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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

healthy living ~ winterizing facial masks

While in Colorado, a very dry atmosphere, my skin is feeling even dryer than normal for this chilly time of the year; and the fact that I am getting older. Not having the ingredients readily available and a bit of not wanting to spend the time making a creamy homemade moisturizer, I looked on the Web for some suggested products that were recommended. Yes, I know Ms.Never Buy OTC Products actually is considering to....

Well, needless to say that 99% of them were quickly crossed off the list because of all the "chemicals" they contained. Two were left: One by L’Oreal, it looked to be just the ticket- a little pricey at $15.00, but if it worked it would be worth it--- OMG... as soon as I opened the bottle it went into the trash! It was as if I had opened a bottle of cheap perfume- holy mama, why do they do that! why would I want that on my face! I just don't get it, more cosmetic products have been sent back to the manufacture wanting my money back because they unnecessarily perfumed their product! This one I just threw away and sent an e-mail. Just leave the damn things unscented and let's us scent ourselves. 

The next one I tried was by Oil of Olay, “Complete for sensitive skin”, it is great…almost. No scent, no gueyness—however, it does cause a mild redness to my skin. Not sure the reason and I do like the product-so I will see if it is just that my skin is not use to having anything on it but natural things. My mother used Oil of Olay and it has been around for a long time, so I do trust the product. 

But for right now, I will continue to take the time to make my own products to avoid using toxic commercial products and nourish, cleanse, heal, and protect. And, there are some easy from your kitchen and very natural items I can use in a mask as a quick solution to my dry skin.

Application of masks is one of the most ancient forms of beauty treatment all around the world. In old times, women of nobility used to apply many exotic substances on their face skin in order to keep it smooth, silky and beautiful and protect from aging and elements. In the North, traditional societies used animal and fish fats to shield their skin from cold and dry winter air. 

Here are 5 that I have used in the past~
 all wonderfully simple and gets the job done.

1.   An avocado mask is perfect for dry skin that may become very irritated in the winter. It is easy to make: mash the flesh of avocado with a fork, add a touch of extra-virgin olive oil, and apply this smooth, fragrant mixture onto your face.
This nourishing mask will supply your skin with a whole range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and softening agents to fight winter dryness.

2.  A cultured milk mask is a simple and effective cure for tired skin. Just apply a bit of natural yogurt, buttermilk, sour cream on your face avoiding areas around the eyes. Relax for 10-15 minutes and rinse your face with cool water.  This mask softens, rejuvenates, and restores a natural pH balance of your skin, thus, protecting it from negative influences of winter air.

3.  An oatmeal mask is a great remedy for skin beaten by a cold wind. To make it, mix together in equal proportions raw oatmeal flakes, egg yolk, and honey. Keep the mask on your face for about 20 minutes, wash with lukewarm water, and pat dry. After the application, your facial skin should feel very soft, refreshed, and healed.

4.  An egg white mask is good for oily skin with large pores. Smooth a beaten egg white all over your face, let rest for half-an-hour, and rinse with water. This mask will refresh and tighten your oily skin and will make it look much healthier than before. In the winter, it will create a natural barrier to protect your skin from harsh winds and frost. 

 5.  If you have combination skin suffering from winter elements, try a softening banana mask. Mix mashed banana with fresh sweet cream and apply this wonderful mask all over your face for 30 minutes. It will smooth, soften, moisturize and nourish your skin whenever necessary and will make you forget about the cold, harsh, and nasty winter outside!

Just a little note, my friends, just because a manufacturer or product says it is "all natural" I almost can almost guarantee that it is not "all natural" or "completely organic," that you will find chemicals in there that you wouldn't want on or in your bodies. I had a recent disagreement with a Mary Kaye consultant regarding their new line of "all natural" beauty products- after breaking down two simple items for her as to what exactly is in these items, she no longer insists her products are the best for me. I am not saying you should follow my OCD, yes it nearly is, of staying away from chemical items, just be careful of what you are told. 

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