Monday, 4 February 2013

A few homemade face masks to try!

Banana face mask
Especially effective for oily skin types

To make the face mask you will need:

1 Banana, preferably ripened
2 tablespoons of honey
An orange or a lemon (I prefer lemon)

First mash up the banana and then mix in the honey. To have the best results blend the ingredients. Then add a few drops of juice from a lemon or an orange. Apply to your face for a maximum of 15 minutes, wash off when done with warm water then apply moisturizer as  you would normally. 

Aspirin and lemon juice mask
Especially good for acne
To make the mask you will need:
3-6 aspirin
1 lemon
Baking soda
1 cup/glass or something similar to crush the aspirin up in
Warm honey or a natural oil like coconut, olive or almond
Shallow dish

Crush the aspirin into small pieces and place in the dish. Squeeze the lemon juice on top so the aspirin starts to dissolve, forming a paste. If you have quite dry skin add the honey or oil now, but if you have a more oily skin tone skip that part and perhaps add more drops of lemon juice instead. Apply to your face, once the mask has dried, with a wet flannel/cloth which has been dipped in baking soda.

Strawberry, honey and brown sugar mask
Also good for acne sufferers.
To make the mask you will need:
6 fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

De-stem the strawberries then cut them up into small pieces. Create a pulp/mush from the strawberries by mashing them up together.  Then add  the lemon juice, brown sugar and honey. Stir until combined. If you want you could add more of any of the ingredients to create a consistency you like. Apply to your face for 10 minutes and remove with a warm wet washcloth.

Avocado and lemon mask

To make the mask you will need:
1 Avocado
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of avocado oil
cornstarch if needed

Firstly, carefully peel the avocado and pit it. Puree the avocado whilst stirring in the the lemon juice and avocado oil. If at this point the mixture is too runny then add in some cornstarch. Spread the mask on your face, carefully avoiding the eye area. Leave for 15-20 mins and then wash off with warm water. 

A face mask for sensitive skin

Soften a tablespoon of unsalted butter. Add a small handful of rolled porridge oats and a tablespoon of  some natural yoghurt. Blend together until fairly smooth. Apply to face. wait for 15-20 mins and then wash off with some warm water. Using butter on your face may seem a little strange, but butter is actually a really good source of vitamin A and can help rejuvenate the skin, whilst porridge oats will calm your skin and the natural yoghurt will be very soothing. 

Cucumber and yoghurt face mask

Use about a third of a cucumber and puree it. Then pop it into a blender along with a heaped tablespoon of yoghurt, once fully blended apply to your face for about 15 mins then wash off with warm water.

Thanks for reading A. x


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