Thursday, March 31, 2011

Girls' Night In: Homemade Spa Night

Sometimes you need a night away from the men in your life. Having a girls' night in with homemade facials was a lot easier than going out. The ingredients were already in my kitchen or can easily be found at any grocery store. Which was great for me because I am not a product person nor do I really know how to do all that "girly stuff".
These facials are an easy 4-step process that leave your skin feeling great. 

Step 1: Cleanse. This helps to remove the dirt, oil and makeup. 
Thyme and Fennel Seed Cleanser (for normal skin)   Source
2 sprigs fresh thyme, crumbled (or 1/2 T dried Thyme)
2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed
1/2 cup boiling water
Juice of Half Lemon
- Mix the thyme and fennel seed in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Add lemon juice and steep for 15 minutes. Strain the infusion and store the liquid in a jar, in the refrigerator. 
-To use: Dab it on your face and neck with a cotton ball, and rinse.

Step 2: Tone. Applying a toner closes your pores, and also gets any junk the cleanser might have missed. I have read that it will also restore the pH level of your skin.
After the cleanser, applying a lemon juice toner really cleaned out the pores. It tingles a little but feels so good after. Easy as squeezing lemon juice onto a cotton ball and working around your face.

Step 3: Exfoliate. A great way to get ready for the mask is to exfoliate. Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells off. 
Lemon, Cornmeal and Honey Exfoliate  Source
1 cup of cornmeal
juice of 1 lemon
- Place the cornmeal in a mixing bowl and squeeze a lemon into it. Scoop the pulp of the lemon out, discard the seeds and add it to the cornmeal. Pour as much honey as required to attain a creamy texture and stir well. 
- Moisten your skin and gently begin to exfoliate the skin in a circular motion, keeping your eyes closed during the process. For the next one minute gently rub the face and neck with the prepared scrub and then rinse well. You will need only one tablespoon of the prepared scrub for one exfoliation. The rest of the scrub can be stored in the refrigerator up to the next two weeks in an airtight container.

Step 4: Mask. This mask is very moisturizing. 
Avocado Yogurt Mask   Source
1 ripe avacado
4 Tablespoons plain yogurt

Puree avocado and blend with plain yogurt. Apply to face and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. 

Each of the cleanser, exfoliate, and mask made a lot more than was needed for 4 girls. I used 2 avocados to be safe, but one would have worked. When the masks were on, we filed and painted our nails. It was a great girl's night that was simple, relaxing, and made from a lot of things you already have on hand. Speaking of on hand, there is oatmeal in my photo from a hand scrub we did not get it. However with our faces feeling so soft it wasn't wanted.

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