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Baking Soda & Orange Juice Mask

Today’s DIY recipe is a total revelation to me. It comes courtesy of Melissa Colgan, the Style Editor at Mpls.St. Paul magazine. She was kind enough to take before/after glamour shots of her soon-to-be-famous baking soda and orange juice mask.
MC says that this combo gets rid blackheads like nobody’s business and is great for treating hormonal breakouts. The baking soda exfoliates and fights acne while the acid in the orange juice tightens pores and the vitamin C brightens. Here are her instructions:
  1. Mix 1 tbsp real orange juice with 1 tbsp baking soda (I like to use a shot glass – ha!). Add more baking soda as needed to thicken mask.
  2. Spread a thin layer on face. There should be enough for two applications, or one if you put it on your neck and d├ęcolletage, too, which I do.
  3. Leave on for 20 minutes
  4. Dampen finger tips and scrub mask in circular motions for extra exfoliation
  5. Rinse.
The mask will tingle and itch a little so it’s good too have a distraction—paint your nails, watch TV, but whatever you do, don’t talk. As the paste dries, any facial movements will cause it to flake off. Your skin will be pink afterwards (see photo), like as you just peeled off a few layers. When I am done I use a really gentle toner and then slather on some lotion.
Tip: If you don’t have the time for a full mask, mix a little bit of baking soda into your cleanser for a light exfoliating treatment.

Orange Facial Astringent

Orange Facial Astringent
Get all the benefits of the natural citric acid astringent found in oranges.
  • 1 organic orange
  • 1 cup of mineral water
  • Cotton balls
Squeeze a few drops of juice from a fresh orange into one cup of mineral water. After washing your face, saturate a cotton ball with the orange astringent and smooth over face and neck.

OJ Wrinkle Buster: Kitchen Cupboard Beauty Tips

    OJ Wrinkle Buster: Kitchen Cupboard Beauty Tips
    Citrus fruits are so sunny and invigorating, filled with body-loving vitamin C and spirit-lifting color. And orange juice does so much more than just prevent scurvy! Alpha-hydroxy fruit acids and oil-reducing astringent properties make orange juice a natural for wrinkle-busting, as well as shrinking enlarged pores, eradicating acne, adding shininess to hair, and more.
    Here are some easy formulas to try. Let the beauty benefits of orange juice add a little more sunshine to your day:
    Simple Softening, Smoothing Face-Wash
    Let the AHAs and vitamin C in orange juice add softness and smoothness to your skin. Simply apply orange juice to the face like a wash, then rinse.

    Saturate a cotton ball with orange juice and apply to pores, without rinsing.

    To Banish Blemishes
    This formula will work on your back or chest, as well as your face.
    Mix equal parts honey and orange juice and apply to affected area. Allow to remain on skin for 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water. The honey is a natural healer, while the orange juice’s astringency helps to dry up excess oils.

    Shiny Hair Rinse
    Juice of one small orange
    Equal measure of water
    1 tablespoon honey
    Combine ingredients and work into damp, freshly-shampooed hair. Allow to remain on for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.

    Refreshing Facial Mask
    This is both enlivening and nourishing to your skin.
    1 teaspoon plain unflavored yogurt
    juice from 1/4 orange
    Combine ingredients and smooth onto face. Allow to remain on for 5 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

    Around-the-Eyes Wrinkle-Buster
    Simply saturate cotton pads with orange juice and place them on eyes, while lying down for 30 minutes. Rinse.

    Serious Facial Wrinkle-Buster
    1 egg white, beaten
    2 teaspoons orange juice
    1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
    a few drops sweet almond oil
    Combine ingredients and apply to face. Allow to remain on for 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.

    Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/orange-juice-wrinkle-buster.html#ixzz1xliGdrig


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