Next time your baby or toddler flings his or her meal on your face or leg, consider it a free spa treatment! Here’s how:
Yogurt (the real stuff, you know, made with milk and bacterial cultures, nothing else) is a great cleanser. It helps to get rid of acne and greasiness, moisturizes the skin and exfoliates dead skin cells! For a homemade facial, mix yogurt with lemon or honey, spread it on your face and leave for 20min. Rinse and feel the freshness! You can also use it on dry, itchy scalp before washing your hair.
Watermelon is the Best Thing Ever in our house right now, and yesterday I was practically speaking covered in watermelon juice. If that happens to you, leave the juice on the skin for 15min. Then rinse it off first with hot and then cold water, and feel the freshness! Or if your face is covered with not only the juice but the pulp as well, leave it for 10min and then rinse, and that’ll give you a natural face lift. And don’t forget to eat your melon, it’ll keep you hydrated, and that’s important for a beautiful skin.
Cucumber cools your skin down, soothes it and softens it, and helps you and your skin relax. I’m sure you’ve seen those pictures of beautiful women with slices of cucumbers over their eyes? That helps to reduce puffiness. Grated cucumber or cucumber juice helps to soothe sunburns. And for a glowing skin, mix 4-5 leaves of fresh mint and one peeled cucumber. Mash them together, stir in one beaten egg white, spread on your face for 20min and then rinse.
Oatmeal makes a great scrub, cleansing off dead skin cells and helping your skin glow. It’s even better if it has brown sugar in it! However, it won’t leave your skin dry because it also moisturizes gently.
Honey is a great natural moisturizer that works wonders especially on oily skin. It has antibacterial and anti-ageing properties. Blend one tablespoon with a peeled, cored apple and use it as a toner, or add half a cup of honey into your bath. But please, please don’t give honey to your babies until they are at least one!
And then there’s milk. Queen Cleopatra, it has been told, used to take regular milk baths. Milk moisturizes and keeps the skin soft and young. Use it as a cleanser as is, mix with honey and a few drops of lemon juice for a toner or a little bit of almond oil for a cleanser and make-up remover. And if you don’t want to carry home all those gallons to take a bath in it, use a cup of powdered milk instead.
Avocado is full of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. So eat it. And spread it on your face – but make sure it’s really ripe. Avocado slices over your eyes can reduce puffiness. Mashed avocado rejuvenates skin, leave it for 30min and rinse. For extra oomph, mix with tablespoon of honey and one beaten egg yolk. Avocado is especially great on dry skin.
Eggs are also great for your skin, toning it and reducing greasiness. But since we usually eat our eggs cooked we’re not going to discuss them further since they usually work better in skin care when they’re raw… But if you really want to spread scrambled eggs on your face as a face mask, I’m not going to stop you…
No, I didn’t just make these up. I used Google a lot… I also browsed through an old notebook where I’ve copied recipes from many library books (but unfortunately I haven’t written down their names). And some ideas are from a great book in my shelf called India’s Beauty Secrets.
And once I find out how these things are also good for your carpets and walls, I’ll let you know…