Home Sweet Spa

By Jennifer Dalvano
March 14, 2002

All photos by Jill C. Hindman

Some people, especially college students, just cannot afford to make a monthly appointment at Toppers Spa to get primped and make them feel pretty. At home remedies can work just as well and for a much cheaper price. Have fun with some girlfriends trying out some of the following:

Fun Face Masks
Common things that are used everyday, such as certain foods and medicines, can contribute to your shiny glow.

MAYONNAISE Apply whole egg mayonnaise on your face (right from the jar) for about 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

TOMATO MASK For oily skin, mash up a ripe tomato and leave it on your face for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm (not hot) water.

HONEY MASK Apply pure honey (straight from the bottle) to your face and neck. Allow it to set until dry (about 15 minutes). Rinse with very warm water.

MILK OF MAGNESIA Apply straight from the bottle on your face. Let it dry for about five to ten minutes. Rinse with warm water, and gently pat your face dry with a fluffy towel.

PEPTO BISMOL This is a face mask particularly suited for those with sensitive skin. In the same way that this product coats the stomach, it gently caresses the face. Apply it straight from the bottle, using a cotton swab. Allow to dry, then rinse with cool water.

BANANA MASH Mash up a very ripe banana. Add just enough honey to make a soft pulp. Apply over face and hair. This is such a great firming mask that aging movie stars have been known to put it in the cups of their bras to make their breasts “perky.” (Just make sure that you don’t use too much honey and you use a sturdy bra.)

Shine Stopper
Using a clean makeup brush, brush your face with pure lemon juice. Let it stand for 5 minutes then rinse. Do this in the evening before bed because the citric acid may cause temporary redness. Lemon juice contains astringent and antiseptic properties that will get rid of the excess perspiration and unwanted shine from high humidity. Another shine stopper tip: In a cup, combine 10 drops of lemon juice with one half cup of water. Saturate a cotton ball with mixture and dab over clean skin. Do not rinse.

Hair Conditioner
Heat up one half cup of mayonnaise and apply to dry unwashed hair. Cover with plastic bag and wait for 15 minutes. Rinse and shampoo thoroughly. Your hair will be left shiny, silky and smooth.

Keep A Fresh Face
After applying makeup, spray mineral water on your face and let dry. Do not wipe. Makeup will stay looking fresh longer.

The Ultimate Moisturizer
Wash face thoroughly. While your face is still wet, rub in a small amount of petroleum jelly. Continue wetting face until the jelly is spread evenly and doesn’t appear greasy. Just remember, it will not stay greasy if you keep adding water a little at a time!

Salt Glow Rub
This exfoliating scrub will leave your skin soft and glowing. Mix the juice from 1 lemon with 2 parts coarse salt and 1 part olive oil to make a paste. Step into the shower and massage into body. Turn on the shower and rinse. Pat dry and apply a rich moisturizer.

Tooth Whitener
Dip a toothbrush in a mashed strawberry and brush vigorously to remove yellowing and stains. Or after brushing with your regular toothpaste, make a paste of 1 tbsp of baking soda and a few drops of lemon juice and brush again. It tastes horrible but just think white teeth! You should start to see a change in a week.

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