How to Have a 100% Natural Facial At Home

Love going to the spa? Like the fresh glow on your skin after an afternoon of pampering? You can also have a facial at home with 100% natural ingredients--things you find in your pantry or fridge. Here's how:

1. Exfoliate with a brown sugar scrub. Mix brown sugar with some honey and gently exfoliate in circular motion.
 
2. If you have a portable face basin, that's great. If not, any deep bowl larger than your face will do. Fill about half of the container with hot water and lean your face over it for 5-10 mins. Cover your head with a large towel to trap the steam. Be aware! Don't dip your face too low! That's why it's important that the container is just half full.
                                                     

3. Get rid of black heads with 2 simple tools: egg-white and oil-blotting paper. If you can't find this useful paper, try baking paper. Cut the paper to fit the grooves of your nose, chin, and forehead. Thinly layer egg-white onto these areas, lay the paper cutouts on top, then finish with another layer of egg-white on top of the paper. Wait until the paper feels completely dry, and TEAR away the paper as FAST as you can. You'll see some disgusting things on it,  I promise

                                                          
                                                   


4. Prepare a soy mask. You can buy dry soy nuts at any Asian food store or natural food market. They're the matured edamame beans that look yellow and can be eaten as a snack when roasted. Soak a cupful of soy nuts in cold water the night before your facial and they'll soften up. Grind them up in a blender with 3 cups of water until they're basically mush. Drain the water and you'll get a nice cup of soy pulp. Don't toss the liquids away. Bring it to a slow boil over low heat and VOILA! you'll get fresh, homemade soymilk! Be careful though, when soymilk comes to a boil, it quickly runs out of the pot and spills EVERYWHERE so you have to watch it carefully. Mix the leftover pulp with honey and flour until it becomes a thick, moist paste and spread it on your face. Let it sit for about 15 mins and rinseYou'll notice silky and brightened skin instantly, not joking!  

                                                                                                  
5. Give your self a face massage. Use an essential oil that you like or a good extra virgin olive oil will do just fine. Make sure you follow the line the muscles run on your face--rubbing the skin the wrong way does more harm than good.  Cleanse the skin with a warm towel after you're done.
  
                                              

Go ahead, give it a try on a weekend. Do it with a friend, with a sister, with your mother or daughter. You won't have to worry about the chemicals they put on your skin at commercial spas!


2 comments:

  1. Anonymous Says:

    what kinda of oil blotting paper do u use? for some reason the one im using is too soft, and is peeling off nothing

    Posted on February 24, 2010 at 6:44 PM  

    Sisi Says:

    I use any kind of Japanese oil blotting sheets that are made out of linen or rice paper.
    I find them at Daiso so a pack of 100 sheets costs only 2 bucks. You can also test out baking paper and see if it works for you. Hope this helps!

    Posted on February 24, 2010 at 7:22 PM  

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