1. Oat and Honey MaskOats aren't just for eating; these grains also have special properties that make them the perfect candidates for soothing face masks. Oats contain lots of saponin, which is an excellent natural cleanser. These grains are also rich in proteins and lipids, which means that they serve as excellent moisturizers. In addition, oats have antioxidant properties, which means that they fight back against any free radicals that may be at large in your skin, and they also stop itching in its tracks.
Many medical traditions have long considered honey to be a miracle cure. However, only raw honey has all of the benefits that have been touted in Ayurvedic medicine and other medical systems over the years. If your honey is raw and unaltered, it serves as an excellent antibacterial substance, and it also helps your skin heal. If you suffer from acne or if your skin is dry, you'll love this recipe for a simple anti-inflammatory oat and honey face mask.
Instructions:• Combine 1/3 cup of hot water with 1 cup oatmeal;
• Mix thoroughly, and let the solution settle for 3 minutes;
• Add 2 tablespoons raw honey, and mix;
• Apply a thin layer of the solution to your face and neck;
• Massage the mask gently on your skin;
• After about 10 minutes, rinse your face with warm water, and make sure that you put a strainer in your sink to keep oats from going down the drain.
2. Try Ice Therapy at Home
Ice therapy, which some trendies refer to as "Frotox," is a type of dermatological treatment that is all the rage these days. This treatment is relatively simple, and many people have latched onto it as an alternative to Botox, which can have some serious side effects. However, if you have an esthetician perform your Frotox treatment, you'll end up paying out through the nose, which is why you might want to try this anti-aging beauty treatment in the comfort of your own home.
When you expose the blood vessels in your skin to cold temperatures, they contract and dilate rapidly, which boosts your circulation. Since improved circulation is the best natural cure for fluid retention, using an ice mask is one of the best ways to reduce puffiness in your skin or tone up areas that are starting to sag. If you want a complexion that glows with natural tone, you'll definitely want to give this simple recipe a try.
Instructions:• Acquire a muslin cloth and ice cubes;
• Wash your face, and wrap the ice cubes in the muslin cloth;
• Gently massage the ice cubes across your face in a circular, upward motion;
• Continue massaging your face until the ice cubes melt or you can't stand the cold any longer (generally about 5-10 minutes).
3. Apple Cider Vinegar for Perfect Pores
Not all types of vinegar are the same, and white vinegar is pretty much only useful as a cleaning agent. Apple cider vinegar, on the other hand, is an amazing healing substance if it's in its natural state. Pasteurizing ruins this type of vinegar, and filtered apple cider vinegar isn't worth much either. If you get your hands on some raw apple cider vinegar, however, applying this substance as a mask is one of the best things you can do to tighten up enlarged pores or take care of your pore health in general.
People have used apple cider vinegar as a skin toner for centuries, and this substance is filled with alpha-hydroxy acids, which help remove excess sebum from your pores. When their sebum levels are normal, your pores will contract, which means that they will appear smaller when you look in the mirror. Once you've acquired your raw apple cider vinegar, make sure to mix it before you make the following mask since the sediment on the bottom of the bottle is actually best for your skin.
Instructions:• Gently cleanse your face;
• Mix 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup filtered water;
• Use a cotton pad to evenly apply the solution across your face;
• Allow the vinegar to dry for about 5 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water;
• To avoid irritation, never apply apple cider vinegar to your face without watering it down.
4. Defeat Hyperpigmentation with Fresh Tomato
Hyperpigmentation is a condition that alters the tone of your skin in particular areas. Acne scars can cause hyperpigmentation, and age spots are another common cause of this condition. Tomatoes are highly acidic, which means that they reduce the oiliness of your skin, and they also reduce the inflammation that is the major cause of enduring hyperpigmentation.
When combined with aloe vera, the true power of tomatoes is unleashed. Aloe reduces the effects of aging, and it is also highly soothing to your skin. On their own, tomatoes might unduly irritate your skin, but the incredible acidic power of these plants is mitigated by the soothing effects of aloe. Also, since aging is one of the primary causes of hyperpigmentation, combining these two substances attacks the underlying causes of hyperpigmentation from multiple directions. Aloe is a great houseplant, and you can keep some on your windowsill for easy access whenever you need to squeeze out some healing gel.
Instructions:• Combine 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel with 1 tablespoon of tomato juice;
• Substitute with the flesh of a fresh tomato for a thicker substance;
• Apply the mixture to your face, and allow it to sit for 45 minutes;
• Rinse solution off of your face with warm water.
