Get rid of the ash of winter with these products and techniques for brighter, more radiant skin this Spring!
My Homemade Bentonite Mask [+]
3 tbs Bentonite Clay
2 tsp Lemon Juice
add water until pastey
Key Ingredient: Bentonite Clay helps to draw impurities from the pores as it dries, improving acne and increasing blood circulation. Lemon Juice is a natural exfoliant which brightens skin and lighten scars.
My Experience: I tend to create this mix when tiny whiteheads, which always seem to appear at the same time every month, take over my face. The mask helps to dry out the sebum-filled inflammations. I follow with a repairing serum.
Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel [+]
Key Ingredient: Yam Pulp Puree contains Vitamins A and C to protect, smooth, and heal the skin. Pumpkin Pulp Puree eats away dead skin cells. Willowbark Extract keeps pores clear.
My Experience: While in undergrad, I visited my esthetician every holiday break. She was the BOMB.COM! I think she was so good at what she did because she also suffered from acne, until she completed Accutane. I digress. Just before extractions, she always applied an enzyme peel and turned the steamer towards my face. There was a little stinging, but the steamer helped to soothe that feeling. I always left each visit with bright, refreshed skin.
M2 Skin Refinish [+]
Key Ingredient: Mandelic Acid is naturally antibacterial. Both Mandelic and Malic Acid are alpha hydroxy acids which help to weak the bonds on your most outer layer of skin to reveal new skin, essentially exfoliating.
My Experience: The directions say to gradually increase the usage, but I go full force with nightly use. My skin is not sensitive at all. When I first started using this product, it would sting for the first few minutes, now it does not sting at all. I’ve noticed peeling of rough skin and a brightened complexion. I am on my second bottle of this product.
Both of the latter products are a little pricey for the Frugal McDugal, but my take on pricey beauty products is If it makes a noticeable difference, there aren’t inexpensive alternatives, and the store has a 30-60 day return policy, I’m going to purchase. Period. The price of beauty is not cheap. Sometimes we need to splurge on ourselves and why not do so and celebrate the emergence of Spring?!