How to Make Homemade Organic Skin Care Products
With environmental pollutants, harsh summer sun and drying winter winds, your skin is exposed to damaging elements year round. It's enough to make even normally well-behaved complexions act up, displaying blemishes, blotchiness and dull or sallow skin tone. But you don't need to visit a salon for expensive treatments to cleanse, soothe and moisturize troubled skin. You can use wholesome and inexpensive ingredients to make organic skin care products in your own home.
Grapefruit Parsley Facial Mask
Combine 3 tbsp. finely ground uncooked oatmeal, 2 tbsp. of chopped parsley and the juice from one half of a large grapefruit in a small bowl to begin making this facial mask for oily skin. By using grapefruit juice, you get the benefits of a gentle, natural astringent that tones and refreshes skins while it cleanses.
Not only does grapefruit have antimicrobial qualities, but the World's Healthiest Foods from the nonprofit George Mateljan Foundation notes that it is rich in Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant. As for parsley, it is rich in vitamin A, or retinol, which is used in anti-aging skin preparations.
Blend the oatmeal, chopped parsley, and grapefruit juice well, until a smooth paste forms. Allow the mixture to sit for five minutes to thicken the consistency.
Apply the mixture to your clean, damp face, rubbing in brisk, upward and outward circles while taking care to avoid the eye area. The mixture may be messy to apply, so work over a sink or wear an old shirt or smock to protect clothes.
Allow the mixture to stay on your face until it dries, usually about five minutes, then rinse your face with tepid--never hot--water, and pat dry.
Apply a good-quality commercial moisturizer containing humectants, which attract and retain moisture. Alternately, you can use an organic natural moisturizer such as olive oil or sunflower oil.
Fruit Salad Body Mask
Place two slices of peeled pineapple, one half of a peeled honeydew melon, 12 green grapes, a peeled banana and a peeled kiwi fruit in a food processor. This treatment employs the cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties of pineapple, which contains bromelain, credited by the editors at the World's Healthiest Foods with having anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, the other fruits and the melon have antioxidant and skin-softening properties.
Puree the ingredients until the mixture is only slightly lumpy, then refrigerate for one hour.
Apply to face and body, taking care not to neglect dry or roughened areas such as elbows, heels and knees. Allow the mixture to remain in place for half an hour
Rinse off with lukewarm water, and pat skin dry. Repeat the skin-softening and hydrating body mask weekly for best results.
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