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How to have a mother/daughter spa day

"Bonding Over Beauty," by Erika Katz (GreenLeaf Book Group Press; $14.95) features tips on how to bond with your daughter over beauty. Credit: Handout

I just finished reading "Bonding Over Beauty: A Mother-Daughter Beauty Guide to Foster Self-Esteem, Confidence and Trust," by Erika Katz (GreenLeaf Book Group Press; $14.95) and while my 16-month-old isn't ready to enjoy spa treatments just yet, I'm looking forward to introducing her to these little luxuries. The book provides simple tips and tricks on helping your daughters embrace their minds and bodies with advice on hair care, makeup, skin care, hygiene and more.

"Beauty rituals such as cleansing and moisturizing your face, using facial masks, and whipping up a scrub from ingredients in your kitchen make memories you'll never forget," said Katz, a Southampton resident.

Whether you're looking for a relaxing evening with your teen daughter or you're hosting a sleepover with your child's friends, here's a simple at-home face mask you can prepare in the comfort of your own kitchen:

Honey Oatmeal Mask
(Mario Badescu Skin Care Salon recommends this particular mask to absorb oil and calm the skin.)

Ingredients
-1/2 cup dry old-fashioned oatmeal
-1/4 avocado
-1 teaspoon honey
-1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions
1. In a bowl, mix the honey, olive oil and avocado.
2. Add in the oatmeal and mix thoroughly.
3. Apply the mask to the whole face with your fingers. Leave it on until it dries, about 10-20 minutes.
4. Clean off the mask with some moist cotton or rinse it off in the sink.

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