Here’s a page full of food masks and herbal steam mixes that can be used to make facials, I’ve separated them into two separate groups for easier browsing.
Before getting started:
- When mixing food items, use sterile utensils and containers.
- Wash hands really well so they’re clean before handling the treatment.
- Apply a bit of the mixture to the inner wrist before using on face. This will help ensure your skin won’t have a bad reaction to it (allergies).
- If skin begins to feel irritated or burning, wash off immediately.
First step is to cover face with a warm cloth to open pores, then apply the facial. Wash off with warm water and rinse with cool (to close pores).
Food Ingredients To Try:
*Times noted are for how long to leave on before rinsing off. Crush or mash fruit well first.
- Honey–15 minutes
- Oatmeal & Water Paste–leave on until it’s hard
- Avocado–20 minutes
- Strawberries and honey (about 1 TBS)–10 minutes
- Strawberries, plain yogurt (paste)–15 minutes
- Strawberries & Cornstarch (2 to 1 ratio)–mash strawberries very well and mix in cornstarch. When a paste, apply then remove after 30 minutes
- Bananas (ripe)–15 minutes. Can also add 1 or 2 TBS of honey to the banana.
- Papaya–5 minutes
- Grapes and honey (paste)–25 minutes
- Kiwi, 2 TBS yogurt (plain), 1 TBS fresh orange juice–15 minutes
- Yogurt (plain)–20 minutes
The following herbal steams not only hydrate the skin and help clean pores, they’re also wonderfully relaxing and a great way to de-stress.
It’s a good idea to not overdo them as too many can be harsh for skin. Limit to 1 or 2 a week (maximum), less if skin is sensitive.
If feeling light headed or woozy during the process, stop at once.
- Clean skin thoroughly and tie hair back so it won’t hang loose and get in the way.
- Boil a kettle or pot full of water then add the herbs and fruity ingredients (about 1/3 cup fresh or dried herbs and fruit per 4 cups of liquid). Boil for a minute or two then remove from heat. Cover and let steep for about 5 minutes.
- Place pot on counter or table (on top of a towel to protect the table surface) and remove lid. Cover your head with a large clean towel and position face over the hot steam (with the towel acting as a tent over the bowl to capture the steam).
- Keep eyes closed and face at least 10 to 12 inches from the boiling liquid. Enjoy the fragrant experience and relax, but don’t overdo it–keep the time between 5 to 7 minutes.
- When finished, splash with slightly cool water and pat dry.
Recipe Ingredients To Try:
- Spearmint, Lemon Slices or Balm, Orange Slices
- Chamomile, Rosemary, Peppermint
- Green Tea, Rose Petals, Chamomile
- Rosemary, Lemon, Honey
- Lemon Slices, Peppermint
- Lavender, Calendula, Rose Petals
- Lemon balm, Lavender
- Fennel Seeds, Peppermint
- Chamomile, Fennel Seeds, Rose Petals
- Thyme, Peppermint, Lavender
- Parsley, Lavender, Lemon balm
- Sage, Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme
- Cinnamon, Orange Slices
- Peppermint, Cloves, Rosemary
A few drops of favorite essential oils can also be used. If you love the aroma from a particular herb, try that alone for a pleasant experience. Experiment with different citrus pieces, herbs, and even a spice or two.
Also try some herbal vinegars (see this page ) and this treat made from rose petals  or even a couple bags of tea.
- 50/50 Baking Soda & Water. Use gently as an exfoliator.
- Also see this treatment  (found at bottom of page) using gelatin and milk.
You may also like the Sugar Scrubs  and the Foot Soaks  for a total home spa experience and pampering.