Save summer skin with an at-home facial

June 22, 2009 9:45:51 AM PDT
Women who get facials at JuJu Spa Organics in Queen Village can expect to pay at least $80 to have their skin treated with all-natural products. But even if you can't afford that kind of luxury, you can treat your skin at home.

And taking care of your skin is especially important in the summer.

Laura Kuhl of JuJu Spa Organics says, "A lot of people have too much sun exposure and, as a result, their skin can feel parched and irritated and a little bit red."

Kuhl showed us how to perform a three-step facial, using products you can find in supermarkets or natural food stores... For a lot less than the price of a salon facial.

She starts by mixing oatmeal in water, then she makes compresses by soaking cloths in the fluid.

"As it sits on the skin, the oatmeal cools, soothes and reduces any redness or irritation," Kuhl says.

The next step is exfoliating dead skin cells. For that, she uses almond butter, mixed with a bit of water. Almond butter can be bought at most natural food stores or in the organic or natural section of major supermarkets.

The bits of almonds exfoliate, and the almond oil also moisturizes.

The final step is moisturizing. For this, she mixes avocado and honey to make a mask, which you leave on for 20 to 30 minutes.

Kuhl says, "The avocado has EFA's -- essential fatty acids -- that are wonderful to hydrate."

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