Sunday, June 14, 2015

A old hippies guide to a all natural, very cheap moisturizing facial mask

I swim, bike and hike in the summer time. The sun, the sweat, and the chlorine are hard on my skin. It dries it out quickly. This is my favorite remedy during the long hot summer. It helps moisturize and for the baby boomers, it helps to smooth out the pigment of the skin. We do struggle with those pesky poorly named, age spots aka sun damage.
The best thing about this moisturizing mask, it's extremely cheap to make, because it takes only two ingredients that are in most refrigerators and cupboards. It will take all of five minutes to put together, and another thirty to really work.

The ingredients:

1 1/2 tbsp of plan yogurt. (Make sure it's plan all natural yogurt. No added sugars, dyes or preservatives. No need to smear fruit on your face. Plan yogurt works just fine.) I like Greek yogurt for the best results.

1/2 tbsp of honey. I prefer all natural local honey. The purer, the better. Like anything, if honey is over processed, it loses a lot of it natural healing properties.

What to do:

Blend the two ingredients together well, until smooth. It should turn a nice beige color. Then with your finger tips work the mixture into clean skin for at least 3 minutes. Then go and watch T.V or something for at least 15 mins. At the end of the 15 mins. if your skin is dry, the yogurt will have all but disappeared into your skin. Skin is like one giant sponge. It absorbs everything, good and bad. There will be a bit of sticky film once it's absorbed. Repeat again, working the yogurt and honey into your skin, go do something for 15 mins. If your a writer, go edit a paragraph. Once again the yogurt will have disappeared. If you like, repeat the process over again, or until all the mixture is used up. Then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Pat your face dry and apply your favorite moisturizer.  You will notice a immediate improvement in the feel and look of your skin. And it can be used often as you like, it doesn't clog up pores. I use it everyday that I swim, which is at least 4 times a week.

If your traveling to writers conferences, such as RWA, this is something you can make in a hotel room. Buy a smaller container of yogurt, pick up few packets of honey for tea, and put it in the hotel room frig. You'll have it there the whole time, to help repair you skin after partying, drinking, and eating way too much of a good thing, called chocolate.  

I like to do this in the evening for the best results. Your skin will feel so smooth, soft and if it gets on your lips, it taste good! This is something I did in my hippie years when I didn't have any money to buy skincare products. I created them. This probably cost less then .25 cents per mask. Can't get any cheaper then that.. 

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