The goal is perfect skin, right? Free from blemishes, scars and any other cause of frownie face.
Achieving perfect skin is where creativity comes in. Since as far back as ancient Egypt, women have used all kinds of methods to make their skin as smooth as possible. Everything from honey and barley to extremes like animal horns.
However natural it may be, we do not advise you go find an animal in the wilderness asking to borrow their horns, but what we will do is give you some pointers on how to conjure up your own facial masks.
So ladies, sit back, take out your pen and pad. Class is in session!
A Skin Brightening Mask
This mask exfoliates the skin and helps promote circulation in the face, which results in warm, rosy cheeks. All you’ll need is a papaya, yogurt and honey. The papaya contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids and high levels of papain, an enzyme that helps dissolve dead skin cells, the honey helps retain the skin’s moisture and the yogurt, another lactic acid gives the mask a creamy texture. The mask should tingle slightly. If you have sensitive skin, try using a more ripe papaya.
Balancing Facial Mask
Old man winter is around the corner, which means, dry skin is slowly following. To add some more moisture back your face, try this mask. All you need is an avocado, cucumber, mineral enriched green clay and a splash of lemon juice. Place your mask in the refrigerator for a bit and then use the mask to help rid your face of all the dead skin winter will surely bring…along with the bloody snow!
The Oatmeal-Lavender Face Scrub
Until you know how your skin reacts to exfoliating, you should limit it to once a week. After you’ve seen how your skin reacts, then you can up your exfoliation to twice a week or as often as needed. For this mask (one of my favorites by the way) you’ll need
1 cup of ground oatmeal,
1/2 cup of dry lavender flowers (stripped of stalks),
1/2 cup of powdered milk (either whole or nonfat)
2 teaspoons of cornmeal.
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, massage into damp skin, and rinse with warm water.
Pineapple Face Scrub
(Okay this one is really my favorite)
This scrub dissolves the bonds that hold skin cells together, allowing them to come off more easily. You’ll need
2/3 cups of fresh pineapple chunks (room temperature)
1/4 cup of cold pressured olive-oil
1/4 cup of fresh clean parsley chopped.
Pulse pineapple in a blender, then add oil until almost smooth then add parsley, and blend carefully so mask doesn’t become a liquid. Apply to skin and leave on for 15 minutes, then wait for your skin to look awesome!
The Citrus Facial Scrub
After you’ve finished eating an orange or a grapefruit, used a lemon or lime, save the peel. The peel does wonderful things for the skin including helps loosen up the top layer of dead skin. For this do-it-yourself face mask you’ll need,
1 tablespoon dried citrus peel, chopped and finely ground in a food processor
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon pure honey
1/4 cup vitamin E oil
2 tablespoons cornmeal
Mix the ingredients until well blended and massage on a damp face. Rinse with warm water and finish with a splash of cold H2O. Though the scrub’s nicest when used fresh, you can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a week.
I hope you ladies took some good notes. All of the facial masks on this list can be done at home and the ingredients are found in the produce aisle at your supermarket. Use a rainy Sunday and experiment with any one of these masks. I promise, your skin will be the talk of the water cooler the next day at work.