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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Feed Your Winter Skin!

Looking for a way to freshen the dry, cracked complexion that Old Man Winter has left behind? Here's another do-it-yourself face mask from my own skin care arsenal. Give yourself this simple at home facial to smooth and restore what the elements have stripped away!

Avocado & Honey Mask for Dry Skin:

1/2 ripe avocado
1-2 tsp clover honey
1-2 tsp dry whole milk, coconut milk powder, or goat milk powder
1 Tbsp no pulp orange juice (add additional to reach desired consistency)

Put all ingredients into a small blender and blend until smooth (in lieu of a blender, you can also fork mash to a smooth paste). Add additional orange juice as needed to form a smooth paste (thick enough to stay on the skin when applied in a thin layer).

You should always begin your facial with freshly cleansed skin. I also like to do a light steam either with a very warm wash cloth or over a bowl of steam to open pores and clear away any remaining debris prior to applying my mask. Apply mask with clean fingertips or a facial brush, avoiding the eye area. Wait 15-20 minutes, then wipe off with a warm washcloth for gentle exfoliation. Remember not to pull or tug the skin. Follow with a cool water rinse to close the pores and end with a light, non-comedogenic moisturizer.

** To ensure the quality and effectiveness of the ingredients, this at home facial mask is intended to be used immediately after preparation.


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