When your pocketbook is empty or you just don’t have time to make an appointment at your local day spa for a much-needed facial, consider one of these at-home mask recipes from Stella Gray, the Spa Elder at Fern Tree, the Spa at Half Moon, Rose Hall Jamaica.
Gray, a native Jamaican, has used indigenous ingredients in her homemade masks for years. In fact, at Half Moon, she personally gathers herbs, roots, leaves and fruits from her on-site garden for treatments at the luxurious spa.
No tropical garden of your own? No worries, mon! Use grocery-store or farmers’ market produce for similar results!
Guava Glow Mask
2 oz oats
1 small squeeze of lime
Scoop out seeds and remove flesh from skin. Blend all ingredients and apply to freshly cleansed skin. Leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing.
Honey and Oats Mask
Mix honey with oats and use as a face mask. Leave on for an hour and rinse. This is excellent for acne and blemishes.
Avocado and Honey Eye Mask
1 small slice of avocado
1/4 teaspoon of honey
Blend avocado and honey to a paste and dab it around your eyes. Relax for 20 minutes and rinse. This will nourish the delicate eye area and help remove puffiness. Rinse and gently pat dry.
Acne/Oily Skin Facial Mask
2 tsp aloe vera gel, fresh from plant
1 tsp lemon juice
1 egg white
1/4 tsp honey
Beat egg white and add all other ingredients. Apply to skin preferably with a small brush and allow to dry. Reapply and leave mask on for 10 minutes, rinse and moisturize.