Stuffed to the brim with stuffing? Us too! Now that you have put down the fork and pledged to forgive yourself of your turkey transgressions, put your Thanksgiving leftovers to good use with these three homemade spa treatments made from all that stuff packed into of your remaining matching Tupperware. A few DIY spa recipes and a nice, well-balanced non-turkey meal will definitely help you feel happier and healthier.
De-puff Under Eye Circles with Potato Slice Soothers
Why: According to dermatologist Dr. Frederic Brandt (featured on LiveStrong.com), ”A chemical found in the potato called catecholase helps lighten skin.” It is found abundantly in potatoes and is commonly used in cosmetics to lighten skin. Refrigerated or frozen potato slices will act like mini ice packs to help reduce the bruised effect of under eye circles.
- Raw potato
- Refrigerate whole potato overnight (freeze if preferred)
- Cut 2 slices or, if you prefer, 5 to 10 very thin slices, several for each eye. Either method works
- Spritz eye area with water
- Lying down, place the potato slices on your eyelids and leave in place for at least 10 minutes for best results.
2. Fight Acne with a Cinnamon and Nutmeg Masque
Why: Cinnamon is not only good for you when added to your plate once a day for two weeks; it is also great for your skin topically. Nutmeg has anti-inflammatory qualities so it helps to calm flare-ups as well as reduce redness of acne scars. Cinnamon is a natural exfoliant as well and it’s also known for its antiseptic qualities. Combined with moisturizing honey, it serves to calm your screaming skin.
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp honey
- Combine into a thick paste
- Apply to your face for half an hour and then rinse off with warm water
- Moisturize as per usual afterwards
Recipe: Viva Women
3. Smooth Skin with a Cranberry Body Scrub
Why: Cranberries are chock-full of anti-oxidants that fight free radicals that can age the skin. They are help improve blood flow and contain Phytochemicals that benefit body tissue structures and promote new cell growth and rejuvenation. Plus, they smell great and you can make a tasty Cranberry Lip Gloss, too!
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 2 tbsp raw sugar
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp orange peel
- 2 tbsp canned cranberries
- Combine mixture completely.
- Apply to your skin with a wash cloth or luffa.
- Gently scrub your face and then rinse with warm water
Recipe: Planet Green