Head into spring with your best face forward, using a simple four-step regimen: cleansing, toning, and moisturizing twice a day, and use a mask once a week.
Using a mild cleanser, like our Minnie Pore Facial Oil Cleanser, will do the trick, whether your skin is oily, dry, sensitive, menopausal, or acne prone. Our mild Rosie Apples Facial Toner is the perfect compliment for all skin types. Our Mighty Mud Facial Mask will tighten your pores and reduce oiliness. Its soothing skin-cleansing properties soften the skin as an emollient, reduce inflammation and aid in the removal of dead skin as an exfoliant with its natural alpha hydroxy acid properties, while producing a mild massaging effect. Choose from a number of facial moisturizers, like our popular Goddess Envy Moisturizer for the final step.
If you're adventurous, try these at-home recipes for winter-into-spring pampering skin care.
Brown sugar/olive oil/ginger body scrub: Mix 2 cups of brown sugar with 1 cup of olive oil and add a small amount of ground ginger. Mix well into a paste. Using circular motions, rub your entire body, paying special attention to elbows, heels, and knees. Rinse well. The result: Softer, suppler, and less dry skin.
Milk and honey foot treatment: Pour 2 cups of milk per one cup of honey into a basin large enough to hold both feet. Soak for 15 minutes, lightly massaging the mixture into skin. Results: Softer, smoother skin without harsh exfoliation. You can also use the milk/honey combo to soak elbows or hands, or pat gently onto the face and massage in. Always rinse with tepid water.
Egg white and citrus face mask: (normal to oily skin) -- Mix 2 raw egg whites with 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice. Apply to skin and let rest for 15 minutes until dry. Rinse well with warm water. The result: Tighter pores and a brighter, less dull complexion.
Oatmeal face mask: (sensitive skin) Mix oatmeal with boiling water according to package instructions. Let cool, then apply to skin and let rest for 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water. The result: A radiant, moisturized glow.
What special recipes do you like to make for your renewed spring skin?
This easy to make gel is suitable for all skin types.
Aloe vera gel benefits: Aloe is known for its penetrating ability to reach deeper layers of the dermis when applied topically to the skin. It has strong antiseptic properties to assist healing the skin. It rejuvenates skin by promoting cell growth. The neurologically calming effects of aloe vera soothe skin irritations, while its detoxifying properties help purify.
Cucumber benefits: The mild lightening properties of cucumber can reduce the appearance of dark circles under eyes, while the ascorbic acid in cucumber can decrease puffiness. Cucumber contains antioxidants, which fight free radicals that harm cells causing damage and premature aging, as well as silica, which is a trace mineral that contributes to the strengthening of our connective tissues. These properties can rejuvenate skin, leaving it feeling smooth and soft. The cooling effects of cucumber are a natural, gentle way to heal the skin.
Aloe Vera Cucumber Gel
1 part aloe vera gel
1 part cucumber, peel removed, roughly chopped (remove seeds)
1 part distilled water
1. Place ingredients into electric blender.
2. Whiz until well-mixed and smooth.
3. Smooth over face at bedtime and leave overnight.
4. Rinse off with warm water in the morning.
5. Keep in fridge for up to 7 days.
This gel also works as a quick, pick-me-up by applying for 10-15 minutes, then rinsing face.
Feel like a goddess and indulge your chocolate addiction using this delicious, aromatic chocolate facial mask.
This recipe is packed with ingredients for their nourishing and beautifying properties - chocolate, honey, yogurt and oatmeal - to increase blood circulation to the face for glowing, smoother, and fresher-feeling skin.
Chocolate comes from cocoa beans (or cacao beans). Raw chocolate powder, the highest known source of antioxidants, is high in antioxidant phenolic phytochemicals (polyphenols), including flavonoids, procyanidin, and resveratrol. Raw chocolate powder contains 367% more antioxidants than its cooked version. The concentration is so high that cocoa actually has greater antioxidant potential than other noteworthy antioxidants like green tea or red wine. However, not all chocolate is high in flavonoids. White chocolate has no flavonoids, while dark chocolate with its higher content of cacao has much more flavonoids than does milk chocolate.
If you opt to use dark chocolate in this recipe, instead of cacao powder, it does have fats such as kokum butter, cocoa butter or shea butter. These are used regularly as skin moisturizers and anti-inflammatory agents, all with skin softening properties. The benefits of topical chocolate application of cocoa plant extracts containing polyphenol antioxidants and xanthine derivitives will help prevent wrinkles from forming and leave your skin incredibly soft!
Honey's antibacterial and antifungal properties disinfect the skin, supporting the healing process of skin irritations. Darker honey is better to use, as it has less water and a higher content of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Another option is Manuka honey, known for its natural healing properties.
The B6 vitamin-rich yeast in yogurt will stimulate blood flow, while oatmeal helps clear clogged pores.
Chocolate Face Mask
2 - 5 tablespoons raw cacao (cocoa powder - check your local health food store; dark chocolate may be used)
3 tablespoons organic honey (darker honey is better; Manuka honey is an option)
3 - 5 tablespoons natural organic yogurt (heavy cream may be used)
1 or 2 tablespoons powdered oatmeal to bind
Mix all ingredients together to form a smooth thick paste and apply to face. Relax for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
Results? Smooth, glowing gorgeous skin!
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are derived from fruit and milk sugars. They work mainly as an exfoliant by causing the dead skin cells of the epidermis to slough off and allowing regrowth of new skin cells. By exfoliating, AHAs help stimulate production of collagen and elastin, which in turn can improve wrinkling, roughness and mottled pigmentation. Generally speaking, AHAs in skin care products work best at concentrations between 5% to 8% and at pH levels of 3 to 4. At this time cosmetic manufacturers are not required to provide concentration information on labels. If the AHA ingredient is listed as the third or fourth ingredient on the label, it more likely contains the proper concentration. The only way to know the pH of a product is to test it with a pH strip.
Here are the 5 major types of alpha hydroxy acids found in skin-care products and their sources:
Applesauce Face Mask
This at-home remedy works especially well for oily skin. Oily skin is caused by over-active glands, which produce too much sebum. Sebum is produced by the sebaceous glands. It is necessary as it helps lubricate your skin and carries away dead skin cells. When the skin is oily, too much sebum is being produced. The skin becomes dull and greasy and pores may become clogged. Fruit acid masks are very effective in oily skin care. They remove the excess oil and dead skin cells, without stripping the skin of its natural moisture.
You will need one apple cut into quarters plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon dried herbs for oily skin, such as parsley, sage or rosemary -- or use other preferred herbs. The lemon juice will act as astringent, helping tighten large pores and brighten the face, while the malic acid from the apple will exfoliate your skin, sloughing off dead skin cells to make way for new skin.
Heat the apple in a pot of water until it softens enough to mash the pulp. Remove apple from pot and mash. Strain liquid and set aside. Discard the pulp. Add the lemon juice and herb to the liquid. Mix well. Apply the mixture to your face. Wait 5 to 15 minutes. Rinse off the mask and apply a moisturizer to the face.
Feel free to add your recipes for AHA skin care.
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