After a chilly winter, the warmer temperatures and sunny days of spring are most welcome! Usher in spring by treating your skin to a DIY spa day designed to exfoliate those winter blues and any remaining cracked, dry skin and remoisturize your skin for spring.

Preparing for a DIY facial

All facials start with a good cleaning to remove makeup and grime. Wash your face with your go-to facial cleanser. Next, exfoliate using a good exfoliating scrub — like the Peach & Willow Bark Scrub from Burt’s Bees — to get out any embedded oil from those pores. This is all about prepping the skin to receive the most benefit from your DIY facial.

Mimic the spa experience at home by steaming your face. If you have a facial steamer, use it for 10-15 minutes. If not, place a pot on the stove and fill it halfway with water. Add some dried herbs — think rosemary or lavender — for an aromatherapy benefit. Bring the water to a boil, then turn off the stove. Drape a towel over you head and soak in the steam for 10-15 minutes. If you need more steam, turn the burner back on for a minute to heat the water, then turn it off and enjoy the steam. This will open up your pores even more.

Moisturizing face masks

There are so many fun recipes for all-natural DIY face masks that use ingredients you already have in your pantry. Select from the masks below to pamper your skin and introduce needed moisture. Leave any of the masks on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with cool water and pat your face dry. Apply a coat of your favorite facial moisturizer and soak in how good your skin really feels.

avocado-face-maskMoisturizing avocado mask: Celebs like Jessica Biel love the all natural nutrient boost provided by an avocado mask. To make this one, mash together 1/2 a ripe avocado, 2 T honey, and 1/2 t. coconut oil. Spread on your face to heal skin from winter woes and remoisturize.


banana with honeyMoisturizing banana mask: Simply mash up one medium ripe banana into a pulpy puree, then spread on your face to remoisturize.




homemade-oatmeal-maskSoothing oatmeal honey mask: Combine 1/2 c. hot water, 1/3 c. instant oatmeal, 1 T honey, and 1 T Greek yogurt. Oatmeal sooths rough,red skin and honey remoisturizes.




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