Monday, April 09, 2007

Sherri's Helpful Hints

More Skin Care Recipes

Green Tea Skin Toner recipe
Green tea tightens and calms skin. It also contains a strong antioxidant that fights signs of aging. This toner should be applied before a moisturizer.

1/2 cup pure spring water or distilled water
2 teaspoons green tea leaves (or 1 green tea bag)

Bring water to a boil. Place the tea leaves or tea bag in a glass or bowl. Pour the boiling water over the leaves or bag and steep for 2 to 3 minutes. Strain the green tea into a bottle, and let it cool. Apply to skin with cotton balls. Do not rinse.

Gentle Eye Makeup Remover recipe
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon castor oil
1 tablespoon light olive oil

Mix the ingredients together and pour into a clean container

To use pour a small amount of oil onto a clean white cotton ball and gently wipe over your upper and lower eyelashes and eyelids. This removes all traces of mascara.

Yields 1 1/2 ounces.

Lavender Lotion recipe1 ounce glycerin
2 teaspoons oil of lavender

Put ingredients in a clean glass bottle and shake well. Refrigerate.

Massage Oil recipe
1 quart oil (from list)
4 to 8 drops essential oil (optional)
1 ounce herbs (from list)

Combine ingredients and bring to a boil in a glass or enamel pan. Simmer 20 minutes, then cool. Strain through a double layer of cheesecloth. Add essential oil for scent, if desired. Store in a labeled, light-proof bottle.

Corn, safflower, soy, olive, peanut, apricot kernel, almond, avocado or walnut, or any combination

for dry skin: Alfalfa, rose, chamomile
for oily skin: Lemongrass, witch hazel, marigold
for stimulation: Peppermint, rosemary, thyme
for relaxation: Sage, catnip, chamomile

Herbal Face Steam recipe
Deep pore cleanser.

1 quart water
1 handful any herbs*
Juice and peel of 1/2 lemon

Bring water to a boil. Add juice and peel of lemon and herbs. Turn off the heat and take the pot to a table. Cover your hair with a shower cap or towel and drape another towel over your head and the pot, holding your face about 10 inches above the water. Keep your eyes closed and let the steam do its magic cleansing for about 15 minutes. Afterward, rinse with COLD water to close the pores.

* Use any herbs you have available: rosemary, thyme, mint, marjoram, basil, parsley, cloves, caraway, anise or fennel seeds, chamomile, lavender or elder flowers.

Peel-Off Mask recipe
1 packet unflavored gelatine
1/2 cup fruit juice or herb Infusion

Heat together gently to dissolve the gelatine. Let cool until almost set Apply to face, let dry completely, then peel off.

Rose Body Lotion recipe
3/4 cup unscented body lotion
10 drops rose essential oil
Decorative screw-top bottle

Mix the body lotion and rose oil together thoroughly and pour into a decorative bottle.

Geranium Body Lotion recipe
3/4 cup unscented body lotion
15 drops geranium essential oil
Decorative screw-top bottle

Mix the body lotion and geranium oil together thoroughly and pour into a decorative bottle.

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