Spending a ton of money to buy a facial product that does not deliver is more than depressing, it’s enough to make you angry. So many products these days claim to have “all natural ingredients” that are far less than natural. Beautiful skin can be had through wide varieties of cosmetics available in supermarkets, department stores, health food stores as well as the internet and infomercials. But if you are taking yet another chance on a product that may not work, why not try out something more economical at home first? Consider your skin type and follow the simple recipes below for an at-home beauty treatment.
Not everybody has the same skin type. What product works on your friend’s skin, might not work for you and vice versa. If you buy a product for your skin type, it could have adverse effect as there could be some chemical or ingredient which could cause a reaction on your skin.
Cosmetics labeled as having “natural ingredients” do contain some amount of artificial chemicals or elements. With natural, yet over priced cosmetics being far too much for today’s tight budget, many have begun preparing beauty products at home. Making a facial mask at home with all the ingredients available in the kitchen is quite easy and inexpensive.
Firsts, create a salon like atmosphere. Light a few candles, dim the lights and put on some soothing music. Tie your hair in high ponytail or wear a band around head to pull your hair away from your face. Slip into a luxuriously soft bath robe or do what ever makes you feel more comfortable.
Start by splashing tepid water all over your face. Massage your face gently with water. Repeat it twice or thrice and let your face air dry. While your face is still damp, massage vitamin E on your face. Let your face soak the oil for 5 minutes or so. Use a mild soap to remove the oil from your face.
Again splash your face with water at room temperate. Repeat it for 2 or 3 times. Avoid towel drying your face.
Try these home-blend facial masks.
1. Blend 1 egg white or fresh Aloe Vera juice of same quantity, 2 tsp vegetable oil and 1 tsp pure apple juice in a clean bowl.
Dip your hands in the facial mask and apply the mask to your skin. Start with your chin, move upwards and then outwards skipping the area around the eyes and lips.
LEMON FACIAL MASK
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon finely ground oatmeal
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 drop lemon essential oil
Cucumber slices (optional)
Mix the sour cream, oatmeal, lemon juice and essential together in a bowl. To use, massage over clean face and neck skin and the rest for 10 minutes (with cucumber slices if you have them) over your eyes. Rinse well with warm water and follow with toner and moisturizer.
Always use Lemon Facial Mask immediately for best results — the lemon juice will cause the sour cream to curdle if it is not used quickly.
AVOCADO CARROT CREAM MASK
This mask combines avocados, which are rich in Vitamin E, with carrots, which are high in beta-carotene and antioxidants, and cream, which is high in calcium and protein. These ingredients will rebuild skin collagen, improve tone and texture, and fade age spots.
1 avocado, mashed
1 carrot, cooked and mashed
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons honey
Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Spread gently over your face and neck, and leave in place 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow with your favorite toner.
Avocado Dry Skin Masque
Beat the yolk of an egg until it is light and frothy, then add the mashed pulp of a half avocado, blending it well (you may use a blender at this point). Cleanse your face thoroughly before using this masque (or any masque). Spread the avocado mixture over the face and neck evenly; relax on a slant board or bed for about 20 minutes. Remove with clear tepid water and a face cloth, followed by a rinse of cold water or a mild skin lotion. The result should be a marked improvement in skin texture, and all-around revitalizing.
Avocado Oily Skin Masque
Put the white of an egg, a teaspoon of lemon juice, and the mashed pulp of a half avocado into a blender. In seconds, you should have a lovely green mixture. Wash your face and neck thoroughly, then apply masque evenly on those areas. Relax for 20 minutes; remove with tepid water and a face cloth. Follow with cold astringent or skin tonic.
Dry Skin Exfoliator
1/4 C. almonds
1/8 tsp. mayonnaise
Grind almonds in blender until they form fine almond meal. Whirl in mayonnaise. Gentle rub scrub onto your face, and leave in place 10 minutes. Rinse. Use a toner thereafter. Shelf Life: Refrigerate for 2-3 weeks.
