Guest Post From: Amanda Kintz, RN, of crunchyhippielife.com
When I was younger and single (read: more available funds), I used to treat myself to a facial every month. It was a wonderful time of relaxation and pampering, but the $75 price tag made it out of the question once I was married and we had a stricter budget. I still wanted that special “me time,” so after some research, I developed a cheap, easy facial experience using only things in my pantry. The bonus was that these natural products were much healthier for my body!
To make this facial, you will need the following:
- Coconut Oil
- Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Apply a thin layer of honey to your face. Let it sit for 5 minutes or so. I do this daily as I’m getting ready for my day (brushing teeth, putting in contacts, etc). Wash off with a warm wash cloth.
Honey is a natural antibacterial agent and nourishes your skin while balancing oil. Adding honey was a game-changer for my skin, quickly clearing up any blemishes and leaving it revitalized and fresh. I recommend a honey wash to anyone struggling with acne.
Apply a very thin layer of coconut oil to the skin. In the picture I use a baby spoon as a reference for just how little oil you need. Wet a washcloth with water as hot as can be tolerated, wring it out and place over the face. The steam will open up pores and the coconut oil will dissolve anything clogging the pores. When the cloth cools, wipe the oil off your face.
Pour about a half tablespoon of baking soda into your hand and add just enough water to form a paste. Scrub your face with a gentle circular motion, starting with your chin and working your way up and meeting at the forehead. This will gently exfoliate your skin and clean out the areas now available thanks to the honey and coconut oil washes.
Dip a cotton ball into a mixture of 1 part ACV and 2 parts water (I use a ½ tablespoon to equal 1 part). Gently swipe your face in an upward and circular motion.
Using a light patting motion, apply an even smaller amount of coconut oil as a final moisturizer. For extra scent and skin benefits, consider adding an essential oil such as frankincense, geranium, or lavender.
From start to finish, this process takes less than 10 minutes. I have seen the most benefits for my skin when following this practice weekly, and it has become a sacred “mama time” among the average chaos that is being a working mother. Because it uses all ingredients that are found in my kitchen, I am able to find 10 minutes once a week to take care of myself without feeling guilty for spending time away from my family or spending excess money on myself. A win-win!
Amanda Kintz is an RN, natural health-loving wife and mom, author of Dirt Cheap Nutrition, and blogger at . She is typically found sipping coffee or running around a playground with her family.