Use this cleansing, restoring rinse after your regular cleansing
or after any or all of the skin treatments on this page. Apply with clean
sterile cotton balls or gauze or simply splash on, being careful to avoid
3 cups distilled water
1/3 cups apple cider vinegar
Combine water and vinegar. Pour into a clean
decorative decanter and store in the bathroom.
Various essential oils or herb infusions (in place of the plain distilled water) may be added to the basic balancer for fragrance and/or therapuedic value:
For oily skin add one of the following oils or infusions:
For dry, sensitive skin add one of the following oils or infusions:
Marsh mallow (roots and leaves)
Sweet Violet (flowers and leaves)
1) Tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic. Use it for acne, either
diluted or full strength.
2) Burdock leaves in a poultice are excellent for boils and swellings, and
as a wash for acne.
3) Thyme is a powerful antiseptic making it an excellent wash for pimples
4) Garlic has well known antibiotic properties making it an excellent treatment
for pimples and acne. Apply peeled, mashed garlic cloves to pimples and
other skin blemishes.
Blackheads & Blemishes
Brown Spots and Freckles
Cleansing Creams, Milks and Scrubs
Combine a handful of strawberries, a handful of grapes, 1/2
pear, 1/2 apple and 1 oz. orange juice in a blender. Apply a thin layer
of honey to face, then apply fruit mixture to face. Leave on for 30 minutes.
Rinse with warm water. Finish with a rinse of the vinegar pH balancer.
Most facial masks are applied to the skin, left on for 15-20 minutes then washed off with warm water, followed by a cold rinse.
1) Apple & Honey Mask
A mask of grated apple mixed with a little honey is an excellent remedy
2) Apricot Mask
Mash the fresh fruit for a good face mask.
Variation: Add apricots to a little warm olive oil to form a spreadable paste. Good for dry skin.
3) Avocado & Honey Moisturizer Mask(For Dry Skin)
Mash up 2 tablespoons avocado, mix with 2 tablespoons honey and 1 egg yolk.
Apply to face, leaving on about 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Finish
with a rinse of the vinegar pH balancer.
4) Creamy Avocado Mask
Mash 1 tablespoon ripe avocado, add 1/2 tsp honey and mix. Stir in a little
almond meal until creamy. Apply to clean skin, leave on for 15-20 minutes
and wash off with lukewarm water. Finish with a rinse of the vinegar pH
5) Avocado Honey Mask #2(For Dry Skin)
Peel one ripe avacado, mash the meat into a creamy texture. Heat over a double boiler until just warm,iIncorporate 1
Tbsp of honey. Massage into the face and neck.
Finish with a rinse of rosewater, witch hazel or vinegar pH balancer.
6) Banana Mask
Mash a banana and spread on face for a soothing, cleansing and moisturizing
face mask. Rinse celan with warm water finished with a rinse of the vinegar
7) Brewers Yeast Mask(For Oily Skin)
Make a paste using the yeast and a small amount of warm water.
8) Carrot Mask(For Oily Skin)
Carrots make an excellent skin mask for acne and blemishes.
Apply raw, grated carrots to the face while lying down, a little lemon juice may also be added. For a cooked carrot mask: Boil three large carrots and mash them, or process in a food
processor. Add 5 tablespoons of honey or yogurt (optional). Apply gently,
in an upward motion. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Finish
with a final rinse of witch hazel or the vinegar pH balancer.
9) Cool As A Cucumber Yogurt Facial(For Normal/Oily Skin)
1 Tbsp plain yogurt
Puree cucumber in blender. Mix in yogurt, apply to face. Leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse well.
10) Elder Flower Mask(For Oily Skin)
Mix elder flower herb with yogurt to make a paste, apply to face.
11) Fennel Wrinkle Mask
Mix a strong infusion of fennel seed or herb into a liberal amount of honey and yogurt to form a paste, add some additional dried fennel herb, mix well, apply to skin.
12) Honey Mask(For Oily & Blemished Skin)
Massage a small amount of slightly heated honey into skin. Wheat germ may be added for its abrasive action, protein and nutrients.
13) Lemon/Egg Mask(For Oily Skin)
Squeeze half a lemon and mix the juice with one beaten egg white. Apply
to face avoiding the area around the eyes. Leave on your face overnight
or if during the day, for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
14) Oatmeal Facial(For Oily Skin)
Make a creamy paste of oatmeal and water. Apply to face, let dry completely. Remove by very gently rubbing off with your fingers.
15) Papaya Skin Treatment
A fresh mashed papaya applied as a face mask will remove dead, flaky skin.
16) Peach Mask(For Dry Skin)
Mash a fresh peach, mix with enough warm olive, peach kernel or almond oil to form a spreadable paste.
17) Strawberry Mask(For Oily Skin)
Mash strawberries then use as a cleansing face mask.
18) Tomato Mask(For Oily Skin)
Use mashed or sliced tomato for enlarged pores.
19) Yogurt Mask(For Oily Skin)
Apply natural unflavored yogurt adding honey and/or oatmeal if desired.
1) Mix almond meal with enough water to make a paste. Apply
to pores for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then apply withch hazel
or a solution of apple cider vinegar and water.
2) Mix table salt and buttermilk into a paste, apply on enlarged pores and
massage well. Rinse with warm water.
Lines and Wrinkles:
1) Apply milk or plain yogurt to face with a cotton ball, then
2) Eye Makeup Remover
1 Tbsp castor oil
1 Tbsp light olive oil
2 tsp Canola oil
Blend all ingredients together. Apply with tissue or cottonball to remove
makeup on and around the eyes.
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