Home Facial Recipes.To Cleanse the Pores:
Rub mashed tomato on your face and rinse with cool water. If your like me, you've thrown many tomatoes away. Don't! You may not want to eat it, but it will be fine for your skin treatment if it's not completely rotten. Just use the best of what is left because you only need a small amount.
Note: Some people find that tomatoes will irritate the skin. If so, try mashed grapes instead!
To Tighten and Refine Pores:
Whip the white of an egg and add a pinch of alum (drug store) and apply to the skin as a mask. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes then rinse off with warm water. (never hot water!)
Peel and slice 1/2 a cucumber and puree in a blender or processor. Add 1 TBSP of plain yogurt. Mix well and apply to skin. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes then wipe off with a damp wash cloth or rinse with warm water. Cucumber contains amino and organic acids. This blend will cool, refresh skin and tighten pores.
To Remove Dead Surface Skin Cells and Improve Skin Texture:
Gently rub a small handful of dry short grain rice against you face for a few minutes. This is a Japanese technique that has been used for centuries.
Add 2 TBSP of cornmeal mixed with enough water to make a thick paste. Gently rub on face in circular motions and rinse off. This makes a quick, inexpensive exfoliant.
Grind 1 TBSP of almonds into a fine meal. Mix with 1 TBSP of honey and 1 egg white. Apply to skin and allow to dry for 15 minutes. Gently wipe off with wash cloth and rinse face with lukewarm water.
To Add Color to Sallow Skin:
Mash 1/2 cup of strawberries in a blender and apply to face. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse with tepid water.
To Alleviate Puffiness in the Eye Area:
Place slices of a cooled cucumber over your eyes for 10 minutes or more as needed. It is a fact that models use Preperation H, a hemorrhoid cream, under eyes for puffiness. Do not apply heavy oils or creams around the eye area before going to bed. That would cause eyes to be puffy in the morning.
To Soften and Nourish the Skin:
Mash half of an avacado and apply to face. Leave on until it dries, then rinse off with warm water. Avacado contains essential fatty acids and other nutrients that can help prevent premature wrinkling.
To Moisturize Your Skin:
Mash up grapes with enough honey to make a paste and apply the mix to face as a mask. Leave it on for 20-25 minutes then rinse off. Grapes are a natural source of collagen and alpha-hydroxy acids
To Help Protect Your Skin from Free Radical Damage:
Add a few drops of green tea extract to your ingredients. You can also add the extract to your other beauty products like astringents and lotions. If your local drug store does not carry this, call your closest health food or general nutrition store. Green Tea is a wonderful antioxident that fights free radicals that are damaging to the skin and thought to be largely responsible for the aging of skin aside from sun damage. Drinking hot green tea is very healthy for you too!
To Soothe and Relieve Itchy Skin:
Grind up oatmeal in blender or processor to a fine powder. Add water to make a paste. Apply to skin and let dry, then gently remove with a damp wash cloth and rinse skin with tepid (lukewarm) water. This paste should not be runny. If you add too much water, add more oatmeal. A little goes a long way and this mixture can be used anywhere on the body for rashes, dry-itchy skin, or bug bites. I grind up 1/2 to 3/4 cup of oatmeal and store it in a baby food jar.
To Stimulate Circulation and Firm the Skin:
Combine 1/2 of a peeled cucumber, 1 TBSP of yogurt, a few strawberries, and 1 tsp. of honey in a blender or processor. Make a puree. Apply to face and let dry (or set well). Gently wipe off with a wet wash cloth and rinse skin well. This is a great all-around home facial recipe and treatment.
To Loosen Blackheads:
Combine equal parts baking soda and water in hand and gently rub in a circular motion on skin and rinse. As with any exfoliating type product, it is very important to not apply too much pressure. You do not want to scratch the skin. Instead, you want just a smooth circular motion with very little pressure and let the product do it's thing. Do not use scratchy or exfoliating products on irritated, inflamed or broken skin such as a wound, cut, inflamed acne or rash.