Wednesday, March 23, 2011

D.I.Y. - 4 Simple Steps to a Refreshing Face Mask (Perfect for those days when you are feeling tired)

Have you been waking up with a dull, tired looking complexion?  Have you been experiencing nights with little to no sleep and feel like you need a little boost to get your day started.  Sometimes your skin may just need a little pick-me-up to get it going.  I LOVE reading SELF Magazine...  for all of its awesome beauty advice, and I stumbled upon this article that I wanted to share with all of my friends. :)

The Beauty News writer Pia Bhattacharya writes about her experiences and an old remedy for that tired, dull looking complexion blues.  The verbiage in quotes was taken directly from the SELF site - word for word and exact spelling.

"My grandmother loves this recipe for giving skin a jump start on it's dullest days.  What was her secret, powerful ingredient?  
Mint!  When applied to your skin, mint is soothing, cooling and great for cleansing.  It can help remove the toughest blackheads and leave skin softer and clearer--not to mention oh so refreshed!"

What you'll need:
2 large cucumbers (chopped)
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves (chopped very finely)
2 tbsp. plain unflavored yogurt
1 tbsp. lemon juice

What to do:
1. Peel the cucumbers and pulse them in a food processor or blender until they become a smooth consistency.  Strain the pureed cucumber through a paper towel to remove all the excess water.
2. Mix the cucumber, mint, yogurt and lemon juice in the food processor and pulse until fully combined.
3. Store your mint mask in a jar and keep refrigerated until you're ready to use it. Before you do, microwave it for 1 minute (or heat on stovetop until lukewarm).
4. Apply to cleansed skin (works best after a hot shower) and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and you'll have fresh, supple skin!

I did a little research so that I would have some cool information for all of you.  

Cucumbers:  The benefits of Cucumbers are endless when it comes to skin.  It is known to give you "happy skin".  Cucumber helps in the soothing and softening of your skin (which is why you see so many people use them on the eyelids in spas) and this soothing will instantly relax you - calming your thoughts and giving you instant rejuvenation.  Who would have thought this interesting looking vegetable would do so much?

The cucumber also has many useful ingredients that can assist in treating many skin problems.  When you are out shopping for skin care, you will notice that this very reasonably price vegetable has become a part of daily beauty products like face packs, facials, and other items used to benefit your skin.  Due to its cooling effect it can be termed as the magic wand for all skin problems (don't quote me on this one).  The cleaning and cleansing property helps your skin tremendously by making it soft and supple... encouraging a healthy glow and giving you a refreshed appearance.  The regular intake of cucumber juice is very useful both internally and externally. :)

Mint:  Mint is not only an aromatic ingredient that enhances your senses... it can soothe the senses and provide a pleasant scent to a variety of products for daily use.  It can also give you a refreshing feeling and offer "pick me up" qualities that can awake the senses.  Mint also has benefits that go beyond its aroma... it can actually improve skin's condition.

Many people do not know that many beauty products will contain mint in them.  Chances are that you will find it labeled with "menthe".  What makes this so beneficial you might be asking?  Mint has the ability to act as an anti-pruritic agent.  That means that its juice can soothe and calm skin that's itchy or infected.  It has even been told that it can be used to heal bites from mosquitoes, wasps and bees.  Mint contains Vitamin A, which helps to strengthen skin tissue and help reduce oily skin as well.  

There are so many "home remedies" with regard to mint.  There are an abundance of people who rub mint oil on their face to prevent pimples from popping up or to treat wounds and rashes.  Mint oil has served as a natural astringent, and people have been using this product to treat like problems for a long time.  Mint's high content of salicylic acid is very helpful for treating inflammations such as acne.  The acid, which is found naturally in mint, is an active ingredient used in many skin care products.  What does salicylic acid do?  It loosens up dead skin cells, allowing them to shed easier.  This helps with preventing your pores from clogging up and resulting in fewer pimples and clearer skin.  There are many different benefits for Mint - not only for skin care (or your afternoon Mojito cocktail... hehe!), but studies have been indicating that the nutrient perillyl alcohol (which is in mint) have been linked with preventing formation of skin cancer cells.  

I hope you found this information useful...  I surely did.  Go and give your face and skin a rejuvenating treatment and experience the benefits of using  ingredients from our kitchens.  Now - mind you, this is just research that I have come across. :)  Many of the information you see has been due to other websites or blogs.  

Please note that all the information listed is taken off of other websites for your own use.  I am not liable for any reactions you may experience due to using any of these products and was not compensated in any way to discuss or post about this.  Use at your own discretion. :)

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