DRY SKIN CARE AND MASK
by Jeanne Rose
How To Care for Dry Skin
Cleanse gently by rinsing first with plenty of warm water. Then
wash with a good quality handmade soap. When washing your face,
Touch face gently, pat up using tiny feathery strokes. Follow a bath
or a shower with a mild application of
Calendula infused oil.
Beauty Mask for Dry Skin
Once a week, use a facial mask to clarify the skin and remove dull,
dry surface skin cells. Apply the mixture to your face, avoiding the
eye area. Leave it on for five-fifteen minutes, and then rinse well
with lukewarm water. While your skin is still slightly damp, apply a
oil. A simple mask can be made with a bit of egg, 1/2
teaspoon of olive oil and Rose hydrosol or Owyhee hydrosol. I have
also used Cacao powder (antioxidant), milk powder and a touch of
clay. Mix the ingredients thoroughly, apply with gentle pats, take
your shower, and rinse off with warm water.
Milk Bath - Once a week take a milk bath. It will
nourish and smoothen your skin. Read
Kitchen Cosmetics for more bath
recipes. As much as possible, stay out of the sun. Wear a hat.
Always apply a good sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin if you
must be in the sun.
Calendula and Comfrey herb have skin-softening
properties. They can be used in a facial sauna or to make herbal or
floral waters. Comfrey also reduces redness and soothes irritated
skin. Add water from making your breakfast oatmeal for additional
Herbal Facial Sauna (See pages 170-171 and
The Herbal Body Book)
A weekly facial sauna using the herbs Chamomile, Lavender, and
Calendula is good for dry skin. Conifer needles are available now
and can be added to the pot.
Using a glass or enameled pot, bring to a boil 1 quart of water; add
2 to 4 tablespoons of dried or fresh herbs. When the pot is
steaming, place it on thick potholder on a table, and sit with your
face at a comfortable distance over the steam for fifteen minutes.
You can use a towel to trap the steam if you wish. After fifteen
minutes, splash your face with cold water and allow your skin to
air-dry or pat it dry with a towel. After the sauna, you can allow
the herbal water to cool and save it for use as a toning lotion for
the next day or two to be dabbed on your face with a cotton ball
Recommendations for Dry Skin
Eat a well-balanced
diet that includes fish, vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, and
nuts, especially walnuts.
Consume plenty of
dark green and yellow vegetables. These are high in
beta-carotene, an antioxidant. Carrots are especially good.
Take an Omega-3
supplement for your skin as well as for a healthy heart. Salmon
oil or Flax seed oil is a good oil as it contains the essential
fatty acids omega-3, alpha linolenic acid, and others. These
fatty acids are converted in the body into hormone-like
substances called prostaglandins that support skin health.
Eat foods that are
rich in the vitamins A and C for dry skin because they are
important for a supple, smooth skin. Eat one apple, one orange,
one carrot and one tomato every day. Eat foods wholes fruits not
juices. There are many components to the whole fruit and
vegetable that is not in the juice alone.
Drink a good quality
mineral water every day to keep the skin hydrated.
Essential Oils For Dry Skin
Chamomile, Christmas Fir, Geranium, Lavender and Owyhee and others
are all good essential oils for dry skin. The oils that are
contained in the Women’s Kit is especially good for the support of
The Aromatherapy Studies Course
is especially useful for learning about the skin and aromatic
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