Apple Cucumber Facial Mask
1/2 cucumber, peeled
1 egg white
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon apple mint leaves
1 drop lime essential oil
Combine all 5 ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Add the essential oil last and mix well. Refrigerate the mixture for 10 minutes.
Apply a layer to your clean face and neck area and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water. Apple Cucumber Facial Mask is best when used immediately as the ingredients are perishable. The leftovers can be refrigerated in the coldest section of the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days but should be discarded after that
Now you have to just sit back and relax. Cover your eyes with wet cotton balls or cucumber pieces. The mask has to dry completely. This is An ideal time for meditation or a small nap.
A facial mask takes anywhere from 20 - 30 minutes to dry. You will feel your skin tighten when the mask is dry. Splash water all over face and gently remove the mask with light massage strokes on your face. Continue doing this till your face is cleared of the entire home made facial mask. Let your face air dry.
Use these home made facial masks once or twice a month or depending up on the time you have on hand. You will feel refreshed, have more radiant skin and more money in the bank.
The best skincare is also the simplest. Easy to follow instructions prevent you from making a mistake or skipping a vital step. There’s no need to go to extremes, just follow a consistent skincare routine and your skin will look more youthful for the rest of your life.
Here’s some tips for the best skincare.
Stay in the Shade. We all need a little sunlight. It makes us feel better. Many people suffer from seasonal depression. It’s caused primarily by a lack of sunlight. But, limit your exposure to no more than 15 minutes of direct sunlight.15 minutes three times a week will insure that you get enough vitamin D. UV rays from the sun do too much damage to the skin.They cause the cells to produce less hyaluronan - a protein import in tissue and skin-cell repair. Evidence continues to show that you cannot rely heavily on sunscreens.
Drink More Water. Why do people have dry skin? Well, there could be any number of reasons, but one that is very common is minor dehydration. Severe dehydration, of course, causes stomach cramps and other problems, this is not the type we are referring to.
But, many people walk around everyday with mild dehydration, because they simply don’t drink enough water. Seventy percent of your body weight is water. Each of the cells in your body is comprised mostly of water. That includes the cells of your skin. At least eight (8) ounce glasses per day is a good rule to follow, but to keep it simple, have a glass with every meal or snack, drink one when you wake up in the morning and another before you go to bed at night.
Often people forget to include this step in their anti aging skin care guide. If your diet is lacking in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, then your body does not have the ingredients that it needs to go about repairing cellular damage on a daily basis.
Anti Aging Skin Care Treatment: Creams, Gels & Lotions
As you continue to follow the anti aging skin care guide above, you are ensuring younger looking, healthier skin throughout your lifetime.
But, the right anti aging skin care treatment creams can undo some of the damage that occurred in your youth. There are many on the market to choose from. Some are not very good, but others are great. The best ones are designed to help your body produce new collagen and elastin fibers. The loss of those two components causes many of the outward signs of aging. Now there are a number of products on the market that contain small amounts of collagen derived from bovine hide, but skin cells cannot actually absorb it. So, products that contain it are ineffective.
Wakame has been getting a lot of press lately. Wakame is a specific type of Japanese seaweed or kelp. It was used for years both as a food source and also to keep younger more beautiful facial skin. Recently it was learned that there are components in Wakame that actually undo some of the aging damage that has already been done and prevents additional damage from occurring. The kelp is full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Phytessence Wakame was created using a process that allows for quicker deeper absorption into the pores.
Coenzyme Q10 has become a popular ingredient in many anti aging skin care treatment creams, but the companies that use it did not consider that unless the antioxidant is finely ground to a microscopic powder, it cannot enter the pores. Only Nanobelle will penetrate to the deepest layers, healing and soaking up free radicals as it goes. Other things to look for include products that will light age spots and lighten dark circles. High quality moisturizers are also important as dry skin is more easily damaged.
So there you have it. Choose the best skincare products you can find for your skin type and combine it with these simple steps to keep a younger and more healthy complexion.