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Homemade Spa Products Recipes

Published May 05, 2011        by Sarah

Image by karenandbrademerson on FlickrThe next time you want to relax and have a little spa time, or want to create a unique spa basket for a friend, you can create your own spa products. It’s much cheaper than going to a spa and you’ll know that you’re going chemical-free. Invite some friends over to make the products with you and then you can all have a relaxing spa night.

Cucumber Eye Gel

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  • 1/4 large cucumber
  • 1 ounce aloe vera gel

Puree the cucumber in a blender (leave a little pulp), strain the mixture into a glass bowl until you have at least 2 ounces. Spoon in just a tad of the pulp from the strainer). Add the aloe vera to the cucumber puree in the bowl and mix lightly. Pour into a clean, sterilized container. After cleansing face, stir mixture gently and apply with a cotton ball to under eye area.  Avoid the eyeball. The shelf life of this product is very limited by the fresh cucumber. It should be used within a few days, and kept refrigerated between uses.

Watermelon Toner

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  • 2 Tablespoons fresh watermelon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon vodka
  • 2 Tablespoons witch hazel
  • 2 Tablespoons distilled water

Strain the watermelon juice to get rid of seeds and fruit pieces.  Combine all ingredients in small bowl and stir well. Pour into clean containers with tight-fitting lids. To use: pour a small amount on a clean cotton pad and apply to face. Store in fridge between uses to retain freshness.  Will keep approximately one week.

Image by ppacificvancouver on FlickrChocolate Facial Mask

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This creamy mask is an excellent moisturizer, leaving your skin baby soft. Recommended for normal skin.

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tsp. oatmeal

Mix all ingredients together (a bullet blender is ideal) and smooth onto face. Relax for 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water. Tip:  You've heard the adage "Never cook with wine you wouldn't drink."  This holds equally true for home spa remedies.  Never use ingredients for your home spa treatments that you wouldn't want to eat.  Your skin, the largest organ on your body, breathes and is porous. It will absorb the properties of the ingredients you are using.  Don't "clean out the fridge or pantry" to create your home skincare remedies.  Use fresh, high quality ingredients for the best results, and do not store the treatment longer than the shelf life of the most perishable ingredient.

Image by visit~fingerlakes on FlickrApple-Pear Anti-Wrinkle Cream

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  • 1 tsp apple juice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 2 T buttermilk
  • 1 T rosemary leaves
  • 3 seedless grapes
  • 1/4 pear
  • 2 egg whites

Blend all ingredients in a blender on medium speed for 30 seconds. Using a cotton ball, dab mixture on areas around the eyes and wherever wrinkles have developed. Let dry, then rinse with warm water. Use no more than 3 times a week. Follow with a moisturizer. Cover and refrigerate immediately.  Shelf life: 4 days.

Try these skin care products that you make in your own kitchen and you may never again go back to store-bought products. The results will be fresh, natural, supple -looking skin that’s been pampered by nature, not harmful chemicals. And plus, its fun to get messy in the kitchen brewing up concoctions.

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