I've decided to put every Rand and cent I can spare toward my summer travels and so the idea for my DIY beauty regime was born. Last week I covered the first two steps: cleansing and exfoliating. This week we're on to the next two steps: Steaming and masking.
You've cleaned the canvas, removed superficial dirt and dead skin cells; it's now time to make the skin receptive to the rest of the treatment. Steaming opens up pores and makes blackheads easy to deal with. It leaves your skin cleaner and healthier and looking smooth.
I do it old school, like my mother often did it when I was younger. I cover my head with a towel over a bowl of steaming water for about five minutes. If your skin is sensitive, try wetting a washcloth in warm water and then pat your face with it. Repeat three times. If you use my method, please be very careful with the water.
The first face mask I ever tried (I was 16) was a homemade family recipe. It had tea bag leaves, honey and a bit of my peppermint scrub. It was a Friday night and a girlfriend and I were having a pamper party. For the next two weeks we walked around school and town feeling like the most beautiful misfits to ever set foot in that town. That's when I really began to understand how much better taking care of myself made me feel.
These recipes aren't mine. They were put together by the great people over at About.Com and more can be found here. The experts say oily skin needs mud or clay based masks to absorb the oil and dry skin needs hydrating masks.
- 1 banana, preferably ripe (you can keep ripe bananas in the freezer. Let it thaw before using)
- 1 tbsp honey
- An orange or a lemon
Add a few drops of juice from an orange or a lemon.
Apply to face for 15 minutes before rinsing with a cool washcloth or a steaming warm washcloth.
- 1 tsp powdered milk
- 1 tbsp runny honey
- 1 tsp aloe vera gel
- 2 drops essential oil