This one is close to my heart!  Nothing better than an at-home facial – they’re easy to do, cost-effective and they tick off the “self-care” box to lower your stress and have a bit of fun.  You know your skin best so some of these options may not work well for you.  Take the advice with caution and have a good time 🙂

To get started, gather the following:

  • small bowl
  • fork and small spoon
  • hand towel
  • head band or hair clip (if you have longer hair)
  • mortar and pestle or spice grinder (for mixture with oats)
  • then gather the ingredients for your choice of facial

For all the mixtures below, apply on the face, avoiding the eye area and leave on for 5 to 15 minutes.  Rinse with cool or lukewarm water and follow with your fave moisturizer.

Moisture Packed

If you have dry skin or fine-lines, ingredients with moisturizing properties are a good choice for you.  This mix is the easiest by far – Mash a quarter of a ripe avocado or ripe banana with a teaspoon of honey and you are all set to go.

Gentle Exfoliation

Need a bit of exfoliation to get a more youthful or healthy glow?  Oats and yogurt can do the trick.

Take 2 – 3 tablespoons of rolled oats (quick-cook or regular) and 4 tablespoons of plain yogurt.  Grind the oats to a medium/fine texture and mix into a paste with your yogurt.  If using greek yoghurt, your mix might be a bit thick, so add a touch of water as needed to make an easy-to-spread consistency.

Yogurt has lactic acid which is exfoliating while oats are soothing and their texture will also be somewhat exfoliating.  Take the extra step of  gently massaging this mixture onto your face just before rinsing to get the full benefit.

Face Firming

Face firming with the added benefit of decreasing oil, even though it has oil in it.  Add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, 1 teaspoon of hemp seed oil and 1 egg white.  Mix the three into a paste.

Egg white is said to be firming, while the starch will absorb oil.  The hemp seed oil will actually decrease the oiliness that leads to breakouts as it contains linoleic acid.  If you don’t have any hemp seed oil, you can leave it out or use another oil that is high in linoleic acid such as rosehip, pumpkin seed or evening primrose.

Now it’s your time to indulge.  If you give any of these a try, leave your feedback in the comments!