Whole-wheat Flour Mask

       The skin is the largest organ of the human body. It is sensitive to external factors, such as uv rays, dirt and cold weather, as well as emotional influences like stress. These conditions have adverse effects on the skin. However, most problems can be prevented with proper maintenance. The skin produces millions of new cells each day, completely regenerating itself within 30-40 days. Around the age of 35, the skin's natural rejuvenating processes begin to slow, at which point a facial mask can be extremely beneficial.

Before applying a mask, cleanse the skin with witch hazel. To apply a mask properly, begin at the chin then move up to the cheeks and forehead. Apply the mask to the nose next. Lastly, spread the mask on the throat, moving from bottom to top.

Treat yourself to a facial mask once or twice each week, using fresh, organic ingredients when possible.

Whole-wheat Flour Mask

1 qt. distilled water
4 tsp. dried or 8 tsp. fresh rose petals
peels from 1-2 organic oranges
2-3 tbsp. milk
2 tbsp. rose water
2 tsp. honey
4 tbsp. whole-wheat flour

1. Boil the water and remove from heat. Add rose petals and orange peels, cover, and allow to steep until lukewarm or cool.

2. In a separate pan, heat milk, rose water and honey; remove from heat. Add the flour and whisk into a thick paste.

3. Apply the paste to the face and neck. Leave on for 20 minutes.

4. Remove the mask with the rose-orange water. Pat dry.

5. Apply your favorite moisturizer.

Since honey is rich in sugars, enzymes and acids, it helps to disinfect and heal blemishes. It can also freshen dry, stressed and sensitive skin.

Whole-wheat flour is rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that promotes cell respiration, stimulates the production of anti-inflammatory compounds and slows the aging process. It has also been suggested that vitamin E can lower the risk of skin cancer.

Roses refine the structure of the skin and balance its functions.