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Cosmetic Kitchen: DIY Homemade Facials

By Hayley Mason
7/10/2013 11:45:13 AM

I'm all for treating yourself to a spa trip once in a while, but it also takes time and money that isn't always available. For a quick fix, try one of these homemade facial treatments from Sarah Camardello, spa director at Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles, New York. The best part? The ingredients are probably already in your kitchen.

DIY Lip Scrub

This gritty lip scrub is the perfect at home beauty remedy to hydrate dry chapped lips, or simply to exfoliate for a smooth finish. "Honey works as a natural humectant, so it's really going to hold the moisture in while the sugar provides gentle exfoliation. You will be left with super smooth and intensely hydrated lips," says Sarah.

Scrub Step-by-Step

- Drop 1 teaspoon of 100 percent pure raw honey into a small bowl.

- Add 2 teaspoons of sugar. Mix well. (Sarah suggests using the more gritty raw sugar.)

- Apply a generous amount to lips, massage for one minute, and rinse clean.

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Blueberry-Aloe Facial Mask

Sarah's DIY beauty recipe for this facial mask includes antioxidant-rich blueberries to enhance skin's brightness and soothing aloe for irritated skin. It's also a therapeutic concoction for sunburnt skin after too much time spent at the beach. "Blueberries are packed with vitamins and minerals that promote revitalization and healing of the skin to reduce scarring and help blotchy skin," says Sarah.

Blueberry-Aloe Mask Step-by-Step

- Combine ¼ cup of cold organic ripe blueberries and 2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel in a small bowl.

- Apply a generous amount of the mixture to your skin.

- Leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse. You will be left with incredibly soft and healthy, glowing skin.

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