Wednesday, 3 October 2012

31 Days Masks, Masks, Everywhere, Masks…. Do I mean Halloween Masks? Nope

Today we are going to be discussing homemade facial masks.  We all want to spend a few minutes a day on ourselves and I personally know that every now and then I just want to pamper myself and I go grab whatever expensive facial masks I have in my storage cupboard.  But what do we really know about what is in these masks.  Are they truly good for us? 

Well if you make your own masks you know exactly what is in them and they may work even better than store bought ones.  We can also make sure that we make the correct mask for our skin type.

"Facial masks have been around for thousands of years .  The main purpose of them, has been a skin treatment while primarily focusing on exfoliating dead skin and dirt from your face."      - source (

So below I will bring you a few different facial masks you can make at home.  Make sure that before applying any facial mask, the face should be washed and cleaned with a mild facial wash.

Different masks do different things, as well as some are specific to skin type.

If you are unsure as to what type of mask to try, you can always visit the link below  and answer a few questions.  This will reveal the type of masks your requirements meet.

For a health glow try the following mask.

Orange Juice Mask
  • Combine 3 tbsp. Orange Juice with half a cup of honey.
Smooth on the face and leave on for 30 minutes.  Wash off with warm water followed by cold water.

For skin lightening try this.

Papaya Delight
  • Mix together one egg white, 1 cup of mashed papaya, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 2 tbsp. of sour cream
Refrigerate before applying to the face.  Rinse off after 1 hour.

For Oily Skin

Strawberry Delight
  • Boil and steep lemon leaves.  Add in 1/2 cup of oatmeal, 3 tbsp. wheat germ.  Mash 1/2 cup of strawberries and mix in . 
Smooth on the face for an hour and wash off with warm water.

The following are some general purpose masks.

-in blender combine 1 tsp. finely crushed and dried chamomile flowers, 1 tsp. of fresh mint finely chopped, combine 1 tbsp. of honey and an egg white
Smooth on to the face and leave on for 20 minutes

  • Mash 1/2 a banana, with 1 tbsp. orange juice, 1 tbsp. honey.
Keep the mixture on for fifteen minutes

Peach Mask
  • Peal and pit one ripe peach and cut into small pieces.  Add 1 egg white, and whip thoroughly. 
Apply to face for 15 minutes and follow with a cool rinse.  Peaches contain enzymes that loosen up pores.

Cucumber Sensitive Skin
  • 1 tbsp. brewer's yeast, 1 tbsp. finely powdered oats, 1 cucumber, 2 tbsp. plain yogurt, 1 tsp. honey
Mix together 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 smooth.  Add yogurt and honey and mix together.  Add the brewer's yeast and oats to the cucumber/honey mixture and mix to combine fully.

To use: Apply to clean face and neck skin and leave on for anywhere from 15 minutes to 1/2 an hour.  Rinse well and follow with toner and moisturizer. 
Use within a few days and refrigerate between uses.

These are just a few of the hundreds if not more different homemade face mask recipes you can find online.  I really would love to hear from anyone who tries these and let me know what you think.  If you already use one that I have not listed, please feel free to let us know what one you use, and its ingredients.  Have  you ever thought about using homemade products for your skincare?

Thanks for stopping by,

P.S.   This is the third installment of our 31 days of Homemade Solutions.  If you would like to view the whole series, please click the link HERE to go to the main post page, where all posted content will be linked up. 

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