Skin care is more than just skin deep. Because our skin is so important, visiting the skin care aisle at the local grocery store may seem intimidating due to the variety of products that line the shelves, and much of the time those products’ ingredients are chemical-based and can dry out the skin over time. Fear not, clogged pores and oily, for there are just as many homemade remedies to choose from. These homemade facial masks are all-natural products, giving you the salon style facial without the salon price!
•Banana Face Mask
Rich in powerful antioxidants, phytochemicals and moisture, bananas nourish and revitalize dry skin as well as smooth rough aging skin. The lectin and zinc in bananas are also known to fight acne-causing germs.
Directions – Get 1 ripe banana, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix together all the ingredients and apply to the face, leaving it on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
•Oatmeal Face Mask
Oatmeal is a humectant, which means that it helps your skin retain moisture.Though oatmeal is known for its rough texture, this makes it very effective as an exfoliant. Exfoliation sloughs away dry, dead skin cells to make way for fresh, healthy ones, giving your skin that fresh, smooth feeling.
Directions- Combine ½ cup of hot water and ⅓ cup of oatmeal, and let sit for 2 minutes. Mix in 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 egg white. Apply to the face, making sure to gently rub into the skin. Let it sit for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water.
•Plain Yogurt Face Mask
The zinc and lactic acid contained in yogurt promotes healthy skin. Yogurt, when applied to the skin, can remove dead skin cells, smooth out fine lines, tighten pores, hydrate dry patches, and make your skin glow.
Directions- Mix 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt with fresh juice and pulp from a ¼ slice of an orange, and 1 teaspoon of aloe. Apply to the face and let it sit for no longer than 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
•Lemon Face Mask
Lemon juice helps remove acne marks and scars, revive dull and dry skin and aid in the removal of dead skin cells, encouraging new skin cell growth. Be wary of how much lemon you use and how often you use this mask, as the acidity of lemon can drive out the skin if used in excess.
Directions- Mix together 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 egg white and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Massage into the skin gently and scrub or let rest for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and moisturize.
•Avocado Face Mask
Rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E, avocados promote overall healthy skin by hydration skin, leaving the skin looking firm, youthful and healthy.
Directions- Scoop out 1 avocado, mash, and mix with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of honey. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off with water.
•Orange Face Mask
Natural oils present in oranges can be used to moisturize skin. Freshly squeezed orange juice is packed with zinc and antioxidants while dried orange peel is excellent for gently exfoliating dead skin cells from your face.
Directions- Get 1/2 cup steel-cut oatmeal, juice from 1 whole orange, 3 tablespoons plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and 2 teaspoons dried orange peel. Mix together and apply to face for 15-20 minutes then rinse with warm water.
•Apple Cider Vinegar Face Mask
In its natural form, apple cider vinegar unblocks pores and allows skin to breathe properly. This makes it very effective in treating acne and pimples. ACV effectively removes excess oil from your skin and helps to balance pH levels in the skin.
Directions- Put 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into a bowl, add 2 teaspoons of cooled green tea, 5 teaspoons of sugar, and one teaspoon of honey. Mix well, massage into skin and let rest for 10 minutes then rinse off with warm water.
•Honey Face Mask
Honey helps cure acne, scars, wounds, wrinkles and even dry skin. It also protects your skin under the sun and rejuvenates the skin, helping it stay young.
Directions- Mix 3 teaspoons of raw honey and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Apply to the face and let it rest for 10-20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
•Cucumber Face Mask
Cucumber is known to reduce oiliness and improve overall skin complexion. It also tightens the pores, preventing debris from soaking into the skin and clogging your pores.
Directions- Blend 1 cucumber and add plain yogurt. Apply the mixture to your face and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
•Egg Yolk Face Mask
Egg yolk face masks work wonders for people with dry or flaky skin. The nutrients in egg yolks work to hydrate, nourish, and moisturize dull skin, giving it a vibrant glow and while saturating the skin, giving it a smooth feel.
Directions- Mix 1 egg yolk, ¼ ripe avocado, and 1 teaspoon of yogurt. Apply to the face and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
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