DIY Face Masks

One of my favorite things to do after a day working in the garden is run a bubble bath, pour a glass of wine, grab a good book and apply some sort of facial mask while lounging in the bubbles.  I have made some great masks and wanted to share with you some products that can be beneficial for your skin type.  It's a gloomy day here in MinnesOta so I think tonight calls for a good exfoliate mask to get my skin ready for spring time.

Some of my favorite ingrediants to use.

Carrots pulp; They act as an antiseptic; healing pimples.

Celery Juice; Acts as a toner for older skin.

Grated Cucumber; Cools, re-freshens and heals the skin, Cucumber slices work great on tired eyes. Also can reduce the appearance of freckles and age spots.

Egg Whites; This is a great drying agent for oily skin and pimples.

Grated Raw Potato; Helps clear eczema and blemishes.

Honey; Hydrates softens and soothes.

Lettuce Juice; (blend these with a dash of water to make into a pulp) great for drying pimples.

Mashed Banana; Nourishing.

Mashed Avocado; Penetrates the skin while being very nourishing.

Pineapple Pulp, Great astringent for oily skin.

Watermelon Juice; exfoliates, and a great deep cleaner.

Organic Yogurt; Restores skins acid balance.

Okay, now we need what is called a Base. We need product to help the mask bind.

Rolled Oats
Dried Milk
Ground Almonds
Whole Wheat Flour

Now we need some sort of Essential Oil. 100% pure.
Dry skin and normal skin; Lavender and sandalwood are wonderful.

Pimples; Evening primrose, Lavender, Sage

Now to prepare the base, this can be left in the refrigerator a long time just add your fresh ingredients when your ready.

Your Base Mask
1 Cup Fine Clay Powder
1/4 cup cornflour
1 Tablespoon rolled oats
I Tablespoon dried milk powder
1 Tablespoon from the "fresh Ingredients List"
2 Drops of the essential oils of your choice.

Mix it all together so it forms a paste, apply to skin while relaxing in a bubble bath.

A great mask for troubled acne prown skin.

1 Tablespoon base mask
1 Tablespoon carrot or lettuce pulp
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon yogurt
2 drops lavender oil

Mix all ingredients together, add more lettuce pulp or carrot pulp if the mixture is to stiff.

A little experimenting and your on your way to beautiful skin.  What I really love is growing a lot of the ingredients myself.  How green is that?

Books I have read to help with the experimenting on creating your own natural beauty products.

Grow Your Own Drugs:
Easy Recipes for Natural Remedies and Beauty Fixes

Organic Body Care Recipes:
175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for
Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self

Easy Homemade Recipes to Make Your Own Organic
and Natural Skincare, Hair Care and Body Care Products

If your looking for a way to be frugal, live a greener life this is a must read on preparing your own beauty products.  There are so many alternatives to buying over priced crap that is selling on the shelves.  A little knowledge goes a long way.  This book teaches you to use natural preservatives found in and around the kitchen and garden.  This book teaches you to make your own organic skincare and spa type products. 

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April DecheineAbout April Decheine

April ran away from Suburbia to live life more sustainably with her husband. The kids are all grown but return quite often. She is a little city mixed in with Martha Stewart like smarts. She is an ex IT downsized Corporate gal. Follow her as she learns all the Green Acres chores on her 40 acre farm while introducing her readers to products she believes in.

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