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Adventures in Non-Fiction: A Day at the Spa (In Your Fridge)

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Is there a hobby that you've always wanted to try but you don't know where to start?  Try the library!  We have the information; all you need to do is bring curiosity and the courage to try something new!

I spend way too much time at Sephora.  Are you familiar?  It’s a huge store filled with products that promise to make you shiner, beautiful, and less tired looking.  I'm embarrassed to say how much money I've spent there and that I have no idea what I'm putting on my skin.

I've been interested in making my own beauty care products for awhile now but have always been intimidated by the ingredients.  Witch Hazel, gingerroot, juniper berries?  What?  So it was back to Clearasil and not knowing anything about taking care of my skin.  So when I was shelving in the non-fiction collection the other day and found Stephanie Tourles' book, Organic Body Care Recipes, I thought...why not give it a shot?
 
The book is separated into sections that cover topics like hair, body, face and health problems (sinus headaches and such).  I went straight to the mask treatments and found one called Papaya No-More-Pores Double Mask Treatment.  The mask promised a slight bleaching action that evens skin tone and leaves your skin with a "wonderful glow."  Well.  I like the sound of that!
 
All you need for the basic mask is a fourth of a cup of mashed raw papaya and a teaspoon of fresh pineapple juice. I mixed together the ingredients and started to put it on my face, but I have to be honest...I ended up eating the whole thing! The banana and heavy cream treatment became a snack as well, but if it actually makes it to your face it will "moisturize, hydrate, and pamper even the driest skin."
 
So here's the thing, I can't promise that after you put some produce on your face, you'll end up looking like a supermodel.  But I was inspired by this book.  I liked learning about how everyday products can help your skin and I liked the idea that beauty products can be affordable.  So before you drop a ton of money at Sephora, check out this book and dig through your pantry.  Worse case scenario?  You'll make a really great snack. 
 
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