When your teens go through those pesky troubled-skin phases, go straight to the kitchen and cook up dual-purpose beauty masques, scrubs, and toners. All 10 natural skincare products are made by you and your teen, are edible (safe around infants and toddlers), skin-tightening, exfoliating, anti-acne and anti-aging, while infusing your skin with potent anti-oxidants and other nutrients.
1. Ground old fashioned oats mixed with honey to create a basic skin-tightening, toxin-removing masque.
2. Granulated sugar, sea salt or baking soda will create natural scrubs to remove dead skin cells.
3. Olive oil (Biblical) mixed with either vanilla, cherry, banana or walnut extract for a natural moisturizer, with heavenly scents.
4. Apple cider vinegar (watered-down), aloe juice, or witch hazel makes great anti-bacterial skin toners.
5. Egg whites tighten the skin, and according to Dr. Oz television show (spring, 2010) contain pure protein to stimulate natural collagen growth, and leaves skin smooth and soft.
6. Sunflower oil, plain yogurt and lemon juice, also on the Dr. Oz show (spring, 2010) balances ph levels.
7. Cucumber slices, green or black (moistened) tea bags will soothe tired and/or puffy eyes.
8. Ground pomegranate seeds are packed with anti-oxidants and vitamin C, for a potent anti-aging, skin-softening scrub, as cited in Fitness Magazine online.
9. Mashed strawberry makes a skin rub which will polish surface skin, while infusing it with vitamin C, as seen in Fitness Magazine online.
10. Yogurt and mashed blueberries will repair UV damage, when prepared as a mask, infusing skin with vitamins C and E, while lactic acid peels and repairs surface-skin damage, as cited on Fitness Magazine online.
Mix all individually-listed masque ingredients in a food processor or blender, before applying to skin, and refrigerate left-overs in a separate container. Leave masques on face (not around eyes) until dried or ultra-sticky, and then rinse off with clear water, or a wet washcloth. No more than two masques per week are necessary for optimum anti-acne and anti-aging results.