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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