DIY HOME SPA
Home spa with common kitchen ingredients
Are you longing for a nice home spa treatment, but you don’t have a facial mask or body scrub on the shelf? You can come a long way with ingredients from your kitchen and garden. We would like to share our best and easiest recipes for skincare. Making a home spa is also a cozy way to spend time with children or friends.
Avocado facial mask for one
Avocado contains many beneficial nutrients that help repair damaged skin and reduce redness. Pure honey has beneficial antibacterial properties that cleanse the skin while at the same time calming and moisturising it.
/ ½ avocado
/ 1 tablespoon honey
/ Mash the avocado and mix it with the honey
/ Smooth it all over your face and let sit for 20 minutes
/ Remove the mask with a warm, damp cloth or rinse it off with water
/ Finish up with your favourite facial skincare product.
Exfoliating facial mask for one
Use this face mask to gently exfoliate your skin with the chia seeds. The lemon juice cleanses and tones while the honey and coconut oil leave your skin supple and moisturised.
/ ½ teaspoon honey
/ 1 teaspoon coconut oil
/ 1 teaspoon chia seeds
/ 5 drops of lemon juice
/ Mix the ingredients in a bowl and let them settle for a while
/ Spread the mask across the face by massaging the mask on the skin, so that the chia seeds gently exfoliate the skin while the oil and honey soften it
/ Leave the mask on the skin for 15-20 minutes. Remove it with a warm, damp cloth or rinse it off with water
/ Finish up with your favourite skincare products
Yogurt face mask
Yogurt contains a lot of beneficial lactic acid bacteria. When it is spread on the skin, it has a calming effect. Choose a high fat yoghurt with Lactobacillus acidophilus and spread an even layer all over your face. Let sit for 15-20 minutes. Remove the mask with a warm, damp washcloth and finish it off with your favourite skincare products.
Face mask with cucumber
Cucumber cut into thin slices is one of the simplest face masks you can make at home. Cucumber has a pleasant cooling effect on the skin and is very moisturising. Besides that, cucumber contains oxidants that can help to reduce skin inflammation and irritation.
/ Use a vegetable peeler to make long thin strips of cucumber and place them all over the skin on your face, neck and upper chest. Naturally, this is easiest if you do this while lying down. Place them on your skin for ten minutes.
This might be a good time for a power nap.
Body scrub for one
Mild, exfoliating body scrub that helps to remove dead skin cells and reduce dry skin on the legs. Salt has a cleansing effect on the body while the oil nourishes and moisturises the skin. Honey has antibacterial qualities that have a cleansing effect on the skin.
/ 1 ½ teaspoons fine salt (Himalayan salt, sugar or coffee grounds can also be used)
/ 1 teaspoon coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil
/ 1 ½ tablespoons honey
Other ingredients can be added to the mixture: Essential oils, grated lemon peel, juice from citrus fruits, tea leaves, grated ginger, dry or fresh flower petals. The possibilities are endless.
/ Mix the ingredients in a bowl until the body scrub has a good consistency and can be applied to the body without being too dry and without sliding off the skin.
/ Go into the shower and start by washing your hair and then wash your body until you are finished. If you have long hair, put your freshly washed hair in a topknot so that you do not need to touch it while you have the body scrub on your hands.
/ Turn off the water. Massage your body scrub softly into your skin with circular movements. Let it sit on your skin as long as you like, so that your body can absorb all of the beneficial nutrients before you rinse it off. Rinse your body quickly so that the nourishing oils remain on your skin.
/ Pat your skin with a towel until it is dry.
Cooling face mist with rose water and green tea
This cooling face spray freshens up your skin and senses immediately. The mixture of antioxidant-rich tea and the revitalizing rose water has a mild, calming effect on your skin. It smells wonderful and making it is a lovely activity to share with children.
/ 1 cup of green tea
/ 3 big handfuls of rose petals
/ Distilled water
/ Make a cup of your favourite green tea, ideally with distilled water. Let it cool off.
/ Rinse the rose petals and put them in a small saucepan.*
/ Add water (preferably distilled) until it just covers the top leaves.
/ Put a lid on the pan and heat it at a warm temperature until most of the colour fades from the rose petals for about 20 minutes. Avoid boiling the water, as that would spoil the active qualities of the rosewater and its colour.
/ Let the rose water cool down. Filter the rose petals with a sieve or a fine cloth so that only the filtered rose water is left.
/ Mix the rose water and the green tea in equal portions in a sterilized container and let it cool off completely. Store the liquid in a refrigerator or an insulated bag until you want to use it. We suggest reusing Karmamejus face mist bottles.
*If you pluck wild roses or roses from a garden, you can take the petals off the flower and place them on a cloth outside for half an hour, so any insects can crawl off on their own.