In the Mirror

Easy, DIY Anti-Aging Facial

By Charlotte on August 8, 2012 8:15 AM

I had my first facial in years when Bob and I visited the JW Marriott San Antonio's Lantana Spa last spring. Loving the lift it gave my complexion, I vowed I'd repeat the experience soon and often. Then I got busy blogging and totally forgot about making an appointment!

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Esencia Estates' Aroma Spa

Riviera Maya, Mexico


So I was delighted to stumble across this quick and easy way to pamper my skin at home. Based on ancient Mayan traditions, this simple, anti-aging recipe from the Esencia Estate's Aroma Spa uses four, natural ingredients to exfoliate, reduce fine lines and brighten your complexion.


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Yogurt - Cleanses skin gently but deeply, balances the pH level and helps retain moisture. Lactic acid softens skin and clears it naturally.

Oats - Gently exfoliate, help eliminate impurities from the pores and regulate sebum production while smoothing and evening skin tone

Honey - Clears and nourishes the skin. This anti-aging workhorse smoothes fine lines, restores moisture levels, reduces inflammation, softens, clarifies skin tone, regenerates tissues and keeps skin toned.

Rosewater - Has antioxidant properties that help preserve cell youth, regenerates cells, maintains and increases skin moisture levels, brightens and firms. What's more, it helps diminish wrinkles, fine lines, broken capillaries and blemishes.


Got 10 minutes? That's all it takes to whip up this friend to Boomer-age skin, let it work and feel the benefits.


For a little spa ambiance, I mix the ingredients in a pretty bowl.


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Then I put the youth-inspiring medley on my face and neck (mustn't forget that!) before showering. Besides attacking fine lines and wrinkles, it gives me a nice, cool feeling that helps offset those why-do-I-even-bother-to-shower moments courtesy of the HOT flashes that often plague my mornings.


I love that this milky mask works quickly and cleans while giving my skin a mega-moisture boost. And as a bonus, this recipe makes enough for several applications. Store it covered in the fridge and you can continue enjoying this mind and body refresher for days.



At-Home Anti-Aging Facial




  1. In a bowl, mix the yogurt, honey and oats.
  2. Massage the mixture onto your face.
  3. Leave it on the skin for 5 minutes.
  4. Rinse with cool water.
  5. Apply rosewater with a cotton pad.
  6. Apply your favorite facial cream.

The Aroma Spa at the Esencia Estates in Riviera Maya, Mexico

specializes in ancient Mayan anti-aging and skin purifying treatments.


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