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Homemade face masks recipes by Tanya ,  Feb 7, 2013

Every skin care treatment would never be complete without a facial mask.


And if in case you need an emergency facial mask treatment at home, only to find out that you run out of stocks of your favourite pre-formulated facial mask, or opt to pamper your sensitive skin with fresh and hand-picked ingredients, then these Facial Mask Recipes will serve as your best guide.

Why Homemade Facial Masks Are So Good.

Convenient facial mask treatment can be yours right at your own home.

Too often, home sounds like a haven of comfort in-between our urban lifestyle, which is why pampering our skin, especially with facial mask, during our precious time at home becomes both a relaxing experience and a rewarding skin care treat.

Making our own facial masks also adds to the stress-free relief of facials, particularly a relief from driving to the nearest spa or facial salon.

Easy and quick access to the facial mask’s ingredients.

One of the best reasons to make your own facial mask is that you can normally find the ingredients in your home, i.e., specifically your kitchen’s pantries, fridge, or garden - or at a quick trip to your grocery store.

Favorite homemade facial mask ingredients, like the skin moisturizing and radiance-boosting honey extract, the skin-firming milk or egg whites, the anti-trouble oatmeal or lemon extracts, and many types of skin-rejuvenating fruit extracts are available all year-round. Not only are they inexpensive, mixing them together may take as short as 10 minutes, and they offer the same great skin results like the facial masks, which are exclusively formulated by specialty beauty shops.

Did you know: Many spas even use their own formulas and facial recipes similar to the ones that we share below.

Simple, fresh, and natural ingredients.

Our skin only needs simple, fresh, and natural ingredients, and homemade facial masks deliver just that.

Free from the skin-irritating preservatives and ingredients, like Parabens, you know that your skin can rely on the fact that it receives only the essential skin care nutrients.

Take note, however, that these ingredients are quick to perish, so you need to use your facial mask promptly, store it in a cool and dry place, and throw it immediately when a noticeable smell or color is present.


Fruity Facial Masks

Tips and Things You Need to Know Before Making and Using Your Own Facial Mask.

Possible reduced effectiveness of homemade facial masks.

Natural extracts in homemade facial masks tend to have bigger molecules as compared to facial masks that are formulated and developed in skin care laboratories, and such may prevent them from penetrating to the deeper areas of the skin, where they are most needed, thus their reduced effectiveness.

Be sure you are not allergic to the Ingredients of your homemade facial mask.

While natural ingredients prove to be less irritating for the skin, some of them however, may cause skin irritations or allergic reactions, especially to sensitive skin, which symptoms include:1

  • Skin redness;
  • Increased sensitivity to the sun;
  • Itchiness or skin burning;
  • Scaly patches on the skin; and,
  • Swelling of the eyes and face.

To counter, know which ingredients will work and won’t work for your skin type and your skin condition before making your own facial mask. Remember the precious rule to skin care: Prevention is always better than cure.

Do a patch test of your homemade facial mask before using it.

A patch test helps to check your skin’s reaction to your homemade facial mask. To do this, apply a bit of your facial mask behind your ear. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on your skin type, then rinse with warm water. If no adverse reaction develops, then it’s time to pamper your skin with your facial mask.

Banana Face Mask

Bananas carry lots of vitamins that are beneficial to your skin, and their natural acids help slough off dead skin cells to brighten your complexion.

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp. honey

Mash up the banana with the honey and apply the mixture to your cleansed face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse.

Mayonnaise-Baby Oil Dry Skin Treatment



2 tablespoons real mayonnaise
1 teaspoon baby oil

> Combine both ingredients.
> Smooth onto face, neck, rough elbows and knees or anywhere else you feel might benefit from it.
> Leave for 20 minutes.
> Rinse off thoroughly with tepid water.


Homemade Green Tea Face Mask

  • Green tea
  • A tablespoon of granulated sugar
  • Half a tablespoon of lemon juice

Green tea is famously good for problem skin. It can help with your acne, but it’s also great at soothing sensitive skin of all kinds. Make a cup of green tea (with lots of tea. Twice as much loose tea as you’d normally use to drink, or two teabags if you use tea bags). Leave the tea bags in for an hour, and if the tea is still warm (unlikely) chill it in the fridge until it’s cool. Take it out, mix in the sugar and lemon juice, pat it onto your face and either use it as a facewash or (better) leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash off and moisturise.

Watermelon Yogurt Facial Mask

Mix 1 teaspoon watermelon juice with 1 teaspoon plain Greek Yogurt.

The lactic acid and enzymes in the yogurt will help gently exfoliate and purify while the watermelon hydrates and heals. Apply the mask to your face and neck for 10 minutes before rinsing off.


Tightening/Toning Lemon Egg White Mask



Juice from 1/2 a lemon (strained)
1 egg white

> Beat together the egg white and lemon juice for 3 minutes.
> Apply directly to your face, avoiding the eyes.
> Leave on for 30 minutes.
> Rinse off with warm water.




