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Beauty DIY: Get Glowing Skin With 5 Easy At Home Face Masks

By Edited Jul 28, 2015 1 2

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Making Face Masks at Home

There are so many face mask products out there with chemicals galore in them. Some have lofty claims and others are more modest. But have you ever thought of making a face mask yourself at home using natural ingredients from your kitchen cupboards? There are many great skin benefits to products such as honey and yogurt which can not only be delicious to eat, but can also work wonders for your skin. If you are looking to pamper yourself on a budget then making one of these lovely face masks which are easy to mix together in one small bowl, could really provide you with a pick-me-up and some much needed ‘me’ time to relax.

All five face masks suggested can be made with every day food items which you probably already have around the house, but if you happen to have natural oils such as lavender these could be added too. All five masks are suitable for all skin types but where one particular skin type would benefit such as oily skin, this will be mentioned in the benefits section under each mask. Read on for some great, quick and easy at home do it yourself face masks which you could indulge in yourself for a treat or enjoy with friends.

  •  If you are on any medication for your skin or are concerned  that you may have allergies to any of these natural products mentioned then always consult a physician before use.
  • It is always advisable to conduct a skin patch test 24 or 48 hours before using a new face mask if you have any concerns. Simply make the mask up, add a few drops of the mask to your arm and either do not wash this patch or cover with a plaster for the time period. If no redness or irritation occurs, then you may decide to go ahead with using the face mask.
  • To avoid blocking your sink with these fruity face masks, place a small sieve in the sink as your rinse them off your face.
  • Please note for the quantities that when the abbreviation ‘tsp’ is used this means teaspoon and when ‘tbsp’ is used this means tablespoon.

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1. Invigorating ‘Lemon Haze’ Mask

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Greek or natural yogurt
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Directions

Mix the lemon juice, olive oil and yogurt together in a small bowl. When thoroughly combined, apply to the face working the mixture into the skin with small and gentle circular motions. After 2 minutes, rinse off with warm water and pat your face dry. Use up to 3 times a week. This mask has a smooth, liquid quality which means you will not need much and it should last at least a week.

Benefits

If you are a beauty savvy individual then you will already know that cleansing oils have really come to the foreground of the beauty industry in removing makeup. In the past, we were all worried about oil blocking pores but now it has become a beauty must-have. The oil will not only cleanse and soften your skin, it is also packed with vitamins C and E which will provide nourishment to the delicate under eye area for example. In addition, it is hydrating and can really lock in moisture to the skin. If you have not already experimented with face oils then I would recommend giving them a go and seeing if you can notice a difference. Even if you have blemish prone skin, there are cleansing oils out there suitable for your skin type.

In addition, the lemon is great for oily skin as lemon is a great cleanser. As well as this it will help to lift and tone your skin because of its acidic properties. However, this is also the reason that yogurt is included in this face mask to help lock back in some of the moisture to your skin. The aroma of this mask will lift the senses and provide a feeling of energizing invigoration.

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2. Exfoliating ‘Earthy Oats’ Mask

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp natural yogurt (or 2 tbsp olive oil)
  • 1 handful of porridge oats
  • 1 tsp honey

Directions

Stir the ingredients together in a small bowl and it will have a rough, lumpy consistency. This mask is very refreshing when kept in the fridge and chilled before and after use. Once you have combined all the ingredients together then apply the mask generously to your face. Rub it in with small circular motions to allow the oats to sink into the skin and to provide an exfoliating effect. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and then wash off and pat your face dry with a towel. Your skin will feel fresher, softer and will have a gentle glow about it.

Benefits

The oats will act as a gentle exfoliate on your skin, helping to remove dead skin cells from the surface and to clean out dirt from the pores. The honey and natural yogurt will moisturize, smooth and sooth your skin, helping to lock in moisture and water to provide hydration to the skin.

