22 April 2008

Nourishing Homemade Mask

Skin care... make up, potions and lotions, creams, gels, sprays, mouses... It can all be a bit confusing, so let me simplify things and try and guide you thru it with what I have learned thruout my last years of experimenting.

All facial masks (homemade and also store bought) should stay on for 10-15 minutes, should be followed with a cleansing and a thin layer of moisturizer. If you have make up on, remove it before applying the mask of course.

The mask for today is called an "Orange Smoothy" mask.

1 tabelspoon of Honey
1 tabelspoon plain yogurt
juice of 1/4 orange

Honey is a natural antiseptic/anti-bacterial, so it's helpful with blemishes. It's also a moisturizer and it calms and soothes inflammation and swelling.

Yogurt: it's best to use plain, organic, whole milk yogurt! Yogurt masks are cooling and calming for the skin; they are also a probiotic and are good for sensitive skin. It cleanses and nourishes skin you deep down to the pores.
Fun fact: Yogurt masks are very Eastern European, where skincare is passed down from generation to generation.

And the orange is full of Vitamin C and Alphahydroxy.
This mask will leave your skin feeling soft and healthy.:)

Mix all ingredients together. If the honey is a bit hard, put it for a few seconds (not more then a FEW or else honey gets to hot) to make it runny. Apply it to your face and lean back or lie down, since honey tends to drip. At least it does smell sweet. You can leave it on for 10 or even 30 minutes. Get your fave magazine, sit back and relax... Then simply wash it off.

Want some exfoliation as well? Add some grated apple. It's also bursting with Vitamin C and AHA's.

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