Do-it-yourself spa treatments

September 23, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
No time for the spa? No worries! We have do-it-yourself home treatments from masks, to body scrubs, even lip gloss. Annie Tomlin, editor of BellaSugar.com, shares these affordable and easy beauty recipes.

ROSE MINT FOOT SCRUB

  • 1/2 cup of coarse salt (i.e. sea salt, kosher salt, margarita salt) or sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon rose flower water
  • 1 rose
  • - 3 stems fresh mint

Step 1: Combine salt and rosewater, but don't mix.

Step 2: Shred or cut the mint leaves into small pieces, add to mixture, and use a blunt object (I used the back of a screwdriver) to muddle (basically, bash and twist the mint into the mixture so the scent and oils are released).

Step 3: Take 3/4 of the petals off the rose and do the same.

Step 4: Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and mix. Feel free to add more, but be careful - it gets too greasy very fast!

Step 5: Use the rest of the rose as a garnish, either keeping the bud whole or adding bigger chunks of petals. Store in a mason jar, an empty tub of another product, or good ol' tupperware.

HOMEMADE SHIMMER GLOSS

  • food coloring
  • an empty container
  • 1 tsp. sugar flavoring (i.e. Pixy Stix or crushed Smarties)
  • a pinch of glitter (oiptional)
  • 1 heaping tbsp. petroleum jelly

Step 1: In a small mixing bowl stir the petroleum jelly, 1/4 tsp. of hot water, and the Pixy Stix until the sugar is dissolved.

Step 2: Then, slowly add in one drop of food coloring and a pinch of glitter. Stir well and quickly. Continue to add in food coloring and flavoring until you reach your desired taste and color. Let the mixture cool for about three minutes.

Step 3: Scoop out the contents in the bowl and neatly pack it into a clean, empty lip gloss container - voila!

ASPIRIN MASK

  • Four or five aspirin pills. They must be uncoated, plain aspirin; Advil, Aleve, Tylenol, and the like won't work.
  • A tablespoon or two of lukewarm water
  • Honey or plain yogurt (optional)

Step 1: Mix the aspirin with just enough water to make a paste. If you want a thicker mask, add a dollop of honey; if you prefer a more soothing mask, some plain yogurt can do the trick.

Step 2: Apply the mask in a thin layer on your face, then allow it to dry.

Step 3: Remove it by rubbing in gentle circular motions.

Please note: Some people are allergic to aspirin, so try a patch test on your forearm before spreading this all over your face.

GINGER MINT BODY SCRUB

  • Honey
  • Freshly grated ginger root
  • Chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Brown sugar, light or dark

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl - it's up to you to decide how much ginger and mint you'd like, but a ratio of 1/3 olive oil to 2/3 brown sugar will provide a good base for the scrub. About a tablespoon of honey will provide an antiseptic quality to the scrub.

The best way to use this scrub is on dry skin; it's particularly good on hands and feet. After buffing your skin, rinse with warm water. You'll have incredibly softer skin for a small fraction of a name-brand scrub!

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