Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Homemade Anti-Acne Mask

Julie Gabriel, author of Clear Skin: Organic Action Plan for Acne comes to the rescue with a couple of homemade acne-busting face masks that will help zap those zits. The lemon juice in the Lemon Egg White Mask serves as a bleaching agent for minor facial discolorations, while the egg whites help sop up extra facial oil, while healing and rebuilding skin with their protein-rich content.

In the vegan-friendly Oatmeal Onion Mask, onion acts as an inflammatory agent and helps block the overproduction of collagen that results in nasty acne scarring. Meanwhile, oatmeal penetrates deeply into pores, cleansing the excessive cell buildup that clogs pores.

Lemon Egg White Mask

1. Crack an egg and remove the yolk. Beat the egg whites in a shallow bowl.
2. Cut a fresh lemon in half and squeeze juice into the bowl, mixing it in with the egg whites to form a dense paste.
3. Apply to a clean face and allow to dry for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse face and pat dry with a towel.

Oatmeal Onion Mask

1. Cook 1/2 cup of plain, unsweetened oatmeal. Set aside to chill.
2. Peel 1 medium onion and finely shred in a food processor, making a smooth puree. Add it to the cooked oatmeal while it is still warm.
3. If the mask is not thick enough, add some honey or green clay until it is thick enough to sit comfortably on your face.
4. Store the mask in the fridge for up to one week.

Courtesy of Planet Green website

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