Having a luxurious spa experience doesn’t always have to cause a major dent in your wallet. In fact, many of the most effective skincare treatments are available right in your kitchen. That’s right; got an apple, avocado, and some honey? Then you’re on your way to hydrated, clear, glowing skin.
There are tons perks to creating your own at-home spa experience. For one thing, it is cost effective. Second, it is easier to be mindful of what you are using. Many spas and even drugstore treatments are packed with mysterious chemicals and preservatives. Just like you would be conscious of the ingredients you put into your body, it is also important to be aware of what you put on it. Creating your own mask, scrub, or toner gives you the power to know exactly what is going on your skin. Lastly, many of these at home treatments are incredibly versatile. Changing up a few key ingredients can create everything from a foot scrub to an acne mask.
Here are a few simple, luxurious, and absolutely affordable at home spa treatments that we recommend for happy skin:
1. Avocado Carrot Cream Mask
Using foods high in nutrients, this mask works as a great anti-aging and/or skin rejuvenating treatment. Avocados are rich in Vitamin E, a powerful skin healer. Carrots are packed full of antioxidants such as beta-carotene, which recent studies show helps counter negative effects of UV rays on skin. Cream, high in calcium and protein, can nourish and hydrate skin. Honey is a natural humectant, giving it the properties to attract and seal moisture in skin. Just a few simple ingredients are all you need for a luxurious spa experience from the comfort of your home.
• 1 avocado, mashed • 1 carrot, cooked and mashed • 1/2 cup heavy cream • 1 egg, beaten • 3 tablespoons honey
Once you’ve mixed all ingredients together, gently smooth over skin. Light some candles, lie back, and relax while the mask does its job. For an added perk, place two slices of cucumbers over eyes to soothe. After 15 minutes, rinse with cool water. Follow with the Basil Toner.
2. Basil Acne Toner
This is a truly easy-to-make toner that will leave skin vibrant and glowing.
Basil is so much more than a great accent to pasta sauce. When applied to skin, basil acts as a natural detoxifier which is commonly thought to tone skin and improve circulation.
• Take 2-3 Teaspoons of dried basil leaves • Add to one cup of boiling water • Allow to steep for 10 to 20 minutes • Once cooled, apply toner to face with cotton ball.
3. Simple and Sweet as Honey Acne Treatment
For problem blemishes try a honey mask. Honey’s moisturizing and anti-bacterial properties help heal and clear skin simultaneously. Try mixing with plain yogurt to help soothe and combat windy weather’s harsh effect on skin.