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THE SPA IN YOUR PANTRY

The best beauty and skin remedies don’t always come from your local pharmacy or an expensive department store. Time-tested skin care can be made right at home with edible ingredients. These homemade formulas are economical, free of harmful chemicals and, most importantly, they are effective.

-Laurie Christian

 

Mmmm…Tasty Facial Masks

The Mask:
Honey Protein Mask

The Mask:
Fruit Sugar Mask

The Mask:
Moisturizing Banana Bread Mask

what you need:
 
what you need: 

what you need:
 
the reason it rocks:

A gentle, oil-absorbing mask. Oatmeal is a minor skin miracle: it’s a soothing anti-inflammatory, is highly absorbent and hypoallergenic and, all in all, is a natural topical treatment for any skin type. Honey is no slouch either. This sweet gift from the bees can heal damaged skin, strip dead skin cells and spur re-growth of new tissue. It’s even antibacterial. Mix in some egg yolk for vitamin A, which can help treat wrinkles, sun spots and even acne.
 
the reason it rocks:

Masks can be moisturizing, oil-absorbing and skin-brightening. Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are found in all sorts of expensive commercial products, but are derived from simple, natural fruit sugars. Glycolic acid from AHAs sloughs off the top layers of the skin and can encourage new cell growth. Commercial AHAs can be harsh and can make sensitive skin extra-sensitive to sunlight. This homemade mask is gentle yet effective for renewing and brightening a dull complexion.
the reason it rocks:

Central Idaho’s high altitude and super-dry climate can wreak havoc on your skin. Bananas are naturally moisturizing and can sooth and hydrate sun-ravaged skin. Nutmeg is a natural antiseptic, and whole-wheat flour contains antioxidants, which provide added protection against environmental damage and may be effective in slowing the aging process. Combine all this with soothing oats and cream or milk, and you have a yummy skin remedy.
 
the ingredients:

1 teaspoon honey
1 egg yolk
Oatmeal


 
the ingredients:

1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup apple juice
1/4 cup grape juice
1/4 cup sugar
 
 
the ingredients:

1/2 very ripe mashed banana
2 Tablespoons ground oats or
oat flour
2 Tablespoons whole wheat flour
pinch nutmeg
milk or cream, add as necessary
the mix:

Slowly stir in enough oatmeal to make a soft paste and apply immediately. Smooth the mask on face and neck and leave on for fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water.
 
the mix:

Shake all ingredients in a glass jar; apply gently to face with a cotton ball. Let dry for ten minutes, then rinse. This acid mask will keep in the refrigerator for four days.
 
the mix:

Whip ingredients together, adding cream and oat flour as necessary to get a smooth, paste-like consistency. Apply to face and leave on for five to ten minutes. Rinse thoroughly and
pat dry.

 Disclaimer: If you have any known food allergies, do not apply masks.

 

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