It never fails. Just when
you thought you’d seen the last of the face invaders, they’re back and
larger than life! Suddenly, you feel like an alien, and the only thing
you want to do move…to another planet. But wait! Instead of waging war
on you skin by blasting blemishes wit supersonic zit creams and harsh scrubbing,
take the kinder, gentler approach, just like the women from the past who
made good use of everyday items like fruits, vegetables, nuts and cereals
for enhancing their beauty. Grandma’s recipes obviously work, because even
the most exotic spas of Europe are veering towards herbal and natural therapies.
The best part? You can whip
these up in seconds using things that are sitting in the refrigerator or
on the kitchen shelf. Masks, facials, packs and cleansers made of homegrown
stuff all work in gentle, natural ways to soothe, stimulate, relax, tone
or clear the skin. Though you may go according to different or problem
skin types, a tutti-frutti approach may be better: everyone’s skin is a
combination of oily and dry elements. You might want to use a mask for
oily skin on the nose, forehead and chin and mask for dry skin everywhere
You can even take a Chinese
restaurant approach, and combine, say honey with egg in the same skin category.
However, you can cook up your mask, apply it to a cleansed skin and let
it do the good work for fifteen or twenty minutes while you relax. Feet
up on the pillows or resting on the slant board will double the benefits
of any helper you put on the skin. Remember, skin is an all-over affair.
Don’t stop with just nourishing your face – spread the good work to hands,
to the throats and shoulders. After twenty minutes, splash away the facial
with cool or lukewarm water.
What is your skin type? Get
a headstart on the road to a dear complexion by understanding the basics:
Oily sin usually has a shiny
surface, visible pores and is prone to breakouts.
Dry skin often feels taut, slightly
rough and tends to chap and flake.
Combination skin is oily at
the T-zone (the forehead, nose and chin) and drier on the cheeks.
Sensitive skin is thin, delicate
and easily irritated. It has a red and blotchy.
Break two large bananas, toss
into a blender along with half of the peel and one tablespoon of raw honey.
Blend to liquefy, pat on, let dry for 20 minutes.
Mix equal proportions of honey,
fresh cream, or oats and almond paste. Pat on, let dry for 20 minutes.
Peel and pit an avocado, liquefy
in the blender with one tablespoon of raw honey. Pat on, let dry for 20
minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
Oily Skin Masks
Wash and core two crisp apples,
but do not peel, liquefy the whole thing into the blender. Pat on, let
dry for 20 minutes. Splash on with cool water.
Wash a big, ripe tomato and
liquefy the whole thing in the blender. Pat on, let dry for 20 minutes,
splash off with cool water.
Two nourishing masks for all
Blend two egg yolks, two tablespoons
of honey, three drops of almond oil. Pat on, let dry for 20 minutes. Rinse
off with cool water.
One Clarifying facial mask,
good for all skins (to be used occassionally):
This does with gentle natural
enzymes what skin-slouching creams, peelers and exfoliating lotions do
with chemical – it removes dead, dry skin cells on the surface to expose
fresh clear skin.
Two cleansing and bleaching
masks (for faded, end of summer tans as well as winter-drab or season-change
Add the juice of two lemons
to one cup of buttermilk. blend, pat on, let dry for 20 minutes. Splash
off with cool water.
Liquefy one whole lemon (washed,
not peeled) and half an orange (washed, not peeled) in the blender, add
one cup of plain yoghurt. blend, pat on, let dry for 20 minutes. Rnse off
with cool water.
Here are a few more any-time
For a glowing skin, cucumber
mixed with fresh coconut water gives remarkable results.
use mashed bananas and strawberries
as a pack to freshen up the complexion.
For curing pimples, apply a
mixture of haldi (turmeric) and sandalwood on the face.
Pimples can also be cured
with a light massage of rose and sevti flowers extract. The extract is
easily prepared by distilling a number of flowers in a distilling apparatus.
The extract should be applied on the pimples three times a day