What is a girl's spa day without a facial?
If you want to give your girls a facial without putting harsh chemicals on their tender skin, there is a way to do it!
For the facials, I referenced an old book I had, "Natural Beauty for All Seasons: More Than 250 Simple Recipes and Gift-Giving Ideas for Year-Round Beauty." In it, we found seasonal ideas for homemade spa products - many of them right from the garden.
But one of the easiest ways to give a "facial" was to use mashed banana. (Even Dr. Oz is touting it these days.) Many recipes include mixing yogurt, honey or other ingredients to the mashed banana. For our test though, we simply mashed a banana and let the girls put it on their face. (We figured this was a project that wouldn't last long, anyway.) The girls giggled as they wiped banana on their faces, and we let them enjoy their "facials" outdoors a few minutes until they were ready to wash them off.
Count on, in general, one banana for three girls.
We also let the girls use the all-too-common cucumber slices on their eyes. They got a kick out of it, but really wanted to munch on the cukes instead!
Verdict: Girls loved it. Cost-effective (especially if you have cucumbers in your garden). Easy to pull off.