DIY Spa: Lemon Facial Recipe

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2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon finely ground oatmeal
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 drop lemon essential oil
Cucumber slices (optional)
Mix the sour cream, oatmeal, lemon juice and essential together in a bowl. To use, massage over clean face and neck skin and the rest for 10 minutes (with cucumber slices if you have them) over your eyes. Rinse well with warm water and follow with toner and moisturizer.

Always use Lemon Facial Mask immediately for best results — the lemon juice will cause the sour cream to curdle if it is not used quickly.

Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen buys her organic, bulk essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.


Make a mask for dry winter hands

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Winter Hand Mask

Recipe compliments of Spa Index.
Winter often means dry, cracked, chapped hands – a seasonal hazard. Our hands are first exposed to indoor dry heat and then exposed to harsh outdoor conditions. Often, your favorite or regular moisturizer seem less effective. Here are some tips to help your hands this Winter, as well as a fun bath recipe to try and share with a friend. Who doesn’t enjoy an aromatic bath on a cold winter’s night?

  1. Drink plenty of water and consider using a humidifier to add moisture to your environment.
  2. Wash Gently. Detergent-laden soaps are drying to the skin, so try a milder herbal soap.
  3. Switch Moisturizers. In the summer when living is easy and humidity high, a light moisturizer is fine. However, when winter arrives, you need heavy duty hand care to soothe and rehydrate. Keep your hand cream accessible — in your purse, at your desk, in your kitchen, on the bathroom vanity, and by your computer monitor and television. Apply often.
  4. Pamper your hands with a few home spa treats. Once a week, try our super-moisturizing treatment: Soak your hands in hot water with a few tablespoons of baking soda, for thirty minutes. Dry your hands, and apply our Winter Hand Mask as directed, below.
Winter Hand Mask:
3 tablespoon oatmeal
2 tablespoons rose water
2 teaspoons almond oil
Crush and mix all ingredients in a mortar with a pestle. Then, heat mixture gently — just to the warm stage, in your microwave. Carefully apply your mask to your winter sore hands, wrap in cling film, or, a clean towel. Allow to remain on your hands until cool. Rinse. Stores very well.
To keep your hands smooth and to help heal cracked skin, follow with Unrefined Shea Butter. Shea butter is a natural fat that is extracted from the fruit of the Karite Tree found in West Africa. It is a wonderful moisturizer and emollient, and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Apply liberally to the skin to treat scars, eczema, burns, rashes, acne, severely dry skin, chapped lips, stretch marks, and wrinkles. Unscented. Has only a light, natural scent. Vegan and 100% natural. Use it anywhere on your body. Hair, feet, body, or face.