1. Ultimate Cleansing Mask
In a blender or food processor, grind 1 cup of oatmeal to a powder. Add 3 drops of almond oil, ½ cup of milk, and 1 egg white. Continue to blend together, and apply. Rinse off after 20 minutes.
2. Peach and Brandy
Mash up a peach (use ripe, canned, or frozen) and mix in a tablespoon of brandy. Leave it on for 20 minutes, and rinse off.
3. Tomato Mask
For oily skin, mash up a ripe tomato and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm (not hot) water.
4. Banana Mask
Mash up a very ripe banana. Add just enough honey to make a soft pulp. Apply over face and hair. This is such a great firming mask that aging movie stars have been known to put it in the cups of their bras to make their breasts “perky.”
Just make sure that you don’t add too much honey, and that you use a sturdy bra. I recently did a TV show where I attempted to use a lacy bra. Needless to say, it was a little messy!
5. Honey Mask
Apply pure honey (straight from the bottle) to your face and neck. Allow it to set until dry (about 15 minutes). Rinse with very warm water.
More Beauty Tricks from the Kitchen Cupboard
Clove Oil Cleanser
Combine equal amounts of clove oil (a natural astringent), chamomile (to maintain skin pigment), and eucalyptus (decongests the skin). Massage gently into the skin by making a circular motion with the tips of your fingers, and rinse.
Right from the can, Crisco is a big secret among beautiful women. Use it to remove makeup and as a highly effective moisturizer. Hospitals even use it to treat psoriasis and eczema. They are known to disguise it as cream “C.”
Wheat Germ Oil
Available in health food stores and some supermarkets, wheat germ oil is effective in keeping the skin elastic and preventing and treating stretch marks.
Pregnant women should definitely use it in the tummy and breast areas.
Sweet Almond Oil
Available in supermarkets, almond oil is ideal for removing makeup, helping eyelashes grow, and as a moisturizer for extremely dry skin. It also soothes sunburned skin.
Source: The World’s Best-Kept Beauty Secrets – Diane Irons