Thursday, July 16, 2009

honey face mask recipes

Honey is a Natural Moisturizer
Your skin will feel so fresh and soft!

1.Use warm cloth to open pores, smear on honey, leave on 15 to 30 minutes, rinse off with warm water, and then use cold water to close pores.

2.Egg Yolk and Honey
Just mix one egg yolk with a little honey and spread it on your face and neck. When it dries, rinse it off.

Mix 2 tablespoons honey with 2 teaspoons milk. Smooth over face and throat. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Mix 1 teaspoon honey with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil and ¼ teaspoon lemon. Rub into hands, elbows, heels and anywhere that feels dry. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with water.

Honey Cleansing Scrub
Mix 1 tablespoon honey with 2 tablespoons finely ground almonds and ½ teaspoon lemon juice. Rub gently onto face. Rinse off with warm water.

6.Honey Firming Face Mask
Whisk together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon glycerin and enough flour to form a paste. (Approximately ¼ cup). Smooth over face and throat. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Make the skin on my face brighter/ Less ashy?

blahblah asked:

The skin on my face is ashy-looking (I’m Indian). How do I make it look more naturally flushed without using skin care products or cosmetics? I want to use organic materials, like stuff from the kitchen. PLEASE HELP!!


vsoup :

Why? Just buy a good moisturizer, your face is probably a little dry. Otherwise, I don’t know, pinch it? Hah.

Execusuite :

Hi, there are natural products you can use and here are a few.

Cucumbers (refrigerated) to place (sliced) on your eyes for puffiness. The coolness will reduce any swelling. To exfoliate twice a week you can mix Oatmeal with water and keep on your face for 10 minutes. Vitamin C is a natural brightner for your skin. However, some of our citrus products may be a little too harsh for the skin so you might try products like shea butter for dry skin, pumpkin for a light chemical peel (leave on 10 minutes), and drink a lot of water to keep your body flushed of toxins. I hope this helps and I love Indian food!!! An Indian friend taught me how to thread eyebrows!!

neminly :

Try this one natural product. Your skin, no matter what age or skin type, is going to love this so much that it’s going to GLOW - without risky, cell-damaging chemicals.
After you try it, you’ll be back for more. Feed your skin, don’t poison it…

Radiant Glow Scrub
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup powdered oats (just plain oatmeal)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

mix together…
add enough water to make a paste
warm your skin with almost hot wash cloth to open pores and loosen dead dry skin cells
spread mixture on your face
leave it on for a few minutes
rub gently while rinsing so the baking soda helps gently efoliate


Rub a couple of drops of light vegetable oil on your skin to seal in moisture and seal out toxins

GLOW. Try it, you’ll love it so much you won’t want to wear make-up.

aisha_73 :

It might have something to do with what you eat. You know the old saying “you are what you eat”, well it’s true, there are people that are trained to look at your skin and can tell you what kind of diet you have, the different types of fruits and vegetables that you consume, if you eat too much sugar etc. I don’t know what kind of diet you are on, but if you’re not doing this already try incorporating more whole foods into your diet, and try to avoid the processed foods and sugar. Exfoliate about three times a week with olive oil, sea salt, and lavender oil, some say that this is too harsh, but it works for me! Get some EFA’s in your diet as well as taking vitamin C.

Jenny23 :

lemon juice use once daily with a cotton ball vitamin c is a natural skin brightener/lightener plus its great for skin i love it

Go here and click on ****** masks find your skin type and you'll find a great glowing skin mask just for you everything you could need is on this site and its all natural!! Have fun

guinnevere34 :

I was bored one day a few weeks ago and decided to make my own body (not facial) scrub. I didn’t really measure or anything but I used roughly 3 parts white “table” sugar, 2 parts sea salt (not fine and not course grain, kind of in between) and 1 part extra-virgin olive oil. Every other day or so I scrub my arms and legs with this in the shower and it seems to be doing a decent job of exfoliating rough and dry skin, which is what makes you ashy if you have a darker complexion (I’m fair skinned but it’s the same problem.) Anyhoo, it’s no miracle cure, but it was cheap and easy to make and I figure if find myself trapped in my bathroom for like a week (who knows, it could happen!) I can always eat it to stay alive.

