Have you ever thought about the chemicals that are lurking in your face soap and moisturizers? According to the Environmental Working Group, most commercial face care products contain chemicals that have been linked with cancer. Some major brands even contain ingredients that have been banned elsewhere around the world.
And, we’re all putting this stuff on our faces? Every day?
Well, I haven’t been for awhile. Years ago I made the switch to a more natural face care regime. But I’ve discovered that even some of my natural face care products, like Burt’s Bees, contain ingredients I can’t pronounce. Some are even linked with cancer, just like the major brands. So I decided to get back down to the basics, and not put anything on my face that I would not also put in my mouth. A few weeks ago I ordered the book “Return to Beauty“, by Narine Nikogosian.
This book (a steal at $10 on Amazon) is incredible. It’s a beautifully photographed book full of ancient, 100% natural recipes to help cleanse and rejuvenate our skin. Use these recipes and your skin will look like you just stepped off the runway. Seriously.
Why I Love This Book
What I love most about this book is that the recipes for masks, moisturizers and cleansers are really easy to make. Women have been using these recipes for thousands of years to create glowing, healthy skin. Naturally.
Using every day ingredients like milk, eggs, honey, olive oil, greek yogurt, lemons, mango, cocoa butter, and oatmeal (to name just a few), you can safely and wonderfully clean and moisterize your face every night.
I’ve been making these recipes for about a week now. And already I’m noticing a difference. My skin tone is better (translation: it’s starting to glow), my acne is going down, and I generally just look healthier. It’s amazing!
My Favorite Recipe So Far
I’ve already made several recipes that I’m in love with. One (a honey, walnut and yogurt scrub) is so delicious that I make a double batch: one goes on my face, the other I eat!
Here’s my favorite recipe so far for an easy, every night cleanser:
Honey, I Got the Milk Cleanser
1 Tablespoon oatmeal (old-fashioned, not quick or steel cut oats)
1/4 cup milk
1 Tablespoon honey
In a blender, mix milk, honey and oatmeal until smooth. Then, gently wash your face in the morning and evening with this mixture, and rinse off with warm water.
Your skin will look amazing when you’re done!
Cool ‘N’ Rich Moisurizer
This recipe makes a very refreshing moisturizer you can use after cleansing.
1 small cucumber
1 Tablespoon plain yogurt (I use plain Greek yogurt)
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
In a blender, puree the cucumber. In a small bowl, combine 1 Tablespoon of the cucumber with the yogurt and cornstarch. Mix well.
Gently cover your face with the morning and night, after cleansing.
I have to say, I’ve been having a blast making wonderful new cleansers, moisturizers and masks every night. My skin is looking better than ever, and I’m saving a lot of money simply because most these recipes use things I already have in the kitchen anyway.
If you’d like to start using 100% natural ingredients in your beauty regime, I can’t recommend this book enough. The recipes are wonderful, the photographs are amazing, and you’ll look amazing when you’re done.
(Photo credit: alsjhc)
Filed under: Eco Living on March 18th, 2011