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Kitchen Skin

Penny Waters is continuing her information on Kitchen Skin, making use of items right in our own kitchens that improve our skin and well being.

Kitchen Skin

Take a mashed avocado, lemon juice and cucumbers and create a great summer recipe- not for the table, but for your skin! For centuries, people have passed on the secrets of everyday kitchen ingredients for making beautifying and restoring concoctions for the skin and they are just as helpful today.

To freshen the skin and reduce fine lines try the following exfoliant that can be used on the face or body:
Baking Soda Exfoliant:
3 tsp baking soda
1 tsp water
Juice of 1 orange or 1 drop of an essential oil .*
Mix ingredients to form a paste. Apply in a gentle, circular motion. Rinse. Follow with a moisturizer.
* The choice of essential oil can also be very supportive of your skin care needs. i.e. Sage for oily skin; lavender for all skin; thyme is antiseptic; rose is softening and refining; lemon restores the natural acid balance.

For oily skin, try this mask once or twice a week:
Avocado Mask
1 egg white
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ avocado mashed
Mix all in a blender. Wash your face and neck thoroughly. Apply mask to those areas. Remove with tepid water and a face cloth after 20 min. Apply moisturizer.

This is a very simple recipe for a cleanser:
Buttermilk And Fennel Cleansing Milk
(for oily skin)
½ cup buttermilk
2 tbsp fennel seed, crushed
Gently heat the milk and crushed seed together in a double boiler for 30 min. Leave to stand and infuse for a further 2 hours. Strain, bottle, refrigerate and use within 1 week.

Have fun and enjoy these timeless recipes for healthy and beautiful skin.

If there is any concern about allergies you can test your creations by applying them to the inside of your lower arm and waiting 24 hrs to see if a rash, redness, itch or sensitivity occur. Remember, too, that sunscreen should always be worn if you are out in the sun for 30 minutes or more at one time. That’s the best protection against harming, drying, and aging your skin.

Penny Waters
Reflexology, Herbs, Natural Skincare
Sandpoint
Can be reached at: 208 597 4343 or sunpen54@yahoo.com

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