Facial care routine starts with: Cleansing, toning, moisturizing
Cleansing is the foundation of every advanced skin care regimen. Cleansing your face should be part of your morning and evening routine. Many people do not realize that most bar soaps contain detergents and are quite harsh to the skin.
Daily facial cleansers
2 sprigs fresh thyme, crumbled
2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed
1/2 cup boiling water
Juice of Half Lemon
Mix the thyme and fennel seed in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Add lemon juice and steep for 15 minutes. Strain the infusion and store the liquid in a jar, in the refrigerator. Because this cleanser is very gentle, it can be used each morning. Dab it on your face and neck with a cotton ball, and rinse.
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons finely powdered oats
1 tablespoon finely powdered almonds
1 drop geranium essential oil
Grind the oats and almonds in a coffee grinder or food processor. Add the milk. Blend the oats, almonds and milk well. Add the essential oil last and stir to incorporate. Massage into face and neck area. The shelf life of this product is necessarily limited by the fresh milk. It should be used within a few days, and kept refrigerated between uses.
1 kiwi fruit
2 tablespoons of plain yogurt
1 tablespoon orange water
1 tablespoon apricot or almond oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon finely ground almonds
2 drops orange (or your favorite citrus) essential oil
Puree the kiwi fruit in a food processor until liquid. During processing, add yogurt, orange water, almond or apricot oil, and ground almonds. Process until thick and cream like. Add essential and stir to mix. To apply, massage gently over neck, face and décolleté to cleanse. Rinse well. Makes one application.
1/2 cup oatmeal or cornmeal
Plain yogurt (add enough yogurt to form a paste)
For a gentle facial cleanser mix ingredients, smooth over entire face avoiding eye area. Wash off with warm water.
1cup warm water
Half cup oatmeal
Put all in a blender bowl and process until smooth. To use, place a little of it on your palm and gently massage into your skin, then wash well and pat dry.