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Styling by Josie Sanders + Photos by Chris Whonsetler

Winter is cruel to faces and locks. Dry, frigid air can aggravate sensitive skin, and render typically cooperative hair frizzy or flat. (Post-holiday inattention to ourselves doesn’t help matters.) No need to shop the beauty counter for a solution. Treat yourself to an in-home, DIY spa day with luscious natural remedies. Each face and hair mask tackles different skin or tress issues. Make time to relax and treat yourself!

SKIN DEEP RX

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DRESS THE PART: Take off the jeans and booties. Wrap yourself in something soft like a bathrobe and settle into a calming mood.

 

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Charcoal face mask

Mix up this absorbent mask to help make stubborn blackheads disappear. Mix in a bowl and microwave for 10-20 seconds. Apply to face. Leave on 7-10 minutes before peeling off.

  • 1 charcoal tablet
  • 6-8 teaspoons water
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin

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Banana brightening mask

Tackle dark spots, and make your skin brighter and happier. Just mix and apply. Leave on 15 minutes and rinse.

  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey

SPA DAY HYDRATION: While you’re waiting for your masks to work their magic, sip water spiked with lemon and mint. Make up a gallon and have it at the ready in your fridge.

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Cure-All face mask

Turmeric is purported to battle dark circles, oily skin, acne, eczema and rosacea, just to name a few irritating skin issues. Just mix and apply. Leave on at least 15 minutes.

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons milk

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Tighten and firm mask

Rub this exfoliating mask onto your face, neck, chest — any parts that need tightening and firming. Mix together and gently scrub into skin. Leave on at least 5 minutes.

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons coffee grounds

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Chocolate mask

Don’t be fooled by its delicious taste. The antioxidants are built to keep skin soft, supple and juvenile. Just mix and apply. Leave on at least 15 minutes.

  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt

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Floral mask

Treat yourself to something girly while giving your face the perfect treat. This mask soothes skin and fights breakouts. Mix and apply. Leave on at least 15 minutes.

  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 cup rolled oats
  • 1/8 cup chopped rose petals

MANE MENU

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Scalp detox hair treatment

Does your hair feel weighed down or greasy? This hair mask removes built-up product from your scalp and boosts volume. Mix ingredients and rub into scalp, leaving on 10-15 minutes. Wash and style as usual.

  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

TUNE IN TO YOURSELF: Commit to avoid email, calls and social media during your spa time. Grab the headphones and turn on “Spa Radio” on Pandora for music to lull you away.

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Hydrating avocado hair treatment

This hair mask will leave your hair silky-smooth and shiny with loads of moisture — aka, the locks you’ve been wishing for. Mix ingredients and work into hair, roots to ends. Leave on 10-15 minutes. Wash and style as usual.

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 egg

 

 

 

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