I’ve always loved to mix up beauty treatments in my kitchen. In high school, I was totally the girl trying to convince my friends to have an at-home “spa night” before a dance or something like that. Actually, who am I kidding? My friends and I didn’t go to dances in high school. We went to ska shows in basements. Although hey, you still wanted your skin to look good so the dude with the gelled hair in the Less Than Jake t-shirt would look your way. But I digress. What I’m trying to get at here is that making beauty treatments at home is fun, and what better season to do it in than spring? Here are a few easy recipes for face masks, hair masks and body scrubs you can make at home tonight, whether your plans include skank-dancing or sitting around watching Smash.
The Turnberry Isle resort in Miami (along with its four-star spa and fitness center) suggests these easy at-home treatments:
Coffee & Coconut Oil Booster – Activates circulation, rids cellulite and helps remove dead skin cells.
- ½ cup of coffee powder
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (olive oil can be used instead)
Directions: Mix the coffee powder and oil in a bowl. Use hands to massage mixture on skin of your body in a circular motion.
Apple Toner – Exfoliates and calms normal / combination skin on your face
- 1 skinless apple
- ½ cup of cold water
Directions: Mix the apple and water in the blender until it becomes very thin. Using cotton, apply to face.
Sunburn Solution – Great for sensitive skin
- 2 bananas
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- ¼ cup of cold milk
Directions: Mix the bananas, honey and milk in a blender. Apply to the mixture to skin and wait 10 minutes until rinsing.
My personal favorite facial mask is the one I’ve been using since back in the Less Than Jake days. I call it The Eggy Oatmeal mask.
Eggy Oatmeal Mask
- 2-3 tablespoons uncooked oats
- 1 egg white
- a few drops of water
- 1-2 teaspoons honey
Directions: Combine all ingredients together; it will be sticky and will smell kind of good. Leave on your face until it dries.
Our writer Sam Escobar says this mask she uses frequently is really hydrating for your hair.
The Sam Escobar Hair Mask
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon olive, coconut, or rose oil
Directions: Mix everything in a blender and apply to clean, wet hair. Apply mask to hair, combing it through if you want, and then cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap. Leave on for 15 to 30 minutes.
Here are a few other easy recipes for DIY beauty treatments.
Photo: Devo Olive Oil on Flickr