Instead of doing work this morning, I found myself poring over my new favorite thing: the DIY Organic Beauty Recipes e-book, where I discovered at home microdermabrasion!
I few months ago, I got to spend some real-life time with my cyber-pal Heather Dessinger who writes Mommypotamus.com. As usual, her skin was glowing, her hair was thick and shiny, and her teeth were sparkly white. No joking, guys, Heather – mom of two youngsters and busy blogger – could easily pass for a super model (though she doesn’t eat like one).
Besides great genetics and a nutrient-dense diet, Heather let me in on a secret:
She makes her own, all-natural, super easy AND inexpensive beauty products at home.
Lucky for us, all of her experimentation and testing is now available in her ebook DIY Organic Beauty Recipes.
Admittedly, I was skeptical that the ingredients would be obscure and the products would be a bit hippy-dippy–even for my tastes. But I really can’t seem to put this book down.
So far, I learned why skin toners are not a conspiracy; why natural shampoos usually don’t work; and how I can save THOUSANDS of dollars on skin, hair, and body care. Really.
Do you spend big bucks on microdermabrasion?
When I finally tried microdermabrasion a couple of years ago (with an online coupon, of course) I was in LOVE.
If you don’t know, microdermabrasion is a skin procedure usually done by estheticians or dermatologists to gently remove the outer-most layer of dead skin cells using a micro-fine powder of crystals.
It basically feels like your face is being sand blasted and vacuumed – but in a good way! Afterward, your skin is fresh, new and healthy – like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.
The problem with microdermabrasion is that I’d probably have to sell one of my children to afford it on a regular basis. I mean, I’m willing to pay for beauty, but at a few hundred dollars a pop, it’s a bit difficult to justify as a weekly, or even monthly, expense.
Microdermabrasion uses either aluminum oxide crystals or a diamond tipped wand – hence the price tag of some spa services. But guess what? Good ole baking soda makes a gentle and effective exfoliant on par with the expensive spa service. You probably have it in your pantry right now…and did I mention it’s CHEAP?
If you don’t have any lavender essential oil on hand, you can easily skip this ingredient, but according to Heather this essential oil has antiseptic and antifungal properties. It’s also used to treat acne, wrinkles and inflammations – a nice and appropriate addition to this simple recipe.
At home microdermabrasion ingredients
- 2 teaspoons naturally extracted baking soda
- 1 teaspoon water
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
How to use at home microdermabrasion…
Using your fingertips, lightly massage your face using small, circular motions. Gently exfoliate the throat area as well. The entire process should take 5-8 minutes.
Afterwards rinse your face well, and pat dry. You many experience mild redness, which is normal and should resolve over the next few hours.
Avoid direct sun exposure for a day or two since microdermabrasion may make your skin more sensitive.
A note about baking soda and pH:
Like any soap or cleanser, the pH of baking soda is alkaline, whereas the pH of skin is naturally acidic.
SO, whenever you do at-home microdermabrasion – or wash or you face, for that matter – you want to follow the cleansing with an all-natural toner.
Luckily, DIY Organic Beauty Recipes has a super simple one that you can make in 30 seconds with ingredients in your fridge. If you want to get fancy, you can customize it for your skin tone.
I made mine with essential oils I had on hand – grapefruit which “stimulates collagen production. Beneficial for mature and acne prone skin” and vanilla that “softens and smooths”.
I feel like I just left the spa.
What are you waiting for?
Go to your kitchen and whip up some 10 cent at home microdermabrasion!
Then while you’re admiring your freshly buffed complexion, hop on over and get your copy of DIY Organic Beauty Recipes for more than 50 All-Natural, Toxin Free Recipes That Really Work!
Just a few of my favorite recipes you’ll find inside:
- The oh-so-important facial toner
- Lemon salve for fading brown spots (YAY!)
- Non-damaging teeth whitener
- Natural Cheek and lip stain
- Luxurious lotions and…
- Shampoo that really works!