In this sluggish economy, there's really no need to spend $200+ on a trendy spa facial. A quick search around the kitchen will yield affordable ingredients to whip up a natural, DIY treatment for all skin types. With a little know-how, the following common household items can create a radiant visage in no time. Also, be sure that everything is certified organic to preserve ingredient purity.
Honey: For an easy moisturizing fix, mix one tablespoon of raw organic honey with a few drops of organic milk. Coconut, almond, hemp, or soy milk can also be used. Slather this healing mask on the face for 5-10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. Honey has antibacterial properties so it's ideal for treating small pimples. It can also treat dry, cracked lips.
Oatmeal & Yogurt: Got flaky skin? Oatmeal flakes are a wonderful, gentle physical exfoliant while the lactic acid in yogurt provides mild exfoliation. Combine a tablespoon of pulverized oatmeal with a tablespoon of plain yogurt. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off with warm water. For oily skin, add half of a mashed banana to the mixture.
Lemon: High in Vitamin C, lemons are a great source of antioxidants for maintaining a youthful face. To brighten and even out dull complexions, mix several drops of lemon juice with a tablespoon of honey. Apply to the face for 15 minutes, then rinse off completely. For sensitive skin, be sure to dilute the lemon juice with water.
Olive Oil: Out of makeup remover or facial cleanser? Add several drops of organic extra-virgin olive oil to a cotton pad or Q-tip, then gently wipe debris and makeup off the face. Rich in anti-inflammatory phenols and Vitamins A and E, this kitchen staple can also double as a nighttime moisturizer or eye cream. For other oil cleanser alternatives, jojoba, sunflower, almond and argan oils also work very well.