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Who doesn't love to pamper their face with rich, luxurious face masks? And who likes to spend a whole bunch of money at a chi-chic spa? If you want to have the best of both worlds; that is, the chance to indulge yourself with natural homemade products you can whip up on a shoestring, read on. The benefits are tremendous and the results can be comparable to what you might get from a professional.
Know Your Ingredients
When you make your own homemade facial masks, you know exactly what's going on your face. This is a benefit for gals with sensitive skin or anyone who doesn't like reading a long list of chemicals before they indulge in a facial. Homemade masks can include natural ingredients that you eat every day and know are not an issue for your skin. Another reason to make your own facial mask: Chemicals that are added to commercial products are absorbed into your skin and can be transported into your bloodstream, according to Stephanie Tourles, author of "Organic Body Care Recipes." That's akin to wearing a patch to deliver ingredients via transdermic penetration.
Close and Convenient
If you're feeling stressed and don't want to add to your already hectic lifestyle by driving to your favorite spa, a homemade facial can give you a sense of renewal and calm in quick fashion. All you need to do is take a few steps into your own kitchen or bath. You don't need to get dressed up, make an appointment, worry about who's going to be the one to work on your face, pay extra for gas, sit in traffic or worry about a tip. What's not to love about that?
Green Up Your Lifestyle
Anyone who's conscientious about the environment and the planet strives to live a greener lifestyle. When you create your own eco-friendly facial masks at home, you help relieve landfills of the cardboard packaging and all the plastic and glass containers in which the product is bottled. Homemade masks also mean fewer harmful chemicals ending up in the landfill or down the drain and into the water supply. When you stop buying commercial products, you can feel good about reducing your own personal footprint on a fragile planet.
The cost of beauty products can be steep. By using natural products that are likely already on your shelves, fridge or cabinets, you can save a hefty sum, especially if you like to overindulge. Inexpensive products like cooking oils, tea, vitamin E, honey, grains, corn starch and extracts can be kept on hand and stored in containers, then added to fresh foods and stored in the fridge. Purchasing your "beauty" ingredients is a snap, too. Just look at the produce aisles in your favorite grocery store, ethnic market or farmers' markets.