With spring, our thoughts turn to refreshing and rejuvenating inside and out. While we’re spring cleaning our homes or detoxing our bodies, it’s important to take care of our skin as well. DIY beauty is a simple, natural, and affordable way to pamper without worrying about toxic ingredients. Try these three facial treatments to put some spring in your skin.
HONEY & VINEGAR BALANCING MASK
Honey is a great antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, but its skin-boosting benefits don’t stop there: it’s an antioxidant, helps with aging, soothes sensitive skin, treats acne, and moisturizes. Apple cider vinegar moisturizers, reduces age spots, and smooths fine lines. Combined, they can balance out the skin’s pH after months of dry heat indoors and blustery winds outdoors. Combine two parts honey with one part apple cider vinegar and cover face and neck using a cotton ball. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse off with cool water. For best results, use a raw, wild honey and an organic apple cider vinegar that still contains “the mother”.
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A relaxing facial steams is great for improving your skin and your mood. The aromatherapeutic benefits clear your mind while the herbs get to work on tightening your pores and soothing your skin. Mix 1/3 cup of dried lavender, 1/3 cup of dried calendula (marigold) blossoms, 2 tablespoons of dried rosemary, 2-3 drops of geranium essential oil, and 1-2 drops of eucalyptus essential oils in a pot with 3 cups of boiling water. Transfer to a bowl, and sit with your face 5-10 inches away from the water. Drape a towel over your head and let the steam do the work for 10-15 minutes.
Oil gets a bad rap when it comes to our skin, but the right blend can create a facial oil for any skin concern. A weekly oil treatment can restore moisture and give skin a healthy glow. Start with a base of jojoba, argan, or apricot oil and add in any mix of the following essential oils depending on what your skin needs:
- lavender for sensitive or irritated skin
- geranium for dehydrated skin
- frankincense or rosemary for wrinkles and fine lines
- bergamot for oily skin
- rose or myrrh for dry or mature skin