Devi Beauty: At Home Spa Treatments

Monday, October 13, 2008

There are a few things I really hate about going to spas. The first is when I don't get treatments tailored to me--like when the aesthetician at a posh spa tried to convince me that the Carita line of products, which is a best-seller in France, would benefit me even though any research shows that darker skin needs different ingredients. Or when I get slathered and massaged with what essentially amount to garden variety lotions that don't pack any punch at all. I can slap on moisturizer myself thank you very much! As trips to the spa will likely have to be curtailed in this current economic climate for a while (boo), check out some effective treatments you can make right at home, that specifically target issues many Indian women complain about.

*DEEP PORE CLEANSE. For a deep-pore cleanse, try the aspirin mask. Aspirin is a beta-hydroxy, which means that it both exfoliates and cleans deep into your pores. This is the easiest, and the most effective, at-home remedy I have ever tried. This is obvious but just in case--don't use this mask if you are allergic to asperin.

Step 1: Take 6 uncoated aspirin and break each into halves. Put in a small cup or a lid. It is important that the aspirin is uncoated.

Step 2: Add 3-4 drops of warm/hot water, and use a stick to smush the aspirin around. If it's too dry and doesn't dissolve, add 1 drop of water at a time until it forms into a thick white paste. For extra thickness, you could add a dollop of honey.

Step 3: Spread thickly onto your face. Leave for 10-15 minutes. You'll know it's ready when bits of white powder start falling off your face.

STEP 4: As you wash it off with warm water, gently massage it into your skin, using small circular motions.

STEP 5: Pat face gently dry.

*COMPLEXION BRIGHTENER. Indian skin tends to get a little "ashy" without mild exfoliation. To brighten up your complexion, try this super easy tomato-lemon mask.

Step 1: Put 1 overripe tomato, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon instant oatmean in the blender. Puree on low speed until smooth but still lumpy.

Step 2: Smooth mask over your face. Leave for 20 minutes. It should tingle slightly.

Step 3: Rinse off with warm water.

Bonus: The lemon may help with hyperpigmentation--the little spots of darker skin that Indian women are prone to.

*FULL-BODY EXFOLIATION. For all over exfoliation, whip up this ginger mint body scrub (which I use when I am out of one of my all-time favorite products, Fresh's brown sugar body scrub):

Step 1: Mix the following ingredients in a bowl:
  • Honey
  • Freshly grated ginger root
  • Chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Brown sugar, light or dark
The amount of ginger and mint is up to you. Use 1/3 olive oil to 2/3 brown sugar to provide the base. Add a tablespoon of honey. (The honey is to provide an antiseptic quality to the scrub).

Step 2: Buff the desired areas with the scrub. It is particularly effective on hands and feet. You can even try using this in the shower.

Step 3: Rinse off with warm water. Your skin should feel instantaneously smootherl

Relax, pamper yourself, clean your pores--without defaulting on your loans...! Got any of your own DIY beauty treatments to share?
Shona said...

I have tried a few masks that include lemon and I have to say i do think it lightens some of the spots i have created from popping zits. I have heard alot about the aspirin mask. gonna try it tonight!

parutron said...

nuh-uh. sorry deepsies.

"which I use when I am out of one of my all-time favorite products"

this must either be never. or when something that sandeep is cooking vaguely resembles this recipe. tee hee.

parutron said...

ps. love you! recipes sound awesome!

deepa said...

Haha--desperate times call for desperate measures Par...even if that includes ME using a blender...! Shona, let us know how the aspirin mask worked!

Anu said...

the aspirin mask is amazing! one warning though, something about aspirin makes you sneeze.

shona said...

Okay. I have to say that I have heard about the aspirin mask for some time but didn't think it would work. And after I did it and kept it on for 20 minutes, my skin felt softer but I wasn't blown away. BUt at work today two people totally told me how godd my skin looked! I am a convert and i of course love that all you need is aspirin. I did it without the honey by the way, thank you for the tip!

deepa said...

Anu and Shona--so glad you liked the aspirin mask. I actually used it last night too. Nothing like pretending you are getting a facial while bouncing a 9 month old and watching old episodes of "The Office"...!

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