Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Wednesday's Princess Pamper Principle
Wednesday from this point forward for me will be the official Princess' pamper day.
One of my all time favorite books is "Home Made Love" by J. California Cooper. It is a beautifully written book of short stories focused on love- plain and simple. I love home made love because it comes from the heart and is a great gift to give and receive!
So for this week I am going to focus on home made facials.
Here are some basic ingredients and their purpose:
Oranges, Lemons, Pineapple: brightens and exfoliates the skin and purifies the pores. Provides a dose of pure vitamin C. Pineapple is the strongest- It is a potent source of enzymes that soften the skin and is a natural astringent.
Yogurt: softens, hydrates, and has many enzymes that exfoliate the skin; cleanser; bleach.
Coconut Milk: the lactic acid smooths out the skin.
Rose Water: gently balances and tones.
Olive oil: known for its great effects on the skin. The best for dry skin.
Avocado: moisturizes and is a good source of vitamin E and natural oils.
Milk: contains lactic acid which nourishes without stripping the skin of essential oils; refines pores; soothes all skin types; cools sunburn.
Aloe gel: an ageless remedy for burns.
Honey: a natural, gently astringent yet extremely moisturizing; refines pores; tightens skin; retards wrinkles; anti-blemish.
Chamomile: tones all types of complexions.
Oatmeal: soothes; heals; relieves itching.
Cucumber: reduces under-eye puffiness; reduces wrinkles.
Egg: conditions; whites best for normal and oily skin; yolks for dry to normal skin
Nuts: used in scrubs to refine pores and combat wrinkles, blackheads and dryness.
Tomato: unclogs pores.
Vinegar: refines pores; cleans; softens; aids blemishes, itchy skin, and sunburn.
Witch Hazel: reduces eye puffiness; deodorant.
Below are two facial mask recipes and a general face cleanser
Chocolate Facial Mask
This decadent mask is actually an excellent moisturizer -- it leaves your skin baby soft. Recommended for normal skin.
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 tbsp. heavy cream
2 tsp. cottage cheese
¼ cup honey
3 tsp. oatmeal
Mix all ingredients together (a bullet blender is ideal) and smooth onto face. Relax for ten 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water.
MOISTURIZING FACIAL MASK
2 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. milk
Mix honey and milk together; smooth on face. Leave on for 15 minutes and
GENTLE HONEY CLEANSER courtesy of www.honey.com
Combine 1/4 cup honey, 1 tablespoon liquid soap, 1/2 cup glycerin in a small bowl until fully blended. Pour into a clean plastic bottle. Pour onto clean face sponge or soft cloth and gently rub onto face, wash away with warm water and pat face dry.
If anyone has a homemade facial they want to add please feel free to do so in the comments, cuz a princess can never have enough home made love!