We all have those days when we wake up and feel like our skin is not its usual plump, rosy glowing self and instead, it’s a parched, dull, and tired looking version to match how the rest of us feels. Hectic lifestyles and harried work and family commitments have left us with hardly any time to wash our skin, let alone look after it.
Environmental factors, pollution, and toxins from a modern lifestyle, along with bad food choices, not enough whole foods, too much junk food, wine, and too little water, along with a good dose of sun, are enough to make anyone’s skin make you look older than you really are.
There are, however, plenty of ingredients that you can find in your pantry to mix together to make superb and rejuvenating homemade face masks that will restore your skin to a glowing, healthier version that is even better than its former glory.
1. Natural Exfoliating Face Mask
This face mask is perfect for pumping your skin full of anti-oxidants and scrubbing off old, dull and flaky skin, leaving your skin protected, repaired and glowing with health.
1 tsp honey
1 tsp yogurt
1 tsp molasses
A generous helping of crushed berries
1 tbsp papaya, pineapple, and kiwi fruit - crushed
Apply to freshly washed and damp skin in a generous layer and leave on for no longer than 10 minutes. The natural stimulants and enzymes pack a powerful punch and act as a natural chemical peel. Emulsify off, rinse well and moisturise immediately afterward.
2. Oily Skin Face Mask
Two egg whites – whipped into stiff peaks
Half a freshly squeezed lemon or a few tablespoons of lemon juice
Just before you are ready to apply the mask, briskly whisk in the lemon juice to the egg white – as it will separate if you leave it in the bowl too long. Get into a nice hot bath after washing your face. Allow the steam to work its magic and start opening up your pores. Apply the mask generously over the face and neck.
This mask will give oily skin a zingy wakeup call and help to cleanse away excess oil build up. The natural cleansing ingredients in the lemon can be drying to your skin if the mask is left on too long, so don’t leave it on for any more than 10 minutes. And make sure you moisturise well afterward.
3. Hydrating Avocado Face Mask
Mash up half a ripe avocado and add in:
1 tsp heavy cream
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp coconut oil or almond oil or you can even use olive oil
1 tsp mayonnaise or yogurt
1 egg yolk (optional)
This is a very nourishing mask and if you want to make it richer, just adjust the levels of oil that you mix into the avocado. You can even add in 1 tsp of avocado oil on top of everything else.
You can leave this mask on for up to half an hour and then cleanse and moisturise after washing it off.
4. Sun Damage – a Rejuvenating Face Mask – No Rinse
Mix together the following oils:
Equal amounts of carrot seed oil, olive oil, sea buckthorn oil, walnut oil, and avocado oil – about a tablespoon of each.
Add in a blend of 2 tbsp of rosehip oil, calophyllum or tamanu oil, and coconut oil.
Sun damaged or mature skin desperately needs oils that are rich in fatty acids and regenerative qualities. The firming properties found in anti-aging oils such as carrot and walnut oils will provide a rich base that will repair and replenish tired and aging skin.
Keep this combination of oils on hand in a bottle and apply it to the neck, face, bust area, arms, and hands – wherever it is needed – twice a day. It can be applied underneath day and night creams and will soak into the skin and does not need to be rinsed off.
5. Healthy Glow Scrub Face Mask
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp oatmeal – finely ground or almond meal
1 tsp molasses
¼ tsp baking powder or salt
1 tbsp almond oil
1 tbsp avocado oil for dry skins OR 1 tbsp lime juice, lemon juice or grapefruit juice for oily skins
If it is too dry, add some yogurt or olive oil to the mix
Apply generously to your freshly washed skin. Rub gently in circles – clockwise first then anti-clockwise and leave on for 5 minutes. Rinse well by emulsifying and rubbing gently to remove dead skin cells and gently exfoliate the skin. It can also help to lighten scars and reveal a fresh, glowing and healthy skin. You can use it all over your body up to 3 times a week – just moisturise with your favourite moisturiser afterward.