I love it when something inexpensive works. Especially when it comes to my skin! Face masks are a treat, it buys you some me-time and it gives your skin a boost without much of a fuss. Here’s some basic natural skin mask recipes that can be whipped up in a jiffy.
1. Egg Whites
Eggs can be beneficial for the skin because it contains two vital skin care ingredients: collagen and protein, which can yield positive results for those who are fighting any type of skin inflammation or fine lines and wrinkles. The proteins that are contained in an egg white mask help the skin improve and maintain its elasticity. Egg whites tighten the pores, making less room for impurities like blackheads.
An egg white mask is made from raw eggs that have had their yolks removed. Once the eggs are separated, whip the egg whites into a frothy foam and then spread over the skin of the face until dry. Once the mask is dried, simply wash it away to reveal skin that appears softer, with an improved tone and texture. Repeat this routine almost daily.
If you want glowing skin, this is the mask for you. Containing Vitamin A and the Papain enzyme, papaya helps remove dead skin cells and inactive proteins, thus rejuvenating your skin. The enzyme papain breaks down inactive proteins and eliminates dead skin cells. The vitamin A works as an anti-oxidant which keeps the skin soft and hydrated.
Mash half a papaya and mix it with three spoons of honey to make a smooth paste. Apply it gently on your face and neck. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse with cold water.
This ancient remedy does wonders for your skin. Oatmeal contains over a dozen amino acids, which are vital for building healthy skin tissue and for healing the skin. Your skin will absorb these acids, which will help to heal minor imperfections, blemishes, and to help repair uneven skin tone.
Mix powdered or finely crushed oatmeal with a little hot water to form a milky paste and allow to cool. Before you apply the oatmeal face mask, wash your face with warm water and a gentle cleanser and then pat your face dry. Apply the mask evenly over your face.Wait for the mask to dry, leaving it on anywhere from ten to fifteen minutes, and then wash it away.
4. Baking Soda
Baking soda is alkaline. It soothes and neutralises the skin. It is anti-bacterial and it will also maintain the pH levels in your skin and prevent the formation of blackheads. It works as a mask and a scrub.
Mix some of the soda with a little water to create a paste and then spread it evenly over your skin. Wait five to ten minutes and then scrub it away.