February 10, 2010

Homemade Beauty Basics

Honey is great for oily or blemished skin because of it's anti-microbial properties that inhibt the growth of certain bacteria. For an easy and soothing blemish treatment, apply honey to your face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. (Sounds like a real treat!)

Olive Oil is an excellent moisturizer. It's also rich in polyphenols: antioxidants that check the spread of free radicals, as well as damage caused by sun exposure, pollution, smoking, and alcohol. Apply it to your hair for a deep conditioning mask; rinse thoroughly after 5 minutes. Apply it to your hands and put on rubber gloves to do the dishes for a fabulous hand mask. Scent it with essential oils.

Egg Yolk contains vitamins A, D, and E, plus essential amino acids, minerals, and trace elements in a form the skin can easily absorb and process. For a firming facial mask, beat an egg and apply it to your face with a cotton ball. Rinse after 15 minutes. (Just hold your nose!)

Lemon Juice is an excellent source of alpha hydroxy acids. Squeeze the juice of one lemon and apply to your face; leave on for 10 minutes (or as long as you can handle) for tightening and brightening effects. Rinse with cold water.

Avocados are high in vitamins and enzymes, and the oil in avocado skins beautifies your skin. Peel an avocado and gently rub the inside of the peel on your face. Rinse after 15 minutes. (You may be tempted to dip a few chips in your leftovers!)

Bananas, which are rich in potassium, make a great moisturizer for your hair and skin. Mash one and rub it on your face and neck. Rinse after 10 minutes.*

*Information found in Pregnancy magazine Vol. 11. No. 3, pg. 37.

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