In need of a refreshing facial?

It’s as easy as raiding your refrigerator

by Kat Tudor

Spring is the time of rebirth and revival, and nothing communicates health and wellness like vibrant and luminous skin. A facial is a wonderful way to help you look and feel better.

If you don’t have the energy or time to make an appointment with an aesthetician, take a tour of your kitchen and refrigerator for inspiration! Be it acne, dark bags under your eyes, uneven skin tone, or a dry and dull complexion, refrigerator facials are a quick fix until you can get to the spa.

As delicious as they are effective, some of the best recipes require only one ingredient from the grocery store. Try to use fresh and organic ingredients so that you aren’t putting unnecessary toxins onto your exposed skin. Here are some of my favorite options.


This combination helps unclog pores and smooths the skin.


  • 1 ounce uncooked oatmeal
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate (raw if you can find it)
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey

Mix all ingredients together and apply to your face using upward movements. Leave on for 10 minutes. Delicious!


Brighten and decongest oily, acne-prone skin with this mixture.


  • 1 finely chopped ripe organic tomato
  • Generous squeeze of ripe organic lemon

Mix ingredients. Apply to skin with your fingers, making certain to avoid eye area. Relax for 5 minutes with your head back. Rinse off with warm water. Margaritas, anyone?


Use one or both ingredients to remove dead skin cells and brighten the face.


  • ½ cup 2% or full-fat organic, plain Greek yogurt. The fat is important so that it will absorb into your skin.
  • 4 teaspoons warmed organic honey (optional)

If using the honey, vigorously mix honey and yogurt to blend. Apply with upward movements to your face. Close your eyes and relax, let the lactic acid and milk proteins in the yogurt nourish your skin for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Perhaps a new Ben & Jerry’s flavor?


This combo will help to de-puff your eyes and brighten the surrounding skin.


  • 1 organic, raw potato, peeled and finely grated
  • ¼ cup organic 2% or full-fat Greek yogurt

Mix ingredients together with your hands and gently apply to the under-eye area. Tilt back your head and relax for 15 minutes. Beautiful!


Kat Tudor is the creative director and co-owner at the new SunWater Spa and Healing Arts Center in Manitou Springs, Colorado. An innovative yoga practitioner and instructor, her unique and creative yoga draws on her art and dance background and extensive training, to transform the mind, body and spirit. SunWater Spa offers a range of radiant, invigorating and soothing facials that use natural ingredients such as Tea Tree Oil to purify your skin and Cherry Enzymes to exfoliate. A personal favorite is the 60-minute Sun Radiance, which will leave your skin glowing.

Read about Debbie Vann’s passion for skin care, personal philosophy, and tips for showing love to your skin in our March Therapist Feature! We are so fortunate to have a therapist who is committed to each guest’s individual skincare needs while also providing a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.


1. How long have you been an esthetician and what was the path that led you into skin care?

I have been practicing skin care for twenty years in the Colorado Springs area. I was drawn to skin care because of my passion and love for helping people achieve a healthy glow and realize their better selves.


2. What is your favorite part of your job as an esthetician?

My favorite part of this job is making people feel relaxed and pampered. I also enjoy providing direction to clients for a customized skin care regiments for their particular needs or concerns.


3. What gift does your work offer your guests? What do you want your guests to walk away feeling/thinking?

I thoroughly love to share my passion for skin care with guests. My diverse and comprehensive experience provides clients with a true sense of being pampered and better understanding of their individual skin.


4. What do you like to do when you’re not working? how do you like to spend your free time?

I love enjoying the beauty of Colorado and time with my family.


5. How would you sum up your personal philosophy or mantra?

My personal philosophy is to be healthy, happy, and see the good in all things.


6. What is one self-care suggestion you offer to your guests?

I recommend guests to treat their skin with the same respect they would treat any other vital part of their body.


7. Based on your experiences, what makes SunWater Spa stand out from other wellness centers/spas?
SunWater Spa is one of the few spas that encompasses a whole-person approach to wellness by providing a vast array of treatments, classes, and mineral pools.