Homemade Facial Recipes

By Jan Emo


Every body loves a nice facial; but not all of us can afford to get one. Did you know you probably have the ingredients sitting in your fridge to make your own facial mixtures? Yep, some of the most common items used in home made facials are milk, honey, eggs, lemons, vegetables and fruits. In the below article I will show you some of the basic recipes for normal skin facials.

Before applying any of these facials, be sure and start with a clean face. You might want to also consider boiling a pot of water and placing your face over the steam so your pores open up. Use a towel over your head to catch all of the steam. Pat your face dry, and you are ready for your facial.

Egg Whites:

Separate the white from the yolk, saving the yolk for later. Simply whisk the egg white in a small bowl, then using your fingers, gently dab the egg on your face and throat. Now just wait for the egg to dry {15 minutes} then rinse off with warm water. Splash cool water on your face, and you are finished. Now doesn't that make your skin feel tighter and smoother?

Egg Yolks:

Whisk the yolk and apply it to your face and throat! Keep it on for about 20 minutes or so; then rinse with warm water and splash with cool water. Egg yolk is rich in Vitamin A and acts as an anti-oxidant gently pulling the impurities out of your skin. Notice how soft your face feels now.

Honey:

Warm a small portion of honey, and when warm enough apply to your entire face and throat. Leave on your face for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. Splash your face with cool water to close your pores. It will leave your face feeling smooth and clean.

Milk & Honey:

Mix an equal amount of honey and milk. Apply to your entire face and throat; wait 15 minutes or so and rinse off with warm water followed by cool water. Talk about soft-- your face will feel like a babies behind.

Yogurt:

Plain yogurt is best for this mask. Apply to a clean face and let it stay on for about 15 or 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, followed by cool water. This mask is especially helpful if you have dry skin because it adds moisture to your face.

Oatmeal:

Mix a small amount of plain oatmeal with water until it forms a paste. Apply this mixture to your face and let it stay on until it drys. Rinse off with warm water followed by cool water.

Mixture:

1 Tablespoon of honey
1 Tablespoon of milk
1 Egg yolk

Stir all of the ingredients together and apply to face. Leave on for 15 minutes or so, rinse with warm water.

Mixture:

2 teaspoons of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of lime juice

Stir ingredients together, apply to face, wait 20 minutes then rinse off. This mask really gets your face clean.

Jan Emo lives in Apollo Beach, FL. She is a full time freelance writer while her 3 kids are in school.

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A Field Guide to Acne Treatment

By Kristin Naff


Acne can be a beast. There are hundreds of acne treatments on the market, and not all of them work for everyone. Here are some tips to help navigate your treatment, regardless of what method you’re using. As with any medical condition, when in doubt, consult your physician.

Tips for Females Only:

Track your cycles.
Some women have acne breakouts shortly before they menstruate. If you’re one of these women, be especially careful about maintaining your acne treatment around this time.

Be careful about your makeup.
Makeup pads can harbor bacteria (like the bacteria that cause acne), and should be changed regularly. Be sure that your makeup is labeled non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic. This means that the makeup won’t clog your pores. Most cheap makeup is not non-comedogenic. Some women find that even non-comedogenic makeup aggravates their acne.

Tips for Everyone:

Take a picture, or several.
Having your picture taken can be uncomfortable if you have acne, but it’s the best way to track your progress. Date your photographs, and write down what you’re currently doing to take care of your face. Be sure to take later photos under the same lighting conditions. Be wary of photographing under yellowish tungsten lights: you’ll need accurate color to tell whether redness is clearing up. If you’re seeing a dermatologist, photographs can be a valuable tool for him or her as well.

Think back.
There are many factors that influence your skin, and not all of them are related to what you’re using to treat acne. If you’ve got a breakout, think back, and consider any changes in your routine that might be responsible for it.

Don’t give up.
Zits can cause permanent scarring. If your acne bothers you, treat it! There’s no reason to wait until you “grow out of it.” Acne is common in adolescents, but many people find that their acne doesn’t clear up with age. There are many remedies available: home remedies, over-the-counter treatments, and prescription treatments. If you are unsure of where to start, talk to your local pharmacist or family doctor, or make an appointment with a dermatologist. If you have severe acne, don’t hesitate to get it professionally treated.

