DIY face-lift facial
Want to temporarily tighten your face? Look no further than egg whites. Packed with protein, whipped egg whites will leave your skin baby-soft and taut. The addition of lemon juice and honey, a natural antiseptic, will create a mixture that also acts as an astringent, which is perfect for oilier skin.
1 egg white
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1. Mix the honey and lemon juice together.
2. Add the egg white and whisk into soft, white peaks.
3. Starting at the top of your forehead and working your way across your face, apply the mask with your fingertips in an upward stroking motion.
4. Sit and relax while it dries, about 10-15 minutes.
5. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
DIY rose water
If it was good enough for Cleopatra, it’s good enough for us. Used every day by this beauty who was renowned for her flawless skin, rose water is a natural astringent and an antibacterial, and it’s packed full of vitamin C, which heals and smooths the skin.
Large pot with domed lid
Heat-resistant glass or stainless-steel bowl (small enough to fit inside the pot)
Smaller bowl to set larger bowl on top of, or a brick.
2-3 quarts fresh rose petals
1. Place the smaller bowl upside down in the center of the pot. Alternatively, you could use a brick.
2. Place the petals inside the pot, all around the inverted bowl, and pour in enough distilled water to cover them.
3. Set the larger bowl on top of the inverted bowl, in the center of the pot, with the rim higher than the water by a few inches.
4. Cover the pot with the lid flipped upside down, and bring the rose petals to a boil. Once the water is boiling, fill the top of the lid (still flipped so it’s like a big bowl too) with ice cubes.
5. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 hours.
When the heat hits the cold lid, it causes condensation, which then drips into the collector bowl in the pot. The result is pure rose water.
6. Add more ice as needed. The yield should be between one pint and one quart of fragrant rose water.
6. Store the rose water in a glass bottle with a spray top or tight-fitting lid.
Hint: If you didn’t use red roses, you can add a drop of beet juice to give it a pink glow.
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