Oh to have skin like we did when we were younger. Smooth, unblemished skin that shone and was elastic! Well, you may not be able to turn back the hands of time, but you can practice a regiment of “rituals” designed to help improve your skin feel and look better.
In this article, we’ve pulled out a few home made recipes that you can try in the comfort of your own home. Recipes that will pamper your skin using all natural ingredients. It’s not hard to make herbal skin and hair care products in your own kitchen, and by choosing herbs and ingredients recommended for specific types of skin, you can customize the formulas to get your own unique recipe, geared specifically to your skin type. Just remember that home made recipes don’t call for preservatives, and therefore will have a shorter shelf life than commercial formulas. The best thing is to make small batches and store them in your refrigerator.
Chocolate Facial Mask
This decadent but effective facial mask will leave your face smooth and silky soft. The honey and cream add moisture, and the oatmeal gets rid of dead skin cells.
1/3 cup cocoa
3 tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoons cottage cheese
1/4 cup honey
3 teaspoons oatmeal powder
Mix all ingredients together and smooth onto face. Relax for 10 minutes; then rinse with warm water.
* Courtesy of Bliss Spa, New York City
Papaya Rejuvenation Home Spa Skin Refresher
A really simple recipe for exfoliating your skin gently with natural papaya enzymes.
1/2 ripe papaya with the skin removed.
Wash face thoroughly.
Bring large pot of water to a boil and while waiting, mash the papaya into a paste.
Move pot to table and place face over steam, holding a bath towel over your head. Adjust to make sure skin is at a comfortable temperature.
Steam face for 5-8 minutes.
Apply papaya mixture, carefully avoiding the eye area.
Lie down and relax for 5-10 minutes.
When you feel fully rejuvenated, rinse your face and apply moisturizer for a radiant complexion.
* Courtesy of Nob Hill Spa, San Francisco.
Herbal Facial Scrub
Using a facial scrub regularly (about once a week) will take off dead skin cells and stimulate circulation. The mild exfoliating action of an herbal scrub will leave your face looking radiant and feeling baby soft. If you have sensitive skin, be extra gentle.
1 cup rolled oats
⅓ cup cornmeal
⅓ cup dried herbs (such as calendula, lavender, peppermint, rose petals, or a mixture of herbs)
Almonds, clay, or sugar (optional; use alone or in combination to total 1 Tbsp)
Combine the oatmeal, cornmeal, herbs, and almonds, clay, or sugar (if using) in a clean coffee grinder.
Grind the mixture to a fine powder. (You could also use a mortar and pestle.)
Store the scrub in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dry location for up to 3 months.
To use, place some of the mixture in the palm of your hand. Add enough water to make a paste. Apply the mixture evenly over your face, avoiding your eyes. Massage the scrub gently into your skin, using circular motions. Rinse thoroughly.
You can also use natural remedies as a way to fight wrinkles. As you probably know by now, wrinkles are caused by the skin’s collagen structure losing its elasticity. Those fine lines, typically caused by aging, can be kept at bay using several methods, including the use of silicone anti-wrinkle pads that help draw the skin’s moisture to the surface, hydrating the skin. This is a great way of helping to get rid of wrinkles. It’s non-invasive, cheap and there are no side effects.
Natural remedies are through the use of skin tightening herbs such as:
Mullein: Use topically on skin to tighten and tone. Mullein is sold as tea, in supplement form. You can buy loose mullein leaves and make your own herbal tea with it or make mullein leaves paste and use topically on the face and neck skin.
Witch Hazel: One of the best skin tightening herbs that acts as an astringent with powerful antioxidant properties. Plain witch hazel may be applied to the skin straight from the bottle using cotton balls. Applying it on your face and neck on a regular basis makes your pores and skin clear.
Grape Seed Extract: Helps reduce the visible signs of premature aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin.
Aloe Vera: Aloe vera gel is an ideal natural treatment for dry skin and mature skin and is effective for maintaining a youthful appearance. Aloe vera improves levels of collagen when ingested or applied topically to the skin.
Rosehip Oil: Rosehip oil is extremely high in essential fatty acids and is known to help treat dry, irritated and weathered skin. The oil has often been called a ‘miracle’ solution to acne scarring and is one of the best natural oils for treating wrinkles, crow’s feet, and sagging skin on face and neck naturally and fast. This natural skin tightening oil can be used in all fine skin care recipes, or applied directly to the skin on its own.