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About Your Skin
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Red Blotches On Your Legs?
Shaving cream is the culprit. Shaving creams, gels, foams or soap can irritate your skin's open pores causing the redness and/or blotchiness. Try shaving with the same conditioner that you use on your hair.
To Reduce Unwanted Shine
Try this natural astringent; combine 10 drops lemon juice with 1/2 cup cold water. Saturate a cotton ball with the mixture, dab over skin and do not rinse.
For Blemishes
Tea's tannic acid absorbs oils that lead to blemishes. Saturate a tea bag in warm water and press on the affected area for about 5 minutes. Rinse, then dab on a some eye redness remover to get the red out.
To Seal Pores
Use a skin tightening all natural clay or mud mask, or try this: Mix 1 egg white with a few drops of lemon juice. Using a brush, massage onto clean skin. Leave on for 5 minutes then rinse with warm water.
A Natural Wart Remover
Banana peels contain a substance that is highly effective at destroying warts. Place a small amount of peel against the wart and hold it in place with adhesive tape. Change the peel daily as needed and continue for 2 weeks or until the wart is gone.
Skin Smoother
Exfoliate in the shower at least two times a week. Exfoliate your legs before you shave them for a sleek smooth shave. Here's a homemade summer exfoliator: Mix 1/8 cup of olive oil and 1 heaping tablespoon of sea salt. Scrub all over in the shower and rinse off. Pat dry with a soft towel.
Take Care With Self-Tanners!
Always scrub well before applying a self tanner. Any dry patches will absorb too much color and your tan will look uneven.
The Bath of Queens
Add 1 quart whole milk and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice to a very warm bath. Slice the lemon and put in the water too. After 15 minutes you will be energized and your skin will be silky smooth.
Here's a Homemade Toner
In a blender, blend 1 peeled kiwi and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons lime juice. Add an equal amount of water and blend until smooth. Use a cotton ball to apply to face. Refrigerate any leftover toner in an airtight container.
A Natural Eye Mask
Grate 1/4 of an apple and a small raw potato and combine. Apply mixture to eyes for 15 minutes, cover your eyes with a warm washcloth and relax.
Did You Know?
The sun is responsible for as much as 80% of skin damage - wrinkling, sagging, and discoloration or age spots. Use a safe sunscreen and apply it before exposing your skin to the elements.
Do Not Sleep In Make-up!
As you sleep your skin is busy shedding and replenishing skin cells, so make sure your skin is clean and hydrated.
Sea Salt In The Shower
Rub sea salt all over your face and body in the shower to get rid of dead skin cells. Do this at least twice a week.
For Oily Skin
Put a 1/2 of a cucumber in a blender and blend until smooth; apply to face. Leave on for 15 minutes then rinse. Follow with a lemon juice toner.
For Skin In Pregnancy
Rub wheat germ oil (get at your local health food store) on your breasts and tummy to keep skin elastic.
Here's Homemade Clay Mask
Use 100% clay kitty litter (really!), mix with water, apply to face, let dry, then rinse.
For Chapped Lips
Exfoliate your lips by using an old toothbrush and a menthol based lip balm. Apply lip balm first, then brush gently with the toothbrush.
Did You Know?
Hair products leave residue of oil on your back and shoulders. Wash your skin after shampooing and conditioning.
A Sensitive Skin Soother
Saturate a washcloth in 1 quart warm (not hot) chamomile tea. Press cloth over face, flooding skin with liquid; hold against skin for 5 seconds. Rinse cloth, resaturate and repeat 2 more times. Finish by gently patting face with a clean, dry towel.
Ridding Rough, Dry Skin
Grate the rind of one whole lemon into 4 tablespoons plain yogurt. Mix and rub over entire body concentrating on the driest patches. Rinse.
Try This On Your Mouth
Apply almond oil around the mouth to keep your lips supple and soften the lines.
Mask for Excess Facial Hair
Mix one tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice with 4 teaspoons honey. Smooth on in the direction of your hair growth and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off. Use this mask twice a week.
Got Puffy Eyes?
Juice a cucumber. Apply drops to eyes for a cooling and soothing eye treat. Store excess in refrigerator for up to 10 days. You can also place chilled teething rings on eyes to reduce puffiness and give you a wide awake appearance.
A Quick Exfoliator
Take a steamy shower, then rub your skin with a towel gently but vigorously to remove dead skin.
For Your Flaky Face
Mix 1/4 cup honey with 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves and smooth on face. Leave on 15 minutes then rinse thoroughly.
Give a Milk Bath for Your Feet
Warm 3 cups of whole milk. In another bowl, mix 1/2 cup coarse salt and 1/3 cup olive oil. Soak feet in milk for 10 minutes, then rinse. Scrub feet with salt-oil mixture. Rinse and apply a moisturizer and thick socks to seal in the softness.
Out of Toner?
Lemon juice will remove any residue and refresh your face.
Wrap and Revitalize Your Hands
Coat your hands with lotion. Slip into roomy plastic gloves, then into warm gloves. Leave on 30 minutes. Remove plastic and warm gloves, then tissue off excess lotion.
Moisturize Your Environment - And You
Use humidifiers and keep the room temperature moderate. Also, get some green plants, they add moisture to your room. All this will help keep your skin smooth and supple.
A Facial Steamer
Combine 1 cup fresh rose petals with 2 cups boiling water. Tent a towel over your head and let steam penetrate face for 10 minutes. Stay several inches away from the bowl.
What's the Best Time to Shave?
Shaving at night will reduce redness. And wait about 12 hours after shaving or waxing before diving into a pool, spa, or ocean.
For Ear & Nose Hair
Never tweeze or wax nose hairs. Use tiny manicure scissors made especially for the job. You can wax or tweeze your ear hairs, but if you want to cut them, ask someone to help you.
Here's a Gentle Skin Exfoliator
Mix 3 teaspoons fine oatmeal with 3 teaspoons double or heavy cream. Apply to skin and rub lightly; rinse off.
Here's An All Over Body Scrub
Mix 3 tablespoons finely ground oatmeal with 2 tablespoons almond oil. Scrub all over lightly, then rinse.
For That Fine Downy Forehead Hair
After cleansing, gently rub it with a towel. In a circular motion smooth a fresh cut lemon half over your forehead. Leave it on for 5 minutes, then rinse. Repeat whenever new growth appears.
For a Natural Firming Mask
Mix 1 tablespoon graham flour with 1 1/2 teaspoons water. Add 1 teaspoon honey. Apply to your face, leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse. If mixture is too runny, add a little more flour.
Got Eczema?
Apply almond oil to the affected areas.
For Flaky Skin
Mix 1 cup of boiling water with 1/2 cup of bran and let cool. Immerse hands into mixture and massage into hands. Rinse with warm water and follow with a hand moisturizer.
Rx For Chapped Hands
Put a pair of cotton gloves in the dryer to warm. Massage olive oil into hands, nails and cuticles. Slip on warm gloves. (Get someone to help you.) Leave them on for 20 minutes or ideally overnight.
Here's a Great Lip Toner
Saturate a black tea bag with warm water. Press over clean lips for 5 minutes. Repeat if desired. Black tea is high in tannic acid which retains moisture and keeps lips smooth and taut.
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