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bliss out homemade spa treatments
by Stacy Conradt |
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pore mask 
Admit it: how satisfying is the moment when you peel a pore strip off of your face and see all of that gunk come out? You can make it even more gratifying by getting the same result for a lot less than the $6 per box you'd pay for commercial pore strips.

what you need |

  • 1 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 1-1/2 tsp milk (whole if you have it, otherwise whatever is in the fridge)

what to do | Microwave the gelatin and milk in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or until well mixed. Apply to your T-Zone (the forehead, nose and chin) or anywhere with clogged pores. Allow it to set for 10-15 minutes, then peel if off. You should get the same satisfying strip of pore goo that you get with the store-bought strips! Since this mix contains milk, you should make the mixture right before you intend to use it and immediately throw away the leftovers when you' re done.

apple cider vinegar toner 
You've probably been searching for a product like this for years -- it evens out your tone, brightens and tightens skin, and dries up zits and oily patches without leaving you dry. For less than $10 (depending on your add-ins), it's practically a miracle cure. I had a clogged pore on my chin that looked like it was trying to turn into a pimple, so I applied the part-apple-cider-vinegar/part-witch-hazel mixture before I went to bed. In the morning, the bump was completely gone! I love this stuff.

what you need |

  • Apple cider vinegar, available at any grocery store for under $3 (I used Bragg's)
  • Optional: Essential oils or rose water (if you hate the smell of the vinegar)
  • Optional: witch hazel, available at any drugstore for about $2.30

what to do | If you use the apple cider vinegar (known henceforth as ACV) alone, all you need to do is put some on a cotton ball and apply it just like any other facial toner. Warning: the smell is very strong. It may sting a little, like astringents tend to do, so feel free to water it down if you like. Half ACV and half H20 is perfect.

If you add essential oils to compensate for the smell, just put a few drops in the bottle. Lavender oil seems to mask the odor most, helping what smell there is to fade quickly. You can also mix one part ACV to one part rose water.

If you add witch hazel (I like Dickinson's), there's really no hard-and-fast amount. I'd start with a ratio of one part witch hazel to every three parts ACV and go from there. Witch hazel won't help the smell, as it has a pretty distinctive odor all on its own. It will, however, help cleanse. It's also incredibly gentle on the skin -- no stinging! You can also use witch hazel on its own if the ACV scent is too much for you.

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