Welcome to Our Cosmetic Kitchen

September 28th, 2010 / Posted by natasha

Our Esthetics students were whipping up a bunch of deliciously invigorating head-to-toe body masks in the other room and invited me to hang out with them… and the next thing I knew, I was right in there, smelling all of their concoctions and watching them slather their creations on each other!  One side of the room literally looked like I’d dumped all the contents of my refrigerator and pantry out onto a giant metal table alongside a couple of blenders and mini whisks…
Oats, honey, yogurt, sugar, cocoa powder, coconut milk, extra virgin olive oil, ginseng, and tons of fruits and vegetables were spread out at their disposal… which pretty much explains why I was hit with that fresh waft of air when I walked into the room!
Mmmm a zingy lemon mask…I learnt that sugar and oatmeal are great for exfoliation and that cocoa powder is packed with antioxidants.  How’s this for hands-on?! 

Here is a simple and effective all-natural recipe Mama Simona shared with me.  It’s probably one of the most popular homemade facemasks out there. You’ll never have to leave your kitchen to make it and it’s especially great for the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons, keeping your skin moisturized and free from dead skin. Oatmeal comforts and nourishes the skin – it’s rich in protein, potassium, iron, phosphates, magnesium, and silicon.  And it’s perfect for sensitive skin because it is naturally gentle and mild.

Oily Skin:
½ cup cooked oatmeal, cooled
1 egg white
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
½ cup mashed apple

Dry Skin:
½ cup cooked oatmeal, cooled
1 egg yolk
½ mashed banana
1 Tbsp honey

Normal Skin:
½ cup cooked oatmeal, cooled
1 whole egg
1 Tbsp almond oil

Step one: Mix all of the ingredients into a smooth paste
Step two: Apply and leave on for 15 minutes (avoid eye area)
Step three: Rinse with tepid water, pat dry with towel

Thank you to Mama Simona for the recipe!

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