My Story: Homemade Masks and Scrubs
All-Natural Facial Masks
The skin is your body's largest organ, and an extremely sensitive one at that! It is affected both by outer influences (such as cold, heat, and ultraviolet radiation) and internal ones (such as stress).
On the average, the skin produces millions of new cells every day, and regenerates itself completely every 30 to 40 days. After the age of 35, however, the skin's natural rejuvenating process slows considerably. At this time, the skin can benefit from a facial mask.
There are generally two types of facial masks. Relaxing masks moisturize the skin and refresh the complexion, while stimulating masks promote blood flow and smooth and firm the skin.
Here are some general tips and easy recipes for homemade facials:
4 to 5 very ripe, medium size strawberries
2 teaspoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon honey
Rinse the strawberries in lukewarm water, and dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. In a small bowl, mash the fruit with a fork. Add the cream and honey, mixing well. Leave on for 20 minutes
People with sensitive or sunburned skin might find the strawberries irritating. Test on a small patch of skin first to assess your skin's reaction.
Whole Wheat Flour Mask
1 quart water
peels from one or two oranges
4 teaspoons dried or 8 teaspoons fresh rose petals
6 tablespoons of milk
2 tablespoons of rose water
2 teaspoons honey
4 tablespoons of whole wheat flour
Boil the water and remove from heat. Add the orange peels and rose petals. Cover the pan and allow them to steep until the water is lukewarm or cool. In a separate pan, heat the milk, floral water, and honey. Remove from heat. Add the flour and whisk everything together into a thick paste.
Apply the warm paste to the face and neck. Leave on 15-20 minutes. Wash the mask off carefully with the rose-orange water. Pat dry, and add a moisturizer.
Here are four super easy masks for every skin type:
Ms. Zundel is a freelance writer, homeschooling parent, and publisher of a monthly educational newsletter.
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