Do It Yourself: Homemade Facial Masks

Everyone wants a beautiful face and the toxins and pollutions of the outside world can often affect your facial skin. That is why it is important to pull out these intoxicants with facial masks and scrubs in order to keep your face clean and smooth. Don’t run out to the store and buy the first brand that you see just yet. You can make your own natural facial masks from typical products that you may have in your kitchen.

Putting natural substances on your face rather than store bought products (that have several chemicals that were mixed up in a lab) is the best alternative to preserving your facial beauty. Nature has a lovely array of substances that are made to accommodate your type of skin.

I have started a recipe list for people who are ready to stop spending money on expensive facial products and to start treating their skin with natural and organic products.

Honey is a great ingredient for making your own facial mask. Honey is one of nature’s skin healing substances that has the ability to help heal wounds, burns and skin ulcers: inflammation, swelling and honey helps to reduce pain. Honey provides a moist environment, which promotes the growth of new skin tissue. Although a moist environment also favors the growth of infecting bacteria, the anti-microbial properties of honey prevent infection. But unlike other antiseptics, honey is not harmful to tissues, and actually speeds up the growth of new tissue to heal the wound.

Here are a few quick and easy recipes that are made with honey!!

Moisturizing Honey and Egg Mask

This recipe is recommended for dry skin.

1 tablespoon powdered milk
1 stiffly beaten egg white
1 egg yolk
1-teaspoon honey

Mix together and apply to your face. Leave on for 10-15 min. Rinse thoroughly

Honey of a Peach Mask

There is nothing more revitalizing than a peach and honey mask, which will leave your skin feeling soft and silky.

1 large peach or nectarine, skinned
3 teaspoons honey
Lecithin powder or 2 tablespoons yogurt

Mash the peach (or nectarine) and honey and apply to your face. Leave on 10-15 min. Rinse.

Honey Mask

This is mildly antiseptic.

1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons honey
10 drops almond oil

Whip until creamy. Store any extra in a jar in fridge.

Honey Oat Mask

1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons finely crushed almonds
1 teaspoon powdered clay
4 tablespoons uncooked oatmeal or cornstarch

Mix together, adding little water if mixture is too thick to spread. Apply to face. Gently massage face, using an upward, circular motion as you rinse for best results.

Honey Nut Full Body Masque

1 handful finely crushed almonds
5 tablespoons uncooked oatmeal
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup hot water

Mix all ingredients to form a paste. Slather on (especially on back and chest areas) and leave for 10 minutes. Massage in; rinse off.

Heavenly Mask

1 tablespoon yogurt
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon honey

Mix gently and let stand until paste is at room temperature. Smooth mask onto clean face, and lie down for 20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Apply astringent and moisturizer for best results.

Fruit is also a highly recommended ingredient to add to your facial mask. The smells and revitalizing essence of fruit is sure to rejuvenate your spirit. Here is a list of fruit based masks that you can make from the comfort of your home.

Rejuvenating Avocado-Banana Masque

Recommended for dry or sensitive skin.

1/4 mashed ripe avocado
1/2 mashed ripe banana
2 tablespoons plain yogurt (not low-fat)
1 teaspoon wheat germ oil
Mix all ingredients. Apply mixture to face. Leave on for 30 min. Rinse with warm water.

Strawberry Mask

1/2 cup ripe strawberries
1/4 cup cornstarch

Mix strawberries and cornstarch together to make a paste and apply it to your face. Leave on for 30 minutes, and then rinse off with cool water.

Fruit Punch Refresher

1/2 cup lemon yogurt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon grapefruit juice

Mix together; leave on face for 10 minutes. Rinse with cold club soda. Definitely refreshing!!

Tropical Paradise Mask
1/4 cup chopped fresh pineapple
1 tablespoon coconut milk

Place ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until very smooth.
Spread in a thin layer over skin. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Dry your skin by patting.
This tropical mask gives complexions a healthy glow. Bromelian, an enzyme found in fresh pineapple, removes dead skin cells.

Yummy Plum Mask

Recommended for blemished, oily skin.

6 plums
1 teaspoon almond oil

Boil the plums; cool. Mash plums with almond oil. Apply to skin. Leave on for 10-15 min.

Smoothing Peach Mask

1 ripe peach, peeled and pitted
1 egg white

Whip peach and egg white together in a blender until smooth. Gently pat the mixture on the face. Relax for 30 minutes, and then rinse off with cool water. Pat your face dry.

Tangy Oatmeal-Tomato Mask

Recommended for blemished skin.

1 ripe tomato, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon instant oatmeal or old-fashioned rolled oats

Blend ingredients by blender until combined well. Apply to skin; making sure the mixture is thick enough to stay on blemished areas. Add a more oatmeal to thicken the mask, if necessary. Leave the mask on for 10 min-15 mins, and then scrub off with a clean washcloth dipped in warm water.

Moisturizing Apricot Mask

Recommended for dry skin.

2 apricots
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
Pur�©e in a blender. Apply to face, avoiding eye area, and leave on for 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly

Sweet Apple Mask

Recommended for normal skin.

1 apple, cored and quartered
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon sage

Place the apple in a blender and chop. Add honey and sage and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Pat the mixture onto the face with a light tapping motion, tapping until the honey feels tacky. Leave mask on for 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

Sensual Avocado-Banana Masque

Recommended for dry or sensitive skin.

1/4 mashed ripe avocado
1/2 mashed ripe banana
2 tablespoons plain yogurt (not low-fat)
1 teaspoon wheat germ oil

Mix all ingredients. Apply mixture to face and leave on for up to 20 min. Rinse with lukewarm water. Pat face dry.

Spunky Vegetable Mask

Recommended for troubled skin.

1 tablespoon cucumber
1 tablespoon parsley
1 tablespoon yogurt

Mix in the blender until fluffy. Apply to clean skin. Leave on for up to 30 min. Rinse thoroughly.

I hope that God-willing these homemade facial masks will very beneficial for your skin. Please use all products at your discretion. If any ingredients in the recipes cause you to have an allergic reaction please discontinue use or do not use at all.

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