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Your skin is different. Your face is different. You realize you are NOT in your twenties anymore. Oh don’t you worry, there isn’t anything wrong… you just need to adjust your facial routine at this point in time. Fortunately, that is both an inexpensive and easy thing to do.

Homemade Facial Treatments

Before we get to the cleanser and toner recipes below, you should start with these easy ways to moisturize your skin.

Step One: Exfoliating. It is always a good idea to gently scrub the dead skin cells off of your face which helps to reduce bumps and rough patches, nourish your skin, and give your pores a good cleaning. The perfect scrub contains vitamins B, C, and E, chamomile, rosemary, and kelp. But in the mean time, here’s an easy recipe straight from your kitchen:

Almond and Honey Facial Scrub

2 tsp of milk
2 tbsp of almonds
½ a teaspoon of flour
½ a teaspoon of honey

Use a blender to finely grind the almonds, then add the milk, flour and honey mixing together until a thick paste is formed. Rub onto skin for a few minutes then rinse.

Step Two: Give yourself a gentle peel using an exfoliator that contains ascorbic acid, lactic acid, or glycolic acid. This second exfoliation will act more deeply after your skin has been prepared by the first step. This will reveal the smoother, younger looking skin underneath. (But don’t do it more than twice a month in warmer weather.)

Eyeliner Tips

Dark eyeliner accentuates all of the fine lines and wrinkles that you have started to accumulate, making them stand out and making you look older. However, you don’t need to get rid of your dark eyeliner, you just need to change how you apply it. Restrict it to the inside of your upper eyelid, and maybe a bit across the top. This will keep some of that dark look while keeping the eyeliner out of the fine lines and wrinkles.

Treating Dark, Baggy Eyes

As we age, our bodies tend to store extra fat around the eyes. Allergies can also cause this condition. There are a number of things you can do to reduce their appearance.

Try the easiest fix first. Hold cold compresses on your eyes for at least five minutes. The cold will constrict the blood vessels around the eyes, lightening the skin there and shrinking the bags.

If this doesn’t do the trick, then make yourself a cup of strong tea using two teabags. After steeping the tea, put the tea bags on your eyes. The caffeine will constrict the blood vessels around your eyes even more effectively than the cold compress can.

You can also try cold slices of fresh cucumber. Hold them on your eyes for 10 minutes. Fresh cucumbers are astringent, and this will help tighten the skin around your eyes.

After trying one of these under eye tightening tricks, use an illuminating cream to brighten up the skin around your eyes.

And finally, here are a few easy homemade recipes for everyday use. 🙂

Honey Milk Cleanser

½ cup of honey
½ cup of buttermilk
3 tsp of rosewater

Place all ingredients into an airtight container and shake well, apply to face and rinse.

Yogurt Facial Cleanser

½ cup of natural plain yogurt
2 tsp of liquid honey
½ tsp of wheat germ oil
1 apple finely peeled and sliced
1 tsp of lemon juice
1 ½ tbsp of instant mashed potato
5 drops of essential oil of your choice

Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl and stir, pour into container and refrigerate. Use as you would your usual cleanser.

Cleanser for acne-prone skin

¼ cup of witch hazel
1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel
10 drops of tea tree oil

Combine all ingredients together and apply to face using a cotton ball. Wait a minute or so and then rinse well.

Lemon Toner

½ cup of lemon juice
1 cup of water
½ cup of witch hazel

Combine all ingredients, shake well and use as you would any toner. Great for oily skin.

Honey Facial Mask

Place a warm  cloth on face to open the pores. Smear on enough honey to cover the entire face, and leave on for 15-30 minutes. Rinse of with warm water. Use once a week.

Apple Face Mask

1 apple
1 tsp of lemon juice
1 tsp of dried herbs

Boil the apple until it can be mashed, then mash and strain keeping just the liquid. Add them lemon juice and dried herbs and mix well. Apply to the face as a mask and leave on for 5-10 minutes then rinse off and moisturize as normal.

Lip Balm

3 tsp of olive oil
3 tsp of beeswax
3 tsp of sweet almond oil
1 tsp of honey
5 drops of your preferred essential oil ( orange, peppermint, lime etc)

Melt the beeswax along with the olive and almond oil and remove from heat,  then add the honey and essential oil and food dye for coloring. Stir well and pour into a small container and leave until set.

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Winter Skincare Tips For Farm Girls

If you’re a farm girl or a keen homesteader then you’ve probably realized by now that winter wreaks havoc on your skin. The cold weather, harsh wind, and snowfall can quickly dry out your skin and lead to redness and discoloration in your face. If you’re really lucky then you’ll also get the trademark chapped skin that turns your hands and face into a painful, unsightly mess. It would be nice to wrap up warm and stay inside all winter, but that’s not an option when you have to trek around gardens, barns, and fields every day. However, there are some ways to minimize the damage that winter does to your delicate skin.

Use Oil-Rich Moisturizers

Your skin needs extra moisture in winter so it’s important to lather on the lotion more often when the weather goes south. Dermatologists recommend that you use moisturizing creams that contains oils like olive oil, argan oil, and jojoba oil to give your skin an extra moisture boost during the winter months.

Cut Down On Hot Showers

I know, I know, this one sucks. Steamy showers feel so good after a long day in the cold outdoors. Unfortunately, hot showers dehydrate your skin by stripping it of its natural oils – this makes flaky, chapped winter skin even worse. Go for shorter, medium-warm showers instead and save long, steamy soaks for days when you really need them.

Shave Carefully

If you don’t ever shave or you take winter as a time to let your hair grow wild and free, then you don’t need to worry about this one! However, if you do want to shave, use a good shaving cream and moisturize well afterwards. Shaving can be rough on sensitive winter skin so you need to be extra careful to avoid cuts and rashes.

Stock Up On Aquaphor

Aquaphor is a lifesaver for dry, cracked skin and you can use it all over your body, so pick some up in shops or online for winter. Rubbing a layer on your nose, cheeks, and lips before you head out onto the farm will stop your face from getting wind burned. If you can’t find Aquaphor, then any product that’s rich in petrolatum (like Vaseline) will do the job.

Stay Hydrated

It’s easy to remember to drink lots of water when the sun is blazing in the sky, but most of us significantly lower our water intake during the winter months. Your skin still needs the extra moisture during winter, so stick to drinking eight glasses a day even when it’s getting cooler outside.

Avoid Scented Products

Try to stock up on unscented or fragrance-free skincare products during winter. Perfumed soaps, moisturizers, and lip balms can be too harsh on dry skin, so unscented products are the way to go. This also counts for laundry detergents – try to find something hypoallergenic to soothe your delicate skin once winter hits.

Wind-burned red skin and dry, flaky patches aren’t a good look for anyone. Winter skincare is particularly important for country girls, so try these tips if you’re regularly out on the farm. Your skin will thank you for it!

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