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Times are tough these days and if you start to talk about skin treatments, I'm sure they are expensive enough to burn a whole in your pockets. With all the talk of going back to nature and detoxifying our bodies, finding natural cures for everyday beauty, it is a positive step towards a more healthier you. In that regard, we have tried and compiled the best in natural and skin care remedies. Check these out.


Skin Therapy

To make your skin look healthy it is very important that you take good care of it and leave it glowing. Here are some at home facials straight from you kitchen, to your rescue.

1. Avocado Facial: Avocado is a naturally rich moisturizer. Mash the meat of the avocado into a creamy texture. Massage into the face and neck. Leave on for 15 minutes and gently rinse off.

2. Facial Mask: Squeeze half a lemon and mix the juice with one beaten egg white. Leave on your face overnight or, for a quick pick-me-up, just 15 minutes. Splash warm water on your face to rinse. It helps to removes blotches, because the lemon works as a bleaching agent.

3. Egg & Honey Mask: Mix together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg yolk, 1/2 teaspoon almond oil and 1 tablespoon yogurt. Honey stimulates and smoothes, egg and almond oil penetrate and moisturize, and yogurt refines and tightens pores.

Visible pores can be dealt with by first steaming, cleansing and applying a pore tightening mask made of either sandalwood or multani mitti (white clay or Fuller’s earth) paste.

4. Cornmeal Facial Mask: Two tablespoons of cornmeal mixed with enough water to make a thick paste makes a great inexpensive facial mask. Gently apply to face and wash off.

5. For an oily skin: Egg, Avocado & Mud Facial Mask: Clay is available in powder form at any health food store. Mix 1 tbsp. Dry clay with 1 egg yolk, 1/4 of a mashed avocado and enough witch hazel to create a smooth mixture. Mud dries excess sebum while the egg yolk and avocado replenish lost moisture. Witch hazel tones.

6. Facial Exfoliater: 2 heaped tsp. fine oatmeal, 1 tsp. baking soda. Combine ingredients, and add enough water to make a paste. Apply to skin and rub gently. Rinse and gently pat dry.

To make a homemade exfoliating mask, soak 1 teaspoon black lentils and 4 almonds in water overnight and then grind them into a course paste. Apply it to your face and keep it on for 20-30 minutes. After, wet the mask and scrub in a circular motion. This mask not only nourishes and exfoliates the skin, but also lightens blemishes and discolorations.

7. Banana Wrinkle Fighter: 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.

8. Grape Cleanser: Grape juice makes an excellent cleanser for any skin type. Simply split one or two large grapes, remove pips and rub the flesh over face and neck. Rinse off with cool water.

9. A two-third honey and one-third lemon juice mixture used as a facial mask is a great antioxidant and evens out skin tone

Hair And Now

There is no doubt that most of us are obsessed with our hair and have probably had just one too many chemical treatments. If your hair is more fried than fabulous, these recipes will deep condition your hair and give it shine without having to step foot out of your home.

1.Avocado & Mayo Mask: Give your hair a break and deep condition it with a 2:1 ratio mixture of mayo and avocado. Keep it on for about 20 minutes and wash.

2. Egg & Olive Oil Hair Mask: Mix two whole eggs with four tablespoons of olive oil. Smooth through hair. Wrap head with plastic wrap, and leave in hair for 10 minutes. Rinse well.

3.Fruit Smoothie Hair Mask: Blend 1/2 a banana, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 cantaloupe, 1 tablespoon wheat germ oil and 1 tablespoon yogurt. For extra conditioning, squeeze in the contents of a vitamin E capsule. Leave in hair for 15 minutes.

4.To prevent residue build up, add a small amount of baking soda to your shampoo. It will remove built up residue and grease from your hair and make it shine

5.A tea or flat beer rinse is one of the oldest ways to condition and bring shine to your hair. Boil used tea leaves in enough water, let it cool and then use this liquid as the last rinse. Or use flat beer as your final rinse.

For Dark Circles: Wrap a grated raw potato in cheesecloth and apply to eyelids for 15-20 minutes. Wipe off residue and apply an eye cream.


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