As more and more people realize the benefits of all natural skin products, many are turning to homemade skin care. Why not? Your skin can only benefit from ingredients found in nature and even in your kitchen. No chemicals, no preservatives, just pure heaven. Here are some homemade facial masks that will moisturize, soften and invigorate your skin.
Homemade facial masks with Mango
Yes, mango is an amazing fruit, one that contains lots of vitamins, potassium, calcium, magnesium and is loaded with fiber. Mangoes also contain flavonoids that help to strengthen the immune system, antioxidants that may help prevent heart disease and some cancers. The benefits of mangoes goes on and on.
The best part is that mangos are great for sensitive skin, healing chapped skin, relieving skin irritations and protecting skin from the assaults of the environment. I won’t even get into mango benefits for your hair. Here’s how to make a facial mask with mango:
Use 2 tbls of chopped mango pulp, 1 tbls of honey and 1 tls of almond oil. Just mix it together, apply to face and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Avocado Facial Mask
A homemade facial mask that contains avocados with oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help lower cholesterol. Potassium, folate, and catanoid lutein are all terrific for your health, but it’s the significant amount of vitamin E that gets our attention when trying to repair skin.
Combine 1 mashed avocado with 1 cooked and mashed carrot, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 egg, beaten and 3 tbls of honey. Leave on face for 15 minutes and rinse with cool water. With regular use, this natural face mask can help rebuild collagen, improve skin tone and fade age spots.
Clarifying Face Mask
This homemade face mask, courtesy of Spa Magazine, uses bentonite, a mineral rich clay that will draw out impurities and jojoba oil which dissolves sebum in pores. This is the mask for you if you suffer from oily skin and recurring breakouts.
Combine 2 tbls of bentonite clay (check your health food store), 1 tbls apple cider vinegar, and 1 tsp jojabo oil in a blender. Apply to face, leave on for 20, and wash off with lukewarm water.
Milk powder contains lactic acid which gently exfoliates your skin, eliminating dead skin cells and revealing soft glowing skin. Combine 1 Tbls milk powder, 1 Tbls honey, and 1 egg yolk, apply to face and rinse off after 20 minutes.
If the smell of strawberries gives you a lift , this homemade facial mask will be the highlight of your day. All it takes is a 1/2 cup of strawberries and 1 tbls of yogurt. Add mashed strawberries to the yogurt, smooth over skin and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water and watch your acne subside.
This homemade facial mask has all the benefits of an expensive facial at your local spa:
Combine ½ teaspoon manuka honey, ½ teaspoon aloe vera gel, ½ teaspoon cold-pressed organic coconut oil, and ½ teaspoon raw cacao powder in a medium-size bowl until a loose paste forms. Cleanse your face and place a hot towel over your skin for a few minutes to open your pores. Apply and lightly massage it in until the mask feels sticky. Leave the mask on your face for 5-10.
Manuka honey is jam-packed with vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants. It helps keep your skin radiant and firm. It also has antibacterial properties to help heal blemishes. Aloe provides moisture and helps restore damaged skin. It nourishes and moisturizes your skin. Make sure to get the edible aloe vera gel from your local health-food store.
Coconut oil is a rich, natural source of one of the most important lipid soluble antioxidants – Vitamin E. It moisturizes, nourishes and protects your skin. Use unrefined coconut oil and cocao powder supplies your skin with hundreds of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. What’s more, it nourishes and exfoliates your skin.
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