Sometimes I feel that I bear a resemblance to the Tin Man. While I may not be silver, I am quite often shiny and I hate it. I often tell my husband that I could probably make the reserves for oil companies all by myself. So I thought that perhaps I should check out some of the oily skin recipes. I've heard good things about a lot of these - particularly the tomatoes. I certainly love Burt's Bees Tomato Toner.
But several of these recipes strike my fancy - I know I have the ingredients at home and they look simple enough to whip up. Can't help but love that!
So perhaps tonight will be a pampering night. I'll have some MD crabs, a beer, a pedicure, and try a mask!
Oily Skin Mask Recipe
Mix 1 tsp. brewer’s yeast with enough natural yogurt to make a thin mixture. Pat this thoroughly into all the oily areas and allow it to dry on the skin. After 15 - 20 minutes, rinse off with warm water, then cool water and blot dry.
Buttermilk and Fennel Cleansing Milk (For Oily Skin)
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 Tbsp crushed fennel seeds
Heat the milk and fennel seeds in top of double boiler for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the mixture steep for 2 hours. Strain, cool, pour into bottle and refrigerate. Keeps for 2 weeks.
Take ½ cucumber, 1 egg white, ½ teaspoon of lemon juice,
and 1 teaspoon of apple mint, and make a mixture of these ingredients using a food processor or a blender. Keep this mixture in a refrigerator for 10 minutes. Then apply it on your face and keep it for 20-25 minutes. Rinse off with hot washcloth and then rinse with cool water.
1/2 C. witch hazel
1/4 C. lemon juice
Mix. Apply to face and neck with a clean cotton ball.
1 banana, preferably ripe (you can keep ripe bananas in the freezer. Let it thaw before using)
1 tbsp honey
An orange or a lemon
Mix the banana and honey together.
Add a few drops of juice from an orange or a lemon.
Apply to face for 15 minutes before rinsing with a cool washcloth or a steaming warm washcloth.
1 tsp lemon juice
2 egg whites
3 tsp honey
1 cup strawberries
Optional: 4 drops of your favorite essential oils
Mash or blend the above ingredients.
Smooth over face.
Let it stay for 10 minutes.
Apple Facial Mask
1 medium size apple (grated)
5 tablespoons of honey
Mix the grated apple and mix with honey to make a mask. Smooth over skin then let sit for 10 minutes, rinse off with cool water.
Morning Citrus Mask
1 egg white
Juice of 1/2 orange, approximately 1/4 cup
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Beat the egg white until white and foamy using a small whisk or fork. Add the orange juice and lemon juice and mix well. Spread the mixture onto clean skin and leave on for 5 - 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat skin dry. Discard any excess.
Add some parsley to a well-beaten egg white. Spread the mixture onto your face and leave on for 15 - 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.
Carrot Buttermilk Mask
2 tablespoons fresh carrot juice
2 tablespoons powdered buttermilk
Mix together the carrot juice and buttermilk into smooth paste. Spread the mixture over clean skin and leave on for 10 - 15 minutes. Rinse well with tepid water and pat dry.
Egg Mask for Oily Skin & Blackheads
Mix together 1 egg white and 1 tablespoon of oatmeal. Spread on face and neck and let sit for 15 - 20 minutes. Rinse well with tepid water.
Fresh tomatoes mixed wtih some yellow cornmeal make a good cleansing scrub for oily skin.
Slice a ripe tomato thickly and cover your nose and face with the slices. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry. Do not apply moisturizer immediately or you'll block the pores again.
Milk, Cucumber, and Mint Cleanser
2 inch piece of cucumber
5 mint leaves
1/4 cup milk
2 drops grapefruit seed extract or 4 drops tincture of benzoin
Peel the cucumber and chop it roughly. Remove the stalks and chop the mint leaves toughtly. Place the cucumber and mint in a blender or food processor with the milk an dprocess until smooth. Pour the mixture into a pan and heat until simmering over a medium heat. Simmer for another 2 minutes an dallow to cool. Strain through cheesecloth or a papertowl. Pour the liquid into a sterilized bottle and add grapefruit seed extract. Use within the week.
Raspberry Skin Brightener
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 cup raspberries
3 drops sweet orange essential oil
Pulp the raspberries in a food processor, then sieve the pulp over a bowl, reserving the flesh and seed. (Drink the juice if you want to!) Add the flresh an dseeds to the yogurt and blend well; drop in the essential oil and stir again to mix. Apply to a cleansed face, avoiding the eyes and mouth area. Leave on for 15 minutes and remove with a washcloth drunked in warm water; rinse and pat dry.