Skin treatment products available in the market are expensive. Not everybody can afford expensive skin care creams, moisturizers, lotions and balms. However, taking care of your skin is very important. This post throws light on homemade facial masks and body masks that do wonders to your skin.
The skin tone of every individual varies. Using creams, moisturizers, balms and lotions that suit your skin tone is exceedingly important. Visiting the spa frequently for skin treatment can cost you a fortune. Face masks, facial masks, and body masks made from ingredients available at home save a lot of money. Homemade facial packs and body packs when used regularly improve skin condition. Fruits have vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for healthy glowing skin. Enzymes present in fruits react differently on various skin textures.
For natural skin whitening lime is used in several homemade masks. Skin condition deteriorates if you experiment with too many beauty products. One should realize that changes in skin condition do not take place overnight. A mistake many women make is change a product before it begins to show results. You cannot expect to have healthy glowing skin instantaneously. Give your skin time to get used to a product to show results.
Homemade facial masks and body masks for soft, smooth, and healthy skin
Papaya and Pineapple face mask
You will need 150g of fresh papaya, 150g of fresh Pineapple and a table spoon of honey for this facial mask. Place diced Papaya and pineapple in a blender and blend until you get a thick consistency. Transfer the thick paste in a bowl. Add a tablespoon of honey and mix well. Add the paste on your face with circular rubs gently. Keep the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash the fruit mask with splashes of cold water. You can also use this fruit pack on your hands and legs. This fruit pack is excellent for a soft and smooth complexion. You can use this fruit facial mask depending on your need and requirement.
Banana, Almond and Yogurt facial mask
You will need 2 medium sized bananas, 5 almonds powdered, and 50g yogurt. Place the bananas and yogurt in a blender/mixer and blend until you get a thick slimy consistency. Transfer the thick paste in a bowl. Add 5 powdered almonds to the paste and mix with a spoon. Apply this mask gently on your face and keep it on for 5 to 7 minutes. Wash with splashes of cold water. This mask can be used daily. If you have extremely oily skin avoid using almond powder in this facial mask. This mask adds radiance to skin and gives skin an even tone.
Avocado and honey face mask
You will need 1 avocado and 1 tablespoon of honey to make this mask. Scoop the flesh of the avocado and mash it till you get a thick pulp. Add a tablespoon of honey and mix well. Cleanse your face with lukewarm water before you apply the face pack. Apply the paste gently on face and neck. Let it remain for 8 to 10 minutes. Wash thoroughly with splashes of cold water. This face pack nourishes the skin. Avocado and honey face pack can be use in winters and summers. This face pack is recommended for individuals that have oily skin. Avocado and honey have minerals and vitamins that have various skin benefits.
Gram flour and yogurt mask
You will need half cup besan/ gram flour (chickpeas) and 50g yogurt to make this face mask. Take the gram flour in a bowl and add the yogurt to it. Mix well to form a paste of thick consistency. If you don’t want a paste of very thick consistency you can add two tablespoons of milk. Cleanse your face with lukewarm water. Apply the paste gently on your face and let it remain for 10 minutes. Wash off the mask with splashes of cold water. This mask removes dirt from pores and prevents outbreaks of acne. For individuals that have a bad acne condition two drops of tea tree oil should be put in the gram flour and yogurt paste. This face mask cleanses pores thereby preventing blackhead formation and outbreak of acne.
Turmeric face pack
To make a turmeric face pack you will need a 20gm turmeric powder, 4 table spoons milk, 30gm gram flour, 1 teaspoon almond oil, 2 table spoons of honey. Mix all these ingredients in a bowl to form a thick paste. Wash your face with water before you apply the paste. Make sure you keep on this facial pack for 10 minutes before you wash it off will splashes of cold water. You can also apply turmeric mask for legs and hands. Turmeric pastes that contain coconut milk and honey are used on hands and legs because they give radiance and glow to the skin. In India and many other Asian countries women that are soon to be married apply turmeric paste that contains coconut milk and honey on their hands feet and face to ensure their skin is soft, smooth and radiant. This facial pack is also used a lot for skin fairness treatments.
Apple face mask
You will need 1 apple, 2 tablespoon milk, and 1egg yolk. Skin the apple and put it in a blender. Add the milk when you get a thick pulp of the apple and mix well. Then add the egg yolk and blend once again. Transfer the paste in a bowl. There will be a smell that you may not enjoy, but be assured this face mask does wonders to the skin. It makes the skin soft and gives it a glow. Let the mask remain for 7 to 10 minutes. Gently wash with splashes of lukewarm water.
Cucumber face mask
For making a cucumber face pack you will need 1 cucumber, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Peel the cucumber and cut into small pieces. Place the pieces of cucumber in a blender/mixer and then add a tablespoon of honey. Mix thoroughly. If you want the mixture slimy, blend for a longer time. Once you have your desired consistency transfer the mixture in a bowl and refrigerate for 45 minutes. Apply the concoction evenly on your face and neck. Let the face mask remain for 7 to 10 minutes. Wash the mask with splashes of cold water. Cucumber moisturizes the skin leaving it supple and soft. This is one of the most popular face masks used by women all over the world. This face pack is recommended for individuals that have dark circles and blemishes. Individuals with dark circles under their eyes can place medium hot green tea bags on eyes closed 2 hours after finishing with this facial mask. Also individuals that are continuously exposed to sunlight should use a cucumber face pack because it rejuvenates skin and prevents discoloration and skin darkening due to sun rays. This face pack is good for both normal skin and oily skin.
