Hello my friends
Thanks for the well wishes for baby girl. Her first cold was rough but short-lived (luckily!) I am sure it’s not the last! The baby probiotics and vitamins really seemed to help (and I drank my Emergen-C)! She was only really sick for a few days. Phew!
So about once a month I try and do a night of pampering. Since Ella was born I haven’t really kept up with my routine, but the other night I decided my skin needed it and got to work once Weezus was sound asleep.
When I was pregnant I posted about the at-home oatmeal acne mask I like to do. I stepped it up a notch and added in a few steps that I want to share with you guys!
In middle school, I remember reading Cosmo and learning about steaming your face at home. My girlfriends and I would do sleepovers, steam our faces and sit in mud mask from CVS. I’ve come a long way since them but use some of the same methods I’ve learned over the years from all of the facials I have gotten in the spa [via bartering!] and experimenting with at-home, more natural concoctions.
At-home spa night is great because it saves you a ton of money, and requires things you most-likely have in your cabinet. Even better… I know personally that MY skin is always glowing and soft after this routine! I’ve used a lot of expensive products you can only get at spas in the past; I haven’t purchased an expensive skin cream in a couple of years and since my skin is currently thriving on natural things I can do at home, for a fraction of the cost!
I believe skin care has more to do with what you put IN your body as opposed to what you put on your skin…with that said a combination of a healthy diet and natural skin-care should have you glowing in no time!
The first thing I do is wash my face so it’s nice and clean. I will either use a rag and soak it in water as hot as my skin can handle [not boiling!!!], or I will get a bowel and boil some water in a teapot, pour it into the bowel and steam my face:
[*caution*: DO NOT use the microwave for this because it can bubble up and splash in your face. Be cautious as to how hot the water is and how close you bring your face to the bowel. I recommend stirring up the water and keeping a distance! Or just use the hot wash cloth method.]
soak wash cloth in hot water, rinse and lye on your face for a minute.
Before I steam my face I prepare my mask so I can put it on right away…
add a little over 1/2 Tablespoon of water to get the right consistency:
Then, I steam my face for a few minutes…as long as I can tolerate sitting there….and follow it with the mask:
I let that sit on for about 10 minutes until it hardens and tingles a bit
[note...the first time I did this in a while my face turned a little red. The tea tree green oil in the toner usually calms my skin. My skin usually gets red after professional facials too but then looks and feels amazing the next day. Just be cautious if you have sensitive skin you may want to "test" this mask on a small part of your neck or on your jaw-line before to see how you react].
Exfoliating Oatmeal Acne Mask
The Fitness Dish
1 & 1/2 teaspoons oat flour [see note]
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of kosher salt
1/2 Tablespoon warm water
To make oat flour grind up oatmeal in a blender or food processor.
Mix dry ingredients. Add water to make a paste. Apply to clean wet skin. Let sit for about 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.
I prepare my toner at least a day in advance, or a few hours so I can let the ingredients mesh together and let it cool in the fridge.
The green tea bags seep in 3 ounces of boiling water for about 20 minutes….
I use an old spice jar, it fits my ingredients perfectly…
After adding the ACV and the green tea, I add 1/4 teaspoon of tea tree oil
Let it sit in the fridge for at least a few hours to cool it, keep it stored in the fridge and use it at night after you wash your face for that added glow!
Green Tea Apple Cider Vinegar TonerThe Fitness Dishingredients:
3 green tea bags
3 ounces of water
1-2 ounces apple cider vinegar [I use Braggs]
1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil
boil 3 ounces of water and add it to tea bags to it. Seep the tea for at least 20 minutes, squeezing the bags out when finished. Add tea to a jar filled with apple cider vinegar. Add tea tree oil and shake it up. Store in refrigerator. Use after cleansing your skin and before moisturizing it.
After I place my toner on my skin, I use pure virgin coconut oil as my nighttime moisturizer [which I store in my bathroom in an old eye cream container]
**again- Always test out a small patch of skin with any new skincare treatment, even if it’s all natural, to see how y our skin will react. Check with your dermatologist to see what natural regimen is right for you!
So there’s my money-saving at home spa tips!
What are your favorite DIY at-home spa tips?