BEAUTY WITH NUTS
If there is one nut that is particularly good for skin, it is almonds. It is one of the most natural moisturisers and they have high contents of vitamin E. Almond oil can be used for dark circles and excessively dry skin. To make an excellent face wash, powder the almonds and mix with fresh cream or cold milk. Apply this mixture on your face and neck, leave on for five minutes and wash well with cold water. You will feel fresh and smooth after this face wash.
BEAUTY WITH CABBAGES
Did you know that cabbage is rich in minerals and vitamins?
Next time you are boiling cabbage, don’t throw the left over water. Wash your face with this water, your skin will feel smoother.
BENEFITS OF CUCUMBER
This is one vegetable that is easily available in most countries and in most kitchens. And this vegetable can benefit your skin in more ways than one. Which is why it is widely used by cosmetics manufacturers in tonics, masks, creams and ointments.
Cucumbers help to:
Bleach the skin
Soften the hard skin
Tightens and tones skin
Has a soothing effect on skin
Cools and heals sunburns and windburns.
What is really nice about cucumbers is that you can use them easily at home for skin care. Just cut some slices and apply all over the skin. It also has a rejuvenating effect when placed over tired eyes.
Carrots As Cleansers!
Carrots can be used as a natural cleanser. Raw grated carrots can be used to cleanse the skin and leave it soft and supple. It is an excellent antiseptic and is used widely in creams for dry skins.
GIVE YOUR SKIN A ROSY GLOW
1. Use rose water (prepared by boiling fresh petals) instead of plain water as a base for your homemade skin treatments.
2. Prepare a rose facemask by grinding a handful of petals into a paste. Apply on clean skin and leave the application on for 20 minutes. Then wash with plain water. Do not use soap. This mixture will leave your complexion smooth and glowing.
TREAT YOUR SKIN TO TOMATOES
They are a treat really. Tomatoes are slightly acidic in nature and contain potassium and vitamin C. TOMATOES ARE EXCELLENT FOR OILY SKINS AND HELP THE SKIN FEEL CLEANER AND TIGHTER, AS WELL AS REDUCE OPEN PORES AND BLACKHEADS. Cut the tomato in half and rub on the skin. Leave on for at least fifteen minutes to let the skin feed on the juice and so that it saturates into the pores. Wash off with water.
WINTER CARE WITH POTATOES
With age the skin gets dry naturally. If proper care is not taken during winter wrinkles may appear pretty fast. You may prevent this with the help of a potato. Simply grate it and squeeze out the juice. To this mix the juice of a lime. Soak a piece of cotton in the mixture and apply the mixture to your face and neck. Allow the mixture to dry till you feel the pull on the skin. Wash off with luke warm water. For a pimpled skin do not use this pack since the acidic lime juice may aggravate the pimples on the skin.
BANANAS FOR SKIN NOURISHMENT
Banana is an excellent skin nourisher in the form of a facemask. Here’s what a banana treatment can do:
Tighten and soften the skin.
Cleanse the pores.
Invigorate the skin.
Leave it flawless.
To Apply: Mash a banana and add the juice of half a lemon. Refrigerate for ten minutes and apply all over the face. Leave on for half an hour and wash off. This can be used on all types of skin.
Easy Homemade Face Masks with Egg
Normal Skin: Beat the yolk of an egg with a few drops of lemon juice and half a teaspoon of olive oil. Apply this mixture evenly on your face and keep for fifteen minutes. Rinse with cold water and dry gently.
Greasy skin: Take one lightly beaten egg white and add two teaspoons of cornflour and mix until creamy but not too thick. Apply gently on your face (careful not on your eyes and eyelids) and leave to dry. When your face starts to pull strongly rinse with warm water.
Dry and delicate skin: Make a thin paste with the yolk of an egg, some fresh orange juice, a few drops of lemon juice and almond oil. Apply the mask on your face, leave for fifteen minutes and then remove with cotton wool soaked in warm water.
For combination skin, use dry pack on dry parts and vice-versa for the oily parts.
Banana for Dry and Apple for Oily skin
Here are a couple of real cool fruity aids for your skin. Use these for instant nourishment and glow:
Dry Skin Banana Treat:
• Mash one banana
• Add a spoonful of rosewater
• 2 drops glycerine.
Store this mixture in a bottle and refrigerate, and use over the entire week. Apply evenly over face, leave it for half an hour and wash off with lukewarm water.
Oily Skin Apple Treat:
• Peel and mash an apple in a blender
Apply the mashed apple on face for half an hour, and wash with lukewarm water.