Got Stress? Put Food On Your Face!

Since this is the first day of my 22nd year of being in school, I am thoroughly accustomed to the stress of each semester as it comes and goes. Between work, school, and dealing with the rest of life, sometimes friends ask me “How do you do it all?”

Well, first of all – I don’t. I don’t even come close to doing everything that I tell myself I should do. But I have a few tricks for dealing with the madness. One of these tricks is to treat myself to regularly scheduled Homemade Spa Days (or Minutes). I wanted to share some recipes with you in case you are also in need of some inexpensive and easy-to-make relaxation.

Herbal Facial Steam

This is probably the easiest and one of the most relaxing things I can think of. All you do is boil a pot of water, then add some herbs. I personally LOVE lavender and rosemary, but sometimes fresh lemon slices are wonderful too. Take the pot off the heat and let the water cool for a couple of minutes. Set the pot on a hotpad, drape a towel over your head and shoulders, and put your face above the steam for 5 – 10 minutes, breathing deeply.

Desert-Face Hydrating Mask

I don’t know about you, but summers in Utah do a number on my skin. Add motorcycles to that mix and sometimes I feel like I have a lizard’s face. My favorite solution to this is simple. Take some raw honey (maybe 1 teaspoon or so) and mix it in the palm of your hand with a little bit of organic coconut oil. Smear it all over your face (or any dry area of skin, really) and leave it for as long as you can. I often do this in the evenings while I’m doing homework or housework. In fact, I’ve got honey and coconut oil smeared on my face right now! I usually let it sit for at least a couple of hours before rinsing it off with a microfiber cloth and warm water.

Avocado Face Mask

Blend together (or mash with a fork) 1/4 avocado, a big spoonful of full-fat Greek yogurt, and raw honey. Smear it on your face and let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes. This one usually feels kind of tingly when I do it, so I usually do about 10 minutes.

Sugar Scrubs, Two Ways

You may have noticed that I’m not really big on measurements…and this one is no exception. I keep two sugar scrubs in the shower at all times – one of them is a scrub with large crystals and one is made with fine brown sugar. Both of these keep pretty well in sealed jars.

Version 1: Rough Grit
raw/turbinado sugar
coconut oil (you can also substitute other oils – Dawn Michelle over at Minimalist Beauty has a great list of oils high in linoleic acid if you have acne-prone skin)
juice from 1 lime
Combine and mix until it’s a consistency that suits you. Scrub gently over your skin – the coconut oil is amazingly moisturizing. No lotion needed!

Version 2: Fine Grit
brown sugar
coconut oil
Same deal – mix to a good consistency and use as needed. I prefer this one for a face scrub because after a few moments, the brown sugar dissolves, so it’s easier on the delicate skin on your face.

So, if you are in need of some “you” time and don’t have a lot of time, try some of these (or all of them)! They are all quite wallet-friendly, too.

Love, peace, and smearing food on faces,
Sumiko

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