The Best Home Facials for New Years Eve
December 31st, 2013
You’re racing to find the best facial for that ultimate New Years Eve celebration. Makes sense you’d want to look your best for such an occasion. While getting a facial at the top day spa may be impossible at this late date, NYC’s prominent skincare sanctuaries aren’t afraid to share some alternative treatments you can perform at home for sublime skin radiance this festive Eve.
Banana Oatmeal Mask
1 ripe banana
1 cup cooked oatmeal
2 cups organic whole milk
Mash the banana and mix in oatmeal and milk. Work the mask into the surface of the skin with the finger tips. Lactic acid acts as an exfoliant to loosen the bonds of dead skin tissue to brighten skin and twice a week. Oatmeal is a very effective natural anti-inflammatory. Potassium in the bananas helps to build the lymphatic system that drains toxins from the skin. The rich nutrients of these ingredients go directly into the pores for revitalizing effects. This mask is perfect for regular to oily skin types.
1 cup of organic brown sugar
3 Tbsp whole organic milk
1 tbsp warm honey
2 Tbsp organic olive oil
Apply a thin layer of this hydrating scrub with finger tips and massage into the skin for 5 minutes. Work the T zones: the areas around the forehead, nose and chin. Leave on for about 5 minutes. Rinse with tepid water and pat dry and apply a nourishing moisturizer. The sugar exfoliates, while honey repairs the skin and olive oil hydrates. This facial is excellent Good for sensitive and dry skin.
Strawberry, Yogurt and Almond Oil Mask
1/4 cup of organic strawberries
1 Tbsp of almond oil
2 Tbsp of organic plain yogurt
Rinse the strawberries, blend them to a puree, add the yogurt and almond oil. Apply the mixture directly to the face and let set for 5 minutes to saturate the pores. Rinse with tepid water and pat dry with a paper towel.
Strawberries offer protective Vitamin C to stave off environmental degradation. This tasty fruit also hydrates and nourishes making it a perfect ingredient for dry skin. The acidophulus content in yogurt is antibacterial to prevent acne breakouts. Almond oil is a moisturizing dream for all skin types when applied to damp skin (if you have nut allergies beware obviously).
These DIY facials come highly recommended as skincare rescue remedies by Joanna Vargas the celebrity skincare guru. When the holiday winds down consider booking a professional facial where skilled aesthetician can offer a consultation and customized face care plan for the new year.
Deanna Lane has a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC. Otherwise-trekking the national museum scene…