When I was 15-16 years old, going through the ups and downs of teenage skin, I can remember my mom coming up with wacky ways to help me clear up my face. She was all about the natural and not the pharmaceutical, so she'd open up the fridge and use me as her guinea pig - she believed that if you could eat it, then you could put it on your face to heal blemishes. Of course everything within reason, I mean who wants to wear a spinach and artichoke dip mask right?
Some of the things she suggested were really, really out there and I looked like a hot mess walking around my house with grated potatoes on my face or egg whites or oatmeal or any other vegetable or fruit she could find (sorry dad for scaring you). But truthfully it worked - with patience and avoiding looking in the mirror for 10-15 minutes, it worked!
Today, I'm so thankful for skin care products that are all natural, organic and/or fruit or veggy based. Treating skin with what mother nature intended does wonders for healing and revitalizing our complexions. Healing begins with natural ingredients not dictionary based ones (ahem....toxic). And my two favorite go-to masks -as of late - have really become like my best friends. They help even skin tone and zap those pesky zits that pop up once a month when Aunt Flo comes for a visit or even those stress related ones, plus they provide wonderful anti-aging benefits too.
The first masque.......
Eminence Organic Garlic & Tomato Masque
I love this masque for so many reasons. First, you're probably wondering what I was wondering the very first time I heard about this product: "Does it stink like garlic?" Absolutely not! You won't have to endure the stench of garlic under your nose because it smells anything but garlicy, just fresh, natural and very clean.... Hooray for that one!
Second, I love garlic for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. I love eating it and I love taking it in capsule form everyday. Now, I love using it topically for all that it can do for my skin. Garlic is very rich in wonderful vitamins like Allicin, Sulphur, Zinc and Calcium, as well as a very important mineral called Selenium. Selenium is known to fight cancer, boost your body and skin's antioxidant power, and enable proper blood flow and circulatory health.
If you have an inflamed pimple with tons of redness and pain, this mask is a super hero at reducing the redness and gradually reducing the size of your blemish. Over time, your skin just gets better and better and..... well you get the point.
Tomatoes are great for the skin. They have a cooling and astringent effect to the skin. Very rich in vitamin A and C which make it a very helpful tool in fighting acne and brightening dull skin. Being that tomatoes are naturally acidic, they also help balance the skins PH and help get rid of excessive oil.
This masque also includes:
- Honey: Moisturizes and nourishes the skin
- St. John’s Wort: antioxidant; soothes skin
The Garlic & Tomato Masque is for the oily to normal and problematic skin types.
The second masque......
Eminence Organic Cranberry Pomegranate Masque
Oh Wow! The smell of this masque is so yummy. I can't tell which fragrant fruit comes through more.....the pomegranate or the cranberry, but either way, they both make for such a luxurious facial mask.
With cranberry and pomegranate being super high in vitamins and antioxidants, I knew that this mask would be a winner for me. My skin radiated with brightness and health just from the first use, I washed it off and I couldn't take my eyes off my face, it looked and felt so clean and treated. It also helps reduce wrinkles and saggy skin while balancing the skin to help it never be too oily or too dry, but just right.
In addition you'll find these other amazing ingredients to feed your skin with so much goodness, you'll be hooked on this product by day one:
- Gooseberry: High in antioxidants and vitamins to minimize the signs of aging
- Papaya: contains vitamins and fruit enzymes to improve the appearance of skin
- Sunflower Oil: rich in vitamins to reduce the signs of aging
- Sesame Oil: improves skin texture and appearance
- Biocomplex: a booster of antioxidants, vitamins, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin
The Cranberry Pomegranate Masque is suitable for those looking to prevent the look of aging and want to achieve a brighter skin tone.
So whether you're looking to treat blemishes or just give your skin a little brightening boost, these two masques can definitely help you achieve that and more.....and all the while doing it with ingredients found in mother nature.