Before the advent of industrialization of beauty products, women used natural beauty treatments from ingredients they found in their kitchen or gardens. They benefited from this raiding of their kitchen and gardens, as products created from natural ingredients are rich in essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients and healing properties. As well, they are without any chemical additives or preservatives, which is why they work well in protecting and healing the skin naturally.
Many women unable to use products that are an outcome of industrialization due to sensitive skins and chemical sensitivities are taking to a more natural, organic way of living. There is greater emphasis being placed on organic food, clothes including skin and beauty products.
You only have to trot down to your health food shop to find that there is skincare that works as effectively if not better than that with artificial foaming agents, chemicals and additives available elsewhere. Why not indulge, giving yourself a tailor-made facial mask at home, that not only smells wonderful but works wonders, as well.
For Normal Skin – A Lavender And Peppermint Mask
Normal skin does not mean that it does not need to be looked after and pampered. All skin is prone to the signs of stress, fatigue and environmental damage.
You will find that essential oil of lavender not only helps to relieve tension headaches and aids restful sleep; it is also a perfect skin tonic after a long day’s work. The natural anti-bacterial properties of lavender and peppermint help keep the skin clear, while a weekly mask nourishes the skin and relaxes facial muscles to relieve any signs of tension.
Simply, mix one teaspoon of jojoba or any carrier oil in a bowl with one drop of peppermint and one drop of lavender essential oils. Add three teaspoons of distilled water (or filtered) and two to three tablespoons of kaolin. Mix to a smooth, spreadable paste and apply as a face mask. Relax and wait for the mask to dry, then peel off pieces of the hardened mask, using plenty of water to cleanse your face.
Oily Skin – Peppermint Mask
Even though it has its disadvantages e.g. shine and acne, in the long run oily skin is better than dry, as wrinkles and lines take more time to show up, making you look younger than your peers.
However, oily skin needs to be taken care of, making good skin care essential. Use essential oil of peppermint which is known to dissolve excess oil and makes the skin tingle and feel refreshed. As well, it cleans the pores and kills the bacteria that cause acne.
Mix one tablespoon of milk, one drop of pure peppermint oil, three teaspoons of distilled water (or filtered) and two to three tablespoons of kaolin. Mix to a soft smooth paste and apply the mask, allowing it to harden. When the mask begins to feel tight, gently peel and rub it off.
Dry Skin – Honey And Mashed Banana Mask
Honey and banana combined provide a fantastic facial for dry skin, as honey leaves wrinkle-prone skin plumped-up due to its hydrating properties, while alpha hydroxy acids help to smooth and exfoliate. Bananas supply skin with hordes of vitamins, calcium and other essential nutrients to keep skin looking smooth and soft. However, keep in mind that the bananas should not be overripe.
Mash one small banana. Add one teaspoon of honey and mix well. Apply to your face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with lots of water.
Welcome to the chemical additives and preservatives free skincare world!