Rajibydesign spa    A lot of store bought beauty products are expensive not just because of their ingredients, but also because of their packing, marketing, and brand name.  Of course, some of these products may contain a special ingredient that is really effective and cannot be recreated at home.  However, most masks, moisturizers, and scrubs made at home are not only efficient, but supremely effective and 100% natural.  There’s a reason Cleopatra used mud on her face and body!  The only hazard: they taste so yummy that you may want to eat them for lunch!  But take it from me and don’t.

For Eyes:  Green tea is rich in tannin and helps de-puff your eyes, while shea     butter hydrates them.   Rajibydesign Shea Butter

  • 1/5 tsp jojoba oil
  • 1/5 tsp pure shea butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 chamomile tea bags
  • 2 green tea bags
  • Mix the jojoba oil and shea butter in a bowl.  Microwave the water for 1 minute   and then steep the 4 tea bags for just a few seconds.  Squeeze out all the water, and place the chamomile bag on each upper eyelid and a green tea bag under each eye.  Relax for about 10 minutes.  Dip a finger into the jojoba-shea balm and dab   it around your eyes for an instant glow.
  • If you’d rather buy it, try Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum, $52.00

For Lips:  Lemon-honey scrub makes lips smooth while the coconut oil salve softens them. photo-35

  • 1.5 tsp honey
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • Juice of 1/4 lemon (about 1 tsp)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Contents of 1 vitamin E capsule
  • 1 drop of lemon essential oil
  • Mix honey, sugar, and lemon juice in a bowl.  Rub this over your lips with your fingers in a circular motion to exfoliate, and then rinse.  Combine the remaining ingredients in another bowl.  dab the coconut salve on lips.  You can keep the leftovers in the fridge for a week.
  • If you’d rather buy it, try Bliss’ Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub, $18.00

For Oily Skin:  The salt-spiked steam clears pores, while a papaya-yogurt mask  calms skin. photo-36

  • Flesh of 1/2 papaya
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salts
  • 1 peppermint tea bag
  • Mash papaya in a bowl, blend in the yogurt and set it aside.  Dissolve Epsom     salts in a large pot of water, then drop in the tea bag.  Heat the mixture until         it boils and then remove from the heat.  Sit with face over the pot and head  covered with a towel (so that no heat escapes) for 3-5 minutes.  Once face is steamed, spread papaya mask over your face.  Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse.
  • If you’d rather buy the mask, try Alba’s Papaya Enzyme Mask, $21.00

For Dryness:  Avocado contains fatty acids that nourish dry skin, while an oil  finishing spritz leaves you looking radiant.photo-37

  • 2 tbsp sweet almond oil
  • Contents of 2 vitamin E capsules
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Pour the almond oil and contents of vitamin E capsules into a spray bottle, and shake until blended.  Set it aside.  Combine the remaining ingredients into a bowl until you form a smooth product.  Spread this mixture onto all the dry areas (including your hair!), and let it sit for about 20 minutes.  Rinse out the mixture, then spritz your damp skin with the oil mixture and massage it in until it is absorbed.
  • If you’d rather buy it, try Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Masque, $40.00