Facial masks – What are they and why would I want one? At first glance, a facial mask seems to be one of the steps in pampering yourself during a facial. But it's more than that; masks have a job to do. They revitalize, nourish, refresh, and sooth your skin.
You can buy mask preparations from the store, but why not try making one with homemade ingredients? You will not only know all the ingredients involved and will be able to pronounce them, you will save money as well.
Depending on what ingredients you use, the mask can contain fruit extracts, vitamins, and minerals. You will use different ingredients in your mask depending on what you want – toning, exfoliating, or deep cleaning. Also, take into consideration your skin type and how much time you have to mix the mask ingredients together and leave it on. Keep in mind some masks are drippy and can make a mess. Also, be sure to wash your face before you start so you're working with a clean surface.
Homemade Facial Masks
Egg whites, beaten, and about 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice.
Pureed tomatoes with enough flour to make a thin paste.
1 teaspoon lemon juice and oatmeal, blended in the blender.
Applesauce, 1 tablespoon honey, and enough flour to thicken.
Mashed ripe banana.
Flour and yogurt – creamy consistency, not pasty.
1/2 mashed banana, 1 tablespoon honey, 2 tablespoons sour cream.
Brown sugar and enough milk to make a thin paste.
Honey and oats
Baking soda with a small amount of water.
When you're done, wash off your facial mask with warm water and immediately apply a moisturizer while your skin is still damp. This helps lock in the moisture. If you have some of the mixture leftover, you can apply it to other areas of the skin. The masks for oily skin can help your feet, hands, or elbows.
One last thing… remember all those TV movies you've seen where women in bathrobes are relaxing at a spa with cucumbers over their eyes? Well, placing thin cucumber slices over your eyes will help reduce the puffiness of the skin around your eyes. It also gives you an excuse to close your eyes and relax.
A facial mask can give your skin just the boost it needs and you can do them regularly for lasting benefits. There are some for you to try in this article, but there are many more I haven't listed that can work just as well for rejuvenating and nourishing your skin.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Now, why was does everyone still have nightmares about Granny's soap...
Because Granny,Mamaw, Nanny and Aunt Pearl probably all made their lye from ashes and they had no way to determine the strength of the lye (no chemistry classes to set through), which meant you could either have to little lye and end up with a soft bar and could possibly cause it to go rancid...Or you had to much lye and it set you butt on fire...They also used lard....Times have changed!!!.Now, I use Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Shea Butter (just to name a few)...
If you have an allergic reaction to a store bought bar of soap don't fret...It's probably not the "soap" your allergic to but one of the many detergents, petroleum oils, preservatives or artificial ingredients that thrown in..Still not convinced!
Dove Soap (Which by the way isn't even called soap, it's called a beauty bar) (I used this religiously for years). The list of ingredients are mind blowing!
alilamont: The Dove white bar is made of sodium cocoyl isethionate, stearic acid, coconut acid, sodium tallowate, water, sodium isethionate, sodium stearate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium cocoate or palm kernelate, fragrance, sodium chloride, tetrasodium EDTA, trisodium etidronate, BHT, titanium dioxide, and sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate
Want a plainer bar! Here's the ingredients for a good ole bar of Ivory Soap...
New varieties of Ivory soap contain altered ingredients, such as in "Simply Ivory" (or "simplement ivory"): sodium tallowate and/or sodium palmate, water, sodium cocoate or sodium palm kernelate, glycerin, sodium chloride, fragrance, one or more of the following: coconut acid, palm kernel acid, tallow acid or palm acid and tetrasodium EDTA.
Now for a homemade bar of soap...
Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Distilled Water, Lye
A simple recipe and you can come up with that most amazing good for you bars!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
In the late Winter I was invited to peddle my products in a couple local Farmers Markets, I was super excited because it's usually a waiting list to get into these things. My excitement quickly faded when I realized these were out doors...In Georgia Heat ...Let me just clarify that...WE DON'T HAVE DRY HEAT! We have humidity that makes you sweat in places you don't tell people about..A customer stopped by my booth yesterday and said I was only "detoxing" not sweating..I like that better! When I was younger I said I "glistened" when I was hot. With middle age I am officially calling it "detoxing"...Trust me in this
I have detoxed quite a bit!
I have detoxed quite a bit!