I have been absolutely loving Stephanie Tourles’ book Organic Body Care Recipes. It is loaded with great information, an ingredient dictionary, and a whole bunch of simple and amazing recipes. I have chosen another one to share with you.
Bananas and cream will moisturize, hydrate, and pamper even the direst skin. Try to make this mask a healthy, yummy habit that your skin will relish. Note: Should a bit of this delectably scrumptious mask drip into you mouth, it’s fine to savor it!
What you will need:
- One 2 inch chunk of a very ripe banana
- Cream, light or heavy
- Recommended for: normal, dry, dehydrated, sensitive, sunburned, windburned, environmentally damaged, mature, or irritated skin.
- Use: as desired
- Follow with: moisturizer if necessary
- Prep time: approximately 5 minutes
- Blending tools: mortar and pestle or small bowl and fork
- Store in: do not store, mix as needed
- Yield: 1 treatment
Using a mortar and pestle or a small bowl and for, mash the banana with just enough cream until a smooth, spreadable paste forms.
Application tips: Safeguard hair and clothing prior to applying this potentially runny mask. Using your fingers, spread onto the face and throat, and recline for 20 to 30 minutes (mask will not dry). Rinse.
I hope you enjoy this all natural beauty mask!
Until next time, I send you peace, love and good energy!
For most of my life I’ve been itchy … dry skin, allergy rashes … you name it. All I was ever told by a doctor was to not take hot showers, put on lotion twice a day, and avoid things I’m allergic to (food, insects, etc.). No one ever stopped to wonder if it was just the food allergies or if there was more to the story.
Now well into my adulthood I have finally stopped to wonder if there was more I could do for myself. Although I can attribute some of my skin itchies to food allergies, I think dry skin is mostly to blame. Despite eating very well, I still find I have dry skin. And no matter how much store-bought lotion I put on … it never helps. I had to figure something else out.
My Sweetie has me on wonderful supplements, I take flax seed oil and safflower oil daily … so I’m nourished from the inside. But what about the outside? Fortunately, there are relatively inexpensive all-natural ways to take care of that. I only recently discovered the magic in natural oils. I wish I had found them sooner!
There are many wonderful ingredients given to us by Mother Earth that are absolutely perfect for nourishing and caring for our beloved skin. Here are some to name a few:
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Jajoba oil
- Shea butter
- Coco butter
- Almond oil
- Argon oil
- Avocado oil
Recently, I’ve been messing around with different combinations for my skin. The one I’m going to share with you is a great combination of oils for my dry skin. It goes in an old lotion bottle that has a pump. I personally love the pump over a jar … much more user friendly. I find that this particular one is best used when you get right out of the shower when your skin is still hot and your pores are still open. I simply pump as much as I need into my hand and rub it all over. I wait a little bit before I get dressed so it absorbs into my skin and not my clothing.
What you will need:
- 1/4 c. olive oil
- 1/4 c. coconut oil
- 1/4 c. jajoba oil
- 1 T. of rose hip oil (optional)
- essentail oils (optional)
- double boiler (optional)
- container for your product
Let’s get mixing!
- Melt your coconut oil. You can do it in the double boiler or the microwave. If you don’t know what a double boiler is check out how here. You simply fill the bottom pan with 1 inch or so of water, place the other container/glass bowl on top… and melt stuff in the top part.
- Remove from the heat. Add olive oil, jajoba oil, and rose hip oil to the coconut oil. Stir to combine.
- Now you can add the essential oil of your choice for scent … lavender, etc. I prefer mine unscented.
- Next, use the funnel to pour the oil into a container.
- Let it cool and it is ready for use!
I used these small containers just to show you as my lotion pump was already full. When I start to run low, I will use these as refills.
Note: this is merely one combination of oils … I’ve experimented with several different combinations. I personally enjoy this one because it will work in my pump bottle and it stays liquid. Anything with lots of the ‘hard’ oils in it … such as coconut or shea will harden when it cools. I will keep experimenting and let you know of any new discoveries!
What’s your favorite moisturizer? Leave any questions in the comments!
Until next time, I send you peace, love and good energy.
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