I would not describe these days as idle, but some moments deserve to be as lazy-crazy as this “body-in-mask” relaxation. After initial thorough skin exfoliation, it would be a perfect opportunity to gratify your body with astounding body mask. Any cosmetic salon would not offer such a beauty, I’m sure!
Body mask recipe
Turmeric powder, 3 Tbsp
Goat milk powder, 3 Tbsp
How to make it:
Mix powder ingredients in a bowl
Add warm water slowly portion by portion to make a paste consistency from powder ingredients
Apply on skin (legs, arms, face, decollete zone) by using cotton pads, lay down, listen calm music and relax for 15 minutes
Wash thoroughly by using body sponge
If no goat milk powder available – just use goat milk. In this case, just mix turmeric powder with warm milk and apply to skin
Turmeric may stain the skin. Yellow color of turmeric should wash out, but if not – no worries. As cells of skin are constantly renewing, the color will disappear in a few days. In my experience, no yellow color was left after washing the mask away in a shower
Cover a sofa or bed with “cosmetic” towel, a towel which you use for cosmetic purposes only. The “cells” of your sofa are not renewing!:)
Curcumin, which is the active compound of turmeric (Curcuma longa) root, is known by its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-neoplastic properties. The research shows that turmeric may be used medically to treat a variety of dermatologic diseases.
Skin conditions examined include acne, alopecia, atopic dermatitis, facial photoaging, oral lichen planus, pruritus, psoriasis, radiodermatitis, and vitiligo.
Turmeric is recognised as generally safe even at high oral doses and side effects are very rare. However, according to some studies, curcumin could interact with anticoagulation and antiplatelet medications, stimulate gallbladder contractions, exacerbating symptoms in patients with gallstones (1).
P. S. Warm thanks to a special friend for editing
(1) Review. Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) on Skin Health: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Evidence by A. R. Vaughn et al., PHYTOTHERAPY RESEARCH, 2016
– What are you usually doing with a butter package when butter is finished?
– Me? I transform it into a feet mask
The grandma of one my classmate, years ago, was looking younger than others. Her skin beauty was a matter of talks among all three female generations: us (teenage girls), our mothers and grandmothers. As being in good relationship with my classmate, I asked her to find out that beauty secret from her grandma. The secret appeared to be as much sensational as simple. Here it is: while cooking in her kitchen, the grandma was always putting any food on her face, like a “while-cooking mask”. So, if there was a bit of mayonnaise going for salad or potato puree – a drop of it would appear on her face as a mask, if that was a cream – it was going for a mask as well, right there with no specific preparations and rituals. Continuous for years “while-cooking mask” gave its results – the grand-ma was looking as a young-ma!:)
These days I decided to renew the knowledge and put it into an action, because nothing works better than an action, a dynamic process of live and experience. I need to say, I found my way of “while-cooking mask” for not to spook relatives at homeJ Herein is the recipe of my “while-cooking mask” for feet, to make them feel nourished and shinyJ More so, it contributes to almost infinite use of the products, saving tons of money after years. Lets start!
Paper packaging for butter (when butter is finished)
How to apply it?
Take a paper packaging for butter and rub the remnants of butter into the feet
Let it stay for 30 min or more (depends just on your cooking process in a kitchen) and later remove excess of a “while-cooking mask” with a paper towel
Should also work well for feet if using cream, cow butter or Ghee
Margarine should generally be avoided, as for feet, as for refrigerator, as for cooking
Vegetable oil is not working well for this easy cosmetic recipe, because it is difficult to apply it on dry feet
Because butter packaging material is multi-layer and not 100% paper-made, apply it very gently to feet skin. Do not apply to a face skin for the same reason
Just before the summer will start, it is a time to clean the skin. As almost a perfectionist, for me, skin should be cleaned perfect as well. I found an amazing way to do so thanks to Dr. R.Cassar and his video on youtube channel (1). Of course, I made my own changes and adjustments to the original version. All the equipment needed for this skin exfoliation: cotton towel, cleansing solution, spring water in aerosol and face-body cream.
