facial masks http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12142/all en-US 4 Easy, Natural DIY Facial Products You Have to Try http://www.wisebread.com/4-easy-natural-diy-facial-products-you-have-to-try <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-easy-natural-diy-facial-products-you-have-to-try" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/facial-4460113-small.jpg" alt="facial" title="facial" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In today's beauty industry, there's a shift happening where more brands are focusing on using natural ingredients in their products to solve a number of skin ailments. While many of these products carry a hefty price tag, there are some ways to get around the sticker shock by making them yourself. Here's a collection of easy-to-make formulas that use many ingredients already in your kitchen. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-avocado-face-mask-and-other-natural-beauty-experiments">The Avocado Face Mask and Other Natural Beauty Experiments</a>)</p> <h2>1. Olive Oil Face Cleanser</h2> <p>Despite what you might expect, using oil on your face is actually a clever way to remove excess oil and dirt. Think of it this way &mdash; oil and water do not mix, but oil and oil <em>do</em>. Applying store brand olive oil (try to keep it on the lighter side, like virgin or extra virgin) with a cotton swab and then wiping off can help cleanse skin and remove dirt, sweat, and oil.</p> <h2>2. Facial Toners With Witch Hazel</h2> <p>An easy and simple face toner can be made with common ingredients that are probably already in your medicine cabinet. Make a simple facial toner with:</p> <ul> <li>3 parts water (or rose water if you've got it)</li> <li>1 part <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel" target="_blank">witch hazel</a></li> <li>1 part vegetable glycerin (available at health food stores, vitamin shops, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Solutions-Glycerine-Vegetable-16-Fluid-Ounces/dp/B0019LWU2K" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>)</li> </ul> <p>Since there isn't a preservative to keep bacteria out of this, it's best to make small amounts and keep it in the fridge. Shake well before use to mix the glycerin and the water. Use within a week.</p> <h2 class="western">3. Face (and Body) Scrubs</h2> <p>Exfoliating scrubs are probably the easiest beauty product to make, and they can be completely customized to fit your preferences. First, decide on your exfoliant:</p> <ul> <li>Face: Brown sugar, colloidal oatmeal, or nut meals (like almond) are gentle enough for the sensitive skin of the face.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Body: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-uses-for-salt-besides-seasoning" target="_blank">Sea salt with a coarser grain</a> will help scrub down larger areas.</li> </ul> <p>Start with one part exfoliant and one part oil, then increase or decrease oil amounts depending on preference. Some people like completely dry scrubs, while other prefer oil-heavy scrubs, which have better spreadability. It's completely up to you!</p> <h2>4. Face Masks</h2> <p>There are endless ingredients that can be used to make dry facial masks, but the most effective are charcoal and cocoa powder.</p> <p>It may sound bizarre, but using charcoal on the face is one of the best ways to remove dirt and toxins from under the surface of the epidermis. The easiest way to get ahold of ground charcoal is to buy a jar of charcoal pills, open the capsules, and add to the wet ingredient of your choosing (more on that later). Charcoal masks should be used for oily and acne-prone skin, as they may be too severe for dry or aging skin.</p> <p>For skin that needs more nourishing, using unsweetened cocoa powder delivers antioxidants directly to the face to help promote restoration and repair.</p> <p>The best part about making your own face masks is the ability to completely customize their formulas, by using any variety of wet ingredients.</p> <ul> <li>Oily skin should stick to citrus juices as they help to cleanse.</li> <li>Combination skin should use alternative milks that are on the thinner side, like almond.</li> <li>Dry skin does well with thicker ingredients like yogurts and alternative milks (like soy).</li> <li>And, of course, water can be used for a no-frills ingredient for all skin types.</li> </ul> <p>To make a face mask: Add the dry ingredient to a small bowl (like a sauce bowl or a shot glass), then add enough of a wet ingredient to form a thick paste. Apply to the face and let dry, then rinse well. Pat skin dry with a soft cloth and apply a moisturizer after.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite home beauty recipes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/megan-brame">Megan Brame</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-easy-natural-diy-facial-products-you-have-to-try">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-lip-glosses">The 5 Best Lip Glosses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-facial-cleansing-wipes">The 5 Best Facial Cleansing Wipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-false-eyelashes">The 5 Best False Eyelashes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-anti-aging-creams">The 5 Best Anti-Aging Creams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-foundations">The 5 Best Foundations</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty bath and body beauty products facial masks Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:24:30 +0000 Megan Brame 980664 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/spa.jpg" alt="Woman receiving a spa treatment" title="Woman receiving a spa treatment" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the worst things about tightening your budget is giving up the little things. Spa treatments are definitely little things with a cost that adds up quickly. Fortunately, you can give yourself a number of spa treatments from the comfort of your home at a fraction of the price. While it&rsquo;s not the same as having someone wait on you hand and foot, these at-home treatments can keep you looking and feeling your best in tough times. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/spa-bathrooms-on-the-cheap">Spa Bathrooms on the Cheap</a>)</p> <h2>1. Manicures</h2> <p>Manicures are easy to do yourself. What&rsquo;s more, they provide you with a meditative experience. Get that old nail polish off, and trim your nails to just a bit longer than your preferred length. Then file them into the shape you would like. Soak your hands in warm water for ten minutes before applying a cuticle oil and pushing your cuticles back. Exfoliate your hands, apply a little moisturizer, and get ready to put on polish. Your hands will be looking great at a fraction of the cost.</p> <h2>2. Deep Conditioning</h2> <p>You can give yourself a deep conditioning at home with natural ingredients. To <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">make your own deep conditioner</a>, you&rsquo;ll need a jar of natural mayonnaise and half an avocado. Mash the avocado into the mayonnaise, and work it into your hair. Then cover the hair with a shower cap and a warm, wet towel. Read a book or magazine for 20 minutes, then rinse your hair out.</p> <h2>3. Massage</h2> <p>No, you don&rsquo;t have to press your significant other into service for this one. You can give yourself a massage that will have you feeling soothed and relaxed. Start at the base of your head with your left hand massaging your right side. Work your way down, then switch. Use your fingers to get the small areas of your spine. You can also easily massage your hands and feet. While nothing beats a good shiatsu, this will do the trick in a pinch.</p> <h2>4. Aromatherapy</h2> <p>Have a good soak in the tub with homemade aromatherapy treatments. The base of all aromatherapy bath salts is one part sea salt, two parts baking soda, and one part Epsom salts. Mix it all up, and add a few drops at a time of your favorite essential oil scents. Scents like vanilla and chamomile are popular for relaxing in the tub. Sit and soak in the tub for as long as you need to and get the aromatherapy spa experience at home.</p> <h2>5. Waxing</h2> <p>While it&rsquo;s not generally a good idea to wax your more delicate bits at home, you can wax your eyebrows, legs, and arms without great difficulty. Roller waxes are perfect for the novice who doesn&rsquo;t want to get wax all over their bathroom. Shower before you wax, and pick a wax with moisturizer in it if you have sensitive skin.</p> <h2>6. Steam Facials</h2> <p>Steam facials are very easy to give yourself at home. Boil water and let it sit for a bit before steeping herbs in the water. Good herbs for a steam facial include peppermint, green tea, and lavender. You need the water to be hot enough to provide five minutes of steam. Once the herbs have steeped for a few minutes, put your face and the water underneath a towel. This keeps the steam in, opening your pores up for deep cleaning. Always wash your face and remove all makeup before giving yourself any kind of facial treatment.</p> <h2>7. Natural Facial Masks</h2> <p>After you&rsquo;ve spent five minutes in your steam tent, you can apply a natural facial mask you make at home. Mix some milk and honey together in a bowl. The resulting mixture should be both creamy and sticky. Make sure to keep your hair back away from the face, then apply the mixture. Lay down on your bed, throw some cucumber slices over your eyes, and relax for 15 minutes. When you&rsquo;re done, rinse first with warm water, then with cold. Dab your face dry (don&rsquo;t wipe!) and apply your favorite moisturizer.</p> <h2>8. Exfoliating</h2> <p>You can make your own exfoliating scrubs at home that work for the whole body. Put table salt into a container, then fill the container with olive oil just past the line formed by the salt. Mix it up and apply it to every part of your body you want to exfoliate. Rub it in good, then rinse to remove.</p> <h2>9. Dying Your Hair</h2> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re looking to cover up grey or just give yourself a bold new look, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dye-your-own-hair-without-a-beauty-disaster">dying your hair at home</a> is simple and easy. You can get quality hair dyes from any drug store for a reasonable price. Cover your hair with a shower cap after you have saturated it with the dye. Also, be very careful &mdash; hair dye stains easily, so don&rsquo;t wear anything that&rsquo;s too important to you while you&rsquo;re coloring your hair.</p> <h2>10. Pedicures</h2> <p>The steps to a home pedicure are much the same as a manicure. Soak your feet before shaping your nails. Throw some exfoliant on your feet to remove layers of dead skin. Now you&rsquo;re ready to apply your favorite color to your toes.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nicholas-pell">Nicholas Pell</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-shampoos">The 5 Best Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-great-oils-for-healthier-hair">7 Great Oils for Healthier Hair</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-give-yourself-a-manicure-at-home">How to Give Yourself a Manicure at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-easy-natural-diy-facial-products-you-have-to-try">4 Easy, Natural DIY Facial Products You Have to Try</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty diy spa facial masks hair care massage Wed, 28 Dec 2011 10:48:20 +0000 Nicholas Pell 839736 at http://www.wisebread.com