PLEASE NOTE:Although all the ingredients in these beauty recipes are natural, remember that it is still possible to be allergic to anything applied to the skin. DO NOT USE ANYTHING NUT BASED ON YOUR SKIN IF YOU HAVE A NUT ALLERGY. To test other ingredients make up a very small amount of the recipe you intend to use. Wash and gently dry a small patch of skin inside your elbow. Apply a little of the mix to the skin and leave for 48 hours. If you experience any redness or swelling DO NOT USE THE BEAUTY RECIPE AT ALL.
We strongly recommend that you do your own research before using any of the ingredients in these recipes since some ingredients should be avoided by certain groups of people. Mountain Rose Herbs' website has a wealth of information on herbs, their uses and possible side effects. Many essential oils and herbs should always be avoided by pregnant/nursing ladies. Always check with a qualified health advisor if in doubt.
Identification of Skin TypeIn order to get the most out of your skin care efforts you need to identify your skin type:
Combination SkinCombination skin can be extremely difficult to deal with. The forehead, nose and chin are oily and prone to spots and blackheads whereas the cheeks and neck area tend to be dry and sensitive. It is best to use very mild products on the face and neck area and then moisturise the dry areas and use an antiseptic astringent on the oily areas.
Dry SkinSkin can become drier as one gets older and sebaceous activity slows down. Dry skin can flake and feel tight and uncomfortable. It is also prone to wrinkles. The care of dry skin should aim to protect and nourish the skin and to prevent any further loss of moisture.
Normal skinNormal skin is a well-balanced and healthy skin, producing just enough oil to keep lines and wrinkles at bay yet rarely producing too much. Spots are seldom a problem on normal skin. However, because this type of skin is so easy-going there is the temptation to neglect it. To keep normal skin healthy, a good cleansing, toning and nourishing routine is essential.
Oily SkinOily skin often occurs during the teenage years due to overactive sebaceous glands. Some people however can experience oily skin in their later years and be bothered by spots and blackheads which often accompany this condition. In older people the oily area is often confined to the centre of the forehead, the nose and the chin. The gentle cleansing and toning of oily skin can prevent the pores from becoming clogged with oil and dirt thus reducing the risk of infection.
CleansingOnce you are happy that you have identified your skin type, always make sure that products you use are specifically formulated for your skin type. The three basic areas of skin care are cleansing, toning and moisturising. Cleansing is the most important of the three. Here are a selection of lotions, face masks, scrubs and steam baths that you can try making yourself:
ToningOnce you have cleansed your face, toning is the next stage of skin care to take. It refreshes and refines the skin and removes the last traces of cleanser and dirt from the skin.
MoisturisingLast, but not least is mositurising. This helps to seal moisture into the skin and forms a protective barrier against grime, weather and pollution.
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