Tina’s Fire and Ice Facial

“When it comes to my beauty routine, I’m all about simplicity." says U Beauty founder Tina Craig. "Now that I'm home so much, I especially love to use the Resurfacing Compound to keep my skin smooth and glowing, but I’ll admit once in awhile, I love a good facial."

Enter the Fire and Ice Facial, which sounds unattainably decadent but is just the opposite. Not only does it make for a great at-home activity, you'll find your skin with a refreshed, satiny finish. 

"The Fire and Ice Facial is something I’ve done at the most luxurious spas around the world—and it’s surprisingly easy to reproduce at home. I love cryo machines, but I don’t know when I’ll have access to one again (and certainly won’t be buying my own!), so I’ve been making facial-grade ice cubes out of ingredients in my kitchen. The “fire” increases circulation and preps your skin for product absorption, while ice (literally, ice) acts likes a vacuum and seals it all in, leaving you with a smooth, glass-like complexion.

Here’s my recipe for replicating a professional-grade Fire and Ice Facial, followed by a rejuvenating lip scrub, with items you likely have sitting in your refrigerator: 

FIRE
Start by placing your face over bowl of hot water for a minute or two to open up your pores. (Be very careful!) 

For dry skin: 
-2 tablespoons of plain yogurt (or whatever flavor you have in your fridge)
-1/4 avocado
-1 tablespoon of honey

For oily/combination skin, add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice (or two wedges). 

Mix it up in a bowl until it’s smooth and creamy with any clean makeup brush, then apply with the brush.  

Sensitive skin: Rinse after 5 minutes

Normal skin: Rinse after 10 minutes 

It heats up the skin (the probiotics and D-lactic acidosis + AHA in lemon gently sloughs away the upper layer of skin), allowing the honey to penetrate and nourish on a deep layer.

Note: Patch-test the yogurt mask on neck if you’re extremely sensitive. 

Rinse with COLD water only.  

ICE
Wrap a thin muslin cloth (or any cloth, but just avoid plush thick towels) around the ice cube and gently roll all over face. Do it for a few minutes on each side. This is what gives you the glass skin! 

Ice cubes:
Almond or oat milk for hydration 
Green tea for inflammation
Chamomile tea for calming and de-puffing 
Regular milk for acne-prone skin

Lip Scrub:
-1 teaspoon of avocado oil
-2 teaspoon of brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
-Brush lips with a toothbrush. 

(Keep in a container next to sink for quick smoothing.)

Bonus: 
Leftover yogurt and lemon makes a great chicken marinade!

Afghan Chutney
-2 cups of plain Greek yogurt
-3 bunches of cilantro
-1 bunch of mint
-3 serrano or jalapeño pepper
-3 large cloves of garlic
-1-2 teaspoons of dried red pepper
-1 lemon

Put all ingredients in food processor until smooth.

Use 1/3 as chicken marinade, and the rest to serve as dip or sauce.”

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