Tips & Tricks: Food + Face

I have been following the blog of a super fun lady…..her blog is CRUNCHY BETTY.  I like to follow her articles- and I have passed on bits of her ideas to you….I also have tried most of the recipes she recommends.  Her posting recently was based on a couple of manuscripts written in 1779 & 1609.  (Go to her blog for the full story–it’s awesome).

Anyway, she share this scan of 2 pages:

How neat is that?  For me, it validates the return to our ancestors’ cleaning methods; and here is why:  Recipes very similar to those (minus a few hard to find ingredients) are still used today– by me and by many others who read Crunchy Betty.

Here is an example from her site:

“16. To help a face that is red or pimpled”

“Dissolve common Salt in the iuyce of Lemmons, and with a linnen cloth pat the patients face that is full of heat or pimples. It cureth in a few dressings”.

“Does this translate today?: yeah! One of the most well-known home remedies for getting rid of pimples is lemon juice, and even though salt is reported as comedogenic, I’ve read hundreds of reports from acne sufferers that this exact remedy works for them today”. 

IF YOU TRY THIS, be sure to dilute the lemon juice with water and only add more lemon juice after you determine a comfortable level.  Citric acid is strong and may sting in concentrated amounts.  As with all food on the face recipes, ingredient amounts vary depending on your skin type and what you are after (just like in your spaghetti sauce) 🙂  You can also try a paste of apple cider vinegar and a dab of baking soda.

So there you have it- we are not crazy.  Our foremothers were unable to buy Clearasil® which is full of these ingredients:

Water Diluent
Glycerin Solvent
Myristic Acid None
Stearic Acid Thickener
Palmitic Acid Other
Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate Other
Lauric Acid Other
Potassium Hydroxide pH Adjuster
Fragrance / Parfum Fragrance
Isoceteth-20 None
Triclosan Other
Pentasodium Pentetate Complexing/Sequestering Agent
Tetrasodium Etidronate Complexing/Sequestering Agent
Menthol Flavor – Active
Caprylic Acid Other
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Other
Maltodextrin None
Capric Acid None
Sodium Hydroxide pH Adjuster
Sodium Benzoate Preservative
Potassium Sorbate Preservative


Or…… you can use Lemon Juice which is full of these:  Citric Acid.  The other nice part of using Lemon is that it is at most $0.50 to $1.00.

And, remember, lemon juice is a powerful cleaning agent too.  A few drops with vinegar and water can help to cut grease.

One other ingredient mentioned by the Great Great Great+ Ladies is Sweet Almond Oil.  I ordered some form a reputable online source and used it to pieces.  It is wonderfully absorbent on the skin and makes a great addition to any face mask, hand lotion, etc. you may make.

So try to research and put some food on your face.  It’s less expensive, and more importantly, as with my stance on grocery items- you can understand all of the ingredients.

Want some great food ideas? Leave a comment or contact Penny Gibbs.


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