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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mama Spa Minute...

I'm in need of a major refreshening up! On a mom's time and PT budget, everything is homemade style!

So after putting nugget down for his 1st nap, I got things together for my homemade masks - face and hair! This was all spur of the minute and I used only things I had in my pantry/fridge.

Face Mask - Honey/Oatmeal

  • I mixed 1:1 of honey and steel cut oatmeal (about one and one half tablespoon of each - honey and freshly blended oatmeal in powder form). 
  • Scoop the mask with fingers; its consistency will be really thick and gooey.
  • Liberally applied all over your face and neck; don't need to rub into skin. 
  • Ensure you steer clear of placing into and under your eyes.
  • I left the mask on for 30 min. 
  • Be careful, this mask isn't the 'drying' kind so it will drip all over the place. Make sure you watch out for your eyes too, there were instances where the honey was dripping into my eyes. Just wipe away.
Boo! Pretty scary...
  • After a min of 30 min, wet your fingertips with water and start to wipe off mask in a circular motion from your face. This process acts as an exfoliating method.
  • Once majority of the traces of the mask was gone, I wiped down with a wet hand towel to ensure complete removal. 
  • Pro - After the entire process, I did feel like my skin was refreshed and a bit rejuvenated. 
  • Con - A little messy because of the dripping honey; scary if it got into my eyes so be careful
My husband was a little freaked because he'd never seen me with a face mask before. He was like, "Make sure you don't look like that when you get the baby after his nap." haha!

skin after mask

I decided to multi task my masks at the same time so 15 minutes after putting the face mask on, I put my hair mask in.

Hair Mask -

I used an Olive oil/Egg White concoction from this website (http://www.hairstylecity.com/HairCare/HomeMadeHairMasks.aspx)

  • I whisked 5 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 full egg whites 
  • I scooped up the mask with fingers and applied liberally into my hair. Application of the mask felt very easy to do because it immediately saturated my hair.
  • I used entire mask and covered my hair with a plastic bag (heat from head will help penetrate oil into hair)
  • I kept it on for 30 min and washed it out; shampooed and conditioned.
  • I applied my usual leave in conditioner of Redken Anti-Snap and styled as usual.
Multi tasking face & hair mask

  • Pro - My hair does feel softer to the touch and didn't feel as brittle-y as it usually feels after my hair dries, since I have naturally curly hair. 
  • Con - My hair had this lingering smell of olive oil even after shampoo and conditioner. I layered on the Anti-Snap to help mask the smell but I don't know if the oil smell would have continued to linger until now.
Overall it took a 1 & 1/2 to 2 hours from start to finish for this mini treatment. I'm happy I finally squeezed that session in! I've been wanting to do this and I can't wait to do another one!


Now I need to schedule another "Mama Spa minute" for manicure and pedicure. I will be keeping the Half moon manicure in mind!

Hope you all had a good Sunday!



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