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Apple Face Mask, excerpt from The Natural Beauty Book
By Anne Akers Johnson

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Mask are intensive treatments and should be limited to your once-a-week routine. Choose one that is well suited to your skin.
Facial Mask Basics
1. Before applying a mask, find a place where you can lie back without being disturbed. Spread a towel out where you will rest your head in case your mask drips.
2. Choose and prepare a recipe.
3. Pull your hair back off your face. Pull long hair back into a ponytail.
4. Wash your face so it’s nice and clean.
5. Run a washcloth under warm water, squeeze it out and hold it over your face for a few seconds to dampen your face. If you’ve just had a steam, skip this step.
6. Apply the mask all over your face and neck (if you like), avoiding your eye area. Lie back and let the mask work for 10-15 minutes. If it starts to feel itchy or uncomfortable, less time is OK.
7. If your mask is particularly chunky (like oatmeal) use your washcloth to gently wipe it off your face, shaking the bits of mask into the trash (this is the trick to avoiding clogged drains). Once it’s mostly off, rinse your face in warm water.
Beauty Book Facemasks

Apple Face Mask

Ingredients

1/2 Apple, grated into a bowl
2 t Honey
1 T Uncooked, regular oatmeal

Directions

Step 1: Grind the oatmeal into a flour in a clean coffee grinder or food processor if you have one. Unground oatmeal is OK too, it just makes the mask a little messier.
Step 2: Combine all the ingredients.
Step 3: Lie back and gently press small handfulls of the mask onto your face. Rub it along the sides of your face, then let it sit for 10-15 minutes before removing and rinsing.

For more homemade beauty projects like these, check out The Natural Beauty Book: Create Your Own Natural Spa Experience by Anne Akers Johnson. Also this month, as a special to CRAFT readers, get 25% off all Klutz titles by entering in the promo code CRAFT at checkout!


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  1. Samm says:

    Do we really want to encourage young girls to be obsessed with their appearance?
    Perhaps i am missing something.
    Can someone please explain?

  2. Natalie Zee Drieu says:

    This has nothing to do with being obsessed with appearance. Cleaning your face/skin is something all of us need to do at any age. Skincare isn’t makeup and we are showing them that natural skincare is best over buying products filled with chemicals.

  3. Samm says:

    A book marketed specifically to young girls with the tagline, “if you feel good, you look good.” sent up a red flag in my mind.
    Thank you for clarifying.

  4. Natalie Zee Drieu says:

    I actually can’t find the tagline you mention anywhere in the book or on the site. The tagline of the book is actually “Create Your Own Natural Spa Experience”. Also, the tagline you mention seems fine to me since it’s about feeling good. Were it reversed, to look good/feel good then I could see it raising a red flag.

  5. Samm says:

    The quote is on the back cover of the book.
    This quote along with the title of the book lead me to believe it was focused on beauty, not hygiene. This is also clearly marketed solely to girls.
    Perhaps i am being overly sensitive, but i think that the societal pressures for young girls to look a certain way are awful. I’m not saying that a single beauty book is responsible, but I don’t think it helps.

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