Homemade Face Masks
NOTE: Tailor the recipe based on your skin type and what you have on hand.
For example, add yogurt or cream and honey if you have dry skin. Add lemon juice if you have oily skin. If you have super dehydrated skin, oils work as a substitute for dairy.
Kitty Litter Clay Mask
The key ingredient ‘Sodium Bentonite clay’ found in many luxurious clay masks can be found in a simple cat litter..
Purifies the skin – absorbing oils and bacteria – leaving your face soft and refreshed – helps to visually improve any blemishes, cellulite and sun spots.
Recommended for oily, acne-prone and combination skin as it’s too drying for dry skin. Always follow with a moisturiser, preferably Uberzinc.
Kitty Litter vs. the Clay Mask Brands
Choose Kitty Litter that contains only sodium bentonite clay. Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter is an excellent bet. You can buy an 18-pound bag for $10 from Amazon.com that is a lifetime of clay masks!
The main difference is the former’s not as finely ground to easily make a paste, but the minerals will work just the same. Opt for Ultra over the Classic version because the clay is more finely ground.
A few tablespoons of Litter in bowl (always plastic or glass, never metal, as clay will lose its potency if it comes in contact with metal)
Add enough water to make a paste. Mix with hands until a somewhat granular and clumpy paste forms.
Add extras if you want:
- A teaspoon of aloe vera if you want to soothe your skin.
- Essential oils for healing properties and scent.
- A teaspoon of oil: jojoba, olive, coconut all work well for skin that can dry out.
Optional: Heat mixture in microwave until it’s nice and warm (10-15 seconds). This opens up the pores.
Use only the clay water, not the clay granules which can cause microscopic tears to the skin. Lightly dab the water all over your face. Apply a second layer if need be.
Let your mask dry for at least 10 minutes.
Rinse with warm water. Slather on moisturiser.
OATMEAL AND YOGURT FACE MASK
Cleanses and rejuvenates the skin. Great for soothing chapped, sunburned or otherwise irritated skin.
- 1 tbsp oatmeal, finely ground
- 1 tbsp live, organic yogurt (skip the flavoured stuff) (Creamy and thick is best! Keep cool for refreshment)
- A few drops of honey
Add the yogurt to the oatmeal in a small bowl and mix together.
Warm a spoon under hot water for a minute, then add a few drops of honey to the spoon.
Stir the honey into the yogurt and oatmeal mixture.
Apply to the face. Leave for 10 minutes, then rinse off with several splashes of warm water. Follow with a warm washcloth.
PUMPKIN EXFOLIATING MASK
Pumpkin pulp is full of enzymes which naturally exfoliate dead skin cells and it also has beta carotene and Vitamin A which are soothing to skin. Softens the appearance of fine lines and sun damage.
- 1/2 cup fresh pumpkin pulp (you can use canned in a pinch)
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoon almond milk & 1 teaspoon honey [for dry skin] OR 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or cranberry juice [for oily skin]
Purée fresh pumpkin pulp into thick paste. Add egg (this acts as a binder). Stir in a splash of omega-rich almond milk and honey.
Apply the mask, leaving it on for 15-20 minutes, depending on your skin sensitivity. Rinse with cool water and moisturise as usual.
BROWN SUGAR SCRUB
There really isn’t a better natural exfoliant than brown sugar. It doesn’t tear at the skin like oatmeal or salt can do.
- 1/2 cup manuka honey (or plain honey if you have no idea what manuka honey is)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (basic refined white sugar works in a pinch)
- 1 tbsp olive or coconut oil
- 1 drop of your favorite essential oil (lavender, jasmine, rose, geranium, bergamot are all nice)
Mix ingredients in a bowl.
Apply mixture to skin and massage in a circular motion to ensure you’re removing dead skin from your face. Rinse with warm water and press skin with a warm washcloth
Apply moisteriser to cleansed, scrubbed skin.
COCOA AND COFFEE MASK
Decreases puffiness in the face and the eye area, brightens skin and complexion.
- 4 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 Tbsp. finely ground espresso or coffee beans
- 8 Tbsp. dairy product. Choose whole milk, heavy cream, unflavored yogurt, almond milk or coconut milk. Use less dairy if you like a thicker paste. Substitutions are allowed: Try an egg instead of dairy if you are an egg mask lover, or substitute oils, such as olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil or sweet almond oil if you have dehydrated skin. If using oils, halve the amount or it will be too runny.
- 2 Tbsp. honey (if you have dry skin) or lemon juice (if you have oily skin)
Mix coffee and cocoa powder in a bowl. Add the dairy product and stir until a smooth paste forms. Stir in warm honey.
Apply to clean face and neck.
Let mask dry.
Remove with wet washcloth to loosen the mask, then rinse with warm water. If you have sensitive skin.
Avoid rubbing your face because the coffee grounds could potentially scratch your skin.
Leftovers can be stored in refrigerator for several days.
A FEW EXTRAS TO ADD
Egg whites are a staple in many facial masks. They’re full of proteins, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth. You can use egg whites alone on the face or add a few ingredients found in any kitchen to soften dry skin, tone up oily skin and even heal inflamed skin.
contains a lot of minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, sodium, copper, magnesium, etc. It also contains vitamins A, E, B and K. The result of that special cocktail is that the avocado face mask reaches the deepest layers of the epidermis and gives elasticity even to the driest skin.
Green tea has antioxidants that benefit the body in many ways and can even be used to treat acne. Its one of the most natural ways to help your skin appear brighter and flawless.
Berries are rich sources of polyphenols, a class of antioxidants that, besides being used as wrinkle fighters, have another talent. They’re a strong astringent, so they tighten the skin and minimise pores,
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