The most important benefit from making our own cosmetic products is that we can control what goes in and, therefore, we can use only clean, organic, natural, chemical-free ingredients and stay away from the harmful ones.
Although preparing homemade facial scrubs and masks may seem as if we are rejecting progress, it is actually the best way to maintain beautifully young and healthy skin with very little effort.
The recipes I have included in this book are well known in Bulgaria and have been used from almost every woman at some point in time. Most are very easy to follow and can be prepared in a few minutes with products everyone has in the kitchen. The best part is it usually doesn’t cost a thing because we already have fruit, vegetables, olive oil, dairy, oats, coffee and cocoa at home. Many of the masks and scrubs involve simply mixing together a few ingredients and gently massaging them on the face, neck and, why not, the hands.
These recipes do not contain any artificial fragrances or colors, nor do they need preservatives, because they are intended for immediate use. They are suitable for all skin types. However, please be aware that if you have a known food allergy, chances are you will be allergic to a cosmetic product made from the same food. Care should always be taken when using a new product – be sure to test a small area for skin sensitivity before using any mixture on your face. Dab a little on the inside of your wrist or the underside of your arm and wait a 24 to see if it causes a reaction, such as a rash.
As we age, skin cells die and form a build-up due to the slowing down of collagen and elastin production. This build-up can have the effect of blocking skin pores and causing signs of aging. Scrubs act on the skin like fine-grained sandpaper on wood. They exfoliate dead skin cells and leave only the newer and healthy skin cells. In this way face skin appears vital and fresh. After cleaning the skin with a gentle scrub it is more ready for the absorption of other skin treatments like nourishing face masks and moisturizers.
There is debate about the frequency of use of scrubs as exfoliators, but it is generally thought that this should be adjusted based on skin response. Some skin types may need scrubs only once a week, whereas oilier skin may need scrubs as frequently as on alternate days. In oily-to-normal skin types, exfoliation with scrubs can be carried out 3–4 times a week. Individuals with dry skin should restrict the use of exfoliating scrubs to once or twice a week.
Homemade masks work by doing several things to our skin – they draw blood to its surface, provide essential nutrients to dull, lifeless, and aging skin. A nice homemade face mask will not only enhance the look of your skin, it will make you feel good and beautiful. Cleaning and moisturizing your skin regularly will make its texture brighter and more translucent.
By using gifts from nature like yogurt, eggs, honey, oats, common fruit and vegetables, Bulgarian Rose essential oil and Rose water, different types of clay and herbs every woman, no matter what age, can achieve healthy, young looking skin and good overall health.