Friday, October 29, 2010

BeautyFriday: Dry Skin

Hey Readers,

Today, let’s get a bit into dry skin. A lot of us experience this, and it can be annoying! But there are some ways you can take care of it at home.

*** Please remember that not all facial masks and treatment recipes are for every skin type. Read through a recipe and decide if this is the facial mask for you based on your knowledge of your own skin type and problem areas.


Rosewater Skin Toner

Rosewater skin toner is a natural toner that freshens and tones your skin, and prepare it nicely for the application of your make-up. Rosewater also helps keep your face moisturized, fresh and balances the pH levels and is perfect for dry to sensitive skin.

Gather fresh rose blossoms.
Be careful to gather fresh rose pedals and never use pedals that have been sprayed with pesticides.

Place the petals in a pan covering them with fresh distilled water and place a heat resistant dish directly over the pedals to make them lay on the bottom of the pan.

Put the pan over a low heat for about 45 minutes to an hour, DO NOT BOIL. As the water heats up you will begin to see drops of rose oil forming on the surface of the water.

Soon the water will begin to have a rosy color to it and feel thick and oily, this means it is ready.

When the pedals have cooled use a tea strainer to strain the liquid and use your fingers to squeeze as much liquid from the pedals as possible. Store in the refrigerator.


Yogurt Walnut Scrub

Use this on normal or combination skin. The nuts exfoliate old dry skin while the yogurt sooths.

1/4 cup plain yogurt; chilled

1/4 cup walnuts; ground or pulverized


Stir ingredients together. Apply to freshly cleaned face and gently massage.

Miracle Whip Exfoliator

Make sure all your hair is pulled back from your face. Apply a thin layer of the Kraft Miracle Whip all over your face, up to the eyelashes and make sure to also put some on your neck. The smell of it will be unpleasant—but the result worth it.

Leave on for 10 minutes, then massage gently. The dead skin cells on your face will roll off in rubbery little balls. Rinse your skin with tepid water, then cleanse with a toner or cleanser.

Use this everyday for 6-8 weeks, as it will slowly take away the dry, dead skin cells and reveal softer, smoother skin underneath.

Facial masks for dry skin

Autumn Apple Facial Mask

Just because the leaves on the trees are falling down dead, doesn't mean your skin has to. Get rid of those dead skins cells with this mask


1/4 of an apple

1/2 Teaspoon Half and half

1 Teaspoon honey

1 Tablespoon Oatmeal


Mash with a fork in a small bowl and mix it together well. Then apply it to your face. Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse off.

Chocolate Facial Mask

This moisturizing mask smells so good you'll be tempted to eat it rather than wear it


1 Tablespoon cocoa powder

1 Tablespoon heavy cream (whipping cream)

1 teaspoon cottage cheese

4 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon oatmeal


Puree all ingredients in a blender. Apply to freshly cleaned face and leave on for 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat dry.

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