Self Care Part 3 - Easy Recipes you can make at home
There's a misconception that for Spa-like experiences, we have to spend a lot of money for high quality products. You sure can, and there's nothing wrong with that.
The simple truth of this is: You don't have to though. You can absolutely make some great DIY recipes for yourself with ingredients you most likely already have on hand, in your kitchen, in your pantry, etc ... The very first body scrub recipe I ever made was a very simple, sugar, coffee & oil scrub which I mixed up in the kitchen!
VERY IMPORTANT - You can and should, make some really awesome simple bath and body recipes at home, in your kitchen, for yourself. BUT. These MUST be used within 7 days and/or made fresh EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Yes. Storing them in the fridge will extend their shelf life, but not by much.
Yes. You have the advantage of knowing exactly what it is in your creations.
Yes. You can whip up a new thing every day if you want!
BUT NO: You cannot store them long term, you cannot guarantee zero mold or bacteria growth, and you CAN get sick from using products which over time can and will have either of those things growing. (It's important to note that you might not even SEE or SMELL them starting to change, but it's 100% guaranteed that you will get mold or bacteria growth in a product that uses water, organic materials (organic meaning not synthetic), and/or things found in your kitchen - if it is not properly formulated with a preservative. It's a simple fact. There's no way around it.
YES these products you'll make yourself are going to be SAFE.
But! The great part here is that we can make some awesome at home face masks, hair masks, body treatments etc ... that you can make any time and treat yourself to an amazing spa night.
These recipes are meant to be made and used, not stored.
So Let's start with Face Masks!
Possibly the simplest face mask you can make! One Ingredient: Plain, High fat, YOGURT
So how do you do it?
1. In a small bowl add 1 TBS of Plain Yogurt.
2. Wet your face with warm water.
3. Apply the yogurt in a thin layer and allow it to sit for up to 15 minutes.
4. Rinse with warm water.
5. Pat Dry.
6. Follow with a moisturizer.
Now that we know we can use yogurt, we can also add SO many unique customizations to our little mixing bowl to make this face mask even more personalized.
A drop or two of essential oils like lavender, tea tree, or rosemary can add a pleasant fragrance and provide additional benefits based on the chosen oil. (Be very careful when essential oils. Make sure you're using only 100% essential oils, avoid oils that are skin irritants (like cinnamon and clove) or photosensitive (like citrus essential oils).
Do you have a face mask you like to make at home? Comment below and let us know what it is!