Good luck.


Make the skin on my face brighter/ Less ashy?

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Apple Facial Mask for Oily Skin Recipe

1 medium size apple (grated)
5 tablespoons of honey

Mix the grated apple and mix with honey to make a mask. Smooth over skin then let sit for 10 minutes, rinse off with cool water.

For oily skin

Calendula (marigold)
Horestail herb

Excess oil on your face can be a source of embarrassment and can lead to other more serious skin conditions. Prevent this by considering these suggestions:

. Remove excess oil by mixing 2 tablespoons of wheat flour with the right amount of water and apply this on your face using an upward circular motion. Leave on for a few minutes before rinsing with cool water.
. Cucumbers can also offer great relief from oily skin! Grind half a cucumber and extract its juice for your face pack. Apply the juice onto your face and leave on for a few minutes. Rinse with water and pat dry. This can refresh and tighten your skin effectively!
. Aside from removing excess oil from your skin, fenugreek and red gram seeds can help remove blackheads. Simply soak 2 to 3 teaspoons of fenugreek or red gram seeds overnight in clean water, grind into a paste and apply onto face. Leave the face pack on for about a few minutes (until it dries up) before rinsing it with cold water. The excess paste can be stored in the refrigerator for future use. However, be sure that you use the fenugreek mixture within a week and the red gram mixture within two days after preparation to maintain its efficiency.

Kitchen Cosmetics for acne

Make a face pack of bran plus baking soda and water. Mix into a paste, apply to the face, leaving on for 15 minutes. Rinse with solution of 1 part apple cider vinegar and 8 parts water.

Parsley : Use an infusion of fresh parsley to wash the skin

Mint: Peppermint is an excellent antiseptic wash for acne.

Garlic: Peel and mash eight cloves of fresh garlic. Apply to face avoiding the area around the eyes. Leave on for about 15 minutes. Wash off with a warm cloth. Finish with a rinse of the vinegar pH balancer.

Wine : Breakouts can be controlled by applying wine with a cotton ball, white wine for fair skin, red wine for darker complexions.

After washing skin rinse with any of the following herb infusions:
chamomile which is purifying
yarrow to eliminate toxins
catnip which is an antiseptic
lavender which is antiseptic
thyme which is a strong germ killer
Tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic. Use it for acne, either diluted or full strength.

Burdock leaves in a poultice are excellent for boils and swellings, and as a wash for acne.

Dilute some lemon juice with water, dab pimple with solution to kill germs, cool inflammation and improve blood circulation.

Purchase or make your own calendula(marigold) ointment. Apply to reduce inflammation and speed healing. Or make an infusion and apply as a compress to the skin.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Skin care from kitchen - carrot

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When it comes to skin care, Retinol as a molecule is very small and capable of penetrating the skin's outer layer and regenerating the deeper layers that contain collagen and elastin. When it penetrates the skin, it stimulates the production of elastin and collagen resulting is smoother and more elastic skin. Importance of Retinol has been long known about in a form of homemade facial masks. Carrot is an excellent source of Retinol.
carrot juice is capable of helping the digestive system function normally. Since the digestive system is closely related with the health of the skin, they should help reduce acne breakouts.
carrot is filled with Retin A, It is enormous in its ability to rejuvenate the deeper layers of the skin, but has also been present in a form of carrot as a facial masks' bases for ages.

Next time you are peeling carrots, boil 2-3 separately. When cooked, mash them and mix with 4 tablespoons of honey. Apply to your face, keep on for 10 minutes and wash off. Your skin will feel smooth and elastic

Carrot Facial Mask


2-3 large carrots
4 1/2 tablespoons honey


1) Cook carrots, then mash.
2) Mix with honey.
3) Apply gently to the skin and wait 10 minutes.
4) Rinse off with cool water.

Cream Cheese and Carrot Face Mask


1 medium size carrot
2 tablespoons of cream cheese


1) Mash a carrot
2) Use 2 tablespoons of it
3) Mix with a tablespoon of cream cheese
4) Apply to face and neck
5) After 15 min rinse the face off water.

