A review of the new book The Natural Beauty Solution, plus how to make your own face masks out of fruit, and a giveaway!
Okay, friends. We are going to do something a little different on the blog today! My friend Mary Helen of Mary Makes Good came out with her first book, The Natural Beauty Solution, and I wanted to share it with you! She’s also hosting a huge giveaway, so scroll to the bottom to make sure to enter.
If you’re anything like me (lucky you!) you try to eat healthy stuff most of the time (with the occasional rugelach). But, your beauty routine is all bottled, chemical filled garbage. Hmmm. Mary Helen shows you how to clean out your current supply, stock up on natural ingredients, and make all your own homemade beauty recipes from lip balms to body lotion to soap and even face masks. Which is exactly what I tried first- the Alpha Hydroxy Facial is made from organic berries, yogurt and kaolin clay. That’s it!
I used raspberries because that’s what I had and because I wanted a pink mask.
Turns out fruit contains mild acids, called alphahydroxys, that loosen dead skin cells. Nice! Mary Helen recommends using this mask weekly or monthly and springing for the organic fruit and yogurt. You can also make it vegan by replacing the yogurt with a bit of water.
Here I am waiting for the mask to dry.
Success! Those little dots all over my face are the raspberry seeds. I even had a bunch of the mask leftover, so I used it on the rest of my body. I’ll save you that photo.
And now, enter to win your own copy of The Natural Beauty Solution AND tons of exotic ingredients needed to create washing grains, oil cleansers, moisturizing facial oils, facial creams, deep cleansing masks, body washes, body oils, body butters, body lotions, sugar scrubs, natural hair cleansers and rinses. Yay! Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Good luck!
- 1⁄2 cup organic berries
- 2 tablespoons organic plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons kaolin clay
- water or hydrosol, as needed
- Combine the berries, yogurt, and kaolin clay in a blender and puree until smooth. If you don’t have a blender, simply mash the berries with the other ingredients to form a paste. If the mixture is too thick to spread easily, add a little bit of water or hydrosol to loosen it up.
- Apply the mixture liberally to your face and neck. Allow the mixture to dry for about ten minutes, then use your fingers to gently massage the mixture into your skin using slow, circular motions. Rinse, then follow with a toner and moisturizer. This recipe should be used right away, but can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to three days, if necessary.