Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Homemade anti-wrinkle facial masks

Homemade anti-wrinkle facial masksWith age our skin begins to loose the appearance of vigor and youth. And one of the signs of aging becomes wrinkles. Sure you won’t find magic cream that will erase every wrinkle off your face. But there are indeed some natural herbal remedies that will improve your skin condition noticeably, and you don’t even have to spend a lot of money doing it. All ingredients for them can be found in your own kitchen. Let’s look together.

Carrot cream. Take 100 grams of carrot and one teaspoon of almond oil. Extract juice from the carrots. Add oil in it and mix well. Refrigerate it for two hour and apply on cheeks, around the eyes and the chin for half an hour. Finally wash with lukewarm water.

Honey anti-wrinkle mask. Take one and half tablespoon of honey, half teaspoon of carrot juice, a pinch of soda bicarbonate. Mix carrot juice and honey and apply on face for 20 minutes with a cotton ball dipped in soda bicarbonate water. Then wash with warm water.

Banana wrinkle fighter recipe. Banana is wonderful as an anti-wrinkle treatment. Mash 1/4 banana until very creamy. Spread all over face and leave for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water followed by a dash of cold. Gently pat dry.
And another variant of this mask. Take one ripe banana and one teaspoon of rose water. Mash banana and mix it with rose water. Apply it on face and neck and wash it off after half an hour.

Glycerin and honey mask. Take one tablespoon of glycerin and one tablespoon of honey. Mix the ingredients and massage on face and neck before going to bed. Wash your face with soft water in the next morning.

Apple mask. Mash an apple and use it as a mask. It is very good in treating wrinkles as it is rich in vitamins.

Peach and lemon face pack. You need 2 peaches and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Mash the peaches and to this mixture add lemon juice. Apply on your face and neck for 15-20 min. Wash off and follow it up with a moisturizer.

Anti-wrinkle mask. Beat 1 egg yolk into 2 tablespoons of whole milk. Gently wash face and apply. Leave on for five minutes, rinse with warm water, and follow with your favorite moisturizer.

Egg white and olive oil face mask. Take 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Beat egg white until smooth add the juice of lemon and olive oil. Apply to face and neck a few hours before retiring to bed and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash off and follow with your moisturizer.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Eastern spices for beauty. Part 2.


CinnamonCinnamon is the inner bark of a tropical evergreen tree and is native to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Cinnamon bark is widely used as a spice. Its typical flavor is due to an aromatic essential oil that makes up 0.5% to 1% of its composition. Cinnamon has a sweet taste. It can be ground into powder too. Cinnamon consists of fats, carbohydrates, ash, fibre, iron and phosphorus.

A decoction of cinnamon is good for coughs and colds. For acne and headaches, cinnamon powder paste can be applied. It is also excellent as a mouth freshener. Cinnamon oil is used in cosmetic industry for producing heating and tonic means. You can use any recipe here to value fine cinnamon qualities.

Body scrubs. Mix in 2 teaspoons black pepper and cinnamon; add some olive oil and 1 teaspoon salt. This scrub cleanses skin and stimulates blood flow. Also it is very useful for people, who want to get more effect from physical exercises.
For deep cleansing of body skin you can prepare scrub from a glass sugar, half a glass olive oil and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix everything carefully and put on the body with massage movements.

Cinnamon hands soak. This soak will leave your hands (or even feet!) silky soft, and slightly scented with cinnamon. You need 2 cups water, 1 cup milk, 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, a pinch cinnamon. Mix all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl large enough to fit both of your hands. Put the bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds, or until the mixture is quite warm, but still comfortable to touch. Soak your hands in the mixture for 10 minutes. When you are done soaking, take your hands out, rinse them briefly with lukewarm water, and pat dry. Add your favorite moisturizer if desired.

Apple and cinnamon face pack. It is an antiseptic mask for use on oily or problem skin. You need ripe apple, peeled and grated, ½ teaspoon single (light) cream, 1 teaspoon clear honey, 1 tablespoon ground oats, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mash into a paste, using a fork. Apply the pack to your face and leave on for 10 minutes. Gently remove with cool water, than pat dry with a clean towel.

Heating and tonic tea. Pour one cinnamon stick with ½ liter boiling water and keep for 10 minutes. Add some black tea and orange peel, boil and keep for 3 minutes. Have a nice drink!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Eastern spices for beauty. Part 1.


TurmericEastern cultures use various spices and herbs in cookery, religious rituals and medicine. Eastern beautiful women found great cosmetic qualities in spices long ago and use them successfully. Today I’d like to tell about one of such plants – turmeric.

Turmeric is a tropical plant of ginger family. It has different colors – from orange till brown. Turmeric is also known as Curcuma longa or curcumin. It is very widespread in India, China, Japan, Cambodia, Madagascar and other Eastern countries. Turmeric is well-known like Ayurveda spice. Turmeric is a known antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic agent. It is used in cosmetology as a component for anti-aging creams, masks or lotions. Here you’ll find some original recipes of cosmetic means from turmeric.

Scrub for facial skin. Mix some turmeric, salt, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon olive oil with coffee ground. Put prepared mixture on the face and make some massage movements. Then wash with cool water.

Cleansing mask. Mix turmeric powder with honey in proportion 1:1. Put it on the face. Keep for 10-15 minutes and then wash with cool water.

Anti-aging drink. Put 1 teaspoon turmeric into glass of hot milk. Mix carefully and drunk during the whole day.

Balsam for shower. You’ll need ¾ glass of sugar, 2 teaspoons turmeric, 1/3 glass vegetable oil, pinch of vanilla and some drops essential oil of cinnamon or patchouli. Mix all ingredients carefully. Take a warm shower and massage skin with paste.