Be skeptical.
The Internet is the world’s biggest platform for snake-oil salesmen. A legitimate treatment will have been tested in published trials or studies. When in doubt, contact your pharmacist or doctor. Use common sense as a measuring stick for alternative treatments: if it sounds dangerous, implausible, or strange, stay away.

Be consistent.
There is no cure for acne, although a few prescription treatments have long-lasting benefits. Most treatments require regular use to continue to be effective. Zits can take a while to form. Treating acne requires some patience and persistence.

Ask questions.
Your pharmacist can tell you a lot about your treatment: what side effects it causes, how to tell if you’re allergic, and how long you can expect to wait before seeing results. Other sources of information are doctors, drug manufacturers, and fellow acne sufferers.

Mind the side effects.
Some acne treatments can make you more prone to sunburns, or can cause dry skin. Your doctor or pharmacist can advise you on how to cope with the side effects.

Don’t pick.
A popped zit can act like a miniature open wound on your face, and a potential entrance for harmful bacteria—and not just the bacteria that cause acne.

Don’t overdo it.
Combining treatments, or using larger than the recommended dose, should be done only at a dermatologist’s recommendation.

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Boost Your Body Image

By Dinsa Sachan

Body image is the little sistah of self-image. It's how you perceive your physical appearance and what you think others make of your looks. A 2006 worldwide survey conducted by Dove found that 90% of women want to change at least one aspect of their body (body weight being number one). How do you think you perceive your own body? How good is your body image?

Here's a quick check:

1. Do you continuously fret about your body?
2. Do you look into the mirror again and again?
3. Do you avoid social gatherings because you think people will find you unattractive?
4. Do you get upset when people make negative remarks about your body?
5. Do you feel a tinge of envy while flipping through magazines that display beautiful fashion models?

If you answered yes to most of them, you probably do suffer from a poor body image. But don't worry. Have patience. This is a psychological condition you can get rid of. Read on.

Two Cautions to Start With:

1. Don't be mislead by the media: If you are one of those who feel miserable looking at the beautiful, toned bodies of models on the ramp, sit up. Point number one: most of these girls don't look half as good in reality. Their faces are heavy on make-up, and the actual images you see splashed across the magazines have been altered digitally. Don't believe us? Watch this Dove documentary.

2. Close your ears on the critters: Family members and friends have a strong impact on our body image. We are continuously receiving feedback from them about our bodies. When this feedback is negative in nature, it is bound to worsen our body image. Most of the people who crab about your body have poor self esteem themselves, and their demeaning comments are only reflections of their own poor body image.

Tips to Boost Your Body Image

1. Challenge Yourself: If you find yourself hiding behind the closet and avoiding social life because you think you are unattractive, challenge yourself by going out and meeting people. It's easier said than done, but the only way you are going to conquer this is by breaking out of your shell.

2. Focus on the positive aspects: We are conditioned to focus on our flaws all the time. Make it a point to praise your noteworthy aspects when you look into the mirror. Think of ways you can highlight a good feature and add to its beauty.

3. Look for good points in others: Whenever you meet new people, look for their good qualities, other than physical traits. When you begin to focus on others' positive qualities, you begin to look for those qualities in yourself too.

4. Develop other interests: If you find yourself fretting about your body too much, try developing other interests. If you have something constructive to occupy your mind, you won't be tempted to think about your body again and again.

5. Focus on complementing your beauty: Looking good isn't just about having a pretty face and toned body. If you look around, you will find that the people who really are attractive to others are the ones who have great personalities. They may not necessarily have Hollywood faces, but lure others with their communication skills. Develop a good dress sense, too.

Why it isn't worth bothering about:

Your facial features are genetically predetermined and so is your body type and how thin you can get. There's no use fretting about things which you have little control over. And there's always going to a more beautiful, smarter person than you. Look the best you can. That's the best thing you can do.

Dinsa Sachan is a champion for healthy body image. Reach her at dinsasachan [at] gmail [dot] com.

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