With the holidays quickly approaching, I know everyone is trying to look their best for all the pictures that are about to consume their facebook page. I am a big fan of home made facial remedies because you know exactly what is in them. You put only the best ingredients inside your body, why would you treat the visible aspect of yourself any differently? Here are some of my favorites:
¼ cup of baking soda
¼ cup of Stevia in the raw
1 tsp of raw honey
1 tsp of 100% apple juice
½ tsp of 100% orange juice
1 drop of tei-fu essential oil – you can find this online. It is a chinese oil that is know for enhancing the mind and your mood. Don’t put it too close to your eyes!
Mix all of the ingredients together and apply a generous amount to the face and neck. Leave on for five-to-10 minutes before rinsing.
2 cups of canned pumpkin – perfect timing!
4 tbsp unflavored yogurt
4 tbsp honey
1/3 cup ground almonds
1/4 tsp olive oil
**This is known for soothing and brightening the skin. I am a big fan of pumpkin facial products. Pumpkin is rich in enzymes that result in quick cell turnover and smooth skin. Vitamin A and C are the two big players in pumpkin and they help boost collagen production that fight the signs of aging. Another interesting fact, pumpkin has a tiny tiny molecular structure which allows the enzymes to really soak deep in the skin, resulting in glowing skin.**
1. Mix all of the ingredients together and apply to clean, moist skin.
2. The enzymes are most active when moist, so let the mask sink in for at least five-to-10 minutes — ideally, in a warm tub or shower.
3. Remove the mask with a warm washcloth.
1/4 cup strawberries (fresh)
1/4 cup sour cream or non-flavored yogurt
**Strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid, which is found in most acne fighting products. It is know for reducing swelling and redness, and unblocking clogged pores-reducing those mountains into mole hills. The yogurt is known for reducing redness as well and just soothing the skin.**
1. Let the strawberries and yogurt come to room temperature
2. Put both ingredients into a blender to combine
3. Spread on face and wash after 10-15 minutes
Coffee cup, rolling pin or glass cup (to crush the aspirin)
Warm honey (runny honey) or natural oil such as almond, olive or coconut
**As you can tell, I am quite prone to acne. I feel it has only gotten worse with age. The asprin also has salicylic acid, which we all know now is great for troubled spots, and the lemon juice acts as an anti bacterial healing the acne. You offset the harshness of these two ingredients by adding the honey to sooth the skin.**
1. Depending on the amount of coverage needed, use 3-6 aspirin.
2. Crush the aspirin into small pieces by rolling a coffee cup, rolling pin or glass cup over them. Place aspirin in a dish.
3. Squeeze in the fresh lemon juice (about 1 tablespoon per 3 aspirin) and allow the aspirin to dissolve into a paste. If the aspirin is coated, it may take longer.
4. If you have dry skin, add a tablespoon or so of warm honey. Stir well. If you have oily skin, you can skip this part and add a few more drops of lemon instead.
5. Apply as a mask or spot treat the pimple or itchy area. Allow to dry.
6. Remove the mask with a warm, wet washcloth dipped in baking soda and rinse.
1 tbsp. rose essential oil
1 tbsp. vitamin E oil (promotes healing, is a strong antioxidant, balances skin tone, and aids in anti-aging)
1/4 cup purified water
3 oz. spray bottle
**I love toners and misters. Rose oil is known for giving a dewy glow, tightening skin, and reducing dark circles under the eyes. It also smells great!**
1. Mix all ingredients in and shake it up.. that’s it!
it is best to use it in the a.m.