D.I.Y. Cleansing and Moisturizing Strawberries & Cream Facial Mask

Strawberries and Cream Cleansing and Moisturizing Facial Mask

This facial mask is easy to make and uses only a couple simple ingredients yet it does a lot of good for your skin!  The cream in this recipe will leave your skin feeling moisturized and hydrated.  The strawberries help to fight acne as well as to lighten and fade acne scars and blemishes.  The honey has anti-septic properties and acts as a mild astringent.  It also aids in cleansing the skin of dirt and oil.

What you need:

  • 3 ripe strawberries
  • 1 tbsp. cream
  • 1 tsp. honey (raw is best)

What you do:

  • Cut the green tops off of the strawberries and cut the strawberries in half and place in a small bowl.  Mash the strawberries with a fork until a pulp forms.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the mashed strawberries and mix well until all ingredients are blended and a creamy-like consistency forms.
  • Apply the mixture to a clean and dry face as well as to your neck
  • Let the mixture sit until dry (while you sit back and relax in the meantime)
  • Rinse the mixture with warm water and pat skin dry.  Dab cold water onto face to close pores and follow up with a moisturizer

Comments:

  • This mixture can be a little drippy when you first apply it so you may want to lay a towel down on the counter where you are applying it.  You may also want to wear an old shirt when applying it as well.

 

Recipe adapted from (and original recipe) found at: HealthMunsta

Picture found at: Infusioneliquid

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Extra Strength Alpha Beta Face Peel

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peels

Ok, so it’s been a little too long since I’ve taken the time to do some beauty product reviews.  (I’m not really sure why it’s taken me so long either because I certainly haven’t stopped using beauty products….at all!)  Regardless, here comes one and hopefully more to follow in the near future.

I have always wanted to have a chemical peel done but can never actually bring myself to have one done because I don’t want to deal with the downtime of having a red, flaky, peeling face for a couple of days afterwards and the thought of them kind of freaks me out…just a little.  My skin can be very temperamental…I have periods where it’s great and periods where it’s anything but great.  I also tend to have acne spots that last long after the pimple is gone (I guess it’s an annoying and pesky way of reminding me of what used to be there.)  So, when I stumbled upon these little facial wipes I was definitely tempted to try them being that they aren’t as invasive as an actual chemical peel and have no downtime.

These wipes are available in two different strengths, regular and extra strength.  I dove right into the extra strength wipes and didn’t even try the regular strength ones because I was dead-set on getting results and thought that the extra strength ones stood a better chance at giving me my desired results.  If you have sensitive skin, I would highly suggest starting out with the regular strength wipes first.

Another great thing about these wipes is that they are available in different quantities which is great for someone who is just looking to try them out.  These treatment wipes are available in the following quantities: 5, 30 or 60.  Packs of 5 retail for $15.00, packs of 30 retail for $82.00 and packs of 60 retail for $145.00.  (For my first time using them, I obviously went for the 5 pack.) They also have them available in a package deal called the “14 Day Challenge with Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution” which retails for $45.00. (This is also a great deal, which I’ve also purchased….more than once.)

We’ll start with the 5 pack, which is what I tried first.  Each treatment consists of two conjoined pouches which each contain a wipe (so two wipes per treatment).  Wipe 1 is to be used first (but I’m sure that is obvious to everyone) on a clean face.  You simply rub your skin in circular motions until the wipe is no longer moist.  Then you wait two minutes before using wipe 2.  After the two minutes are up, use wipe 2 the same way that you used wipe 1.   That’s it.  It’s quick and easy but I will say that I did (and still do) notice a burning sensation when using wipe 1 so be aware of that and don’t be surprised if you notice it too.

I noticed a subtle glow to my skin immediately after using these but really noticed it after using them for a couple of days consecutively.  I noticed an even better glow after trying the 14 day challenge treatment with the brightening solution.  The 14 day challenge works the exact same way as the 5 pack of pads does except there are enough treatment packs for 14 days and there is the brightening serum.  The brightening serum is applied after you use both wipes and I think that this serum is really beneficial and just gives your skin that much more of a healthy glow.

I will say though that I would not do this treatment after doing a face mask of any kind prior (speaking from experience.)  It could have been something in the face mask I did prior to using this treatment or my face could have just been feeling sensitive but it was not a pleasant experience!  The burning sensation was a lot worse than ever before and my face was left looking patchy and red….so don’t follow in my footsteps there!

Overall, I like this product and like the results.  My skin always looks like it has a nice natural glow after doing these treatments and it also helps reduce my acne spots in a significant way.  (I notice the most dramatic results and lighter/faded acne spots after using these for multiple consecutive days.)

What I like:

  • Gives skin a natural glow
  • Reduces and fades acne spots
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Noticeable results….quickly

What I don’t like:

  • Burning sensation
  • Results seem to fade if this isn’t used on a regular basis

Softening Chocolate Face Mask

Softening Chocolate Facial Mask

Treat your face to this delicious chocolate facial mask!  Not only does it smell amazing but it also will do wonders for softening your skin!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 4 tbsp. cream
  • 3 tsp. cottage cheese (plain only)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 tsp. oatmeal

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients together; mix well
  • Apply to a clean face and let sit 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water

Soothing Tropical Coconut Eye Cream

Tropical Coconut Eye Cream

Treat the delicate area under your eyes to this soothing tropical scented eye cream!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. cocoa butter
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil

 

Directions:

  • If the cocoa butter is not already grated, go ahead and grate it
  • Combine all ingredients in a microwave bowl and heat until melted
  • Carefully removed the melted mixture from the microwave and stir well
  • Transfer the mixture from the bowl to a container for storage
  • Let cool completely before using
  • Apply under eyes at night

Avocado and Egg Hand and Foot Treatment

Avocado and Egg Hand and Foot Treatment
Treat dry hands and feet to this moisturizing treatment!
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. rice bran
Directions:
  • Combine all ingredients; mix well to form a creamy paste
  • Massage mixture onto feet and hands
  • Let sit for 20 minutes
  • Rinse with water

Sugar and Honey Hand Wrap

Honey and Sugar Hand Wrap

Treat your hands to a spa-like moisturizing hand wrap!

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey

 

Directions:

  • Combine olive oil and sugar; mix well until a paste forms
  • Scrub paste mixture onto hands for a few moments to exfoliate them
  • Rinse with water and pat dry
  • Carefully warm the honey in the microwave so that it is warm but comfortable to the touch (you do not want to burn yourself!)
  • Carefully apply the warm honey to hands and cover by wrapping with saran wrap (or apply a pair of latex gloves)
  • Let hands stay wrapped or inside gloves for 20-30 minutes
  • Rinse well with water

Apple and Honey Acne Facial Mask

Apple and Honey Acne Facial Mask
Fight acne with this delicious acne facial mask!
Ingredients:
  • 1 medium apple
  • 5 tbsp. honey
Directions:
  • Grate the apple; combine with honey and mix well
  • Apply the mixture to a clean face (avoid the eye area)
  • Let sit for 5-10 minutes
  • Rinse with cold water