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Be Natural With Your Face Masks
Look at some of the horrible sounding chemicals found in beauty ingredients:
- Methyl, Butyl, Propyl, Ethyl Paraben
- Propylene Glycol
- Synthetic colors
- DMDM Hydantoin
- Synthetic Colors
- Synthetic fragrances
- Imidazolidinyl Urea
- Diazolidinyl Urea
- Behentrimonium Chloride, and more
These chemicals and toxins can do lots of harm to your skin. Ayurveda teaches that your skin is an organ that breathes and absorbs. Think of body products as food. If you cannot eat it, Ayurveda suggests not to use it on your skin. Skin eats and whatever you feed it gets ingested into the bloodstream to become raw material for tissue building
All that not all masks are created equal, and nor is our skin all the same.
Face Masks Fall Into Different Categories
- Exfoliating masks
- Clay masks
- Hydrating masks
- Moisturizing masks
- Sheet masks
Clay masks are the original of face masks. The skin absorbs the minerals in the clay, binding up the oil and dirt on your face – your skin comes out all clean and clear, cleaning out the pores. Good for people with acne problems and oily skin.
Exfoliating masks rid your skin of the dead layers of the skin. You often hear people talking about exfoliating masks as facials or treatments.
Hydrating masks add hydration to your skin via stuff like hyaluronic acid and water. The hydrating masks aren’t as intense as the moisturizing masks, but they are not going to do your skin any harm. It’s just that you won’t feel the dramatic results you do with the clay masks or the exfoliating ones. The hydrating ones just like you are giving your skin a treat every now and then.
Moisturizing masks are rich and oil based, usually applied before you go to bed. They are particularly nice in winter, for dry skin. When you wake up in the morning, your skin is noticeably moister.
Sheet masks are the latest trends in pampering your skin. Many of them are made from paper or cloth, containing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, retinol, or glycolic acid. Careful though – some contain quite a bit of fragrance and alcohol in them in case you have sensitive skin. Some are claimed to be very hydrating – but they provide no dramatic effects.
How To Make a Homemade Face Mask Using Natural Ingredients
Olive oil has monounsaturated fatty acids to protect your skin from sun damage. The best way to include olive oil in your skin mask is to add something else it it. For instance, you can add pure ingredients like honey, turmeric, egg, avocado, or a banana. Use olive oil as an ingredient when you want to hydrate dry skin.
Avocados are full of fatty acids, antioxidants and natural oils. They are an insanely effective moisturizer that can penetrate your skin to hydrate it long after you wash it off.
There are so many health benefits when it comes to green tea. First off, it has plenty of antioxidants to prevent free-radical damage from harming sun damage. Green tea will also helps to fight against skin cancer.
Use this fantastic homemade skin mask a few times a week to hold back time and keep your skin healthy.
- Mix 3 Tablespoons of plain organic yogurt with 1 Tablespoon of grounded green tea leaves and a pinch of Turmeric powder
- Smooth this over your face and neck allowing it to sit for about 20 minutes
- Then rinse with lukewarm water to rinse off
Turmeric is an spice often used for those who are aiming to eat healthier. It can be used from everything from rice to a cup of turmeric. If you get in in powdered from, you can also use turmeric for natural, homemade beauty masks.
What makes Turmeric so fantastic is that you can use it for various repair issues, from dryness to acne breakouts. For this face mask:
- Add 1 Tablespoon of plain yogurt to Turmeric powde
- Mix the ingredients together, then rub it on your face and leave for 10 minutes or so. If it's too think or thin, you can increase the amount of yogurt or thin with a little distilled water.
- Rinse with cool water
Lemons have many beauty secrets. They are full of vitamin C and are brimming with antioxidants to prevent free-radical damage. Lemons also have the ability to boost your collagen production to restore elasticity.
To make a homemade mask using lemon:
- Start with cleaning your face with a warm washcloth to open your pores.
- Then take the juice of 1 organic lemon and add about 1 Tablespoon of organic raw honey.
- Spread this all over your face, avoiding your eyes.
- Now let it soak up for about 15-30 minutes.
The amount of time you let it sit depends on how sensitive your skin is. Rinse off with warm water, and finish with a splash of cold water to close your pores. Pat dry.
There is a heap of nutrients found in coconut oil that can support your skin health. Coconut oil has plenty of moisture to protect your skin from sun damage, reducing inflammation to revitalize your skin. This oil is naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal, which makes it a great choice for skin irritations.
Like olive oil you want to use it as a base for other ingredients like oatmeal.
For a homemade face mask using coconut oil and oatmeal you will need:
- Put about 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil, 2 Tablespoons of ground oatmeal into a bowl.
- Pour in enough water to make a paste-like consistency.
- Apply to your face to exfoliate you skin by rubbing gently in small circles.
- Leave it on your skin for about 20 minutes.
- Rinse with cool water and pat dry
Honey is a natural beautifier, healer, and tonic for the skin. It has amazing proteins, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and plenty to offer to keep your skin in peak condition.
Recent studies from the journals of Cosmetic Dermatology say how honey has emollients and humectants to soothe and keep the skin young and wrinkle-free.
Raw organic honey even improves seborrhea dermatitis of the hair, preventing hair loss when appliet on a weekly basis.
- For your skin, mix equal amounts of fresh lemon and honey to your face and neck. Allow it to dry before rinsing off.
- For hair loss, take 2 tablespoons each of onion juice and honey and massage into your scalp. Allow it to stay on your scalp for about 30 minutes, then shampoo as usual.
Oatmeal contains both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It's also full of vitamins, minerals, and fats. What makes oats hydrating is the cellulose and fiber from the tats. It gives a protective barrier to soothe, moisturize and soften you skin.
Look at this soothing Oatmeal and Almond Skin mask.
- 1/2 cup of oats
- 1-2 Teaspoons of ground almonds
- 1/4 – 1/3 Cup of oat milk
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl well.
- Apply to your face and neck and gently make small circles to exfoliate the skin and get rid of dead skin cells.
It helps reduce acne and soothe skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a terrific exfoliator for flawless skin. It helps to balance the pH of your skin and it is also antibacterial. My favorite way to use apple cider vinegar is with Aztec Secret Indian Clay. You may not have this ingredient in your kitchen, but you should. It's all natural and the results are phenomenal! I follow the instructions on the tub only I added apple cider vinegar rather than water as directed.
Magic Mask For Oily Skin
3 ounces pure olive oil
3 ounces witch hazel (keep refrigerated)
1 Bottle of Milk of Magnesia
*I wanted to find out why Milk of Magnesia in the first place? Milk of Magnesia's active ingredient is, magnesium hydroxide so if you have oily skin it helps to dissolve oils.
Shake up the bottle of magnesia and spread the liquid liberally over your face and neck. Leave on the skin for a few minutes until it has dried. Pores get unclogged and impurities are drawn from the skin.
Now dissolve the dried mask by applying a second layer of magnesia over it, and then remove with a warm damp towel.
Heat a little olive oil to above body temperature. Apply the oil gently with the fingertips to the cheeks, forehead, and neck, sweeping it into the skin. Leave on for 5 minutes so that its deep moisturizing power can penetrate your tissues.
After 5 minutes, remove excess olive oil by applying ice cold witch hazel with a small dab of cotton. What you get is skin that looks younger, fresher and firmer. Voila!
What do you think? Would you share what face masks and scrubs have you tried already? Would love to learn other homemade recipes using kitchen ingredients from you!
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