>> Friday, July 9, 2010
Ever since we got back from camping (and, if we're being honest here, in life in general) my skin has been incredibly broken out. Blame it on genetics or hormones -- whatever. I just want it back to normal, and fast. But I've been trying all these drug store washes, masks, and moisturizers, and none of it seems to be working. In fact, they all seem to make it worse. So, I took some time to research natural ingredients that are good for skin and rushed to the kitchen to mix up a blemish-fighting mask.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: According to Detox for Life, apple cider vinegar has "excellent cleansing properties as a powerful skin detoxifying and purifying agent." I've seen it sited again and again for helping to clear up breakouts. It's even just good on its own as an astringent.
- Banana: I have a ton of bananas on hand at all times. So, naturally I looked it up to see how it might work for skin. I kept getting the result again and again and again for a banana mask for oily skin. I don't know the science, but I read it helps narrow pours. After giving it a try, I'm thinking it works.
- Oats: According to Beauty Tips Hub, "oats can help to deal with multiple skin problems such as acne, pimples, dryness, wrinkles blemishes, dermatitis, shingles, eczema, and excessive tan." I think in this mask, the oats serve to moisturize and make sure the other ingredients don't dry out the skin too terribly much.
- Cinnamon: If you skin is very sensitive, I wouldn't suggest adding this ingredient to the mask -- it may be too strong and cause redness (though it's only temporary). However, across the web, a mixture of cinnamon and honey is touted as a great acne remedy. I added a dash for good measure. I think it made the mask tingly. If nothing else, it made it feel like it was working.
APPLE PIE MASK
What you'll need . . .
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Method . . .
- Simply put all ingredients in a bowl (or mortar and pestle) and mix well. Use a fork or spoon. Just make sure everything is well incorporated.
- Then wash your face with a mild soap. Take about 1/3 to 1/2 of the mixture and place it on your face and let sit for between 5 and 10 minutes.
- I recommend washing the mask off your face in your kitchen sink to avoid clogging your drain (from experience!). Then pat dry with a towel.
- Store the remaining max in a small container. Refrigerate. Use within three days.
Did it work? Well, in the photo above, I'm in all my no-makeup glory . . . and relatively zit-free. Though there's no super-cure for skin -- acne, specifically, I would say yes, actually, it did improve my issues. After I washed the mask off my face, I noticed my skin was far less oily and less inflamed. Even this morning, my skin remains in better condition. I also have been using the apple cider vinegar as an astringent (I mentioned this earlier). And I really think that's helping.
Stephen laughed at me the whole time when I basically was wearing breakfast on my face. But the apple pie smell helped me ignore him. So, give it a try and let me know what you think! Also, I thought you all might enjoy this other mask I found in my online searching -- a CAT LITTER mask! What's up with THAT? I don't necessarily think I'll be trying that one any time soon.
Do YOU have any home remedies for skin issues? Or any other foodie beauty tricks up your sleeve? I've love to hear about them! Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.
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