5. Master Your Moisture with Coconut Oil
While coconut oil might not be right for you if you have especially oily skin, this special substance is one of the best natural cures for dry skin in existence. Coconut oil contains high concentrations of fatty acids, and it also contains vitamin E, which has potent anti-inflammatory and healing properties. This tropical substance also contains polyphenols, which are potent anti-inflammatory compounds that can help stop acne flare-ups and other inflammation-related conditions. If you have any issues with dry skin or inflammation, you'll love this simple coconut oil recipe:
Instructions:• Warm a tablespoon of coconut oil until it is in a liquid state;
• Add 3 teaspoons raw sucanat sugar to make the oil congeal into a paste;
• Apply the paste to your skin, and focus on any patches of dry skin or inflamed areas;
• After 5 minutes, rinse the paste off your skin with cold water.
6. Probiotic Greek Yogurt Mask
Greek yogurt contains tons of probiotics, which you're probably most familiar with in terms of digestion. However, these probiotics also have benefits for your face, and they can help stimulate cell growth and reduce inflammation. Yogurt also contains lactic acid, which serves as an excellent natural cleanser, and this fermented milk product contains lots of calcium to fortify your skin. One of the best things about making a yogurt mask is that you have a lot of options for customization, and you can tailor a mask to fit your exact needs and whims for the day.
Instructions:• Mix 2 tablespoons organic Greek yogurt with 1-2 teaspoons of raw honey in a shallow bowl;
• For a unique mask, add a squeeze of lemon or blend in a few frozen blueberries, which contain lots of antioxidants;
• Apply the mask to your face with a mask or with your fingers;
• Leave the mask on for about 20 minutes, then wash it off with warm water.
7. Cucumber Yogurt to Soothe Your Skin
If you're experiencing issues with inflammation, here's another yogurt recipe for you. You can use either Greek or normal yogurt for this recipe, and it's always best if you make your own yogurt with a yogurt starter. The probiotics in yogurt nourish your skin microbiome, which is the culture of bacteria and other living things that make your skin glow and retain its youthful appearance. Cucumbers contain high levels of caffeic acid, which is a natural anti-inflammatory substance.
Instructions:• Puree 1/2 cucumber and add 2 tablespoons of plain normal, Greek, or homemade yogurt;
• Add 1 organic probiotic capsule;
• Apply the mixture to your face, and avoid the eye area;
• Leave the mask on for 15 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water.
8. Wine Lovers Resveratrol Mask
While you may prefer to save your wine for drinking, this fermented substance is also beneficial for your skin if you apply it in the form of a mask. Red wine contains lots of resveratrol, which researchers have identified as being a potent anti-aging substance. You can use either red or white wine for this mask, and it is best enjoyed in the bath with a full wine glass in your hand.
Instructions:• Combine 2 tablespoons of red or white wine with 1 tablespoon of white cosmetic clay in a shallow bowl;
• Squeeze in the juice of a handful of fresh grapes, and add 1 teaspoon of raw honey;
• Mix all of the ingredients, and then add more wine if necessary to achieve the desired consistency;
• Apply the mask to your face and neck area while avoiding your eyes;
• Rinse the mask off with warm water after 15 minutes.
9. Green Tea and Chia Seed Anti-Aging Mask
Ancient Asian peoples have used green tea for its incredible health benefits for millennia. This substance contains tons of antioxidants, and it also has high levels of polyphenols, which assist with your cellular metabolism. Chia seeds contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids, which hydrate your skin whether you apply them topically or ingest them by mouth. The best part of the following recipe is that it doubles as a delicious and nutritious drink.
Instructions:• Brew 2 cups green tea, and allow it to cool;
• Add chia seeds, and allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes;
• Add 3 teaspoons raw honey, and stir the mixture;
• Apply the mask to your face with your hand;
• After 10 minutes, remove the mask with warm water, and massage your skin as you rinse.
10. Activated Charcoal for Anti-Acne
If you have acne, you might want to try a charcoal mask. Keep in mind that activated charcoal is very messy, so you might want to keep an old towel on hand for the cleanup process. Activated charcoal absorbs skin oil, and it pulls sebum directly out of your pores, which makes it easier to express sweat during the hot summer months. Keep in mind that charcoal could be a little bit too intense for your face if you don't have extra-oily skin, and you shouldn't use this mask when your skin is dry. If you have persistent acne that resists all of your efforts to eradicate it, however, a simple activated charcoal mask can be one of the best tools at your disposal.
Instructions:• Combine 1 tablespoon activated charcoal with 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay;
• Add raw apple cider vinegar until it forms a paste, and always shake your apple cider before you use it;
• Make sure that your face is clean, and wash your hands;
• Spread the mixture across your face, and leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with cool water.