Anti-aging Carrot Face Mask

Use carrot juice either store bought or by extracting it yourself.
Add one egg yolk and a few drops of olive oil.
Mix it all and apply to face and neck.
Rinse off after 20-25min using luke warm water.

Carrot Honey Mask

Mix a tea spoon of honey, a spoon of grated carrot and a bit of olive oil. Mix all ingredients and put on your face for 15.min. like a facial mask.Rinse with water.This face mask is good for wrinkled and dry skin. Enjoy it.

Carrot Face Mask
This carrot face mask is perfect for oily skin and helps prevent wrinkles.

2 large carrots
1 tbsp. natural honey
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 fresh lemon
Mineral water

Peal the carrots and steam until soft. Mash the carrots into a creamy consistency. Carrots help protect the skin from free radicals and promote the regeneration of healthy skin cells.
Mix in 1 tbsp. of all natural honey. For centuries, honey has been used as a natural remedy for many types of ailments. Honey is known to help reduce inflammation and swelling and even kills germs.
Stir in 1 tbsp. of olive oil. Olive oil is the perfect skin care product since it helps nourish and clean the skin at the same time, leaving your skin supple and glowing.
Squeeze a few drops of fresh lemon juice into the face mask mixture. Lemon is a natural astringent and will help clean greasy skin. The amount of lemon you should add depends on your skin. If your skin tends to dry easily, add only 8 to 10 drops; if you skin tends to be oily, add up to 1 tbsp. of lemon juice.
Mix in enough mineral water to give the face mask a creamy consistency. The more lemon juice you added, the less water is needed for this step. Don't add too much, or your face mask will be runny. If you feel that the mixture does not need extra liquid, it is not necessary to include the water.
Gently wash your face and neck with warm water and pat dry. Apply the mask evenly to your face and allow it to set for 15 minutes. Rinse your face and neck again with warm water and pat dry

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Skin care from kitchen - cucumber

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Grated cucumber applied over face, eyes and neck for 15 - 20 minutes has been found effective as a beauty aid and a best tonic for the skin of the face. Its regular use prevents pimples, blackheads, wrinkles and dryness of the face. Cucumber juice promotes hair growth due to its high silicon and sulphur content, particularly when mixed with carrot, lettuce and spinach juice.

*Remedy for puffy, swollen eyes & dark eye circles
This may sound too cliche to be true, but slices of cucumber (or cucumber juice) applied to the skin around the eyes can help reduce the appearance of dark circles. Cucumber slices help to lighten the skin and also have a soothing, refreshingly cool sensation when applied. Lay down with the cucumber slices on your eyes for at least 5 minutes, up to 10 minutes.

*Quick cucumber based moisturizer will help tone and moisturize dry skin around the eyes.


½ cucumber cut into chunks (don’t seed or peel)
3 tablespoons of which hazel


Blend the cucumber using food processor until the mass is pureed. Strain it using gauze until you only have juice left. Mix the juice with witch hazel.

Dip cotton balls in this liquid and gently wiping around the eyes.

When stored in a glass jar and refrigerated, this toner can be used for a few days.

*Cucumber Wrinkle Cream


1/2 cucumber

1 egg white

2 T. mayonnaise

1/2 C. olive or avocado oil


Wash the cucumber, but do not peel.

Cube and blend with remaining ingredients.

Apply morning and evening, and gently wipe off with tissues.

*Cucumber soothes inflammation, refreshes the skin, and heals acne scars.
To have a healthy glowing and smooth skin use this recipe

Blend 4 - 5 leafs of fresh mint.

Peel and deseed the cucumber.

Add mint leaves to the cucumber to make a puree.

Beat egg white and keep it separate, then add this egg white to the cucumber mixture.

Apply this evenly on your face for 20 minutes and then rinse it with water and pat it dry.

*Cucumber cool your skin down and have you looking fresh for the evening
Peel and chop a medium sized cucumber and mash it to a pulp in your food processor. Add the juice of half a lemon to this pulp and let it stand for an hour. You can either refrigerate it or leave it outside, depending on how cold you want it when it touches your skin. Apply this on your face. Be careful around the eye area! You don't want your eyes anywhere close to the lemon juice. Leave it on for about 30 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. This is a great skin cooler, especially for oily skins.

