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Homemade Spa Recipes
Cures from the Kitchen Did you know that you can create your own mask? Even spas like Salon and Spa Blue in Carle Place, New York, whip up homemade recipes for their clients. "We get inspiration from our clients, and from our interest in natural ingredients," says spa director Lisa Abbey. Here are some masks you can make from scratch:
Glow-Inducing Potion Salon and Spa Blue's Papaya Pineapple Perfection Mask 3/4 cup fresh mashed papaya 1 teaspoon pineapple juice 1 teaspoon wheat germ Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Pat mask onto face and neck. If you feel tingling, it's okay; it means the fruit enzymes are sloughing dull skin. Rinse off after 15 minutes.
Peppy Feet Tonic Bliss Spa Exfoliating Mask 2 cups mashed pineapple 2 cups mashed papaya 2 cups warm milk Combine all ingredients in a big bowl. Soak feet (or hands) for 20 minutes. Rinse and moisturize with a cream, such as The Healing Garden's Lavender Whipped Souffle Body Creme ($6.75).
Mix-It-Up Store-Bought Facial Masks In a bowl, mix Asiana powdered facial masks with a few drops of water and voila, a fresh mask! Try the White Thai Mud version ($32), which tightens pores and brightens skin.
Kitchen staples -- such as honey, carrot, or banana -- transform the Andrea Face Mix Powder Mask ($2 for three applications) into different masks for various skin types.
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