Face masks are designed to help condition and soften skin, but many store-bought products contain harsh ingredients and additives that can dry out and damage your skin. Making your own face masks from natural ingredients enables you to nourish your skin, without the use of chemicals and other harmful ingredients.
Making your own face mask reduces the amount of chemicals and harsh ingredients used on your skin, while also saving money on expensive skincare products. Here are 5 foods that make excellent DIY face masks:
Honey is packed with skin-friendly properties that help to heal, soften and protect skin. Honey contains powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties that help to repair damaged skin and reduce irritation. Honey is also a great after-sun treatment to reduce damage caused by sun exposure, as it soothes burns and encourages cell renewal. After cleansing your skin, apply a layer of honey to your face , taking care to avoid the delicate eye area. Mix honey with lemon and tumeric for extra brightening. Leave the mask on for at least half an hour, before rinsing off with warm water.
Olive oil is one of the best products for skin, as it’s packed with antioxidants and provides deep moisturization for the skin. Antioxidants help to counteract the negative impact of sun damage, environmental pollution and stress on the skin. Olive oil can be applied to the skin and left to absorb like a regular facial oil. Alternatively, apply a thick layer of olive oil to your skin and leave for a few minutes. Next, take a tablespoon of fine sea salt and rub gently around your face, using small circular motions to remove dead skin cells and even your complexion. Rinse and cleanse your face thoroughly to remove traces of salt and oil.
Yoghurt makes a cooling face mask that softens skin and helps to heal infection. To gain maximum benefits, use plain yoghurt that contains friendly bacteria. Apply a thin layer of yoghurt and leave for up to half an hour, before rinsing away with cool water. Yoghurt also makes an excellent base for skin-nourishing fruits, such as mangoes and papaya. Mix a handful of your chosen fruit and a cup of yoghurt in a blender before applying it to your skin.
Avocados are packed with powerful antioxidant carotenoids, including lutein, zea-xanthin and beta-carotene, which protect the skin from damage by neutralizing the harmful effects of free radicals. These carotenoids are thought to help prevent wrinkles and other visible signs of aging caused by sun and environmental damage. Avocados are also high in vitamin E. Some studies have shown that vitamin E can reduce the negative effects of UV radiation from the sun. Mash a ripe avocado and apply it to your face for a moisturizing face mask. Leave it on for half an hour before gently wiping off and rinsing your face.
Aloe Vera acts as a cooling moisturizer. It can help reduce redness and irritation. It’s soothing, hydrating, and has healing properties. Apply a layer to your face and leave on for as long as you’d like. It’s gentle and good for your skin.
As with all products applied to the skin, perform a patch test to check for skin sensitivity before applying to your face.
When applying a face mask, I like to use a Facial Mask Brush. It feels so good and makes it feel more like a spa experience.
For more natural skin care tips, check out Clean Skin from Within. I loved this book! It has recipes to transform your skin from the inside out. I bought this book because I was struggling with dark spots and melasma. I read it in one sitting. It’s a quick, easy, and enjoyable read, with lots of helpful information. If you are struggling with your skin, you might want to check it out. It’s good motivation to keep working on your skin and you’ll have lots of ideas for new healthy habits to start trying (a dry brush, lavender oil, dandelion greens, kefir, milk thistle, papaya, epsom salts, and more). Her smoothie and facial recipes all sound amazing. She also has recommendations for all-natural cleansers, toners, exfoliants, and masks!