Cosmetic Kitchen: Homemade Face Masks

August 5th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

Some great music, sliced cucumbers and a couple of ingredients from your kitchen and you’re set for a great spa night with your friends. Here are three of our favourite masks to make from our Cosmetic Kitchen. Something for everyone!

Excellent for dry or combination skin.

½ avocado, mashed
½ ripe banana, mashed
1 tsp olive oil

step one: mix together till smooth and creamy
step two: slather onto a freshly cleansed face
step three: leave on for 15 minutes
step four: rinse with warm water

Perfect for oily skin. And, because it’s rich in beta-carotenes and pro-vitamin A, it’s also a great anti-aging mask!

¼ cup grated carrot
1 ½ teaspoons mayonnaise

step one: mix together well
step two: apply to a freshly cleansed face
step three: leave on for 15 minutes
step four: rinse with warm water


For all skin types – especially oily, acne-prone skin. It tightens, brightens and shrinks your pores, too!

1 egg white
2 tbsp oatmeal
1 tbsp lemon juice

step one: whisk egg white till frothy
step two: add oatmeal and lemon juice and mix well
step three: apply to a freshly cleansed face
step four: leave on for 15 minutes
step five: rinse well

*Follow all masks with moisturizer

More from our Cosmetic Kitchen…

Pineapple Toner
Milk Cleansers
Oatmeal Masks

Have a lovely weekend!! xoxo

Cosmetic Kitchen: Pineapple Toner For All

January 14th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

It’s time for another recipe straight from our Cosmetic Kitchen… a pineapple toner!  This refreshing toner is to be used twice a day after cleansing and before applying your moisturizer. I was kind of shocked that it only called for three ingredients, but Mama Simona assured me that this toner contains an active and powerful enzyme that softens, whitens, brightens, heals, fades acne scarring, and cleanses the skin by dissolving dead skin cells. Wow. Plus, it’s gentle enough for all skin types!

1 cup water
1 vitamin C tablet
1 tsp pure pineapple juice

I got my pineapple juice in its purest form… straight from Mr. Pineapple here. Smelled so good.

step one: boil the water
step two: dissolve the vitamin C tablet in water and let cool
(meanwhile, I cut up the pineapple and squeezed out the juice)
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Cosmetic Kitchen: Milk Cleansers

October 21st, 2010 / Posted by natasha

Milk is a gentle alternative to soap as its lactic acid content helps to cleanse surface bacteria.

½ cup water
¼ cup whole milk
2 tbsp baking soda
1 egg white

step one: mix until well blended (you can use a whisk)
step two: massage mixture onto face (avoid eyes)
step three: rinse with tepid water and pat dry with towel
step four: pour into a clean container and refrigerate the remainder

½ cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp sunflower or any light oil
1½ tsps fresh lemon juice

step one: mix well
step two: gently massage on face (avoid eye area)
step three: rinse with tepid water and pat dry with towel
step four: store remainder in the refrigerator

Good for all skin types.

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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