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Natural Facial Mask Recipes, Body Scrub Recipes, and Skin Oil
Did you know the skin is the largest organ of the body? It should be a top priority for everyone to keep their skin healthy and clean. Whether you are a man or woman,to keep skin glowing we all need four things; daily cleansing, exfoliation, moisturizing, and protection. When you're strolling down the skin care isle of your grocery store, the amount of products available and the attached price tag can be overwhelming. If you are looking to save money and look good, or perhaps make a gift for someone at home, these head to toe skin care recipes are cost efficient and work great. Not only that, the ingredients that are used are probably in your pantry right now! If you are looking for all natural skin care with out harsh chemicals, try a few of these recipes. You could even use the information in this article to come up with your own skin care recipes. Get creative, and get beautiful glowing skin, naturally!
First, a word about plant oils.
Plant oils are used generously in most beauty products. When you understand their uses and know where to find them, these oils can be used in homemade skin care recipes to suit your individual needs. They can usually be found in your local grocery store or health store.
Avocado- The oil from avocados is very rich and one of the most moisturizing. This oil is a great choice for those with older or extremely dry skin.
Almond - Almond oil is high in proteins and is also good for those with dry skin. It's awesome on winter chapped skin.
Apricot kernel - This oil is a rich and soothing emollient that can be used for homemade lip balm.
Cocoa butter- This is water repellent and a very protective oil. It even has some natural sun-blocking qualities.
Coconut- Coconut oil is great for moisturizing the skin. It creates a protective layer and keeps the moisture in. It is the perfect choice for those with inflamed or irritated skin, and those with sensitive skin types. It is also the number one lathering agent in soaps and a first choice of those in the cosmetic and soap industry.
Grape-seed- Grape-seed oil is one of the least greasy feeling oils. It is ideal for those with oily skin and is also used in protective creams such as sunscreens and sun blocks.
Olive - Olive oil dries slowly and has a long shelf life. It is better used on younger skin.
Gentle Face Cleaner
1/2 cup oatmeal or cornmeal
enough plain yogurt to form a paste
For a gentle cleanser, mix the two ingredients then smooth over entire face, avoiding the eyes. Wash off with warm water.
Facial masks are an important part of skin care. You can use a face mask one to two times a week. A weekly face mask can help your skin receive needed moisture and ease many skin disorders. They are also a natural stress reliever. Using a face mask will keep the skin healthy and glowing.
Egg Yolk and Honey Face Mask (best for dry skin)
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 teaspoon almond oil
- 1 tablespoon yogurt
Apply to face and relax for 10 minutes. Rinse well. The honey stimulates and smooths skin. Egg and almond oil penetrate and moisturize, and yogurt refines and tightens pores.
Egg White Facial
1 egg white-Beat until frothy
Rub on face and neck. Allow to harden and then rinse with cool water. This will make your skin feel tight, so don't forget to moisturize after.
1/2 cup corn starch
1/4 cup water
Mix into a paste. Moisten face with water, then apply in a circular motion. After your face is completely covered, rinse with cool water. This will make your skin very soft.
Yogurt can be used on all skin types to soften, sooth redness, and tighten pores while gently deep cleaning. Use natural, plain unflavored yogurt and apply to your face as you would a face mask. (Avoid eyes and mouth.) Leave on for ten minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Follow with a honey mask, or moisturize as you normally would. (Yogurt can be warmed slightly before you apply!)
Honey also can soften deep clean, and sooth the skin. It is also a natural antibiotic and will help to kill any bacteria in your pores, which helps to eliminate redness. It is also a gentle moisturizer and is full of vitamins. Smooth the honey on your face, avoiding eyes and mouth. Let sit for ten minutes and then rinse with warm water.
The Miracle Whip Facial
Miracle whip is really a miracle at normalizing over-oily skin. Pull your hair back from your face and then apply a thin layer of miracle whip on your face and neck. If the smell bothers you, you may want to walk around or sit outside. Leave it on for ten minutes, then massage gently. Rinse with lukewarm water and then cleanse as you usually would.
All over body exfoliation helps keep skin soft and clean. These scrubs can be packaged in pretty jars and tied with a bow for a homemade gift.
DIY Body Scrub
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup coarse salt
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1/4 cup of your favorite liquid soap
Any ONE of the following:
- juice from half a grapefruit
- juice from one lemon
- grated peel from a lemon or lime
- 1/2 cup chopped cranberries
- 1/4 cup rose salt
- 2 tablespoons of essential oil
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. When in the shower, rub all over from head to toes. Rinse with cool water to close pores. Use once a week.
Simple Brown Sugar Scrub
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of orange oil, or half a fresh squeezed orange
- 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil
Mix ingredients well.
Did You Know?
- Our skin is a reflection of our internal health.
- Eating hot peppers can relieve various types of headaches, such as cluster headaches, migraines and sinus headaches.
- Fatty Acids are needed for elevating your mood, beautiful skin, healthy immune system, increased mental clarity, and normalizing weight. (You need to eat fat to burn fat. Try nuts, fish and avocados)
- Coffee (and it's not the caffeine) can cause elevated levels of cortisol and insulin, leading to weight gain. Elevated insulin locks on body fat.
- Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day maintains health and beautiful skin. All the biochemical reactions in the body take place in the presence of water.
Brown Sugar Lemon Body Scrub
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sea salt
1 tablespoon coconut oil (you can also use olive oil)
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon of honey
Lemon is a natural disinfectant. It also opens clogged pores and cleanses them thoroughly allowing your skin to "breathe" better.
Hawaiian Sugar-n-Salt Scrub
(makes approx. 16 oz.)
1 1/2 cups fine white sugar
1/2 cup fine sea salt
1/2 - 3/4 cup virgin coconut oil (as needed)
1 tablespoon pineapple fragrance oil (optional)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and add more or less of the coconut oil to suit your preference. The mixture will seem dry at first. Wait a few hours then add more coconut oil if necessary. The scrub should be moist, but it shouldn't have oil floating on the top.
For a basic lotion you can make at home you will need water, oil, and an emulsifier. An emulsifier is an ingredient that blends the water and oil together. Here is the basic base to begin homemade lotion:
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- 1/2 cup oil (from the above list of plant oils)
- 1 tablespoon lecithin
You can experiment by adding essential oils, combining oils, or steeping the water with beneficial herbs before adding the oil.
Blend all ingredients in a blender on whip or cream. This will make a nice creamy lotion. Add more water for a lighter, runnier lotion. Store in the refrigerator for hot climates or in a cool dry place. Shake well before each use.
Egg & Olive Oil Hair Mask
- 2 whole eggs
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil
Smooth through hair. Wrap top of head with saran wrap and allow to penetrate for 10 min. Rinse well!
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