Not a kitchen goddess? These five basic ingredients you might find in the kitchen or in your fridge are all you need for a successful do-it-yourself facial mask or skin toner at home. Throw in a piece of fruit or cheese for some variation, and you have some great recipes for homemade face masks.
Surprise, surprise! Egg whites are not only for diets—they make a great face mask too! Egg whites are known to cleanse, exfoliate, and lighten the skin. Because of their consistency, they make a great facial mask base.
Some of the simplest recipes for face masks contain egg whites. One particularly moisturizing and soothing face mask recipe combines:
Apply this mixture, leave on for 10 minutes, then wash with lukewarm water.
Egg-White Skin Tightener: Whisk up the white of one egg until stiff. Apply with fingertips to clean, dry skin. This is safe to use beneath your eyes or wherever you have tiny lines. But remember, egg-white skin tighteners will only last for about 4 hours before they need to be washed off and re-applied.
Egg-Yolk Moisturizer: If your skin is very sensitive and feels tight after a soap and water cleansing, try this: Mix 2 egg yolks with 1 tablespoon almond oil. Smooth the mixture over your face and neck. Tissue off. Re-apply and tissue off again. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Note: Egg whites dry skin whereas egg yolks provide moisture. This same feature apples to home hair remedies.
Honey is one of the more commonly used ingredients in recipes for face masks. An antibacterial and antiseptic, honey is a good remedy for acne as it cleanses the pores and stops bacteria from growing on the skin. It’s also a natural sunblock with antioxidant properties that protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
As an ingredient in recipes for face masks, honey is quite versatile. You can combine it with aloe vera, apple, apricots, avocado, carrot, cream cheese, cucumber, lemon, mango, pear, peach, and even strawberries, pineapple, wheat germ, and yogurt to make a basic honey mask. Just remove the seeds, pits, or skin from the other ingredient you’re using and mix with honey, then mash, puree, or blend to produce a smooth paste—voila! Apply on the face for 15 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. Easy, isn’t it?
Bananas aren’t just fun to eat — they’re also a perfect addition to recipes for face masks. They’re rich in everything that’s good for the body and the skin: magnesium, potassium, zinc, iodine, iron, and vitamins A, B, E, and F.
One facial mask that’s ideal for dry skin combines avocado, banana, and papaya—yes, good enough for dessert, but also rich in everything that makes your skin supple and smooth.
Just mash and combine all three ingredients until you have a nice, smooth paste, then apply on the face for up to 20 minutes. Don’t forget to make a fruit medley that you can enjoy after a quick face mask!
Wrinkle Free Facial Mask: This skin mask will nourish your face, avoid early ageing and prevent untimely formation of wrinkles. Mash 1 small banana; add 2 tbsp of fresh cream, 1 tbsp of honey and 1 tbsp oat flour. Mix it well till you get the consistency similar to that of yogurt. Apply this decoction on your face and keep it for 30 minutes or so. Rinse it with water.
Skin Glowing Facial Mask: Creates an instant radiant look. For this you will need 1/2 ripe banana, 2 tbsp. ground oats, pinch of Nutmeg, 2 tbsp. whole wheat flour, and if need be fresh milk or cream. Add all the ingredients and whip them well. To get the right consistency of a soft and smooth paste, keep adding the cream. Apply this mixture on your face for 5-10 minutes and rinse it thoroughly. Pat it dry.
Rich in fiber and an ideal breakfast staple—don’t forget the humble oatmeal. You’ll be surprised with what it can do for your skin and hair.
Oatmeal absorbs and removes the dirt and impurities in your skin and hair. It also deep cleanses your pores and scrubs and exfoliates your skin, leaving it soft and well moisturized. Oatmeal has also been known to treat a range of skin conditions, from oily and dry skin to acne, zits, and blemishes, and even razor burns and sunburn. Gentle to the skin, oatmeal has been proven to heal dry, itchy skin and is good for those with sensitive skin. Oatmeal has been recognized to reduce dandruff in the hair.
There are many oatmeal recipes for face masks out there using cooked oatmeal or raw oats that are ground finely in a coffee grinder or food processor.
One such recipe mixes 4 tablespoons cream cheese with a tablespoon of oatmeal and half a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. (use the same recipe for Hair only leave out the lemon juice for it lightens the hair but gives shine–Lemon Juice Lightens hair color–but diminishes dark spots upon skin) This combination is said to leave your skin or hair smooth and shining as the lactic acid in the cheese shrinks your pores and cleanses your skin. Plus, the lemon has exfoliating and lightening properties.
Oatmeal as a Washing Agent: Wash your face with plain uncooked oatmeal and water to improve an oily complexion.
Oatmeal Face Mask: If open pores are a problem, mix oatmeal with a little water to make a stiff paste. Apply it to the troubled area, leave for 15 minutes, and rinse off. A mixture of honey and oatmeal has the same effect.
Great for people with digestion problems, yogurt is rich in calcium and zinc—minerals you need to build strong bones and teeth. Added to your recipes for facial masks, yogurt brings a healthy glow to the skin. It contains lactic acid, which smooths rough, dry skin and prevents premature aging.
The zinc in yogurt heals acne blemishes and removes impurities that trigger breakouts. If you have some skin discoloration, add some yogurt, honey or lemon to your recipes for facial masks as it has a bleaching effect.
For a zesty, easy-to-make face mask, grate the rind of a whole grapefruit and mix with ¾ cups of yogurt. Leave on the face for 10 minutes and try to minimize sun exposure.
Home-Made Yogurt: It is simple to make your own yogurt at home. There are several ways to do it, but you must always begin with a “culture” or “starter.” You can make one yourself by putting ½ cup of milk into a shallow container and set it in a warm place until it has become sour and solidified. It is, of course, less trouble to use commercial yogurt as a starter.
When you have a culture, heat 2 cups of milk almost to the boiling point (212F-100C), let it cool for a few moments to approximately blood heat (98F- 38C_ and add 2 Tablespoons of culture. Stir gently. Leave to set or clot in a warm place for 10-16 hours. After the yogurt has set, it should be refrigerated. Remember to save at least 2 Tablespoons , so that you will be able to use it to start another batch.
Yogurt Face Mask:: Add 1 ½ teaspoons of thick honey and the juice of half a lemon to a carton of chilled natural yogurt. Fold in one whipped egg white. Smooth the mixture over your neck and face (avoiding the eye area). It will harden slightly after a few minutes. Lie down and relax for 15 minutes, then rinse the mask off with tepid water. Follow with a cold water splash. If you have particularly dry or sensitive skin, leave out the lemon juice.
With these 5 basic kitchen staples, who says making your own facial masks is difficult?
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