We hope everyone’s Thanksgiving was filled with lots of family, laughs and tons of yummy food! If your kitchen is overflowing with extra ingredients after creating some delicious holiday treats, and you’re worried that you’ll get sick of these flavors before the next round of holiday gatherings, why not use them in a whole new way? Leftover ingredients are the perfect way to create DIY beauty products and to save a little money for some holiday shopping!
Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving staple and there are bound to be leftover berries to create this awesome anti-aging facemask by Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of Bonding Over Beauty, a great book for mothers and daughters.
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 cup seedless red grapes
2 tsp grapefruit juice
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
Mix ingredients until the mixture becomes paste-like. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes and let it thicken. Remove from the fridge and let sit about 10 minutes. Spread the mixture on clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye area. Relax for 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
The benefits of the mask come from the fruit acid, which acts as a gentle exfoliant; the grapefruit juice acts as a toner; and the cranberries are a rich antioxidant harboring a one-two punch of vitamins A and C to help with collagen production.
Holiday Body Scrub
Have some leftover spices from baking those delicious pies? Make a Holiday Body Scrub! Katz recommends using spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar to create an exfoliating Holiday Body Scrub that can even be packaged and given to loved ones as a beautiful homemade gift!
Not into making something else after all of the baking and cooking this weekend? Head to the spa! Search SpaFinder partner spas in your area offering some deals on holiday treatments!