DIY Facial Mask Recipes For Different Skin Types

Last week we looked at How to Make Lip Balm. This week it is time for DIY Facial Masks!

Facial masks are a simple way to relax and improve your complexion at home. Commercially made masks often contain chemicals and preservatives for a longer shelf life, but homemade masks have no artificial ingredients. Most people have the necessary ingredients for a face mask in their kitchen, but supplies can be found at most grocery stores or online. Masks help heal irritated skin, pull dirt and oils from the skin and increase circulation. Clay masks also exfoliate to remove the top layer of dead skin for a healthy glow.

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Facial Mask Recipes

Clay Masks

Homemade clay masks have been used for centuries to draw oils, dirt and toxins from the skin. The type of clay to use depends on the type of skin. Most clays can be purchased at a health food store or online.

  • White clay is a very mild clay gentle enough for sensitive skin. It gently exfoliates and increases blood circulation to improve complexion.
  • Yellow clay is also mild and works great on sensitive skin. Unlike other clays, it does not pull oil from the pores, so it is the best clay for dry skin.
  • Rose clay exfoliates and increases blood circulation, making it a good clay for dry or normal skin types.
    Green clay pulls toxins, dirt and oils from the skin, so it is best for oily skin. It has a high mineral content that soothes irritated skin and helps clear the complexion. Do not use this clay on sensitive or dry skin.

Clay Mask Recipe

1. Place one tablespoon clay in a plastic or glass bowl.
2. Add water a teaspoon at a time until the mask is looks like a thick yogurt. Adding too much water results in a thin mask that will not be as effective and take too long to dry.
3. Spread mask evenly over the face with your fingers. Use a circular motion with your fingertips to increase circulation. Avoid the delicate eye area and around the lips.
4. Let mask dry for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing with tepid water.

DIY Mask For Dry Skin

This honey in this mask soothes irritated skin while the oil and egg moisturize. Yogurt has been said to minimize the look of pores for a better complexion.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon honey
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon olive oil (or other oil high in vitamins)

Directions
1. Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl and mix well. This mask will be sticky and thick.
2. Apply to face with your fingertips in gentle circles.
3. Let sit for at least five minutes before rinsing.

Mask For Oily Skin

Banana moisturizes the skin without using an oil-based product. Honey also moisturizes while it soothes irritated skin.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon of honey
1 banana (ripe bananas work best)

Directions

1. Mash banana with a fork until smooth.
2. Combine banana and honey and stir until combined.
3. Apply to face with fingertips. Use gentle circles to increase blood flow to the area.
4. Let sit for at least 15 minutes before rinsing.

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Silly Things Women Do for Beauty

Women do some crazy things for beauty. Let’s be honest. Women take over 3x longer to get ready than men do. The most extensive thing that men do is wash their hair and shave. Sounds pretty intricate right? Women have to pluck, squeeze, lotion, apply, and tons of other things. When you are in college, you begin to realize the huge differences between men and women. Men always look like they just got up for class, while women are dressed to a ‘t’. Here are some crazy things that women do to stay beautiful. Men, appreciate what we do, and don’t complain about how long it takes for us to get ready!

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1. Shaving?in places you wouldn’t expect. Some women don’t want to admit that they shave in other areas besides their legs, underarms, and other important areas. But, there are some women that shave in places like the tops of their toes or even their knuckles! Pretty strange huh? It doesn’t mean that it’s weird. It just means that it takes a lot more upkeep to maintain a smooth, hair-free appearance.

2. Using Vaseline as a cure for everything. Let’s be honest women, Vaseline is like nectar from the Gods. It’s useful for just about every beauty concern that you might have. Sure, it makes your lips and your eyes shine with it’s Vaseliney goodness, but it also is used for a lot of other things. Make up remover? Check. Hair product? Check. Dry elbows? Check. Shaving cream? Check. There’s really nothing that Vaseline can’t do. It’s a miracle beauty product.

3. Preparation H for baggy eyes. This is something that can be pretty embarrassing. But a girl has to do what a girl’s gotta do, right? It’s pretty well known that Preparation H can help your baggy eyes. It’s also pretty embarrassing when you have to go buy some for your eyes. Luckily the people behind the counter can’t ask you why you are getting that Prep H!

4. Keeping really old makeup. I will openly admit that I am guilty of this. Sometimes it’s hard to throw away old makeup, especially when you only use it for special occasions. Sometimes, I forget that I have makeup that is really old. I tend to hoard all of my makeup and forget about it. However, it’s not very good for you to keep makeup for longer than a year. Besides, you want to change up your look anyways! Go through your makeup bag every couple of months and throw out the stuff that you don’t use.

 

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5 Exfoliating Scrubs You Can Make At Home

Believe it or not, you don’t have to spend a fortune on exfoliating gels, scrubs or creams. Natural ingredients can help improve your skin – so it’s time to raid your kitchen cupboards.

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Here are 5 simple concoctions that should help you feel like you’ve had a course of microdermabrasion.

1. Lemon and sugar

To make your own exfoliating product simply mix lemon juice with sugar and get scrubbing. It might sound strange, but lemon is actually extremely good for your skin and has many anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-aging properties. It’s also loaded with vitamin C (which your skin needs) and contains enzymes thought to improve an oily complexion. What’s more the sugar helps draw moisture into the skin and the fine grains work to remove dead skin cells.

2. Honey and oatmeal

You might get a little messy with this mixture, but it can do wonders for your skin. The great thing about oats is they’re ideal for sensitive skin and are thought to heal and soothe irritations. They also work as a natural abrasive and can be ground up really smooth or left flaky for a rougher mixture. Honey is also a soothing product and helps keep the skin hydrated, so why not give this recipe a go?

3. Coffee ground and olive oil

This concoction is thought to reduce the effects of aging and could compliment a course of Botox. Olive oil has been used in beauty products for many centuries and its antioxidants are believed to keep the skin soft and supple. It was used as a sun cream by the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks and is still one of the main ingredients in many branded products today. Coffee is a natural abrasive and will help unblock pores. It’s also thought to be antibacterial and seems to work well on sensitive skin.

4. Ground almonds and yoghurt

A good exfoliating product should have a course texture as this will help remove dry skin and dead cells. Ground almonds are a brilliant abrasive and contain vitamin E which works to nourish and soften the skin. They can be used on most skin types and should leave you with a soft, non-greasy complexion. The lactic acid in milk is thought to get rid of dead skin cells and this in turn should help clear up blackhead, spots and acne.

5. Sea salt and water

If you want to create a really simple product, simply combine sea salt with water and get scrubbing. Warm water will help open your pores and the fine grains of salt will exfoliate your body. Combining salt with a sticky product such as honey is also effective, but if just want a quick solution to better skin, sea salt and water is ideal.

So there you have it, five natural exfoliating products that you can mix up in your own home, have you got any others which you have tried making yourself?

 

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