Spa days and facials are great to supplement and boost your at home care. They are also beneficial because they help you relax and its nice to have someone else take care of us every now and again. Between your visits to our spa for your routine facial, there are plenty of ways to care for your skin at home, including several Do-It-Yourself facial masks and scrubs.
One of our favorite DIY facial masks can be made with ingredients that are likely already in your kitchen – but if not, simple enough and inexpensive enough to pick up at your local grocer. The Honey and Yogurt Facial Mask is a DIY home spa facial because of its many natural benefits.
- One scoop of yogurt (about 1 Tbs)
- A squeeze of honey (about 1 tsp)
- A sprinkle of cinnamon (about ½ tsp)
- pinch of nutmeg (about ½ tsp)
- Remove any makeup and rinse your face with warm water or perform a steam cleanse.
- Blend the ingredients in a small bowl or in a cup.
- Apply to your face and leave for 5 to 10 minutes. Avoid around your eyes and mouth. (You may feel some tingling).
- Wash with warm water.
Yogurt contains lactic acid – a common ingredient in many skin care products – that is used to exfoliate the surface layer of dead skin cells from your face. Exfoliation in turn helps to brighten and even your skin tone.
Yogurt also contains probiotics which when applied to your face can help to heal some of the minor blemishes (or popped pimples) you may have.
Honey has antimicrobial abilities – one of its original uses was to treat wounds and was used as a topical ointment in addition to being consumed. In fact, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information “honey has been reported to have an inhibitory effect on around 60 species of bacteria, some species of fungi and viruses.” This aspect of honey also aids in healing blemishes and killing bacteria within your pores that lead to pimples and blackheads.
Honey is also packed with antioxidants, which also helps fight some of the causes behind acne, and it rehydrates dull skin.
This flavorful food additive actually stimulates blood flow (remember that tingling you felt?). Increase blood flow helps bring more oxygen to your skin cells, making them healthier and fuller while taking away toxins to be flushed from your system.
Not just another fall time seasoning, nutmeg helps to plump the skin cells, making them fuller and, in turn, reducing fine lines and minimizing wrinkles.