Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

healtht living ~ simple winter skin saver masks

And yet again, winter this year is really taking a toll on my facial skin. Here are some simple homemade masks that I use every year, I am sure I have posted these in the past, but to make things simpler for you and not have to dig into the past posts, I decided to post them again. ☺ 

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 make and use~
 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!

Also: here is a link to another post you might enjoy about protecting your skin in winter.
healthy living~ protect your skin in winter 

Why don't you just buy something? you ask.....
I have in the past tried to purchase some OTC products, even one year did some extensive research on what was available on the market. Well, needless to say that 98% were quickly crossed off 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 went into the trash! It was as if I had opened a bottle of cheap perfume- egads, why would I want that on my face. The next one I tried was by Oil of Olay, “Complete for sensitive skin”, it is great…almost. No scent, no gueyness—however, it did cause a redness to my skin. Not sure the reason and I did like the product, but decided not to take chances, my skin has the last say- My mother used Oil of Olay and it has been around for a long time, so I do trust the product, and would recommend it- But for me 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.

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