Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Love Love Kiss Kiss Blah Blah Blah

A DIY eco-friendly facial from The Conscious Shopper

My husband is not only the man of my dreams but was in fact my very first real boyfriend. Which means that until we met, I spent many a Valentine's Day nursing a pint of Ben and Jerry's all by my lonesome. Back then it seemed like Valentine's Day was specifically designed to remind me how much I sucked. Not to mention all that pink and red and hearts and plush toys. Gag me!

Eating an entire box of chocolates while wallowing in self pity may have made me feel better momentarily, but it probably wasn't the healthiest option. So for any Valentine's hating readers out there, here's another suggestion:

Host a Home Spa

Invite a few single friends over, put on your favorite movie, and pamper yourselves. To get your party started, here's a step by step guide to an eco-friendly, do-it-yourself facial:

MATERIALS:
  • coconut oil
  • grapeseed oil
  • lavender essential oil
  • chamomile tea bags
  • avocado
  • apple cider vinegar
  • aloe vera gel
  • vegetable glycerin
STEP ONE: CLEANSE

Mix one ounce of coconut oil with 1/4 ounce of grapeseed oil. Add in 5 drops of lavender essential oil. Dab onto your face with your fingers. Wipe off with a warm, dampened washcloth.

STEP TWO: STEAM

Place a couple chamomile tea bags in a pot of water. Bring to a boil, then place the pot on a potholder on a table. With hair secured, lean your head over the steaming pot. Make a tent over your head with a towel and stay there for 5 to 10 minutes.


STEP THREE: MASK

Mash an avocado with 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice. With slightly damp skin, apply the avocado to your face. Leave the mask on for 10 to 20 minutes, then remove with a wet washcloth and cold water.


STEP FOUR: TONE

Mix one part apple cider vinegar to one part water. Apply to face with a cotton ball or washcloth.

STEP FIVE: MOISTURIZE

Combine 1/2 c. distilled water, 1/2 c. aloe vera gel, 2 tsp. vegetable glycerin, 2 tsp. grapeseed oil, and 10-20 drops essential oil of choice. Apply to face with your fingers and rub in to your skin.


Giving credit where credit is due:

Most of the recipes in this post are modified from my DIY homecare bible, Better Basics for the Home, by Annie Berthold Bond.

The title of this post is the name of one of my favorite Alkaline Trio songs. To be honest, I wrote this post for the sole reason of being able to use that phrase in my title.

7 comments:

Wonderer said...

what a great idea! except the avocado part. I could never put a perfectly good avocado on my face, when my mouth is close by. ;-)

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

@Wonderer - I admit that a few spoonfuls went into my mouth before I started putting it on my face. Also, the avocado wasn't quite ripe enough, so it was very messy. There's another recipe for masks in the Better Basics book involving cornstarch and honey that I might try next time.

Robbyn said...

I'm excited about these great ideas for at home face cleaners. I've been researching more ways to create natural cleaners.

I'm also excited that you used an Alkaline Trio quote as your title. Made me smile first thing this morning.

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

@Robbyn - Hurray for another Alkalyne Trio fan!

Crunchy Chicken said...

I second the avocado issue as mentioned by Wonderer :)

Plus, all those oils sounds like a breakout in the making for me. I generally don't go for moisturizing masks given my skin type. Does this work on oily skin or just on dry?

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

@Crunchy Chicken - Grapeseed oil is a fairly neutral oil, so it's good for the face whether your skin is oily or dry. The coconut oil I think would be okay because you wash most of it off. I've read that it's not good for acne prone skin as a moisturizer. Avocado oil is a very rich oil so best for dry skin. I use it in my hand/body lotion, but not usually on my face. But for a once-in-awhile facial like this, I think it's fine. If you were going to try making your own cosmetics on a regular basis, you might want to experiment with different oils to see what works best for your skin. In general, avocado, apricot kernel, and almond are best for dry skin, and jojoba, grapeseed and sesame are good for oily skin.

If apple cider vinegar feels too harsh on your skin, you can use witch hazel extract.

Also, in case anyone is interested, here's the recipe for the conrstarch/honey mask I mentioned above:

Stir together 1/4 c. cornstarch and 1 Tbsp. honey. Cornstarch draws moisture off the face, and honey is emollient.

zee said...

I found myself smiling while reading your post! We recently published the first of our DIY spa series and we shared an Avocado facial mask recipe! Avocados are soo delicious and they make a great facial mask too! Ours had cucumber in it-- to give you that refreshing, cool feeling! need to learn more homemade recipes esp for the face -- they're safer and definitely cheaper!

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