So glad to see the weather clearing up and the sun shining bright. Though even on the brightest of days I like to treat myself to some at home DIY masks and scrubs. Being a stay at home mom means I have a seriously tight budget; a word I seriously hate. With this I learned to get the luxurious spa feel at home with a great price. Most of these products are found right in your kitchen which makes them multi-functional; even better!
- Honey Facial Mask- I recommend using a raw honey, or at least a honey that does not have tons of artificial ingredients and sweeteners in it. I use Trader Joe's Organic Raw Honey. Take no more than a tablespoon into the palm of your hand and it instantly begins to melt with the warmth of your skin. Apply it evenly to your face [lips included] and let it sit anywhere from 10-30 minutes. Wash off with warm water and you will reveal moist, glowing skin.
- Avocado Hair Mask- In addition to my coconut oil holy grail, I use this mask maybe once a week. Half of an avocado and about a tablespoon of olive oil [or just enough to get the consistency creamy and not lumpy]. Leave this in hair for about 30 min and shampoo out. The avocado is perfect for dry/itchy scalp because of its moisturizing agents. It also nourishes your ends and leaves your hair feeling super soft.
- Egg Yolk Hair Mask- Use 1 egg yolk and a tablespoon of olive oil. Apply to ends and wash out. The egg yolk really helps to strengthen and repair damaged hair. It also leaves your hair with a nice shine.
- Coconut Foot Scrub- Take 1/2 cup of sugar and about 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil , mix together and apply to feet. Massage feet in circular motions and wash off. The sugar acts as an exfoliator to remove the dead skin and the coconut oil moisturizes the skin.
- Baking Soda Hair Cleanser- Take a handful of baking soda and mix some drops of water until you have a paste. Massage into scalp for 5-10 min and rinse out with water. By far one of my favorite ways to cleanse my hair. Though baking soda is a chemical, it is the weakest alkaline and extremely gentle on your hair. It breaks down any build up on your scalp without harsh detergents found in shampoos.
I do these simple DIY'S 2-3 times a week. Not each of them in one sitting; for example, Monday I'll do the honey mask, Thursday the egg yolk treatment and Friday the baking soda cleanser. Then the next week I may do some thing different on Tuesday and Thursday. I do not stick to one particular schedule and you don't have to either. This is about convenience with what you have available at the moment and how much time you have throughout the week. Mom's are busy and can't play spa everyday! It helps to take 1 day, or 2 days if you lucky, out of the week to de-stress and pamper yourself.