Revitalizing Face Mask with Egg White, Cucumber and Avocado

1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup chopped avocado
1 egg white
2 tsp. powdered milk

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a blender until they form a smooth paste.
  • Apply the mask to your face and neck using circular upward movements.
  • Leave the mask on for 30 minutes, or until dry.
  • Rinse your face and neck with warm water and finish with a cold water rinse.
  • This mask will keep up to 30 minutes in the refrigerator if you need to prepare it

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Peach and Egg White Firming Spa Mask



1 ripe peach — peeled and stoned
1 egg white

> Whip peach and egg white together in a blender till smooth.
> Gently pat mixture over face.
> Leave on for 30 minutes.
> Rinse off with cool water.



Pineapple Melon Cleansing Mask 

50 g Pineapple 50 g Muskmelon (any melon for that matter, except for watermelon will do fine) 100 ml Water 8 g Cosmetic corn starch*

* If you don’t have cosmetic corn starch (or just do not want to use it), add as much cornmeal, oatmeal or any binder of your choice, as needed to produce a paste.

Combine pineapple, melon, water and cosmetic starch/cornmeal/oatmeal in a blender. Apply formed paste to face and let set for about 10-15 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.

Papaya Skin Mask



  • 2 Tbs raw papaya, mashed finely
  • 1/2 tsp fresh pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp powdered green algae (optional)
Papaya and pineapple contain papain and bromelain, two enzymes that dissolve oil and dry skin cells. Repeated use of this mask will do wonders, evening skintone and leaving behind soft, glowing skin! Perfect as a once-a-week skin luxury.
Directions: In a small bowl, combine green algae with pineapple juice to form a paste. Mix thoroughly into mashed papaya, until a smooth paste is formed. Gently pat onto clean face and neck with fingers, then lie down for 15 minutes, making sure to lie on a towel as the mixture may run a bit as your skin warms it up. Your face may tingle a bit; no worries – you are feeling the fruit acids at work. Gently rinse off after 15 minutes

Cucumber Sensitive Skin Mask



  • 1 tablespoon brewer’s yeast
  • 1 tablespoon finely powdered oats
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Mix together the yeast and oats in a small bowl and set aside.

Peel the cucumber slice and place in a small food processor and process until liquid and no chunks remain. Add the yogurt and honey and process further to mix. Add the brewer’s yeast and oats to the cucumber/honey mixture and process to combine fully.

To use, apply to clean face and neck skin and leave on for anywhere from 15 minutes to 1/2 hour. Rinse well and follow with toner and moisturizer.
The shelf life of this product is necessarily limited by the fresh cucumber. It should be used within a few days, and refrigerated between uses.


Oatmeal face mask

What you need:

Oatmeal

Honey

Lemon juice

Yogurt

Water

* Oatmeal is the least costly ingredients when it comes to home face masks.
* The first step in making an oatmeal face mask at home is to blend the oatmeal in a blender.
* Add hot water to make a paste. It will get thick in few minutes.

* Now, you can put a teaspoon honey, lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of plain yogurt.
* Mix the mixture well.
* With the help of fingertips, apply the oatmeal face mask after cleansing face and neck.

* Leave this homemade face mask for 15 to 20 minutes. You have to rinse off with warm water, when the facial mask dries and tightens your skin.

This cereal can do wonders on acne skin by absorbing excessive oil from the skin pores. This homemade face mask can be little bit sticky, so wash off properly.

Oatmeal can be used to treat itchiness and other dermatological problems. Oatmeal face mask has a drying effect on the skin, so it is best for people with oily complexions.


Strawberry Face Mask

strawberry facial mask

Ingredients:

  • 5-8 Strawberries
  • 3 Tablespoons of Honey

Directions:

1. Mash up the strawberries with a fork until smooth. Add in honey and mix well.

2. Place a towel on your pillow as this mask may drip. Lie down and apply the mask all you’re your face with clean hands.

3. Wait 10-15 minutes and wash off with warm water.

4. Pat dry and follow with your homemade rose toner and moisturizer.

Your face should feel clean, refreshed and even brightened. Who knew strawberries packed such a punch? Until next time, stay pretty… inside and out.




Homemade Orange Face Masks





Orange
  • • Simply rubbing fresh orange peel on your face helps lighten skin color. Moreover, it tightens the skin and improves the texture.

    Furthermore, these peels can be soaked in boiling water for a day and the resultant liquid can be used as a skin toner. You can also use it as a hair rinse to add shine to your hair and get rid of dandruff.

     

  • • Shrink enlarged pores and maintain clear, younger-looking skin by regularly applying fresh orange juice on your skin for a few minutes. It can heal issues like dark spots, pimples, and wrinkles as well.

    Besides, you can rub frozen orange juice ice cubes (pour orange juice in an ice tray and freeze it) on your skin to revitalize your skin. It is particularly useful for oily, acne-prone skin.

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