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March/April 2010

Skin Care From the Kitchen

by Joanne O'Donnell

Recently the inspiration to “go green” has been sweeping the nation and our world due to growing concerns over our health and the environment.  With this rise in awareness of the damaging effects of chemicals on our bodies and our surroundings,  many of us are looking for a more natural approach to skin care.

Skin care products using common synthetic toxins to preserve products, many times cause more damage to the cellular structure of the skin than the benefits advertized in the product.  The average person absorbs as much as 4.6 pounds of toxins from personal care products per year. These toxins accumulate in fatty cells and organs, and don't get flushed out of the system

For a healthier approach to skin care, here’s a great mask recipe – one hundred percent chemical free. Your skin will be left feeling soft, nourished, and balanced.

Honey-E Renewal Mask

3 Tbsp of honey                                   
3 Tbsp of milk
2 Tbsp of oatmeal
1 vitamin E capsule

Directions: Open vitamin E capsule and mix together with remaining ingredients until well combined.  Smooth onto face and neck.  Allow nutrients to soak in for 10-15 minutes. Exfoliate by gently massaging mask into skin for several minutes (add water if needed).  Wipe off with warm damp cloth.


Honey - Provides mild antiseptic abilities, antioxidants and is a natural moisturizer having the ability to retain moisture.

Milk - Contains lactic acid, to help rid the dead skin cells on our skin’s surface.  Milk also contains proteins, enzymes, amino acids, and antioxidants, which all benefit the skin. 

Oatmeal - Excellent for calming skin irritations.  Relieves skin rashes and brings skin into balance.

Vitamin E - Due to its antioxidant activity, vitamin E is vital in protecting skin cells from ultra violet light, pollution, and other elements that produce cell damaging free radicals.

Joanne O'Donnell is the owner of Bloomfield Esthetics Day Spa in West Bloomfield, Michigan and is passionate about creating botanically active, toxin-free skin care.  Be Natural Organics is a Michigan company that started locally and is an active member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.  It supports the Truth in Labeling Pledge and is actively pursuing the removal of harmful synthetic toxins in skin care products.  Please visit www.bloomfieldesthetics.com

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