by Sherrell (A Seattle native currently surviving the stiletto clamored streets of NYC, Sherrell enjoys quenching her thirst of finding the latest and greatest in beauty. You can find out more about Sherrell by visiting her blog at www.OrganicBeautyVixen.com).
Waste not, want not. That’s what grandma used to say, so don’t you dare throw out the unused contents in your pantry or refrigerator before cooking up some beauty recipes in our 5 step homemade facial. Let your leftovers come to life with an easy guide that will save you tons of money and a visit to the spa!
Step 1: Cleanse - You can’t start a facial without a clean palate. Wipe off the makeup and debri from a long night of cocktails and fratenizing and gently cleanse your skin with 1/2 a fresh squeezed
lemon and water. Lemon has natural antiseptic properties and will give your skin a fresh, clean feel.
Step 2: Tone - Put your skin on a low-cholesterol diet with an egg white mask as your toner. Take the egg white from 1 egg and gently spread on the face using circular motions from your chin until you reach your forehead; always remembering to circle up to prevent wrinkles. Wash thoroughly with cool water.
Step 3: Exfoliate - Mix in 1/4 cup brown sugar with 2 tbsps of olive oil for a natural exfoliator that will help eliminate dead skin cells and allow fresh skin to reach the surface revealing new, clear, bright skin. Lightly exfoliate in upward motions. Scrubing too much or too hard can damage the skin and cause scarring so be sure to be gentle. Cleanse with a hot towel until all residue is removed. Finish by applying a warm towel and holding for 30 seconds
Note: For oily, sensitive or acneic skin, omit this step.
Step 4: Treat- Grab 1/2 cup of oatmeal and mix with honey for a great treatment mask. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes to tighten and hydrate skin. Rinse thoroughly. For sensitive skin, soak in cool water before applying.
Step 5: Moisturize - Take 1 - 2 tsps of olive oil and lightly apply to face with sweeping motions. Once applied, sprinkle fingers with cool water and sweep again until water is absorbed. This final step will help push the olive oil into the skin and keep the skin hydrated all day long.
Note: If you have oily skin skip this step and splash cool water. Pat dry with dry wash cloth