Sunday, April 08, 2007

Sherri's Helpful Hints

Make Your Own Beauty Products

Bags Under Eyes Remedy recipe
Brew a cup of strong rose-hip tea. Soak two cotton pads in it, and lie down with the pads over your eyes. This reduces swelling, refreshes and tightens the skin.

Cocoa Butter Body Lotion recipe
1/4 cup grated cocoa butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
3 tablespoons sunflower oil
11 tablespoons grated beeswax

Combine all ingredients, then melt in a glass container in the microwave. Stir well, and continue stirring until the mixture cools. Allow to cool completely, then stir a little more. Spoon into small jars with lids.

Anti-Aging Cream recipe
1 ounce glycerin
1 ounce witch hazel
1/2 ounce rose water
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons wheat germ oil

Combine ingredients in a glass or ceramic bowl and gently whisk until they are thoroughly combined. Store the emulsion in a tightly sealed container at room temperature. It should last for at least 1 month.

Massage the solution into the skin around your eyes and mouth, using a circular and upward motion. This motion will counteract the natural droop of gravity. If you have the time, it's a good idea to hang your head over the edge of the bed and massage the cream in while you're partially upside down.

Bubble Gum Hand Cleaner recipe
The children will LOVE to clean their hands with this!

1/2 cup aloe vera gel
1/4 cup 99% rubbing alcohol
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon bubble gum fragrance oil

Mix ingredients together. Pour into a pump-style bottle or a squeeze bottle.

Cucumber Mask recipe
For oily skin.

1/2 cucumber
1 egg white
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon mint

Purée ingredients in a blender and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Apply the mixture to your face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with hot, then cool water.

Exfoliating Foot Mask recipe
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup coarse salt
1/2 cup unscented body lotion
4 tablespoons aloe vera gel

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Slide feet into mixture and rub, beginning at toes, working up to heel and ankle. Do one foot at a time, rinsing in a separate bowl of warm water.

Enchanted Garden Mask recipe
The enzymes in the papaya help soften skin by removing dead surface cells.

1/2 papaya
1/2 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
1 teaspoon honey

Mash the ingredients together. Apply to clean face, leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse well.

Cucumber-Lemon Tonic recipe
Soothing astringent for oily skin.

This tightens pores, soothes sunburn, and can be used as a natural deodorant, also.

1 cup witch hazel
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped cucumber

Mix in a clean glass bottle, then let set for 2 days. Remove cucumber. Keep lotion in a cool place or the refrigerator to use as a splash.

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