Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Honey-Lime Mask for Dry Flaky Skin

by:  Tara Fuller

Tired of dry flaky skin?  Tired of spending money on face products that don't live up to their hype? Me too! A few years ago while I was interning at a television news station in Eastern Washington during a brutally cold winter, I had quite an issue with dry, flaky skin. I tried anything and everything and anything including expensive weekly facials. Some worked better than others; but those that worked were only temporary at best.  You know how it goes. You leave for work feeling pretty good about yourself until a few hours later when you catch your reflection in the mirror.  YIKES...for me, this was a huge deal!  At the time, I was trying to put together an on-camera demo tape, which is required for a television job; and looking good for the camera was a requirement.  I stumbled on this honey-lime mask/scrub purely by accident. It's simple, inexpensive, all natural and you probably have everything you need for it in your kitchen. It is hands-down, the only scrub/mask I use that not only exfoliates, but also hydrates.  

1 Lime or Lime Juice*
Brown or White Sugar

Poor honey in a bowl, add just enough sugar to make a nice thick paste. Slowly squeeze lime juice over mixture until pliable but still thick.  Now here's the fun part!  Cleanse the face washing away any trace of makeup.  With fingertips or pastry brush, smooth mixture over face, neck and anywhere else you think may benefit.  Be mindful to keep it away from the eyes.  Every 2-3 minutes, gently rub in a circular motion for 30 seconds.  Continue this process for 10 minutes. Wash it away with warm water, pat the skin dry and apply face lotion.  I guarantee you will be amazed at the results!  It works especially well on cracked lips and tastes just like a lime-drop minus the vodka; so not too shabby!

*I have substituted lemon juice for lime but it's more stringent and can be irritating to the skin if you're sensitive.

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