Grab it from the kitchen!
From the thorough, healing touch of your
aesthetician’s hands to the magical ingredients she uses on your
skin, you’d probably agree that few things compare to the feeling
you have when you walk out of a well executed spa treatment. And
unless you’re able to take to the spa every week, you’ve probably
spent some time wondering how you can come close to achieving those
results-and that glorious feeling- at home.
While we can’t promise
‘magic,’ there are some simple ingredients that can help you out
between spa visits. Not only are their properties similar to those in
the products your aesthetician may use, but you can also find them at
home in your very own kitchen.
Milk - If you’re a fan of the
youthful, glowing look your skin has when your aesthetician whips out
the Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), then you wont need to look much
further than the milk carton or yogurt pot in your fridge. Milk
contains lactic acid, which is an AHA, so it’s a natural exfoliant.
It’s also rich in minerals and vitamins that are great for your
skin, such as Vitamins A and D.
Just sweep your face with
cotton pads that have been soaked in whole milk and allow to sit for
a few minutes before rinsing to experience the benefits. Also try
adding whole milk to warm bath water. It was part of Cleopatra’s
beauty regimen, and we all know that history remembers her as one of
the most beautiful women who ever lived. For a more luxurious milk
bath, try adding a few drops of lavender oil for its relaxing
properties and a couple tablespoons of our next ingredient, honey,
for it’s antibacterial and moisturizing properties.
This gift from Mother Nature is packed with benefits for the skin and
is even a favorite in some spas around the world. Honey is packed
with flavonoids, potent anti-oxidants that help to protect the skin
from environmental pollutants and slow aging. Honey is also a
humectant, so it attracts moisture to the skin, helping to keep it
hydrated. And if all that isn’t enough, this magical ingredient,
produced by tiny bees, is also anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and
anti-microbial, so it can be helpful in soothing irritated skin and
treating mild breakouts.
Simply warm a tablespoon of raw,
organic honey in your hands by rubbing your palms together, and then
apply to your face, completely covering it. Allow it to sit on your
skin for 10 minutes and then wipe with a clean, warm, damp towel.
Finish up by rinsing your face with cool water.
Like honey, oatmeal is great for soothing irritated skin, and is a
great natural choice for sensitive skin types and those with any form
of dermatitis or eczema. The polysaccharides found in oatmeal form a
gel when mixed with water. This gel softens and nourishes the skin,
creating a protective barrier that locks in moisture. This makes
oatmeal a great option for dry skin in winter months. Oats also
contain natural cleansers called saponins that gently purify your
Add just enough warm water to half a cup of rolled oats
(not instant oatmeal), to make a paste. Rinse your face with warm
water and then massage the oatmeal paste into your face using
circular motions. Let the paste sit on your face for five minutes and
then remove using a clean, warm, damp towel. Rinse with cool
Sugar – For a ‘sweet’ between spa treat, open up
your sugar jar. While you may skimp on it in your diet, sugar can be
incorporated into your beauty regimen to achieve smooth, glowing
skin. The grains in brown sugar can be used to scrub away dead skin
cells, making it a great natural exfoliant. It also contains glycolic
acid, which, like the lactic acid found in milk, is an Alpha Hydroxy
Acid, and it helps to maintain healthy skin.
Simply add two to
three tablespoons of virgin olive oil to half a cup of brown sugar
and stir. In the shower, wet your skin with warm water and massage it
with the sugar scrub. Let the scrub sit on your skin for a minute or
two and rinse with cold water. You can also add a tablespoon of raw
honey to the mixture for moisturizing benefits.
Coconut Oil –
This natural moisturizer can be incorporated into both your skin and
hair care regimen. Coconut oil contains nutrients like Vitamin E and
K and can actually help to protect your skin from sun damage. Like
honey, coconut oil is high in antioxidants and can therefore prevent
Using coconut oil as a moisturizer in your
skin care routine couldn’t be simpler. Just massage it into damp
skin after your bath or shower. Be sure to use virgin coconut oil,
and if you are experienced with essential oils, you can add your
favorite for scent.
You can also substitute coconut oil for olive
oil in your sugar scrub recipe.
From the exfoliating
properties of milk to the moisturizing benefits of coconut oil, these
natural skin care options offer convenient, effective and affordable
ways to keep your skin glowing between spa visits. Scientists are
also really beginning to appreciate all of the skin care benefits
Mother Nature has to offer. Just take a look at the labels on some of
your favorite skin care products. You just might be pleasantly
surprised at what you find.