6 February 2010
I have very dry skin. In the past six months I've noticed that it can go through a cycle of anger and inflammation that matches my moods... It gets red, puffy, itchy, flakey. I can age ten years in a week and then lose them again a week later... Its always a surprise to look in the mirror and see how I'm feeling today. So as a way to take notice of that, to find some balance and to nurture my skin, I've been playing in the kitchen. Not only is my skin very dry, its also very sensitive, so sticking to nurturing foods inside and out seems the way to go. I ran out of a favourite facial scrub a couple of months ago, but reading the list of ingredients realised I could make something similar. Then I saw Lisa and Heather's posts and got inspired to play with what was at hand. I've got to say that my skin went from crazy to glowing in an afternoon. Huz noticed as soon as he walked in the door. Maybe its stopping and pausing that did it, not sure, but I'll be playing in the kitchen some more...
Oat and Calendula Scrub...
1/2 cup oatmeal - or oat bran which is what I had in the cupboard
1 tablespoon dried calendula flowers - we had some marigolds in the garden, so I dried them
1 tablespoon salt or raw sugar - I went with salt
Put some in the palm of your hand and add a few drops of water. Stir around a bit to make it pasty, then apply to your skin, rubbing in a circular motion. Rinse off with cool water.
Avocado and Oat Face Mask...
1/2 Avocado, mashed.
1 tablespoon oatmeal/rolled oats
1 tablespoon honey.
Place all ingredients in a bowl and beat until you have an even paste (lumpy because of the oats). Apply all over your face and leave it on for about 10mins or until it feels dry. Remove with cold water and a face washer.