Before I get into today’s post, I have a small announcement to make. I’m going to pare down my blogging schedule to Tuesdays only. My Thursday posts get less than half the amount of views that my Tuesday posts get. So, once per week it is!

For today’s post, I’ll be sharing a few more skincare DIY recipes from The Body Shop Body Care Manual. It’ll be short and sweet!

Tea Tree Oil Mask


Mix everything together and apply to clean skin in a thin layer, avoiding the eye and lip area. Leave it on for ten minutes before rinsing with warm (not hot!) water.

Why it’s legit: This mask is perfect for oily and blemish prone skin because tea tree oil is deep-cleansing. It will help combat those problems. Tea tree oil is also antibacterial which will soothe blemishes as well as prevent new ones from forming. Be sure to apply moisturizer afterwards, because even oily skin needs moisture. You can find the kaolin at most health food stores/herb shops, and the oat flour can usually be found in the bulk foods section. Make sure you’re using quality EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)!

Detoxifying Steam Treatment


You’ll be pretty familiar with these DIY steams, especially if you’re broke! You basically make a tent with a towel over your head and absorb the steam coming off of the bowl. Find a comfortable distance and steam for 5-10 minutes (5 minutes the drier your skin is, 10 the more oily). If you hate the scent of grapefruit like I do, try switching out the grapefruit slices and oils for juniper, geranium, or sweet orange. All of these offer detoxifying benefits. REMEMBER TO MOISTURIZE AFTER STEAMING!

Why it’s legit: Grapefruit is known to detoxify and tone the skin, as well as relieve acne. A steam treatment like this will dislodge any grime and makeup residue that may be lingering; it softens dead skin cells, which makes them easier to exfoliate. A good steam session increases circulation and relaxes facial muscles. Just don’t overdo it!

Lavender Bath


This is the most simple of these DIY projects. You get a warm bath going (not too hot or you’ll feel drained), include all of the ingredients, and soak for a minimum of 20 minutes. To up the relaxation and detox effect, add in some Epsom salt.

Why it’s legit: Everyone knows of the soothing and relaxing properties of lavender. Chamomile and Clary Sage are also very relaxing. Taking a nice soak a few times per week lowers your stress levels, relaxes your muscles, and helps you unwind mentally. Soaking in the tub for an extended amount of time also forces you to meditate, as you can’t do anything but sit in the tub and listen to music, or read, if you’re confident in your grip!

Starting next week, I’ll be switching to just Tuesday posts! Will you be trying any of these DIY suggestions over the weekend? Let me know in the comments below!


Tea tree oil image: http://www.natural-homeremedies.com/fitness/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Tea-Tree-Oil.jpg

Grapefruit image: http://previews.123rf.com/images/boroda/boroda1012/boroda101200003/8447474-Abstract-red-background-with-citrus-fruit-of-grapefruit-slices-Close-up–Stock-Photo.jpg

Lavender image: http://www.travelization.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/lavender-flowers-wallpapers-2560×1920.jpg)


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