Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Simple Carrot Face Mask

For too many months to count now, I've been meaning to add some simple kitchen cupboard beauty treats to the "Home Spa Recipes" section of the Reading Room. Today, I finally got around to going through my folder, and writing up a few of my favorites.

With the weather playing havoc on the face these winter months, I thought I'd kick off with a simple but effective real carrot face mask specially for dry skin.

High in beta-carotene, carrots have wonderful natural antioxidant benefits, known to help with tissue repair, cell regeneration, fine lines, and aging. The vitamin A from carrot juice is reportedly higher than that of any other fruit juice. Honey is gentle to the skin. It attracts and holds on to moisture, making it a natural humectant. Warming the honey first helps to make it easier to work with.

Simple Carrot Face Mask

You will need:
1 or 2 carrots
2 - 4 tablespoons honey

How to:
Cook the carrots in a little water, then mash with a fork and mix in the honey. Apply the paste gently to the face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for about ten minutes. Wipe away with warm damp face cloth.

Notes: Always test for allergies first. Be sure to throw away any unused mask, as it is not preserved.

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