Sunday, 30 September 2012

Skin Savers in your Kitchen !

The ingredients you find in our kitchen are  natural, healthful, packed with vitamins, minerals and nourishment. Yes! A pretty good rule of thumb in terms of naturals is that if you can eat it, you can massage it into your skin. Here are some of my all time faves:

Luscious, high in vitamins C and E and a good source of essential fatty acids, avocado makes a nourishing, hydrating face masque especially great for dry or mature skin.
  • Mash 1/2 of a ripe avocado, adding a teaspoon of olive or sweet almond oil for extra moisture and spreadability.
  • Leave the mixture on your face for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing off, preferably with a washcloth.

 Keep it in your kitchen to purify pores and help eliminate blemishes and fine lines. Honey can help hydrate the skin by drawing moisture from the air like a humectant, as well as exfoliate without irritation or scrubbing, so even the most sensitive people can use it.
 Honey makes a great cleanser or mask.

  • To use as a cleanser: Apply a small amount to damp skin and rinse well.
  • As a mask: Apply to dry skin until you can’t apply it any longer (i.e., it’s too darn sticky), leave on for 10 to 20 minutes and
  • then rinse off with damp cloth.

Lime juice
Fresh lime juice is a natural mild tonic astringent that removes excess oil without causing irritation or redness. The fruit’s antibiotic and antiviral properties also appear to fight the inflammation and infection linked to acne flare-ups.
  • Use straight on the skin after your cleanser or masque as a natural toner.
  •  Do not rinse.

Olive oil and sugar
Sugar is a natural alpha hydroxy acid and an excellent exfoliate.
A homemade sugar scrub will leave your skin looking and feeling soft, radiant and super smooth. Sugar is far superior to salt in that sugar has no rough edges.

  •  Mix together about a 1/4 cup of brown sugar and a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
  •  Rub gently in a circular motion, and rinse with warm water.
  •  While still damp from your shower or bath, take some of that olive oil and massage it all over (mix in some of your favorite scent or essential oil first).
  • Olive oil is highly nourishing and makes a fantastic body moisturizer!

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