Mirtha and Rita

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Our Garden Gang   Presents...

February Facials-Feeling Fruity?

Fruity Mirtha
Fruity Mirtha Stuwort

Feeling fruity this month? Got cabin fever? The winter blahs? Well here are some fun fruity facials for you to try!

This month I have a very special guest to help us with some great beauty tips! Please welcome Mrs. Fix-It, Red Black's "lovely wife Rita!"

Mirtha  

Mrs. Fix-it - Rita
The Lovely Rita

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Beauty Potions for Everyone!

Mirtha: Thank you Rita for joining us!

Rita: Youíre more than welcome Miss Stuwort! I have had many requests for my beauty secrets. Living with a man like Red is not easy you know Ė I need all the help I can get!

Before and After...
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AFTER the facial!

Mirtha: After his visit last month, I can see why!

Rita: Now Mirtha what is your skin type? Normal?

Mirtha: Well I am definitely not normal! But I guess my skin could be classified as such.

Rita: HmmmÖletís try an orange peel on you then.

Mirtha: I would rather eat the orange! But this feels refreshing!

Rita: Now that youíve enjoyed that weíll wash it off now dear.

Mirtha: Oh my! What are you doing now? It feels gushy!

Rita: Iím applying about a half of a mashed banana to your face. It will erase the dark circles under your eyes.

Mirtha: Are you saying I need this treatment?

Rita: Oh no dear! Not you! Now doesnít your face feel much better?

Mirtha: Well strangely it does. But Rita, what do you do for your beauty regimen?

Rita: I have very dry skin. The winters where I live can be quite harsh you know. I will mash the flesh from an avocado with a tablespoon of sour cream and leave it on for 5 minutes. I have to do this when Red is not home, as he likes to lick my face when I have this on! Actually itís the Vitamin E and other compounds that replenish the moisture in your skin.

Mirtha: Wow! I didnít know that fruit could be so beneficial for your skin!

Rugged Outdoorsman Red Black
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beauty potion for Red!

Rita: Red will kill me for telling you this though. He has very oily skin. I figure it must be from tinkering with all those contraptions of his. I told him I wanted to use steam to deep cleanse his skin. So guess what the big lug did?

Mirtha: Iím afraid to ask!

Rita: He emptied the insides out of an old washing machine and duct taped about a half dozen steam irons on it and all pointing toward the center. Red gave it a test and it looked as if it actually might work until one of the irons misfired and scalded his cheek quite badly. I never heard Red use so many, ahem, "bad" words in all the days of our marriage.

Mirtha: So I guess his steaming days are over then? I heard you two had a pretty steamy relationship!

Rita: Well we do! But now Red gets his steaming done the safe way. He sits calmly (or what passes for calmly with him) and puts a towel over his head and makes a tent over a steaming basin of hot water. The secret is to have the slices from one lemon floating in it. After he is done, he splashes some cold water over his face to tighten his pores. After one of these treatments Ė he looks like a new man!

Mirtha: Hmmm...I have some men that I would like to try that one on! But anyway hereís a list of fruits that make you healthy from the inside out!

  • For dull hair and weak nails: Eat apples! The silicon and pectin boost the keratin in your nails and hair.

  • For bruises: Eat a potassium enriched banana.

  • For fine lines: Try plyphenol rich berries.

  • For dry, flaky skin: Care for a cantaloupe anyone? Loaded with Vitamin A and Lycopene

  • To look younger: Eat lots of citrus fruits.

  • To deep clean skin: Peel a papaya and enjoy the fruits skin purifying properties.

  • For blemishes: The bromelain in pineapple banishes blemishes.

  • For looking pale: A plumís Vitamin A will boost your circulation.

Work hard at natural beauty
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Rita: Oh my, Mirtha Ė you sure have done your homework on this!

Mirtha: Well I can be a bit fruity you know!

Rita: Yes we know dear. So in essence, if youíre fruity on the inside, youíll look great on the outside!

Mirtha: I couldnít have said it better myself. Thanks for joining me!

Rita: My pleasure ( I think).

Extra hints from Rita:

If you want to look years younger, go buy some apricots and put one and 1 tablespoon baking soda in a blender for a few seconds. Rub this over your clean, dry face. Your skin will tingle and your fine lines will vanish. Leave on for a minute and rise off.

Another way to banish blemishes is to blend two strawberries with 1 tablespoon cornstarch and apply to clean, dry skin. Itís the strawberry seeds that slough away your skinís rough patches. Plus they are high in salicylic acid, an ingredient in acne cream!

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Remember, if you can't be beautiful on the outside,
then at least be beautiful on the INSIDE!

Red Black                                      

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