The results of the cleansing procedure are striking and leading to some speculations: feet, hands, face and neck areas are most grubby, while back and abdomen areas are almost clean. Do not laugh from my towel, check yours!:)
Recipe of cleansing solution
Ingredients (for onetime all body procedure):
Pure spirit (75-90%), 40 ml
MSM (methyl sulphonyl methane) powder, 1 tsp
Diatomite (diatomic earth) powder, 1 tsp
Water (purified), 40 ml
Tea tree essential oil, 3 drops
How to make it
In a high quality plastic bottle combine and shake together (with a lid closed) the ingredients one by one in the order as written in the ingredient list. It is ready to use!
How to apply it
Take a clean small cotton towel
Spray skin with water (purified, spring water, mountain water, etc)
Apply some cleansing solution on a towel and scratch the skin through it with nails and fingers. Gently, slowly and firmly
Start from feet, than hands, armpits, back, neck, face, décolletage
After it is finished – take a warm or lukewarm shower
Only chemically resistant, high quality plastic or glass bottles are appropriate for this alcohol-based recipe. Any empty plastic container from water or other drinks are not allowed, because alcohol would facilitate plastificators and other shady, unwanted ingredients of plastic to penetrate the solution and later the skin. Please use only chemically resistant, high quality plastic or glass container for this solution to prepare
Only tea tree oil is suitable for this recipe, just skip the ingredient if you don’t have it
Always prepare the amount of solution for the same-day-use, because powdered materials like MSM and diatomite would precipitate with time and form a stiff conglomerate
Vodka or pure spirit are both available
After a good scratch the skin will be red because of sufficient blood supply to deep skin layers, that is ok
Keep away from eyes, keep away from children, and do not drink it
Do not apply on injured, damaged or sunburnt skin
Do not make the cleansing procedure if supposed to go for sunbath or to swimming pool, other skin cosmetic procedures, massage, etc. directly after it
The procedure, in my opinion, could be repeated once or twice per month
Lets kick off the forthright concept of “good cream” and “bad cream” and just continue going deeper in l’earning about the essence (ingredients) of the face cream. We earn what we l’earn, right?:)
In a cream composition, emulsifier joints lipids and water. When applied on skin, an emulsifier joints to the lipid layers of skin too, and “emulsifies” it, bringing “chemically-boosted water” to the surface and deeper skin layers. Literally, a cream emulsifier grabs the existing natural face lipids, and therefore, grabs most of a natural face lipids with time. Emulsifiers dry out skin and cause transepidermal water loss, so-called “wash-out effect”. That is why it seems skin requires a cream constantly. Not surprising – a cream emulsifier has already made its destructive job and grabbed the natural resources of the face. An emulsifier is something, that is necessary for a cream, but not for a Nature-designed face skin. For the lovers of commercial “natural” cosmetics, here are just few examples of “natural” emulsifiers: cetearyl alcohol and cetearyl glucoside, sorbitan olivate, cetearyl olivate. I would probably agree that those substances are derived from natural raw materials (?), however, those substances are already chemically transferred to something unnatural, isn’t it? Emulsifiers are an inevitability for a cream composition, not for skin.
Emulsifiers are an inevitability for a cream composition, not for skin.
As water is a good environment for bacteria to grow, preservatives are added to the cream formula. Preservatives are an inevitability for a cream composition, not for skin.
Preservatives are an inevitability for a cream composition, not for skin.
As chemical or “natural” fatty substances in a composition of a cream are usually smell nothing or unpleasant – flavors are added. Flavor regulators are an inevitability for a cream composition, not for skin.
Flavor regulators are an inevitability for a cream composition, not for skin.
Chemical creams require chemical cleansing, right? Later in the evening, we use lotions and face cleaning solutions (who has read the composition of those?:)) And once again, many components of a standard cream are good for an appearance and well-being of a cream, but nothing related to well-being of skin. Those ingredients interconnect with skin, a vital largest organ of a body, and promote a life-long addiction to them by grabbing the natural and offering the chemical. It is like a waterspout, I would call it achemo-spout, it takes you swiftly and deep deeper into it, there seems to be no chance to get out.
Many components of a standard cream are good for an appearance and well-being of a cream, but nothing related to well-being of skin
Dr. A. Palatronis
More so, who knows how much chemically-boosted substances are penetrating into our bloodstream within the decades of usage? If skin barrier functions have been disrupted by emulsifiers, then a proper barrier against chemically-boosted substances no longer exist.
We talked about emollient and emulsifier in part 1 of self-face rejuvenation post: