EcoMall

NATURAL BEAUTY FOR MOTHERS

Beauty Mask

A good facial mask is important to healthy skin. I like to use a mask weekly to deep cleanse my face and remove any surface impurities, allowing my skin to work more efficiently and retain more moisture. One of the best things about using a facial mask is that it forces you to take a break and relax for 15 to 20 minutes. (I never answer the door or talk on the phone when I have one on.) This recipe contains honey, which has natural antiseptic properties known to help regenerate damaged skin tissues. Egg yolk is a rich source of lecithin, an antioxidant essential for healthy skin. After using this mask your skin should feel smoother and softer.

Ingredients:
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon almond oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil

Directions:
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until smooth. Spread on your face and neck using your fingertips or a small pastry brush. Leave the mixture on for 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water and pat dry.
Yield: 2 ounces, enough for one mask

Peppermint Leg Gel

This is a light, nongreasy, invigorating gel that is perfect for tired legs and feet. It was a lifesaver on one hot, humid summer trip to Singapore when I was eight months pregnant! For extra cooling action, place this gel in the refrigerator before using.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup aloe vera gel
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon witch hazel
3-4 drops peppermint oil

Directions:
Combine the aloe vera, cornstarch, and witch hazel in a heat-resistant container. Warm the mixture until it is a clear, thick liquid about the consistency of honey. (You can do this in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds for 1 to 2 minutes on high, or in a double boiler on the stove top.) After the mixture has cooled, add the peppermint oil and stir thoroughly. Pour into an airtight container. Massage this lotion into your legs and feet for an instant pick-me-up.
Yield: 4 ounces

Sweet Dreams

Toward the end of my pregnancy and for the first few months postpartum, I mixed 1 teaspoon of orange flower water in a cup of warm milk and drank it in the evening before bed. Orange flower water is made from the blossom of the bitter orange tree. The flowers contain neroli oil, whose scent is believed to reduce stress and induce sleep. I sometimes prepare a cup to sip while I take a warm bath in the evening. I buy orange flower water at the liquor store, but I have also seen it sold in specialty bake shops and natural food stores.

Commonsense Natural Beauty Tips

Even if you feel you don't have time to pamper yourself, you'll look and feel much better if you do these simple things:

New Mother Gift Idea

A unique shower gift for a special friend is a basket that you make yourself. Line a basket with a flannel baby blanket and fill it with your own homemade beauty products (Cocoa Butter Cream, Buttermilk Baby Bath, Lavender-Scented Baby Powder, and Peppermint Leg Gel). You may also want to include other items that you found helpful during those first few months-special books, tea bags, music CDs, a copy of Mothering magazine . . . be imaginative. Cut a long piece of cotton fabric and tie up the basket with a large bow. Written by: Janice Cox


RELATED LINKS:




Shop by Keywords Above or by Categories Below.

AIR PURIFICATION AROMATHERAPY BABIES
BEDDING BIRDING BODY CARE
BOOKS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS
CAMPING CATALOGUES CLASSIFIEDS
CLEANING PRODUCTS CLOTHING COMPUTER PRODUCTS
CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANTS CRAFTS
ECO KIDS ECO TRAVEL EDUCATION
ENERGY CONSERVATION ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES ENGINEERING
FITNESS-YOGA FLOWERS FOODS
FOOTWEAR FURNITURE GARDEN
GIFTS HARDWARE HEMP
HERBS HOUSEHOLD INDUSTRY
INVESTMENTS JEWELRY LIGHTING
MAGAZINES MUSIC NATURAL HEALTH
NATURAL PEST CONTROL NEW AGE OFFICE
OUTDOORS PAPER PETS
PROMOTIONAL RESOURCES RECYCLED SAFE ENVIRONMENTS
SEEKING CAPITAL SHELTERS SOLAR-WIND
TOYS TRANSPORTATION VIDEOS
VITAMINS WATER WEATHER
WHOLESALE WOOD HOW TO ADVERTISE

 Green Living Magazine
Updated Daily!

* * * IN-HOUSE RESOURCES * * *
WHAT'S NEW ACTIVISM ALERTS DAILY ECO NEWS
LOCAL RESOURCES DATABASE ASK THE EXPERTS ECO CHAT
ECO FORUMS ARTICLES ECO QUOTES
INTERVIEWS & SPEECHES NON-PROFIT GROUPS ECO LINKS
KIDS LINKS RENEWABLE ENERGY GOVERNMENT/EDUCATION
VEGGIE RESTAURANTS ECO AUDIO/VIDEO EVENTS
COMMUNICATIONS WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ACCOLADES
AWARDS E-MAIL MAILING LIST


EcoMall