I’ve been sick for days now. When I am sick, my skin becomes very sensitive. I can’t use traditional cleansers to wash my face without my skin feeling dry and irritated. Because of this I normally make my own face washes and masks. The best part about these homemade face products is that the ingredients can easily be found in your kitchen!
Honey – Honey is a natural humectant, which means that it can help retain moisture. Not only does it help to put moisture into your face, but honey can also kill bacteria. It is a great skin softener as well. Apply a teaspoon amount of honey to your face and massage it into your skin. Leave it on your face for ten minutes or so. Not going to lie, I have left honey on my skin for a half hour before! Nothing bad will happen from leaving honey…
I like the cool feeling of misting my face. Making them is just as easy as spraying. I’ve made this with several types of teas. Green tea and chamomile teas are my go to’s but it’s limitless to what kinds of teas you can use as a face mister. For this recipe I will use green tea. Green tea is fab for skin; full of antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory, and a free radical fighter as well! It’s said to have anti aging properties and helps with skin elasticity…all I know is I love it on my face. I spray it on my body too.
Brew a cup per directions on the box. I usually brew mine for three minutes. Let cool completely.
Pour into a clean spray bottle.
Store in the refrigerator.
Spray as often as you’d like. Pour into a travel size bottle and take it with you. Great to up-lift you especially when you are sleepy. I love it right out of the refrigerator. The burst of cool is invigorating. Spray it on before you put on make up for some extra protection. I also mist over my make-up. It doesn’t melt off the make-up. (though 98% of the time I only wear eye shadow and lip stuffs 😀 )
Keeps in the refrigerator for about 5 days.
I wouldn’t use it more than 2 days outside of the refrigerator. What I’ve done; when I make a cup of tea for myself I save back enough to fill a travel size bottle to take with. I usually use it up by that day or I store it in the refrigerator and use it up by the following day.
FYI: Great for the inside, great on the outside. Since it’s a free radical buster, try spraying it on before putting on sun screen. It can help reduce sun damage! See article on “Let’s Make Some Tea” for more fun facts.
This Clipper green tea is so good. It’s light and delicious. Not bitter. If you are lucky and can find this near you, give it a try! Make time to check out their web site. So cute! http://www.clipper-teas.com/
The awesome part about making beauty products at home is the versatility. What works for some, may not for others, and in a lot of cases, one ingredient can sub out for another. Know what you are allergic to, and know what is SAFE to use. Do your own research. Read, read, and read some more!
Here’s what I use when my face is feeling congested. This recipe is great to loosen dead skin cells. I really do notice a brighter, fresher complexion. I make variations on this and I will post them in the future; so stick with me. Lot’s of fun ideas and tips. There will be plenty of recipes to choose from for different skin types and concerns. Okay, let’s make something fun.
Fresh Face; Skin Brightener…
5-8 aspirin (uncoated aspirin)
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin C powder (can purchase at any health food store. I buy mine on-line through Swanson vitamin.)
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice (I just pour enough to cover the aspirin.)
1 tablespoon half and half or milk. I like the fat kind.
Dissolve aspirin in lemon juice. Then add half and half and vitamin C. Mix well and brush on face with an artist brush; fingers work too. Leave on for 5-10 minutes. (I usually leave mine on for 30 minutes. (If I have left over mask, I will often times reapply about ten minutes later, also I put this on the back of my hands and upper chest area and neck.)
When I’m ready to take it off, I dampen my skin and massage the grainy stuff in small circles all over my face (more exfoliation action!) (If you have sensitive skin or broken skin, I would skip the massage.) Rinse with warm water. Follow up with moisturizer. I use a facial oil I make; gentle massage in upward strokes.
Do you have a homemade facial that makes your skin glow? Please share! 😀