In honor of our Sweet Salt Air contest, we found 5 easy beauty treatments for you to do at home.

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New York Times best-selling author Barbara Delinsky’s new book (check out our promotion and get ready for our Facebook chat with her!) Sweet Salt Air is about friendship, mystery and food! Herbs play a large part in the recipes of the book. We know that herbs can liven up a meal, but did you know that lavender oil can be used to soothe skin irritations? Or that apple cider vinegar can improve your digestion or that garlic can help your circulation? There’s tons of old herbal beauty recipes and health hints out there that don’t cost a lot of money and could do wonders for your complexion and more.

Before you start creating potions and lotions in the kitchen, Tip Nut reminds you that you should always: Use sterile utensils and containers when mixing food items. Wash hands really well so they’re clean before handling the treatment. Apply a bit of the mixture to the inner wrist before using on face. This will help ensure your skin won’t have a bad reaction to it (allergies). If skin begins to feel irritated or burning, wash off immediately.

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Masks

Oily Skin Mask (from naturaloldhomeremedies.com)

Ingredients:

1 tsp pineapple juice

1 tsp cornstarch

½ cucumber (pureed)

1 egg white

1 tbs lemon juice

1 tsp milk

Directions:

Mix 1 tsp. pineapple juice, 1 tsp. cornstarch, ½ cucumber (puree), 1 egg white, 1 tbs. lemon juice, 1 tsp. milk.

Apply this mixture all over the face (avoiding the sensitive eye area) and leave on for 15 minutes.

Then rinse thoroughly and apply a moisturizer made specifically made for oily skin.

Dry Skin Mask (from herbalfacemask.com)

Ingredients:

1 egg yolk

1 tsp honey

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp Vitamin E oil (if you have it)

Directions:

Mix one egg yolk, one teaspoon honey and a teaspoon olive oil and some vitamin E oil if you have it. Smooth on and leave on for 15 min. Rinse in lukewarm water and pat dry. If your skin is a bit dry you can put a dab or two of either extra virgin olive oil, or any light organic oil, like jojoba or almond if you need a heavier moisturizer after cleansing or a good moisturizing facial mask

Normal/Combination Acne Mask(from herbalfacemask.com)

Why buy acne products when you use strawberries? Strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid which is found in most over-the-counter acne medicines, according to Janice Cox, the author of Natural Beauty at Home. This is Cox’s recipe. The yogurt is great for soothing skin.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup strawberries (fresh, not frozen please)
1/4 cup sour cream or non-flavored yogurt

Directions:
Mash together the strawberries and yogurt or sour cream. Spread on face and wash after 10-15 minutes.

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Rose Water

Rose water can be used to soothe irritated skin; it can also be used for its anti-aging properties.

This recipe is from mountainroseherbs.com.

Although distilling fresh rose petals (Rosa spp.) generally produces rose water, the following method is simple and effective, and it ensures a perfect rose water every time. Be sure you use fresh roses that have just begun to open; they are at their prime and will yield the strongest water. The more fragrant the roses; the stronger the scent of the rose water. Using roses that have been sprayed with insecticides will result in the toxins being extracted into the water.

3 parts witch hazel extract, vodka, or gin

1 part distilled water

Fresh, organically grown roses or rose petals

Mix the witch hazel (or vodka or gin) with the distilled water. Place the fresh roses in a quart jar. Completely cover the roses with the alcohol mixture, adding enough extra that the alcohol mixture rises 2 to 3 inches above the flowers. Cover tightly and place in a warm, shaded area. Let the mixture sit for 2 to 3 weeks.

Strain out the roses and rebottle the water for use. Rose water does not need refrigeration, but storing it in a cool place will prolong its shelf life.

Astringent/Toner

This recipe is from mountainroseherbs.com.

The Queen of Hungary’s Water

This wonderful astringent lotion has been hailed as the first herbal product ever produced and marketed. Legend has it that the early Gypsies formulated it and claimed it to be a cure-all. Whether or not it is I hardly know, but I do know that it is an excellent astringent for the face and a great rinse for dark hair.

This is one of the world’s finest cosmetic formulas. It combines gentle common herbs in a masterful way, it’s easy to make, and it’s a versatile formula that serves many purposes. The Gypsies used it as a hair rinse, mouthwash, headache remedy, aftershave, footbath, and who knows what else! I have seen this formula sold in department stores in exotic little bottles for a fancy price. You can make it for the cost of a few herbs and a bottle of vinegar.

Ingredients:

6 parts lemon balm

4 parts chamomile

4 parts roses

3 parts calendula

3 parts comfrey leaf

1 part lemon peel

1 part rosemary

1 part sage

Vinegar to cover (apple cider or wine vinegar)

Rose water or witch hazel extract

Essential oil of lavender or rose (optional)

Directions:

Place the herbs in a widemouthed jar. Fill the jar with enough vinegar that it rises an inch or two above the herb mixture. Cover tightly and let it sit in a warm spot for 2 to 3 weeks. Strain out the herbs. To each cup of herbal vinegar, add 2/3 to 1 cup of rose water or witch hazel. Add a drop or two of essential oil, if desired. Rebottle. This product does not need to be refrigerated and will keep indefinitely.

Tell us: Have you ever tried a home beauty remedy?

PJ Gach is Managing Editor Spa Week Daily, Social Media Manager Spa Week.

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