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Tuesday, March 03 , 2015

Put THIS on Your Face?!

Don't spend a lot of money on a fancy clay facial. You probably have this in your cabinet right now to use instead.

For a pretty pink facial, apply a thin layer of Pepto-Bismol to your face. Leave on until it dries completely, then rinse it off with warm water and pat dry. The claylike mineral in Pepto-Bismol (and similar products) is bismuth subsalicylate, which acts as a cleansing agent and helps draw out skin's impurities.

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Monday, October 20 , 2014

Tea for Your Face

A yoga instructor once said to us, "Relax your face," which is a strange phrase and something that's easier said than done. The face harbors a lot of anxiety! Here's a steamy facial relaxant that also helps to unclog pores.

Boil two cups of water in a pot, then add two chamomile tea bags. Cover the pot, and let the tea bags steep for seven to 10 minutes. Put a towel over your head, and hold your face about 12 inches above the uncovered, steaming tea. Stay that way for about seven minutes. Then rinse your face with cool water and pat dry.

Bonus:  Chamomile has properties that help unclog pores, making them look smaller and your complexion look better.

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Monday, September 22 , 2014

Nature’s Fountain of Youth

We love natural treatments for the face. It gets the most exposure, so it should get the purest care! Here's a face mask made with something from one of nature's favorite creatures...

We're talking about raw honey. To prepare for this treatment, pin your hair out of the way and wash your face and neck with warm water. Next, with your fingers, spread a thin layer of raw honey on your face and neck. Leave it on for 20 minutes. Then rinse with tepid water and pat dry.

Raw honey can do wonders for the skin—everything from clearing up blemishes and holding in moisture to restoring weather-beaten skin and smoothing away wrinkles.

Note: Try to apply the mask after you've taken a bath or shower or after you've gently steamed your face, so that the pores are open.

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Friday, June 20 , 2014

Homemade Acne Mask

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (aad.org), frequent washing does nothing to prevent acne outbreaks. Overwashing is actually irritating, and excess irritation can worsen acne. A washcloth can aggravate this situation further. So use your bare hands to wash gently, and wash only twice a day. And try this homemade mix to help achieve healthy, acne-free skin...

First, wash your face with a mild soap to remove dirt, oil, makeup, sunscreen and/or moisturizer.

Mix the juice of half a lemon (about two tablespoons) with one teaspoon of dark brown sugar. Then gently apply the mixture all over your face. Let it stay that way for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water, and pat dry. Do this twice a day for at least two weeks, and you should see the acne clearing up.

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Tuesday, April 22 , 2014

Milk Face Mask: French Secret for Getting Rid of Wrinkles

This is the secret formula for wrinkle-free skin from a French beauty we know. (She never seems to age!) French women are the envy of women worldwide when it comes to beautiful skin!

Combine and bring to a boil one cup of whole milk, two teaspoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of brandy. Remove from heat. While the mixture is still warm (not hot!), paint it on your face and neck with a pastry brush. (Yes, you will feel like a delectable pastry.) When it is thoroughly dry, wash off the residue with warm water and pat dry with a freshly laundered towel. Do this three times a week for beautiful skin and fewer wrinkles.

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Thursday, December 26 , 2013

Cold-Weather Itchy-Skin Relief

Cold weather and itchy skin usually go hand in hand. When the heat comes on, the humidity goes down, and the dry air can make your whole body feel like a patch of sandpaper. Here’s a simple, inexpensive kitchen remedy that will make your skin feel (and look) good again...

Once a week, slough off the dead skin cells from your itchy areas with a nonchemical, gently abrasive exfoliant. Take one-eighth cup of stone-ground cornmeal and mix in enough water (about one scant tablespoon) to make a thick paste. Gently scrub the itchy areas (shins, arms, elbows...it’s gentle enough for your face, too) with the cornmeal paste. Wipe off the remaining paste with a damp wash cloth, and enjoy your soft, smooth skin.

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Friday, August 23 , 2013

Vodka Facial Tonic

If you’re traveling and you want to perk up your face (and yourself), check to see if your hotel room has a minibar. If so, you may have an instant face bracer at your fingertips—it’s that cute little bottle of vodka in there. Wait a minute—we’re talking topical treatment here! If you don’t mind spending the bucks, open the bottle and splash the vodka on your face right after cleansing (women) or shaving (men). Vodka is a refreshing, odorless face toner/aftershave that helps tighten pores and even skin tone. It also can provide the jolt you need when jet lag and strange places throw off your sleep pattern.

If you’re at home and run out of face toner, you could, of course, use vodka—but perhaps you’d rather save that for cocktail hour. Instead, mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and witch hazel (both available at supermarkets and health-food stores). The concoction should do wonderful things for your complexion, and you may not want to go back to using a commercial toner/aftershave product.

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