Natural Skin Care Recipes To Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize and Exfoliate
Natural Skin Care
In the last decade or so,the face of the skin care industry has seen lots of changes as women are discovering that organic or natural products are better for their skin. Not only that, but with new technology, people are also discovering that many of the plants around us are great for our skin. In addition, women have also discovered that there are things in their very homes or what they can get from their local grocery or pharmacy they can use on their skin.
Facial care is very easy to do from home and there are several things around you that you can use to exfoliate, moisturise and cleanse the skin. I will share with you a few natural skin care recipes that you can make from items in your kitchen.
First - some skin care tips
- If you have oily skin, cleanse your face with fruit acids like lime or lemon water. Leaving lime or lemon juice on skin for 5 minutes then rinsing with warm water will leave skin looking fresh and younger.
- If you have dry skin massage some mayonnaise into your skin after cleansing.
- For dry or combination skin massage a little olive oil into your skin after cleansing
- For acne, rub a half of a lime unto face and leave for five minutes then rinse.
- Only use a cleanser once per day, use plain water the other times you cleanse the face
- When travelling or going on a road trip, travel with a paper towel roll and a bottle of spring water. Damp the paper towel to cleanse the face.
- For facial rehydration, spritz mist your face with water. A bottle made for that purpose is best.
Easy exfoliating cleanser
1 tablespoon sour cream
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Combine thoroughly. Massage into face for 60 seconds then rinse with warm water. Pat dry face or leave to air dry. Store the balance in the refrigerator in container.
1/2 cup refined oats
1/2 cup full cream milk
1/4 cup honey
Soak the oats in the milk until very soft then purée with honey. Use generously to cleanse the face by massaging into face for at least 2 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
3 tablespoons sour cream
The peel from an orange
4 tablespoons papaya scoops
Cut orange peel into small pieces and soak in warm water for 24 hours until very soft (water and orange peel should be about the same level in the container). In a blender purée the soaked orange peel, then add papaya and sour cream. if the mixture is too thick add another dollop of the sour cream and another drop of water. You need to store this for no more than two days in the fridge. Give some to a friend or reduce the ingredients by half. Do not leave for long than 30 seconds on the face.
Very Easy Rose Toner
A small spray bottle with a mist nozzle
Purified or spring water
Rose water (you can get this in the baking isle at the supermarket)
Half the bottle with rose water then fill with the spring water and shake well. Use to mist the face after cleansing and throughout the day. Best to store in a cool place.
1 tsp dried peppermint leaves
4 tsp green tea
4 oz purified water
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 tsp aloe vera gel
A 4 oz spray bottle
Bring the water to a boil and pour over herbs. Add lavender oil and let stand for ten minutes. Stir and let cool. Pour the aloe vera gel in bottle and fill up with infusion. Shake well. Keep refrigerated. Spritz face liberally as needed.
- Use olive oil to massage into skin after cleansing. Best if you do this when face is still damp.
- Use a tip of mayonnaise to massage into dry skin
- Spritz or mist cucumber water on face when needed
In a food processor place about 1/4 of an avocado with 1/2 cup of mayonnaise. Purée until smooth. Place in a jar in the refrigerator. Use on face, elbows, knees and heels. Use within three days or the cream might start to get dark.
Avocado papaya cream
1/4 cup mashed papaya
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice (to prevent darkening of avocado)
In a food processor, process avocado and lemon juice. Add papaya and process then slowly drizzle in olive oil while processing. Remember to scrape the side of the processor bowl. Slowly drizzle in some water (about 3-4 tablespoons) until a nice whip cream is formed. Cream should be nice and creamy and not too heavy. So add more water and whip again if needed. Keep refrigerated all the time. Best to store in an air tight container. Massage into face morning and evening. Can be used all over the body.
Easy cornmeal scrub
1/4 cup cornmeal
In a bowl pour corn meal, drizzle on olive oil and mix until wet and pasty. Use to scrub the face. You can store this in a jar or zipper bag. It can last a very long time and does not need refrigeration but will last longer if stored in a cool place. Rinse with warm water.
If you have a soap free foaming wash mix with corn meal for a nice clean scrub.
My favourite facial and all over scrub
1/2 cup sea salt
Mix salt and olive until until pasty. Oil should not be runny. Use to scrub the face and body all over. This will leave skin soft and smooth for a very long time. Rinse with warm water alone. Do not use soap on skin for a couple days after using this. The salt would have lifted off dead skin cells and dirt and whatever else is on the skin. This is also extremely effective for dry skin. This scrub will surprise you. It is best to have someone scrub your body for you. You can use this on elbows and knees.
Scrub face for at least three minutes. The salt may sting a little.
© 2012 Carolee Samuda