Homemade Facial Masks that Really Work

Who doesn’t love a trip to the day spa? But let’s face it, there’s a recession going on out there, and dropping a week’s salary on an hour of pampering just isn’t feasible for most of us. But there are ways to get that fresh from the spa feel for your skin right from the comfort of your own home. The key is to replicate the fundamentals of high end treatments… for less. And the best part? You don’t have to wait three weeks to get an appointment!

So light a few scented candles, throw on your fluffiest robe, and try one of these homemade masks tonight:

Purrfectly Smoothing Mask

Apparently, kitty litter is made from the same stuff as those high end clay masks. Here’s a quick and easy way to make the most of an inexpensive bag of cat sand:

  • 2 tablespoons cat litter (must be marked 100% natural clay)
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • Couple of drops tea tree oil

 Mix all ingredients in a bowl, apply to face, and leave on for about 15 minutes. Gently wash off, pat dry, and follow up with an oil free moisturizer.

Strawberries and Cream

According to beauty gurus, strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid which (if you’ve been reading this blog!) you know is excellent for fighting acne. Combine them with the soothing and moisturizing properties of yogurt for a cool and yummy mask:

  • ¼ cup fresh strawberries (not frozen!)
  • ¼ plain yogurt

Mash the strawberries into the yogurt, and spread evenly across your face—avoiding your eyes. Wash off after about 10-15 minutes.

The One-Two Punch

For people with combination skin, it can be hard to find a mask that evens out both the oily and dry parts of your face. Here’s one that actually works:

  • 5 fresh rose petals
  • 2 tbsp rosewater
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt
  • ½ tbsp honey (microwaving the honey for a few seconds will make it easier to work with)

Soak the rose petals in water for a few minutes, and then crush them in a bowl. Add the rosewater, yogurt, and honey. Mix well and apply to your skin. Leave on for 15 minutes, and then rinse.

 Anyone have a homemade facial mask that they swear by?

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