Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pamper Yourself the Eco Friendly Way!

Who says you have to spend thousands of dollars on spa treatments and undergo the pain of going to the dermatologist? We at Green Cleaners believe that only the most organic of ingredients should touch your skin, and we have found some simple, easy and fun recipes for you to make and apply in the comfort of your own home! So whether it's a girls' night in or much needed time to rejuvenate, we hope you enjoy the experience of pampering yourself - because you deserve it.

Pore Scrub
Though it is not really possible to shrink your pores, keeping them cleansed makes them appear smaller than they really are. For this Pore Minimizer Scrub (to be used every other day), you will need:

1 tablespoon of warm honey
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
3 drops of lemon juice

After cleansing your skin, massage into pore-plentiful areas for 3 minutes. Keep those circular motions going and rinse with lukewarm water. Remember that hot water opens pores, so keep it at room temperature.

Banana Peel Facial
There's something assuring about knowing you can have a full facial treatment with ingredients found in your kitchen all year round! Follow these simple steps to smoother skin. For this recipe, you will need:

1 banana, just ripe
1 tablespoon honey
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon wheat germ oil
1 tablespoon finely powdered oats
1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional, if mask will not be used immediately)
2 drops of essential oil (your scent of choice)

Peel and mash banana. Add honey, egg yolk, wheat germ oil, oats and lemon juice, if used. Mash further to form a smooth, creamy paste. If mask is too thick, add a bit of distilled water, and stir well until smooth. Add essential oils last, and stir to mix well. To use, apply to clean face and neck, avoiding eye and mouth areas. Rest for 10 minutes, or longer if your skin is very dry. Rinse with warm water and ta-da! Baby soft skin.

Sweet and Zesty Body Scrub
Body scrubs have numerous benefits - it cleans and exfoliates the skin, improves blood circulation and helps remove toxins. For this lemon and brown sugar infused scrub, you will need
1/4 cup coarse brown sugar (to gently exfoliate without drying) 1 cup grapeseed oil (to moisturize) 1/4 cup grated lemon peel (to invigorate your senses)

Mix together all of the ingredients. Gently rub this delicious scrub all over your body in a circular motion. Concentrate on rough areas like elbows, knees and heels. Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse off with warm water.

Homemade Chocfull of Beauty Facial Mask
Who doesn't love everything about chocolate? With this yummy recipe in tow, you can enjoy the benefits that this treat has on your skin whilst having the lovely aroma surround you as you beautify yourself! For this mask, you will need
1/3 cup raw cacao powder or cocoa powder 1/4 cup of raw honey 2 tablespoons of mashed avocado 3 teaspoons of cornmeal (if you're looking for a great natural exfoliator)

Simply blend all the above ingredients together until creamy. With clean hands, apply the mask to your face and any other part of your body that you so desire (hands and feet can greatly benefit). Gently massage your mask into your skin, leaving it on for 15 - 20 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water.

So there it is, a green way to end the day. We hope you give these home spa recipes a try and have a wonderful time making yourself look and feel beautiful!

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