Homemade Beauty Products: Go Green

Everyone knows the old cucumbers on the eyes to reduce puffiness trick. But we’ll bet you’ve got the ingredients in your cupboards to do a whole spa treatment from home! Try out these recipes:

1. Make your own astringent: Start with an empty bottle (tip: use the astringent you have and when you run out, reuse the bottle to make your own). Fill the bottle about 60-70% with water. Fill the bottle the remainder of the way with apple cider or any other type of vinegar. OK, don’t use balsamic. Add 5 to 7 drops of essential oil to the bottle. Good choices include sandalwood, sage, peppermint, tea tree, lavendar, rose and cucumber. You can add more drops once you’ve tested, to reach the desired scent. Place cap on the bottle and shake until mixed. Store the astringent in the fridge for a refreshing facial treat.

2. Yogurt-aloe masque: Mix one half-cup plain yogurt and two tablespoons aloe gel (you can also use an aloe leaf, removing the skin and mashing the pulp) to form a paste. The paste can be massaged into skin, left on for one or two minutes, the rinsed off. This masque is good for irritated, sensitive skin.

3. Yogurt-oatmeal masque: Mix two tablespoons plain yogurt, one tablespoon oatmeal, and one tablespoon honey to form a paste. Follow instructions above to clean skin. This masque works as a natural face-lifting if you let the first layer dry completely and then apply another layer on top of it. Rinse after it has dried.

4. Pineapple-papaya peel: Puree pineapple and papaya in a blender, add honey and mix thoroughly. Wash your face and then apply the mixture to your skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for no more than 5 minutes, rinse with cool water. Don’t use this peel more than once a week. Note: when using this peel for the first time, keep for only 1-2 minutes to make sure there is no skin irritation.

5. Avocado masque: Mash half of an avocado and apply to entire face. Let set for about 20 minutes and then gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.