Friday, October 15, 2010

BeautyFriday; Normal Skin


Hey readers,

Hope you’re enjoying RecipeMondays and SneakPeakWednesdays. Now, this is the introduction of BeautyFridays.

Some of you may know that I took courses in becoming esthetician in fact. I attended Blanche MacDonald almost ten years ago. These courses taught me a range of different things from make-up, skin-care and nails. Also, we got into different skin-care lines and aromatherapy. And while I now work in office management and an author—this course was a blast and taught me a lot.

So let’s talk beauty, shall we?


*** Please remember that not all facial masks 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.


*** When working with essential oils, ensure you don’t add more than what is called for. Always check for allergies. Some oils will aggravate some medical conditions and pregnancy, and I highly recommend looking them up before use.

Normal Skin Treatments:

Method of making homemade facial toners

The toners are all made the same way. Place the rosewater base into a clean glass bottle and add the essential oil of choice. Close the bottle and shake the mixture vigorously to help disperse the oil.

Leave the mixture for at least 36 hours before vigorously shaking it again, and then filtering it through a paper coffee-filter to remove the larger amount of essential oil. Re-bottle the filtered toner and remember to shake it before use to ensure proper distribution of the mixture.

Inclusion of certain ingredients, such as witch-hazel, into a toner mixture adds an astringent quality to it (use for acne), should this be required. Please keep in mind that some individuals find that witch-hazel is too drying for their skin. In that case, rather use the toner with just the rosewater.

Use toners in the morning after cleansing the skin. Also, after using a facial mask, to clean of remnants of the treatment, before the moisturizer.

Toners


Toner for dry to normal skin

100 ml Rosewater

1 drop Chamomile essential oil

1 drop Geranium Oil

Combine, mix and filter all the ingredients as described above.

Toner for oily to normal skin

100 ml Rosewater

1 drop Juniper Berry essential oil

1 drop Rose essential oil

Combine, mix and filter all the ingredients as described above.

Toner for normal to sensitive skin

100 ml weak, brewed chamomile tea

1 drop German Chamomile essential oil

Combine, mix and filter all the ingredients as described above.

Astringent

25 ml witch-hazel

75 ml Rosewater

1 drop Cypress essential oil,

2 drops Sandalwood essential oil

Combine, mix and filter all the ingredients as described above.

Exfoliating Normal Skin

Soothing Strawberry Scrub

Use this on normal or combination skin. The strawberry seeds exfoliate old skin while the yogurt soothes.

1/4 cup plain yogurt; chilled

3-4 strawberries; mashed

Stir ingredients together. Apply to freshly cleaned face and gently massage strawberry mixture to exfoliate. Wash off with warm water and pat dry.

Normal Skin Treatment

Banana, Honey and Yogurt Facial Mask

1/2 banana

2 tablespoons yogurt

1 tablespoon honey

Instructions:

Mash the banana with a fork, and then mix in honey and yogurt. Apply to your face evenly. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water or a soft wash cloth.

Peach Mask

1 ripe peach

1 egg white

1 tsp unflavored full-fat yogurt

Peel and pit the peach. Blend together with egg white and yogurt until smooth. Pat gently onto face. Leave on 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Cleansing Facial Mask

1 tablespoon brewer’s yeast

½ teaspoon non-flavored yogurt

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon orange juice

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon carrot juice

Together, blend well, and apply paste. Leave on for 15 minutes and wash off. This mask will suit all skin-types.

Mask for sensitive skin

Butter face mask
Ingredients: 1 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 strawberry, mashed
1 inch slice of cucumber, chopped and rubbed through a sieve
Mash the strawberry into fine paste, add cucumber. Beat the butter in a bowl, and then beat in other ingredients. Spread the mixture on the face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove it with a wet, warm washcloth. Butter is a good source of vitamin A, so it makes a perfect mask for sensitive, sunburned or damaged skin.


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