Ahhh. That refreshing feeling after a spa treatment can, at times, come to a screeching halt at the receipt of the bill. Self-pampering shouldn’t be synonymous with extravagant pricing. As a matter of fact, the best products for your skin are found in your kitchen cabinet or nearby grocery store. While I still recommend maintaining a healthy relationship with your esthetician and dermatologist, following this at-home regimen will give your skin the nutrients it needs, in its purest form, between visits.
STEAMING skin by holding face a comfortable distance away from a pot of boiling water, or placing a warm, damp face towel over face for 1-3 minutes helps open pores to allow for a deeper cleansing.
TONING with a few splashes of fresh lemon juice helps to tighten and firm skin as well as aid in the brightening of hyper-pigmentation, or dark spots.
EXFOLIATE by gently scrubbing face with a combination of equal parts brown sugar and raw oatmeal to increase radiance and promote a smoother skin surface.
Prepare a mask by mixing the following:
– a few drops of an essential oil that is best for your skin (I love using Tea Tree, a great antiseptic, or Bergamot on my normal-oily skin. Lavender and Rose oils are great for drier skin types.)
– 1/8 avocado
– 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
– 2 teaspoons honey
Apply a smooth layer to skin and rinse after 10-15 minutes.
Smooth on a thin layer of honey as an acting SERUM to lock in moisture and improve the smooth texture of skin. Leave on for about 30 minutes. (If you are acne prone or extremely oily, lay back and relax with a thin cloth soaked in tea tree oil and lemon juice instead.)
Apply a warm washcloth to remove serum and apply a moderate amount of coconut oil as a MOISTURIZER. Shea butter will provide more moisture for those with drier skin. It also holds sunscreen properties.
Believe me ladies, it leaves skin feeling refreshed and renewed. If you desire a deeper cleanse, use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap in Almond. Use the remaining avocado for guacamole to receive your nutritious, fatty acids inside and out.
Danni is an Aveda-trained, licensed skin care specialist and freelance makeup artist for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics with a passion for holistic health as well as at home skin care remedies. She began her self-taught makeup career in the LGBT community, doing makeup for transgender performers and decided to go to school to learn about the most important foundation: skin.