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Body Bliss



Self-care is the self-healing part of self-effort.
Practice deep self-care to nourish the face we put on for the outside world.

So often in our daily lives, our face is a mask we wear. The natural, home-made face masks below will feed your facial skin as you take time out for your mind/body/spirit.

Apple Honey and Oatmeal:
Apple is full of fruit enzymes which gently exfoliate, removing dead skin cells.  Honey destroys the bacteria harbouring in the skins pores.  Oatmeal gently absorbs excess oil on the skin.

Ingredients:  ½ boiled apple;  one teaspoon of honey;  2 teaspoons of finely ground oatmeal.

Here's what you do:  Chop up half an apple and boil it until soft.  Cool in the fridge for 15 minutes and remove peel.  Grind up oatmeal (breakfast porridge oats are fine) in a processor, coffee grinder or blender.  Add apple, oatmeal and honey and blend together.

My advice would be to apply this to the face while you're in the bath (which also means you'll spend at least 15 minutes soaking in the bath)!  Wash off after 15 minutes. Use once a week unless you have oily or combination skin, when twice a week would be beneficial.


Kiwi  Honey and Aloe Vera Gel:
Kiwi fruit is a natural skin exfoliator and is full of skin softening vitamins and minerals which also aid skin suppleness. Aloe Vera nourishes the skin with vitamins E and C and has a smoothing and tightening effect. Try Manuka Honey in this facial pack mixture, as it penetrates the skin's layers it helps with collagen formation and has a youthful smoothing effect.

Ingredients:  1 ripe Kiwi fruit; 1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera Gel;  1 tablespoon of Manuka Honey (it's expensive so using your regular brand is fine also).

Here's what you do:  Peel the Kiwi fruit and mash it. Add in the Aloe Vera Gel and the Honey and blend together.

Apply a thick layer to your facial skin and again, be in the bath if you can when you apply this natural face pack, soak in your bath for at least 15 minutes and use once a week. Rinse the pack off after 15 minutes, and if your not using your bath water, the water should only be warm, not too hot.



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