Everyone can enjoy a natural spa experience right in your own home with these homemade recipes. The ingredients are truly natural, no chemicals, taken from fresh products that have "scrubbing" qualities. Simple as ever, inexpensive and you probably already have the ingredients somewhere in your kitchen or garden.
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Pumpkins are great for more than carving! Mix a pumpkin-pie face scrub to not only exfoliate the dead, dull, and dry skin cells that build up over the summer months (from sunscreens, sun exposure, sweat, and pollution!) but also to moisturize, which is essential as the temperatures and humidity start to drop.
Just mix two tablespoons of cooked and mashed pumpkin (canned pumpkin works too) with two tablespoons plain, full-fat yogurt and one tablespoon ground, raw oats. Apply it to your face and let it sit for five minutes before using your fingers to gently scrub your face in small circular motions. The lactic acid in the yogurt, as well as the alpha hydroxy acids in the pumpkin will loosen the dead skin cells while the oats gently exfoliate and the fat in the yogurt hydrates.
Crunchy, juicy cucumbers don't just refresh summer meals; they're also low in calories and deliver skin-firming vitamin C and caffeic acid, which may protect skin cells against UVB rays, a cause of wrinkles and age spots. They also provide loads of water - cukes are 95% water!
Cucumbers aren't just for munching - here are a few unusual ways to use them:
Peel a cuke, blend it with water and press the puree through a sieve for a flavorful drink or as a base for lemonade.
Soothe your sunburn by halving a cucumber length-wise and rubbing it on scorched skin as you would aloe. Vitamin C can turn down the dial on inflammation damage in the skin.
Place slices over puffy eyes - anti-inflammatory properties may help to reduce swelling.
Physical tension caused by standing at yourjob all day or carrying umpteen bags of junk out of the basement can be relieved by getting a massage to relax those worn muscles and limbs. If you can’t afford a weekly massage, opt for a special spa day after a demanding workout when you can splurge and get the works, including a full body massage. You’ll feel so good afterwards that you won’t put off cleaning the basement so long the next time.
In the first century, Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra used the gooey substance inside the leaves of this hardy succulent to moisturize their skin.
Today it's still revered as a natural hydrator because the gel is made primarily of water and fatty acids. Aloe is also effective at healing wounds. A study found it to be a better anti-inflammatory for skin irritations than 1 percent hydrocortisone cream. You can keep it in your house, cut off part of a leaf, and apply the gel directly onto dry, irritated, or burned skin.