Natural Skincare: Honey-Avocado Masque!
My mission today my friends is it to continue our venture of learning about raw honey, but to concentrate on skin care. We all want to look our best and many of us groom from dawn to dusk using a handful of products without giving a moment’s consideration to just what is in the formulas that we apply to our face and body. They say that true beauty comes from within, but good products definitely help.
All the chemicals, additives, fragrances, and dyes in personal care products wouldn’t be an issue if our skin wasn’t so good at absorbing stuff. But the fact is it does! It’s believed that our skin can absorb up to 60 percent of what’s applied to it.
Some Important Alarming Facts:
- In the personal care products and cosmetic realm there is alarmingly very little regulations.
- No federal laws require companies to test personal care products for safety before they hit the shelves, so you are on your own.
- The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors officially states that “neither cosmetics products nor ingredients, other than color additives, need to be reviewed or approved by the FDA before they are sold to the public.
- The FDA cannot require companies to do safety testing of their cosmetics before marketing.
- The hard reality is that it’s up to you and me to make the right choices that are green and clean.
- To learn more please — Check out What You Need To Know Before You Buy Your Next Skincare Product!
But not to worry my friends we can figure it out together. I have some great homemade healthy DIY natural skin care recipes that works tremendously well, are green and clean, and can save you money. This one is a nourishing mask that will exfoliate your skin and keep you looking naturally beautiful!
Start by first cleansing your face by heating water in a pot until it is steaming slightly, then hold you face over the steaming pot for 2-5 minutes to open your pores. Or if it is easier for you alternatively you can drench a washcloth with steaming hot water, wring it out, let it cool until it is comfortable to the touch, and then cover your clean face with it for 2 minutes.
Honey-Avocado Masque Recipe:
- 1 Avocado
- 1 1/2 tablespoons raw honey (local raw honey if possible)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Directions — In a small food processor or blender — Mash the avocado meat and blend it with the honey and lemon juice until smooth. Apply the avocado over your face. Let it stand for 15 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. Follow with a cool water rinse. Apply fresh face spray and moisturizer (such as raw organic coconut oil) your face.
This recipe is for normal skin, but if you skin is dry or oily here are some variations.
Exfoliation for dry skin: Mix 2 tablespoons rice flour thoroughly with the avocado and honey. Apply to face as directed above. Wash the mixture gently with warm water and a cloth, making sure you don’t rub too hard, and follow with cool rinse.
For Oily skin: Just add 2 tablespoons ground oatmeal and thoroughly with the avocado and raw honey. Apply to face then follow the above directions.
Honey has been valued for ages for its nourishing and beautifying effects on the all skin types. It cleanses and tightens pores and hydrates skin. The active enzymes in raw honey slough off the dead skin and you just might feel a tingly feeling. The avocado is a gorgeous emollient that’s rich in oils, vitamins, and minerals while the honey is packed with antioxidants and enzymes. The lemon juice is a natural source of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that renews your skin. Together they give you the best nature has to offer in natural beauty and you will have velvety skin that is so touchable, with a radiant glow!
What we put on our bodies is as important as what we put in it. Living green and healthy includes all products you use on your body. Nourish your skin and soul with what Nature provides for us. Whatever products you buy make sure you read labels carefully and do your research. Make sure you are providing the very best products for your family, that they are safe without toxic chemicals and that they are good for you and the environment!
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Sources – Easy Green Living Author — Renee Loux