Pumpkin Enzyme Masque
© Richard Koele | Dreamstime.com
¼ cup pumpkin purée
1 tbsp plain yogurt
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
3 tsp honey
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Combine all the ingredients together in a blender or with a wooden spoon. Apply a thick layer all over your face, being careful to avoid the eyes and mouth. Keep it on your face for about 10 minutes and then gently remove with a wash cloth and warm soapy water.
recipe by Planet Green
Aloe and Cucumber Mask
© Paulgeor | Dreamstime.com
This simple cucumber mask is great for inflamed, stressed, and acne laden skin. Cucumber soothes and hydrates with its astringent qualities leaving you with a radiant complexion.
1 large aloe plant leaf, washed and chopped, or 1 cup aloe juice
1 cup chopped cucumber
Combine the aloe leaf (or aloe juice) and cucumber. Puree in a blender. Apply the mixture to a clean face and neck and leave on 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
From The Ciminelli Solution: Recipes for Beauty from the Inside Out by Susan Ciminelli (2006, Collins) via Planet Green
Tomato Skin Cleanser
© Magdalena Żurawska | Dreamstime.com
This recipe is from Anti-Wrinkle Treatments for Perfect Skin, by Pierre Jean Cousin (2001, Storey Books), and it is especially effective on oily skin. Be sure to test the inside of your arm with a dab of the mixture first to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction.
1 medium very ripe tomato
Plain yogurt (the lactic acid and probiotics in the yogurt add gentle cleansing and nourishing benefits)
1. Process the tomato in a food processor or blender. Strain it through some cheesecloth or a clean piece of muslin into a bowl and discard the pulp. Add an equal amount of yogurt to the juice and store in a covered container or bottle in the refrigerator.
2. Apply to the face and neck, using cotton pads or a soft cloth, once or twice a day. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse with water and pat dry.
This formula will keep for 2 days or so in the fridge.
Smash one good-sized cherry tomato with the back of a spoon or wring it in a clean cloth to extract the juice. Mix juice with an equal amount of yogurt and use immediately. This is good for one treatment.
Enjoy your spa treatment!