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Make Your Own Organic Skin Care — With Strawberry!

To continue on the subject of organic skin care not needing to be expensive (link) I decided to dedicate another post to a do it yourself skin care. Specifically, today I’d like to talk about strawberry.

Yes. I know it’s still the dead of winter. But there will come a time when strawberry will be cheap and abundant. And wouldn’t you want to be prepared?

Besides, for some stranger reason strawberry has been on sale this past couple of weeks in all my grocery stores. I know it isn’t local or anything. But delicious strawberry this time a year really helps to take the blues away… And makes summer seem more real.

Now how does strawberry tie to organic skin care?

First of all, it is a natural exfoliant. Its gentle acidic nature can take care of all those flaky dead cells on top of the skin. It’s salicylic acid is a good combatant for acne and black heads. Strawberry also has antiseptic and skin lighting properties.

Plus it has all those wonderful vitamins and antioxidants. And don’t forget folic acid, which is essential for healthy new cells! No wonder strawberry is such a star in the do it yourself skin care department. 

So how to go about making a strawberry mask?

It really is easy.  You don’t even need any special skills or tools. In fact, it’s so easy and cheap that I still don’t understand why would anybody go to an expensive salon and pay hundreds of dollars for a skin mask…

If you have oily skin, all you need is strawberry and a fork. Just mush it up and apply on your skin for 15 to 20 minutes. Than rinse with lukewarm water.

If your skin is dry, add sunflower oil to the mush (1:1). Leave the mask on your face for 15 – 20 minutes. (You can also use olive or corn oil).

Strawberry juice is a great skin lightener. It’s effective for freckles and other spots. Just squeeze the juice out of the berries, then using a cotton ball spread the juice on the face.

And here are a couple of slightly more elaborate recipes:

Mix 5 strawberries with 1 table spoon of milk and one tea spoon of honey. Blend it into a state of purée. Spread the mixture on your face for 15 to 20 minutes. Gently wash off with warm water using a cotton ball.

For dry skin you may also try mixing a few strawberries with one teaspoon of sour cream and one teaspoon honey. This is especially good for flaky skin.

You can also use cream (2-3 teaspoons) and milk (1 tbl spoon or so).

I hope you enjoy these recipes and feel more summery too! Treat yourself to a natural skin care spa. It will cost you a few cents at most. Which is a great thought to help you relax and enjoy being pampered guilt free.

February 22, 2009   23 Comments

Organic Makeup — Balms and Lipsticks

Lips are beautiful and sensuous and what you put on them is of vital importance, because a lot of it ends up in your mouth. Just Google how much lipstick women eat in their life time, and that may be the best stimulant to start taking what you put on your mouth more seriously.

So, let’s jump right to it.

This time of the year you probably have dry lips. Lips dry very easily because their skin does not have sweat or oil-secreting glands. So first line of defense for most women is a lip balm. To avoid the chemically loaded petroleum based mainstream balms, check out my list of affordable organic lip balms.

There are also pricier ones, such as Dr. Hauschka lip care stick. But these will do the job just as well, and cost you a mere fraction of the price. They can be picked up at most health stores. (Though the lip care stick is heaven sent for lips that need serious healing, so don’t overlook it if yours do.)

You can also try some organic homemade lip balm recipes. Here is one from Organic Beauty book , by Josephine Fairley:

Homemade lip moisturizing balm

1/3 cup (30 ml) sesame oil
1/3 cup (20 g) grated beeswax
1 tsp honey
5 drops peppermint essential oil

Melt the sesame oil, grated beeswax, and honey over gentle heat in a double boiler. When melted, add the peppermint oil and remove from the heat. Stir until thickened and pour into small, sterile containers. Let it cool.

Josephine also recommends applying mashed ripe papaya to your lips for 10 to 15 minutes for smoother skin appearance.

When you apply lipstick, look for natural organic products. Dr. Hauschka makes a few different types of organic lipsticks and lip pencils. (Including lip gloss and long lasting lipstick). Other brands that have great natural lipstick are Logona, NveyEco and SukiColor. (see this list of best natural makeup brands).

If you are feeling creative you can also make your own homemade lip tint. There are many recipes in books and online. Here is an example from The Ultimate Natural Beauty Book:

Homemade pink lip tint

You’ll need to grate cooked beetroot to extract the juice or use a bottled pure beetroot juice, available from natural food stores.

2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
10 g (1/2oz) beeswax
1 tablespoon beetroot juice (or less for paler balm)
4 drops peppermint essential oil

Gently heat the oil and the beeswax in a double-boiler. Remove from heat and gradually add the beetroot juice, until you get the color you like. Wisk very well, add the peppermint essential oil, whisk again and transfer into a small sterilized pot.

Some general lipstick tips, which apply to organic lipstick as well:

* Contour the lips first with a natural pencil, to prevent lipstick from bleeding out
 
* You can also use pencil/balm combination. Contour lips with pencil, then apply lip balm, then fill in with the pencil.
 
* Four fuller lips look, consider using two lipsticks of same color, but one lighter shaded. Apply the darker lipstick as usual. Then apply the lighter lipstick to the middle/inside part of the lip. (If you want your lips to appear smaller, do the reverse.)
 
* Professional makeup artist always use a brush to apply lipstick. It gives you much more control then applying from the tube.
 
* To keep the color fixed to the lips for longer time, apply a bit of powder on top. (Make sure it’s organic powder). Or apply twice — apply lipstick, blot with napkin, apply again.
 
* To avoid lipstick on your teeth, run your finger through the middle of your lips, so that the excess comes off on your finger and not your teeth.

* If you are above the age of a preteen, use common sense when selecting a lipstick color. Go for tones that have natural tints in them to avoid looking overly clownish. After all, experimental shades may belong on princess coloring pages, but certainly not your face ;)

And most of all, choose shades and products that work for you. If a shade is popular, but you don’t like it – don’t bother getting it! There is enough organic makeup products out there for you to find you’re the perfect match.

December 1, 2008   6 Comments