You can use a whole range of ingredients varying from nuts and seeds or oil which are high in plumping moisturizing essential fatty acids to fruits rich in alpha hydroxy acids and/or enzymes that really brighten skin and give it a boost.
Homemade facial mask and serum recipes not only help to clean and moisturize skin, but also renew and regenerate skin slowing the again process leaving your skin looking and feeling radiant!
You can make a homemade facial mask from any of the ingredients listed below in minutes:
Cucumber – refreshing and cooling. Great for dark circles and lightening skin.
Yogurt – good in acne masks, soothing, lactic acid aids exfoliation and has a mild bleaching effect.
Avocado – high in moisturizing fatty acids and vitamins making it anti-aging and an antioxidant helping to protect dry skin from moisture loss. Good homemade facial mask base.
Aloe vera – balancing, good for acne and tightening pores.
Almond meal – grounds almonds are great for scrubs and exfoliating masks. Has mild lightening effects.
Apple – good in acne masks. Contains malic acid which is a mild exfoliant.
Arrowroot – dries oily skin and good in acne masks for drying out spots.
Banana – tightens skin and is moisturizing. A good homemade facial mask base.
Brown sugar – contains glycolic acid for natural exfoliation and the granules are excellent for use in scrubs and efoliators
Molasses – high in glycolic acids so it is excellent for lifting off dull dead skin layers.
Chocolate – moisturizing for skin. Antioxidants to neutralize free radicals.
Coffee – Used granules are good for exfoliating masks and scrubs, coffee is rich in antioxidants so good for slowing aging.
Coconut cream or milk – moisturizing, soothing and softens skin. Also mildly antibacterial especially extra virgin coconut oil. Great homemade facial mask base ingredients and as a facial rinse.
Egg whites – tightens sagging skin like a mini facelift. Helps to lighten skin also.
Eggs – high in sulphur and protein rich so helps to bind ingredients while moisturizing.
Kiwifruit, Papaya, Pawpaw or Pineapple – rich in enzymes that dissolve dead skin. Also high in nourishing vitamins like vitamin C and fruit acids to lift off dead skin cells. Helps to stimulate new cell growth.
Canteloupe – high in Vitamin C, an anti-oxidant which captures free-radicals tightening skin and creating clear radiant skin.
Almond meal or ground seed & nut meals – high in fatty acids which are good for holding in moisture and also for a mild exfoliating effect. Almond meal is slightly lightening as well.
Honey – antimicrobial and antibacterial so great for acne in homemade facial masks and for soothing inflamed skin. A natural humectant which means it draws moisture to the skin helping to hydrate dry skin.
Oatmeal – moisturizing soothing itching skin (oatmeal soaked in cold water then the liquid strained out is excellent for bites and itchy skin complaints). The ground meal is great for exfoliating scrubs and masks.
Citrus fruits (and other fruits to a lesser degree) – rich in alpha hydroxy or malic acids which help to lift off dead skin cells and stimulate new growth.
Essential oils – essential oils are naturally antibacterial so are great to add to masks for acne treatment. Tea tree and lavender are especially useful for soothing and treating acne by targeting the bacteria that causes acne and soothing irritated inflamed skin. Great when combined with honey and yogurt.
Oils (almond, apricot, olive, avocado, wheatgerm etc – many oils are rich in antiaging fatty acids and antioxidants that help to slow the aging process and deeply moisturize skin dwon to the lower layers. Different oils do different things – oils like starflower (borage) oil are like a super antiaging treatment on their own while ois like argan, rosehip and carrot seed are also good for lines, wrinkles, scarring and stretchmarks. Almond oil is excellent fro lightening age spots and as an every day cleanser.
Parsley and neroil oil – perfect for rosacea and red veins when added to masks and serums.
As you can see, there are many ingredients you can use from around your home and local grocery store. When you combine these ingredients together you can create amazing homemade facial masks and serums (even moisturizers) that leave your skin with a radiant healthy glow.
It is fun and easy to make recipes that are “tailor made” to suit your specific skin type and condition. You can enjoy the numerous benefits of homemade facial masks and skin care recipes – many that offer the same results or better than store bought products without the cost or time taken to find and buy them.
Try mixing some of these ingredients together or you can try some more specific recipes by this author to see the improvements and results in your complexion.
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