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My fascination for makeup and skin care reached its peak when my first pimple arrived. I was devastated. Imagine this–it’s prom night, you’ve got the perfect date, an amazingly gorgeous gown, and guess who’s come to crash your party. Yep, a huge strange colored pimple positioned right on your nose. EEK! My mother will tell you it was the universe’s way of punishing me for stealing her hot red lipstick and rocking it on picture day without her permission. I blame it on not properly taking care of my skin.

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Here are the facts. When the pores of our skin get clogged, it prevents the carbon dioxide inside our body from coming out and also prevents fresh oxygen from entering the body. This causes the skin to react in a bad way. For me it was just one pimple but for some it causes massive breakouts–and not just on the skin either.

Here is our reality. The skin care industry is a multi-billion dollar business, estimated to be worth over 43 billion dollars per year according to the many statistics that you can Google. Beauty brands spend their money, to get you to spend yours. Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t run out and buy your favorite Mario Badescu cucumber tonic mask. But I am saying you should explore ideas on creating solutions in your kitchen to manage your skin care. I mean we are in a recession right.

Check out my 3 favorite masks courtesy of anti-aging experts Michele Periquet & Firouze Zeroual and explore how they can help your enhance your naturally beautiful skin.

EDIBLE MOISTURE MASK

avacado

For dry, parched skin (eg. after a long haul flight), Try this deeply moisturizing face treatment that also softens and soothes the skin.

1 tablespoon milled chia

1 tablespoon raw honey 

1/2 avocado, pitted and mashed

 1. In a small bowl, mix ingredients together into a paste.

2. Apply to freshly cleansed skin and let it sit for 15-30 minutes.

3. Remove gently with warm water and a washcloth.

Note: You can find milled chia at a health food store or you can grind chia seeds at home using a food processor or a coffee mill until you get a coarse flour-like texture

NUTTY FACE SCRUB

bowl of almonds

To slough off the dead cells from the outer layer of skin, this is a gentle exfoliating, skin-brightening treatment that leaves you with silky soft skin.

2 tablespoons almond meal

4 tablespoons whole milk

1. Mix ingredients together in a small bowl.

2. Apply mixture to freshly cleansed skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes

3. Gently massaging the mixture onto skin in a circular motion and then wash off with lukewarm water. 

ICE YOUR FACE 

ice cubes

Try this easy pick-me-up for your skin (after a long day at work and all you want to do is go to bed, but you still have that event or work dinner to attend!). This an excellent way to refresh your skin and shake you out of that tired state. It also tones the skin and acts as a great primer for make up. 

1. Cleanse skin.

2. Put an ice cube in a soft gauze cloth and when the cloth is damp, apply to the face.

3. Go over the different parts of the face for one minute.

4. Follow with your skincare.

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