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I believe in putting food on my face, what about you?
Here are some easy, fun ways to quickly “fix” your skin up!

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Eyes-Puffy – Irritated
Cold cucumber slices, cut them thin (peel the green skin off)  Lay down, place the cool cucumber slices over your closed eyes.  Leave them on for 5 minutes, and then get 2 more cold slices.  5 More minutes,  Voila-plump under eye area, glowing skin, and reduction of redness.  Why it works:  This is why cucumber on eyes is so often used for the dark circles under the eyes. This skin lightening effect can also make your skin appear youthful and glowing. The ascorbic acid and caffeic acid in cucumbers brings down the water retention in the eyes. This will reduce the swelling and puffiness around the eye

-OR- Try Cold tea bags

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Boil a little water (1/4 cup) in a cup/dish, and then add 2 tea bags (green or black tea) now place cup and tea bags in refrigerator (freezer if you want it faster)  When cold, remove tea bags and lightly squeeze them out.  Immediately place over closed eyes, lay down. CHILL for 5 or more minutes.  Remove and admire.  Need a little more, re soak the bags in the cold tea water and re-apply.   Why it works:  Caffeinated tea, contains natural tannins, is a mild diuretic and has been long-used by women from grandmothers to runway models for reducing eye puffiness and red eyes.   Alternatively, IF you have a stye, use the tea bags very warm on the area several times a day.  You will need heat to relieve symptoms from a stye.


 

Itchy Irritated Skin – Psoriasis, over heated skin, bug bites, acne  

If you have a little spray bottle, you are in luck.  Thoroughly clean with soap and hot water.  Let dry.  Fill this with 3 equal parts: Distilled Water, Organic (or not) Apple Cider Vinegar, and witch Hazel. Give it a good shake for 30 seconds.  Use it to mist skin (EYES CLOSED) whenever you have itchiness.  It is a great toner for oily and acne skin because it brings the normal acid mantle BACK to your skin.  IF you don’t have a spray bottle, use any (CLEAN) glass container and wipe the solution on with cotton pads.

Our skin is happiest at pH 4.7-5.5.   Our skin has a thin, protective layer on its surface, referred to as the acid mantle. This acid mantle is made up of sebum (free fatty acids) excreted from the skin’s sebaceous glands, which mixes with lactic and amino acids from sweat to create the skin’s pH, which ideally should be slightly acidic. Bringing back the acid mantle helps a lot with acne and psoriasis.  Bacteria does not enjoy acidic environments.  When you use commercial soaps and cleansers, your skins pH is altered to the Alkaline side of the scale for up to 6 hours.  Healthy happy skin likes the acidic environment, and it will look and behave better for you!

This spray can also be used (carefully test it first) on rosacea to help with the irritation and the mites that are believed to be in the skin.  Apple Cider vinegar is natures first aid, and every household should have a bottle.  Be sure you get the Apple Cider Vinegar that has the “mother” in it (bits on the bottom floating)

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