange-blossom water
  • Use 100% cotton pads to sweep the solution across face and neck
  • Use of Toner: refreshes skin, removes residue, creates a base coat for moisturizer
  • Use of Witch Hazel: antiseptic to combat blemishes without causing skin to become dry and flaky
  • Use of Rose Water: stimulates circulation
  • Use of Orange-Blossom Water: helps balance skin’s pH

Steam:

  • Boil 1 quart distilled water
  • Remove pot from heat and set on protected surface
  • Apply light layer of almond or sesame oil to face (acts as a buffer to protect from heat)
  • Bend over steam, hold towel over head to catch the steam
  • Stay for 5 minutes, then pat dry
  • Use of Steam: opens pores, primes the skin for deep cleaning

Mask:

  • Use one of the masks above

Massage:

  • Massage a lotion into skin
  • Pay particular attention to cheeks, mouth, forehead, around eyes
  • Blot excess with a tissue
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