Kitchen Cabinet Skin Care

Cosmetics Moguls

Skin care products are big business with some creams and masques costing megabucks. That's nice for the wallets of the CEOs of major cosmetics companies and their investors, but not so nice for you. Considering that all women love to pamper their skin, but not all women are rich, what's a poor girl to do? The answer may be hiding in your refrigerator or pantry.

Ancient Beauty Secrets

In ancient times, women didn't have department store cosmetics counters, but they knew the beauty secrets of the everyday products of their times. Not much has changed since then and foods like honey, oatmeal, and eggs are still wonderful beauty aids, each with their own special skin-loving properties. Here we list just a few recipes for homemade skin products with items you probably already have in your kitchen.

Cool as a Cucumber Wrinkle Cream

Cucumbers have natural astringent to tighten pores. Egg whites clarify the skin, and the other ingredients add moisture, leaving your skin baby-soft.

*1/2 cucumber, unpeeled, cut into chunks

*1 egg white

*2 T. mayonnaise

*1/2 cup of olive oil

Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Apply and tissue off, morning and evening.

Fool the Clock Fruit and Honey Masque

The vitamin C in the OJ helps stimulate your skin to produce collagen to fill in wrinkles and the honey gives you a deep-cleaning. This is particularly effective for windburn or sunburn, and is a rejuvenating masque for mature skin.

*1 t. honey

*A few drops of orange juice

Mix well. Apply to face, no need to avoid the eye area, and leave to sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Home Facelift

Yolks provide important amino acids, are rich in protein, and give you a wonderful toning effect while filling in fine lines. Sugar helps to exfoliate any dead skin cells to leave you fresh and glowing.

*2 egg yolks

*1 t. sugar

Beat egg yolks about 15 minutes until light in color and thick as whipped cream. Add sugar gradually to beaten yolks. Apply to face, leave to sit for 25 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Bunny Lust Facial Masque

Everyone knows that retinol is one of the best anti-wrinkle agents on the market. Guess what? Carrots are one of the best sources of retinol.

*3 large carrots

*5 T. honey

Simmer carrots until soft, blend with honey until smooth. Apply to skin, leave to sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Chocolaholic Skin Masque

Cocoa is a powerful anti-oxidant and can help to release mood-stabilizing serotonin. Oatmeal is a gentle exfoliant. Honey is an anti-bacterial agent.

*1/3 cup cocoa powder

*1 T. oatmeal

*1/4 cup honey

*2 T. heavy cream or sour cream

Blend oatmeal to a fine powder in a blender or food processor. Add rest of ingredients and blend. Apply to skin and gently massage mixture into skin. Leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

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