We all have those days when we wake up and feel like our skin is not its usual plump, rosy glowing self and instead it’s a parched, dull and tired looking version to match how the rest of us feels. Hectic lifestyles and harried work and family commitments have left us with hardly any time to wash our skin, let alone look after it.
Environmental factors, pollution and toxins from a modern lifestyle, along with bad food choices, not enough whole foods, too much junk food, wine and too little water, along with a good dose of sun, are enough to make anyone’s skin make you look older than you really are.
There are however, plenty of ingredients that you can find in your pantry to mix together to make superb and rejuvenating homemade face masks that will restore your skin to a glowing, healthier version that is even better than its former glory. 1)
Natural Exfoliating Face MaskThis face mask is perfect for pumping your skin full of anti-oxidants and scrubbing off old, dull and flaky skin, leaving your skin protected, repaired and glowing with health.
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1 tbsp. yogurt
- 1 tbsp. molasses
- A generous helping of crushed berries
- 1 tbsp. paw, pineapple and kiwi fruit - crushed
Oily Skin Face MaskTwo egg whites – whipped into stiff peaks Half a freshly squeezed lemon or a few tablespoons of lemon juice Just before you are ready to apply the mask, briskly whisk in the lemon juice to the egg white – as it will separate if you leave it in the bowl too long. Get into a nice hot bath after washing your face. Allow the steam to work its magic and start opening up your pores. Apply the mask generously over the face and neck. This mask will give oily skin a zingy wakeup call and help to cleanse away excess oil build up. The natural cleansing ingredients in the lemon can be drying to your skin if the mask is left on too long, so don’t leave it on for any more than 10 minutes. And make sure you moisturize well afterwards. 3)
Hydrating Avocado Face MaskMash up half a ripe avocado and add in:
- 1 tbsp. heavy cream
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil or almond oil or you can even use olive oil
- 1 tbsp. mayonnaise or yogurt
- 1 egg yolk (optional)
You can leave this mask on for up to half an hour, and then cleanse and moisturize after washing it off. 4)
Sun Damage – A rejuvenating face mask – no rinseMix together the following oils: Equal amounts of carrot seed oil, olive oil, sea buckthorn oil, walnut oil and avocado oil – about a tablespoon of each.
Add in a blend of 2 tbsp. of rose hip oil, calophyllum or tamanu oil and coconut oil.
Sun damaged or mature skin desperately needs oils that are rich in fatty acids and regenerative qualities. The firming properties found in anti-aging oils such as carrot and walnut oils will provide a rich base that will repair and replenish tired and aging skin.
Keep this combination of oils on hand in a bottle and apply it to the neck, face, bust area, arms, and hands – wherever it is needed – twice a day. It can be applied underneath day and night creams and will soak into the skin and does not need to be rinsed off. 5)
Healthy Glow Scrub Face Mask
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. Honey
- 1 tbsp. oatmeal – finely ground or almond meal
- 1 tbsp. molasses
- ¼ tbsp. baking powder or salt
- 1 tbsp. almond oil
- 1 tbsp. avocado oil for dry skins OR 1 tbsp. lime juice, lemon juice or grapefruit juice for oily skins
- If it is too dry, add some yogurt or olive oil to the mix