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Using Natural Ingredients for Healthy Skin

Women have been using face masks for ages. Many years ago, Egyptian and Greek women put them on their face to keep the skin fresh and young. Roman women also knew of this cosmetic method in antiquity. Each beauty had her own, kept from others in a secret recipe. Today such a recipe is not a secret and every housewife has its components -- they are available in any perfumer's shop. Every woman over thirty dreams of being young for a long time, and for this purpose it is useful to do a mask once a week. It is a wonderful method in the fight for youth and beauty.


A mask affluxes the blood to the skin tissues, after which they become elastic, the muscles resilient, and the skin becomes young and fresh.


Masks are divided into three types – abstergent, smoothing, and restorative. A mirror will be the best authority to trust when you choose a mask (if you have not learned about it from your cosmetologist before).


The best results can be achieved if a mask is put on in the evening before going to bed. Of course, it should not be left on the face for the whole night, and must be thoroughly moved off as time passes. If a mask is done carefully and all rules are observed, the effect will last for 3-4 days.


Before putting on a mask, clear the skin thoroughly of sweat and dust. It is better to do it with the help of a vapor bath or by compresses of hot and cold water. Having put a mask on your face, make yourself comfortable and try to relax your body. A mask will have no effect if, after having put it on your face, you move about your flat doing your work about the house.
Masks are put on your face in an even layer, avoiding the area round the eyes, for 15-20 minutes. They are washed off with warm water. After that a nourishing cream (or the so-called nourishing mask) is applied.


Masks for oily skin


A lactate mask for oily skin


2 teaspoons of cottage cheese mixed with the same quantity of fruit or vegetable juice; add some salt, stir up, and put on the face. In 10 minutes the mask is put on again, and in 5 minutes it is taken off with a spattle and washed off with salty water. The skin is dried and then a nourishing cream is put on.


A recipe of protective cream for oily skin


2 grams of quinine and 3 grams of zinc oxide; crumble up with 5 grams of glycerin until small grains disappear, then add 15 grams of glycerin and pound again. Zinc oxide can be replaced by powder.


Chamomile lotion for oily skin


Chamomile (1 tablespoon) and calendula (1 tablespoon) pour with a glass of boiling water and extract for 20-30 minutes, filter, cool and add 1 tablespoon of camphor alcohol. The lotion can be kept in the fridge for 2-3 days.


A currant mask


Constricts the pores and is mainly recommended for oily skin. Press several white and red currants, mix this juice with 1 tablespoon of potato flour, and put the gruel on the face.


A recipe of tomato mask


This mask is mainly recommended for oily, sallow skin with big pores. Tomato lobule is put on the face together with the pulp.


A recipe of carotene mask


A carotene mask, or simply speaking carrots mask, is recommended for oily, sheeted with acne, pale, and fading skin. Grate a big, juicy carrot. If it is too juicy, mix its pulp with some talc. Put the ready gruel on the face.


A curd–honey mask


This mask tones up the skin and constricts the pores. Take 2 tablespoons of curd, ½ teaspoon of thin honey, and an egg. Crumble up the curd with honey, add the egg, and beat. Wash off the mask with warm water, and then with cold water.


A mask of a broth of medicinal herbs


This mask cleans the skin, constricts the pores, and improves the circulation of the blood. It is made of a broth of chamomile lime-blossom and elder blossoms taken in equal parts, and also honey and oat flour. Take 1 tablespoon of a broth of medicinal herbs, pour with a glass of boiling water, boil for 10 minutes, and then filter. In the warm broth, add 1/2 teaspoon of honey and oat flour until it becomes gruel. Wash off the mask with warm water, and then rinse with cold water.


A honey-eggs mask


This mask nourishes, moistens, and cleans the skin. It is made of 2 egg whites, 30 grams of honey, 1/2 teaspoon of almond or peach oil, and 2 tablespoons of small oat flakes. Unbeaten egg whites mix with honey and oil until it becomes gruel, and then add oat flakes. Remove the mask with a warm, and then a cold, compress.


Restorative honey mask


Take 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon of honey, and the same amount of milk and lemon juice. To the beaten up egg white, add the other components. It is possible to add oat flakes for the gruel not to be watery. Remove

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