This is going to be a series of 3 posts I do about homemade beauty; using ingredients from your pantry and fridge to make all natural skin care! The first in the series is skin care recipes for the face.
A few weeks ago I bought Homemade Beauty by Annie Strole for many reasons. But the main one being that one day I would like to manufacture my own organic skin care line. So I want to start getting a deeper understanding of what natural products can do for your skin. As Annie explains in her introduction “I began researching more natural (skin care) brands, and as I did that, I realised that a lot of their active and most effective ingredients were those found in my kitchen”. The products she uses in her book are as natural and toxin-free as you can possibly get. And you will most likely already have them in your kitchen! And you don’t need any speciality tools either, once again you will most likely already have all the tools you need!
Skin-Tightening Egg White Mask
1 Egg white
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
(one time use only)
Whisk ingredients together until blended and the egg white becomes foamy. Apply mask, evenly covering face, especially the jaw line. Let sit for 10 minutes, and rinse with warm water.
This mask is best suited to mature skin types. Egg whites are a natural astringent that work to tighten and tone the skin. The mixture is very runny and I applied it with the a makeup brush I don’t use very often. Just remember to keep it away from your eyes as some dripped into my eyes and boy did that lemon sting!!! As it dries it sets quite firmly on your face and it did not irritate my combination/oily skin. I washed it off with warm water after 10-15 minutes. It comes off fairly easily but I do recommend using a fash washer to make sure you get it all off. I would say that my skin does feel a little tighter after this mask, but I think I will need to try it a few more times to be sure.
After this I cleansed my face with a gentle cleansing oil as my face did feel a little dry. Then gave another recipe a go.
Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
1 cup Distilled Water
1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
Combine ingredients in resealable container of your choice. Shake well before each use, and apply after cleansing with a cotton ball or pad. Mix up a new batch once a month.
Apple cider vinegar will balance the pH of your skin, in addition to sloughing off dead skin cells and helping to face the appearance of scars. I was expecting this to be a little harsh on my skin after my egg mask and just in general. But was pleasantly surprised at its gentleness. My skin definitely felt smooth and plump after using this and not dry at all. The vinegar smell is quite powerful when you put it on. But I am not offended by its smell so didn’t mind it. My husband had to get right up to my face to smell it. I finished my little routine with some nourishing argan oil if I over did things. Once I had put the argan oil on the vinegar smell went away. So I will definitely be using this toner again as its gentle but made my skin feel soft, clear and smooth.
Everyone needs Apple Cider Vinegar in their Pantry!
While on the subject of Apple Cider Vinegar I wanted to point out some of the wonderful benefits of this liquid gold!
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) aids in weight loss. The acetic acid suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolism, and reduces water retention.
- Several studies have found that vinegar may help to lower glucose levels, making it a beneficial treatment for people with type 2 diabetes.
- A 2012 study published in Life Science Journal revealed that consumption of apple cider vinegar over an eight-week period can significantly reduce harmful blood lipids that contribute to high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people who suffer from hyperlipidemia (too many fats in the blood).
- AVC can boost energy. Exercise and sometimes extreme stress cause lactic acid to build up in the body, causing fatigue. Interestingly, the amino acids contained in apple cider vinegar act as an antidote. What’s more, apple cider vinegar has potassium and enzymes that may relieve that tired feeling.
- Apple Cider Vinegar can banish bad breath. Gargle with it, or drink a teaspoon (diluted with water if you prefer) to kill odor-causing bacteria.
- ACV has anti-inflammatory properties; dabbing or laying an apple cider vinegar compress on a bruise can help fade the discoloration.
- The antioxidant properties in vinegar can help prevent premature aging and even aid in slowing down the aging process. ACV’s ability to maintain the stability of the acid/alkaline balance in the body also plays a key role.
- And of course it helps tone, clarify and clear the skin.
There are so many more benefits to having a tablespoon or two everyday. My husband has drunk it in a glass of water everyday for the past 6 months and can’t sing its praises enough.
In the next post I will try a couple of hair care recipes. Are there any you particularly want to see?
Shampoo, Conditioner, Dry Shampoo, Treatments, Masks, Scalp Treatment, Styling Products…
I purchased the book Homemade Beauty by Annie Strolle at Biome Eco Stores.
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