Refreshing Facials (without leaving your kitchen)!


Traveling always reminds me that I need to take more time out of my busy life to take better care of myself! What a better way than nurturing the largest organ of our bodies- OUR SKIN!

Our skin takes the beating of every daily activity we take on. In my case that often includes makeup, city smog, and countless pairs of fake eyelashes! What daily activities are wearing on your skin?

Here are some quick and easy facials you can whip up in your kitchen to pamper yourselves in the comfort of your own home! You probably have some of these ingredients already sitting around!

I am always looking for new things to do with my coffee grounds- from putting them into my plants to composting- Here is my new favorite way to dispose of them!
This uplifting mask will help tighten pores and remove oil. The coffee grinds help reduce puffiness and swelling, while the cocoa, honey and yogurt will add moisture to your skin.

2 tablespoons freshly ground coffee (or used grinds)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons yogurt (or whole milk)
1 tablespoon honey

Gently massage this yummy mask into your skin in the morning for a quick perk. Allow the mask to dry for 15-20 minutes. Then rinse it off thoroughly.


Bananas have natural fruit acids that hydrate dry skin.
Mash one banana
1 tablespoon of honey
Mix until it forms a smooth paste
Apply to face and allow to stay on for 10-15 minutes.
Rinse well and enjoy!
Cucumber has cooling properties that reduce redness, puffiness and inflammation.
In a blender, blend half a cucumber with a tablespoon of yogurt.
Apply for 15-20 minutes.
Rinse off
Pat dry
OATS OF TRUTH- Get the red out! 
I have naturally red/pink skin and this one has been really helpful for me!
Oatmeal is great for soothing irritated skin, helping to heal eczema and acne breakouts, and for reducing redness. Paired with honey and yogurt, it’s a calming and revitalizing mask for all skin types.
1/3 cup instant oatmeal
1/2 cup hot water
1 tablespoon honey
1-2 tablespoons yogurt
Add the water to your oatmeal and stir for a few minutes so the oats become hydrated. Add the honey and yogurt, and put through a blender to smooth and combine.

Make sure your mask is a comfortable temperature and then apply to your face in a gentle circular motion, leave on for 10-15 minutes, and then wash with warm water. Pat dry.

I hope that you try one of these this week and it leaves you feeling renewed and refreshed! Let me know how it goes! Do you have a facial recipe you just swear by? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Shine Bright!

Ali Luminescent