Winter has done a good job of making itself known this year I'm sure everyone is suffering from dry skin that needs a pick me up. Because of this I decided to host a blog party on kitchen cosmetics. A blog party is when several blogs link together and post an entry on a similar topic. Be sure to read to the bottom of this entry for the other participants in this party.
Besides the wonderful skin care products offered by Colorado Aromatics and other small independent companies, there is also alot that you can do for your skin in your own kitchen using simple ingredients. My all time favorite is the yogurt facial. Use full fat yogurt though, although not good for your arteries, high fat is best for your skin. Yogurt contains alpha hydroxy acid (lactic acid) which will help to exfoliate the dead skin cells to leave your face looking rejuvenated with fewer fine lines.
1 small container of yogurt - I use plain but a fruit yogurt would be ok too.
1 tablespoon of dried herbs - this can vary depending upon what you have in your spice cabinet.
Parsley is great for its high vitamin A, C and K content. Other good herbs for the face that you might find in your spice cabinet are fennel, sage, basil and calendula. You might also check your tea cabinet and try chamomile or mint.
Mix the herbs in the yogurt, add a teaspoon of honey if you'd like and smooth the yogurt over your face with fingers. Now sit and enjoy a cup of tea while your face becomes moisturized and rejuvenated.
Visit these other blogs for recipes too:
Mountain Mary posted some recipes for salt scrubs. Exfoliating is a great way to get more moisture into the skin.
Maryanne Kudera posted a few recipes here; one of which uses 'old champagne'. Personally, I would never leave champagne around long enough for it to get old but you might try it.
Maggie at Prairie Land Herbs posted a recipe for a lemon egg shampoo. When spring arrives our chickens will be laying too many eggs for us to eat so I'll try it then.
Cory Trusty of Aquarian Bath posted instructions for making an herb infused vinegar and them some great recipes using it. http://aquarianbath.blogspot.com/2010/01/kitchen-cosmetics-do-it-yourself-body.html