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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spa Day!

My fantastic boyfriend and I had a spa day the other day! Thats right, my boy is clean, exfoliated,and moisturized! All with ingredients I had at home, that are safe to eat! Our skin is radiant and soft, plus we bonded and got to stare at each other with green face masks and giggle about how beautiful we are, and so did our 1 year 8month old son.

I got the recipes out of magazine for moms, so Ill share it here with you.
I doubled the recipes for 2 of us, and still have a bunch left over (Which is actually the amount that is shown in the photos.)

There are 5 steps to the full experience: Cleanse, Exfoliate, Steam, Mask, and Moisturize.

The lactic acid in milk helps dissolve the glue that holds dead skin cells together so that fresh new cells can flourish. Oatmeal helps retain moisture, and Olive oil removes makeup and keeps skin from drying out.

1/2 cup cooking oatmeal
2 tablespoons full fat milk or cream
1 tablespoon of olive oil

Grind the oatmeal to a fine dust in a blender or food processor.
Mix in milk and oil.
Apply to damp face with clean hands.
Rub in a circular motion for 2 minutes.
Rinse with warm water.

On left is the Cleanse, and right is the exfoliater.

Rice sloughs off dead skin cells that clog pores and dull skin. The fatty acids in coconut oil make the scrub creamy and lubricates your face. Green Tea is loaded with anti-oxidants, unclogs pores, and fights wrinkles.

1 tablespoon long grain brown rice, raw (I only had white rice but it worked)
1 tablespoon green tea (1-2 tea bags works)
1 teaspoon coconut oil (olive oil works if you dont have it)
(optional) 1-2 drops essential oil for scent

Grind rice and tea together in a coffee grinder or food processor until smooth.
Place in a bowl and mix in the rest of ingredients.
Wet face and apply the scrub, rubbing in with your hands in a circular motion for about 30 seconds.
Dont forget not to be rough on your eye area - then rinse!

Now that excess dirt and dead skin cells are gone you can fully unclog pores with steam. Scent the water for an added aromatherapy bonus.

In a pot boil water, then transfer to a bowl and add the scents if desired.
Put a towel over your head and hold away from water about 14 inches, leaving room for steam to escape.
Steam for about 5 minutes then gently pat your face dry.

I used a bottled avocado and oatmeal mask to make make it easier, but this recipe is fun! Now that your pores are fresh and clean you can refine and moisturize. Honey is a natural antibacterial and helps fight acne and stimulate the skin to firm and tighten it. Egg yolk hydrates, and almond oil nourishes and conditions skin.

2 tablespoons honey
1 egg yolk
8 drops of almond oil

Whisk ingredients together until creamy.
Apply to face and leave on for 15-20 minutes.
Rinse with warm water.

This final step will keep your skin looking and feeling smooth and soft. The Aloe vera draw water to your skin, while the cocoa butter helps keep moisture from evaporating away! The other oils lock in moisture.

1 tablespoon cocoa butter
2 tablespoons jojoba oil
1 tablespoon almond oil
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel

On low heat (preferably in a  double boiler) meltdown cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and almond oil.
Allow the mixture to cool then stir in aloe vera gel.
Apply to face in upward strokes.

YAY! now you are even MORE lovely! Let me know how this all worked for you in the comments, and let me know if you have any questions or need to know about substitutes.

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