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DIY: facial treatments

I’m really excited to have a guest blogger this week! Michelle Pino works at Skana spa in New York and has some really awesome DIY spa treatments that we all can make at home to feel a sense of luxury for a fraction of the cost. Who doesn’t love that?? Check it out!

DIY Facial Treatments: All Natural Ingredients For All Skin Types
By Michelle Pino

DIY, or do-it-yourself, has been very popular recently from plumbing to remodeling the kitchen. Cosmetic products have not been left behind in the trend. Facials, face and body scrubs, even shampoos and conditioners have gotten in on the DIY bandwagon. However, there is one important difference in DIY cosmetics.

Unlike plumbing or construction, DIY cosmetics do much more than just save money. The ingredients in homemade cosmetics are pure, and the user of the cosmetics can rest assured that they are safe to use.  Additionally, modern food and drug research points to the fact that certain fruits, vegetables and other natural products can benefit the skin from the outside as well as from within.

This is not to say it is OK to scrimp on the fruits and veggies we put inside our bodies. The benefits of applying vitamins and minerals topically are not the same as consuming them. Do both! Eat your fruits and veggies and wear them too. The key is in knowing which products are right for the skin you are in. Below are recipes for DIY facial cosmetics for dry or oily skin.

DIY Facial for Dry Skin
Avocados contain vitamin E and natural oils, making them great for  moisturizing. Combined with yogurt, this DIY face treatment will both soften and exfoliate, or help slough off dead skin cells that can dull the complexion.

Ingredients for Avocado-Yogurt Moisturizing Facial Mask:
1 ripe avocado
4 TBS plain yogurt

Peel and seed the avocado. Put into a blender and add the plain yogurt. Blend until smooth. Avoiding the eye area, apply the mask and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

DIY Facial Mask for Oily Skin
An astringent is an agent that shrinks body tissue. Honey, a natural astringent along with green apple, another astringent,  makes a great facial mask for oily skin. However, you should only use a facial mask for oily skin once or twice monthly. Oily skin needs exfoliating too. Adding nutmeg will accomplish this.

Ingredients for Honey & Green Apple Facial Mask
-1 TBS honey
-1 tsp nutmeg
-2 TBS grated green apple

Peel, seed and grate the apple. Put the apple and the other ingredients in a blender. Blend the mixture well. Apply and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Michelle Pino wrote this article. Michelle currently works at Skana Spa at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino, where she learns tips and tricks to share. Michelle enjoys writing, cooking, crafting and blogging of course!

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