OK, I'm going to get right to the point—because when your skin breaks out, there's no time to lose! And this might be just the solution—it's all natural, probably something you already have in your house—plus it works like crazy and is super-cheap.
I have three—if I do say so myself—gorgeous daughters. And my green leanings, though well accepted in the kitchen, can be a battle elsewhere. When it comes to what goes in the closet agreeing on eco-clothing is getting way easier, but we had serious head-butting when it came to what's in the bathroom cabinet.
Though my kids, like the fresh-faced teens in Greensburg, are blessed with good and virtually clear skin, before they experienced how truly useful my natural-is-better mantra was on zapping zits, we had a plethora of toxic tubes and tonics teetering on every possible bathroom surface—enough to stock a medium sized CVS and they were mostly directed at my tween and teens occasional breakouts. Filled with parabens, SLS and synthetic fragrances, these expensive treatments promise beautiful skin, but rarely deliver the great effects of ye olde tyme egg white mask.
How to have clean and clear skin in about 15 minutes.
What you can expect:
1. Fun breaking and separating the egg.
2. Firmer looking skin.
3. Reduced redness and inflammation.
4. Fewer breakouts.
Here's the recipe:
1. Take one egg (organic please—better for you and planet!).
2. Break it.
3. Separate out the yoke (this you can mush into your hair for a nice conditioner if you're planning on hopping in the shower to wash off your mask—but be sure the water's not too hot—or you'll be picking scrambled eggs out of your hair!).
4. Tie your hair back fro your face so it doesn't get stuck in the egg.
5. Pat the egg white onto a clean face avoiding your eyes and mouth.
6. Let it dry—about 10 minutes for it to dry tight.
7. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
8. Let youhttp://cm.howstuffworks.com/article-template.php?step2r face air dry (you don't want to disturb what experts call the 'mantle' as this actually protects your skin from further breakouts).
I suggest thihttp://cm.howstuffworks.com/article-template.php?step2s weekly, or even twice a week if skin is feeling oily or upset. It works wonders for tween and teen skin or oily combination skin.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
More Natural Beauty Options:
If you do think you need an occasional scrub to slough off the top layer, check out this awesome homemade mask, (but avoid it if you have an irritated, active breakout—in whick case tame whopping zits with this garlic and vinegar recipe from Summer Rayne and when you're gorgeous and done you can make salad dressing!.)
If you want to mix it up with movie-star highlights (au naturale of course) check out John Master's recipe for golden-green hair
Or amazing sugar hair spray from Kathy Semke's innovative Eco-salon Katherine Winters.
Lynda Fassa is Planet Green's babies and family expert. She's the founder of Green Babies cotton baby clothes and the author of Green Babies, Sage Moms: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Your Organic Baby, and the forthcoming Green Kids, Sage Families: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Your Organic Family, both from Penguin NAL. Read her previous posts here.