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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Spa Night: For Raznoggle 5/06/2010

This post is especially for a fellow blogger at Raznoggle.com, a dear friend of mine who is dealing with some skin changes in her pregnancy. I promised I'd recommend some homemade spa products for her skin type and here they are! Everything here is for dry, sensitive skin with a focus on smoothing, healing and hydrating.

Three steps to happy skin:

Step 1: Remove dead cells and make room for new growth 

Unveil your sweet new skin: If you don't want to make a huge batch of sugar scrub, you can still get the benefits of using this natural exfoliator in your daily skin cleansing and save the majority of kitchen sugar for your coffee!

Lather up your face with your favorite cleanser, then take a small handful of granulated sugar (just a few tablespoons will do) and massage the granules all over your skin for about 30 seconds. Be extra gentle around the sensitive nose and eye area. Rinse off the soap and sugar to reveal smoother, baby soft skin. I use this every day and love it as an alternative to buying expensive scrubs.

Step 2: Nourish your skin with a moisturizing mask. Now that the older dull skin has been sloughed off, let's pamper the new cells and set them up to be moisturized and glowing! I've got three of my favorite masks for you to choose from.

Quenching Mask for smooth, moisturized skin
1/2 small avocado
1/4 cup Honey

-Peel and mash avocado and add honey until you have a thick paste.
-Apply to clean skin and leave on for 15 minutes
-Rinse with cool water.
Skin should feel beautifully soft and quenched!
*This is the mask I"ll be doing tonight. Yay!

Soothing Moisture Mask to heal, soothe and hydrate
1 Tbs plain yogurt (w/ live enzymes is best. Hey! a reason to make Crockpot Yogurt! Haha)
1 Tbs oatmeal

The finer you can get the oatmeal the better. I've used a blender before to blend half a cup of oatmeal almost to a powder, then set aside the remainder in a zip top bag for future spa treatments.

-Warm a spoon by placing in a mug of hot water for 2 minutes.
-Add 4 to 5 drops of honey to the spoon, so honey will be well warmed. 
-In a small bowl, mix yogurt and oatmeal with your honeyed spoon until all ingredients are well blended.
-Apply to clean face and neck, massaging with fingertips to stimulate circulation.
-Relax for 15 minutes as your mask sets. Rinse with warm water and apply moisturizer.
Enjoy your silky smooth, freshly nourished skin!
*This yogurt honey mask is a favorite of mine. My skin feels so silky afterward!*

Deep Conditioning Mask for skin that needs moisture - quick!

1/2 Avocado.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

-Peel and mash avocado.
-In small bowl, mix in olive oil 1 Tbs at a time until you have a smooth, spreadable paste.
-Apply to clean face and neck. Let it soak into thirsty skin for 10-15 minutes.
-Remove with warm water and revel in your kissably soft, newly conditioned skin :)
*I've used this in the winter for quick hydration. It works wonders!

Step 3: Apply toner and/or moisturizer and enjoy. You're done! It will be hard not to keep touching your baby soft skin :)

Soothing Toner

 The best toner for dry or sensitive skin is the simplest. Green tea! Brew a cup and keep it in the fridge. Apply onto freshly cleansed skin before you moisturize. Replace every 3 to 4 days with a fresh batch.
Witch hazel is also a great gentle toner, but is a little more drying than green tea.

Honey is a naturally gentle cleanser that will aid in healing and leave your skin soft and smooth.
Yogurt, another natural antibacterial, soothes and softens, locking in moisture.
Oatmeal will soothe irritated or dry skin that is developing sensitivity.
Avocado and Extra Virgin Olive Oil are amazing deep conditioners. Use on hair and skin for great results!
Green tea is a wonderful antioxidant that can also soothe dry skin. It's rumored to have anti-aging qualities as well.

SWEET TIP: If dry skin is extremely sensitive and becomes irritated when wearing homemade masks, apply a thin layer of warm honey to skin and then apply the mask on top of that. The honey will act as a breathable filter for your skin, softening and cleansing while allowing the mask ingredients to seep through and work through the protection of the honey 'shield'.

Hope these options help your skin feel fabulous, Raznoggle darling. Who knows? One of these might be your new favorite spa treatment :) Happy pampering!

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