Feb 9, 2009

Honey the acne buster

No wonder Winnie the Pooh doesn't have acne !

Are you suffering from acne or dry skin? Honey can eliminate your troubles.

Honey is a good humectant. It is able to absorb moisture and retain it.

If you have a dry skin due to aging or external factors that has caused your skin to lose its ability to retain moisture, don’t worry - honey is what you need.

Honey is also an effective antimicrobial agent. It prevents the growth of certain bacteria on your skin partly because of its high sugar content that limits the amount of water available for the growth of bacteria.

Given honey’s acidity and low protein content, it cuts down the availability of nitrogen for bacteria growth.

Unlike normal acne creams sold in clinics and pharmacies, honey doesn’t strip off your skin’s natural moisture and give you dry skin.

Honey is also used as medical treatment because of its wonderful healing properties. Be prepared as you click on the link as the pictures on the website might be a little disturbing.

Off the Kitchen
Acne buster honey gel

1. Dissolve ¼ teaspoon of salt in ½ a cup of warm water
2. Dap a cotton ball into the water and apply onto acne or pimples
3. Hold on the cotton ball for 3-5 mins for the acne or pimples to soften
4. Use a cotton bud to dap honey and apply onto acne or pimples

Honey watery mask
1. Evenly mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 teaspoons of milk to create a smooth paste
2. Apply paste onto your face and neck
3. Leave on for 10 – 15mins
4. Rinse off with warm water

Jan 12, 2009

Hydrating watermelon

Have you seen a square watermelon ?!

Besides quenching your thirst, the watermelon is a highly powerful antioxidant and hydrating fruit.

The watermelon is rich in Vitamins A and B. These vitamins let your skin emanate a radiant glow like what you see in youthful complexion.

The acids in the fruit act as exfoliating agents, dutifully removing dead skin cells from you face, revealing your younger skin beneath.

Containing 92 percent water by weight, watermelon’s high water content makes it an excellent skin moisturizer. It's hydrating property prevents your skin from drying and wrinkling, thus, making your skin elastic and firm !

Off the Kitchen
Watermelon hydrating toner
1. Mix 1 cup of watermelon chunks and 3 table spoons of water in a blender
2. Filter the residue
3. Pad the watermelon juice on face
4. Rinse after 10-15 minutes

Watermelon cleansing paste
1. Cut out a few pieces of watermelon
2. Mash the watermelon into a paste (careful not to turn it to watermelon juice!)
3. Apply the paste onto the face and massage for 2 mins
4. Wash off with cool water after leaving on for 5-10 mins