Thursday, September 15, 2011
Treat Your Skin
You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.
Song of Songs 4:7
You can save money and treat your skin to cleansers, toners, and moisturizers made from ingredients you already have on hand. It’s also nice to know what you’re putting on your skin. Priscilla Slater, the main character in my upcoming Class Reunion series, would approve.
I’ve always enjoyed doing facial masks because they leave my face feeling clean, smooth, and hydrated. Here are some healthy mask ideas with products you probably already have:
Mix an egg with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of lemon or lime juice. Spread the mixture over your face and allow it to dry. Rinse it off with warm water, pat dry, and moisturize.
Pulverize a cucumber in your food processor and spread the paste over your face. Lie down for ten minutes and relax with slices of cucumber over your eyes. Rinse with cool water, pat dry, and moisturize.
Run ¼ cup of oatmeal through your food processor until finely ground. Add ½ cup of plain yogurt. Spread the mixture over your face and relax for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water, pat dry, and moisturize.
I know it’s not a good idea to expose my unprotected skin to the sun long enough to get a sunburn, but sometimes it just happens. This is why I like to keep aloe vera gel on hand. After rinsing my face with cool water, I spread a light layer of aloe on my face and allow it to dry before applying makeup.
I’ve heard that a mixture of tomato juice and buttermilk can also soothe sunburned skin. I’ve never tried it, but if I did, I would leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
Prevent Sun Damage
The best way to protect your skin from being sun damaged is to use sunscreen with the highest SPF you can handle. Don’t forget to protect your ears. One of the worst sunburns I ever had was on one of my ears. I’d covered my face with sunscreen, but I didn’t even think about my ears being exposed. And remember that even your head can get sunburned, so if you don’t want to have clumpy or oily hair from sunscreen, wear a hat. Add sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Egg photo by duboix on Morguefile.com