Grandma Lee’s Homemade Cucumber Face Masque

Between the cold, dry air outside and the dry, heated air recirculated indoors, winter is notorious for drying out skin. I’ve found that I have to switch up my skincare regimen depending on the season. For winter, I usually change my moisturizing cream to something a little heavier. To help my moisturizer do its job, I usually exfoliate about once a week. Most of the time I use a commercial product, but occasionally I get inspired to mix up my mom’s homemade cucumber face masque.

I like the coolness of the cucumber and the odd, tightening feeling as the masque would slowly harden (though not completely). Best of all is the silky-soft and smooth feeling of the skin after the masque is wiped off with the washcloth—like a clean baby’s bottom.

The ingredients remind me of tzatziki, a Greek condiment for gyros or souvlaki. There’s a lot to like about this masque—it’s cheap, simple, and all-natural. Make it a party—invite the girls and boys to try it out. You will definitely feel a difference.

Grandma Lee’s Homemade Cucumber Face Masque Recipe

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5 Tips to Younger Looking Skin

The other day my mom told me that I looked younger than my younger sister who is five years younger than I am. I was flattered, of course, but then I pointed out that I didn’t have to take care of two children under the age of 5, and that I happened to get a sample facial treatment at Neiman Marcus as I purchased her special Bvlgari day/night cream for her birthday. We had a good laugh about that.

But it got me to thinking, what other factors might contribute to looking younger—aside from sleep and sampling expensive beauty products? Continue reading

Ingredients to Watch Out For in Cosmetics

I’m slowly catching up on my newspaper readings. Although most people would toss the Sunday paper within a couple of days of getting it, I generally like to make sure I skim through the contents in case I happen to run across a food review, recipe, or an article that might inspire/teach me something new. The downside is the clutter, but all that can be relatively managed by a more dedicated effort to go through the papers more promptly. (Note to self…)

Most of us have the common sense to avoid what makes us sick. But do we do the same when in comes to cosmetics? Unless you have allergies to certain ingredients, chances are you don’t read labels. Better start reading them because it can make a world of difference to your skin health.

Here are some ingredients in cosmetics to avoid: Continue reading