One of the best ways to spend your spare time is creating rituals that not only spark joy, but also physical benefits. Our team is sharing recipes they have been using to keep our skin feeling fresh during this 'staycation'.
Tightening Moisturizing Mask
2 Tbsp Yogurt
1 Tbsp Honey
5 drops Bulgarian Rose Oil (optional)
Mix all the ingredients until the texture gets smooth. Apply to clean face and neck. Rest for 15 min or until dry. Rinse with warm water. Enjoy the tight, smooth baby skin.
The yolk carries incredible qualities for your skin, I see fine lines softening and the skin tightens in an amazing way.
Steams are my FAVORITE. More than any other part of my sparse skincare regimen, they help set a mood for the day and force you to take time to just be still and breathe. The best part: you can use basically anything you want from your pantry or garden. Essential oils, herbs or spices, teas, flowers - anything!
Here are the basics to get started. You’ll need a big bowl, a towel, and a comfortable place to sit for 10 minutes. Put on some tunes to get you into relaxation mode.
I like to start each day with an energizing steam to wake myself (and my skin) up. I use fresh herbs, but dried will substitute just fine. Note that 1 tablespoon fresh = 2 teaspoon dried.
Today I’m using mint, lemon peel, jasmine and eucalyptus essential oil. This combo opens the airways, clears the sinuses, and will leave you feeling invigorated and energized.
2 tbsp fresh peppermint leaves
3 lemon peels
5 drops eucalyptus oil (tea tree will work also)
1 tbsp jasmine flower (I’m lucky to have this growing outside, feel free to leave out or sub something else floral and uplifting)
- Boil 4 cups water and let stand for a few minutes
- Pour water into a large bowl (or keep in the pot)
- Start with a freshly clean face, tie your hair back
- After settling in somewhere comfy, place your head over the bowl and cover with a towel, making a tent and trapping the steam. Stay here for 10 minutes, or until the steam dissipates. Take deep belly breaths. Move your face closer to the water to increase heat.
- After you’re done, finish off with your favorite moisturizer or serum.
- Pro Tip - if you’ve burnt through all your favorite candles like me you can pop the water back on the stove and simmer on low heat, uncovered, for a DIY humidifier that will leave your house smelling fresh. Add more ingredients and water as needed to increase the potency of the scent.
5 cucumber slices
Bag of chamomile tea
5 drops lavender essential oil
For Oily Skin:
2 tbsp Rosemary
2 tbsp Sage
2 tbsp Mint
2 tbsp chamomile (sub tea bag if you don’t have fresh/dried)
2 tbsp rose petals (steal from a neighbor, sub rose tea or essential oil)
4 lemon peels (sub another citrus like orange or grapefruit, or use lemon verbena oil)
**Feel free to add any other ingredients you have around the house, have fun with it!
- Chai tea bags
- Green tea bags
- Orange peel
- Lavender – for stress and insomnia
- Parsley – a natural astringent and heals acne
- Geranium – a natural astringent
- Eucalyptus – relieves nasal decongestion and acne
- Fennel – contains anti-aging antioxidants
- Chamomile – soothes irritated or sensitive skin
Tea leaves from 2-4 tea bags of your choice (black tea, green tea are good choices)
1 cup white or brown sugar
½ cup of extra virgin olive oil or ½ cup of melted coconut oil
Can add essential oil for additional fragrance and other benefits
Benefits: Brighter looking skin. Stimulate production of collagen. Relaxing.
Exfoliate 2-3 times a week.
Can change the amounts depending on how dry or oily you prefer your scrub.
Oatmeal Cleanser for sensitive skin
1 tbsp oats
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tbsp yogurt
1 tbsp warm honey
Grind a tablespoon each of oats and sunflower seeds in a blender. Combine the mixture with two tablespoons of yogurt and one tablespoon of warm honey. Gently scrub it onto your face, neck, or chest, and leave on for three minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer:
70% Isopropyl Alcohol
30% AloeVera Gel
Essential Oil of choice
Fill a designated container of your choice with 70% Isopropyl Alcohol and 30% AloeVera Gel
Optional: Add a drop of essential oil for fragrance
**Note** Hand sanitizer is not a substitute for 20 seconds of washing your hands for soap and water. Excessive use of hand sanitizer is extremely drying to the skin and should be used sparingly.