If you follow my blog, you can probably see that I LOVE making DIY facial masks. They are so easy to make AND effective. Here are a few of my FAVORITE ingredients (MY TOP 10) as well as a few DIY recipes you may want to try!
1. PUMPKIN – Anti-aging & Antioxidant. Packed with Vitamins A & C. Use the ‘meat’ of the pumpkin. Also hydrates and softens skin.
2. CLAY – Great for oily and acne prone skin, draws out impurities and softens skin.
EASY DIY CLAY MASK RECIPE:
Use a 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite (Green) Clay (you can get at a local health store or online). With this type of clay you can use the following recipe:
Mix equal parts clay and raw apple cider vinegar for the proper consistency. It should be a thick mud consistency.
Apply about a 1/8 – 1/4 inch layer all over face, avoiding eyes. Do NOT allow the mask to completely harden. Wait until it has started to dry but is still sticky. This means it has began to pull impurities out of the skin. If you let it get too dry you risk dehydrating the skin, which can cause an imbalance. Rinse with warm water and apply your usual facial moisturizer. Slight redness may temporarily occur.
3. HONEY – Firms the skin and helps relieve dry skin. Also helps with breakouts and balances skin.
4. YOGURT – Contains lactic acid which helps even out skin tone and sloughs off dead skin cells helping with skin turnover.
5. SUGAR – White and Brown – Both help exfoliate the skin, smooths and softens giving your face a nice glow.
6. AVOCADO – Great moisturizer, high in Vitamin B and potassium. Nourishing for the skin and gives your face a glow.
7. POMEGRANATE – High in antioxidants, Vitamin C and has anti-aging properties.
8. BANANAS – Skin softening and nourishing.
EASY DIY MOISTURIZING BANANA FACIAL MASK:
Mash a very ripe banana and add about a tablespoon of honey to make a paste. Apply directly to skin. Let it sit a few minutes and rinse off. Works well if you are about to take a shower. Allow it to sit on the skin for about five minutes while in the shower, allowing the steam to help open the pores. Less messy this way as well!
9. OATS/OATMEAL – Anti-inflammatory, calming and helps with hydration. Great for sensitive skin and moisturizing.
10. PINEAPPLE – High in Vitamin C and bromelain. Bomelain is an enzyme that can soften skin and can also help with inflammation.
Have fun making your own skin care masks. You can mix different ones together and come up with your own concoction. Many can be mixed with honey to make a paste and applied to skin. Depending on what your skin needs, try a few of these out and see how amazing your skin feels!
You can also add a few drops of essential oils – Lavender, is wonderful of course as it promotes healing and Frankincense has amazing anti-aging properties.
Just a side note – avoid using mango when making your own skin care masks. They are in the poison ivy family and are not the best choice for DIY masks😊 Have fun making your own masks!
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