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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Things Not Just For Eating

A couple of friends have got me thinking recently - maybe I don't need to be so easily led down the path of bank account doom purchasing all these skin care products that promise eternal youth. Partner in crime Emma has been experimenting with homemade remedies lately such as applying an avocado face mask (a tasty treat too!).

Things you need to start:

1/2 medium ripe Avacodo 
1 tbsp all natural honey
1 tbsp all natural yogurt
1 cucumber

How to make:

1) Mash the avocado with a fork until creamy. Avocados naturally contain a deep penetrating vegetable oil that is perfect for dry skin. Maybe the most important element of avocado is that it is a good source of potassium, which is known as the youth mineral, so whether you are eating avocados or making a face mask, they can help your skin maintain its healthy and beautiful glow.
2) Add 1 tbsp. of all natural honey to the avocado mash. Honey has the ability to kill germs on the skin and can reduce swelling and inflammation, giving the skin a taught and youthful appearance.

3) Stir in the natural Yogurt. Yogurt is a natural and gentle cleanser and is used in many skin care products. Yogurt also contains lactic acid, which soothes and softens the skin while tightening wrinkles and refining pores.

4) Peel and slice two pieces of cucumber to place over your eyes. With natural gentle astringent properties, cucumber is the perfect addition to your avocado face mask, as it cleans, nourishes, hydrates and helps reduce circles underneath the eyes.

5) Wash your face gently with warm water and pat dry. Apply a thin layer of the avocado face mask to your face and neck. Place the cucumber slices over your eyes and relax. Allow the mask to set for at least 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with warm water, and again, patting dry.

Another tip from Emma after some research was about the seaweed you find in your Miso soup (Wakame). It's jam packed of calcium - (more than disgusting cow juice) so I bought some too and we take a little a day like medicine. It helps to break down cellulite deposits and disperses local fatty cells to improve the body's general health and appearance. It can be used as a face mask which is beneficial for acne prone skin!

Method for Seaweed Face Mask
  1. Cleanse face well.
  2. Prepare a paste using 2-5 tsps. (13-15gr) with approximately 20ml of hot water.
  3. Mix to a smooth paste.
  4. Cover face and neck area with a thick layer of seaweed paste.
  5. Leave for 20-30 minutes until dry.
  6. Rinse off with warm water, finish of with a Moisturiser.

A tasty healthy seaweed salad.

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