Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Doll Face~Natural Mask

"Beauty is more than a painted face; it is a gentle smile, a warm spirit, a kind heart, and an innocent playfulness that every beautiful woman possesses"

Store-bought masks range greatly in price, purpose, and quality. Today however, I am sharing some recipes for masks you can make at home by yourself!

First is a flower mask. Spring is coming, and spring brings flowers! As you take your first stroll in the warm sunshine this spring, remember your parasol and sunscreen! Sunburns do not compliment your lolita coordinate very well at all!

This recipe is from "Kitchen Cosmetics"


1 T Marigold flowers
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1 T Chamomile flowers
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1/2 C Water
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Almond oil, as much as is necessary
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1 T Carrots, well-mashed
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1 T Lecithin granules
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1 tsp. Wheat germ oil

Quantity: 1-2 masks

To Make: Bring water to a boil and pour over the Marigold and Chamomile flowers. Cover and set aside. Mash the carrots, add wheat germ oil. Strain out the liquid from the flowers and add them to the carrot-wheat germ oil. Mix thoroughly and add the lecithin granules. If you have a blender, blend it finely. The texture can be changed with the addition of Almond oil; add a bit to make a smooth cream for dry skin; if you have oily skin add enough Almond oil to blend these disparate ingredients.

To Use: Wash face. Steam clean it for a few minutes with one of the steam mixtures. Apply a thick layer of the Marigold Face Mask to the face in smooth upward motions. Rest on a slantboard or rock in a rocking chair, but in any case leave the mask on for 15 minutes. Wipe it off with tissues, rinse with warm water and then close your pores with a refreshing cold water rinse.

Why: Marigold and Chamomile flower infusion is healing to the tissues; carrots add texture and Vitamin A that may or may not be absorbed through the skin; lecithin is an emulsifying agent in the recipe that is also necessary for healthy tissues; wheat germ oil adds Vitamin E; and the Almond oil is for a creamy consistency.

Tip: This mask does not harden but stays relatively moist. It will leave your skin smoother and refreshed, stimulating both facial circulation and muscles.

http://www.mirukuma.com/

Actually, Spring is still a few months away where I live, so here is a much simpler recipe for the meantime! It is a popular and commonly used mask:

Basic Yogurt Honey Mask

1 T Yogurt
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1 T Honey

To Make: Add the two ingredients together and apply to a clean, moist face.

To Use: Pat this mask onto the skin for a moisturizing, penetrating, hydrating, soothing application that will also help to clear up skin problems

http://www.mirukuma.com/

On Steaming

It is possible to buy a special steamer for face. My mom brought a multi-purpose steamer from Taiwan when she went back to visit her aunt in the ER. This steamer has many switchable nozzles and can steam clothes like an iron, be used to steam hanging clothes, steam body aches, and steam face. However, you do not need a fancy steamer to have a spa treatment! Just boil some water in a pot, remove it from the heat source, and use the steam from the pot! Create a tent over your head with a towel to keep the steam inside and bend your face over the pot. If you would like some aromatherapy also, you may add some essential oils to the water. This is a good way to do a cheap, at-home spa treatment~
POINT! Make sure the steam coming off the water is not too hot! Sometimes it can be too hot. Check with your hands in the steam to make sure it is a manageable temperature for you

Now you can have a relaxation day in your very own home!