Tomato and lime face pack
To prepare this facial pack you will need 1 1/2 tomato and 1 lime. Place diced tomato and a peeled lime into a blender. If you find it uncomfortable to peel a lime simply squeeze the juice into the blender that contains the diced tomato. Blend these ingredients till you get a thick puree. Transfer the mixture in a bowl. Take the amount you need in a smaller bowl and add gram flour in accordance with your requirement to make a thick paste. Apply the paste gently on your face and let it remain for 10 minutes. Wash off the face pack with gentle splashes of cold water. You can refrigerate the remaining puree for 3 to 4 days and make a face pack using gram flour or corn flour whenever required. A tomato and lime face pack is recommended for individuals that are exposed to sun daily. Individuals that suffer from heavy skin darkening because of the sun should apply a tomato and lime face pack. Lime and tomato are ingredients that are used in various masks for skin whitening.
Sandal wood face mask
You will need 2 table spoons of sandal wood powder and rosewater. Mix the sandalwood powder and rose water to form a paste. Clean your face with water before you apply the paste. Let the sandal wood mask remain for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash your face clean with splashes of cold water. A sandal wood face mask softens skin giving it a natural pink glow. This face mask is excellent for removal of blemishes, and prevention of acne outbreak. This face pack is used in spas for fair skin treatments.
Cream, honey and castor oil face mask
You will need 50g fresh cream, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of castor oil. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Before you apply this face mask make sure you wash your face clean with water. Apply the mixture of cream, honey and castor oil on the face and let it remain for 10 to 15 minutes. If you want a thick concoction you can peel a small piece of raw potato and make a paste in a blender and mix it with other ingredients. Raw potato helps remove skin blemishes. Wash face gently with splashes cold water. This face pack prevents skin from losing its natural elasticity and developing wrinkles. Skin aging process is slowed considerably with this face pack.
Tips for applying and removing a facial mask
Do not keep experimenting frequently with various facial masks or body packs. Stick to ingredients that work well for your skin. Ideally a facial mask should be applied after a bath. Make sure your face is washed clean before you apply a facial mask. Wash your face every day with splashes of cold water and be gentle when you use your fingers to clean your face. When you get back home after a day’s work clean your face with a cotton swab along with a face cleanser to get rid of impurities that clog pores. If pores are clogged due to fine environmental debris, makeup, or sweat, blackheads are formed and acne outbursts are sudden. Before you apply a facial pack you have to make sure your face is free from impurities and dirt. If you do not want to use your fingers to apply a facial mask or body mask, the best way is to use the bulging base of a spoon to spread pastes or thick concoctions evenly.
Remember, to remove a facial pack, use gentle splashes of water. Do not rub your skin rigorously to remove a face mask. First use splashes of water to moisten a face mask and then gently use your fingers in a circular upward motion to get off the face mask. Fruits are full of minerals, vitamins that keep skin healthy and glowing. The masks mentioned in this list can also be used on hands and legs. Consult a dermatologist if skin irritation occurs after use of a facial mask or body mask. Various skin products available in the market use harsh chemicals that can be damaging for the skin. Natural skin products are gentle on the skin and are rich in nutrients that help in exfoliating dry skin. Natural face masks moisturize condition, revitalize and nourish skin leaving it soft, healthy and glowing. Keep in mind you will not develop a clear and smooth complexion overnight. For some, results may show within a few weeks, whereas for others it may take longer. Give the face pack you use time to work its magic.
Oils good for the skin
Here’s a list of oils that are excellent for the skin. However, oil applications in facial masks should be used in accordance with dry, normal or oily skin. An application of tea tree oil in homemade face masks can be used by individuals that suffer from varied acne conditions. If you’ve got very sensitive skin consult a dermatologist before you use an application of oil in facial masks or body masks.
• Olive Oil
• Almond Oil
• Avocado Oil
• Tea Tree Oil
• Coconut Oil
• Hemp Seed Oil
• Castor Oil
• Hazelnut Oil
• Cranberry Seed Oil
• Pomegranate Oil
• Grape Seed Oil
• Wheat Germ Oil
• Rosehip Seed Oil
• Sesame Oil
• Camellia Oil
Tips for healthy glowing skin
To breathe new life in skin wash your body every day with splashes of water. Make sure you wash off make up completely before you apply a facial pack. A balanced diet is essential. Avoid consuming deep fried foods if you have a severe acne condition. You intake of fruits, vegetables and meat should be balanced. Consume fresh fruit juices. Eat all types of fruits. Fibrous fruits, vegetables, and salads should be a part of your daily diet. The best drink for the body is water, have plenty of it during the day. Protect skin from the sun. Wear an herbal sunscreen lotion when you move about in the sun.
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