Monday, April 2, 2012

DYI Skincare By : Valerie Hould-Marchand

Who wouldn’t want beautiful glowing skin ? I am always looking for the next great thing when it comes to beauty. But honestly, I get the best results by combining a few ingredients found right inside my kitchen ! It is so easy to transform common household food items into anti-aging and soothing face masks.
It is very rewarding to make your own masks, and it allows you to control the quality of the ingredients. So experiment and find the best concoction for you and your skin type.
Egg Whites
We usually hear about the benefits of egg whites to improve hair’s luster, right ? Now, try it on your skin… Egg whites will make your skin appear tighter and smoother in minutes ! They are also high in vitamin B2, which is known to improve circulation.

How To Use
Beat two egg whites in a bowl, and then apply to your skin using a brush or your fingers. Let the mixture dry for about 10 minutes; rinse well with lukewarm water.

Potatoes & Oatmeal
This recipe will help to reduce puffiness and dark circles under your eyes.

How To Use
Peel one raw potato and grate it. Then, take one tablespoon of your grated spud and mix it with an equal part of oatmeal (oatmeal is soothing to sensitive skin). Add a tiny bit of almond milk to the mixture to form a thick paste. Apply it to the skin around the eyes ; leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse well with cool water and pat dry.

Honey Yogurt
This mask is a great daily moisturizer. The lactic acid in the yogurt will gently exfoliate your skin, and honey helps the skin retain moisture.

How To Use
Mix 1 cup of yogurt and ¼ cup of honey. Let it rest at room temperature for 20 minutes. Apply to clean skin using fingers ; leave it on for 5 minutes. Rinse off with cool water and pat dry.

Extra Tip
Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to this recipe for a skin lightening boost. The citric acid will help remove blemishes, and the vitamin C helps build collagen and fight off free radicals.

Cumin & Coriander Paste
This cleansing paste from Dr.oz contains highly effective anti-inflammatory ingredients. This beauty mask is great for purifying and turning over dead skin cells.

How To Use
Mix1 teaspoon of cumin
 and 1 teaspoon of coriander. Add a few drops of water to form a thick paste.
Wear the paste for 30 minutes ; rinse well with lukewarm water.

Allergy & Intolerance Warning
Generally, fresh ingredients are safe for use on your skin. However, I would suggest a patch test just to be safe. Simply apply a small amount of the mask on your hand, remove it with water, and wait for a day. If no irritation develops, you are good to go !

Until next time,

Heal yourself
Heal the planet

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