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Home Treatment for Sunburn/Heat Rashes/Irritated Skin

Dr. Zhang recommends the following home remedies to soothe sunburn, heat rashes and irritated skin. The below home mask and spray cool the heat, distress, refresh and cleanse the skin at the same time.

 

Make a summer cool breeze spray based on some of the ingredients

used in Dr. Zhang’s Nefeli Pearl and Flower Toning Water – mix 25ml witch

hazel liquid extract, 20ml aloe vera liquid extract and 5 drops of

lavender in 100 ml of water. Spray on the skin and let the skin

soak in the cooling mix until completely dry.

Create a refreshing mask especially good for soothing sunburn. Mix

equal parts (about 1/2 teaspoon) of powdered extracts of Xia Ku Cao, sea

weed, Zhi Cao and Raw Licorice, 5 drops of liquid Comfrey Root extract

and 3 drops of essential rose oil extract. Then add enough water to the

mix to make into a thin paste. Apply to the face and wait 15 minutes. Then

wash off and follow with some natural skin cream.

These herbal essences are filled with natural anti-oxidants and can be found in Dr. Zhang's skin care collection. It calms the inflamed skin, balances Qi (body’s energy) and blood flow and delivers healing energy to where it’s needed on summer skin.

 

Eye-Beautifying Herbs to Apply Topically

Many eye-beautifying herbs - for eye bags, eye puffiness and dark eye circles - work wonderfully when applied directly to the eye area. Herbal wraps, washes and masks provide a worthwhile complement to your eye-beauty program. And they feel great. Herbal wraps especially promote relaxation and deep-tissue cleansing around the eyes. Simply dip a small towel in the hot water in which your herbs have been soaked and hold the warm towel to your eyes. The best times for warm applications of herbs are in the morning upon rising and in the evening before retiring.

Some of the recommended topical herbs below are better applied as a mask – that is, by rubbing or patting thick, sticky mixtures onto the skin. Or you can simply wash the area with the herbal liquid being careful not to splash it into your eyes.

Please note: since the eye area tends to be very sensitive, you should test any eye wash or mask in your inner wrist for 24 hours to make sure you are not allergic.

Chrysanthemum Flower Wash

This is an exceptionally pleasant treatment for the eye bags. Boil about 3 grams of loose, dried chrysanthemum flowers in 6 ounces of water for 10 minutes. When the water cools down enough, use the liquid to wash the eye areas thoroughly.  

Or they this variation: Boil 3 grams of dried chrysanthemums along with 1 green tea bag in 6 ounces of water for 10 minutes. When the water cools down, take out the tea bag and place it right on your puffy eye bag without squeezing it out. Leave it there for 10 to 15 minutes. Do this on each eye.

Rose Petals

As a blood moving herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine, rose petals are great for dark eye circles. Rose flowers move blood and detoxify the body, relieving swelling around the eyes. Buy or pick fresh roses and wash the flower petals thoroughly after you separate them. Then make a paste by crushing the petals with water and flour (oat, whole wheat or soybean). Apply the mask for 15 minutes and wash off. Peach blossoms also work fine.

Mint

As an external wind-relieving herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the volatile oils in the fresh peppermint and or other garden mints are very effective for reducing dark circles and eye bags. Dampen and press the leaves directly to your problem areas but do not place over the eyelids.

Rosemary Wash

Rosemary is well known as a fine tonic for the scalp which is why it’s an ingredient in many commercial shampoos. It also helps keep the skin free of wrinkles and also will rejuvenate the area around the eyes. Simply boil a handful of fresh rosemary leaves and flowers and use the cooled-down (but not cold) liquid as a face wash concentrating on the area around your eyes.

“Moving” Dark Circle Mask

This simple blend lets you take advantage of pearl’s skin-purifying function and Dan Gui’s (Chinese angelica root) ability to promote blood flow around the eyes. Make the mask by mixing 1 gram each of pearl powder and Dan Gui powder with 8 drops of fresh carrot juice or vitamin E oil. Apply the blend under each eye making sure you avoid contact with the eye itself. Leave on for 15 minutes and then gently wash it out. Follow up with a light application of olive oil.

 

Caution: It’s possible to be allegeric to any of the above natural masks. Before you use one, test it on a small part of your inner wrist by applying a dab there and wait a day. If an irritation occurs, don’t use the mask and consult a health care professional about your possible allergy. If nothing happens, go ahead and use the mask.

 

 

Anti-Wrinkle Masks Made From Food

Sometimes getting food on your face can do you a world of good. The following anti-wrinkle masks are made from food. They’re easy, fun and they work.

If you tend to have dry skin, you can add several drops of olive oil to any of the following masks. Or to increase their potency, you can also add ½ teaspoon of pearl powder and several drops of lemon juice.

 

Banana and Strawberry Mask

Blend ¼ banana and 3 strawberries and apply the mixture to your face for 15 minutes and then wash off clean.

Egg, Honey and Milk Mask

Mix 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of milk together and mix well. Apply the mixture to the face and wash it out after 15 minutes.

Luffa and Cucumber Mask

Use ¼ of a cucumber and a cut of fresh luffa that’s about the same size. Blend them together with an egg white and a 2” by 2” cube of tofu. Apply the mixture to your face once every two days for 15 minutes.

Kiwi and Milk Mask

Blend one kiwi with 1/8 cup of whole milk and apply half the mixture to your face, massaging it in. Leave on for 15 minutes and wash off.

Chestnut and Honey Mask

Collect about a gram of the inner skin of the chestnut shell. Crush it and mix it with 2 teaspoons of organic honey. Apply it to your clean face at night and wash away in the morning.

 

Caution: It’s possible to be allegeric to any of the above natural masks. Before you use one, test it on a small part of your inner wrist by applying a dab there and wait a day. If an irritation occurs, don’t use the mask and consult a health care professional about your possible allergy. If nothing happens, go ahead and use the mask.

 

 

 

 

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