One of my favorite parts of gathering household tips is finding all-natural solutions for skincare and beauty products--which is great, because Bruce doesn't really know the difference between eyeliner and mascara (don't let his HSN presentations fool you--he had to ask me what pressed powder was when we bought it for his demonstration). That's why I'm so excited to be having some of my best friends over tomorrow night for an all-natural beauty evening. Bruce and the boys are off to a movie, and we'll be making an exfoliater, toner, face masks, and moisturizer, all from natural ingredients I have at home. Here are the recipes we'll be using. Use them to throw your own all-natural beauty party--whether it's just for you, or with friends.
After washing your face, rub a paste of kosher salt, apple juice, and olive oil gently over your skin. When mixing the ingredients together, start with the salt and add a tiny bit of apple juice and then a tiny bit of olive oil--it should be paste-consistency, and the salt shouldn't dissolve. If you have sensitive skin, try coffee grounds instead of salt for a less-coarse exfoliant.
After removing any dead skin with the exfoliant, it's time for an all-natural toner! Toner will help your face get a fresh look, reduce puffiness, and tighten your pores. To make your own all-natural version, combine a quarter of a cucumber (no need to peel) with 1½ tablespoons witch hazel and 1 tablespoon water (distilled if you have it) in a blender. Add a little lemon juice and blend until smooth (which should only take a minute). Push through a mesh tea strainer and throw out the solids. Store the toner in the fridge, and when you’re ready to use it, dab on your face with a cotton pad or ball. It can be used daily and should last a few weeks.
Now for my favorite part of Beauty Night: face masks! I've gathered together to make the ingredients of several different all-natural face masks for different skins types, which I've posted about before. I usually go for the dry-skin mask, but simple avocado is pretty lovely, too! We may have to do more than one....
No Beauty Night would be complete without moisturizer! Moisturizer is a little harder to make from ingredients you already have around your home. You'll need to buy some vegetable glycerin, which can be found at vitamin shops, health-food stores, and at Amazon.com. Combine 1 ounce glycerin with 2 tablespoons honey, 1 ounce witch hazel, and a drop of your favorite essential oil for scent.