skin care can really get expensive. i have always been a sucker for the latest and greatest products, but sometimes my budget just doesnt allow for all that i want to try. now that i am in my...my... ah hum... FORTIES, its even more important to me to keep those free radicals from reeking havoc on my face and turning me into the crypt keeper.
i have included a few simple recipes that cover all skin types. i started giving myself homemade oatmeal masks(seventeen magazine told me to)when i was in my early teens and i think its almost never too early to start. an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to your skin.
for all skin types:
1 tbs finely ground oatmeal(i grind up a cup or two and keep it in a jar so its always on hand)
1 tbs plain yogurt
3-4 drops warm honey(warm a metal spoon under hot water, then drop the honey onto the spoon and use to stir)
apply to face and leave on for aprox 15 minutes. rinse with warm water.
honey banana mask
1 ripe banana
1 tbs honey
orange or lemon
mix banana and honey. add juice from the lemon or orange. stir to combine and smooth onto face. after 15 minutes, rinse with warm water.
for acne prone skin
strawberry acne mask
1/4 c fresh strawberries
1/4 c sour cream or plain yogurt
mash together, spread on face, rinse with warm water after 15 minutes.
strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid which is used in many acne products.
honey anti wrinkle mask
1/2 tbs honey
1/2 tsb carrot juice
1/2 cup water
pinch of baking soda
add baking soda to water, soak a cotton ball in solution. mix honey and carrot juice, use damp cotton ball to apply mask to face. rinse with warm water after 15-20 minutes. carrots are a good source of vitamin a, which is used in anti wrinkle products.
egg white and yogurt
2 egg whites
2 tbs pain yogurt
mix together and apply to face. rinse after 10-15 min with warm water