Apricot masks for dry and oily skin

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I love apricots. For me they are all about my childhood. I remember my mom always telling me to eat them when they were in season (and we had a looot of apricots in my grandma’s  garden:) She would always say that if I eat enough during the summer my eyes will he healthy all year-long. And she was right- apricots are rich in vitamins A, C and E as well as carotenoids that reduce the risk of eye vision problems. (Thus, they improve eye health and prevent macular degeneration.)

Now, when I spend a few summer weeks at my parent’s country house in Ukraine I enjoy tremendously this sweet, yellow-orange colored fruit! Apricots are so fragrant, juicy, and just simply amazing! But I make sure not only enjoy the taste of this heavenly fruit, but put it on my skin!

If I don’t have enough time for a mask, I would just simply tear the apricot in two (chosen the most ripe one) and rub it all over my face and neck! That is it! Then wash it off in a couple of minutes, and immediately my skin would look fresher and younger because apricot is such an amazing skin exfoliant! They are not only a great source of vitamin A, C and E, but also B vitamins,  magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, etc…

When I have more time, I would make a real mask adding other ingredients as well. And this mask that I want to offer today is one of the easiest masks you can make! Just make sure the apricot is really ripe, and of course it goes without saying use organic if possible. We don’t need pesticides and chemicals on our skin (as well as inside us, right?) You know, it takes 26 seconds for your skin to absorb whatever you put on it and send it to your bloodstream. So, let’s only use the best ingredients and stay healthy and young:)

Facial masks and scrubs prepared with apricot can eliminate blemishes, reduce blackheads, and make your skin healthier and radiant, helps skin fight the signs of aging.

Well, enough talk.

Here is the Apricot and sour cream mask for dry skin:

Half of one ripe apricot (about 2 t)

1 t good organic sour cream (not part-skim)

1/2 t olive oil

Peel and mash apricot with a fork, add sour cream and olive oil. That’s it! The skin elixir is ready:)

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Follow the instruction for applying the mask below.

 

Apricot and avocado mask for dry skin

1/2 of a ripe organic apricot (about 2 t)

2 t ripe avocado

1 t sour cream (optional)

Mash apricot and avocado in a small bowl. If the mixture is too thick, add sour cream.

Apricot and avocado mask

Follow the instruction for applying the mask below.

 

Apricot and yogurt mask for oily skin

1/2 of a ripe organic apricot (about 2 t)

1 t plain yogurt

Mash apricot with a fork and add yogurt.

Follow the instruction for applying the mask below.

 

How to apply the mask:

Clean your skin well and apply the mask to your face, neck and decollete, following massage lines. It will be enough for all three, trust me! Sure, if someone applied it for you, so you could just relax and receive the treatment, that would be just awesome, but you can do it yourself! I even have enough to put some on my hands (you know how the skin there can be…right?- Here is your chance to pamper you hands as well!)

After you apply the mask, set the timer for 20 minutes, grab a few paper towels and a towel to put under your head (just in case), lie down and place your ‘apricot hands’ on top of your belly on paper towels! Relax and enjoy the Zen moment….

Maybe put some music on beforehand, you know, to make your experience more spa-like…

After 20 minutes wipe the mask with those paper towels first, being careful not to pull skin, but just remove what’s on your face, following the massage lines, and then wash with warm water and pat dry. Follow with a toner for your skin type or rose water, and then your favorite face cream.

 

Don’t you love the way you look now?

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