For normal and dry skins, you can add yogurt to the cucumber pulp instead of lemon juice. About 3.5 oz or 100 grams of yogurt is enough for a medium sized cucumber.

*Cucumber for oily skin- refresh and tighten your skin.
~ Mix two teaspoons of raw milk, around the same quantity of cucumber juice and few drops of lemon. With a cotton ball, apply the solution on your face and leave to dry. Then, wash with water and pat dry.
~ Grind half a cucumber and squeeze to remove the juice. Apply the juice on your face and leave to dry. Then wash with water and pat dry.

*Cucumber Mint Facial Mask
Things You’ll Need:
2 large cucumbers
Food processor or blender
Glass bowl
1 tbsp. water
2 tsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. mint extract or 1/4 cup fresh, chopped mint leaves
Sterilized jar with lid

1.Wash the cucumbers and cut them into large pieces. Puree the pieces in a food processor or blender until they are completely smooth. Strain the pureed cucumber into a bowl. Discard the liquid, and measure 1/2 cup of the solids to use in the cucumber mint facial mask.
2.Put the cucumber solids in a glass bowl and microwave them with the water and lemon juice for 4 minutes.
3.Stir in the mint extract or chopped mint leaves and mix well. Microwave the mixture for an additional 5 minutes.
4.Allow the cucumber mint facial mask to cool until it's just warm to the touch.
5.Pour the mixture into a sterile glass jar with a tight lid, and store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

*Cucumber and Yogurt Facial Mask
1/2 cucumber
1 tablespoon yogurt

Puree cucumber and yogurt in a blender, apply to your face evenly. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water or soft wash cloth.

*Cucumber ,Yogurt and Parsley facial mask
Try this facial mask using only a little bit of yougurt, some parsley, and cucumber. This mask will rejuvenate your face as well as reduce any puffiness you have around the eyes. It will also get rid of any dead skin cells, and will leave your face feeling soft and smooth. You will need:

1 Tbsp full-fat yogurt
1 Tbsp cucumber; chopped
1 Tbsp fresh parsley; chopped

Puree cucumber and parsley in a blender. When finished, mix with the yogurt until smooth. Before applying the mixture to your face, clean your face with a cleanser to get rid of any dirt or impurities.

Apply the mask all over your face and neck. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes and you will get amazing results. Your skin will feel like new!

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Skin care from kitchen - tomato

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Tomatoes have long been used in home remedies for oily and blemish-prone skin, and with good reason. These bright red fruits contain large amounts of vitamins and minerals, such as A, C, E, iron and potassium, which help nourish the skin. Tomatoes also provide an astringent effect on the skin to help remove excess oil and refine the pores.

*Tomato Mask for Oily Skin
mash up a ripe tomato and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water

* Tomato+ Honey Facial Toner
Things You’ll Need:
Large, ripe organic tomato
All natural raw honey
Mesh strainer

Purchase a large, fully ripe, organic tomato. Not only are organic tomatoes free of harsh chemical pesticides and fertilizers, they general contain greater amounts of vitamins and minerals for pampering your skin. Tomatoes contain gentle acids which will help to cleanse your skin while removing dead skin cells.
Choose all natural raw honey as well which has not been treated with heat or mixed with chemical preservative. Honey is a natural moisturizer with anti-bacterial properties, helping to eliminate the bacteria which forms acne while keeping the skin soft and supple.
Wash the tomato thoroughly and then cut it into small pieces. Place the pieces in a mesh strainer, setting the strainer over the lip of a bowl, and then use the back of a spoon to press the juice and fine pulp through the strainer.
Add enough honey to the bowl to make a thick paste and then apply your facial toner evenly to your face and neck. Allow the toner to do it's job for at least 15 minutes and then rinse with cool water. Your toner is gentle and effective, perfect for everyday use.

