Let’s admit it: face masks are one of the most pleasurable face treatments on the market. And most of them can be reproduced at home using 100% natural ingredients (to your surprise, you can even eat some of them!). This is a very healthy way to take care of your skin as it aims to avoid the chemicals that sometimes come with facial moisturizers. You can beat acne, sensitive skin, imperfections, and much more with natural ingredients you have access to at home or in the grocery store.
Whipping up a quick freshly made face mask is great fun and delivers a boost of nutrients to your skin. Here are our favourite three recipes for achieving beautiful skin!
Clay face masks for blackheads and acne prone skin
Clay face masks can help blackheads being removed, treat spots and other blemishes by unblocking pores, alleviating toxins and balancing out or replenishing the natural occurring oils of the face, avoiding having to call upon squeezing blackheads, which may result in scarring. Why? Because clay has the capability to absorb any excess oils, grime and other unwanted toxins from the skin.
Green clay is particularly beneficial for problem or acne prone skin, as it has wonderful cleansing abilities and will draw out any unwanted toxins or impurities and then shrink the pores to stop them getting back in.
Aloe vera gel can help soothe and moisturize the skin, and is particularly beneficial for certain skin conditions involving inflammation or dry skin. It can also speed up the healing of acne, and it’s antiseptic properties can prevent further flare-ups.
2 tablespoons of green clay
1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel
Mix ingredients together in a bowl and apply a thick layer to the skin (we like to use a makeup brush). Then leave for 10-15 mins and rinse off. You can repeat it once a week and watch the results unfold in front of your eyes.
Oat and Honey face mask for sensitive skin
No, this is not a breakfast recipe ;). Oats gently exfoliate skin and are also anti-inflammatory, making them ideal for dry, itchy skin. Antioxidant-rich and antibacterial, honey is another ingredient with acne-fighting power, which can help balance your skin tone and leave it glowing.
For anyone with irritated skin, this will work as an anti-inflammatory. It also aids in preventing skin ageing, and is rich in antioxidants. Honey also contains an enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide, a well-known disinfectant. A thin coating of honey can be applied to the skin to disinfect and heal minor skin wounds and chapped lips.
2 tablespoons of raw honey
1 tablespoon of ground oats
Mix together in a bowl and apply a trick layer to the skin for 20-25 mins before rinsing off with cool water.
Avocado, Olive Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar face mask
Avocado is one of our favourite foods for brunch, and it also contains a high content of Vitamin A which when applied to the skin helps remove dead cells. Also, it’s vitamin C rich consultancy is an antioxidant, and is a key component in the creation of elastin and collagen, which will maintain your skin's firmness.
The recently popular avocado oil is a great moisturiser for skin: it can soften dry skin and is often used as an ingredient in massage lotions. Due to it's easy absorption, it can penetrate deep into the layers of the skin to enrich it with nutrients.
Olive oil has been used for centuries as a beauty routine to improve skin condition: the properties of olive oil do not clog your pores as many moisturizers you find on store shelves may. It penetrates deep within your skin's layers and the oil provides protection from free radicals while cleansing the skin cells. The combination of vitamin A and vitamin E in olive oil repairs cells from harmful environmental factors.
Last but not least, apple cider vinegar is rich in potassium, which helps regulate the skin's pH levels and also helps treat allergies. Lactic, acetic, and malic acids in vinegar are powerfully anti-fungal and also have antibacterial properties which help treat and prevent infections. Additionally, these compounds are also great at reducing inflammation and relieving dry, itchy skin.
All in all, we have a strong and powerful ingredient list to help restore our skin's youthful glow.
1 mashed avocado
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Mix the ingredients together in a bowl, apply for 15-20 mins and rinse off thoroughly with cool water.