I take my evening routine very seriously. I’m pretty introverted, so having a few hours to unwind after a long day at work or tennis practice can make all the difference in my attitude the next day. Normally, my routine looks the same: dinner, tying up loose ends with work/blogging, changing into pjs, and promptly settling into bed with either podcast or television show with some dark chocolate or another treat in hand. But even habit-driven individuals like myself need to shake it up a little bit, and a few nights ago that’s just what I did by way of what I like to call the kitchen sink spa night.
Okay, let’s backtrack a little bit. I’ve been intrigued by holistic/natural beauty and skincare for several months now, having devoured the pages of blogs like Hello Glow and books such as Adina Grigore’s Skin Cleanse. I’ve mentioned my super-sensitive skin issues on here before, so you can imagine how appealing it was to hear that I could indulge in all the typical self-care beauty tropes- face masks, hair masks, toners, etc.- without the irritating chemicals. In fact, it turns out everything I needed was right in my kitchen cabinets! It sound so obvious now, but who would’ve guessed that staples like coconut oil, honey, and oats (all of which are featured in the recipes below) that we use to nourish out insides can also work magic from the outside? Armed an ready with this new information, I couldn’t wait to get my bathrobe on and my hands dirty.
As it turns out, this week presented the perfect opportunity for a little DIY R&R. After a hard practice on Monday, I spent the rest of tennis on Tuesday was nagging twinges and aches throughout my body. I told my mom about my discomfort when I got home, and she immediately recommended I hop in a hot bath after dinner. Baths aren’t normally my thing, but once I remembered the natural beauty recipes I had on hand, I couldn’t resist an opportunity to make a night of it. A few hours later, as my mom drew my bath (extra bubbly, no epsom salts), I was hard at work prepping a hair and face mask. As you can see from the pictures below, both formulas look edible, and that’s because, well, they are! The hair mask is made of coconut oil and honey, and the face mask is a combination of mashed banana, ground oats, milk, and more honey. All super-soothing, healing ingredients that only get better when mixed into one. 🙂
I was a little nervous at first about timing everything correctly, but preparing both “recipes” was a breeze. For both masks, you just throughly combine the ingredients in a small bowl and you’re all set (see above). And, to my surprise, applying the mixtures was equally simple. For the hair mask, you simply grab a handful of the gloop and work it into your hair from the roots to the tips. I have thicker hair, so I found it worked best to apply it using scrunching motions, almost like I was applying sea salt spray or dry shampoo. Afterwards, I piled my hair in a (very greasy looking!) bun on the top of my head. I let it sit for about thirty minutes, twenty of which I was the bath and the other ten while I cooled down. I then washed it out in the shower. Don’t be worried about getting oil stuck in your hair: It comes out pretty easily, and you hair and scalp with feel squeaky clean afterwards!
All masked up!
The face mask also couldn’t have been easier- or more enjoyable! My only recommendation when applying it is to make sure you are over a sink, as some globs will inevitably drip. The hydrating properties of the mask combined with the steam from the tub felt amazing, and after washing it off I noticed my skin looking nice and bright bright! Just what I needed after several sweaty days in the sun…
All in all, I had so much fun finally experimenting with “kitchen sink” beauty. I’m happy to report that neither mask left my skin feeling irritated, and that I’m already seeing positive results from both of them! I went for a hair cut today, and my hair dresser mentioned how “good” my tresses felt. So I’d say it was a definite success, amiright? 😉
I’ll definitely be trying more beauty recipes in the future, so feel free to share any of your faves either via the comments or to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear what you’ve been doing! If you haven’t read about/experimented with holistic, DIY skin and body care yet, I highly recommend you check it out. If nothing else, try your hand at the recipes above. In my experience, you’ll see nothing but good results. 🙂