Most of the top skincare ranges in our modern times contain active ingredients that are much the same or derived from the same ingredients – whether chemically derived or natural – as what the likes of Cleopatra or other famous beauties enjoyed.
When you hear the names DMAE, Papain, Coq10, Liposomes, Peptides, AHA’s, EFA’s, Copper, Alphalipoic Acids etc. you probably think of someone in a laboratory concocting a face cream with a special scientific mix of one or more of these ingredients.
This is the case for many commercially made products, but most of us – the average consumer – don’t realize that we are surrounded every day with plants, seeds, herbs, fruits and oils that are also rich in these nutrients. They may have different names or go unnoticed because when you go shopping at your supermarket you won’t see a melon labelled with a sticker that says “contains high concentrations of papain, AHA’s and Alphalipoic acid”.
They also won’t tell you that these melons have amazing exfoliating and cell stimulating properties for skin that can be readily utilized in homemade face masks and that when used with other ingredients like virgin coconut oil, can provide a powerful moisturizing and rejuvenating skin treatment that is far more potent than store bought products!
Nutritionists will tell you that eating a fresh orange is far better for you than drinking processed juice….why? Because fresh ingredients contain all the vitamins and enzymes that are damaged or destroyed under heat and processing. The same applies to using homemade face masks, treatments and lotions you make at home using fresh ingredients, you are taking the best of all of the nutrients including vitamins, enzymes, liposomes and more – and delivering them directly into your skin.
Homemade facial mask ingredients like the ones below have many benefits for your skin:
Avocado is high in fatty acids and oils. Very moisturizing for skin especially avocado oil
Almond is also high in fatty acids and great for moisturizing for skin, it can be added to home made masks or serums
Cucumber is healing, refreshing and lightening for skin
Tropical fruits like pineapple, pawpaw and papaya contain papain and other enzymes and fruit acids to gently remove skin cells and stimulate new cell growth
All fruits are rich in vitamins like vitamin C and A which are great for skin both repairing, brightening and healing
Wheatgerm, Apricot, Macadamia or Hazelnut oils are very high in essential fatty acids helping moisture travel deeper into the skin.
Banana is rich in B vitamin and C vitamin making it an an excellent base for home made masks
Eggs are high in sulphur as are dried then soaked and rehydrated apricots (good for acne) and make a good base
Citrus fruit rich in vitamin C and fruit acids making it great for lightening skin and for acne
Honey and Aloe Vera are natural humectants meaning they attract water. Also good for acne and honey is antmicrobial, antibacterial and antioxidant
Essential oils like melaleuca (tea tree) and lavender are antibacterial, antimicrobial so are great for acneic skin and for oily skin and blackheads. You only needs a few drops of these in masks and there are whole range of essential oils that contain powerful antiaging properties and can be used in bases for natural skin masks and oil serum blends
Parsley, neroli and geranium are great for red veins and rosacea
Yogurt or whipped cream are very moisturizing and contain lactic or malic acid so slough off dead skin cells
Evening primrose and carrot seed oils are rich in EFA’s, liposomes vitamins and more. Using carrot in homemade face masks or carrot seed contain vitamin A and C and are very moisturizing especially when combined with EFA rich ingredients in homemade face masks because EFA’s help your skin absorb all of these elements deep into your skin.
Seeds and nut meal (ground nuts and seeds) and oatmeal are excellent for homemade exfoliating face masks and also contain beneficial EFA’s.
Oatmeal is excellent for face scrubs, dry skin masks, itchy skin when mixed with cool chamomile tea.
Argan, Olive, Grape Seed, Flax Seed Jojoba or Coconut Oil are super moisturizing in face masks, rich in vitamins and protect your skin as well (coconut and sesame oils have a low SPF protection)
Homemade face mask for dry skin:
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon plain yogurt or mashed avocado
1 teaspoon olive or Almond oil
Optional: add 1/2 teaspoon rose hip and or carrot seed oil to repair and rejuvenate skin or a teaspoon ground oatmeal
Blend well together and apply to face. Leave on for ten to fifteen minutes then wash off.
1 teaspoon mineral/all natural sea salt or 1 aspirin
1 pinch turmeric powder
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon plain yogurt
1 mashed apple or 1/2 a mashed banana
Optional: few crushed basil leaves, few drops or tea tree oil, rosemary oil or lavender oil, 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
Mix well and apply to skin. Leave on for ten minutes then wash off with warm water or aloe vera juice.
Homemade Oily Skin Blackhead Mask
1 teaspoon aloe vera juice
1 teaspoon chamomile tea
1/2 teaspoon lemon or lime juice or apple cider vinegar
1/2 a mashed banana
1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
Mix well together well and apply to skin all over your face. Leave on for ten minutes then rinse off.
Homemade Face Scrub Mask
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon oatmeal, salt or brown sugar (or a combination of both)
1 teaspoon olive, avocado or Almond oil
1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice or 1 teaspoon mashed kiwifruit, pineapple or papaya
Blend well together and apply to face rubbing gently in a circular motion. Leave on for ten minutes then wash off.
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