*Green Tomato Pore Tightening Facial Mask
1 green tomato
1 teaspoon honey

Put the tomato and honey in a blender. Blend until consistency is a thick pulp.
Cleanse your face with warm water. Ex-foliate using a gentle facial brush, washcloth or your favorite scrub product.
Massage the mask on to your face with your fingers. Take your time.
Leave on for 20-30 minutes.
Rinse off with cold water.
~Put any remaining mask into a sealed container and store in a fridge. Use within two weeks.

*Refreshing tomato mask
1/4 peeled and seedless tomato. Chop it.
3 teaspoons of yogurt
1 teaspoon peeled and then grated cucumber
1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel
3 teaspoons of oatmeal (finely ground)
Additional ingredients are 2 mint leaves, fresh and crushed so the essential oils run out of the leaves.


Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Apply on the face and leave on for about 10 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.

* Lemon - Tomato Mask
Use this on oily skin. The acid in the tomato and lemon work on acne and blackheads.
1 over-ripe tomato; inside scooped and mashed
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp instant oatmeal

Puree all ingredients in a blender. Apply to freshly cleaned face and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat dry.

*Tomato Face Mask
1 medium-sized ripe tomato
1 handful of green beans
1 tbsp. sour cream
Slice the tomato and place the chunks in a small cooking pot. The natural acids found in tomatoes make them a gentle and natural astringent, helping to clean the pores. Tomatoes are also rich in anti-oxidants which help regenerate skin, giving your face a healthy, younger look.
Add a handful of green beans to the pot and cook until soft. Green beans are high in zinc, a vitamin which is known to heal damaged skin.
Mash the tomatoes and green beans until smooth and add 1 tbsp. of sour cream. The lactic acid found in sour cream will soothe and soften dry, itchy skin. Sour cream adds a moisturizing ingredient while at the same time tightening wrinkles and refining pores.
Wash your face with warm water and pat dry. Apply the still warm face mask evenly to your face and neck and allow to sit for 20 minutes. Gently rinse the mask off with warm water and pat dry with a towel.

*Tomato Facial Mask
Lemon juice
Non-fat dry milk
Brewer's yeast
Tomato juice
Carrot juice
Olive oil
Instant mashed potato flakes

1. Chop one tomato and combine in a food processor or blender with 1 tsp. lemon juice and 1 tbsp. oatmeal. Blend to a smooth paste. Cleanse face and neck. Apply the tomato facial to blemished skin, leaving on for 10 minutes. Gently remove with a warm washcloth and rinse skin with warm water to remove all residue.
2. Peel and seed one tomato and mash the pulp with a fork. Combine that with 1/4 cup cornmeal, mixing well. Massage onto cleansed skin of face and neck, staying away from the eyes. Rinse off with cool water.
3. Cut one tomato into quarters or eighths, if it is large. Taking one piece at a time, gently rub the pulp-side onto clean face and neck, but do not use around the eyes. Massage tomato pieces in a circular motion until the skin is covered with juice. Allow to dry and then rinse skin with cool water.
4. Mix one cup oatmeal with 3 tbsp. non-fat dry milk, moistening all the oats. Chop one tomato and puree it in a blender. Add that to the oatmeal-milk mixture, stirring to incorporate all ingredients well. Apply to cleansed face and neck skin with the fingertips, keeping free of the eye area. Leave on the skin for 45 minutes. Use a warm washcloth to remove the facial and splash face with warm water.
5. Blend 1 tbsp. powdered brewer's yeast with 1/2 tbsp. plain, unflavored yogurt, 1 tsp. each of lemon juice, tomato juice, carrot juice and olive oil. Mix by hand or in a food processor or blender to form a smooth paste. Cleanse face and neck and apply the facial mixture with fingertips, but not near the eyes. After 15 minutes, remove the mask with a warm washcloth and rinse skin with warm water.
6. Remove the peel and seeds from one tomato and puree the flesh in a food processor or blender. Mix in 1 tsp. instant mashed potato flakes, blending well. Pat the facial onto cleansed face and neck skin. Keep away from the eyes. After 10 minutes, rinse off with warm water.

*Tomato against Painful Joints
The juice of the whole plant including leaves, mixed with equal quantity of sesame oil, is heated until all the watery part is evaporated and the oil is preserved in a bottle. This oil, massaged over painful joints and sprains and fomented with dry heat gives a great relief.

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