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DIY facial

     This week I wanted to share easy to make DIY cleanser, face mask and toner that will work wonders on your skin.  These are slightly modified from a book called Natural Beauty by Aldo Facetti.

     Let’s start with the cleanser. My mother is 69 years old and has amazing skin. One of the things she has always done was to use egg whites on her skin. This really grossed me out when I was younger, but now that I am an esthetician I know why this old time remedy works! Egg whites are high in protein, vitamins,and minerals that are good for your skin. They can also act as a pore tightener when left to dry on your skin like a mask. Please do use caution with this cleanser. If you are allergic to eggs, and/or if you have open sores on skin please do not use.

Facial Cleanser
You will need:
 1 egg white (separate the egg yolk from the egg white)
1 teaspoonful of avocado oil
2 teaspoons of lemon juice

Mix the egg white, avocado oil and lemon juice with a fork until frothy.
Spread mixture over the face massaging with fingertips.
Rinse well with warm water.

If you would like to use this as a pore tightening mask you can leave out the avocado oil.  Recipe would then just be egg whites and lemon juice. Leave this mixture on till it dries then rinse off.

If you are a vegetarian and the idea of using egg whites on your face does not work for you.
Try substituting half of a cucumber diced and blended with the avocado and lemon juice instead. You could add a few teaspoons of rice flour to thicken the mixture.  This will also add some exfoliation. Massage into skin and rinse with warm water.

Face Mask
Next is a refreshing face mask.  This mask has natural enzymes that help to gently remove dry skin.
You will need: 
3 oz of pineapple
2 oz of peeled and cored apple
½ oz of white clay/or rhassoul clay (clay can often be found at health food stores or on-line)

Peel and core the apple and cut a thick slice of ripe pineapple (remove rind) cut into smaller pieces and put into blender with the clay. 
Blend for 1 minute. If mask seems too thick add 1 teaspoonful of honey.
Put this mask on a clean face. Leave on for 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water.

Facial Toner
2 oz orange juice (organic with no sugar added or better yet juice your own)
2oz strawberry
2oz apple

Put all ingredients into the blender and blend for 1 minute.
Pour the creamy mixture into cheesecloth to remove seeds etc.
Then use a cotton ball to apply to skin.

     All of the above recipes are fresh raw foods and should be used immediately and excess should be discarded. Again do not try any of the above recipes on your skin if you have a known allergy to any of the foods or oils used.
If you wanted to stick with the natural and edible theme of this do it yourself facial-you can use avocado oil as a moisturizer at the end. You could also do as my mother did and pop open a liquid vitamin E capsule and apply to your skin.

     Have fun in the kitchen creating food for your skin! There is a reason our grandmothers used these foods to beautify their skin. Because they work!  Hope you enjoyed these recipes and please check back next week when I share some acupressure points on the face that not only help you have glowing skin but help to tonify your internal organs.

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