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3. Moisturizing ‘Green Dreams’ Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Directions

Mash your avocado in a small bowl using a fork and then add your lemon juice and olive oil. This is one of those masks that if you make too much of it, you can actually consume later for lunch. Simply apply to the face liberally and do not worry if there are some chunks left, it will help the mask adhere to your skin through providing texture. Leave on the face for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water and pat your skin dry. Use up to 2 times a week.

Benefits

Avocados contain vitamin E which is fantastic for the skin as well as essential fatty acids. They will have a lovely cooling effect on the skin which will help aid in de-puffing your eye area. The lemon juice has been mentioned above for its acidic qualities and its ability to cleanse and tone the skin, leaving you with tighter, firmer and more youthful looking skin. The olive oil has been mentioned for its benefits in mask one, but remember those vitamins C and E are fantastic for your skin too.

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4. Fight Acne with the ‘Strawberry Heaven’ Mask

Ingredients

  • 5 strawberries, hulled and mashed
  • 1 tbsp Greek or natural yogurt
  • 1 tsp honey

Directions

Mash the strawberries together into a pulp in a small bowl then add the yogurt and honey. It is optional to use a sieve to get the strawberry lumps out of the mixture.  Apply to the face and relax for 5-10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water and pat the face dry with a towel. Use up to 3 times a week for a fresher, brighter looking complexion.

Benefits

Strawberries not only smell delicious in a face mask, they also contain salicylic acid which is used in many prescription acne fighting medicines as well as face masks and scrubs in the shops today. They also contain other fruit acids and vitamin C so what is not to love about strawberries. In addition, the benefits of the yogurt and honey have already been touched upon but again, this is a recipe you which not only has advantages for your skin but your stomach too. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week to use again.         

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5.  ‘Energy Enriching Banana and Orange’ Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, peeled and chopped
  • 1 orange, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp Greek or natural yogurt
  • 1 tsp honey

Directions

Mash the banana and orange up in a medium sized bowl and add your natural yogurt and honey. If you have yogurt with honey already in it then it is optional to include the additional one teaspoon of honey. Apply generously to the skin and leave on for 5-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat the skin dry. This mask can be used up to 3 times a week.

Benefits

Bananas are rich in vitamins such as vitamin C and E as well as other nutrients such as potassium which is great for skin cell regeneration and for helping to minimize scarring. Also, vitamin E especially can help minimize fine lines which develop around our eyes from ageing. Orange is a fantastic ingredient for any face mask for its brightening properties and because it contains vitamin C and natural fruit acids[3]. Your skin will feel tighter, fresher and extremely smooth from the banana being included too. In addition, this face mask smells delicious, tropical and energizing.

Try experimenting with other fruits and vegetables for at home face masks. From pineapple, kiwi, mango, cucumber, tomato and grapes, you can get creative with your beauty regime and gain lots of natural skin benefits in the process too.

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As a bonus for during your face mask, after you have brewed a cup of green tea then do not discard the teabag immediately. Instead, find two clean and dry makeup sponges and soak them in the green tea. Apply over the eyelids during your face mask and the green tea will sooth the eye area and energize your skin. Other herbal teas such as cranberry or chamomile will also work equally well. (If you do apply the teabags directly to your eyelids as in this image, then please do wait until they have cooled down first).

 

Below for something very indulgent and different to the fruit masks above, watch as You Tuber Ingrid Nilsen or ‘Miss Glamorazzi’ takes us through a delicious chocolate eggnog face mask recipe.

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Comments

Mar 27, 2015 3:00am
Shaddymak
Wow seems interesting. Would like to try this out
Mar 31, 2015 11:16am
SparkyStar
Hi Shaddymak, I'm glad you like the article. Why not try out making one of the masks at home, with so few ingredients needed, it couldn't be easier to get started.
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  3. stylecraze "Benefits of oranges for skin, hair and health." www.stylecraze.com/articles. 22/01/2015 <Web >

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