These homemade face masks use just one ingredient but will leave your skin feeling better, looking better, and battle back against the aging process. You likely have many of these items in your home already so you can begin using them today for fast results.
Honey is an amazing product, has been for millenia, and science is still figuring out all of the good things it can do for the body. One of these is that it helps out the skin in a number of ways, which is why it makes a great face mask.
Because of its thick consistency, it’s easy to apply honey as a face mask. It contains antioxidants and moisturizes your skin, making it a great choice for regular use, as it also has a very low incidence of causing any adverse reactions, unless you’re allergic to bees or aspirin.
Before you dive into that bowl of oatmeal, you should know that it has other benefits besides helping to lower cholesterol. Oatmeal has long been used as an all-natural scrub, but you can use it as a face mask as well.
It’s important to use organic oatmeal, as it will be made from organic oats, will undergo less processing, and be free of toxic poisons like herbicides and pesticides, as well as GMOs.
To use you simply make a paste out of oatmeal and water and spread evenly. If you want a two-ingredient face mask you can combine honey and oatmeal for compounded benefits.
3. Egg Yolk
Rather than use the entire egg, you’ll want to separate the yolk from the white and make two different one-ingredient face masks. The yolk is where the bulk of the vitamins and minerals of the egg are, and an egg yolk face mask transfers these to your skin.
The protein in the egg yolk helps to keep your skin healthy, while the vitamins and minerals it contains go to work rejuvenating your skin. Since it’s just one ingredient you don’t have to worry about putting anything on your face that is of a chemical or toxic nature.
4. Egg Whites
Once you have your egg separated, what to do with the whites? You can also use these as a face mask, since they contain more protein than the yolk. As egg whites dry on your face you’ll feel your skin tighten. This tightens pores and reduces the look of more shallow wrinkles.
Use pastured, organic eggs in order to make sure you’re getting the highest quality without any unwanted extras. You can also find eggs that have been fortified with extra omega-3s, which would provide even better results.
If you happen to have a banana handy, you’re minutes away from an effective homemade face mask that will leave your skin in much better shape when you’re finished. The potassium that bananas are widely known to contain helps the skin by hydrating it, so you’ll see some instant improvement if your skin has been looking dry and in need of moisture.
Bananas are one of the easiest fruits to go organic on, costing just a little bit more, but the difference is crucial here since you’re applying it directly to the skin. Even though bananas have a thick outer peel the pesticides and herbicides are in the soil, and even put right into the seed.
It’s hard to believe but the jug of milk you have in your refrigerator can actually help the skin on your face look better. You may have heard of milk baths, and you can get the same skin softening effect by simply using milk directly on your face.
Why choose organic milk when you make a milk face mask? Conventional milk is going to contain antibiotics and growth hormones that are given to the cows to keep them from getting sick, to make them grow faster, and to get them to produce more milk. These are things you don’t want to rub into your skin.
Lemon is often added to cleansing products because of its clean smell, but it is also a good cleaning agent for the skin because of its acidity and vitamins. You can make a face mask out of lemon juice alone that will help cleanse your skin and slough off dead skin cells.
If you find that straight lemon juice is just too much for your skin to handle, try diluting it with purified water until you reach a consistency that works well for you. As always, organic lemons are recommended over conventional when applying to your skin.
A yogurt face mask can be very soothing, and the lactic acid it contains will go to work on your skin to help it glow. Not only that but it just feels great to apply it and relax for about 20 minutes, letting it go to work on your face.
Opt for organic yogurt so that you’ll avoid the antibiotics and growth hormones that are in conventional yogurt. Greek yogurt contains more protein for the skin to absorb, and also has a thicker consistency which makes it easier to apply.
9. Olive Oil
Olive oil is one of the healthiest oils you can consume, but it also works wonders topically and skin just absolutely loves it. This includes the skin on your face, and a simple olive oil face mask can change the way you look at this oil.
Ideally you’ll want to use organic olive oil, which may be a bit pricier but since you’re rubbing into your skin it’s good to be picky.
Here’s a face mask that you might have to resist the urge to eat. There’s a saying that you should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat, and this is one mask that proves it. Blend up a strawberry puree and spread it evenly across your face.
If you see strawberries or strawberry extract as an ingredient in a facial product, you’re probably getting much more than just strawberries. Check the other ingredients for chemicals, dyes, and additives. But when you buy them and use them singly, you know exactly what is going on your face. Organic strawberries are a must, and only cost a bit more at the store.
You may feel a little strange spread what amounts to guacamole all over your face, but once you see what it can do for you you’ll be hooked.
Use an organic avocado so that you’ll avoid smearing pesticides and herbicides onto your skin. Even though an avocado is often listed as a fruit you don’t have to buy organic, it’s still a good idea to make sure that the soil and the seeds being used do not contain toxins that end up in the flesh, and then on your face.
12. Dark Chocolate
You may have heard of chocolate face masks being used at ritzy spas, but there’s no reason why you can’t replicate the practice in the privacy and comfort of your own home.
Be sure to use dark chocolate, as it has antioxidants that your skin will absorb that milk chocolate just doesn’t have. Instead, milk chocolate is full of sugar which won’t really help your skin at all. It’s also likely full of conventional milk, which makes it something you don’t want to put on your face. Opt for organic dark chocolate, melted and then allowed to cool long enough to apply to skin.
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