Love your skin.

Good day Gals.

So last week we learned some new (but old) remedies to getting that lush lavish look from your hair using all natural and organic ingredients that you may have lying around your house.

This week, we are following up with amazing facial treatments and skin care. I for one am very excited about this installment. I currently suffer from Rosacea, a redness and sensitivity of the skin due to hormonal imbalances. I have tried hundreds of dollars worth of over the counter prescriptions and expensive beauty products all ‘designed’ for treating and soothing the symptoms of this aggressive and social debilitating chronic ailment.  I am going to spend the next few weeks trying these to see what works best for my skin type. I promise (to try, really, I promise) to post photos and results.

Week Two – Skin Care

Sometimes the idea of a facial can be daunting. It’s a grueling process to go to the spa…I mean try to make an appointment at the spa…I mean try to afford the cost of a glass of tap water at a spa. You can get the same pampering effects at home using these recipes.

Gentle Oatmeal Facial Cleanser

1/2 cup oatmeal or cornmeal – (your best bet is to use steel cut oats over the canister of quick oats. Steel cut oats retains all their nutrients from being cut with steel, rather than being pressed and dehydrated and processed.)

2 Tbsp of plain yogurt – (Add enough yogurt to form a paste, and natural Greek yogurt is great, it has twice the amount of protein as standard yogurt and is thicker due to its being filtered and a majority of the water being removed.)

Mix ingredients. Smooth over your entire face trying to avoid the eye area. Allow it to sit for 10 min and rinse with tepid water.

Coconut Cleanser

3 Tsp coconut oil (amazing skin moisturizer)

1 Tsp olive oil (Studies show that application of olive oil immediately following exposure to UVB rays has a preventive effect on the formation of tumors and skin cancer)

1 Tsp glycerin (it prevents skin dryness with its moisturizing properties. It draws moisture up through skin layers and slows or prevents excessive drying and evaporation.)

2 tsp water

Melt ingredients together in a double boiler.  When melted, remove from heat and beat with a whisk for 5 minutes.  Transfer to jar when cooled. Place  a small amount in your palm and emulsify. Smooth over your entire face trying to avoid the eye area. Rinse with tepid water.

Sweet Oil Scrub

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

2 tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar (gentle on the skin, and dark sugar leads to better muscle relaxation. Sugar is an excellent exfoliate and helps rejuvenate your pores.)

Mix ingredients in a bowl. Apply to skin in a circular motion for a minute or two. Rinse with warm water using a soft cloth. The cleanser will feel greasy but after you rinse and pat dry, your skin will be super silky soft.  This makes a great makeup remover.

Strawberry Acne Cleanser

1 large Strawberry (Strawberries are rich in alpha hyroxy. Alpha hyroxy is a natural exfoliate found in fruit, which works by unblocking the pores and easing away dead skin cells on the epidermis. You have to be careful when using alpha hyroxy if your skin is sensitive as it can lead to irritation.)

2 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt

Apply to skin in a circular motion for a minute or two. Rinse with warm water using a soft cloth. This works on all skin types.

Lemon Cleanser

1 Tsp beeswax (Beeswax locks in moisture, fosters cells and protects skin from damaging environmental factors. It also is a naturally nourishing moisturizer as well as being anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergenic and a germicidal antioxidant)

2 Tsp jojoba oil (Jojoba is a wax ester. It is the most similar to human skin oil (sebum). It is theorized that applying jojoba to the skin can “trick” the skin into thinking it is producing enough oil, thus balancing oil production.)

2 Tsp hemp seed oil (Hempseed oil has been shown to relieve the symptoms of eczema (atopic dermatitis)

1 Tsp witch hazel (Not drying on the face, not so pleasant smell, but does work as a great balancing toner.)

1 Tsp lemon juice (Lemon contains enzymes that help cleanse the skin of dead cells)

6 drops lemon essential oil

In double boiler on low heat, gently melt beeswax in the oil. Beat for 5 minutes until mixture has a creamy, smooth consistency. In a separate non-metallic saucepan, gently warm witch hazel and lemon juice; add to oil mixture. Beat until smooth. After the cream has cooled, add lemon oil and stir.  Store in glass jar.

Any of these cleansers and treatments is a great weekly addition or replacement to your usual regimen. **As always, not every skin type is exactly the same, please if you have any know allergies to any of the above ingredients, steer clear from using them unless directed by your physician.

Here are some good tips for making your own homemade cleansers:

1. Natural skin care cleanser recipes do not typically include foaming agents. If you are trying to achieve this try adding a bit of all natural skin cleanser to your concoction.

2. Most ingredients can be found in your cupboard, online or local health food store and are relatively cheap. Opt to buy powders, extracts and oils instead of actual fruit and veggies. Their shelf life is much longer and the cost is kept down.

3. You can make ahead if stored properly. Read ingredient labels on shelf life. Even better, make just before you cleanse. Only takes moments to make.

4. When using essential oils in your blends, please read all the cautions. If used improperly, these oils can be dangerous.

Enjoy your homemade spa. Dim the lights turn on some soft music and act like you have spent hundreds of dollars.

Let me know how these work for you.





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