Self Care Part 3 - Easy Recipes you can make at home

Introductory Information:

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.

yogurt face mask

So Let's start with Face Masks!

Possibly the simplest face mask you can make! One Ingredient: Plain, High fat, YOGURT

Why Yogurt?

Yogurt is rich in water content, which helps to hydrate and moisturize the skin. It's particularly beneficial for dry or dehydrated skin. Yogurt has lactic acid and acts as a gentle exfoliant, helping to remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover. (Lactic acid is also used to treat acne). Plain yogurt also has probiotics and can help calm irritated skin. Yogurt can help balance the skin's pH levels, which is important for maintaining healthy skin and preventing issues like excessive dryness or oiliness.

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.

Honey is a natural humectant that helps retain moisture, making it great for dry skin. It also has antibacterial properties and can enhance the mask's overall nourishing effect.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Adding a pinch of turmeric to your yogurt mask can help brighten the complexion and reduce redness.
Ground oatmeal can provide gentle exfoliation and soothe sensitive or irritated skin. It's ideal for those with dry or itchy skin.
Pureed cucumber is cooling and refreshing. It can soothe irritated skin and reduce puffiness around the eyes.
Aloe vera gel is known for its soothing and hydrating properties. It's especially useful for sunburned or sensitive skin. (Even better if you have your own aloe plant growing in your window!)
Mashed avocado is rich in healthy fats and vitamins, making it excellent for moisturizing and nourishing dry or mature skin.
Brewed and cooled green tea contains antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation and redness. It's suitable for various skin types.

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).
When creating your yogurt face mask, be mindful of your skin type and any sensitivities you may have. Always do a patch test if you're using a new ingredient to ensure you don't have an adverse reaction. Additionally, remember to apply the mask to clean, dry skin and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.

Do you have a face mask you like to make at home? Comment below and let us know what it is!

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