The money we spend in the U.S. on cosmetics could finance a couple of small nations. I read that dollop of information years ago (can’t remember where), and that was before the array of available cosmetics grew, and surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments took off. Maybe the cosmetics industry could finance a large nation, like one of the heavily-indebted European countries, or lop off some of our debt.
Call me old-fashioned or call me cheap – I still think that some of the best skin treatments for everyday use are in our pantries, kitchen cabinets, and refrigerators. I have personally used potatoes, honey, yogurt, cucumbers, and eggs. My favorite since college is egg whites. It gives my skin a nice, clean, tight feeling and even helps get the pH closer to normal.
Sometimes I want a mask that cleans a little deeper but without the over-drying that some masks achieve. Lord knows I don’t want to go down the over-drying road again after being mummified alive while out west this summer.
Speaking of mummification, here is an olive oil face mask that was used by the ancient Egyptians, at least according to eHow, which is where I got this recipe. I like the way it feels and it’s not difficult to make.
Olive Oil Face Mask from eHow.com
1/2 tsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. natural unbleached flour
1/4 tsp. of sea salt
1 Tbsp. whole milk
Note: This recipe makes 2 ounces, enough for one application.
1. Gently crack and beat the egg in a small bowl. Eggs are perfect skin care ingredients for people with large pores, or those who want to firm and tighten wrinkles. Egg yolks are made from albumin, which gently dries the skin and refines pores. Egg whites help soothe sunburned or windburned skin, and gently removes oily residue.
2. Add the olive oil and flour. In this case, the flour is used to thicken the consistency of the face mask. Olive oil is a fantastic way to balance the drying effects of the eggs. Unlike petroleum jelly, heavy lotions and other oils, olive oil will rinse cleanly away, leaving your skin moisturized, supple and glowing.
3. Stir in the sea salt. Sea salt stimulates blood circulation and assists in cell regeneration, helping to keep your skin looking youthful and beautiful. The salts will help to exfoliate, removing dead skin cells to relieve acne, psoriasis and eczema.
4. Mix in the whole milk. The lactic acid in milk soothes and softens dry, itchy skin. Milk will help moisturize skin while at the same time tightening wrinkles and refining pores.
5. Wash your face gently with warm water and pat dry. Apply the olive oil face mask, massaging gently to exfoliate the skin. Allow the mask to set for at least 20 minutes before rinsing.
May the sun shine through your branches.